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Community work recognised on award shortlist

Commission Commission – General

Five organisations committed to finding innovative solutions to pressing social problems have been recognised as finalists for the 2016 Community Organisation Award.

“Faced with complex challenges, these organisations have responded with creativity and compassion,” said Australian Human Rights Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs.

Sponsored by Ernst & Young, the Community Organisation Award is presented annually to a non-government or community-based organisation with a proven track record in promoting and advancing human rights in the Australian community. The winner will be announced at the 30th annual Human Rights Awards.

This year’s shortlist includes a not-for-profit organisation that provides training in film studies and film-making to people with disabilities and a local justice reinvestment initiative aiming to break the cycle of imprisonment in the Aboriginal community in Bourke, New South Wales.

“Through their work across Australia, we can see that community-led initiatives are making a positive impact on people’s lives,” said Professor Triggs.

The finalists for the 2016 Community Organisation Award are:

  • Bus Stop Films: For approximately 8 years, Bus Stop Films has provided film studies and film-making opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as advocating for inclusion in the film industry. 
  • Maranguka Community Hub: Maranguka works with Aboriginal families that are experiencing very high levels of social disadvantage and rising crime, with the goal of breaking the cycle of imprisonment for Aboriginal people living in Bourke.
  • Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia: For more than 25 years, the fellowship has provided support and services for people with severe and persistent mental health issues and their families to educate and to empower them.
  • SHINE for Kids: SHINE for Kids uses innovative approaches to support and protect children who have a parent who has been incarcerated, with the goal of minimising and reducing adverse impact.
  • Together for Humanity Foundation: Since 2006, Together for Humanity has worked at local levels to ensure that Jewish, Muslim, Aboriginal and other Australians can enjoy a life free from prejudice and discrimination through a variety of programs and activities.

The Human Rights Awards will be held on Friday 9 December from 12 to 3pm at the Westin Sydney.

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