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SWMPF showcases first 12 months of achievements

According to the gurus of collective impact, the first year of any collective impact initiative is consumed with talking and relationship building.  The impact of these initiatives will not be felt for some considerable time.

Happily, the SWMPF demonstrated at its inaugural annual meeting (2 July 2015) that it has bucked the trend.  Members learned from a Davis Park resident how  the SWMPF place-based intervention has made the community safer for its children while a class teacher from South Lake Primary School told how the SWMPF project for vulnerable and at risk 8 -13 year olds is effecting “powerful change”.

To hear directly from the speakers, including the Hon. Tony Simpson, Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth; check out the video of the first session.

The excellent Opening address by Chair of the SWMPF, Michael Piu, set the tone for the whole morning’s deliberations.

SWMPF information pack, outlining the initiatives that have been undertaken for each of the 4 SWMPF projects, the challenges encountered and the difference they have made, was provided to all 90 participants at the annual meeting.  In addition to SWMPF members, the audience included the Mayors of all three LGAs where the SWMPF is operating (Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville)  and several Parliamentary representatives of the region.

The photograph in this post shows (l-r) TJ Garlett (student at South Lake Primary School); the Hon. Tony Simpson, Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth; Karin Mac Arthur (Executive Director, SWMPF); Bianca Gabrielson (resident, Davis Park); Kathryn Hart (Class teacher, South Lake Primary School)