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 this year’s 19th biennial Community Services Excellence Awards.
The awards recognise the vital role that individuals and organisations in the community services sector play in a making a positive difference to Western Australian communities.
Save the Children’s pilot Youth Partnership Project in Armadale engages State and local government, the not-for-profit sector and local Elders to improve outcomes for young people with complex needs.
Other winners were: Befriend in 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.
Dawn 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 Department of Communities and the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS).