About Us

History

The Community Resource Network Inc (CRN) was established in 1981 to collectively advocate for the community of Chifley and Greenway and support the community sector organisations that supported that community.  In keeping with the historical intention, CRN today maintains a drive for social justice and equity, particularly for the indigenous communities, the vulnerable and disadvantaged.

CRN has had various names over the year:

1981 - Founded as Blacktown City Community Services Council

1984 - Incorporated as Blacktown City Community Services Network Inc.

          Became known as “The Network”

2004 - Changed its name to Community Resource Network (CRN) Inc.

2012 – Registered Charity with ACNC

Today CRN serves the Western Sydney communities with a focus on the Local Government Areas of Blacktown, The Hills and surrounding LGAs.

Entity

The Community Resource Network is an incorporated association and registered charity operating under a constitution. 

What is CRN

CRN is a sub-regional peak body for the community sector in Blacktown, The Hills & surrounding LGA’s that exists to build the capacity of local organisations.

CRN is a central link in the chain providing direct benevolent relief targeted at people in need in the Western Sydney area. CRN’s work is a vital part of the fabric of community development organisations, agencies and services enabling those entities to provide a range of programs and activities which provide direct benevolent relief to people in need in Western Sydney. Through these relationships of collaboration direct benevolent relief is delivered to those in need.  

Our Purpose

The purpose (objects) for which the Association is established are:

(a)           to alleviate poverty and distress suffered by economically and socially disadvantaged communities in the areas of Blacktown, the Hills and surrounding Western Sydney areas including by, but not limited to:

(i) acting as a regional peak body and representation group for, and optimising the collective capabilities of, organisations that provide services to directly alleviate poverty and distress suffered by economically and socially disadvantaged communities;

(ii) working with, resourcing, supporting and building the capacity of service providers to work together and collaborate on issues affecting disadvantaged communities in the Western Sydney area; and

(iii) enhancing the level of engagement of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in the Western Sydney area with the programs and services of service providers which have been established to assist them;

(b) to act as trustee and to perform and discharge the duties and functions incidental thereto where this is incidental or conducive to the attainment of these objects; and

(c) to do such things as are incidental or ancillary to the attainment of these objects, which may include strengthening the voices of disadvantaged communities in the Western Sydney area through representing their needs.

Vision

Vision

Resilient Communities and organisations that are cohesive, interconnected and self-determining. 

Purpose

To work with organisations operating in Western Sydney, to relieve poverty and distress and address the impacts of all forms of social and economic disadvantage.

Mission

  • Build capacity of service providers
  • Enhance level of engagement of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
  • Strengthen voices of underprivileged communities.
  • Develop collaborations and network between providers on issues affecting disadvantaged communities.
  • Share information and resources on community projects, programs to assist disadvantaged communities and vulnerable groups
  • Research and advocate pressing issues affecting the sector delivery

Values

Values

  • Embrace diversity
  • Challenge inequality 
  • Encourage Self determination 
  • Support innovation 
  • Value Collaboration

CRN Activities

CRN is a local peak body providing support to strengthen organisations and services that provide direct benevolent relief to people in need in the community

CRN acts as a representative for local issues/needs affecting those in need in the community and therefore impacting the service sector.  We connect providers and services to each other and to those in need in the wider community. 

CRN builds capacity through sharing relevant information and key resources across the sector as well as delivering sector support activities/workshops.