Sydney Alliance needs your help

NSWNA members are encouraged to take part in training to help strengthen our local communities.

The Sydney Alliance is a citizens’ coalition committed to social change and building stronger communities. In November 2007, 13 organisations came together and committed to funding a vision: to establish stronger relationships between religious organisations, unions and community organisations.

Initial training and leadership programs took place in 2008 and the Alliance now boasts 21 member organisations, including the NSWNA, Arab Council Australia, Jewish Board of Deputies, Wesley Mission, Asian Women at Work and Unions NSW.

Over the next two years the Alliance is looking to grow the network of organisations involved to ensure that it is geographically, ethnically, religiously and socially representative of Sydney. Its goal is to act for the common good, to achieve social change and build peace in our communities.

NSWNA is encouraging members to take part in the Alliance’s upcoming training programs. You don’t have to be involved as a union official – all you need is an interest in and commitment to building relationships with members of Sydney’s diverse communities.

The next two-day training takes place on Sunday 15 and Sunday 22 November and provides an introduction to community organising techniques used by the Sydney Alliance. There will also be training for people committed to understanding the craft of community organising and who want to play a key role in leading the activities of the Alliance inside their organisation and acting as a bridge between the member organisations.

Contact Rita Martin on 8595 1234 or email rmartin@nswnurses.asn.au if you’d like to take part.

More information about the Sydney Alliance can be found online at

www.sydneyalliance.org.au