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Community support services

City of Rockingham

How we can help

Our Community Support Services provides support to vulnerable local people in the community. This includes:

Workshops and events

We provide information sessions and community events on important issues such as suicide prevention, homelessness, mental health, family and domestic violence, substance abuse, elder abuse, reducing poverty and social isolation.  During June, we are offering a number of free online webinars on a range of issues.  Check out the What's on Calendar for details or see our flyers below.

  • Emergency Cost Cutting and Budgeting

A two-part workshop:

Part 1:  Complete up to 18 June in your own time (45 minutes)

Part 2: Tuesday 23 June 7.30pm–8pm

Register at customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au

  • Move Your Mood

Wednesday 17 June 2020

10am - 11am

Register at customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au

  • Understanding Anxiety

Tuesday 23 June 2020

11am - 12pm

Register at customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au

Community programs

We address 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.

Advocacy and community representation

  • We advocate 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.    
  • We chair 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.

Community Support Services Directory

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:

  • accommodation
  • disability
  • 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. 

Information in the directory was correct at the time of publication. New or updated service information can be submitted to customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au or contact us on 9528 0333.

External agency support

Rockingham has many local not-for-profit groups that can assist when you find yourself struggling.  Support can range from meals and food hampers to financial assistance.  Please see below for who to contact when you need support.
Coastal District Care

What can they help with? 

Food hampers (Health Care Card required)

Days and hours of operation

Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 9am–12pm

Address

4 Hefron Street, Rockingham 

The CREW

What can they help with?

Food hampers and meals

Days and hours of operation

Mondays 10am–1pm

Address

Salvation Army Building, corner of Willmott Ave and Read Street, Cooloongup

Salvation Army

What can they help with?

Food hampers, takeaway meals, help with bills, showers, laundry, bread

Days and hours of operation

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am–1pm

Address

Salvation Army Building, corner Willmott Avenue and Read Street, Cooloongup.  Please leave a message if outside operational hours - 9527 3460

Rockingham Street Chaplain

What can they help with?

Food hampers 

Days of operation 

Thursday (by appointment only)

Contact

Jamie McNee on 0427 427 316

St Brendan's Homeless Respite

What can they help with?

Hot takeaway meals and fresh produce and hot showers

Days and hours of operation

Fridays between 10am and 1pm

Address

The Guide Hall, Watts Street, Safety Bay

Homelessness We Care

What can they help with?

Hampers available for those in need

Days operation

Fridays

Contact

Contact Homelessness We Care via their Facebook page in order for them to coordinate non-contact deliveries.

Suicide prevention

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
  • safeTALK.

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 customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au

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.

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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.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

15 June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). On this day each year we usually hold events to raise awareness to stop elder abuse in our community. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be holding events this year but you can still participate and wear something purple to support this cause. For further information and support please contact Advocare.

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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 WA16 Day 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. 

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