So why am I attending?
You might be thinking...'how is this project relevant to me?'
Well this project seeks to build the resilience of the community sector - to ensure that vital services can be delivered under any circumstances to support the most vulnerable in society.
Before we go any further, let us give you some background information on the project...
This project was born out of the desire from DHHS to support their funded agencies in the face of disasters and climate change - to make them more resilient. This has been almost 10 years in the making.
The fact is...community service organisations support the most vulnerable in our society.
It is these who are most affected by disasters.
But as you know, community service organisations themselves are vulnerable to disasters.
ACOSS research indicated that 25% of CSOs cannot operate again after a disaster.
50% of organisations are out of operations for up to a week after a disaster.
If this wasn't reason enough...
the demand for these vital services is likely to increase as social vulnerability characteristics are expanding due to rising numbers of disasters.
"The best way to increase the capacity of CSOs to plan for changes in the climate is to facilitate adaptation or resilience planning."
The Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research
This is what the project will do.
We will work face to face, spending time with organisations in the sector, helping you plan for disasters to ensure your services can be delivered.
So what value will I get out of this project?
At the workshop, we will walk you through exercises to help understand how disasters may affect your organisation and your service delivery. These activities are useful for your day to day roles.
But the workshop is just the first step - the project is two years long and can support you in resilience planning at later stages.
You can engage directly in resilience planning, form a group of organisations to plan together or observe through other modes of engagement.
The workshop will tell you more about the project
But first...here are some questions to think about prior to the workshop
How have recent events such as fires, affected your clients and your organisation?
Think about how your staff were affected?
Could they protect their own home or did they have to deliver services?
Were there cohorts of your clients that were more vulnerable during this event than normal?
Was your organisation physically threatened? If impacted, how long would the impact have put your organisation out of operation?
How was your organisation affected by the heatwaves in 2009 and 2014 and this summer?
What is core to your business?
Advocacy for clients?
How would the following affect your core business?
How long are your planning periods?
Do these time periods interact with extreme events or disasters?
Bring your thoughts along to the workshop!
We look forward to seeing you there!