Regional Plan – Communities of Respect and Equality
The Communities of Respect and Equality Alliance (CoRE) is a partnership of organisations, businesses, clubs, groups and networks from across the Grampians Region that share a vision for safe, equal and respectful communities. All member organisations have committed to the vision and goals outlined in the Communities of Respect and Equality: A plan to prevent violence against women and their children.
Organisations from across the Grampians who also share this vision and would like to work together to make it a reality are invited to join the CoRE Alliance.
The CoRE Plan is for those who believe that by taking action to promote change our communities can be better places in which to live. With the combined leadership, influence, authority and action of those committed to the Plan, we will build a new future for our region, its cities, towns and communities, where gender inequality and violence against women is an issue of the past. This Plan has been developed to help guide and direct individual and collective work in building communities of respect and equality, and prevent violence against women before it occurs.
The development of the CoRE Plan was led by Women’s Health Grampians (WHG), as part of the Women’s Health Services Leading Regional Action to Prevent Violence against Women and Children Project. WHG engaged a Reference Group representing key organisations across the Grampians through a consultative process for the development of a strategy for the region that will guide action on preventing violence against women and their children before it occurs.
For an overview of the CoRE Alliance and Plan please view the below presentation. Simply click on the image below and use the navigation arrows. This works best in full screen.
This is a call to action for all organisations, clubs and networks across the Grampians region: we can all help to end violence against women.
- CoRE Gender and Local Planning
Local planning and development can increase how equitably women and men participate in society and also their equal access to facilities, transport and public spaces. Integrating gender analysis into planning assists local government and other organisations to meet the current and future needs of local residents, both men and women. This resource provides an overview of how local planning can impact on women and girls, the importance of data that has been separated into male and female statistics and where you can access this data.
This resource is useful for a quick overview of why it is important to consider gender when planning, how to do it and where to access relevant data. Considering gender in planning is a concept that all CoRE members should consider as part of their broader strategic initiatives.
- The CoRE Plan
The Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) Plan has been developed to enhance the capacity and ability of organisations, businesses, clubs, groups and networks in the Grampians Region to work effectively, collectively, and genuinely towards the eradication of violence against women. It has been developed to elicit broad engagement and commitment from all organisations in the region wanting to take action towards the vision and goals expressed in this Plan. It provides an overarching framework to connect locally based messages, initiatives and actions across the Grampians that are mutually reinforcing and reflect a collective impact model.
This Plan helps organisations to identify their own roles in ending violence against women in the Grampians. It is envisaged it will provide a platform whereby organisations that believe in building communities of respect and equality are better able to pursue those values in their everyday core work. While activities and efforts may be undertaken independently, the measures and outcomes will be developed collectively and gathered and collated to reflect regional level achievement and progress.
The Plan is intended to facilitate inclusion and participation according to capacity. In other words, it recognises that organisations and groups are at varying stages of readiness and levels of capacity to engage in this work and it will be flexible to accommodate this.
- The CoRE Guide: Taking action to end violence against women and their children: What can your organisation do?
The CoRE Guide – Taking action to end violence against women and children: what can your organisation do?
This guide has been developed to help you as a member of the Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) Alliance take action to end violence against women and children in ways that are both relevant to your organisation and in line with the 2015 evidence based national framework (Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia) and the CoRE Plan.
Watch this video of The CoRE Guide: Taking action to end violence against women and their children. What can your organisation do?
- The CoRE Guide: Local stories of action to end violence against women and their children. What are other organisations doing?
The CoRE Guide – Local stories of action to end violence against women and children: what are other organisations doing?
This resource guide has been developed to help you as a member of the Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) Alliance take action to end violence against women and their children by learning from what other members have done or are doing. These stories of local action both illustrate the breadth of actions that can be taken as well as provide an understanding of the factors which have enabled this work in their organisations to occur and how they overcome various challenges along the way.
WHG will continue to capture the stories and experiences of Alliance members delivering initiatives to stop violence against women. This will be an ever evolving area as more workplaces, networks and groups enter this space. We look forward to supporting members in this work.
Watch this video for more information about CoRE Initiatives in Action: Local Stories and Infographics.
- Becoming a member
All interested organisations are invited to join the Grampians CORE Alliance. Membership requires formally committing to the vision, principles and goals outlined in the CoRE Plan by completing the Alliance Membership form:
Membership requires a commitment to:
- Working collaboratively with other alliance partners to build momentum, gain strength, share knowledge, resources and ideas.
- Integrating activities in line with achieving the vision and strategic goals into the organisation’s planning documents.
- Resourcing action within the organisation to enable activities identified to be undertaken and ensure meaningful participation in the alliance.
- Communicating with the alliance and governance group to monitor progress, identify challenges and to share information that will build the capacity of the Alliance to meeting the vision.
- Benefits for member organisations
As a member of the CoRE Alliance your organisation will:
- Have the opportunity to show leadership and make positive differences in your community
- Gain social credit and increase standing in your community
- Be well positioned to adapt to changes in compliance requirements regarding gender equality and diversity
- Be part of an innovative, collaborative, regional action group seeking to lead change to improve respect and equality in your community, and prevent violence against women before it occurs.
To support your work, you will also have access to:
- Branding and logo to use to promote publicly your membership of the Alliance (eg., email statement for signature; icon for website)
- Recognition of membership via listing on WHG’s membership list on website
- Branded merchandise to support staff/member and public awareness of the messages key to the Alliance
- Support and expertise form WHG and other Alliance partners
- High profile local events such as Leading Change forums (preferential access)
- Support for member organisations
To help members with this, organisations will have access to the following support and resources provided by Women’s Health Grampians:
- Advice and expertise to support organisations when undertaking planning, and associated actions (individual meetings or via membership on your committees or working groups)
- Leadership briefings to senior staff, councils, boards or committees to increase knowledge about violence against women, prevention strategies and the importance of and potential for leadership and activities within organisations.
- Appropriate, relevant and topical written resources.
- ‘Community of Practice’ sessions to build capacity of staff working on actions by increasing their knowledge and skills and providing a platform for sharing local stories and information
- Training on a broad range of topics to support progress on activities identified
- Support with workplace based programs such as Act@Work
To access this support, please contact Womens’ Health Grampians on T: 5322 4100 E:Adminb@whg.org.au
- CoRE Alliance Members
CoRE Alliance Members
As at June 2017
1. Ararat Rural City Council
2. AME Systems
3. Ballarat CASA
4. Ballarat Community Health
5. Ballarat Golf Club
6. Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council
7. Ballarat White Ribbon Day Committee
8. Barwon CASA – Wimmera Counselling Services
9. Berry Street
10. Buninyong & District Community Bank
11. CAFS Child & Family Services
12. Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership
13. Central Highlands Community Legal Centre
14. Central Highlands Family Violence Committee
15. Central Highlands PCP
16. City of Ballarat
17. Department of Education and Training- Central Highlands Area
18. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning – Grampians Region
19. Department of Health and Human Services – Central Highlands Area
20. Department of Health and Human Services – West Division Health – Ballarat Office
21. Department of Health and Human Services – Wimmera South West Area – West Division
22. Department of Justice & Regulation – Grampians Region
23. East Grampians Health Service
24. Federation University
25. Golden Plains Shire
26. Grampians Community Health
27. Grampians Pyrenees PCP
28. Grampians Region Palliative Care Consortium
29. Handy Girl Australia
30. Hepburn Health Service
31. Hepburn Shire Council
32. Hindmarsh Shire Council
33. Horsham Rural City Council
34. MDP Photography and Video
35. Moorabool Shire Council
36. Northern Grampians Shire Council
37. Pyrenees Shire Council
38. Regional Development Victoria – Grampians
39. Rural Northwest Health
41. Sovereign Hill
42. Sports Central
43. UFS Dispensaries
44. VicRoads – Grampians – Western Region
45. Victorian Men’s Shed Association
46. Victoria Police – North Grampians
47. Victoria Police – Horsham Police Service Area
48. Warracknabeal Secondary College
49. West Wimmera Shire Council
50. Western Bulldogs Community Foundation
51. Western Victoria Primary Health Network
52. Wimmera and South West Area Integrated Family Violence Partnership
53. Wimmera Health Care Group
54. Wimmera PCP
55. Wimmera Uniting Care
56. Women’s Health Grampians
57. WRISC Family Violence Support
58. Yarriambiack Shire Council
59. YMCA – Ballarat
- CoRE Alliance Governance Group
The work of the CoRE Alliance will be overseen by the Grampians CoRE Alliance Governance Group (CoRE AGG). The purpose of the CoRE AGG is to manage the implementation and strategic responsiveness of the CoRE Plan to optimize the outcomes.
Membership of the CORE AGG will be drawn from CORE Alliance member organisations and take into account the member organisation’s core business and geographical coverage with the intention of maximizing the different types of organisations, and broad geographical representation.
For more information on the Alliance Government Group please contact Women’s Health Grampians.
- Development of the plan
The Communities of Respect and Equality Plan has been developed collaboratively by a Reference Group involving senior staff from 26 key organisations from across the Grampians region. They are:
- Ararat Rural City Council
- City of Ballarat
- Ballarat Community Health Centre
- Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault (Wimmera)
- Child and Family Services Ballarat
- Central Highlands Primary Care Partnership
- Central Highlands Family Violence Committee
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Golden Plains Shire Council
- Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-op
- Grampians Community Health
- Grampians Integrated Family Violence Regional Action Group
- Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership
- Hepburn Shire Council
- Hindmarsh Shire Council
- Horsham Rural City Council
- Moorabool Shire Council
- Northern Grampians Shire Council
- Pyrenees Shire Council
- West Wimmera Shire Council
- Western District Integrated Family Violence Partnership
- Wimmera Primary Care Partnership
- Wimmera Uniting Care
- Women’s Health Grampians
- WRISC Family Violence Support
- Yarriambiack Shire Council
Covering a wide geographic area, stakeholders provided input through a variety of means including three video conferenced Reference Group meetings, email, telephone and one on one conversations over a three-month period. Meetings were facilitated by external consultants, Foresight Lane, who then drafted each stage of the Plan’s development. Collectively a shared vision, principles and goals were developed and ongoing mechanisms for governance of the strategy established.