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State Social Command Victoria Launches 2016 Annual Report

‘Hope Through Action’ has defined the State Social Command’s mission since its launch on January 13th, 2015. 

To highlight a year of hope through education, collaboration, advocacy, dignity and community, The State Social Command released its first annual report ‘Hope Through Action.’

Over 120 Salvation Army leaders, state sector partners and staff filled The Substation in Newport at the launch of the report, to hear how social services have delivered hope to clients across Victoria.

Before the official proceedings attendees were invited to hear a personal story from Thanh Troung, a former client, through a live Q & A which was led by Barry Gittins from the social program department at THQ.

Thanh openly shared his experience in foster care, from bouncing from placements to finding a family who could take him into permanent care. With the support of his carers, Westcare and the Hugh Williamson foundation, the 24 year old was encouraged to pursue studies in medicine, where he is now studying to become a doctor.

Rob Hulls, the Director at the Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT, delivered a keynote address where he warmly congratulated the State Social for joining their services together to create a better operational structure, with stronger focus on communication, greater information sharing ability and an overarching best practice amongst the different social programs.

Mr. Hulls also emphasised and deepened his call for services to continue to integrate and collaborate in order to be responsive to those seeking assistance.

“…Holistic approaches are absolutely crucial if we’re fair dinkum about providing holistic social justice to those who are most in need. We all have get better I think at bringing services together and delivering them and funding them, indeed also at teaching them in a multidisciplinary way.”

To download your copy of this year’s annual report, click here.