Who we are
The South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum (SWMPF) was founded in 2014. In 2017 it became known as Imagined Futures, and comprises 60 not-for-profit and government (all three tiers) service providers as well as business and community members.
The SWMPF was initially supported through a State Government Social Innovation Grant to trial collaborative and innovative approaches to respond to complex social issues in the three local government areas of Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville.
Innovative thinking is urgently required in community services because ‘business as usual’ simply isn’t having the necessary impact. Piecemeal approaches are necessarily leading to piecemeal results.
The SWMPF believes that the only way to effect large-scale social change is through working together and to pool the vast resources available in our community to achieve shared social goals.
The SWMPF further believes that the diversity of perspectives it comprises enables members to challenge traditional thinking, leading to different approaches and, most importantly, better results.
The SWMPF initially was undertaking four projects to test the effectiveness of collaborative working, in terms of improved social outcomes and increased efficiencies. These include:
• Regional collaboration to support vulnerable and at risk 8 – 13 year olds in the region.
• A collaborative place-based intervention in Davis Park, Beaconsfield.
• Coordination of wrap-around services for individuals with multiple and complex needs.
• The development of improved tools for social planning, including a community service audit, local community profiles and improved data management.
By July 2017, the latter 2 projects (Coordination of wrap-around services, and Social Planning) had completed their mandates.
Imagined Futures now concentrates its focus on the first 2 projects – supporting vulnerable young people via the Imagined Futures Youth Initiative, and supporting residents of Davis Park.
It has been demonstrated time and time again that the most successful initiatives are those that are informed by the community; that the ‘bottom up’ approach makes for more responsive services and supports, and builds resilience and resourcefulness in communities.