This year’s 2021 Annual Report features the achievements of our staff, volunteers, stakeholders and members to deliver services in support of our most at-risk and vulnerable families pushed further into disadvantage, exploitation and poverty. These efforts were recognised in 2020 when the Society received commendations having exceeded accreditation standards as set out in the Victorian Human Services Standards and the QIC Health and Community Standards. Describing the Society’s “culture of courage” resonates through this report, sharing the accounts of and tributes to our specialisation in pregnancy and early parenting, including the First 1000 Days and the importance in creating safe and nurturing environments for babies and children.
Embedded in our report this year is our new Strategic Plan outlining the Society’s focus for the next 3 years. As you read over this report – reflecting on the stories, the vision and focus as set down in our new strategic plan – I invite you to consider your role in working with us to keep the momentum going. To engage in local networks and opportunities to further the call to action in our work. That the vision of the Society is consistent with that set out 50 years ago, and to reflect on where we are today, and the need to continue to build the momentum for change in keeping families together.
Dr Jennifer Weber CEO