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RESPONDING TO ELDER ABUSE                     

Social isolation has been everyone’s concern over the past 12 months. But for some Australians — such as older people — social isolation can be a major issue of safety. During the COVID lockdown, calls to the NSW Ageing and Disability Abuse Helpline increased by about 50 percent, suggesting that there is increasing concern over the vulnerability of older people and people with disability.

The City of Sydney and the Eastern Sydney Abuse of Older People Collaborative has been working to improve services’ ability to respond to abuse of older people in the area. The collaborative is a group of like-minded services covering a broad range of interests — including aged care, law, health, and counselling.

Coming up in the Seniors Festival in April, the collaborative will be holding a webinar to help local families understand what local services do when they encounter abuse of older people. It will also help people to see that they’re not alone when they are caught in an abusive situation. The webinar is free, and will be held via Zoom at 6.30pm on 13th April.   

TIM HORTON SECTOR SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT — EASTERN SYDNEY

GREATER PREPAREDNESS FOR FLOOD EVENTS

For the past 18 months — alongside Infrastructure NSW and University of Sydney — Inner Sydney Voice has been a partner in the Get Ready for Flood Social Housing Sector Project in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley. The project has sought to gain a better understanding of the capacities and vulnerabilities within social-housing communities, particularly in the context of preparedness for flood events. It also aims to identify pieces of work that can be undertaken to strengthen resilience within these communities.

Some highlights so far include: the establishment of the Social Housing Community Resilience Network bringing together key stakeholders in the valley; consultation with key stakeholders to identify what is already in place to support communities to be prepared, what is in place that can be enhanced to strengthen preparedness, and what key barriers need to be addressed and better planned for; the development of a two-page flyer outlining flood preparedness steps; the facilitation of flood awareness and preparedness training for staff from community housing providers and community organisations; and the creation of a flood information pack to be included in social-housing sign-up kits.
 
This project is soon coming to an end — and there is still much work to be done. However, it has initiated a very important conversation around what shared responsibility in a practical sense means. Especially in the context of strengthening community resilience to natural disasters so as to ensure that residents who need additional support in an emergency do not fall through the cracks. It is clear that relationships and trust building is at the heart of resilience-strengthening work. ISV hopes that the partnerships formed through this project will continue into the future.


TRACY HAMILTON RESILIENCE OFFICER

LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR

In conjunction with TAFE NSW, the Love Thy Neighbour workshop will discuss what it means to be a good neighbour. You'll learn how to step away from combative situations, and practice skills in negotiation and conflict resolution. The workshop will also examine what happens if all best efforts fail. Love Thy Neighbour comprises of four workshops every Wednesday from 28th April – 19th May 2021, 11am-1pm. 
RSVP admin@innersydneyvoice.org.au or call (02) 9698 7690.

ISV also plans to run a workshop for service providers who want to learn how they can help families affected by drug and alcohol. In partnership with Family Drug Support, this would be a one-hour session with a rundown of what FDS does and why they do it so that service providers can pass the information on to their clients or networks.
 
We’ve also a drug and alcohol workshop for professionals. During the workshop you will gain knowledge of successful 'models of change' for supporting families affected by someone’s drug issues; identify the five stages that families experience and effective ways to respond; learn how to communicate more effectively with families in a work and/or professional situation; develop understanding and gain skills to assist families to build resilience and improve the outcome for both the person who uses the drug and the family; and recognise the importance of psycho-social education for a family in relation to the significant barriers they may face.
 
Other workshops in the pipeline include: how to co-design your services with children and young people at the centre; how to develop more culturally inclusive services; and how to ensure your service is more inclusive for children with disabilities. Expressions of interest: 
admin@innersydneyvoice.org.au


CLAIRE MCATEER EXECUTIVE OFFICER

IN THE AUTUMN ISSUE OF INNER SYDNEY VOICE MAGAZINE...

As one season rolls into another, it's time to preview the upcoming issue of Inner Sydney Voice magazine. In the autumn edition, we focus on the NSW government's insatiable appetite for procuring public land. In an extract of her new book — Killing Sydney — guest columnist Elizabeth Farrelly describes the city as "a cash cow to be milked, exploited". Whether it be Barangaroo or Waterloo, as Farrelly discusses, the Berejiklian administration seems intent on pimping out public land for private profit. We also report on the latest government land-grab — the Franklyn Street estate in Glebe; and trace the history of the iconic Sirius building in The Rocks. 

Also in the autumn issue: we pore over the 2021 reconciliation report which analyses the progress made so far and we examine the findings of a just-released report that exposes a care system in crisis. In the wake of the Facebook face-off, we argue the urgent need for the regulation of social media platforms; and we pay tribute to an unsung hero of Sydney's homeless community. Plus, all the latest news and regular features — and more. That's in the autumn issue of Inner Sydney Voice magazine — out soon. To subscribe or sponsor, email admin@innersydneyvoice.org.au or call (02) 9698 7690.   

CHRISTOPHER KELLY EDITOR

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