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WSU’s Social Work Program is currently seeking expressions of interest from agencies for project ideas that will deliver positive outcomes for human and community services and for communities in Greater Western Sydney. 

It is intended that projects will develop sustainable partnerships between WSU and agencies that deliver services in Western or South Western Sydney, and that they will deliver positive social change or corporate outcomes for human and community service agencies. Projects will be part of a new Social Work Project Hub that is being developed by the University’s Social Work Program. The Hub aims to strengthen and retain social workers in our local area, to shape and resource our local human and community services sector in innovative ways, and to collectively work to deliver social outcomes for our communities.

WSU can offer the partnership:

  • Up to 10 Social Work Masters (Qualifying) students to deliver the project
  • Access to expertise of staff in the Social Work Program, including aged care, disability, mental health, legal/justice issues, community development, human rights, social justice, rural issues, arts and cultural development, sport, men’s health, practice such as interviewing, therapy, program evaluation, ethics and anti-racist practice, and populations including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTI, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, refugees and asylum seekers, children, families and young people
  • A physical space in the local area for the students to work from if the agency is unable to accommodate the students onsite
  • Social Work supervision of students delivering the project focused on theory and practice integration to provide professional development for people entering the human and community services industry in Greater Western Sydney
  • Access to professional development opportunities for partner agencies
  • Opportunities for ongoing or one off projects
  • Potential to further develop projects into the future through an academic/research component

Agencies would need to provide a contact person who has oversight of the project, and provide orientation, regular liaison suitable to the agency’s needs, and general support to students. Joint project management and social work supervision will be provided by the University.

Your agency may have projects that would benefit from the resources available at the University. You may have projects in mind that you have always wanted to deliver but don’t have the resources to get off the ground. Projects could include community profiling, need assessment, data collection and analysis, organising conferences/workshops/symposia, community engagement processes, program evaluation, establishing pilot projects or anything that benefits your agency, students and the community.

Projects commence on 18 June. Students deliver the projects on a full time basis for the first four weeks and then three days per week from July/August to November. Days of work and timeframes are flexible.

For more information, an EOI form or to discuss a project idea in more detail: Anita Hanna [email protected]

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