WA Association of Polish Women was established in 1969 and was incorporated in 1973.
From being a Polish organization our expertise developed in a variety of skills and we were able to take on new tasks and new responsibilities.
In 2009 we celebrated our 40th Anniversary with a gala dinner and publication "Courage and Faith" compiling the 40 years of our achievements.
Over a period of 45 years we have successfully provided many services for people from many Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.
The following services were/are provided by the Association of Polish Women:
1980 - 1983 Community Refugee Settlement Scheme (CRSS) funded by the Immigration Department. Our Association sponsored over 30 families fleeing from Poland who were in refugee camps in Austria, Italy and Greece.
1981 - 1998 Grant-In-Aid Worker (GIA) - The Department of Immigration funded a social welfare worker to be was employed for the Polish community to assist them with settlement issues.
1998 - 2002 Multicultural Aged Care Coordinator (MACC) funded by the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs.
1993 - present Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) funded by the Federal Department of Health and Ageing. It is a most rewarding program visiting Polish people in nursing homes.
1996 - 2013 Emergency Relief Funding - funding from Lotteries Commission and Department of Housing and Community Services.
1996 - present RAINBOW - Home Care Packages (HCP)
2000 - 2004 Umbrella (HACC) Home and Community Care Program
2007 - 2012 Community Partners Program (CPP)
2007 - 2013 Dementia Helpline - For Macedonian people.
We are currently providing the following services:
For our members we provide social and cultural activities. Our regular monthly meetings reduce social isolation and allow our members to become part of the bigger community.