ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Announcement of ACT Community Sector Awards 2018

21 November 2018

On Friday 16 November 2018 we announced the recipients of the ACT Community Sector Awards for 2018. The awards are a great opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of the committed and enthusiastic staff that make up our sector, whose passion, expertise and dedication often goes unnoticed.

Thank you to everyone who nominated. The awards panel found that there were a significant number of excellent nominees this year, demonstrating the depth of talent and skill across our sector.

The recipients for 2018 are:

Gallagher Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace Award

  • Belconnen Community Service Little Bit Fit Project Team - for the hard work and initiative shown by staff, to encourage and support each other, in promoting a healthy, active workplace.

Excellence in Community Development Award

  • Lauren Bradley, Community Development Coordinator, Woden Community Service - for her passion and commitment to building community capacity and to support people experiencing marginalisation as a member of the Public Housing Relocation initiative.
  • Highly commended: A Gender Agenda - for their work with gender diverse youth and their families to reduce the impacts of social isolation, increase health outcomes and help foster systematic community change to end discrimination and violence against them.
  • Highly commended: Australian Red Cross’ Birth Family Advocacy Support Service - for their intensive support service, helping parents going through the care and protection system to build understanding, skills and confidence to engage in the legal and court system.

Community Sector Banking Little Feet, Big Footprint Award

  • Better Renting - a community of renters working together for stable, affordable, and liveable homes. They have had major impact on the housing debate in the ACT since 2017, including playing a key role the ACT Government’s decision to reverse the introduction of commercial bond guarantees, and releasing two landmark reports leading to work on a Private Senator's Bill to improve the energy efficiency of rental properties.
  • Highly commended: Palliative Care ACT - with only 4.4 FTEs, this organisation coordinates 185 volunteers working in numerous facilities and homes across the ACT to give psycho-social support to the client and relieve carer stress and fatigue, as well as promoting palliative care in the community through information, education and providing representation to government.

ACT Community Love Your Work Award

  • SHINE for Kids - operates out of the Alexander Maconochie Centre, helping families to nurture and maintain important relationships and links between prisoners and their children during the parent incarceration. A largely volunteer led program, they provide a fun, welcoming and enjoyable experience for children during their visits to a parent at AMC through activities, games and toys.

Amplifying the Voice of Lived Experience Award

  • Susan Pellegrino and Nicky Link, CREATE Foundation - for the empowerment programs they run, through which they have built connections to key stakeholders in the out of home care sector; and connecting and supporting children and young people – undertaking both individual and systemic advocacy.
  • Highly commended: Rebus Theatre - for their interactive performace project 'Open Doors Open Minds', which aimed at training community groups and organisations to be more accessible and improve inclusive practice. The program was developed through community consultation with 25 people with disabilities - and their carers and loved ones - about barriers they have faced in accessing meaningful participation in community activities.
  • Highly commended: Karen Leary, Mental Health Community Coalition ACT - for her management of an authentic codesign process with people with lived experience of mental ill-health. Karen’s work informed a submission for an ACT Recovery College, for which a two-year trial was funded in the 2018-19 ACT Government Budget.

Thank you to our award sponsors, Gallagher and Community Sector Banking, for supporting this event. Thank you also to our nominees, nominators, and everyone who came to celebrate with us on the night.

You can find images from the night on our Awards 2018 Facebook album.