ZEST Awards Hall of Fame: Yvonne Santalucia

The 2017 ZEST Awards saw health sector worker Yvonne Santalucia inducted into the Hall of Fame, with fellow recipient, Marnel LaGarde. The most prestigious honour of the ZEST Awards, a Hall of Fame induction celebrates the exceptional, sustained achievements and accomplishments of individuals working in the community sector of Greater Western Sydney. For over 30 years, Yvonne has worked in the Health sector in Western Sydney and has been involved in multiple projects, primarily in multicultural services.

2018-04-17T05:38:05+00:00August 21st, 2017|

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|

Western Sydney / Nepean Food Forum: Survey results

The 2017 survey of Western Sydney/Nepean Food Forum participants reflects a resoundingly positive and valuable experience, resulting in enhanced support, collaboration and improved service delivery. Convened by Western Sydney Community Forum, the Food Forum consists of Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and Community Care Support Program (CCSP) funded Food Services, CHSP dietitians and other interested service providers from Western Sydney and Nepean regions.

2017-08-10T01:54:19+00:00August 10th, 2017|

Census Data 2016

The first of the 2016 census data has just arrived, and overall there have been some interesting changes to Australia since the 2011 census. Across Australia we are experiencing a boom in overseas migration while experiencing a reduction in religious identification. WSCF has compiled a database that may have an impact on Greater Western Sydney especially given their implications in affecting the future growth and development of this vibrant region.

2017-07-06T01:10:07+00:00July 2nd, 2017|

TASTE: Much more than a social enterprise in YOUR local neighbourhood.

TASTE Cultural Food Tours Inc. was established in 2010, with the support of the Benevolent Society. As a social enterprise, it has had a huge role in showcasing and celebrating the diversity of Western Sydney. However, TASTE is much more than just a social enterprise.

TASTE have been challenging perceptions and cultivating an understanding of

2016-11-14T04:36:30+00:00November 14th, 2016|

Greater Sydney Commission: Draft District Plans Community Group Briefing and Community Drop In Sessions

Western Sydney Community Forum is a member of the Greater Sydney Commission’s (GSC) Independent Social Reference Panel. Participation on the Panel has enabled us to work with the Social Commissioner, Heather Nesbitt, and the GSC to articulate the most important social and urban issues for the future of Western Sydney.

A key priority for the GSC

2017-03-29T23:36:32+00:00October 27th, 2016|

Thrive! Don’t Just Survive – Community Sector Training Day

We are one week away from Thrive! Don’t Just Survive – Community Sector Training Day and are pleased to present the program with our exciting list of speakers for the day.

Thrive! Don’t Just Survive is an information and skills development day for the community sector about navigating a changing funding landscape.

The theme for Thrive! this year is focused

2016-10-11T05:40:35+00:00October 11th, 2016|

Storytelling For Philanthropic Success

The Ord Minnett Philanthropy Conversation Series, hosted a panel discussion chaired by Benjamin Clark, Head of Philanthropy at Philanthropy Australia Executor Trustees and Mae Hong, Vice President of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers (USA). It was held at Ord Minnett in the Sydney CBD on the 20th September 2016.

Overall, the discussion was framed around the necessity for

2016-11-03T21:12:24+00:00September 20th, 2016|

The Area Assistance Story


Western Sydney Community Forum and the Whitlam Institute proudly in partnership launched the landmark book; The Planning, Funding and Community Action: The Area Assistance Story. The Hon Linda Burney graciously launched the book. Academics, representatives from community organisations, local and state

2016-10-14T00:24:27+00:00August 30th, 2016|