Message from our CEO
I can’t recall another time like the one we’re living in now. Rates of hardship and poverty continue to climb while people increasingly struggle to keep a roof over their heads and put food on the table for their family. We are witnessing a tsunami of need in our community.
We know it, community and business leaders know it, the media know it, even economists know it!
It has become seemingly obvious to me that if we want to stem the tide of disadvantage and trauma – “step on the hose” as I like to say – the answer doesn’t lie with our politicians, it lies within the community. I’m absolutely certain that change will start with people just like you.
With this in mind, we recently unveiled our 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, which will guide Anglicare WA’s journey for the next three years. The strategy developed by our Board and Executive will see us continue to deliver comprehensive and innovative services across our State. Yet, our commitment will also be to bring the public with us, engaging with schools, parishes and our local communities to empower people with knowledge and resources to be able to support neighbours in need, while also holding our leaders to account.
Without doubt, launching the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan at our Metro Staff Conference in July was one of the key highlights of my first four months as Anglicare WA’s CEO. But it wasn’t the only one. Our new service centre opened in Midland in July and we have begun to relocate our Bunbury staff to their new facility – the first time they have all been in the one location. Both buildings have been generously fitted with furniture and furnishing by Dale Alcock through his foundation. Thank you, Dale.
And I was incredibly proud to be in the audience when our Hardship Utility Grant Scheme, which we deliver with the Financial Counselling Network, won the Award for Innovation at the Institute of Public Administration of Australia WA Awards.
Thank you for your support as I have settled in as CEO, and I look forward to sharing the journey with you over the coming weeks, months and years.