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Annual Report 2007



Annual Report 2007


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19 North e r n T e r r i t o r y C o u n c i l o f S o c i a l S e r v i c e I n c o r p o r a t e d INTRODUCTIONINTRODUCTIONINTRODUCTIONINTRODUCTION The NTCOSS Central Australian Policy Officer position is a two day per week position established to focus on NTCOSS issues in the Alice Springs and Tennant Creek regions. This position is a partnership arrangement with NT Shelter, who provide a further two days per week funding for NT Shelter work S E C TO R D E V E L O PM EN T SECTOR NETWORKS Many links have been established with agencies in the Community Services Industry, in both Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. Networking has taken place through involvement in interagency meetings, Forums and various consultation processes, which have provided opportunities, to promote the work of NTCOSS and consolidate the profile of the NTCOSS in Central Australia. CA Policy Officer has also attended the following interagency/network meetings: Central Australian Youth Programs Information Network (CAYPIN) Central Australian Family Violence and Sexual Assault Network (FVSAN) Alcohol & Other Drugs Interagency Disability Network Meeting INTERAGENCY MEETINGS The Alice Springs Interagency meetings occur every three months and continue to be very well attended, by both Government and Non Government agencies. These meetings provide an opportunity for agencies to share information about their services, to meet new workers, engage in networking and find out about new programs or services. NTCOSS plays a significant role in providing information on the meetings to NGOs and Government Departments, and is a good opportunity for NTCOSS to promote its work. Meetings in the past year were hosted by Tangentyere Council, Multicultural Community Service of Central Australia (MCSCA), The Family Law Court of Alice Springs and The Salvation Army. The interagency meetings also hosted a visit from the Working Womens Centre. DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION NTCOSS regularly sends out emails to community agencies regarding upcoming training, events policy developments and employment opportunities. A proforma for NTCOSS sending out emails has been developed which has helped create more efficiencies when sending emails out. RECLINK AUSTRALIA RecLink Australia, who provide recreational opportunities for homeless people/disadvantaged people, have expanded their program model to Alice Springs. NTCOSS has played a role in creating awareness amongst the community sector of RecLink and assisted RecLink in the facilitation of an information session for 35 people from community and Government organisations, where there has been a high level of interest in the RecLink model. A number of Alice Springs agencies who work with disadvantaged client groups have become RecLink members. RecLink has brokered services and partnerships to enable participation in regular recreational, sporting and social activities with a large number of activities having been run in Alice Springs since December 2006. There has been notable networking and interagency collaboration as a result of RecLinks presence in Alice Springs. TRAINING TRAINING TRAINING TRAINING ACOSS Advocacy & Media Training NTCOSS assisted with preparatory work and the promotion of these training workshops, which were highly valued by the participants who attended. Advocacy Training (15) & Media Training (8). Workchoices Training NTCOSS also promoted two separate Workchoices Training sessions in Alice Springs one by the Working Womens Centre, and one by the Chamber of Commerce Central Australia

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