Healthy & Resilient Communities

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Community plays an important role in our wellbeing, providing a sense of place, purpose and belonging.  


We support solutions to issues that affect the social and environmental health of our community - including the impact of climate change.

We are committed to creating age-friendly communities that address the social isolation and disadvantage often experienced by older people.  

We help build community resilience in the face of climate change and support social cohesion initiatives that encourage culturally diverse social participation, especially by marginalised young and older people.
 

 

Impact 1

Building Age-Friendly Communities and supporting ageing well

Develop age friendly communities and environments that promote health, wellbeing and social inclusion and that address disadvantage in older people (55 years or more).

Strategy

1.1 Build inclusive age-friendly communities and environments that support ageing well.

1.2 Promote and maintain health and wellbeing in the older population. 

 

Impact 2

Supporting communities to build resilience in the face of climate change

A resilient community, better able to respond to and withstand the effects of changes in the environment on health and wellbeing as a result of climate change.

Strategy

2.1 Build community capacity to respond to disaster.

2.2 Build awareness and understanding of environmental factors that affect human health.

2.3 Improve and maintain the ability of vulnerable communities to become climate resilient.

 

Impact 3

Strengthening social cohesion through supporting the social participation of young & older people representative of a community’s diversity

Providing equality of opportunity for marginalised or excluded young (12-25 years) and older community members (55 years or more) to engage in arts, sports or other activities to support relationship building, skill development, mutual acceptance, intercultural understanding, and sense of belonging.

Strategy

3.1 Facilitate equitable access to arts, sports and other community activities for marginalised and excluded young and older people in order to strengthen social cohesion.​

Program Manager: Harriet McCallum

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Key Stats

250+

languages spoken in Greater Melbourne

374 more heat-related deaths

in January 2009 heatwave, than the same period in previous years

45%

of people in Melbourne participate in arts and cultural activities

Impact Stories

“Sometimes we think social issues are too big, but if we deal with these issues together, in a collaborative manner, we can actually achieve social change.”

Fiona Reidy | Rory McCaffrey Reconciliation Fund

“Sometimes we think social issues are too big, but if we deal with these issues together, in a collaborative manner, we can actually achieve social change.”

Fiona Reidy | Rory McCaffrey Reconciliation Fund

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