As I reflect over the last month it has been clear to me that collaboration and teamwork are at the core of success in all aspects of our complex and interconnected world. The value these bring to ConnectGroups transcends individual capabilities, allowing our many diverse team talents to merge and create outcomes that surpass what any individual could achieve alone. By harnessing the unique strengths, skills, and perspectives of each team member, collaboration fosters a synergy that fuels creativity, problem-solving, and innovation. This is coupled with the many external relationships that we have, and work together with, in bringing the best possible outcomes to our members and stakeholders.
Furthermore, collaboration cultivates a rich learning environment, where knowledge-sharing and skills exchange flourish. Team members and collaborators can learn from each other's experiences, pool their collective expertise, and develop a broader skill set that goes beyond their own specialised areas.
Collaborations with stakeholders both old and new are part of how we see the future developing. We are working on projects with WACOSS (in digital inclusion and social prescribing) with MHWWA on men’s health, this is in partnership with the McCusker Centre for Citizenship. With Perth Integrated Health we are assisting them in setting up peer support for their clients; with Fiona Stanley Hospital we had the great honour to present to their research steering group and look forward to collaborating with them in several areas.
There are many more partnerships and joint projects, and while these are at earlier stages, we do look forward to sharing them with you in due course. Mindful of this, we took the opportunity to lay the foundations to enable our amazing team here at ConnectGroups to operationalise our newly released strategic direction. We are focussing on you as an ‘end user’ of our services and as such will now have two distinct areas. Engagement and Operations – in its simplest form - our work that is external and that which is supported by our internal ‘engine room’. Next month we will share a feature on the new teams and how they will engage with you to ensure that we serve you as our members and stakeholders in the best possible way.