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BCR Wins Outstanding Community Organisation

BCR Communities has been celebrating since receiving the Outstanding Community Organisation Award at the recent 2023 Shoalhaven Business Awards.

This is wonderful recognition for the whole BCR team who support the Bay & Basin region through In-Home Aged Care, NDIS, and Youth and Community programs and services.

CEO Heather Marciano said the award is an acknowledgement that while BCR Communities has evolved over the last 30+ years, they have stayed true to their mission to partner with communities and provide person centred services for all.

“Even though we have grown so much, we have never lost that initial enthusiasm, commitment and community focus of the original residents who started BCR back in 1991.” Heather said.

“Having a team of long-term, local staff and volunteers means BCR continues to have a deep knowledge and commitment to the local area and the needs of local communities”.

An example of this is how BCR responded to the voice of local youth. With a higher than average youth unemployment rate in the Bay & Basin, BCR sought the views of local youth and knew that understanding their needs was an important step in finding solutions.

Engaging with local youth as design partners helped BCR to successfully secure a $558,000 Regional Youth Investment Program (RYIP) grant to build a dedicated Youth Space in Sanctuary Point.

“This PODS project will include a pop-up café where local young people can learn barista, hospitality and customer service skills, a meeting and training pod, and a yarning circle. It will be a safe space for young people to improve their health, well-being, connection, creativity, and learning.”

“Being awarded the Outstanding Community Organisation award is a wonderful acknowledgement of the diverse work we do at BCR Communities.”

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