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LoveLuvo's Success at the 2014 Maribyrnong Inclusive Recognition Awards (MIRA)

Last Friday, some of the LoveLuvo team attended a celebration that coincided ... More

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WCIG Board Scholarships 2014

On Monday 17 November at Riverside Kitchen and Events in Ascot Vale, WCIG’s ... More

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Melton CARE Expo 2014

Despite the weather, the CARE team estimated that over 700 people attended th... More

LoveLuvo's Success at the 2014 Maribyrnong Inclusive Recognition Awards (MIRA)

9 Dec 2014 - LoveLuvo Social Enterprise receives the 2014 award for Inclusive Business Practices at the Maribyrnong Inclusive Recognition Awards (MIRA)

Last Friday, some of the LoveLuvo team attended a celebration that coincided with the International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD) hosted by Maribyrnong City Council; the 2014 Maribyrnong Inclusive Recognition Awards (MIRA).

We're proud to announce that...

WCIG Board Scholarships 2014

28 Nov 2014 - WCIG celebrated the successes of participants across all programs at the Sixth Annual WCIG Board Scholarships

On Monday 17 November at Riverside Kitchen and Events in Ascot Vale, WCIG’s Board Chairperson, Natalie Lupton and WCIG CEO Ron Miers presented tailored scholarships to nine successful nominated participants from WCIG’s programs across all WCIG sites in Melbourne’s west, north-west and Geelon...

Melton CARE Expo 2014

20 Oct 2014 - Our Melton team were once again all smiles at the Melton CARE (Carers Access Resources Expo) on 16 October

Despite the weather, the CARE team estimated that over 700 people attended the CARE Expo event last Thursday at the Melton Community Hall. The event was again a phenomenal success courtesy of the efforts from Melton City Council through MetroAccess, the Melton Service Provider Network, the local carer community, local resi...

Big News for WCIG Training Services

26 Aug 2014 - WCIG and JobCo are pleased to announce that we are welcoming a new era of RTO collaboration.

Based on the successes of the close relationship between JobCo and WCIG, and more recently the success of the WCN DES consortium, we have taken the decision to extend this collaborative approach to include our RTOs. The aim is to share each RTO’s expertise and build on efficiencies across the two services.

Ef...

WCIG @ Melton City Council Careers Expo

15 Aug 2014 - WCIG were out and about in Melton on 29 July for the Melton City Council's Careers Expo.

The Melton team represented WCIG at the recent Melton City Council Careers Expo at the Melton Community Hall, near the town centre.

The event was a hive of activity, with over 1000 students from years 9, 10, 11 and 12 attending from 11 schools in the Melton area and surrounding suburbs.

Participating studen...

Stress Down Day 2014

28 Jul 2014 - WCIG again dressed down to stress down for Lifeline's 'Stress Down Day' 2014

The WCIG team went all-out again this year, dressing in their comfortable pyjamas, slippers, onesies and dressing gowns to raise money for Lifeline’s valuable telephone services.

We took the time to relax in our evening finery through our working day and stopped to indulge in some pizza for lunch – and ...

Welcome to our New WCIG WCN Consortium Manager

5 Jun 2014 - The Working Communities Network consortium is delighted to announce our new Consortium Manager

Our new WCIG WCN Consortium Manager is Bernadette O’Connor. Many of you will know Bernadette, as she brings to the WCN Consortium 15 years’ experience as a CEO of not for profit companies, a 30 year history of overseeing the delivery of programs in Australia’s employment services, education and training a...

Melton’s ‘Join the Dots’ Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Fête

29 Apr 2014 - The team at Melton had a fantastic day out and about at Melton’s ‘Join the Dots’ Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Fête on Wednesday 16 April.

The day was well attended by Melton locals and those from surrounding suburbs, with many different service providers and community organisations present. There were kids craft activities as well as a special traditional dance performance by one of the many Aboriginal tribes.

The overall feedback from the day was ve...

WCIG: On the Move!

18 Dec 2013 - The Corporate Services Team are facilitating a number of exciting office changes currently underway.

WCIG has some great, proactive changes to report around our current office space arrangements. After careful review, the decision was made to consolidate a number of offices to create an even better synergy between programs.

Recently, the DES Metro West team have joined the Training team at the Metro West Goldmark ...

CEO's Message - December 2013

16 Dec 2013 - This is our last newsletter for 2013. Christmas is on us and the usual round of catch ups and no doubt preparations for family events are well on their way.

It has been another year of changes, for us at WCIG, working to consolidate the future so that we can continue to provide much needed assistance to people in our communities.

In the current economic and policy environment with fast paced changes to the business and community services sector small and medium sized c...

WCIG Spreads the Word on International Day of People With a Disability

9 Dec 2013 - On the 21st anniversary of International Day of Persons with disability, the overarching UN theme was to ‘Break barriers and open doors: to realise an inclusive society for all!’

WCIG was out and about proudly celebrating on 3 December for International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). We had stalls in supermarkets, alcoves and even in our own office spaces. IDPwD is a special day to place a real celebratory emphasis on the many abilities, experiences and achievements of people living with di...

Fifth Annual WCIG Board Scholarships 2013

18 Nov 2013 - On Monday 11 November, WCIG had the pleasure of holding the fifth annual Board Scholarship Presentation Ceremony at Riverside Kitchen and Events in Ascot Vale.

Each year, our staff members are encouraged to nominate clients and participants to receive a scholarship from our Board. Participants are nominated as a result of their diligence and effort in overcoming significant barriers, and excelling at making a positive change in their lives. This change can be pursuing further edu...

WCIG at the CARE Melton Expo 2013

21 Oct 2013 - Once again, this CARE (Carers Access Resources Expo) event at Melton Town Hall has maintained its reputation as being one of the most informative and interesting expos in the region for carers, people living with a disability and their families to attend.

WCIG were invited to exhibit at the annual Victorian State Government initiative alongside more than 40 other establishments, service providers and community organisations. Exhibitors ranged from carer and disability support services to resource providers.

As a well-established provider of Disability Employment Ser...

Introducing WCIG/WCN's Experience+ Program for Mature Age Job Seekers

2 Sep 2013 - WCIG/WCN has secured the Experience+ program for mature-age people in the Geelong region.

Experience+, an Australian Government initiative, is a program that aims to assist eligible mature-age job seekers who are aged 50 or over and not currently working to re-engage with the workforce.

The program provides a number of practical and supportive tools for mature-age people seeking re-engagem...

Vale Professor Ross Langmead

10 Jul 2013 - WCIG farewells a founding member of WCIG.

The Board and WCIG members and staff were saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Ross Langmead. As one of the founding members of WCIG Ross made a significant contribution to the vision and values that continue to be at the heart of all that we do. Ross continued his commitment to the ongoing success of WCIG through ...

Exciting new opportunities at WCIG!

26 Jun 2013 - We are searching!

WCIG is an exciting not-for-profit working with those most in need to gain sustainable employment, re-engage with education/employment or up-skill in the workplace.

WCIG is searching for people looking to be a part the new and exciting era in WCIGs service delivery. Currently, we have a number of vacancies that wi...

WCIG is out and about in our community!

17 Jun 2013 - Over the last few months, Youth Services, DES and Training Services have been pounding the pavement out at various expos and events.

It's been a stellar few months for WCIG's presence at expos, festivals and special events all around the Western regions of Melbourne and surrounding areas. Our Disability Employment Services (DES), Training Services (WCIG Goldmark College, Access Program) and Youth Services teams have been active in their presence to prom...

WCIG at Melton Indigenous Community Health Event

30 Apr 2013 - WCIG held an information stall at the Melton Indigenous Community Health event.

WCIG Disability Employment Services were thrilled to be invited to hold an information stall showcasing our services to residents of Melton and the surrounding suburbs.

Indigenous Health is an issue that has been under the spotlight for communities throughout Australia, with efforts to address health care and healt...

Striving for New Heights for Onsite Catering and Outside Branch Property Maintenance

27 Mar 2013 - We've been working hard behind the scenes, working on the revitalisation of two key WCIG Social Enterprises.

Onsite Catering and Outside Branch Property Maintenance may be worlds apart in what services they provide around our local community, but they are two of the four not-for-profit businesses founded and operated under the banner of the WCIG Social Enterprise Group.

WCIG's Social Enterprise Group comprises four strong...

Check out WCIG Goldmark College's Summer/Autumn Course Guide!

12 Mar 2013 - Our Summer/Autumn Course Guide is available!

WCIG Goldmark College delivers a wide range of quality training programs tailored to a diverse student base, including:

• Young people
• Indigenous people
• CALD community and international students
• Parents returning to work
• Mature aged students
&b...

Latest WCIG and WCN Consortium News

1 Mar 2013 - WCIG announces 'New Chapter' with WCN Consortium and opening of new offices in the Geelong region.

Last year WCIG submitted a tender for Disability Employment Services (DES) as part of a consortium formed especially for the purpose - the Working Communities Network (WCN). We were successful in that tender for the Disability Employment Services program for the 2013-2018 period. WCN is a consortium of three ...

DES client sparkles at the Werribee Twilight Street Markets

18 Dec 2012 - Tanya Rasen, a Disability Employment Services client at WCIG, has successfully established a regular stall, sharing her versatile greeting card creations with the public.

The Werribee Twilight Street Markets, held in Wedge and Watton Streets in the town's centre, are a popular event, which take place in the warmer months from 3pm until dusk. Tanya Rasen, a long-time craft enthusiast, recently established a regular stall at the market to sell her beautiful handmade greeting cards.

Ta...

WCIG at Maribyrnong Inclusive Recognition Awards (MIRA) Ceremony

12 Dec 2012 - On December 4, a small team of WCIG staff members attended the MIRA ceremony for inclusive practices for people with a disability in the Maribyrnong region.

WCIG participated in the 2012 MIRA ceremony with a cosy stall set up alongside other organisations also representing their services, and with a staff member nominated in the Inclusive Business Practices category. The excitement in the modern entertainment space at the Footscray Community Arts Centre was fit to burst, with ...

CEO's Message from Ron Miers

10 Dec 2012 - Reflecting upon a busy year, we prepare to bid farewell to 2012 as we move into the Festive Season and work toward an even better 2013.

This has been an eventful year for organisations and business, and as we approach the Festive Season it is worth reflecting on the values that underpin our work that led to us to continue to achieve positive results for disadvantaged members of our community. We hear regularly about good and bad economic news, the rising c...

WCIG welcomes aboard the Manager of the Working Communities Network

30 Nov 2012 - WCIG is delighted to announce that Andrew Hills will be the inaugural Manager of the Working Communities Network (WCN) Disability Employment Services (DES) program.

This new Working Communities Network consortium brings together three partner organisations including WCIG, JobCo. and E-Focus.

Andrew comes to the consortium with an extensive background in employment services which includes 5 years as a senior policy advisor for The National Employment Services Association, 4 yea...

WCIG Holds its Fourth Annual Board Scholarships and Business Recognition Awards

23 Nov 2012 - On Monday 12 November, WCIG held its fourth annual Board Scholarships and Business Recognition Awards for 2012 in a special ceremony at The Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in Williamstown.

WCIG celebrated the efforts of nominated clients' outstanding progress and achievements on their journey with us, and recognised businesses who support our work in various ways, including by providing employment, equipment and networking opportunities.

This year, twelve scholarships were awarded to WCIG clients who...

WCIG is represented at the CARE Melton Expo

15 Nov 2012 - On Wednesday October 17, WCIG was thrilled to attend the annual CARE (Carers Access Resources Expo) at the Melton Community Hall.

WCIG were invited to exhibit along with more than 35 other establishments and organisations, ranging from carer/disability support services to resource providers. As a provider of Disability Employment Services (DES), WCIG was represented by the Melton site team during the event to connect with carers and people living wit...

WCIG announces successful Disability Employment Services tender bid

1 Nov 2012 -

WCIG is delighted to announce that we have been successful in our tender for the Disability Employment Services program for the 2013-2018 period. WCIG tendered as part of a new consortium called Working Communities Network. This consortium brings together three partner organisations including WCIG, JobCo. and E-Focus. In a...

WCIG joins Reclink and others in the fray of grassroots Aussie Rules footy

18 Jul 2012 - Established since 1990, the charitable organisation Reclink Australia has spent 20 years growing the social seeds of grassroots footy for people experiencing disadvantage.

The Reclink organisation runs a footy competition and many other sporting activities for the underprivileged and at risk who would otherwise be unable to participate. Reclink now operates Australia-wide, and last year boasted over 4000 events and activities offering over 80,000 opportunities across 14 national networks to ...

A message from the CEO

17 Apr 2012 -

If the hive of activity we’ve got buzzing away at WCIG is any indication, the year is already well underway. For some, it is business as usual, but for those in regional areas, yet another round of battening down the hatches is unfortunately in order. Parallel to this, the latest economic news is that some states are...

It's Community Organisations Meeting time again!

14 Feb 2012 - With the Christmas period behind us, it's time for all the Community Organisations to come together to share the latest on their missions

The Community Organisations Meetings (COM) are a fantastic way of getting in amongst all the great work that so many groups are doing in the western region, for so many people. Colourful, inspiring stories of highlights, lowlights and everything in between from our guest speakers always make COMs a great place to get in to...

WCIG’s staff go above and beyond to strengthen leadership and community engagement skills

5 Jan 2012 - WCIG’s Gabrielle Curtain, a Disability Employment Services Team Leader in our St Albans office, recently took part in the Sunshine District Leadership Training Program, facilitated by the Brimbank City Council.

The annual program is open to local students, residents or employees over the age of 18 with an interest in leadership and community issues, but is subject to very limited places upon application. Gabrielle had seen the eight-week leadership program advertised on the council website and decided to give it a go. ‘WCIG...

WCIG's Annual Board Scholarship Presentation & 25th Anniversary Celebration

19 Dec 2011 - There wasn't a frown in the room as WCIG blended their 25th anniversary milestone and presented scholarships to some driven and deserving clients.

On Monday the 14th of November at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria Clubhouse in Williamstown, the board of WCIG held a special event which encompassed two important features: WCIG’s illustrious 25th anniversary of operation, and also the presentation of an outstanding 13 Board Scholarships awarded to some remarkable ...

WCIG Business Recognition Awards

19 Dec 2011 - For 25 years WCIG has been in the business of creating partnerships for employment and in this time we have established links with a vast network of employers who play an integral role in working with us to realise our vision.

Each year our partner organisations assist us by providing employment and training opportunities to thousands of job seekers. In recognition of the valuable contribution that such organisations make to our continued success WCIG CEO Ron Miers presented the first of WCIG's Business Recognition Awards to seven outstanding bu...

A message from the CEO

19 Dec 2011 - As the year draws to a close it is encouraging to reflect on our many accomplishments and how far the organisation has evolved since its inception back in 1986.

2011 has been an extraordinary year for WCIG. It was with a great sense of excitement that we launched LoveLuvo in August and established the WCIG Social Enterprise Group. We celebrated our 25th Anniversary with a special stakeholder event with the presentation of the Annual Board Scholarships.

WCIG st...

WCIG clients shine in NDCO WMR Excellence Awards 2011

15 Dec 2011 - On Sunday 4th December 2011 at Logan Reserve in Altona, our very own WCIG clients Scott Dawson and Kevin Affleck were awarded at the NDCO Western Metropolitan Region Excellence Award under the employment category as the winner and runner up respectively.

This all took place at ‘A Celebration for International Day of People with Disability’. Scott and Kevin were nominated by their WCIG employment consultants, Ashleigh Daniel and Brooke Pretty. The awards were open in three categories to people with a disability aged between 15 and 64 that are living in Melbourne...

WCIG Scholarship recipient Ingi Barr takes mental health message out to students in the west as part of Mental Health Week

15 Jun 2011 -

To celebrate Mental Health Week October 10-16, WCIG is pleased to be sponsoring mental health advocate, Ingi Barr, as she takes to schools in the west to tackle the stigma surrounding mental illness. She will also be presenting at the WCIG Annual Scholarship Presentation Ceremony, of which only one year ago, she was a reci...