Souths Cares has been rewarded for its community work by becoming the Inaugural winners of a Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia (SIMNA) Award on Thursday.
The charity took out the SIMNA Award in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category, while also being runners-up in the ‘Excellence in Social Impact Measurement for Not for Profits’ category – a category that saw the likes of the Smith Family and Anglicare participate.
The awards recognise excellence in independent measurement and evaluation of community and not-for-profit programs.
Acting Souths Cares General Manager, Leellen Lewis, was proud to have the organisation recognised by the independent body.
“This is a fantastic result for Souths Cares and is a vote of confidence for what we are trying to achieve in the community,” said Leellen.
“SIMNA is an independent body that is all about improving social outcomes for people and communities, creating a fairer society for all Australians.
“To be recognised in this way – and among so many charitable organisations – is a wonderful testament to the hard work being done across our programs.
Leellen praised Souths Cares staff for their tireless efforts in delivering the charity’s many programs, as well as the continual evaluation of them to optimise their social impact.
“The Souths Cares team are improving both their workplace practices and delivery of services to the community daily and this award is a testament to their performance.”
Leellen also said that Souths Cares would like to recognise the work and support of the University of Sydney in assisting the organisation to develop their evaluation process.
Souths Cares is an independent not-for-profit public benevolent institution, established to support the local community and address social need across the South Sydney region. Its charter is to support disadvantaged, marginalised and indigenous youth and their families with a specific focus on education, training, health and employment.