Feeling connected to your community is important for one's perception of feeling safe, valued and part of the wider community.
Community connectedness was identified by the community as a priority during consultation for the Community Development Strategy 'Connected Communities 2018-2018' and forms one of the priority areas within the strategy.
Connections between community members can be built through:
- Community events;
- Activities which encourage neighbours to get to know each other;
- Joining local community groups and clubs;
As a ‘Very Neighbourly Organisation’, the City of Albany invites every resident to get to know their neighbours this Neighbour Day Sunday 26 March 2017.
Each year Neighbour Day aim is to encourage people to people to build better relationships with the people who live around them, especially the elderly and the vulnerable.
The theme for 2017 is ‘the importance of social connected for the elderly’ and encourages all Australians to reach out to the older people in their neighbourhoods who may be feeling socially isolated.
The City of Albany provides free Neighbour Day Event Kits for registered events/activities which includes:
Neighbour Day Event Guide
Printed Neighbour Day Invites
Cricket Wicket Wheelie Bin Sticker
Use of an activity bag (limited number available)
A limited number of vouchers will also be available for events/activities registered for Neighbour Day on a first in, first served basis.
Community Groups and not for profits - $100 voucher towards food for their event.
Individual - $50 voucher towards food for their event
Catching up with your neighbours over a cuppa, a BBQ in the local park, a pot-luck supper or even simply taking the opportunity to get to know your neighbours will help ease loneliness, isolation and depression for you and your neighbours.
While we encourage events to be held on Neighbour Day, neighbour day events can be registered at any time and held at any time.
To register your event download a Neighbour Day Event Registration Form and see our Event Guide for more information.
The City of Albany's Community Development Strategy Connected Communities is a four year Strategy to address community priorities in the areas of community safety, social inclusion, community connectedness, and sustainability. Click on the link below to open the document. For further information please contact the Community Development Team on 6820 3023 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Albany partners with rural progress associations to deliver community events in our rural communities.
These events vary community to community, however recent partnerships have included outdoor cinema nights at Manypeaks Community Recreational Association and Redmond Progress Association.
If your progress association is interested in partnering in future community events, please contact the Senior Community Development Officer on 6820 3023.
This is an exciting Community Development initiative targeting specific lower socio-economic suburbs in Albany to improve social connectedness of local residents. This project will develop and implement activities at the local neighbourhood level that bring people together and improve locals' sense of connection to their local community. All activities implemented will have local community ownership: of the people, by the people, for the people.
For more information, or to find out where the first Neighbourhood Hubs are, please contact the Senior Community Development Officer on 6820 3023.
The TravelSmart Albany initiative is being implemented to help community members and visitors to use their cars less and choose alternatives such as walking, cycling and public transport in order to stay connected to their community. The initiative helps schools and businesses to plan and implement programs to encourage their students and staff to walk or ride to work and school. The program also helps to promote the benefits of active transport for peoples health and the environment. The TravelSmart Officer position is funded by Department of Transport with projects implemented under the program funded by a range of partner organisations and the City of Albany.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Albany community and contribute countless hours of unpaid work in a wide range of agencies and organisations. There are also many organisations, clubs and associations in Albany that are made up of volunteers. Many of these groups own, manage or operate community facilities and others are established to promote a wide range of specific interests. The Albany and Regional Volunteer Service was established to help these groups to recruit, train and better manage volunteers throughout the community.
Contact details for Albany and Regional Volunteer Service:
Albany and Regional Volunteer Service
Unit 2, 57-59 Lockyer Avenue ALBANY WA 6330
Ph: (08) 9841 3588
Fax: (08) 9841 3598
Or visit their website arvs.org.au.
Each Australia Day, the City of Albany participates in the Australia Day WA Community Citizen of the Year Awards, formerly known as the Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards. These awards are presented at the City of Albany Australia Day celebrations to recognise and celebrate significant contributions to community life and active citizenship within our community.
There are four categories:
- Community Citizen of the Year
- Community Citizen of the Year (Senior)
- Community Citizen of the Year (Youth)
- Active Citizenship Award (Community group or event)
Nominations for the awards will open in September 2017. Nominations can be submitted online or hard copy forms will be available from the City of Albany office, 102 North Road.
Further information is available from the Australia Day Council of WA's website or contact the senior community development officer on 6820 3023.