Bottom-up for forum

Guests at the launch. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d417542
Guests at the launch. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d417542

Launched last Wednesday at Hamilton Hill’s Manning Park, the aim of the South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum (SWMPF) ” which brings together not-for-profit and government service providers from Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville ” is to take a bottom-up approach to services, with initiatives driven by the community.

Forum chair Michael Piu said pooling services would help address community concerns more efficiently.

‘It has been demonstrated again and again that the bottom-up approach makes for more responsive and effective community services and supports,’ he said.

‘If we have the usual suspects around the table, we will get the usual results. We need different perspectives to get different results.’

A common theme among three guest speakers at the launch was the confusion about available services. People had no idea where to go to get help.

Community partnership broker Karin MacArthur said the forum would help clear up the confusion.

‘One of the first steps we have taken in relation to raising awareness of the many different services available is to create an online one-stop shop of all the different listings available,’ she said.

‘One of our four priority projects ” the co-ordination of wrap-around services ” is designed precisely to address individuals with multiple needs who may be falling through the gaps and to stop the referral run-around.’

The first project will be unveiled in June.

Visit swmpf.org.au for more information.