Disadvantage in Darebin
Council is committed to addressing disadvantage in our community and ensuring that all residents have equitable access to services and resources.
Darebin - an overview of disadvantage across the municipality draws together census statistics on the population groups identified as most vulnerable to disadvantage and the key characteristics /indicators understood to contribute to local areas of disadvantage within the municipality.
Food Security and Nutrition Action Plan
Darebin City Council is committed to reducing the level of food and nutrition insecurity across the municipality. This action plan focuses on Council role is addressing both short and long-term aspects of food and nutrition insecurity, tackling the diverse and complex issues surrounding access to food and nutrition.
The Darebin Food Security and Nutrition Action Plan 2016 – 2020 seeks to implement Objective 5.2 of the Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013 - 2017 “to promote food security, healthy eating and safe food provision for all Darebin residents”. Darebin’s Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013 – 2017 has been developed on our understanding that people’s health and wellbeing are influenced by the social, economic, cultural, built and natural conditions in which people are born, grow, learn, live, work and age. These are known as social determinants that can either strengthen or weaken our health and wellbeing.
Council endorsed Food Security and Nutrition Action Plan 2016 – 2020 & Food Security and Nutrition Background Paper 2016.
If you are in financial crisis and need some assistance in the form of free or cheap meals, food vouchers or parcels and financial assistance we have prepared an easy-to-use guide. The guide lists the local organisations that may be able to provide you with assistance.
Darebin Emergency Relief Network
The Network has a primary role to coordinate a regional approach to meeting the needs of residents experiencing financial or material disadvantage.
- Improving links between service providers concerned with the provision of emergency relief in Darebin.
- Developing service delivery standards and best practice in the delivery of emergency relief.
- Developing referral procedures which reflect principles of access and equity, flexibility, relevance and responsiveness to the individuals.
- Identifying and exploring ways to deliver emergency relief that are innovative, effective and appropriate, including food banks, meeting culturally specific needs and having access to fresh food supplies.
- Liaising with Darebin City Council and developing strategies relevant to the Network's role in implementing the Local Government Disaster Plan as required.
- Keeping abreast of issues affecting emergency relief provision through links with relevant agencies such as Emergency Relief Victoria, Victorian Council of Social Service and Centrelink.
- Participating in forums which contribute to the development of Network’s aims & objectives.
Membership is open to the Darebin Emergency Relief Network (DERN) for a range of local emergency relief providers and other community agencies providing services to Darebin, or with interest in providing emergency relief services.
2019 Network meetings
Tuesday, 3 March 12pm – 2pm - Function Room, 1st Floor, 350 High Street, Preston
Tuesday, 2 June 12pm – 2pm - Function Room, 1st Floor, 350 High Street, Preston
Tuesday, 1 September 12pm – 2pm - Function Room, 1st Floor, 350 High Street, Preston
Tuesday, 1 December 12pm – 2pm - Function Room, 1st Floor, 350 High Street, Preston
For further information, refer to the Terms of Reference.
Community Development Officer
Ph: 8470 8552