There are a number of community support registers operating throughout Victoria that aim to improve the wellbeing and feelings of security and confidence of those in need of support.
A helpful database
A community support register is a database of health and family information voluntarily provided by those in need of community support. The information can be accessed if the person cannot provide it themselves due to an accident, fall or illness. Police, ambulance, hospital and fire services can quickly access the register but only in an emergency.
Information can include:
Medical history and details about any disabilities
People to contact in an emergency
Pets and who is to care for them
Regular phone calls can also be arranged to people who are feeling isolated and would benefit from social contact.
The community Support Registers welcome enthusiastic helpers to join their volunteer teams.
The Bellarine Community Support Register was first set up in 2006 at Bellarine Police Station. We now have a second register operating from Corio Police Station. Both are staffed by dedicated groups of volunteers and overseen by the City of Greater Geelong.
The establishment of the Geelong Community Support Register was made possible thanks to funding from the Office of Senior Victorians and the Department of Planning and Community Development.
Thanks to Victoria Police for their ongoing support.