Auburn Small Community Organisation Network (ASCON) Inc.
ASCON is a network of small voluntary organisations that do not receive regular funding; operating in Western Sydney. It was established in September 2007, with the aim of providing a vehicle for member organisations’ growth, development, and belonging.
ASCON enables small organisations to share information and resources and provides an opportunity for peer support for community leaders.
The Association will achieve this by:
Facilitating the sharing and coordination of relevant information, expertise, training and other resources;
Supporting the development of member organisations;
Advocacy on behalf of small community organisations and their communities;
Education of the larger community on issues affecting small community organisations and their new and emerging communities through cultural events and other relevant activities;
Collaboration on funding submissions and projects;
The provision of peer support for community leaders; and
Other such activities that may be decided by the Association from time to that are consistent with these objects.
In October 2014, ASCON was awarded the Jim Samios Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Multiculturalism in NSW by NSW Ethnic Communities Council.
In 2010, ASCON's signature event - the Flavours of Auburn won Community Event of the Year at Auburn City Council Australia Day awards.
The 'Invisible Volunteers: Capturing the Volunteer Work of the Auburn Community' Report was released by Auburn City Council in November 2015. The report profiles the volunteer work of volunteer organisations from small and emerging communities. 12 ASCON membered participated in the research. The report can be downloaded here.