Connected Communities

Connected Communities

Feeling connected to your community is important for one's perception of feeling safe, valued and part of the wider community.

Now more than ever we need to 'connect' with our community, and we need to do it in a way very differently to what we are used to!

We encourage you all to reach out to your neighbours during this time, respecting the physical distancing guidelines for your safety and that of your neighbours.

The City of Albany has developed printable cards for you to offer help to your neighbours which are available below. 

Neighbour Connect Cards

Community Directory

You can download a copy of the City's Community Directory by visiting: Albany Community Directory and clicking on the 'Albany Community Directory' on the left hand side or search the directory below:

You can use this search tool to find community groups, schools, parks etc.



Meetup Albany

Meetup Albany logo

Meetup Albany is a new initiative which aims to connect people around shared interests and passions.

Volunteer 'hosts' coordinate and manage meetups using the meetup.com platform.

Anyone over 18 can join and use the platform to find and connect with like minded people. 

To check out the Meetup Albany calendar visit Meetup Albany

Community Development Strategy

The City of Albany adopted a new Community Development Strategy in March 2020.

The Strategy has three focus areas including:

  • Vibrant inclusive and connected neighbourhoods
  • Strong thriving community groups
  • Places, people and spaces 

A copy of the strategy can be found here: 2019-2022 Community Development Strategy

If you have any questions or queries about the new strategy please contact the Community Development Team on 6820 3023 or by emailing commdevel@albany.wa.gov.au

2022 Community Calendar

Download the City of Albany 2022 Community Calendar and start planning a great year ahead. 

This year's Community Calendar features the Restoring Menang Noongar Place Names project. 

The project acknowledges the cultural significance of places and seeks to increase awareness and knowledge of Menang language by increasing the number of geographical features and places within the City of Albany that include the Menang Noongar place name.

This calendar enables us to recognise and appreciate the cultural significance of 12 locations, with each month featuring artwork from a local Noongar artist that captures the essence of the location.

Download the 2022 Community Calendar here. 

If you have not received a Community Calendar in the mail, you can collect a copy from either the City of Albany Administration Office on North Road, Fossicker's Tip Shop at the Hanrahan Road Waste Facility or the Albany Public Library on York Street. 

Neighbour Day

As a ‘Very Neighbourly Organisation’, the City of Albany invites every resident to get to know their neighbours. Neighbour Day falls on the last Sunday of March each year, but can be celebrated at any time.

Neighbour Day aims 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 2022 is 'Connecting communities for twenty years' 

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. A neighbour is no longer necessarily defined by location alone and can be someone in your street, or the wider community, your workplace, or online. Neighbours are those in our geographical and selected communities that show they care and perhaps offer a hand when we need it most. 

The City of Albany provides free Neighbour Day resources (subject to availability) or registered events/activities which includes:

  • Cricket Wicket Wheelie Bin Sticker.
  • Use of an activity bag (limited number available).
  • Community Groups and not for profits can apply for $100 towards the costs of their event.
  • Individuals can apply for a $50 voucher towards food for their event.

To register your event and take advantage of the free resources, complete this quick and easy online form 

Relationships Australia also has a range of free resources to help plan your day on their Neighbour Day website

While we encourage events to be held on Neighbour Day, neighbour day events can be registered at any time and held at any time.

We recommend those planning a neighbour day event, check the current restrictions in relation to COVID to ensure they are complying with any directives to keep those attending safe. 

WA Government COVID-19 Information and Advice

Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards

Each Australia Day, the City of Albany participates in the Australia Day WA Community Citizen of the Year 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 - aged over 65)
  • Community Citizen of the Year (Youth - aged under 25)
  • Active Citizenship Award (Community group or event)

Nominations will open in August 2022.

Further information is available from the Australia Day Council of WA's website or contact the Community Development Team on 6820 3023.

Compassionate Communities Program

The City of Albany in partnership with WA Primary Health Alliance is working together to support communities to recognise the needs of people who are approaching end of life. The three key components of this support are:

  • Compassionate and resilient communities;
  • Practical support; and
  • Strengthening the role of volunteers and carers.

Compassionate Cities Charter

Following this increase in awareness and the strengthening of partnerships within the City, a Compassionate Cities Charter was developed in partnership with the WA Primary Health Alliance. The aim is to encourage communities to play a much stronger role in the care of people at end of life, and their families and carers through illness, dying, death and bereavement.

Allan Kellehear describes it beautifully, he says, "A city is not merely a place to work and access services but equally a place to enjoy support in the safety and protection of each other's company, in schools, workplaces, places of worship and recreation, in cultural forums and social networks anywhere within the City's influence even to the end of our days."

To view the Compassionate Cities Charter and report, click on the links below 

Compassionate City Charter

Compassionate City Charter Report

Volunteering

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
Contact Coordinator
Company Albany and Regional Volunteer Service
Address Lotteries House, North Road WA 6330 (opposite North Road Shopping Centre)
Email volinfo@arvs.org.au
Phone (08) 9841 3588
Fax (08) 9841 3598
Website www.arvs.org.au

Christmas Period Community Assistance in Albany 

AGENCY

Christmas Closures

SALVATION ARMY

152 North Road

Ph: 9841 7336

Appointments necessary

Last Day Friday 24th December 2021.

Reopening Tuesday 11th January 2022.

 

ST VINCENT de PAUL

17 Chevalier St

Ph: 9842 2386

Appointments prioritised

Walk in service as available

Last Day Monday 20th December 10am – 2pm

Tuesday 21st  December 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm – pre-arranged Christmas hamper collection day ONLY.

 Reopening on Tuesday 11th January 2022

Food Support during closure – If urgent can go to Op Shop (during opening hours) and ask staff for emergency assistance.

ST JOHN’S

Emergency Care

York Street

Ph: 9841 5015

Closed Monday 27th Tuesday, 28th December 2021.

Closed Monday 3rd January 2022.

UNITING CHURCH

12 Duke St, Albany

Ph:  9841 1145

Closing 12 noon Thursday 23rd December 2021.

Reopening Tuesday 4th January 2022.

 

FOODBANK ALBANY

5 Cockburn Rd

Ph: 9842 6645

Closing 1 pm Friday 24th December 2021.

Reopening Tuesday 4th January 2022.

SHALOM INC.

320 Albany Hwy

Ph: 9847 4902

or 0474 474 902

Closed for renovations.

 

 

 

                                                                          

AGENCY

Christmas Closures

 

PIVOT SUPPORT SERVICES

121 Aberdeen St

Ph: 9842 9699

Closing 12 noon Friday 24th December 2021.

 Reopening Tuesday 4th January 2022.

 

ALBANY & REGIONAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE

Ph: 9841 3588

 

BREAKFAST IN THE PARK

 

TUMMY WARMERS

Breakfast in the Park – no change.

Little Park on Mokare Road, Spencer Park – Continuing to run every Tuesday morning 7 - 9am

 

Tummy Warmers – Finishes Wednesday 15th December 2021.

Restarts Wednesday 2nd February 2022.

St John’s Hall, York St 3 – 4.30pm.

 

ALBANY COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRE

4/15 Peels Place

Ph: 1800 60 60 60

Email: reception@albanyclc.com.au

Closing 12 noon Tuesday 21st December 2021.

Reopening Monday 10th January 2022.

 

ALBANY PUBLIC LIBRARY

221 York St

Ph: 6820 3600

Closed Saturday 25th – Wednesday 29th December 2021 and Saturday 1st – Monday 3rd January 2022