Diversity Award, sponsored by Lotterywest

Connection and Wellbeing Australia

Connection and Wellbeing Australia (CAWA) has led the way in LGBTIQA+ suicide prevention and mental health. Using a social enterprise framework CAWA has been able to bring together LGBTIQA+ groups and services and the mental health and suicide prevention sectors to work together to ensure that both peer and mainstream supports and services are operating in a safe and inclusive way.  

CAWA has spearheaded best practice to suicide prevention by the Pathways to Excellence project, mapping out what services and supports need in order to be inclusive for all Australians (not just LGBTIQA+ people).  

CAWA delivered all the foundational work for the adaption of safeTALK and ASIST for LGBTIQ+ communities and delivered succeed first-aid workshops to more than 3200 LGBTIQA+ people across WA, creating a network of peers that can support one another in a way that is safe for all. 

headspace Pilbara 

headspace Pilbara supports young people aged 12-25 years within the domains of mental health, primary and sexual health, alcohol and other drugs and educational and vocational matters. This is successfully achieved in the Pilbara due to the human-centred design method that this service model was created upon in 2017, which involved young people, their family and friends, elders, stakeholders and community members to build what they wanted for Australia’s first and only trial of the national headspace model.  

Without a physical centre, the team of eight professionals are mobile, agile and flexible, and based in the three major towns of the region – Karratha, Hedland and Newman. This means all team members can go to the young people wherever and whenever they are.

Dismantle 

Dismantle’s mission is to use hands-on activities to connect with and mentor at-risk youth, enabling them to become valued and valuable members of society. Adopting a preventative and early intervention approach, Dismantle offers engaging outreach programs to mentor, train and employ disengaged young people aged 15-25 years in Perth. This starts with BikeRescue, where participants receive 30 hours of bicycle mechanic sessions alongside mentoring from qualified occupational therapists and youth workers. Participants restore two bicycles: the first to donate to a charity of their choice and the second is ‘earned’ for them to keep. Once graduated, participants are encouraged to continue in Dismantle's work readiness program, JobReadii, for up to 600 hours of case management and paid on-the-job training at its social enterprises (landscaping and bicycle repairs). Case management addresses individual growth and needs (eg. accommodation, counselling, rehabilitation, transport) to ensure a sustainable future.