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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

WCIG Board Scholarships 2014

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

Melton CARE Expo 2014

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

Get Your Learners On - Free License Program

02 Feb 2012 -

WCIG Youth Connections in conjunction with Djerriwarrh Employment & Education Services is currently offering the 'Get Your Learners On - Free License Program' for Youth Connections clients. This 10 week program, which is offered at the WCIG Werribee office every Wednesday from 2.00-3.30pm, is designed to assist young people aged 16 to 19 in obtaining their Learners License Permit.

For more information or to enquire about eligibility please contact Theo on 9731 0447 or email

*Youth Connections is funded by the Commonwealth of Australia as represented by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. 

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...

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...

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...

The Good News: Building Aspirations with Youth Connections

15 Sep 2013 - A little bit of bright side on one of our Youth Connections participants.

Michael* is a young African male who was referred to the Youth Connections Program by New Hope Foundation.

Michael had been expelled from a local Secondary College for fighting and aggression. He is an extremely lively and talkative young person, but polite and respectful as well.

Unfortunately, things bega...

Innovation and Capacity makes itself comfortable at WCIG Goldmark College

31 Jul 2013 - WCIG welcomed State MP Andrew Elsbury at an afternoon tea ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ presentation, recognising our success in obtaining an Innovations and Capacity Grant and for our commitment to education and training in the West.

On Thursday 18 July at 1pm, WCIG held a special afternoon tea at WCIG Goldmark College at Metro West in Footscray. Recently we were successful in obtaining an Innovations and Capacity Grant, awarded by LearnLocal to introduce individual online learner portals for each of our students. These individual learner portals will ...

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...

Our 'Get Your Learners On' Program plates up more success

25 Jun 2013 - The dedicated Youth Services staff get results with their program to help young people obtain their Learner's Permit.

Onwards and upwards! A little while ago, we reported that the 'Get Your Learners On' free license program was well and truly delivering real results for the local young people of Werribee. Designed as a personal development program for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, the main aim of this program is to assist p...

WCIG Goldmark College's Winter/Spring Course Guide

19 Jun 2013 - It's here! WCIG Goldmark College's Winter/Spring Course Guide is now available!

Sporting a nifty new look, WCIG Goldmark College has released the Winter/Spring Course Guide. With information on our ever-growing selection of Certificate courses, Short Courses, information on Traineeships and Apprenticeships and our delivery of the Australian Apprenticeships Access program.

To obtain your copy o...

The WCIG factor at The W-Factor: Werribee's Weerama Festival

26 Mar 2013 - On Sunday March 24, WCIG joined in the excitement that was The W-Factor, Wyndham Youth Talent Competition, as part of the Weerama Festival in Werribee.

WCIG's Youth Connections proudly sponsored the $1,000 first prize of this fantastic event on the 2-day Weerama Festival calendar. The stellar lineup of acts, starring youths from around the Wyndham region, had all competed at The W-Factor heats the week prior to secure a place in the Top 20 Finalists.

The day of th...

WCIG's Youth Connections on board with CREATE at Camp Cooriemungle

25 Mar 2013 - One of our dedicated Youth Connections team members from our Werribee office, Theo, joined the team at CREATE Youth to attend the picturesque grounds of Camp Cooriemungle.

Last week, Theo from WCIG's Youth Connections had the pleasure of accompanying students from CREATE Youth on a camp to Camp Cooriemungle, approximately 200kms northeast of Melbourne, near Port Campbell. Surrounded by Victoria's breathtaking natural scenery, Camp Cooriemungle boasts a wide variety of indoor and outdoor acti...

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

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 ...

'Get Your Learners On' Youth Services Program Passes the Test

30 Jan 2013 - The dedicated Youth Services staff get results with their program to help young people obtain their Learner's Permit.

Our Werribee office has been paving the way for more young people who may not have the support or the funds to go ahead and obtain their Learner's Permit. The 'Get Your Learners On' free license program was designed as a personal development program for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, with the main aim of assi...

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 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 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...

WCIG’s Youth Connections Learner Driver Program – Werribee

30 Mar 2012 - Encouraging a sense of independence and direction is a very important part of becoming an adult.

Every Wednesday afternoon, a group of young Werribee residents gather in a bright computer room in WCIG’s local office to go through the Vic Roads online practice tests. This is all in preparation for getting on track to get their learners permits with costs covered by WCIG’s Learner Driver program. The program...

Lentil as Anything Warms our February Community Organisations Meeting (COM)

9 Mar 2012 - For our February meeting, we were thrilled to again be in the homely surrounds of Lentil as Anything’s Footscray restaurant

We were treated to words from guest speakers, Majella Grainger from Urban Green Living and Learning Hub and our own Youth Connections representatives, Rowan Muir, and Chrisoula and Nicole Mavroudis – who each deal with different facets of youth services at WCIG.

Majella’s overview of the Urban Green L...

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...

WynBay and Youth Connections - It's all about YOUth Forum

10 Jan 2012 - In March 2011, Youth Connections and WynBay Local Learning and Employment Network held a community-based forum which encompassed everything from networking between agencies to at-risk youth service strategies.

The relationships between schools and support services are a key feature of WCIG’s successes in the community. Our Youth Connections network is certainly not allowing this cornerstone of the organisation to rest on its laurels. In March of 2011, the community-based It’s All About YOUth Forum involved more than ...

Outreach Program Helps Young African Refugee Men Connect with the Community

9 Jan 2012 - In an ongoing team effort, Youth Connections and outreach workers are actively helping a group of troubled African refugees find their feet and their path in their new home in Australia.

Our experiences during youth greatly affect how we see the world. For young people who experience severe trauma and loss at an early age the negative impacts of such experiences can remain with them long into their adult years. This is certainly true for a group of young African refugees who recently arrived in Australia a...

National Green Jobs Corp - End of Year Update

19 Dec 2011 - The participants are working hard and creating real results on sites at the Australia Light Foundation (ALF) and the Maidstone Community Centre (MCC).

WCIG is delighted to report all the wonderful work that’s happening at the two National Green Jobs Corps (NGJC) sites. Most importantly, we’d love more young people to become a part of this magnificently rewarding program.

We’ve come a long way since the rubble-filled expanse surrounding the ALF b...

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...

Working with Survivors of Sexual Assault Workshops

7 Nov 2011 - In July and August of 2011 WCIG's Youth Connections held workshops tackling the important issue of equipping workers with the valuable skills to effectively help young victims of sexual assault and abuse.

I think we can all agree that the crime of sexual assault and abuse elicits outrage and sadness from most people. But being a trained worker in helping those who fall victim to this horrific offence demands a balance of sensitivity and professionalism – The combination of sexual assault and young people can evoke fea...

StreetSmartStreetSavvy a Success

21 Jul 2011 -

Year 9 students from Debney Park Secondary College and Strathmore Secondary College may have been clowning around in class, but for the 100 young people completing last month’s StreetSmartStreetSavvy course, the curriculum was certainly no laughing matter.

Cyber-bullying, behaviour on public transpor...

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...