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Past Events

A New Age for Older Workers - Whyalla

Jul
27
2016

What are the challenges of working longer? How do we create age-friendly workplaces?

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) and Council on the Ageing (COTA) are hosting this important community event.

6th Annual Post-Budget Breakfast with the Treasurer

Jul
19
2016

SACOSS is delighted to be hosting the 6th Annual Post-Budget Breakfast with the Treasurer, the Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, as an exclusive Member-only event. This year’s breakfast is taking place on Tuesday 19 July.
 
As always, the State Budget will be crucial for our sector and for vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians. With South Australia continuing to face high unemployment and underemployment, it is critical that this budget includes initiatives that directly grow employment opportunities, equip South Australians with training and skills, and provide support for communities through this difficult time.
 
This event is your opportunity to hear Treasurer Koutsantonis speak directly to the community services sector about the State Budget, and is your chance to put your own questions to him.

Registration is only available to SACOSS Individual Members, and staff of SACOSS Member organisations.

For more information contact SACOSS Events Coordinator Vivian Clark on 8305 4224 or email vivian(at)sacoss.org.au

Grants SA info session - 2nd session due to high demand

Jul
15
2016

The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion is making it easier for community organisations to apply for one-off grants by bringing its grant programs together through one easy application.

Unfortunately this second session is SOLD OUT

How to read the State Budget: A pre-budget training session for the community sector

Jul
04
2016

This training session is designed for community sector workers with limited or no experience of budget papers, but who want to understand or find particular things in the State Budget.

Grants SA info session - SOLD OUT

Jun
27
2016

The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion is making it easier for community organisations to apply for one-off grants by bringing its grant programs together through one easy application.

Unfortunately the SACOSS Hosted info session is full, however you can find other available session at www.dcsi.sa.gov.au/grantssa or contact Grants SA by phone 1300 650 985 or email Grantssa@sa.gov.au 

Community Sector Pre-Election Forum: Homelessness & Housing Affordability

Jun
06
2016

SACOSS, Shelter SA, Community Housing Council SA and Homelessness SA are hosting a major Pre-Election Forum focusing on issues of significance for the South Australian health and community services sector. The forum will have a special focus on affordable housing and homelessness.

There is mounting concern about the uncertainty of homelessness funding provided under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH), which has no assurances from the federal government regarding funding beyond the middle of next year (2017).

Attendance at this forum is vital for housing affordability and the future of the homelessness sector, but it is also highly relevant for all community sector workers.

Love Your Tender - how to improve your grant applications and tender proposals

May
12
2016

The State Councils of Social Service (COSS) are partnering to deliver a webinar series to uncover what every not-for-profit organisation needs to know about effectively responding to government procurement processes delivered in four one hour webinar sessions. Download the Love Your Tender series flyer here.

Why Data Matters when it comes to Human Services: Lessons from Family 100 and the Data Futures Projects

May
10
2016

SACOSS is thrilled to announce Dame Diane Robertson DNZM will be visiting Adelaide in early May, and through the Family 100 Project has developed a sincere interest in how data can be used to inform and guide human services.

Dame Diane is the outgoing City Missioner at the Auckland City Mission. She was responsible for the collection and analysis of data gathered for the Auckland City Mission’s Family 100 research project, which has become one of New Zealand’s leading authorities on families living in poverty.

Diane is a successful social sector entrepreneur, giving her a unique combination of strong business and financial skills with strong social sector credentials. Her passion is to deliver better outcomes for New Zealanders through the development of sound policies informed by qualitative and quantitative data and she now Chairs the Data Futures Partnership.  This Partnership has been created to make a positive impact across the data-use ecosystem, by bringing together a cross-sector group of influential individuals who can work together and provide a collective voice on data issues.

Realising the value of data in an ethical, inclusive and trusted way is expected to deliver benefits to all New Zealanders. This is founded in the belief that when it is safe and good to share data, community members are likely to support social capital and trust in institutions, and to create economic value.

This event looks to explore why data matters – more importantly why data matters when it comes to the delivery of human services.

When: Tuesday 10 May, 3.00pm to 5.00pm
Where: Marjorie Black Community Room, rear of 47 King William Road Unley, enter via Young Street
Cost: $30+GST SACOSS Members; $60+GST non-members

RSVP essential to SACOSS@sacoss.org.au by Thursday 5 May. For further information contact Vivian Clark, SACOSS Events Coordinator on 8305 4224

Please include the names of people attending and all invoice details required

Download the event flyer here

What Keeps People Poor? Learnings from the Family 100 Project

May
09
2016

SACOSS is thrilled to announce Dame Diane Robertson DNZM will be visiting Adelaide in early May to share her extensive knowledge of the eight key drivers that keep people trapped in poverty.  This event draws on extensive research from the Auckland City Mission Family 100 Project and is a must for anyone working in service delivery within the health and community sector in South Australia.

The Family 100 Research Project is a ground-breaking collaborative study undertaken by the Auckland City Mission in conjunction with a group of researchers from Waikato University, Massey University and the University of Auckland. It is born out of the belief that a more constructive dialogue about the plight of people living in poverty is best be achieved by hearing directly from the people who live in those circumstances.

Over a twelve-month period the researchers worked with 100 families who were long-term users of the Mission’s foodbank in order to gain a deeper understanding of the lived experience of families living in poverty.

The Family 100 Project clearly highlights the plight of those living in poverty in their own words, and defines the eight key drivers that keep people locked into a state of constant financial hardship – debt, justice, housing, employment, health, food insecurity, support services and education.

Dame Diane Robertson will talk about how participants outlined the way a wide range of factors work in concert to keep families trapped in a state of financial hardship. 

About Dame Diane Robertson
Dame Diane Robertson is a New Zealand community leader and was the head of the Auckland City Mission from 1998 up until December 2015. She was the first woman and first non-cleric to hold the role, and was appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the community in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours. She was also awarded The New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal, in recognition of the contribution made to New Zealand life.

When: Monday 9 May, 9.30am to 12pm
Where: Marjorie Black Community Room, rear of 47 King William Road Unley, enter via Young Street
Cost: $30+GST SACOSS Members; $60+GST non-members

RSVP essential to SACOSS@sacoss.org.au by Thursday 5 May

Download the event flyer here

Community Sector, listen up to those who have lived it!

Apr
28
2016

How do we know whether we are really providing a good community service or whether it’s just more paternalism? 

This event is an opportunity for community sector workers to hear bold insights from low income people about how we can improve our services and support their efforts to empower themselves.

Speakers:

  • Linda Tirado, blogger and author of ‘Hand to Mouth - Living in Bootstrap America’ Linda has been described by Huffington Post as "the woman who accidentally explained poverty to a nation";
  • Sarah Pinkie, Activist and Member Anti-Poverty Network SA;
  • Belinda Brown, Mental Health Coalition of South Australia;
  • David Winderlich, Uniting Communities.

When: Thursday 28 April, 1.30-4pm
Where: Marjorie Black Community Room, rear of 47 King William Road, Unley, enter via Young Street
Cost: Free
RSVP: Places are limited and RSVP is essential, phone 8302 4225 or email catherine@sacoss.org.au