Manager Johanna Leader with counsellor Alex Quigley, community liaison officer Ian Barret, co-ordinator Mel Singh and community liaison officer Emma Livingston. Photo: AMY GRIFFITHSA program to improve social inclusion in Dubbo is being launched at Apollo House today.
The ‘Resilience’ program is one component of the Dubbo Regeneration Partnership Plan that was developed in consultation with the East Dubbo community.
Run by the Leader in Development team, the program will operate out of Apollo House in Collins Street and provide activities and programs for families such as playgroups, reading groups, health focus groups and workshops for parents.
“Resilience is a program to improve social inclusion within the local community, offering a variety of activities to build the cohesion within the community, and identify service gaps that can be removed through further co-operation and integration of services from government and non-government organisations,” Leader in Development founder Johanna Leader said.
“We want to maintain an environment where individuals and families can feel comfortable to participate in the many activities that will be brought through the doors of the Apollo House, into the streets and recreational spaces of the Apollo community.”
Ms Leader is assembling a team of passionate and motivated staff that understand the needs of people living in the area and who are able to provide support with practical ideas to help improve the lives of people in the estate.
“I am hopeful that the rapport and trust that we develop with the community will enable us to better assist people with referrals for support, particularly where families are experiencing hardships” Ms Leader said. Apollo House was previously managed by the East Dubbo Women’s Group.
Housing NSW western area director Mark Byrne thanked three women whose involvement in Apollo House was instrumental.
“Michelle, Ellen and Pat Doolan have been the cornerstone of the Apollo House with the East Dubbo Women’s Group for many years,” Mr Byrne said.
“These wonderful and highly respected Aboriginal women have so much on their plates and so it is timely that we are able to get Leader in Development involved to lighten their collective loads just a little.”
The Dubbo Regeneration Partnership Plan has been operating over the past four years and has incorporated significant upgrades to properties, street scapes and recreational spaces, and large financial investments in social and learning and employment strategies.
A morning tea will be held at Apollo House today at 10am for local agencies and services and will be followed by a barbecue at 12 noon.
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