Rosemount Good Shepherd wins Merit Award for Organisational Service Excellence at Catholic Social Services Australia awards

Posted 23 October 2014 12:29pm

Media Release

23 October 2014

The Waranara Centre, established by Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services, was awarded a Merit Award for Organisational Service Excellence at the 2014 Catholic Social Services Australia Awards.

Good Shepherd has created an alternative education program to provide support for young people at risk of disengagement from education and training. Social and familial issues including mental health issues, family breakdown, transience, behavioural problems and victimisation mean that some young people struggle to engage with mainstream education and training.

Good Shepherd believes that all young people have a right to access educational opportunities within a context that is responsive to their individual life circumstances and personal attributes. The Waranara Centre was created in response to this belief.

Catholic Social Services Australia Award judges recognised the vital role that education plays in the lives of young people, affording them a strong foundation from which to begin adult life. “This program assists not only young people but their families as well,” said the judges. “The programme has demonstrated the significant impact created in the lives of young people by developing an education environment that is sensitive to their needs. Mental health and other social issues are increasingly prevalent among young people, and we need to be creative in responding to these needs.”

The 12th Annual Catholic Social Services Australia Awards were announced on Tuesday evening at Parliament House, Canberra in the presence of Senators and Members of Federal Parliament.

Catholic Social Services Australia is the Catholic Church’s peak national body for social service agencies across the country. For over 50 years it has assisted its member agencies to promote a fairer, more inclusive society that reflects and supports the dignity, equality and participation for all people.

The Catholic Social Services Australia Awards pay tribute to the outstanding programmes, organisations and people, who work tirelessly and often quietly for a better life for vulnerable people within our communities.

Media queries, including high resolution images, please contact Chris Norris on (02) 6285 1366

For more information on The Waranara Centre, please contact Lyn Harrison, Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services on (02) 8571 7800.

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