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Inclusion Reference Group

The cities of Holdfast Bay, Marion and Mitcham have joined together and partnered with Mission Australia to establish an Inclusion Reference Group. The aim of the group is to assist in shaping an inclusive community and giving people a voice in influencing services and matters affecting them.

We are looking for individuals with strong community connections that reflect the diversity of our community:

  • People with disability, including mental health
  • People from a multicultural background
  • Aboriginal people
  • Unpaid carers or a family member of a person with disability
  • Interested residents
  • People with experience of issues affecting older people
  • People who identify as LGBTIQA+

You will be part of a diverse team that provides valuable information to Councils and the community. You’ll connect with community members to share experiences and learn from each other. You’ll be provided with training in self-advocacy and other topics as decided by the group. You’ll be creating a more inclusive and supportive community.

Members will be appointed for a 1 year term. Committee meetings with be held monthly, sub-committee meeting frequency will be determined by the Inclusion Reference Group members

If you require further information about the Inclusion Reference Group please contact Andrea Gray at Mission Australia on 0436 687 596.

Dementia Friendly Holdfast Bay

In 2016 the City of Holdfast Bay was the first South Australian Local Government Authority to commit to becoming a dementia-friendly community. In a joint project with Dementia Australia (previously Alzheimer’s Australia), the City of Holdfast Bay signed a commitment and developed an action plan to implement a series of changes within the organization, focusing on becoming a dementia-friendly organization as the first step in the commitment toward being a dementia-friendly community.

Dementia awareness training was delivered to all employees across all departments. This was followed by additional training for management on how to recognize and support employees with early memory loss.

A purpose-built community information kiosk using dementia-friendly design principles was established at the Brighton civic centre, enabling older adults to call into the kiosk for individual support to access My Aged Care and other support services in a friendly, non-threatening environment.

Other actions included participation and support for the inaugural Memory Walk & Jog at Glenelg; hosting ‘Hidden Places, Hidden Lives’ an art exhibition in the Bay Discovery Centre and development of an intranet site with support material to assist staff to deal effectively with people living with dementia.

In 2018 the City of Holdfast Bay, in partnership with Flinders University undertook a broad consultation with local residents to ask the provocative question; ‘How dementia-friendly is your community?’. The ‘Imagining a Dementia-Friendly Community’ report provides unique insights into the lived experience of local residents and will be used to increase awareness of the needs of people living with dementia and inform further actions towards becoming a dementia-friendly community.