Weave announces new CEO
WATERLOO: A lot has happened lately at Weave Youth & Community Services. Staff farewelled long-term CEO Shane Brown, who started Weave as South Sydney Youth Services in the 1980s, at a celebratory morning tea; cultural support for Aboriginal youth and families in the justice system was given priority; and, in partnership with local schools, the organisation piloted an initiative to address bullying, ice addiction and youth suicide. Weave also announced the appointment of a new CEO – Siobhan Bryson, who has worked at Weave as a caseworker and as Operations Manager.
Originally from Dublin, Ms Bryson calls South Sydney home. She has lived and worked in the area for over 25 years. “It is an absolute honour and privilege to be entrusted with the leadership of this incredible, unique organisation,” she said.
“I am passionate about the work we do – our wonderful staff, partners, volunteers, board and supporters – to empower people to change their lives. A little bit of the right support at the right time goes a long way. We don’t judge, we don’t discriminate – we welcome all, offering practical support, guidance, and the skills and belief required to help people overcome challenges and find a way up and a way forward.”
Ms Bryson acknowledged the vision and passion of Shane Brown, as well as the good work of Greg Benson, Acting CEO for the past 12 months.
“Having worked in different roles over the past 17 years, I have seen firsthand the enormous difference that Weave has made in so many people’s lives. I am inspired every day by the strength and resilience of the people and communities we work to support, and I’m excited about what’s possible for Weave into the future.”
With a staff of between 50 and 60, and 10 to 12 programs at various stages of implementation, Weave is grateful for support and desperate for space. “We really do need more space – office space, space for meetings and counselling, art workshops and exhibitions,” Ms Bryson said.
Weave’s Charity Gala was held on July 26 at Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf. See the new website for program details and opportunities to volunteer and/or donate: www.weave.org.au