Western Sydney’s Community Champions celebrated at the Ninth Annual ZEST AWARDS

Western Sydney’s everyday heroes were in the spotlight at the 9th Annual ZEST Awards on 15 February, celebrating exceptional people and projects in the community.   Led by Western Sydney Community Forum with major partners Western Sydney University, National Australia Bank, City of Parramatta Council, and Wentworth Community Housing, the ZEST Awards showcase Western Sydney’s inspiring stories of resilience, strength and innovation. 

2019-03-19T00:46:04+00:00March 5th, 2019|

Multicultural NSW Wellness and Reablement Forum

On Wednesday 7 November, WSCF staff attended the Healthy Ageing Forum in Granville, hosted by Multicultural NSW, facilitated by Granville State member Tony Issa MP, with panelists includng the Minister for Multiculturalism, the Hon. Ray Williams MP and the Minister for Ageing, the Hon. Tanya Davies MP.

2018-11-08T03:44:48+00:00November 8th, 2018|

Communities of Change Roadshows Roll Out

The Communities of Change Roadshows are underway, delivering key insights from the Communities of Change Report, throughout the local government areas of Western Sydney. The Roadshow sessions are an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the report with WSCF specialists and facilitators, specifically relating the data to current and future service delivery in local government areas. 

2018-08-03T04:54:01+00:00August 3rd, 2018|

Community Profile: the Craig’s Table Program and its inspirational creator, Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson

“Workers Compensation should be a detour, not a journey for life.” Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson Set back from the street in a quiet industrial part of Girraween in Sydney’s west is a social enterprise that carves out a place of meaningful work, transition and life-changing purpose, for people whose experience in being injured at work led them into a complex of systemic holes.   Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson is the author, powerhouse and patron of the Craig’s Table program, which supports people who have been injured at work and who find themselves stuck in a hard place. Initially from Adelaide, Rosemary has been in Sydney for 15 months, to trial delivery of the program - which is unique in the world – together with with colleague Corey Williams, and supported by NSW insurance and care organisation, iCare.

2018-05-04T04:07:32+00:00May 3rd, 2018|

ZEST Awards 2017 Hall of Fame: Marnel LaGarde

In 2017, social worker Marnel LaGarde was inducted to the Hall of Fame, alongside fellow recipient Yvonne Santalucia.  Marnel began her career as a social worker at Parramatta/Holroyd Family Support Service - originally known as Parramatta Family Supports. Now Manager of the organization, Marnel has been a dedicated operative in the community sector for over thirty years and is a most worthy Hall of Fame inductee.

2018-04-17T05:34:58+00:00August 11th, 2017|

WSCF attends FACS 2017-2018 Budget Briefing

The New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) delivered their 2017-2018 Budget Briefing this week, with a $7 billion spend for the sector in the next financial year, an increase of $459 million (7.1 %) in funding from the previous year’s budget.

2017-08-10T04:28:26+00:00August 10th, 2017|

Greater Western Sydney Targeted Earlier Intervention Reform Directions Information Sessions Summary

The Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) Reform Directions Information Sessions have now concluded in Greater Western Sydney. Four sessions were held across Greater Western Sydney: Liverpool, Penrith, Springwood and Blacktown.

Anthony Shannon, Acting Director of Families & Place, Programs & Service Design, NSW Department of Family & Community, presented on the TEI Program Reform Directions at

2016-10-14T00:24:26+00:00September 19th, 2016|

Targeted Earlier Intervention Update

Following the Family and Community Services (FACS) Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) Program Reforms in late 2015, WSCF led a series Sector Roundtable consultations. A Greater Western Sydney Leadership Group was developed to provide advice on WSCF recommendation areas which have since developed into the Greater Western Sydney Industry Led Initiatives. While the TEI Reforms have

2016-10-14T00:24:27+00:00September 5th, 2016|

FACS Reforms: 5 Things You Need to Know

What kind of services will these reforms effect?

The scope of the TEIP reforms is broad, spanning across nine different funding streams. As a result a wide range of services will be effected. The nine funding streams under review as part of the reform are:

  • Families NSW
  • Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy (ACYFS)
  • Positive Parenting
2016-10-14T00:24:43+00:00September 14th, 2015|

Frameworks that FACS are exploring and that you should know about

The changing landscape being experienced across all levels in the community services sector, was the focal point of discussion at the recent LCSA conference attended by WSCF staff.

Maree Walk (Chief Executive of Community Services (FACS), presented a brief outline of the changes also occurring within the Department and referred to the new working frameworks being

2016-10-14T00:24:43+00:00July 8th, 2015|