In case you haven’t heard already, The Factory is pleased to announce that last night we won the Sydney Business Awards 2012 within the Community and Social Services category. This was extremely surprising given the outstanding caliber of the fellow finalists, who are all equally deserving. It is a great privilege and honour; to have our achievement’s recognised through these prestigious awards.
First of all I would like to acknowledge the support of the residents of Redfern, Waterloo and surrounding communities over the last 35 years. I also acknowledge the hard and dedicated work of our Staff (past and present) the volunteers and our management committee, for their passion, and commitment in striving to implement our mission. I thank all those who voted for us, and for the City of Sydney for hosting these awards.
The community sector particular small organisation like ourselves, struggle to be recognised, despite the huge difference we make to community life. We are faced with the same red tape and regulations as the commercial sector. In additional we wrestle with the burdens caused by unsecure funding, the often unnecessary and divisive competitive tendering processes, and duplicative accountability regulations to our funders and charity regulators. So it is important that our sector is viewed and recognised in the same way as the commercial sector and we thank the Sydney Business Awards, City of Sydney and their sponsors for recognising our sectors contribution.
In addition we like to thank our partner agencies from across the sectors that are diverse and to many to list, However we appreciate them all for their support for our work in terms of funding, sharing their resources, expertise and working with us in the various projects/services which we run. We really appreciate your continued support, and we look forward to working with you in the future as we continue to try and make difference in the communities we serve. With much gratitude,
Mike and the Factory Team
Michael Shreenan Executive officer