Women spearhead merger of Community First, Volunteer Taskforce and Care Options

Andrea Hall, Moira Watson and Barbara Powell are responsible for the merger.
Andrea Hall, Moira Watson and Barbara Powell are responsible for the merger.

THREE women are behind the recent three-way merger of Perth-based not-for-profit organisations Community First, Volunteer Task Force and Care Options.

The new not-for-profit entity – to be named in coming months – has more than $30 million in revenue, 1000 staff and volunteers and supports 10,000 West Australians in the community.

The merger, spearheaded by Volunteer Task Force chair Moira Watson, former partner of KPMG’s Risk Advisory Services division and chair of Community First Andrea Hall and Barbara Powell, director, City Living at the City of Kwinana and former chair of Care Options, has been carried out in eight months.

New chief executive Dan Minchin said the women had driven the merger with momentum.

“At a time in Australia when women make up more than 50 per cent of university students, yet only 21.7 per cent of board directors, we should reflect on the stories and achievements of women today,’’ he said on International Women’s Day last Wednesday.

“It’s fair to say the merger in eight months is a story of incredible accomplishment by the women leaders of each organisation.”

“We are creating a purposeful, creative and thriving new care organisation and ensuring a smooth transition of services for all our clients, as we continue to build a reputation for providing exceptional community care services,’’ Dr Watson added.

Care Options is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation that helps elderly, ill, disabled and socially isolated people live and participate in their community.

Care Options’ multiple programs span South West Metropolitan Perth, as well as a small outlet in Adelaide, and include a range of home and community services.

Volunteer Task Force provides people of limited financial, social and physical capacity the chance to live with safety, amenity and comfort in surroundings of their choice.

The organisation provides gardening, domestic assistance, home maintenance, social visits and outings for people who are elderly or have disabilities.

Community First has grown over 30 years from a small Mandurah community services provider to being one of WA’s most respected support based organisations and a stable, recognised member of the local WA community, providing services to seniors, people with a disability and those experiencing mental illness.