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Be part of the Community Services Climate Resilience Program

There are still spaces available for organisations to participate in the Community Services Climate Resilience Program.

The Department of Health and Human Services is providing a program to support community service organisations plan for climate change and natural disasters and to increase organisational resilience to these events.

The Program offers one on one engagement with resilience consultants who will work with you to determine the risks to your organisation and to undertake resilience planning to increase your capacity to withstand extreme weather; ensuring continued service delivery and client support.

Why?

In Victoria, Community Service Organisations play a critical role assisting those most vulnerable in our community.

In times of disaster, these organisations are likely to experience an increased demand for their services. If your organisation is not adequately prepared, the services that you provide may be affected.

Resilience planning will assist you to prepare and withstand extreme circumstances so that you can continue to provide your service to those that need it.

Research conducted by the Australian Council of Social Service indicated that one week after an extreme weather event 50% of organisations would still be out of operation and up to 25% might never provide services again.

https://www.nccarf.edu.au/sites/default/files/attached_files_publications/Mallon_2013_Adapting_community_sector.pdf

Resilience to what?

Many of the risks presented by climate change are not new, however there are likely to be changes in duration, frequency and severity of extreme weather events, as well as changes to the climate.

To determine the impacts for your organisation, consider how your organisation, your services and your clients may be affected by:

  • higher temperatures and more frequent heatwaves?
  • less rainfall, more time in drought, decreased water availability or flooding?
  • sea level rise and coastal erosion?
  • harsher fire conditions?

Climate resilience involves understanding how climate change is likely to affect you and identifying ways to adapt. 

What’s the benefit?

We will work face to face to help you plan for natural disasters and support continuity in your service delivery.

The program will help you to:

  • Understand your current level of resilience
  • Identify areas of strength and priority areas for improvement and
  • Provide evidence to build a case for further action to improve resilience.

With a program tailored to the specific needs of your organisation, Community service organisations play an essential role in natural disaster response and recovery. The program uses a co-design approach to resilience planning with a tailored program, specific to your needs.

Space is limited, so please contact us to secure your position.

More information

To register for the program or to find out more, please contact:

Luke Sarsons: (03) 9668 5749 <luke.sarsons@arup.com>

Alvin Chandra: (03) 9668 5776 <alvin.chandra@arup.com>

Or visit the program’s website <www.communityresilience.com.au> (external link, opens in a new window).

This program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Commonwealth Government