Hot Spots: piloting cross-sector collaborations – supporting vulnerable communities to build resilience to heatwave.

Aligned to enliven’s strategic priorities, The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (LMCF) focuses funding and effort on building community resilience to withstand the social and health impacts of climate change.

In 2018, LMCF worked with Emergency Management Victoria and the Victorian Council of Social Services to develop the ‘Hot Spots Initiative’. This initiative funds and resources collaborations between community, health and social service organisations with local government and emergency services in key Melbourne areas identified in the Monash Heat Vulnerability Index as at-risk suburbs due to levels of disadvantage and higher temperatures during heatwaves.

enliven, in partnership with City of Greater Dandenong, Bolton Clarke and the Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre successfully secured one of the funded cross-sector collaborations which is focussed on the at risk area of Dandenong.  The project focuses on community members who are at risk during extreme heat events by communicating health messages, empowering community members to respond to this information and co-designing local level solutions when individual effort isn’t enough.
While the main outcome is focused on the health and wellbeing of those at-risk during heatwave events, other anticipated key learnings to inform place-based community resilience work include:

  • Increasing collaborative effort between health and environmental organisations from both government and the community sectors responding to the health impacts of climate change.
  • Strengthening and defining the important roles of community, health and social service organisations in working with communities to build their  resilience to withstand extreme weather and disaster
  • The importance of social connectedness in ensuring those most at risk are supported
  • The need to develop policies/practice guidelines for action during extreme weather/heatwave periods

Once completed we will post the outcomes and resources on our website and in our weekly updates circular. If you would like more information about this initiative, please contact Heather Lawson heather@enliven.org.au

A resilient and ready sector

Alongside ARUP and SECCCA and with the support of both State and Federal Governments, enliven are uniting organisations across south east Melbourne to combat climate change.

As part of the first stage of the program, teams from SECCCA and ARUP led a number of ‘Facilitated Resilience Planning’ workshops. These workshops took key local stakeholders through a process of planning for natural disasters with a focus on ensuring continued service delivery and support for vulnerable community members.

Walking the talk

Although enliven are not a provider of client-services per se, we do have many important touchpoints with the community through our partnerships and project work. A driving force behind our work is an intent to support vulnerable population groups. So we have taken the TAKE2 Pledge.

This initiative provides free support and advice to organisations about reducing their contribution to climate change. We encourage all our partners to also considering taking the pledge.

Resourcing change

The Climate Change Adaptation for Health and Social Services book, published by CSIRO and produced by La Trobe University and enliven, is a resource that addresses concerns from the health and community services sector, including local government about how to respond to climate change and its impacts on communities.

climate change book

To order your copy of the book, click here

For more information please also refer to resources and publications produced by enliven (SECHP Inc.)