Anglicare Victoria and Anglicare WA recognised as finalists for HESTA Awards
Anglicare Victoria and Anglicare WA have both been recognised as finalists in the The HESTA Community Sector Awards. The Awards recognise outstanding service provision, advocacy and leadership in improving the lives of people who rely on access to the services of the community sector.
Both organisations were finalists for the Social Impact Award, which recognises an individual, organisation or network that has made an outstanding contribution to social justice in Australia through policy development, advocacy, leadership or representation.
Anglicare Australia congratulates both Anglicare Victoria and Anglicare WA.
Click here for more information on the awards.
Anglicare Tasmania conducts continuum of care comparison
Tasmania is lagging behind the rest of the world when it comes to drug and alcohol rehabilitation, according to an Anglicare Tasmania.
Community services worker Katrina Bester recently travelled to California as part of Anglicare Tasmania’s Jerrim Fellowship, a program that allows staff to pursue a project or training courses they may be interested in.
The focus of the five-week trip was a continuum of care comparison between Tasmania and California, for which she attended the annual Addiction Conference, and visited three alcohol and drug centres that had high success rates.
Ms Bester said her findings highlighted gaps in Tasmanian drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
“In Tasmania, detox is kept separate from residential care, and there is often long waiting periods,” she said.
“Here, we are almost setting people up to fail, because we know if they complete detox, it’s going to take more than 10 to 14 days for them to be able to make behavioural changes.”
Click here to find out more about Katrina's comparison study.
Benetas wins Victorian marketing awards
Benetas has won the Victorian Marketing Communications: B2C and B2B section of the Australian Marketing Industry Awards. Their entry, ‘Benetas takes on the consumer market’, was designed ‘to cultivate, find, attract, convert and keep the Benetas customer’.
Faced with increasing competition, Nicola Reynolds, Benetas’ General Manager for Customer Innovation and Marketing says they decided to implement a new brand strategy to guide their communications.
“This has resulted in a significant lift in the awareness of Benetas and its services, a direct impact of brand awareness advertising, and reworked our customer communication channels.”
The campaign was developed to retain existing customers and gain new customers when Consumer Directed Care was introduced in February last year, placing government funding in the consumer’s hands and giving them the freedom to choose their home care provider.
Click here to find out more about the award.
Julie Cross brings a sparkle to EPIC
Motivational speaker Julie Cross has visited EPIC Assist's Windsor service centre to run a session with staff.
Julie spent over an hour sharing valuable wisdom with EPIC leaders, before revealing a surprising connection with EPIC. Julie explained that her son Thomas is on the autism spectrum, and has been supported into employment at The Coffee Club Redcliffe by EPIC’s Kippa-Ring team.
“Before meeting EPIC, I struggled to believe that employment would be possible in Thomas’ future. I know that sounds bad, but honestly, it was a future I just couldn’t see,” said Julie.
She went on to describe the vital ripple effect that EPIC’s work has on so many different families.
“To think how far Thomas has come… I just know it wouldn’t have been possible without EPIC, and my family is forever grateful,” said Julie.
Click here to find out more about Julie Cross's visit and reflections from EPIC staff.