2016 Annual Report - Page 28

Working together Frankston City Council Community Development Community Support Frankston believes that networking, engaging in feedback, knowledge and resource sharing is essential for the provision of efficient and effective services. Staff have been involved in the following areas: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 28 Australians for Affordable Housing Community Information Victoria Emergency Relief Victoria Frankston Advisory Committee Frankston Community Infrastructure Planning (Department Human Services) Frankston Emergency Relief Providers Frankston Homeless Network Frankston Hospital Mental Health Ward — Community speaker Frankston Magistrates’ Court Users Group Frankston Multicultural Community Network Impact Volunteering Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee (MEMP) Municipal Emergency Recovery Planning Committee Peninsula Health Alcohol and Other Drug Consumer Advisory Group Peninsula Primary Care Partnership Rooming House Working Groups Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS) Westernport Regional Association of Community Information Centres (WRACIC) In 1968, with foresight and initiative, Frankston City Council (FCC) recognised the ability of its community to provide a professional support and information service mainly staffed and managed by volunteers. The organisation became a benchmark for agencies of its type which utilise the services of volunteers. Community Support Frankston enjoys a crucial partnership with FCC and acknowledges council’s valuable contribution to the community by the provision of the full-time manager and operations co-ordinator staffing positions. FCC also provides the office building and covers telephone and electricity expenses. Triple A Foundation Barrie Thomas, founder of the Triple A Foundation, first became involved with the organisation through its 1992 Christmas Appeal, as a co-opted Committee of Management member in 1994, then a full member in 1995 until his move to New Zealand in 1999. Barrie continued to give valuable support to the agency by providing funding for a part-time staff position until November 2015. Through the Special Projects Coordinator position the agency has been able to create many programs and projects contributing to the positive perception of the agency and wellbeing of Frankston residents. These include: • • • • • • • Pets in the Park Frankston Community Appeal General information brochures Volunteer coordination Websites and Intranet Annual Reports IT support The measure of a community is how it treats its most vulnerable members