Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Community Services Minister Paul Miles today announced the grant had been awarded to Southcare to continue delivering 'Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards', which creates opportunities for young leaders to succeed on Boards of Governance.
"The Liberal National Government is committed to providing young West Australians with the opportunity to be involved in decision-making bodies in their local communities," Mr Miles said.
"Sitting on a board can be a great way for young people to share in decision-making and use their skills to benefit others. Their knowledge and fresh perspectives can make services, events or decisions more relevant, appropriate and effective."
As part of the program, Southcare will use the grant over two years to encourage local governments and community organisations to improve the representation of young people on community boards.
"The program addresses challenges posed by the ageing profile of current board members while providing more diverse representation and quality members," the Minister said.
"Participants in the program undergo intensive training, attending learning and development opportunities to equip them with the knowledge, experience and networks to accept their first board position or board traineeship."
Mr Miles took the opportunity to meet one of the program's alumni - Laura Koh - who currently sits on the Board of YMCA WA.
"This program has an established alumni and demonstrated results with more than 60 per cent of graduates accepting a board position or traineeship. This is a fantastic result which this funding will help increase in the coming years," he said.