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City to hold planning session to assist people with disability to prepare for emergencies

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The City of Greater Bendigo and Golden City Support Services will hold a Social Networking for Emergency Planning session to assist people with psychosocial disability to increase social connectedness and prepare for emergencies.

The session is part of the City of Greater Bendigo’s From Vulnerable to Resilient project and it is taking place during Mental Health Week from 11am to 1.30pm on Friday October 12 at Golden City Support Services 51 Creek Street Bendigo.

City of Greater Bendigo Health and Wellbeing Director Vicky Mason said according to the World Health Organisation people with disabilities are disproportionately affected in emergencies.

“This is something the From Vulnerable to Resilient project would like to address by encouraging meaningful conversations about emergency preparedness with people with chronic health conditions including mental illness who are more likely to be socially isolated,” Ms Mason said.

“By holding this session we hope to increase the confidence of those participating about where to seek emergency information and what to do if an emergency should occur.

“We also aim to increase their knowledge and awareness of community organisations that they can link with for social support. 

“Increasing their knowledge and confidence to engage in emergency planning and preparedness conversations with support providers, is an important component of resilience before, during and after an emergency.” 

Anyone who would like to attend the session can do so by contacting Bec Maskell at the City of Greater Bendigo via email to [email protected] or by phoning  5434 6463 or 0439 367 711 by Tuesday October 9, 2018.


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