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Impact Report 2015

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Access Community Group

Access Community Group
acg.com.au

Access Community Group was established in 1986, expanding and evolving as it adapts to the needs of the Illawarra, South Coast and ..

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Southern Highlands. The organisation is focused on local community advancement, skills development, youth and the environment.

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Access's Building Capacity for Employment Program provides practical operational assistance to small businesses in order assist them to grow more quickly and create new jobs within the Shellharbour LGA. In 2015 the program worked with 30 small businesses, resulting in an additional 38 people being employed.

ACSO

ACSO
www.acso.org.au

ACSO started as a drop-in centre over 30 years ago, and has grown to become a leading provider of community support services ..

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responding to unemployment, mental illness, disability, homelessness, substance use and offending behaviour across metropolitan and regional Victoria and parts of NSW. Their goal is to "break the cycle of crime" by increasing social inclusion and economic participation for all Australians.

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In the past year 22,127 clients used ACSO's Intake and Assessment Services. 8500 enquiries came from people seeking voluntary alcohol and drug treatment and 16,101 referrals through COATS, their mandated drug treatment for offenders. 2505 enquiries were received from people seeking to enter a community based mental health service.

Advance Personnel

Advance Personnel
advance.org.au

Since its inception, Canberra-based Advance Personnel has provided practical support for those who need it most. As the ACT has transformed ..

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and grown in the past 26 years, we have always sought innovative ways to provide for the city's ever-changing needs.

An Interesting Fact

In 2014-15, Advance Personnel successfully negotiated 22 positions in various agencies and departments in the Commonwealth and ACT Public Service for people with disability (a 5 per cent increase from 2013-14)

BJL

BJL Connecting Communities
bjl.org.au

BJL is a Human Rights organisation, committed to social justice and a vision for a just and socially inclusive society. They believe in inclusive ..

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community learning and consider education to be a main component to social and economic mobility. BJL delivers community based programs and specialise in social assistance services, humanitarian programs, education, career and employability development.

BJL's U-Lead program takes a group of disengaged young people, and through project-based alternative learning, allows them to gain accredited skills. U-Lead is an innovative training and research project supported by North Metro Department of Education. 13 students graduated in 2014.

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap
bridgingthegap.org.au

Bridging the Gap is positively recognised within their community for its unique capacity building methods of working with people. As well as ..

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engaging and mentoring at risk youth and providing support to the long-term unemployed, they also work with those who are seeking to diversify their career choices and increase their skills.

An Interesting Fact

Bridging the Gap celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, giving the opportunity to recognise past efforts that have made a positive difference in people's lives, and look ahead to future initiatives, such as their award-winning Ngulla Training and Community Centre in Casuarina.

Busy At Work

BUSY At Work
busyatwork.com.au

BUSY At Work provides apprenticeship, employment and community programs. They have a reputation as the specialists in ..

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apprenticeship services and has expanded its role and reach to deliver a broader group of services to a larger section of the community. They have key service divisions in apprenticeship and traineeships, employment and workforce and community services.

An Interesting Fact

With nearly 250 staff and 25 offices across Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia, BUSY At Work have provided workforce solutions to around 40,000 employers.

CHESS

CHESS
chessemployment.com.au

CHESS Employment and Support Services is a community-based organisation supporting people in the Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley ..

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communities. Established in 1995 with a focus on disability and mental health, CHESS has now evolved into a dynamic organisation covering two distinct areas of service - Employment Services and Community Services. They are proudly local. They believe in the untapped potential of clients, the skills and professionalism of our staff and the importance of community and collaboration.

An Interesting Fact

The quality of CHESS's services to the Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley was recognised in 2014 with the organisation winning the Community and Not for Profit Award at the Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards.

Community Solutions

Community Solutions Group
communitysolutions.org.au

Community Solutions provides a diverse range of employment, apprenticeship and traineeship, and health and wellbeing services to ..

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individuals and families throughout regional Queensland.

An Interesting Fact

An amalgamation with Endeavour Foundation in 2014 has strengthened services to make a profound and positive difference for individuals, families and communities through the delivery of a greater range of service options across Australia. They now have 11,000 service users across 250 locations.

Employment Options

Employment Options
employmentoptions.com.au

Employment Options is dedicated to providing high quality services in their communities, especially those who are most disadvantaged. They provide ..

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services in Adelaide, Eastern Adelaide, and regional areas including the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Fleurieu Peninsula and Barossa Valley.

In the past 12 months, Employment Options has enabled 103 people to study business and ultimately go on to start their own businesses in the communities of South Australia.

Indigenous Job Connections

Indigenous Job Connections
ijc.org.au

Indigenous Job Connections actively supports individuals and groups from Far North Queensland and Cape York to pursue employment, training and

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business opportunities. Since its inception in 2002 as a Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) provider specialising in indigenous programs, IJC has diversified into new programs, commercial activities and multi-cultural training.

An Interesting Fact

Indigenous Job Connections' four year commitment to their dream of a rural training facility was celebrated in 2014 with the handing over of Bilwon Farm Mareeba to their ownership. The 20 bed residential training complex will deliver horticulture, chemical handling, heavy vehicle use, farm operations and other rural training, and will deliver real jobs to the community.

Impact Community Services

IMPACT Community Services
impact.org.au

Since 1978 IMPACT Community Services has offered programs that help all individuals to live, grow and prosper in ways they never expected!

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They deliver a myriad of community services encapsulating support services, training, volunteer programs, employment services and social enterprises.

An Interesting Fact

IMPACT's Material Recovery Facility in Bundaberg recycled over 4.8 million cans last year, which saved enough energy to run a TV continuously for 1648 years.

Interact Australia

Interact Australia
interactaust.com.au

Interact Australia is committed to being a place for exciting ideas and inspiring experiences. The main focus of their work is in making a positive ..

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difference to the everyday lives of people with disability. They deliver personalised support, employment and training, community hubs, recreational programs, respite programs, and more across Victoria and Queensland.

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Interact Arts provides creative opportunities for both younger and older adults with a disability to practice as visual and performing artists. The program develops their artistic abilities and explore opportunities for self-expression.

Intowork Australia

IntoWork Australia
intowork.com.au

IntoWork Australia specialises in recruitment, employment and training, offering temporary and permanent staff, apprentices, trainees and training ..

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for individuals and workplaces as well as support services for all business needs.

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IntoWork's Young Changemakers program helps 10 local senior level high school students annually develop the knowledge and skills to become community leaders by teaching them the importance of the non-profit sector and taking positive steps to ensure they contribute to their community through the distribution of $15 000 of community grants. It inspires young leaders to use energy and creativity so they have a positive impact on the communities where they live and will, one day, work.

Kimberly Employment Services

Kimberley Employment Services
kimberleyemploymentservices.com.au

Kimberley Employment Services operates in Broome and was formed in 2003 by local Indigenous community members. They specialise in providing

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employment and training services to Indigenous Australians.

An Interesting Fact

Kimberley Employment Services is committed to building community capacity in Broome and in the past three years has donated more than $270,000 to Broome community projects.

Marillac

Marillac
marillac.com.au

Marillac offers people with disability, and their families, a wide range of programs and services designed to meet the needs of each individual.

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They focus services mainly on the needs of children and young adults who have an intellectual disability. They are based in Melbourne's south east, and currently support about 200 people and their families.

An Interesting Fact

In November 2014, Victoria's Minister for Disability Services and Reform, Mary Wooldridge, officially opened Marillac's new respite facility in Frankston. This new facility can support up to five people at once and is a much needed piece of infrastructure that offers suitable respite for 16-25 year olds with high/complex behaviour support needs.

MS

MS
ms.org.au

MS is the pre-eminent source of information, advice and services for people living with multiple sclerosis. They're a combined entity of ACT,

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NSW and Victoria with more than 55 years' insight into how to live well with the disease. They're here to help people live their lives with multiple sclerosis and provide them with the best long term options and life outcomes.

An Interesting Fact

During 2014-15, 4256 individuals volunteered a total of 139,062 hours, including for the MS Community Visitors Scheme, where 478 volunteers made more than 11,365 visits to socially isolated older people in NSW and Victoria. The volunteers visit people for companionship and friendship built on mutual interests. In the words of one of the recipients, for many people, the program is a 'lifeline'.

MTA Apprenticeships Plus

MTA Apprentices Plus
mtaplus.com.au

MTA Apprentices Plus was created in 2004 to deliver staffing solutions to the automotive industry. They pride themselves on the quality of the ..

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relationship between the employer and the apprentice is a successful and rewarding one.

An Interesting Fact

MTA Apprentices Plus partnered with Canterbury BMW to design a course that has resulted in 28 young people gaining an apprenticeship with the dealership in 2014-15.

MTC Australia

MTC Australia
mtcaustralia.com.au

MTC Australia is a social enterprise, which for the last 20 years has been helping people gain employment, skills training, work experience and ..

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greater self-confidence. They offer support through a range of training courses, employment services, youth programs and community initiatives.

An Interesting Fact

MTC's Warakirri College is an independent secondary school for Years 10 - 12 and assists young people aged 15 to 22 years old experiencing major difficulties in completing their studies. In the past year there was a 100 per cent increase in the number of students graduating from Year 12.

Open Minds

Open Minds
openminds.org.au

Open Minds works with people to enhance mental health and wellbeing. They have a long history and were formed as the Queensland Wattle

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League in 1912. They offer a range of programs and tailored support services focused on the individual needs of each person. This includes Lifestyle, Living, Employment and Health streams. At the heart of what they do is a commitment to working alongside individuals and focusing on their strengths to enable individual achievement and recovery.

An Interesting Fact

In the past year, Open Minds programs combined delivered a total of 144,858 contact hours to a total of 2366 clients.

Settlement Services International

Settlement Services International
ssi.org.au

Settlement Services International (SSI) is a leading not-for-profit organisation providing a range of services in the areas of humanitarian settlement,

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accommodation, asylum seeker assistance, foster care and disability support in NSW. SSI is the largest not-for-profit humanitarian settlement organisation in Australia.

In December 2014, the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW released a report which found the partnership between Legal Aid NSW and SSI was effective because of its client-centric approach. The report was launched at SSI's Ashfield head office by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator Fierravanti-Wells.

Worklink

Worklink
worklink.org.au

Worklink is a diverse not for profit organisation which has provided employment, rehabilitation and training services to people living with a

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mental illness for over 19 years. Their services are aimed at promoting recovery and social inclusion.

Clean Care Cairns is Worklink's commercial cleaning social enterprise. In the past 12 months their client base has grown 30 per cent which has enabled 40 people to be employed. They also won the 2014 TNQ20 Business Excellence and Tropical Innovation Award for Workforce Diversity.

Workways Australia

Workways Australia
workways.com.au

Workways Australia has grown from being a small community-based organisation in regional Victoria to a large, dynamic not-for-profit

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organisation operating across Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland. Historically an employment services provider, Workways has expanded the scope of services it delivers to now include Springboard, the Gippsland East Mentoring Program, Green Army, Environmental Sustainability Programs and Work for the Dole.

An Interesting Fact

Workways' relationship with employers to create local employment opportunities was recognised with the National Employment Services Association showcasing the relationship they have with Valley Sweep by being named Employer of the Year.

Youth Projects

Youth Projects
youthprojects.com.au

Youth Projects provides health, outreach, employment, education and training services to individuals experiencing disadvantage,

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unemployment, homelessness, alcohol and other drug issues. They promote inclusion, resilience and opportunities. Over the past 25 years, they have considerably expanded their services throughout north, west and central Melbourne.

An Interesting Fact

In 2014 Youth Projects launched their Good 2 Go coffee shop and training social enterprise to combat the barriers many young people encounter when seeking work. Serving up delicious coffee, 100 per cent of the profits from the coffee shop are redirected back into the programs and services offered by Youth Projects.

 
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