ASK Illawarra Shoalhaven

ASkWhat is it?

Ask Illawarra Shoalhaven is a community day of engagement to be held on Thursday 12th February 2015. On this day hundreds of volunteers from across the region will be out in their communities asking community members to share their views on the kind of community they want to live in.

Volunteers will be in community centres, parks, shopping areas, on the streets and anywhere that people gather. The information gathered from community members will:

  • start a new style of ongoing conversation with communities;
  • be gathered and then analysed by a researcher;
  • used to inform the development of strategies that best meet the wants and needs of communities across the Illawarra Shoalhaven;
  • augment and enhance existing community engagement processes used by local governments in developing community strategic plans.

We are encouraging individuals, groups, business and organisations across the Illawarra Shoalhaven to get involved in Ask Illawarra Shoalhaven, in the following ways:

  1. Volunteering your time
    We are looking for volunteers of all ages, cultural backgrounds and experiences from communities across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven to give at least one hour of your time on Thursday 12th February 2015. On the day we ask that you work with someone else to survey community members using four set questions. You can ask people you work with, in public places, in a group you are part of, anywhere in the local area. We are also looking for volunteers to type up the information we receive so that it can be analysed. You will need to participate in a 1 hour training session in your local area between 2nd – 6th February 2015, details of which will be provided by the contact people below.
  2. Being a part of the conversation
    On Thursday 12th February 2015, look for a volunteer in your community with the #ASK identification, have a chat with them and share your views on the kind of community you want to live in.

Who is organising it?

Led by the Illawarra Regional Community Development Consortium, neighbourhood centres and community organisations across the Illawarra Shoalhaven will be recruiting and supporting volunteers, hosting the training and collecting the information gathered.

Where can I get more information or sign up as a volunteer?

Wollongong

Elizabeth Brassaud, Bulli Community Centre | 4284 7006 | elizabeth_brassaud@bullicommunitycentre.com.au

Wollongong/Shellharbour

Michael Szafraniec, Careways Community | 1300 307 902 or 4262 1918 |  help@careways.org.au

Kiama

Sharon Parker, North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre | 4237 8422 | nknc@hotmail.com

Shoalhaven

Maxine Edwards, Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Services | 4421 5077 | admin@nnc.ngo.org.au

Email | askillawarrashoalhaven@gmail.com

Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/askIS

Illawarra Shoalhaven Women’s Health and Wellbeing Survey

Picture1The Labrys Project aims to explore the issues affecting the health and wellbeing of lesbian, bisexual, queer and same sex attracted (SSA) women across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions.

The survey is completely anonymous and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Take the survey, or share the link with your networks:

www.surveymonkey.com/s/labrysproject

Be sure to spread the word!

Focus Groups
To accompany the Illawarra Shoalhaven Women’s Health and Wellbeing Survey, we will be facilitating a number of focus groups across the regions.

The focus groups will provide an opportunity for women to have an in-depth discussion about the health and wellbeing issues affecting you, what health means to you and a number of other topics.

Sign up to receive news about upcoming focus groups in your area.

For more information on the Labrys Project, to sign up for project updates and to find out about upcoming events, or to get in contact, visit www.acon.org.au/labrys or email labrys@acon.org.au Picture3

Illawarra Shoalhaven Women’s Health and Wellbeing Survey

The Labrys Project aims to explore the issues affecting the health and wellbeing of lesbian, bisexual, queer and same sex attracted (SSA) women across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions.

The survey is completely anonymous and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Take the survey, or share the link with your networks:

www.surveymonkey.com/s/labrysproject

Be sure to spread the word!

Launch of Path 2 Home App

unnamed‘Path 2 Home’ is a guide to assist those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and do not know where to go for help in the Eurobodalla and Monaro, Jindabyne, Bombala & Shoalhaven regions.

The guide provides a list of the names and location maps of the services in these regions that may be able to help: eg: support agencies, counselling, free showers, toilets, laundry facilities, food banks, free or low cost meals, food parcels or a bed for the night. It is also an invaluable tool for those working in the community sector that would like to know of other places they can go or refer to.

Features of the app include:

  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Location maps
  • Counselling services easily accessible
  • Locate showers and toilets easily
  • Help with Emergency shelter/bed
  • Free/low cost food locations

CLICK HERE to learn more

A FREE community forum | Shoalhaven Dealing with Drugs

This innovative forum will look at how drugs are impacting on the Shoalhaven and how we, as a community, can deal with it.

There will be a number of speakers including Brian Francis from Stimulant Services at St Vincent’s Hospital.

Norman Booker from the Surry Hill Community Drug Action Team will be master of Ceremonies for the day.

There will be local services showcasing their services so you will have plenty of opportunity to see what we have in our local community.

From 9.30-3 at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre (Studio)

To register P | 44480200