Building Adaptive Communities: Workshop 3

Communities that are already marginalised in our society are worst affected by climate impacts like extreme heat, storms, bushfires and smoke as well as long term impacts like drought and food insecurity. In Melbourne we are already experiencing these impacts during our record-breaking summers, and this particularly affects older people, people with disabilities and chronic health issues, newly arrived refugees and other at-risk communities.

Community Service Organisations (CSOs) and local councils play a critical role in supporting these at-risk communities – and they also face their own climate risks and impacts, while simultaneously managing increasing demand.

This series of workshops is intended to help CSOs and councils to:

  • Build their own organisational capacity to cope with and adapt to climate impacts and risks
  • Support at-risk communities experiencing climate impacts
  • Articulate their support needs and contribute to regional adaptation planning

Participants will learn – and will contribute their own insights – about:

  • Engaging your organisation’s leadership in managing climate impacts
  • Conducting a Climate Risk Audit of your organisation
  • Identifying and addressing impacts on the communities you work in
  • Choosing strategies to address organisational and community needs

This workshop is intended for officers, managers and leaders in:

  • Disability Service providers
  • Community health and wellbeing organisations
  • Aged care
  • Drug and alcohol counselling services
  • Family, youth and children’s services
  • Community development
  • Neighbourhood houses and learning centres
  • Housing and homelessness services
  • Council workers
  • Any community-facing roles

Workshop Schedule

Workshop Date Time
1. Understanding climate change impact
Register for Workshop 1
Tue 16 Mar 9:30-11:30am
2. Building the capacity of your organisation to manage climate change impacts       
Register for Workshop 2
Thu 18 Mar 9:30-11:30am
3. Supporting the community to manage climate change impacts Tue 30 Mar   9:30-11:30am

This workshop will be delivered by the Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA) with partners Enliven and the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS) as part of a project funded by the Victorian Government and Melbourne’s Climate Journey. Thanks also go to the City of Greater Dandenong, the Climate and Health Alliance and Jesuit Social Services’ Centre for Just Places for their collaboration.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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