Illawarra Forum Resources

Illawarra ForumHave you visited the Illawarra Forum website lately?

  •  Fact Sheets. There are a range of Fact sheets on the website for the community services industry. Topics include Partnerships, Grant Writing, Governance and Collective Impact.
  •  Resources. This page contains resources that are produced in and relevant to the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. Resources include the Energy + Illawarra videos and resources, a guide to using the free telephone interpreting service that has been translated in to 9 languages and a free governance poster outlining the roles of the board, management and staff in an organisation.
  •  Interagencies. The only place to find an up to date list of interagenices in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

Also, make sure you like and visit our Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest developments across the industry.

Free Aboriginal Sexual Health Resource

Joke 2 JokeDoes your service have Aboriginal Clients?

The popular resource Play Your Cards Right has had another print run and HARP have plenty to give away.

Play your cards right is a set of playing cards which contains sexual health information.

The messages are universal and can also be distributed to a wider audience.

If your service would like to have some of these cards please email: or call 4221 6740

Multicultural Health Communication Awards | Nominations Now Open

Recognising health resources in languages other than English

Nominations are now open for the Multicultural Health Communication Awards 2015 which recognises outstanding resources targeting the health needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.

Mr Peter Todaro, Director of the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) said the Multicultural Health Communication Awards was established in 2003 to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of individuals, groups, government and non-government organisations in producing excellent multilingual resources.

The Award encourages good practice in multicultural health communication to ensure that health tools in language are recognised, promoted and distributed.

“I am very happy to announce that this is our 8th year in running the Awards and we look forward to continuing this great tradition in recognising the incredible work of organisations and workers who continue to dedicate their services to fulfil the needs of multicultural communities,” said Mr Todaro.


“The nominated resources from the Awards are all uploaded and featured on the MHCS website (, a central point for the facilitation of information for health workers and organisations when targeting CALD groups. The website already hosts over 450 multilingual health resources which can be accessed free of charge, and the entries from the Awards prove to be invaluable to the users.”

Some examples of the exceptional winning resources from past Awards include a falls prevention DVD series available in 9 languages to assist health and community workers, who work with older people that highlights the strategy on how falls can be prevented; health fact sheets for refugees in Arabic, Burmese, French and Kirundi that recognises the complex health needs of many newly arrived refugees who have little understanding of health systems; and a booklet developed in Greek, Macedonian and Serbian which provides valuable information about ideas and beliefs surrounding organ and tissue donation.

For 2015, the Multicultural Health Communication Awards are being offered in the following categories:

Awarded for sustainability and achievement in the development of printed resources that may include posters, brochures, fact sheets, booklets and tools.

Awarded for distinguished and outstanding achievement in the development of audio and visual resources that may include documentaries, videos, audio presentations, radio ads, television ads and other presentation tools.

Awarded for innovation and achievement in the development of web-based resources produced for online purposes on the website and social media platforms such as Youtube, Facebook and other communication and media avenues.

Awards for each category will be presented for the Best Resource produced on a low cost budget, (below $5,000) and the Best Resource produced from a budget of $5,000 or more.
Applications will be judged by industry experts on the effectiveness of each resource, the quality of the translation, and the potential benefits for non-English speakers in NSW.

Nominations close on Friday 29 May 2015. Presentation of Award winners will be held at the NSW Parliament House as part the key activities for Multicultural Health Week 2015 in September.

For more information visit here or email

Evolve Network | Funding Strategies

Want more funding? And other ideas to support your not for profit into the future

So you’d like more funding for your Not for Profit (community) organisation. You’d love to feel your service will be able to exist and deliver valuable services into the future, give your staff (and yourself) reason to strive for long service leave and your stakeholders (be they board members, clients or broader community) the confidence to invest for the long term.

Here are some killer funding strategies related to the planning process which will save you time and give you more solid results as you articulate your application.


Take some time to put together a funding kit and store it somewhere very accessible.  If you’re moving into a funding frenzy get some help to produce several hard copies of the kit.  Include in your kit as a bare minimum:

  • Business card and brochure
  • Client images and testimonials
  • Partner images and testimonials
  • Something snazzy to present it in – a folder for hard copy and consider a Blog or another online storage device to share your e-copy (or at least a nice image to put into an email message so you’re not sending plain text)
  • Base statistics that relate to your organisation, geography and client group (and keep them updated)
  • If you have the capacity results of a recent customer / client satisfaction survey and update this at least every 6 months (or as your policy dictates – you have one, right? PS don’t worry most orgs. don’t unless it’s regulated)
  • Current pics. of your staff and board of directors
  • An easy to access what, when, where, who and how about your organisation

Know what’s out there – ah yes, I know that you often write funding applications on the go but it doesn’t always have to be like that.  A lot have lead time that with a little bit of planning you can keep up to date with – try using a scheduling tool or electronic diary to set reminders (I know you have a lot to do in your every day)

Know what you need and if relevant have quotations pre-prepared to include in applications – there’s nothing quite as sexy as a funding application that asks for what is actually needed, as opposed to a whole lot of icing on the cake. (OK, so that’s an opinion, however it’s a strategy that’s worked for me)

Further to the former point, go through your procurement process BEFORE you apply for funding so you can deal with the suppliers that align with your organisation (rather than having to spend wads of cash all at once and missing out on bulk saving or good deal opportunities – or worse, having to spend the money with the supplier with the quickest draw, rather than one that matters to you)

Start talking your organisation up – talk to everyone from clients to partners to your local member and beyond.  Make sure people KNOW you’re applying for this, you’ll be surprised who will jump in to help you (and how)

Lock out time in your diary for writing (or engage someone else to do it if you can) – as a bare minimum you’ll need to lock out time to check the application.  Don’t think you can do it at midnight (I know you can but the result at 10am is OH so different)

Know your concept – invest in time working through your concept – understand what you need and why, know how it links to client outcomes and the broader community.  Get creative and source new ideas to address the things you need (i.e. if you need money for administration – don’t we all) can you apply for a trainee?  Can you consider calling your admin role an ‘information project’?  Can your admin. funding link to other job and training outcomes?  Could you cost share administration with other orgs?  Similarly, if you need money for kids play equipment look at the massive variety of angles to explore – community building, health and fitness, connectedness, learning (refer back to the point of what is current)


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