As we bid farewell to 2023, I feel both humble and excited, reflecting on the remarkable journey we’ve undertaken together. What a remarkable year it has been, marked by its fair share of challenges, highlights, achievements, partnerships, and the spirit of perseverance that defines the very essence of LEAD.

A Resounding 98.9% Satisfaction: It brings me immense joy to share that an overwhelming 98.9% of community sector practitioners in Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains have expressed their satisfaction with our services. LEAD’s ‘Hand-in-hand: Make it Happen… Make it Matter’ conference in March 2023 provided a platform for over 100 delegates from more than 45 organizations to come together, hear from subject matter experts, community leaders, and researchers in the fields of child, youth, family, and community work. Your trust and contentment are the cornerstones of our work, and we are deeply humbled by this resounding vote of confidence. This fuels our passion and dedication to serving you even better in 2024.

Strengthening Connections and Purposeful Innovation: Our success story is written through the bonds of our partnerships, from the Aboriginal Workforce Development Program (AWDP) to the transformative experiential learning opportunities like ‘Trauma to Healing… the Transformation Trajectory’ complemented by follow-up Reflective Supervision sessions. Initiatives such as Community of Practice: Working towards a comparable and culturally appropriate set of Principles, Policies, Standards and Procedures for the Community Sector, Pillars of ResilienceGrowing School-Community Partnership, and the Linker Network have underscored our commitment to purposeful innovation and community enrichment.

Embracing the Future: Building on the momentum of our 2023 achievements, 2024 promises to be a year of extending our experiential learning opportunities to Community Sector workforce in regional and remote NSW. Collaborating with NSW Western Sydney Health and local Councils, we will address the distinctive challenges linked to vaping among young individuals. Additionally, we look forward to facilitating tailored Community Sector Advocacy training in partnership with Toongabbie Legal Centre and, in collaboration with key stakeholders, raising community awareness about coercive control, the new laws, and available support services.

As we enter the festive season and welcome a new year, let’s carry with us the humility of gratitude, the energy of accomplishment, and the anticipation of new horizons. Together, we have the power to continue making a positive impact in the lives of those we support and collaborate with.

Wishing you all a festive season filled with moments of joy, laughter, and moments of shared happiness.
Thank you for your ongoing support for LEAD. Here’s to a heartwarming close to 2023 and the exciting adventures that await us in 2024!
Best Wishes
Sharmily Nagarsekar