Dou­ble win for fo­rum

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

A COL­LEC­TION of lo­cal not­for-profit groups work­ing to­gether for the com­mu­nity has won two awards at the re­cent Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion WA 2016 Achieve­ment Awards.

The South West Metropoli­tan Part­ner­ship Fo­rum (SWMPF), a St Patrick’s Com­mu­nity Sup­port Cen­tre ini­tia­tive that brings to­gether 80 or­gan­i­sa­tions from around Fre­man­tle, Cock­burn and Melville to work on im­por­tant so­cial is­sues, won the awards for Best Prac­tice in Col­lab­o­ra­tion Be­tween Govern­ment and Non-Govern­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tions and In­no­va­tion in the Not For Profit Sec­tor.

Lo­cal projects com­pleted since the group’s in­cep­tion three years ago in­clude ad­dress­ing the dis­ad­van­tage around Bea­cons­field’s Davis Park, co-or­di­nat­ing ser­vices for those liv­ing with com­plex needs and work­ing with vul­ner­a­ble eight to 13-year-olds at three lo­cal schools.

SWMPF ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Karin MacArthur said mem­bers were thrilled with the two awards.

“SWMPF rep­re­sents a very dif­fer­ent ap­proach to ad­dress­ing com­plex so­cial is­sues that are be­yond the ca­pac­ity of in­di­vid­ual or­gan­i­sa­tions,” she said.

“By cre­at­ing a broad coali­tion of dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity part­ners, we’ve been able to bring a wealth of var­ied ex­per­tise to the ta­ble as we tackle th­ese chal­lenges.

“It’s this depth of ex­pe­ri­ence and the dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives of­fered that has en­abled SWMPF to come up with ef­fec­tive, in­no­va­tive projects.

“Th­ese awards are a fan­tas­tic recog­ni­tion of our work, but the pos­i­tive feed­back we’ve heard from our kids, teach­ers, par­ents and res­i­dents has been the true re­ward.”

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