Rapid Impact is privileged to work with community organisations that support the most vulnerable people in our community. The challenges are many and complex, from community awareness and acknowledgement to politically-charged funding and investment decisions. Even now, where it is more acceptable to talk about issues such as child abuse and family violence in the wider community, the amount of funding available to deal with the extraordinary number and rise of abuse victims falls well short of basic needs.
In a bid to support the complexity and diversity of their clients, these organisations have many programs and are pulled in many directions. On a daily basis they deal with higher levels of risk where a breach of policy or an error in service delivery can have severe consequences. Not surprisingly, the compliance burdens are great yet the level and capability of resources is rarely sufficient.
Breaking the cycle requires cross-community initiatives and early intervention and so often, one service, no matter how diverse, is unable to bridge the gap. Leaders focused on progress towards sustainable change need to have heroic levels of determination and stamina as well as insight and intuition to find a strategic pathway through these issues.