Yearly Archive: 2019

Most Signicant Change Story – Being inclusive

Posted on September 21, 2019 in GROW Updates

I was saying that [name] had barriers to employment: Mental illness; fairly significant challenges in terms of work; long term unemployed – these are the limitations that [the employee] had. We teamed up with another GROW signatory called Encompass Community Services – that we recruited [the employee] through, and they also provided us with support...

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Most Significant Change – Spending Local

Posted on August 27, 2019 in Good News Stories

The idea of GROW is a natural fit for our business. … Before the change we would have stated very clearly that our business buys locally and this would have happened naturally and I would have stated that that policy view would have been well communicated to the team that was making purchasing decisions/procurement decisions...

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Where are we at? GROW Start Up Review

Posted on August 27, 2019 in GROW Updates

How is GROW going? What has been achieved? Any ideas about what should happen next? To answer these questions, an external review of GROW was undertaken by Clear Horizon Consulting, reflecting on the activities and outcomes of the GROW initiative during the start-up phase. Whilst the review reflected on past achievements, the main focus was...

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Most Significant Change – Barwon Water

Posted on August 26, 2019 in Good News Stories

Being a local government buyer for the region it was a great opportunity for us to make a difference – and to make that difference we needed to create a partnership with an organisation with more knowledge and expertise in the procurement and social enterprise space that could assist Barwon Water meeting its policy requirements...

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Most Significant Change – Colac Area Heath

Posted on August 25, 2019 in Good News Stories

My involvement with GROW came about when Colac Area Health become compact signatories. There are several parts of the organisation that are connected to GROW in different ways. My involvement with GROW is due to the fact I oversee both procurement and the unskilled workforce in the food services department. Becoming a compact signatory has...

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Most Significant Change – Making links to community

Posted on August 21, 2019 in Good News Stories

Well I became involved in GROW through my manager […], with my role being I suppose … around employment and training opportunities and the Department of Justice and Community Safety  already working with GROW, she thought it would be [of] benefit to work with [Liz Everist, GROW backbone] and from there it has grown into...

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Most Significant Change – Committee for Geelong

Posted on August 19, 2019 in Good News Stories

Jennifer Cromarty, Committee for Geelong, shares her most significant change story as part of the review of the Start-Up Phase of GROW.   What is a Most Significant Change story? The Most Significant Change (MSC) technique is a form of monitoring and evaluation that involves the collection of significant change stories across the GROW collective....

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Most Significant Change – Aus Pits

Posted on August 19, 2019 in Good News Stories

Cameron Shepherd, Aus Pits, shares his most significant change story as part of the review of the Start-Up Phase of GROW, and how unique solutions to recruitment have improved staff morale, productivity and efficiencies.   What is a Most Significant Change story? The Most Significant Change (MSC) technique is a form of monitoring and evaluation...

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Most Significant Change – Be Inclusive

Posted on August 16, 2019 in Good News Stories

I was saying that [name] had barriers to employment: Mental illness; fairly significant challenges in terms of work; long term unemployed – these are the limitations that [the employee] had. We teamed up with another GROW signatory called Encompass Community Services – that we recruited [the employee] through, and they also provided us with support...

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BTS inspiring change

Posted on July 21, 2019 in Good News Stories

As a reasonably small business, with a strong vision and focus on supporting the local community, BTS-Business Technology Specialists joined GROW knowing their commitment aligned strongly with GROW principles. However, on providing expenditure data to GROW and receiving their individual dashboard, Stan Corner (CEO) was surprised to find how much  leakage of spend had occurred...

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