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    Cafe Connect – Highly Commended Local Government Award!

    14th Jul 2020

    We just wanted to share the great news that Café Connect has received the 2020 Highly Commended Local Government Award under the Community Partnerships and Collaboration category.

    Café Connect initially was developed as a pilot project through Camden Council’s Community Access Advisory Group and was delivered as a series of Carers Cafes in 2017.  Myrtle Cottage is represented on the Access Committee advocating for people who are frail aged, younger people with disability, people with dementia and carers and involved in the cafes by providing information about services available and their benefits.

    With the great support from members of the Access Committee the project was further developed and successfully received funding from NSW Family and Community Services to continue the revised version being Café Connect.

    The Café Connect service providers, community groups and volunteers that have supported this project throughout the initial 2018 Camden Council – Explore and Scope funded pilot project to the now Macarthur wide Café Connects.

    Everyone played a huge roll in the project’s success by engaging with our Café Connect participants and networking with each other which has provided a best practice model for achieving connections and increasing referrals to services, membership to programs and links to information and initiatives.

    With the support and partnerships of MDS Sector Support, Campbelltown City and Wollondilly Councils; Café Connect was able to expand from its original target group of local seniors to also include Café Connect programs across Macarthur for people living with dementia, people with disability, children with sensory needs and men’s health initiatives.

    The initial 2018 Camden explore and scope project plan included:

    • Delivering 12 Café Connect sessions across four outlets in the Camden LGA;
    • Only one target group (over 55 years);
    • Involving 400 participants; and
    • Involving 10 local services.

    The project has grown significantly across Macarthur in 2020 with:

    • 25 Café Connect sessions delivered across 17 outlets in the Macarthur region;
    • Six target groups interviewed;
    • More than 1,600 participants involved; and
    • More than 50 local services involved.

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