What We Do
As the local peak organisation for the community services sector in the Blue Mountains, our goal is to lead and support a sustainable community sector in the Blue Mountains.
At MCRN we offer the local community sector the following services:
Interagency Groups - we convene and coordinate the generalist Blue Mountains Community Interagency (BMCI), Resilience and Preparedness Group, Homelessness Prevention & Early (HOPE) Intervention Interagency, Mountains Multicultural Interagency (MMI) and Mental Health & Wellbeing Interagency.
Advocacy on Equity and Social Justice Issues - working on behalf of organisations, community groups and individuals, we advocate in the wider political arena.
Representation - we represent the local community sector on various forums including Stronger Families Alliance (SFA), Community Care Forum, the Coalition Against Violence and Abuse (CAVA), and the Neighbourhood Centre Manager’s group. We are also represented on the Local Community Sector Association (LCSA) Regional Representative Council and we are a member of both Stronger Voice for Greater Western Sydney and the Sector Development Group - ensuring that the voice of our community sector is heard beyond the Mountains.
Support and Training - we also offer a variety of support services and training to our Members, as required (including governance support and development for our Member organisations).
Auspicing of Unfunded Groups - we support unfunded and/or unincorporated community groups and social justice campaigns and auspice a range of local action groups including the Blue Mountains East Timor Sisters (BMETS) Project, Trek for Timor, Pink Mountains, BM Interfaith and the Blue Mountains Trade Union Council’s Politics in the Pub.
Support for Diversty - we actively support community development initiatives that celebrate diversity within our community. Through partnerships and collaboration with local indigenous and multicultural communities and organisations, MCRN is committed to promoting reconciliation and celebrating cultural diversity. MCRN promotes and participates in annual events such as NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week, Harmony Day and Refugee Week. We also work together with local services and other stakeholders to raise awareness and highlight the importance of national/NSW initiatives such as Mental Health Month, Neighbourhood Centre Week, International Women’s Day, White Ribbon Day, and International Day Against Homophobia.