Social inclusion program promotes diversity in Wanneroo clubs

Dr Francis Fornah and Pastor Samuel Boast (Rainbow Church). All photos: Martin Kennealey
Dr Francis Fornah and Pastor Samuel Boast (Rainbow Church). All photos: Martin Kennealey

A RANGE of community groups and clubs attended a workshop to learn how to attract members representing the City of Wanneroo’s diverse community.

About 28 community groups and clubs registered for the Socially Inclusive Communities program, run by training provider Inclusion Solutions with the Department of Communities.

Participants at the March 7 workshop at Clarkson Library included Francis Fornah and Pastor Samuel Boast from Rainbow Church, Bruce Westerman from Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club and The Aperture Group, Alkimos Pirates Lacrosse Club president Simon Danby and Janet Blenkinsop from the North Coastal Children’s Community Choir.

Janet Blenkinsop (Childrens Community Choir).

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the program offered an opportunity for local groups and clubs to discover how they could support their local communities.

“Local clubs and groups have a pivotal role to play in creating connected communities,” she said.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with Denver D’Cruz (GM Inclusion Solutions).

“Not only do they bring people with shared interests together, but being part of community groups can help reduce the social isolation felt by many.

“We hope to see more people from different cultural backgrounds or those with a disability, participating in enjoyable activities with others from their local community.”

Simon Danby (president Alkimos Pirates Lacrosse Club).

Training workshops are being offered to local clubs and groups on topics such as disability awareness, social inclusion, inclusive events and how to attract a wide variety of new members.

Inclusion Solutions will also mentor a selection of clubs and groups to guide and support their activities.

Bruce Westerman (Quinns/Mindarie SLSC and The Aperture Group).

The City of Wanneroo was one of eight local governments chosen to be part of the initiative, which aligns with its Access and Inclusion Plan.

For more information, call the community development team on 9405 5000 or visit wanneroo.wa.gov.au/accessandinclusion