DOOLEYS has been awarded two Highly Commended Awards at the prestigious 2016 ClubsNSW Clubs and Community Awards for our commitment to ‘Health & Wellbeing’ and ‘Welfare & Social Inclusion’.
The Clubs and Community Awards recognises those clubs who have a special connection to and involvement in their local community.
The two Highly Commended submissions outlined local community collaboration projects which address important local community needs.
‘Auburn Together 4 Hope’ highlighted a local community collaboration to address suicide prevention and mental health.
This unique capacity building program has seen a network of organisations such as The Salvation Army, Auburn Community Mental Health Team, Western Sydney Partners in Recovery and DOOLEYS undertake community awareness and education programs aimed at empowering our community, cultural and faith leaders to tackle the important social issues of suicide prevention and mental health.
‘Many Cultures Living as One Community’ highlighted a number of local community programs aimed at supporting local refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants.
The programs have focused primarily on employment pathways as well as providing free legal advice to those seeking protection in Australia and have been the result of a number of key partnerships with local organisations including STARTTS, Refugee Advice and Casework Service, Auburn Small Community Organisation Network, MTC Australia and Auburn City Council.
David Mantle said DOOLEYS recognition at this year’s Clubs and Community Awards is “a result of the many valuable community partnerships DOOLEYS has formed.”
“DOOLEYS has a long tradition of active community involvement”, said Mr Mantle. “We are proud to be able to share this recognition with our dedicated local community organisations, their staff and volunteers.”
“At DOOLEYS we strongly believe that no matter what your circumstances, everyone should have access to the same opportunities, whether that be education, employment, social interaction, healthcare or a safe place to live.”
“Recognition in both the Health & Wellbeing and the Welfare & Social Inclusion categories is a great honour as these are community issues we are extremely passionate about.”