Council runs a variety of programs through the Community Services section and is responsible for the following areas of community development.
Financial Assistance Grants program
Every year applications for grant funding are invited from groups and organisations who provide services to the Lane Cove community. The aim of this program is to provide financial support to these organisations to help them to provide a range of ongoing and new services to the community and to increase the amount of activities and events available for residents to participate in. Applications for Financial Assistance opens in mid-December each year and close on the first Monday in March.
Aboriginal Advisory Committee
Community Services Branch convenes Council's Aboriginal Advisory Committee. The Committee meets bi-monthly. Its objectives are to: promote an increased knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and society in the wider community and develop the interests of Aboriginal people in the community; to foster positive relations between Council and the Aboriginal community; to input into and advise Council on the development and implementation of Council's Community Strategic and other plans; to foster and facilitate objectives in relation to education and employment and; to provide advice to Council regarding education, health, tourism, employment, culture and customs.
International Women's Day
International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Council marks this day each year with an event in March.
Recent events have included:
2015: a Women's Forum where 7 women who have achieved excellence in their chosen fields shared their experiences and journeys with women from the local community.
2014: a screening of the film 'I am a girl' with a talk by the Director, Rebecca Barry – the portrayal of six girls, each from a different country who, on the brink of womanhood, are coming to grips with what it means to be a women in their cultures today.
2013: The Executive Director of the Sydney Women's Fund give an inspiring talk about her project, 'Portrait of Women and Girls in Sydney', a pioneering project that provides insight into the needs and aspirations of women in Sydney that develops an agenda for local social change.
2012: A talk by Dame Carol Kidu, then the only female MP in Papua New Guinea who took on the role of championing a women's bill to boost female representation in parliament. She also worked tirelessly in the community, in particular advocating on behalf of women for better health services.
2011: To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the International Women's Day movement a local resident and Ambassador for 1 Million Women spoke on views how we can achieve a more sustainable lifestyle and discussed how women can work together to achieve a sustainable society.
Age-Friendly Lane Cove
Lane Cove Council has now completed its 'Strategy for an Age-Friendly Lane Cove' and is putting in place a plan to implement a wide range of actions arising from suggestions made by older people to make Lane Cove more age-friendly.
On 10 June Lane Cove Council was accepted into the World Health Organisation's Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. This program is an international effort to help cities and communities prepare for the rapid ageing of the populations and increasing urbanisation. It targets the environmental, social and economic factors that influence the health and wellbeing of older adults. By becoming a member of this global network Lane Cove Council is committing to an ongoing process of continual improvement to make Lane Cove an age-friendly community.
A three-year Action Plan has been developed based on the many excellent suggestions for improvement that were made by older members of the community.
Council has established as Age-friendly Advisory Committee to oversee the implementation of the Action Plan and act as a sounding board for Council in determining its priorities for action.
Council will be hoping to improve its age-friendly ratings both overall and particularly in the lower rating factors, when next it is assessed in three years time.
For more information, or to be placed on Council's Age-Friendly Mailing List, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone Ruth on 9911 3593.
Lower North Shore Domestic Violence Network
The Community Services Branch convenes the quarterly meetings of this Network. The Network was established to provide Domestic Violence workers and people in related services with a forum to discuss issues affecting their client base; to devise strategies to promote community awareness of Domestic Violence in the region; and exchange information that will assist practitioners reduce the incidence and impact of domestic violence within the Lower North Shore.
Lower North Shore Child and Family Network
Community Services attends the quarterly Lower North Shore Child and Family Network. The aim of the network is to share information and enhance the capacity of service providers who are working with children from 0-8 yrs and families in Lower North Shore area within an early intervention and prevention framework of Families NSW. This is achieved through networking and relationship building, planning and advocacy and training support and professional development.
Lower North Shore Multicultural Network
Staff from Community Services attends the quarterly Lower North Shore Multicultural Network which aims to identify and address issues affecting people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in the Lower North Shore. It does this by bringing together service providers and community groups working with and
for people from CALD backgrounds, providing a forum to raise awareness about issues affecting people from CALD backgrounds and identify strategies to address those issues, facilitating co-operative activity among Network members, providing a forum to liaise with relevant Federal, State, and local government agencies and, exchanging information and expertise to ensure effective and efficient service delivery.
Each quarter Lane Cove Council, in partnership with North Sydney Council, runs seminars for community groups called 'Meet the Experts'
Council recognises the social, cultural, recreational, educational and economic contribution community organisations make to the local community and is committed to helping build the capacity of the local sector to address the current and emerging challenges and ensure the sector's long term sustainability.
Recent seminars have included
- Social Media
- Managing difficult people
- Marketing your organisation
- Developing successful grant submissions
- Powerfully productive people
- Governance for not-for-profit boards
- Community asset building and social enterprise
- Grant writing
- Facebook 101
- Ways to attract more members
- How to attract and retain more members
- Incorporated Associations
- Pitch Perfect - How to get your message across in 30 seconds or less
- Dealing with change
Aged and Disability Team
Council's Aged and Disability Team covers a broad role from organising and facilitating activities to engage older people in programs; to encourage healthy and active ageing; to informing Council, community groups and government departments of changing needs and policies.
Other activities in the team include
- Preparing and distributing the seniors newsletter, 'The Lane Cove Connection'
- Organising health, fitness and social programs such as cooking demonstrations, a men's community kitchen, indoor bowls and board games, Zumba, falls prevention activities
- Supporting 'Different Degrees' the weekly drama workshops for people with disabilities
- Providing information, advocacy and referral services
- Promoting equitable access to community services and facilities for disadvantaged groups and communities
- Providing input into development applications in terms of the accessibility and compliance with Council's DCP – Access and Mobility
- Monitoring service requests and identifying gaps in community services for older people and people with disabilities
- Convening and supporting the Lane Cove Access Committee
- Working through the strategies and actions in the Age-Friendly Action Plan and convening the Age-Friendly Strategy Advisory Committee
Youth Services Team
Lane Cove Council's Youth Services Team operate the Synergy Youth Centre, a drop-in centre where young people aged 11-18 can go to hang-out, seek information about support services or participate in various programmed activities.
The youth team also organises parent forums, provides referrals to counselling and support services for a young person and works with other Councils and youth organisations to create youth strategies and programs for the area.
For more about the youth services team and there program go to the Children and Youth tab on this website