Helping migrants and refugees find work, a campaign to increase funding for community legal centres and helping people access their historical records, the HESTA Community Sector Awards celebrates Australians who are making a difference in their community.
Split into three categories, the HESTA Community Sector Awards recognise exceptional service provision, advocacy and leadership in social justice and community services.
HESTA CEO, Debby Blakey said this year’s winners displayed outstanding leadership in addressing social justice in their communities and in developing services that promote equality.
“This year’s winners have proven themselves as leaders in addressing social disadvantage. Through their programs and services they have helped individuals and communities overcome inequality to build better lives.
“Their work has provided an avenue for people to access life changing assistance and community services, contributing to building a stronger more resilient communities. We are proud to be able to recognise them through the HESTA Community Sector Awards,” said Ms Blakey.
The Unsung Hero Award went to Jenny Glare from the Heritage and Information Services at Mackillop Family Services for helping Australians raised in orphanages and children’s homes access their historical records.
The Outstanding Organisation Award went to WEstjustice for establishing the Employment Law Project which helps migrants and refugees overcome disadvantage in employment in the western suburbs of Melbourne.
The Social Impact Award went to Community Legal Centres Queensland for campaigning for more Government funding for their services which provides support to 33 independent, community-led legal centres across Queensland.
More information on each of the winners can be found here.