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Regional Community Services Organisation Setting the Bar High

Bill Campbell was separated from his twin sisters as a child in the foster system and suffered abuse no child should ever have to endure. Later in life he decided to turn his pain into purpose and started the William Campbell Foundation (WCF) to support young people on the South Coast in out of home care and keep siblings together. 

26 years later the Foundation has gone from strength to strength, with a purpose-built school (William Campbell College), Foster Care & NDIS Support Services. 

The organisation is subject to rigorous audits and accreditation processes and in December 2023 completed its first accreditation under the direct renewal pathway – a new approach to monitoring statutory out-of-home care and adoption services.  

The organisation submitted a comprehensive agency status update (ASU) outlining policies, procedures, quality assurance systems and evidence. 

WCF not only passed with flying colours – securing accreditation with the Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) for another 5 years, they’ve also been told their submission is being used as a benchmark for others. 

“It’s a real feather in the cap of our team,” said CEO Sonia Liddicoat. 

“The tabs attached to the ASU went through the alphabet about 3 times – the evidence we provided was significant.” 

The explanations and examples of evidence will now be used as best practice for other organisations to follow. 

Sonia says it reflects WCF’s commitment to quality: 

“We made the decision together with our board to focus on quality not quantity – doing what we do well in our patch.” 

“We’ve got the right policies and procedures in place and we conduct internal audits regularly to make sure we are following our own processes.” 

“We have a highly skilled team, we are small enough to be flexible, but we also have a big vision, which comes from Bill and his powerful story.” Added Sonia  

WCF is one of several Community Service organisations achieving big things on the South Coast providing diverse career pathways and the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals who are industry leaders. 

William Campbell College was one of the 3 charities to receive funds as part of the Macey Insurance x Shoalhaven Business Chamber’s 2023 Charity Golf Day. 

The College held a ‘Business After Hours’ in April 2024 to showcase the facility to the business community and seek ongoing support. Founder Bill Campbell attended the evening and can be seen with the group pictured. 

To look out for more local events visit: https://thinkregional.com.au/events/ 

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