The APS Sydney Branch Community Wellbeing Award” encourages community participation and involvement in National Psychology Week by supporting community groups to plan and implement projects that encourage psychological wellbeing in the community.

  1. The monetary awards are to support the continuation of developed programs, projects or initiatives which encourage psychological wellbeing in the community.

Administration

  1. The Sydney Branch Committee is responsible for administering the Award and for funding of the Award.
  2. The Sydney Branch Committee will appoint a panel of at least three (3) other members of the Sydney Branch to be responsible for administering, judging and recommending an appropriate Award winner or winners to the APS Board.
  3. The Sydney Branch Committee may seek external sponsorship for the Award.
  4. The Award will be presented during National Psychology Week. Award results are to be released to the media through the APS and recorded on the Sydney Branch pages of the Society’s website.
  5. Nominations must be received by the advertised closing date and time. A confirmation email will be sent once a submission has been received.

Eligibility

  1. Projects, programs or initiatives nominated must be accessible to and have relevance for enhancing psychological wellbeing for people within the local government areas in common with the boundaries of the APS Sydney Branch region (refer list below).
  2. The project, programs or initiatives nominated must operate at some time during the 12 months prior to the call for nominations in the month of July.
  3. The project, program or initiative nominated must be overseen/ administered by a community group or organisation staffed, at least in part, by volunteers.
  4. Projects, programs or initiatives which have previously received this award are not eligible to nominate for three years unless there is a significant change or development in the project, program or initiative that is being nominated for the award.
  5. Nominations of eligible projects, programs or initiatives may be accepted from members of the APS and from other interested people/organisations.

Nomination process

  1. The selection committee will call for nominations by writing to all local councils in the Sydney Branch region informing them of the Award. An application form will be included, together with a description of the criteria and award. The form will carry an introductory statement from the APS Sydney Branch Chair.
  2. The Award will also be advertised to the member organisations of the Council of Social Service of New South Wales (NCOSS) either directly or through the NCOSS Newsletter.
  3. Nominations should be on the official form which includes a description of the project that has encouraged community wellbeing, summarises the project outcomes for the year to July and outlines the purpose to which the Award money would be directed.
  4. Organisations may nominate their own project, program or initiative for an Award.
  5. Any supporting documentation such as evaluation reports of programs must be accurately summarised
  6. An independent panel nominated by the APS Sydney Branch Committee will select Award winners to present to the APS Board for approval. The decision will be final.

Selection criteria

The panel will have regard to whether or not the project undertaken by the community group or organisation has demonstrably encouraged psychological wellbeing within the community.

Value of the award

Successful APS Sydney Branch Community Wellbeing Award winners will receive:

  1. A prize of up to $5000 (if more than one award is given, the prize money will be shared); and
  2. a certificate.
  3. Up to 5 hours of voluntary support to organisations may be offered by members of the APS Sydney Branch Committee

Closing date

The closing date in September will be published on the APS website and noted in invitations to submit nominations.

Local Government Areas covered by APS Sydney Branch – June 2015

Ashfield Hurstville Pittwater
Blacktown Kogarah Randwick
Blue Mountains Ku-ring-hai Rockdale
Botany Bay Lane Cove Ryde
Burwood Leichhardt Strathfield
Canada Bay Manly Sutherland
City of Sydney Marrickville The Hills
Hawkesbury Mosman Waverley
Holroyd North Sydney Willoughby
Hornsby Parramatta Woollahra
Hunters Hill Penrith  

Previous winners

2014 Equal first place winners:
Eastern Sydney Suicide Prevention Network
Mum for Mum
2013 St Vincent De Paul’s Warragamba Conference
Hawkesbury High School raising awareness of breast cancer and supporting families affected
Men’s Shed Castle Hill
2012 Not awarded
2011 Not awarded
2010 Not awarded
2009  For The Men's Shed at Mary MacKillop Outreach - The Council of the Municipality of Ashfield
Never Too Old: Metro Migrant Resource Centre - supported by the Bankstown City Council
Kirribilli Tea Rooms Training Café - North Sydney Council