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NTCOSS eBulletin



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Northern Territory Council of Social Services newsletter


Northern Territory Council of Social Services Incorporated


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3 The last 12 months has flown by yet again. It has been such a busy year, full of changes and challenges. NTCOSS is ending the year looking very different to how we started 2013. Funding cuts and the ending of funding agreements has meant the loss of Pru, Tess, Jenelle, Russell and Jonathan. We have moved office in both Darwin and Alice Springs and we now close on Fridays. It has been a tough year for many NGOs funding cuts, no indexation and uncertainty about future funding has made planning programs and retaining staff difficult. But the wonderful thing about the NGO sector is the resilience and dedication to clients. We look forward to the new NTG and NGO partnership group and hope that it can work effectively to achieve sustainable outcomes. I am really proud of our sector development work which includes individual mentoring, network opportunities, information dissemination and training. It is a great feeling when an individual comes up to me and tells me how much one of our staff assisted them or how much they got out of a training session. The team has also been involved in lots of policy and advocacy issues particularly around funding and the draft standard contract. The NTCOSS conference was held in Darwin in May over 4 days and was a real highlight for the year. Over 130 people attended each day and the feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. We have lots planned for 2014 in sector development. We have partnered with Jobs Australia for some really successful training over the past 2 years and this will continue next year. It was exciting to release our very first Cost of Living Report back in October. There is more on this in this newsletter. There will be another one out soon which will have a focus on housing. We intend to do at least another 2 reports next year highlighting the pressure on those in the NT on low incomes. There is much to be done to improve the lives of children in the NT. Following more than 12 months of uncertainty for those funded through the Department of Children and Families, we hope that we now have an opportunity to rebuild the relationship between DCF and the NGO sector. It is only by working together that we can ensure that the safety and well being of children receives the attention and resources it requires. I want to thank all of our members for their support over the last 12 months and especially those who offered assistance and resources during the tough times. Out of this has come a new focus on forming partnerships and alliances to ensure the voice of those who are most vulnerable is heard. All of us at NTCOSS wish you a very safe and enjoyable holiday season and we look forward to working with you all next year. Wendy Morton Executive Director NTCOSS From the executive directors desk ... The latest NTCOSS staff members. Indy and Murphy

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