Community support services
How we can help
Our Community Support Services provides support to vulnerable local people in the community. We do this by:
- Providing information sessions and community events on important issues such as suicidal thoughts, homelessness, mental health, family and domestic violence, substance abuse, elder abuse, reducing poverty and social isolation.
- Addressing social isolation in the community by helping people to connect with their local community through programs such as Rockingham Connect, Pop Up Communities, Social Connector Luncheon Group and the Baldivis Bookclub.
- Advocating State and Federal Government for a more even distribution of facilities, services and funding for not-for-profit support organisations that provide services to vulnerable people.
- Chairing the Kwinana Rockingham Action for Today's Youth (KRAFTY), Community Support Service Provider (CSSP), Mental Health Interagency Group, Rockingham/Kwinana Family and Domestic Violence (FDV), and Rockingham/Kwinana Homelessness Interagency Group (RKHIG) meetings, where Community Support Service providers share information, form partnerships and advocate providing optimum services for vulnerable communities.
We have a Community Support Services Directory, which is a resource for residents and support workers. It contains the contact details and information on local support services and agencies including:
- employment, education and training
- domestic violence
- legal issues
- community support services (counselling, children, youth and family support)
- mental health
- emergency relief and financial support
- youth and community groups.
The directory is available online and as a hard copy from the City's libraries and Administration Building on Civic Boulevard, Rockingham.
We have pledged to make our City a suicide safer community. This means we are committed to ensuring there are enough resources to help people understand suicide awareness and prevention.
We regularly conduct the Living Works training programs:
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- Suicide to Hope and
We also provide free Youth Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health First Aid training annually. To find out when the next training is being held or for further information please contact us on 9528 0333 or email email@example.com.
The City is a Gold Pledge member of the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention. We are also a member of the Suicide Community Response Team, and the Rockingham Kwinana Alliance Against Depression (Western Australia Primary Health Alliance). Together we ensure there are enough resources to sustain a safer suicide community and provide information, support, referral, training and counselling to the community.
Waste Free Kitchen
Money Saving Series
Each year we host an expo for Anti-Poverty Week at the Salvation Army. This expo provides those members of the community who are struggling with ways to save money, link in with support services such as financial counsellors and budgeting services as well as how to save money by growing your own produce.
To meet the need for this information to be accessible more than just a one-off event, we have started the free Money Saving workshops which are available throughout the year. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for ongoing sessions, such as Waste-Free Kitchen, to help you save money.
Child protection workshops
Are you a parent or carer? Would you like information on how to be proactive to gain the knowledge on how to keep your children safe? We host free workshops for parents and carers during Child Protection Week. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for ongoing session when workshops are available.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day display
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)
15 June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). On this day each year we hold events to raise awareness to stop elder abuse in our community. Details will be available closer to the date.
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Mental Health Week
Each year in October the City partners with some fantastic local service providers during Mental Health Week to create a jam-packed week of free workshops, events and training which aim to increase the community’s awareness of mental health and wellbeing. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for event information.
16 Days in WA
16 Days in WA runs from 25 November to 10 December each year. This initiative draws inspiration from the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign to end violence against women and girls across the world.
16 Days in WA aims to raise awareness, increase positive actions and highlight organisations, agencies and individuals working to end violence against women.
More information on how to get involved will be available towards the end of October.