The Merriwa Community Services team is committed to developing a culture of learning and leadership and started this year by listening to team members; collecting their feedback through focus groups.

As a result, the following actions are underway:
•    Team members are being encouraged to develop their personal leadership skills.

•    As trauma informed practice is a mandatory skill, to ensure we provide the best service to the young people in our care, our team members will receive PACE training.

PACE is an attachment and brain-based parenting approach, developed as an effective way for caregivers to communicate with, and care for children and young people who have experienced trauma.

The PACE attitude enhances the child’s sense of safety and increases their trust in the caregiver.

•    The NDIS team members will receive Quality, Safety and You training to better support people with disabilities. This module is an interactive online course that explains the obligations of workers under the NDIS Code of Conduct from the perspective of NDIS participants.

Colin McClounan, Manager Community Services said the team is passionate about the work they do with the young people in their care.

“They are constantly developing their skills to improve their capacity to support and engage young people to achieve their goals and have positive experiences that set them up for the future.”