Frankston City is set to become one of the first Councils in Victoria to establish a new initiative to promote community inclusion and wellbeing, and is looking to local community members to play a key role.
The Social Inclusion Action Group (SIAG) is a flagship program recommended by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, and aims to bring together a diverse group of people to develop initiatives that focus on social inclusion, wellbeing and mental health.
Applications are now open to join the group with Council seeking interest from a wide range of community representatives, including local residents, community leaders, those with lived experience and people with strong connections in the community.
Group members will meet regularly over the coming year to identify needs and gaps within our community, and develop initiatives to increase social connection.
“We want group members from all walks of life, who bring different skills and perspectives, and can learn from each other’s expertise,” said Mayor, Nathan Conroy.
“Led by the community, this group will provide a unique opportunity to change people’s lives through the inclusion and wellbeing initiatives it develops. Whether you’re an industry expert, a community worker or someone with personal experience of social connection challenges, we want to hear from you.”
State Member for Frankston, Paul Edbrooke said the Victorian Government announced Frankston would be one of the first local governments to receive funding for Social Inclusion Action Groups in October 2022.
“Being part of this local advisory group is a great opportunity for community members to meaningfully develop initiatives that focus on social connection, inclusion and wellbeing,” he said.
Joining the SIAG has numerous benefits. Members will have opportunities for professional development, connect with key organisations, and receive compensation for their time.
Applications for joining the SIAG are now open until 11 October 2023.