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2016 Steve Lawrence Innovation Award

IMPACT Community Services last night received a prestigious national award for their community Street Outreach Service. The Steve Lawrence Innovation Award was presented at the Connecting up Conference in Sydney where IMPACT’s Chief Executive Tanya O’Shea was presented with the accolade.
“What a wonderful surprise; receiving awards like this truly inspire us to continue the work that we do. Our Street Outreach volunteers directly meet and support the homeless or those at risk of homelessness and it is that connection to others, a simple conversation and having someone to listen which can make all the difference in the lives of the people we meet,” Ms O’Shea said. “Outreach is a community-led project, a service that has been identified by the community as a gap that needed to be filled. I thank our board of directors for being brave enough to invest in a non-funded, but necessary service, and our volunteers for making outreach possible,” she said.
Street Outreach coordinator Cristel Simmonds said the service is only as valuable as the community support it is given. “Street Outreach relies on community contributions and that support is what makes it a success. It is our fantastic team of volunteers who commit their time to helping others and our valuable partnerships with many local businesses who help make the support service the best that it can be.”
The Steve Lawrence Innovation Award is named in memory of the founding father of CoAct (previously known as Job Futures), who inspired many with his social innovation initiatives. The significant annual award recognises a CoAct member organisation who has developed an innovative approach to improving opportunities, social inclusion and community partnerships.
This vital community service will continue to offer people on the streets a safe and trusted contact and gateway to other services and advocacy advice. The van carries Street Swags, blankets, warm drinks, and essential items like basic foods, toiletries and sanitary items that can all make a night on the street more comfortable for those sleeping rough. Volunteers are always welcome to join the team.