Vinnies NSW prepares for the future

The transformation of the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW into a contemporary social service agency continues with the launch today of the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan.

Vinnies NSW CEO Jack de Groot said the charity had evolved to become a leading organisation providing both grass-roots assistance via members and volunteers in communities across the state as well as services in the areas of homelessness and supported accommodation, community development, disability and health.

“Vinnies NSW is embedded in a strong heritage and mission.The people we serve are at the heart of everything we do,” Mr de Groot said.

“The 2020 – 2022 Strategic Plan positions Vinnies to build on our achievements while meeting the significant challenges we currently face in the community sector.”

Over the past five years, Vinnies NSW has helped thousands of people experiencing poverty or disadvantage, with 125,000 people receiving assistance in the last 12 months alone.

During this period, Vinnies NSW has raised over $200 million of capital for the construction of over 500 social and affordable dwellings, and Vinnies shops generated $330 million across the State.

As a Local Area Coordinator for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Vinnies NSW is managing more than 30,000 participants in the scheme.

“Partnering with government in the provision of services is both an opportunity and a challenge,” Mr de Groot said.

“Community sector organisations need to have robust governance and sound infrastructure to support service delivery. We need to be able to assess and report on our performance to members and funding bodies, and ensure long-term financial sustainability so we can continue to provide excellent services to people experiencing poverty or disadvantage.”

Mr De Groot said the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan identified six strategic priorities to build upon the recent achievements and provide people experiencing poverty and disadvantage with a ‘hands- up’. They are:

  1. Excellence in service underpinned by evidence and evaluated for impact
  2. A thriving membership, volunteer and employee culture
  3. An entrepreneurial and sustainable financial approach to support our mission
  4. Effective infrastructure and technology platforms and asset management
  5. Robust governance
  6. Advocacy and partnership to reform the structural causes of poverty and disadvantage.

The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW 2020 – 2022 Strategic Plan is available at www.vinnies.org.au/StrategicPlan