Advocacy

ConnectGroups’ goal is to assist individuals to alleviate isolation, helplessness, suffering and distress and to develop and maintain Support Groups within the community. We are committed to promoting the benefits of Support Groups through engagement with government and non-government agencies in order to influence and assist policy which will ensure the capacity building and viability of key stakeholders.

ConnectGroups attends many cross-sectoral events at both Government and non-Government levels (such as events held by Mental Health Commission’s Partnership in Recovery Workshops, Health Symposium, Health Department workshops, Partnership Forum, ICCWA, Volunteering WA, Homeless Connect, Sorry Day, the Peaks Forum, Recovery College.) These experiences give us the opportunity to explain what we do to the wider community, to strengthen networks for our consumers and to be the voice for Support Groups across Western Australia.

Thriving Groups, Connected Communities: Peer Support Group Sector State Budget Submission 2024-2025

ConnectGroups is pleased to present its 2024-25 Peer Support Group Sector State Budget Submission: Thriving Groups, Connected Communities. The Submission was informed by a series of Sector consultations that explored the challenges faces by Peer Support Groups and their members, and resourcing requirements to ensure groups remain robust and sustainable.

The Submission focuses on three priority areas – Resources, Capability, and Demand – and provides 8 recommendations for State Government to support the growth and sustainability of the peer Support Group Sector.

Click here to download the 2024-25 State Budget Submission.

Building a Resilient Sector: 2022-24 Peer Support Group Sector Plan

ConnectGroups is pleased to present its 2022-24 Peer Support Group Sector Plan (The Plan). The Plan was informed by a series of Sector consultations that explored the challenges faces by Peer Support Groups, their immediate and long-term priorities, and resourcing requirements to ensure a sustainable Peer Support Group Sector.

The Plan articulates key priority areas, activities, and funding recommendations over a two-year period to address the needs of the Sector.

The Plan aims to contribute to and inform government decision-making by ensuring that the voice of the Peer Support Group Sector is represented, ensuring a strong Sector and, in turn, connected, thriving communities.

Click here to download the 2022-24 Peer Support Group Sector Plan.

Flourishing Together: WA Framework for Support Group Sector Recovery

ConnectGroups is pleased to present its WA Framework for Support Group Sector Recovery (the Framework) to government in 2020.

The Framework aims to contribute to and inform government decision-making by ensuring that the voice of the Support Group sector is represented.

ConnectGroups presents strategic recommendations, informed by the Support Group sector, to reflect what is most needed to help this community-led sector continue to flourish and expand.

Click here to download the WA Framework for Support Group Sector Recovery

2020-21 Pre-Budget Submission

ConnectGroups is pleased to deliver its inaugural Pre-Budget Submission (PBS) to government in 2019 for the 2020-21 State budget.

The PBS is informed by member consultation and engagement and founded on strengths-based practice and asset-based community development principles which drive organisational service provision.

ConnectGroups advocates for the voice of its sector to government across a range of priority areas contributing to the informed and effective allocation of resources, funding, and reform direction.

Click here to download the 2020-21 Pre-Budget Submission.