New Strategic Plan to be Delivered in 2023

Society members, volunteers and employees have their say in the future direction of the Society.

The Society is developing a new Strategic Plan to guide our future response to current and emerging social challenges.

To inform the development of the Strategic Plan, the State Council, members of the ELT (Executive Leadership Team) and the strategy team conducted consultations in all regions. Consultations took place between July and October and were designed to ensure that our work continues to be informed by the voices of those who support the Society in its work.

Regional consultations were conducted in Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Warrawong, Gosford, Sydney. Penrith, Dubbo, Bathurst, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Tamworth, Waitara, Woolloomooloo, and Wilcannia-Forbes. There was also a general online session for members and a Youth Committee consultation.

We had over 300 members and over 50 volunteers and employees offering their views about the future of the Society and the impact that we want to have on the people we assist and our communities.

Consultation participants told us that they would like to see the Society support the people we assist to achieve self-determination, an improved sense of hope and resilience, housing stability, social inclusion, and integration into community.

Other common themes were:

  • the housing crisis as a main concern across all regions
  • social connectedness as a key impact of membership services
  • opportunities to collaborate internally within our Vinnies networks
  • opportunities to partner with other local organisations, government, and businesses.
  • the need to equip our people with the capabilities and supports required to better support the people we assist, and
  • the need to evolve membership models and to further develop and recognise the valuable work of all our people.

The new strategic goals will reflect these aspirations to deliver better outcomes for the people we assist, to adapt to the specific challenges we face and to leverage our resources to best meet community needs.

The new strategy is expected to be finalised and approved in February, with implementation for the new strategy to commence in July 2023.

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