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

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 are now open.

Nominations can be submitted online at the link below or hard copy forms will be available from the City of Albany office, 102 North Road.

Australia Day Awards - Online Nomination Form

Further information is available from the Australia Day Council of WA's website or contact the Senior Community Development Officer 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