New CEO Announced
The Board of Whittlesea Community Connections Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Killeen as the new CEO to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Jemal Ahmet who served the community with great distinction and credit to himself over some eighteen years. Jim will commence the role as of Monday 27th June 2016.
Jim has recently returned from an extended overseas trip and his previous two roles over the past ten years were as CEO of Darebin Community Health and Whitehorse Community Health. Both services provide an extensive range of community support and primary care services that are similar to and align well with Whittlesea Community Connection’s services.
In addition, Jim has held leadership roles as the Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Directors at Northern Health, Chairperson of Primary Care Partnerships in two regions, President of the Victorian Council of Social Services and a range of other leadership roles across the health and community services sectors. He has also had active community involvement in local government, community health and community issues in the northern region for over 30 years.
The Board Chair, Ms Maureen Corrigan OAM, said that the appointment followed an extensive advertising and recruitment process that attracted a very strong and capable field of candidates from across Australia from which to select.
Ms Corrigan further added that she and the Board were excited about the appointment and were confident that Jim's knowledge and experience of the sector will be invaluable in not only maintaining current services but also in positioning Whittlesea Community Connections to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future.
WCC is hiring - Project Leader: Equity, Health and Wellbeing Project
The Project Leader- Equity, Health & Wellbeing Project - is an exciting opportunity to support the development, delivery and evaluation of an integrated health-justice service delivery model in the City of Whittlesea.
The project’s vision is of significantly improved access to legal and other social services for growth communities in Melbourne’s outer northern fringe, and for enhanced long term social, justice, health and wellbeing outcomes for these communities.
The project will design, implement and evaluate a place-based integrated practice model supported by a transdisciplinary partnership between local community health, legal and education providers. Whittlesea Community Connections will oversee and be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Project Leader. The Project Leader will work closely with a stakeholder partners Plenty Valley Community Health, Hume-Whittlesea Primary Care Partnership and La Trobe University.
The position is a full-time 5 days per week position (1EFT) for a fixed-term until July 31 2018. A salary of $72,088 plus super and leave loading, depending on qualifications and experience is offered. Generous salary sacrifice arrangements, if taken up by the employee, can significantly increase the net value of the remuneration received.
Applicants must have suitable experience and/or qualifications and submit a written application specifically addressing the Key Selection Criteria contained in the Position Description.
For further information regarding this position download the position description.
Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 15 July 2016
WCC CEO, Jemal Ahmet, resigns after 18 years at the helm. Click here to read his statement of resignation.
ER Survey Report Released
Anti Poverty Week is currently on around the country and this week, Whittlesea Community Connections releases the 2014 ER Survey Report. This is the fourth in a series of research that explores the reasons people need to access Emergency Relief. Click here to read the report
Family Violence in Whittlesea
As family violence reports increase, WCC continues our commitment to providing effective, supportive responses. For a snapshot of family violence across our services, check out the latest WCC Family Violence Monitor.
Launch of Volunteers of Whittlesea Video
To mark National Volunteer Week, WCC and its partners launched a short promotional video to encourage volunteering in our municipality. Made possible by a City of Whittlesea Community Development Grant, the video gives you a flavour of the rewards and contribution volunteers receive and give to the community. We hope, if you are already volunteering, that this will encourage you to keep volunteering. And, if you are not currently volunteering, to take that all important step. Click here to view the video...
Housing Brokerage and Support Project
Evaluation Report Launch -
More than 30 representatives from community service agencies attended the launch of the Housing Brokerage Project to hear first hand the verdict on its success from Dr. Sharon Parkinson author of the evaluation report.
The Audience also heard from keynote speaker Jenny Smith, CEO of the Council to Homeless Persons, who fully endorsed the project and it's place in contributing to alleviating homelessness at a local level.
The Housing Brokerage and Support Project was established by WCC in 2013 as a local response to the growing tide of homelessness in our community. No-interest loans are provided to assist people to access the private rental market, they also receivecasework support to help address other complex issues that affect their ability to sustain a long term tenancy. Repayment of the loans then facilitates capacity to continue to assist others. In the 18 months or so since its establishment, close to $20,000 of loans has been processed with more than 50% already recovered in payments. Project participants report high levels of empowerment and self-esteem arising from being supported to service the loans. Satisfaction levels with the quality of casework support was also high with participants giving this a maximum rating of 10 out of 10.
The CEO of Whittlesea Community Connections, confirmed that the project was "here to stay" and committed to implementing the recommendations of Dr. Parkinson's report.
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WCC Family Violence Monitor - 12th Edition
The Family Violence (FV) Monitor focuses on FV incidents reported at Whittlesea Community Connections between April 1 to 30 June 2015. For publication on our website, case studies have been removed to ensure that individuals are not able to be identified. Click here to view....
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Community Directory Available
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Whittlesea Community Engagement Framework (WCEF)
The WCEF is an evidence-based framework developed in partnership with the community and is an important tool for guiding engagement with the communities of Whittlesea.