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The WCS Story

WCS Story

Woden Community Service (WCS) has been true to its mission and purpose since it was established in 1969. Our values of hope, community, integrity and responsiveness continue to form the cornerstone of each and every service we provide - from child care to working with seniors. We have a strong, respectful service intention that offers flexibility and choice to people across the ACT and we work with stakeholders to build a vibrant and connected community.

WCS commenced as a small volunteer collective to assist young families moving into what was then a Greenfield residential area. Our founders understood the importance of building strong resilient communities through the services we provide.

We offer our service users hope and support through the way we engage and listen to what they want in their lives and how we can assist them to achieve it. This can been seen in our Children’s Programs where we listen to the individual interests and concerns of children and parents and build our services based on their needs and wants for the future.

WCS is committed to building stronger communities and creating connections for people who may not be well connected and are seeking purposeful and valued roles in our community. We do this through our work with people, organisations and government for example our history in running community events in partnership such as the Woden Valley Festival, Lift Off Youth Music Festival and the Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

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We believe that reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is vitally important to a healthy community, particularly in redressing the disadvantage that they have experienced through colonisation. We partner with other organisations to create opportunities for reconciliation in the community through our Reconciliation Action Plan and recognition of important events.

We practice integrity in all aspects of our work in providing quality services and outcomes for people. Reliability, honesty, transparency and collaboration are components of this value that define who we are and what we do. This can be seen in our open partnership with other organisations and government and through our internal accountability and governance.

WCS is responsive to the crises within the ACT community. We recognize what needs to be done and step forward to respond to any emergency. We were a key partner in the recovery efforts of the 2003 bushfires and have also been working with people affected by the Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos in the ACT.

Our future is built on our history, our values and the key role we play in our community to enrich lives. We are well placed to thrive in the challenging environment ahead and we recognise the importance of our staff, community and partners in our continuing success for the future.

Acknowledgement of Country

"Woden Community Service acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional owners and custodians of this land and their continuing connection to land and community. We also acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have come from other nations to live on Ngunnawal land. We pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders past, present and future."