Community Support WA
Since 2020, Return-It has formed partnerships with five community organizations in Western Australia, offering valuable community support. These partnerships include RAW (Regional Alliance West) in Geraldton, Work Power in Malaga and Welshpool, Para Quad Industries in Shenton Park, Milligan’s in Bunbury, and St. Patrick’s in Cockburn. Generously providing $643,059 in community funding.
St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre (St Pat’s) is a not-for-profit organisation providing community housing and specialist support services for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
Founded in Fremantle in 1972, St Pat’s has been working side-by-side with vulnerable people in our community for 50 years. Their services include everything from basic amenities such as food, showers and clothing to health and dental care, accommodation and opportunities for personal and social development. St Pat’s also leads innovative, collaborative programs to support people experiencing complex challenges and works in partnership with government and human service agencies, local providers and businesses, philanthropists and grassroots organisations across Perth.
St Pat’s highly experienced staff are supported by a group of dedicated volunteers and the team works closely together to provide holistic, integrated support designed to break the cycle of disadvantage and meet the organisation’s goal of ending chronic homelessness in our community.
Workpower is a non-profit organization based in Western Australia that provides a range of services to support more than 600 people with disability, in the community and in employment.
The organization offers a range of services, including employment support, training and education, and community participation programs. It works with individuals to develop personalized plans to help them achieve their employment goals and provides ongoing support and guidance to help them succeed in the workplace.
Workpower also operates a number of social enterprises, including a wholesale nursery, grounds and garden maintenance, packaging and warehousing services and multiple reuse shops across the Perth Metropolitan area, all of which employ people with disability. The organization works closely with employers and the community to create inclusive and supportive work environments for people with disability.
In addition to its employment services, Workpower also runs a number of community engagement and development programs, including social and recreational activities, and works with local agencies and organizations to promote the inclusion and participation of people with disability in the community.
ParaQuad Industries is part of Alinea Inc, a registered charity, recognised public benevolent institution and registered NDIS provider. Based in Perth in Western Australia, ParaQuad provides employment, training, and support services for people with disability. The organization operates a range of businesses and social enterprises, including packaging and assembly, rag wiper manufacture, and retail sale of collected donations through a number of retail Op Shops.
ParaQuad Industries aims to provide meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities for people with disability, as well as to support them to achieve their employment and personal goals. The organization works closely with individuals to develop personalized employment plans and provides ongoing support and guidance to help them succeed in the workplace.
In addition to its employment and training services, ParaQuad Industries also runs a range of community engagement and development initiatives, including social and recreational activities and training programs. The organization works closely with local agencies and organizations to promote the inclusion and participation of people with disability in the community.
Milligan’s exists with the core purpose to activate the strengths that already exist in the Bunbury community through the power of shared experiences and collective action. Milligan’s core values are a commitment to place, a commitment to people and a commitment to the positive evolution of both the centre and the community it exists to serve.
Regional Alliance West commenced operations in 1984 as the Geraldton Emergency Relief Organisation (GERO) and at that time GERO provided:
A low cost food centre.
A low cost furniture centre.
Emergency relief funding.
Today RAW remains a non-profit organisation providing services to people experiencing disadvantage in the Mid West, Murchison and Gascoyne regions of WA. Towns within these regions experience hardship due to long term drought, lack of employment opportunities, housing shortages and the rising costs of living such as basic food items and fuel prices. Most communities within our service area have a regional price index between 4 – 8% higher than that of the Perth metropolitan area, a situation that is generating increased strain on families and communities already experiencing hardship.