Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Outstanding community service achievers recognised

    3/05/2018 8:00 AM
    • Community Services Minister Simone McGurk congratulates winners of the 2018 Community Services Excellence Awards  

    An organisation that developed an innovative youth intervention model to reduce the number of young people entering the juvenile justice system, was one of eight winners at last night's 19th biennial Community Services Excellence Awards.


    Save the Children's pilot Youth Partnership Project in Armadale engages State and local governments, the not-for-profit sector and local elders to improve outcomes for young people with complex needs.


    Other winners were: Befriend, Crawley; Tuart Place, Fremantle; Parkerville Children and Youth Care, Armadale; Youth Involvement Council, South Hedland; and Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, East Perth.   


    Two outstanding people were also honoured. Dellys Sice won the Above and Beyond award for her tireless community and leadership work with the Manjimup Family Centre and local community.  Dawn Wallam, a Bibbelmun Wadandi woman of the Noongar nation, won the award for Excellence in Leadership for her work in the social service sector over the past 40 years. She was also honoured for her role as CEO of Yorganop, Western Australia's first Aboriginal Community Controlled Foster Agency.


    The Community Services Excellence Awards are a partnership between the State Government and the WA Council of Social Services (WACOSS).


    A list of winners follows. For more information, visit http://www.wacossconference.org.au/csea-awards/


    Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk:


    "These awards recognise the vital role that individuals and organisations in the community services sector play in making a positive difference to Western Australian communities.


    "Large or small, metropolitan or regional, community service organisations provide a lifeline to some of society's most vulnerable people as well as opportunities and activities that provide for better, happier lives. They also highlight the innovation and energy of a sector that continues to find meaningful solutions to some of life's most challenging issues.


    "I congratulate the winners and the finalists, as well as WACOSS for its hard work and advocacy that enables the partnership between the State Government and the community services sector to continue to prosper."  


    Minister's office - 6552 6600


    Community Services Excellence Awards 2018 - Winners


    Category 1 - Small Organisation - Befriend, Crawley


    Befriend is a Perth-based non-profit with a vision of an inclusive, connected world. Befriend was launched in 2010 after founder/CEO Nick Maisey met a young man with cerebral palsy who was desperate for inclusive ways to make new friends. The organisation has grown into a high-impact social enterprise that has trained more than 650 community inclusion ambassadors and connected more than 10,000 people.


    Category 2 - Medium Organisation - Tuart Place, Fremantle


    Tuart Place is an innovative, participant-led organisation for adults who experienced out-of-home care during childhood, including 'Forgotten Australians', former child migrants and the Stolen Generations (known collectively as 'care leavers'). Services include counselling, support groups, life skills and computer literacy classes, family tracing, supported access to records, newsletters, referrals and access to pro bono health and legal services.


    Category 3 - Large Organisation - Parkerville Children and Youth Care, Armadale


    In 2015, with the support of the (former) Department for Child Protection and Family Support and WA Police, Parkerville achieved a significant milestone to implement WA's first truly integrated response to child sexual abuse. The Multiagency Investigation and Support Team (MIST) comprises an investigation unit, child protection workers, specialist child interviewers, psychological therapeutic services and child and family advocates. The MIST team at the centre now responds to about one-third of all child sexual abuse investigations in Perth.


    Category 4 - Regional Organisation - Youth Involvement Council, South Hedland


    The Youth Involvement Council (YIC) is the primary youth organisation delivering programs to young people in Hedland and surrounds. Programs target five to 25 year-olds who are often considered to be at-risk, homeless (or at risk of homelessness), disadvantaged or in need of support. YIC partners with a range of organisations to provide free activities including healthy meals, engaging opportunities, positive mentors, promotion of health and safety, protective behaviours and lots of fun.


    Category 5 - Outstanding commitment to collaborative place-based service or solutions - Save the Children, Youth Partnership Project, West Perth/Armadale


    The Youth Partnership Project (YPP) has developed an innovative youth early intervention model to reduce the number of people entering the juvenile justice system. It engages State and local governments, the not-for-profit sector and local elders to improve outcomes for young people with complex needs, through a collaborative place-based approach. In 2017, YPP developed the Youth Intervention Partnership Model, which identifies the most vulnerable young people in the community and provides them with support through a collaborative approach with a common goal.


    Category 6 - Outstanding contribution to improving life in communities by an Aboriginal organisation - Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, East Perth


    Gumala Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) was created in 1996 to represent the collective interests of the traditional owners (the Nyiyaparli, Banyjima and Innawonga peoples) of the Pilbara region. GAC is especially focused on delivering better services to its members in isolated communities through a community development consultation process that is inclusive, holistic and flexible. Called The Gumala Way, the process reflects the true meaning of the word 'gumala', which is 'all together'.


    Category 7 - Above and Beyond (Individuals) - Dellys Sice, Manjimup Family Centre, Manjimup


    A retiree with many years of professional experience in community work, Dellys Sice joined the Manjimup Family Centre's (MFC) Board after moving to Bridgetown in late 2012.


    She joined an MFC project team to develop a mobile support service for families with autism spectrum disorders, became deputy chair in 2013 and led a review of the centre's governance structures resulting in a successful risk management plan.


    On the side, Dellys runs her own volunteer counselling service, helping people with relationship issues and experiencing grief and loss. 


    Category 8 - Excellence in Leadership (Individuals) - Dawn Wallam, Yorganop, West Perth


    Dawn Wallam is a Bibbelmun Wadandi woman of the Noongar nation who has made a huge difference in the lives of Aboriginal children through her 40 years' work in the social service sector.


    Dawn has been the CEO of Yorganop, Western Australia's first Aboriginal Community Controlled Foster Agency, for the past 20 years. She has led the organisation to keep children living in out-of-home care connected to families and culture, and ensuring safe and nurturing care that allows children to grow strong in themselves, their culture and their future.