The activities of this working group have come to and end with our mandate having been fulfilled. The development of a community services directory has been a major achievement of this group. The directory provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on all services provided in the region and can be accessed at directory.swmpf.org
Social planning is founded on the principles of social justice (equity, access, participation and rights) and aims to enhance community well being and effectiveness… (It) plays a pivotal role in creating liveable communities, vibrant economies, sustainable places, diverse cultural expression and social cohesion.
This SWMPF project is about improving planning tools across the region of Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville and empowering residents to make informed choices on services. It is concerned with collating and sharing comparable local data and service information to support the SWMPF in its efforts to provide all members of the community with the opportunity to access the services they need.
SWMPF working group implementing this project
Nominations to the working group opened at the SWMPF Planning Day on 1 April and the first meeting was convened on 26 May 2014. The membership of the working group currently comprises:
- City of Cockburn
- SMYL Community Services
The SWMPF is indebted to the Department of Local Government and Communities, and in particular Michael Bosley-Smith and Yayoi Ikeda, for their support of the service mapping component of this project.
The roles and responsibilities of the working group members are provided in the Terms of Reference Social Planning Working Group
Dylan Smith, Executive Officer of the Fremantle Foundation, reviews the many pages of recommendations made at the SWMPF’s Planning Day for the consideration of the Social Planning working group
Shared project outcomes
The SWMPF working group has agreed to work together to deliver the following project outcomes:
- A listing of all human services provided in the three local government areas (Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville) is easily accessible in one public location.
- Human services provided in the three local government areas, including duplications and gaps, are mapped and the data made available to all service providers and planners in the region.
- Demographic and social profiles are developed for the most disadvantaged communities in the region, using comparable data across the three local government areas.
- Consumers demonstrate increased awareness of human services available in the region.
To find out how the working group is monitoring its progress in achieving these outcomes, check out Social Planning outcomes and indicators
Jo McKay (City of Melville), Claire Heffernan (Youth Justice) and Russ Eldean, WA Police, at the SWMPF Planning Day
Action plan – how the SWMPF is working to deliver its shared outcomes
The group’s action plan focuses on increasing awareness (residents’ and service providers’) of available services, service needs, gaps and duplications. It is working to achieve this by:
- Increasing residents’ awareness of available services.
- Making information about services accessible and user friendly.
- Mapping and gapping existing services to inform future planning.
- Producing community profiles to identify those in greatest need of services.
Planning for their future
Achievements to date include:
- Representatives from the three local Government authorities have invested considerable time in standardising the data that each local government uses so that these are now comparable.
- The working group has produced comprehensive profiles of the most disadvantaged communities in the region, using the comparable data now available across the three LGAs.
For the first time comprehensive community profiles are available.
- The SWMPF is indebted to the Department of Local Government and Communities for their support in ’cleansing’ the data of the three LGAs and in mapping the 780+ human services offered in the region. This means that social planners and service providers are now able to identify duplications as well as gaps in services.
- The intense process of data standardisation has laid a solid foundation for further data sharing initiatives, both in the region and beyond.
- The map has been used to develop the SWMPF’s My Community Directory, which provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on all services provided in the region. The communications campaign to promote the directory among residents and service providers will be undertaken in May 2016.
Posters and brochures promoting the SWMPF’s My Community Directory
are being widely distributed in the region
- Note: All providers of human services in the region are encouraged to check the directory and ensure that they are listed. The assistance of all human service providers is critical if the SWMPF is to produce and maintain a comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date directory that benefits all who are living and/or working in the region.
Follow the SWMPF’s progress
Updates on the progress of the SWMPF in implementing its collaborative response to this project will be provided on this page. To view the minutes of the working group’s meetings, please click below as appropriate:
- Minutes 26 May
- Minutes Social Planning Working Group 23 June 2014
- Minutes Social Planning working group 31 July
- Minutes 21 August
- Minutes 18 September
- SWMPF minutes 16 October 2014
- SWMPF minutes 20 November 2014
- SWMPF minutes 18 December
- SWMPF Social Planning minutes 19-02-2015
- Social Planning Minutes 19th March 2015
- Minutes 16 April 2015
- Minutes Social Planning 21st May 2015
- Minutes Social Planning 18 June 2015
- Minutes Social Planning 20 August 2015
- Minutes Social Planning 17 September 2015
- Social Planning Minutes 16 October 2015
- Social Planning Minutes 19th November 2015
- Social Planning Minutes 25 February 2016
- Social Planning Minutes 24 March 2016
- Social Planning Minutes 28 April 2016
- Social Planning Minutes 26 May 2016
- Social Planning Minutes 23 June 2016
- Social Planning Minutes 15 September 2016
- Social Planning Minutes 15 December 2016
In July 2017, the Social Planning project was closed as it had achieved it’s mandate.