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Western Australia Minister for Community Services Robyn McSweeney

Support Groups For Young Mums, Youth And The Aged Win Top Honours

Victor P Taffa

A support group for young mums, a musical therapy program for at-risk youth and a theatre group for older women are among the organisations which have taken out top honours at Western Australia’s 2010 Community Services Excellence Awards.

The seven winners of the awards which pay tribute to the crucial role the not-for-profit community services sector plays in supporting those in need were announced tonight at a gala dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney congratulated the winners on their achievements.

“The groups who have taken out top honours at this year’s Community Services Excellence Awards should be extremely proud of their contributions. The people they support gain a tremendous amount from the help these not-for-profit groups give them.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

 

“I am thrilled these awards, now in their 15th year, continue to give WA’s outstanding community spirit and service the attention it deserves.”

The 2010 awards have been jointly run by the Department for Communities and the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) and are supported by Lotterywest.

Each of the group winners will receive $10,000 and individual winners $5,000, to go towards providing further critical services to the community.

The winners in the seven categories are:

  • The Older Women’s Network WA Inc – The Older Women’s Network Theatre Group, Thornlie (Volunteer-based organisation category);
  • Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre Inc ‘Mum’s the Word’ program, Albany (Small group/organisation);
  • Holyoake Drumbeat Program, Victoria Park (Medium group/organisation);
  • Community First International – Personal Helpers and Mentors Program, Mandurah (Large group/organisation);
  • Stage Left Theatre Troupe Goldfields WA Inc, Kalgoorlie (Regional group/organisation);
  • Joondalup Youth Support Services Inc – COMET Program, Joondalup (Partnerships category);
  • Robert Reekie from Busselton – Mates Men’s Support Group president (Individuals category).

WACOSS acting President Francis Lynch said the community services sector was set to play a more critical role in WA in the years ahead.

“There is little doubt the not-for-profit sector will have further demands placed on it as our population swells in the coming years, so awards like these are integral in raising the standards of the industry and ensuring the sector’s heroes are saluted for their hard work in helping those in need.” Mr. Lynch said. 

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