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City of Whittlesea

The City of Whittlesea is the second largest growing municipality in Victoria. The estimated population for 2013 is 176,593 and is projected to grow to over 249,800 over the next ten years1. The City of Whittlesea is the third most multicultural municipality in Victoria with one third of its population being born overseas and 43% speaking a language other than English2. The general population remains younger than the Melbourne average and has a higher proportion of households with children, making 56% of the total population2. At the same time, there is also a significant growth observed in the ageing population as well which clearly demonstrates the need for service delivery in both ends of the spectrum.

The rapid transformation of Whittlesea in to a growth corridor of metropolitan significance has stretched its services and infrastructure to its limits. The gap between demand and supply of human service delivery and infrastructure needs has widened ever since. A more consorted effort and a partnership approach are needed from Federal, State and Local Government as well as from range of Community Service organisations to cater to the ever growing demand.

Whittlesea Community Futures Partnership

In response to this growing demand, the City of Whittlesea joined together in a substantial partnership with over 40 human services agencies, community-based organisations and State/Federal government departments to deliver the Whittlesea Community Futures (WCF) Project.

The vision of the WCF partnership is to 'create a connected inclusive community that shapes its own future'. This is to be achieved through developing innovative service models, joint planning and pursuing resources for services and facilities that provide improved support for families, children and young people in the Whittlesea municipality. Since its inception in 2006, WCF has steadily evolved into a strong partnership of multidisciplinary agencies and earned a good reputation as a cross sectoral and united planning and advocacy body of the Whittlesea Community.

WCF Partnership Human Services Strategy

The WCF Human Services Strategy is the key strategic document of the partnership. The strategy was informed by the human services needs analysis conducted by the City of Whittlesea in 2011 and was developed with the contribution of all member agencies. It is considered to be a living document and therefore will evolve with the change in priorities of the partnership. The strategy encompasses the strategic action plans of all four clusters. The human services strategy spans over a period from 2011 to 2016 and provides the way forward for the partnership.

WCF Partnership Structure

The WCF Partnership is a voluntary collaborative body of more than 40 organisations.

WCF Full Partnership

The Apex body of the partnership is the WCF Full partnership which includes all member organisations and is chaired by the Director of Community Services of the City of Whittlesea. The Partnership is facilitated by the WCF Partnership Project Officer of City of Whittlesea. The contact details are given below:

The key priorities of the WCF Partnership are Family & Children, Youth, Ageing Communities and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities. This reflects in the structure of the partnership as well. There are four clusters (one for each priority) affiliated to the Full Partnership.

Positive Ageing Cluster and CALD Communities Cluster were established by the WCF Full Partnership. Whittlesea Early Years Partnership (WEYP) and Whittlesea Youth Commitment (WYC) were existing networks and forged strategic connections with the WCF Full Partnership.

The WCF Full Partnership meets on a quarterly basis. The meeting dates for year 2013 are given below:

Dates: 13 May 2013, 12 August 2013 & 18 November 2013

Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Fountain View Room, City of Whittlesea, Civic Centre, 25 Ferres Blvd, South Morang VIC 3752

Membership

Open to any State/Federal Government Departments or Community Service Organisation currently providing services to the City of Whittlesea communities and are planning to provide services to the City of Whittlesea communities.

Where possible, members are requested to pay a voluntary membership fee. But, agencies who are not in a position to pay a voluntary membership fee could still become a member.

Whittlesea Early Years Partnership (WEYP)

The WEYP is a partnership of range of agencies working in the Family Services/Early Years spectrum in the City of Whittlesea. The key priorities for WEYP are Family Violence & Early Years Intervention. The key contacts are:

Whittlesea Youth Commitment (WYC)

The WYC is a partnership of range of agencies working in the youth services sector in the City of Whittlesea. The key priorities for WYC are Youth Engagement & Connections, Youth Mental Health, and Youth Housing & Homelessness. The key contacts are:

Positive Ageing Cluster

It is a partnership of agencies working in the positive ageing sector. The key priorities are community transport, service provision & positive ageing. The key contacts are:

Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities Cluster

It's a partnership of agencies working for the CALD communities of Whittlesea. The priorities for the cluster are family violence, racism & community relations and employment. The key contacts are:

Advocacy

WCF Partnership has been proactive in raising the profile of social issues faced by the City of Whittlesea communities and advocates for sustainable solutions. It has organised several presentation with the politicians and senior officials of State & Federal Government. WCF Partnership has been well recognised as a collaborative planning & advocacy body in the State & Federal Government circles. Agencies are welcome to join WCF Partnership to work in partnership to raise the profile of the social issues they are trying to address and to work collaboratively with other member agencies to find lasting solutions for the issue.

Terms of Reference of WCF Partnership

Partnering Protocol - This Protocol promotes a set of principles for the member agencies of WCF partnership to consider and follow wherever appropriate. This protocol underpins the partnership principles and values of the WCF Partnership and its clusters. However the Partnering Protocol is not a legally binding document.

Further Information

For further information on WCF Partnership please contact Abi (Thiyagerajah Abarajitha) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on 9217 2524 or email at Thiyagerajah.Abarajitha@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

References

1 City of Whittlesea Population Forecast
2 City of Whittlesea Community Profile

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