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.

Community connectedness was identified by the community as a priority during consultation for the Community Development Strategy 'Connected Communities 2014-2018' 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; and
  • Volunteering

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's Community Development Strategy Connected Communities is currently under review, however the existing Strategy can still be accessed via the link below.

For further information please contact the Community Development Team on 6820 3023 or by emailing commdevel@albany.wa.gov.au

Connected Communities 2014 to 2018

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 2020 is social connection and  the importance of belonging.

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.

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 have 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.

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 September 2020. 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.

Active Transport

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 people's 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.

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