National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards 2011
In 2011, the Federal Government established the National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards. These awards were established as part of the National Homelessness Strategy, The Road Home, to recognise the contribution that services were making to ending homelessness across Australia. More than 130 nominations were received across seven award categories.
Catholic Community Services NSW/ACT was highly commended in the category of “Excellence in the prevention of, or early intervention in homelessness” for our Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged Program that operates from our Waterloo office.
Catholic Community Services NSW/ACT was also highly commended in the category “Excellence or innovation in addressing homelessness by an organisation” for our hoarding and squalor program that operates from four sites in Sydney, the Hunter, the Illawarra and the Southern Highlands.
Norma Parker Award 2010
Catholic Community Service's, 'Severe Domestic Squalor Project' is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious 'Norma Parker Award' for the most innovative program-organisational.
"The Norma Parker Award highlights outstanding achievement by member organisations of Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), offering programmes which set trends and benchmarks in their particular area of service."
The Award recognises Catholic Community Services' Severe Domestic Squalor Project which aims to provide support and assistance to people who are living in environments that are so unclean that their health, ability to receive services, or their ability to live independently in the community is jeopardised.
The Project, funded by the NSW Ageing, Disability and Home Care, also aims to educate service providers working in the community about how to respond when situations of squalor are encountered. The design, development and implementation of the Severe Domestic Squalor Project are based on both international and national studies of best practice and achievements.
Janis Redford, General Manager of Catholic Community Services, accepting the award said "The Norma Parker Award is further proof of the innovative and trend setting programmes that Catholic Community Services is implementing across the industry."