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Western Homeless Connect

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Western Homeless Connect is a free community even connecting all individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with support services around the Central West region. This includes:

  • Specialist homelessness services
  • Employment and education providers
  • Legal and financial aid
  • Free health check-ups
  • Free food and coffee
  • More to be announced!

CDAT Commando Course Fun Day

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An obstacle course organised by the Orange Community Drug Action Team, aimed at 12-25 year olds at Integra Health club. Participants will climb, run and crawl their way through the assault course. From 11am, there will be inflatable, competitions and giveaways.

Dolores – Theatre Show with Housing Plus | White Ribbon

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Dolores is a 45 minute, one act play written by Edward Allan Baker. It is a portrait of two sisters, Sandra and Dolores who are caught in repeating patterns of abuse but living with it in very different ways. It is a story about family and anyone with a sibling can relate only to well with just as many laughs and there are tears.

Sam. productions is owned by two sisters from Dubbo; Millie and Edwina Samuels. The girls have partnered with White Ribbon Australia and will be donating 10% of ticket sales to the organisation as well as inviting Housing Plus to speak after the show and will provide a supper to raise money for Orange’s local women’s crisis centre “The Orchard”.

Tickets are sold at samproductions.org

(also selling at the door on the night)

Come along and support an important cause and be apart of the conversation.

Social Impact Measurement Toolbox Co-Design Free Session in Rural Australia

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Australia’s not-for-profits (NFPs) and their funders increasingly recognise the importance of measuring social impact. When impact measurement is carried out in a methodologically sound way, organisations’ can demonstrate their worth, secure more funds and, most importantly, become more effective. Unfortunately, evaluation is not a level playing field. Despite increased expectations for impact measurement from funders, very few organisations receive funding specifically for it. Instead, the majority of impact measurement is being funded from internal organisational sources.

The Social Impact Measurement Toolbox, developed by UTS and Community Sector Banking, is about democratising access to social impact measurement expertise to level the playing field. Together, Community Sector Banking and UTS can help build a sector that is funded NOT on the basis of a NFP’s capacity to engage expensive consultants but on their capacity to make a difference. Through the freely available toolbox, all NFPs, regardless of their size or resources, will be in a position to present methodologically robust evaluations of their programs to inform improvements in practice and secure funds, which together will increase the benefits that flow to the communities they serve.

Working in genuine partnership with the NFP sector

UTS offers the largest and oldest NFP management course in Australia and has a reputation for valuing and working with the sector. Our philosophy is based on respecting and learning from practitioner wisdom and ongoing consultation will ensure co-development with the sector.

Community Sector Banking is Australia’s only banking service dedicated to the NFP sector. It was formed 16 years ago with the Community 21 consortium of NFPs joined forces with Bendigo Bank, and has been providing tailored solutions to the sector ever since.

To that end, this workshop is about listening to you, and ensuring that the toolbox meets your needs. This is not about us telling you how to do your job. It is about you telling us what you need from us to help you carry out your valuable work. We want to understand the evaluation needs of NFP organisations in rural Australia to make the Social Impact Measurement Toolbox really work for you.

Please nominate one member of your organisation to take part in the workshop. As much as we would like to accept more members from the same organisation, we need to guarantee fair access to the workshop and diversity of contribution. Closer to the date if we find that we have spots available, we will let all registered organisations know.