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Community and Place News
MAY 2020
WALGA
Issue 5

Kaya/Hello,

Community and Place News is produced by WALGA's Community Team, part of the broader WALGA Strategy, Policy and Planning Team.

Community and Place News is usually a monthly publication, however the frequency has been temporarily increased to fortnightly to ensure that relevant news and developments can be shared with subscribers in a more timely fashion.

WALGA acknowledges the many traditional owners of the land on which we work throughout Western Australia. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

In this issue...

Funding opportunities, resources, upcoming events and contacts:

Updates on WALGA's Involvement with State Government COVID-19 Committees and Taskforces 
The Department of Communities released the following hierarchical diagram to illustrate how each of the groups, committees and taskforces interrelate and the reporting channels. 
An update dated Friday, 8 May from the Department of Communities, Community Sector Partnerships Team regarding the Taskforces can be accessed here

WALGA is representing Local Governments on the following high level, strategic committees and working groups:
  • State Health Incident Control Centre
  • State Welfare Emergency Committee
  • State Welfare Incident Control Centre 
  • State Emergency Relief Committee 
  • WA Food Relief Planning Group
  • Food Security Working Group
WALGA's Community Team is representing Local Government on three of the eight Vulnerable Cohort Taskforces. See below for an update to the Taskforces that WALGA's Community Team is not part of: WALGA's Community Team are constantly making contact with the relevant bodies to seek information regarding the Vulnerable Cohort Taskforces that we are not included on and to filter through concerns raised by Local Governments. 
For more information, contact WALGA's Community Team.
WALGA Webinar: Local Government Support for Aboriginal Language and Place Names
WALGA will host this webinar to highlight how the use of Aboriginal language and place names assists with promoting broader community awareness of Aboriginal history and culture, and look at the significant role Local Government can play in this area.
The program will include case studies from Local Government on a variety of projects involving Aboriginal language and place naming, as well as a presentation from Landgate on Aboriginal place naming procedures and best practice. The program will be available soon.

Date:   Thursday, 28 May
Time:  1:00pm to 3:00pm

Register here

The webinar coincides with National Reconciliation Week (Wednesday, 27 May to Wednesday, 3 June), and contributes to this year’s theme of ‘In This Together'. On this journey, Australians are all In This Together; every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.
For more information, click here or contact WALGA's A/Event Manager, Ulrike Prill on 9213 2043.
Local Government Showcase Webinars
WALGA’s Emergency Management Team are hosting webinars to showcase Local Government initiatives during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Local Government Showcase webinar held on Thursday, 30 April featured presentations from the Cities of Albany and Vincent and the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. A recording of the webinar is available here.

A webinar focusing on the issue of redeployment is being held on Thursday, 14 May with future webinars planned for Thursday, 21 May and Thursday, 28 May.
Local Governments that would like to share their local COVID-19 story or would like to be added to the mailing list for these WALGA webinars are encouraged to contact WALGA's Emergency Management Team
#SeeYourGP Campaign
Minister for Health, Hon. Roger Cook MLA launched the #SeeYourGP campaign with the WA Primary Health Alliance, to draw attention to the important role in community health played by regular visits to GPs.
Peak medical bodies including the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian Medical Association have confirmed lower numbers of patients seeking treatment in recent weeks.

The campaign, to be undertaken through social media and digital ads, will be shared through general practices and key organisations with links to consumers. Diagnostic tests, screening tests, immunisations and regular health check-ups are essential tools to ensuring the population remains healthy and well.

Some patients may be fearful about attending clinics, while others may be concerned about placing additional pressure on the health system at this time. The best thing they can do is to maintain their regular health appointments and stay as healthy as possible.
Further information is available here.
Toolkits Now Available: Think Mental Health and Alcohol.Think Again Campaigns
Minister for Health, Hon Roger Cook MLA launched the Think Mental Health 'Be Positive. Be Connected. Be Active.' campaign on Thursday, 9 April and the Alcohol.Think Again 'Glassbody Immunity' campaign on Friday, 24 April. 
Community Toolkits are now available for both campaigns.

The Toolkits include background about the campaign, campaign materials and resources to use locally, including links to culturally secure resources, links to website content and tools, key media messages and useful contacts. As more assets become available, the Toolkits will be updated online.
To access the Think Mental Health Toolkit click here and to access the Alcohol.Think Again campaign click here
WA Suicide Prevention Framework 2021-2025
The State Government's WA Suicide Prevention Framework 2021-2025 will replace the current strategy Suicide Prevention 2020: Together We Can Save Lives (Suicide Prevention 2020).
On Friday, 20 March the Minister for Health, Hon Roger Cook MLA, and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Hon Ben Wyatt MLA, released the McGowan Government's Commitment to Aboriginal Youth Wellbeing. Within this package, $32.3 million was identified towards the implementation of the new WA Suicide Prevention Framework 2021-2025 across the State. 
The Mental Health Commission is currently planning for the implementation of the Framework to commence on Friday, 1 January 2021.
Financial Distress Assistance
WACOSS has collated financial distress assistance information.
This information includes:
  • National Debt Hotline - A not-for-profit service that helps people in Australia tackle their debt problems. It offers free, independent and confidential financial information and support provided by financial counsellors.
  • Financial Counsellors Association WA - Find the nearest financial counsellor by typing in a postcode. There are additional financial resources available in the COVID-19 section.
  • ERConnect - ERConnect is a WA online directory of local food relief, emergency accommodation, assistance with overdue bills and referrals to other services and support.
  • The free-call Emergency Relief and Food Access Service has been set up to support in identifying and applying for emergency relief.

Commonwealth Government - COVID-19 Advice for People with a Disability
The Commonwealth Government has developed specific advice for people with a disability during COVID-19. 
The webpage provides advice on how to protect against COVID-19 and includes a range of services and support materials on COVID-19 for people with disability. The Department of Health will continue to add resources as they are developed.

The Disability Information Helpline is also available for people with disability who need help because of COVID-19. The helpline is free, private and fact-checked. People can contact the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787.
For more information, click here.
Join the 'Prevent Support Heal' Campaign for Balanced Mental Health Funding
The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) has launched the 'Prevent Support Heal' campaign to advocate to the State Government to provide balanced funding for quality mental health for everyone. 
The campaign will seek an increase in funding to community mental health services to help people to live well and recover, fostering confidence, independence and resilience - all basic foundations to improving mental health outcomes - and avoid reliance on hospital admissions and acute models of care. Prevention programs also intervene early before issues spiral to a crisis point requiring an emergency response.

The campaign, which will run up until the next State Government election, seeks to increase funding commitments for community mental health supports by 80% and increase the spend on prevention to 5% of the overall mental health budget.
For more information, click here.
Online Prevention of Violence Against Women Handbook
Our Watch has launched the Prevention Handbook, an online version of the 2017 publication 'Putting the Prevention of Violence Against Women into Practice: How to Change the Story'. 
The Prevention Handbook is designed for both people who are new to this work, as well as more experienced ‘prevention practitioners’.
For more information, click here.
Emergency Food Deliveries to Help Hundreds in City of Swan
Hundreds of vulnerable people living in the City of Swan now have access to food and essential items during the Coronavirus pandemic thanks to a new partnership between Foodbank, the City of Swan and Midlas.
Midlas, a Midland-based community organisation, has partnered with Foodbank and the City of Swan to coordinate the biggest emergency food and essential supply delivery ever conducted in the City. Midlas CEO, Sarah Patterson said food for more than 300 people had been secured from Foodbank and Midlas, as well as nappies, formula, shampoo, conditioner and sanitary items.
For more information, click here
City of Vincent Providing Assistance to Most Vulnerable 
Some of Vincent’s most vulnerable residents are set to get extra help dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic after the City started allocating hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities.
The City announced it would distribute up to $1 million to Public Benevolent Institutions from the purpose-specific trust earlier this year as part of its response to COVID-19. Charities that help seniors and people experiencing domestic abuse or homelessness will be the first to receive money from the Leederville Gardens Trust during the state of emergency.

As trustee, the City invited locally operating charities to make proposals on how they would use the funding to help vulnerable residents who were experiencing hardship because of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Committee has so far approved the allocation of money to four organisations that help local residents:
  • St Vincent de Paul for the ‘Passages’ youth engagement hub
  • UnitingCare West to extend the current outreach service (homelessness)
  • Ruah Community Services for family and domestic violence services, and
  • People Who Care to provide up to $500 worth of emergency relief in the form of food, essential goods or services to vulnerable people over a 12-month period.
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For more information, click here.
Restart Vic Park: Town of Victoria Park's Recovery Strategy
At a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, 7 April the Town of Victoria Park endorsed several initiatives to support the community in the coming months, including the recovery strategy ‘Restart Vic Park’.
The aim of this strategy is to detail how the Town will facilitate the recovery of its community following the COVID-19 pandemic. The strategy identifies three impact phases: survive, revive and thrive. Each phase focuses on supporting the economic and social environments within the community over the longer term.
For more information, click here.
Commissioner for Children and Young People Resources
WA children and young people are sharing with the Commissioner how their day-to-day lives have been impacted by COVID-19 and what support has helped.
Based on the information shared from young people, three downloadable PDFs have been developed: .
To learn more, visit the Commissioner for Children and Young People website.
Play Trail App
Play Trails offer an innovative solution for Local Governments wanting to support families to be active, have fun and learn together, while maintaining social distancing.
A Play Trail takes traditional scavenger hunt games to a whole new level. Using Nature Play WA’s Play Trails app (launching in June), families visit trail locations to unlock challenges, solve quiz questions, score points and win rewards.
 
Play Trails provide a great opportunity to fill the void left by the cancellation of community events and temporary shutdown of sport and recreation facilities.
For more information about getting involved, contact Nature Play WA, Projects Executive, Kellie Hill
Opportunity to Support Fair Game - Donating Second Hand Sport Equipment
The State Government will help fund Fair Game to provide second-hand sporting equipment for at-risk children and youth in under-serviced communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara.
Fair Game are a not-for-profit who provide health and fitness programs and recycled sports equipment to remote and under-serviced communities.

The State Government has contributed $10,000 to the program which will be run in partnership with local community organisations, agencies and Local Government authorities. The funding will help in the delivery of the donated equipment which will aim to keep children fit and healthy while in social isolation.
For more information on donating sporting equipment, click here or email Fair Game.
Injury Matters 'Community Connect' and 'Stay On Your Feet®, Improve Your Health' Campaign Toolkit
Injury Matters has launched 'Community Connect' and produced the 'Stay On Your Feet®, Improve Your Health' campaign toolkit to assist older Western Australians. 
'Community Connect' is a free and easy to join connection program for older adults living across Western Australia. It links members with like-minded people in the WA community for a free chat. Each month, members will be connected with another person who has joined the program to share stories, activities and create a positive connection.

The 'Stay on Your Feet®, Improve Your Health' campaign toolkit is designed for health professionals and community workers who work with older adults, and includes a facilitator guide, social media content, example media release, and activities to run education sessions with older adults. Improve Your Health focus areas include how to:
  • Keep a Healthy Mind
  • Fuel Your Body with Nutritious Foods, and
  • Check Your Medicines.
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For more information regarding 'Community Connect' click here. For more information regarding the 'Stay on Your Feet®, Improve Your Health' campaign click here
Funding Opportunities
WA Grants Directory

Australian Government GrantConnect

Lotterywest - Crisis and Emergency Relief

Australian Council for the Arts - Resilience Fund

Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Quick Response Grant

Local Government Female Leader's Scholarship

Stay on Your Feet® Remove Hazards Grants

Digital Devices Grants

Round 5 Kimberley Community Grants
Resources
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Upcoming Events and Training
WA Association for Mental Health Events and Training
Various dates

Webinar: Hospitalised Sports Injuries in Australia
Wednesday, 20 May

Health Promotion Practitioner Registration System in Australia
Thurs, 21 May

Local Government Professionals WA Webinar - Leadership and Recovery After a Crisis 
Fri, 22 May 

Webinar: Mild Cognitive Impairment and Falls Prevention in Older Adults
Tuesday, 23 June

WACOSS Conference
Tuesday to Thursday, 26 to 28 October
Contact the WALGA Community Team
Contact the WALGA Community Team:
Policy Manager, Kirstie Davis, 9213 2044
Senior Policy Officer, Marissa MacDonald, 9213 2074
Policy Officer, Susie Moir, 9213 2058
Policy Officer, Bec Waddington, 9213 2055

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