EQUITY & HUMAN SERVICES PROJECTS
RDA Illawarra strongly believe in a socially inclusive society and we are 100% committed to working towards realising this vision in the Illawarra region.
THE CURRENT STATE OF EQUITY IN THE ILLAWARRA
The Illawarra region includes several areas of significant locational disadvantage. Unfortunately many members of these communities face barriers to social inclusion such as:
- Poor Housing
- Lack of Skills
- Low Income
- Poor Health
- Family Unit Breakdown
- Lack of Access to Transport
Sadly many people within our region experience multiple and complex needs, and intergenerational disadvantage is a significant barrier to full participation in the life of our society.
RDA Illawarra recognises that we can make a difference when it comes to social inclusion and equity in our region. We can do this by working to improve outcomes in these communities by addressing key economic, social and amenity barriers.
Are you facing financial or social hardship in the Illawarra? Want to know what services you can access for help? Or would you like to be involved in improving Equity within our community? Get in touch with us to hear more about how we are removing barriers to Social Inclusion in the Illawarra!
HOW RDA ILLAWARRA IS WORKING TO IMPROVE SOCIAL INCLUSION IN THE COMMUNITY
We believe that social inclusion is an integral part of our activities to promote economic growth and job creation in the region.
The benefits of such growth should be shared by all members of our community and opportunities created for those groups of people who are experiencing financial, social and other disadvantage. We recognise the value of community input and participation in all our projects and will work with all project partners to ascertain how our projects include social inclusion principles and outcomes.
Want to know more about how we are working with our partners to improve equity in our region? Give us a call so we can tell you more!
- Seek increased opportunities for education and training in the region, particularly for the region’s young people and our large number of unemployed
- Encourage projects that enhance the region’s community infrastructure
- Seek strategies for increasing employment opportunities, including the inclusion of disadvantaged job seekers in employment growth initiatives
- Encourage and support innovation through social enterprise and social business opportunities
- Promote strategies that enhance the liveability of the region for our residents, including, but not limited to, enhancing transport, age friendly environments, youth facilities and community facilities
- Encourage projects that build on community strengths and on the community services infrastructure of the region
- Ensure all community members have an opportunity to have their voice heard on matters of regional significance.
CURRENT EQUITY & HUMAN SERVICES PROJECTS
Our Board Members, Helen Backhouse and Annelies Voorthuis, Co-Chair the Sub-Committee on Equity & Human Services.