Young mums program wins award

A program for young mums in the western NSW town of Bourke has been recognised as "most innovative" at this week's Catholic Social Services annual awards.

It is a work of Centacare in the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese. The program won the Norma Parker Award for the Most Innovative Program. It helps young pregnant women achieve the equivalent of Year 10 accreditation through TAFE.

The Awards were presented on Tuesday evening at the group's annual conference, at Coffs Harbour.

Also recognised was the work of a respite service for people with disabilities in northern Adelaide.

And yet another initiative from Bourke - a trailer designed to take goods and services to people in more remote areas.

The Awards are now in their seventh year. They recognise the work of Catholic Social Services Australia member organisations, as well as individuals working in the broader social services sector.

Now in their seventh year, the awards pay special tribute to outstanding people, programs and organisations who work tirelessly, and often quietly, for a better life for vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged people.

Three awards were announced ?two which are open exclusively to member organisations and a third which is open to all individuals working in the social services sector.

Catholic Social Services Australia 2007 Awards (CSSA, Media Release, 12/9/07)
STRONG Young Mums Program Wins Award (Loreto Sisters, 14/9/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Catholic Social Services Australia
Good Samaritans get Catholic awards (CathNews, 18/10/06)

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