Statewide Training Project
WA Community Service Organisations have a unique opportunity to build their capacity to ‘bounce back’ in the event of a natural disaster with a new training project being rolled out by WACOSS.
In 2013, research conducted by the Australian Council of Social Service Inc. and Climate Risk Pty Ltd found that community organisations are critically under-prepared for extreme events, despite playing an important role in supporting people experiencing hardship to recover from them. The consequences for those reliant on community organisations were serious, including increased risk of homelessness, illness and even death.
As a result, ACOSS developed the Resilient Community Organisations Toolkit.
The ACOSS Resilient Community Organisations Toolkit
The Toolkit includes two key elements: a Benchmarking Tool to assess current preparedness and identify areas in need of improvement; and the ‘6 Steps to Disaster Resilience’, a tool with practical information and resources to support disaster preparedness activities at the individual, organisational and community level.
In 2017, WACOSS won a Natural Disaster Resilience Program Grant to deliver training to 17 locations across WA in the use of the Toolkit so that WA community organisations, both large and small, can measure and improve their resilience to disasters and emergencies.
The round of one-day training workshops began in Broome on 4 September 2017 and continues through to the end of April 2018.
The training is being designed and delivered by WACOSS Manager Projects and Business Development, Stuart Reid. For more information, or to schedule a workshop in your region, please contact Stuart at email@example.com or on 08 9420 7222.
Because the project is supported by a Natural Disasters Resilience Program Grant, there will be minimal cost to participants. WACOSS charging $25 per participant to offset local costs and ensure buy-in from potential participating organisations. Small, volunteer-run organisations who might have difficulty paying can have costs waived.
At this stage, workshops have been run in Broome and Harvey with a further workshop scheduled for Albany on Friday 1 December. There will be a total of 17 workshops around the State including two in the Perth metropolitan area. We are working on getting dates and venues in Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Carnarvon, Karratha, Newman, Port Hedland, Fitzroy Crossing, Kununurra, Esperance, Bunbury, Peel, Northam and one other Wheatbelt location.
Participant numbers can be flexible, but the optimal number is around 22 per workshop. Bigger numbers can be accommodated if demand is there.
Any assistance you can provide to Stuart in arranging local workshops and in getting the message out to your networks in the community sector would be greatly appreciated.
Why should you do the training?
Did you know? 25% of Community Organisations think they would close for good after an extreme weather event?