City of Fremantle
City of Kwinana
City of Melville
City of Rockingham
City of South Perth
City of Stirling
City of Swan
City of Subiaco
Shire of Mundaring
State Government Agencies
Mental Health Commission
South Metropolitan Public Health Unit
Community Sector Organisations and Groups
Foundation Housing Ltd
Lake Grace Development Association
Mandurah Community Gardens
Marmun Mia Mia Indigenous Corporation
Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre
REmida Creative Reuse Centre
Ruah Community Services
Uniting Church in the City
Vincent Reconciliation Group
WA Council of Social Services
Private Sector Organisations
Byford and Districts Country Club
Satterley Property Group
Universities / Research Institutes
Edith Cowan University
Telethon Institute of Child Health Research
What our clients say
With a community of almost 100 young people living at Foyer Oxford, developing a positive, aspirational community was a challenge. It was a real pleasure to have Anne walk alongside our complex service provision and provide innovative, constructive advice at the intersection of service design, place making, and service user consultation. Anne assisted us by developing processes that helped our staff and residents to think clearly about the challenges and to together create innovative solutions. Anne’s strategies for engaging service users were creative, her approach was flexible to meet our needs and the reports provided to us were high quality, clear and actionable.
Jethro Sercombe, Foyer Oxford Manager, Anglicare WA
Anne conducted a feasibility study to fully develop the scope of a new community project and to secure funding partners. She brought an intelligent and pragmatic approach to her work with us, thinking through the big picture, carefully planning out a process and then consistently working through the plan, always keeping the bigger picture clearly in mind. She was tactfully persistent in her contact with project stakeholders, maintaining a balance between keeping the project on track and making allowances for others’ timelines and commitments. We found Anne to be very easy to work with, having an open and friendly manner, playful sense of humour and solid listening skills.
Gaynor Mitchell, Link Co-ordinator, Linkwest
The Mental Health Commission contracted Social Fabric to review the One Life Suicide Prevention initiatives for workplaces across Western Australia. This was to identify areas of strength and strategic improvements to enhance program delivery. Social Fabric excelled in their expert data collection, synthesis, reporting and stakeholder consultation processes. A program redesign was developed in partnership with the Mental Health Commission and has resulted in clear program priorities and program prototypes for further trialling. Social Fabric is unique in their ability to help clients find lateral, creative solutions balanced with evidenced informed approaches and practical frameworks for implementation.
Pui San Whittaker, Acting Manager Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Commission
Anne’s guidance and feedback on the development of our Cultural Plan was of immense value to the Shire.
Lyndsey Stoney, Community Development Advisor, Shire of Mundaring
Anne worked with the City of Fremantle to undertake the youth consultation and policy research for the development of a three year youth plan. She submitted three high quality reports detailing the process and analysing the outcomes in a tight timeframe. Anne was extremely thorough in her work and diligent in her approach to managing and meeting agreed timeframes. Anne is extremely professional to work with. One of her biggest strengths is her ability to define the questions that need answering and design a process that will elicit relevant and useful information. Another strength is her ability to relate to people from different age groups and translate the questions into relevant language and activities that achieve the desired outcomes.
Helen Emery, Manager Community Development, City of Fremantle
The City of South Perth engaged Social Fabric to assist with a place making project for a new $16 million multi-purpose community facility in Manning. The design incorporated a large ‘main street’ public space area within the complex – to be the ‘heart and spine’ of the project. Social Fabric were extremely professional and were able to provide the City with a strong community/stakeholder input into shaping the vision for this important future public space. The service they provided was comprehensive, inclusive, involved good follow-up, and was all on time and budget. Social Fabric were able to further support the City in future direction and utilising the feedback into a workable and stakeholder-owned design vision.
Danielle Cattalini, Community Engagement Coordinator, City of South Perth
Many thanks again Anne – really enjoyed working with you and appreciated the respectful and collaborative space you created for our discussions.
Lesley Gilroy, Community Development Officer, City of Melville
Anne was contracted to lead the key project of the group to create a reconciliation place in the City of Vincent. Anne sensitively and competently managed the relationships between group members, City of Vincent Councillors and staff as well as various Indigenous and non-Indigenous community groups and individuals to engage the interests and commitment of these diverse groups towards a common goal. Anne has taken the project successfully to the next stage with secure funding and we look forward to our continuing partnership with her as we progress reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through the next stages of this project.
Anne Courtney, Vincent Reconciliation Group
Anne recently researched, analysed and reported on the Midland Community Associations Network Suburb Sale Season 2011 project for the City of Swan. Anne’s ability to grasp the nature of such a new and complex project, relate to the many and varied stakeholders, make sense of all of the research and deliver clear and specific recommendations has proven to be an invaluable asset to the future success of this project.
Daniel Hanley, Community Development Coordinator – Midland, City of Swan
I think you’ve done a stellar job.
Christine George, Project Officer – Youth, City of Fremantle
Rise Network Inc engaged Anne (Social Fabric) to lead an action-oriented evaluation in parallel to the delivery of an 18-month youth sector development project known as the Swan NEST project. Anne worked very closely with me to develop the project logic, bringing with her a clear understanding of how to develop a logic model and sharing resources to guide my understanding of the process. She was constantly developing and reviewing tools to assist in determining appropriate and measurable performance indicators. Anne was always aware and ‘on-top’ of project tasks and managed her time well to achieve project milestones. Her approach was very professional, friendly, and engaging towards all stakeholders connected to the project. The manner in which Anne implemented action evaluation sessions enabled great project reflection and a point of entry for further enquiry into project tasks. Anne’s research skills were also evident throughout the project, bringing greater insight and possibilities to the project. I would confidently recommend Anne to others and welcome the opportunity to work with her again in the future.
Arlene Hand, Swan NEST Project Officer , Rise Network Inc
Anne’s contribution to the piloting phase of the WACOSS Social Sustainability Assessment Framework was immense. Besides being an absolute pleasure to work so closely with, she provided some much needed structure and rigour to the process of finalising the framework into something workable. Her experience in the community sector together with her very clear sense of process was invaluable to this project.
Nicole Hodgson, Project Officer, WA Council of Social Service
Thanks again so much for your wonderful presentation yesterday. The students were all so engaged and the comments in the reflective journals are positive! I thought the presentation was fantastically well-structured and full of valuable advice.
Dr Lydia Edwards, Lecturer, School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University
Anne undertook an organisation-wide research project for the Water Corporation, to support the Corporation’s Sustainability Strategy. She undertook all facets of this contract with an exceptional degree of professionalism and competency. Anne’s expertise in the design and implementation of research tools and in the analysis of data was invaluable. Her work has formed the basis of the content and approach of the Water Corporation’s Learning for Sustainability Strategy, engendered senior executive support for the program and driven the allocation of funding for the Sustainability Strategy.
Nicole Pettit, Sustainability Education Consultant, Water Corporation
Love reading your blog!
Lex Randolph, DADAA Inc
Anne was engaged to complete a Framework for Mentoring with Newly Arrived Youth for the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre, to guide the agency with its current work practices and future directions in this area of work. Right from the start I found Anne’s capacity to grasp the intent of our request and her understanding of the type of product we needed to be excellent. We are very satisfied with the final product – it will undoubtedly add quality to our planning around our youth programs and will support our future funding applications.
Christopher Konrad, Programs Manager, Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre
Anne’s input on the development of Melville’s first Arts & Culture Plan was fundamental. Her good expertise was valuable from the start with auditing and analysis of existing documents, the consultation process with internal and external stakeholders and the actual documentation of the plan.
Marcia Coelho, Community Development Coordinator, City of Melville
This report from Anne – is fantastic – how amazing it is to see the feedback framed in this way. I am really chuffed that we will be able to use this document in future. Thanks so much!!
Michelle Hovane, Sensorium Theatre
Anne recently facilitated an evaluation workshop for community development staff. The workshop demonstrated Anne’s thorough understanding of the principles of community development and her strong knowledge of measurement and evaluation tools and methods through a very clear model. Anne’s presentation was practical and interactive and provided participants with high quality handouts to take away. Participants were very complimentary about the workshop and the knowledge and skills they gained.
Helen Emery, Senior Project Officer, Community Development, City of Subiaco
This is fantastic. Thanks so much for doing all of this at such short notice I really appreciate it – it is one more gold star against your name!
Megan Richards, Manager Youth Services, Rise Network