Supporting Community Wellbeing in Hume and Whittlesea
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown period, DPV Health is involved in two projects: Community Activation and Social Isolation Project (CASI) and Community Watch Partnership Project (CWPP) to provide support to communities in Hume and Whittlesea.
The Community Activation and Social Isolation Initiative (CASI)
The CASI Project is led by the Department of Human and Health Services and is part of the Victorian COVID-19 hotline. The project helps to better connect community members with friends, family and communities as well as providing support to establish new connections. DPV Health serves as the Lead Organisation and Community Connector for Hume, in partnership with Sunbury Community Health and other local partner organisations.
There are two components to this project:
- The initiative is directly accessible to the general public via the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline (1800 675 398). The initiative expands on their work by providing support to community members who may be experiencing social isolation. This is done by linking community members who call the hotline to Local Support Networks (LSN), which comprise of organisations who can connect them to social activities and other relevant community services.
- The initiative allows communities to map out and build on existing services that are appropriate and best meet the needs of their community.
To learn more about the CASI project click here to download more information.
For any questions and/or to become a member of the Local Support Network (LSN), email: email@example.com
Community Watch Partnership Project (CWPP)
DPV Health and the Hume Whittlesea Primary Care Partnership (HWPCP) have joined forces, with assistance from Whittlesea Community Connections (WCC) and Banksia Gardens Community Services, to develop the Community Watch Partnership Project in response to the disruptions caused by COVID-19. The Project is supported by an exciting partnership of diverse and committed organisations from Hume and Whittlesea with a shared interest to promote wellbeing amongst vulnerable members of the community impacted by COVID-19.
The purpose of the Community Watch Project is to assist community organisations and groups, which play an important role in supporting all members of our community, during this period of restrictions and recovery. If your organisation has available staff and volunteers, the Community Watch Project will partner and work alongside you to:
- Develop a wellbeing check-in service to support the most vulnerable community members you work with
- Provide support to improve your existing service so vulnerable members of our community can access information and support to maintain wellbeing
In joining the Partnership, you will have the opportunity to:
- Access an online regional directory of services in the local catchment and identified resources
- Be part of a network of local organisations to share knowledge, resources, and reduce duplication
- Be part of an evaluation to understand how organisations in Hume and Whittlesea have supported their community during lockdown and recovery
Interested in being involved or learning more about the project?