Participation in community support groups and their activities

Domain: 
Democratic and engaged communities
Sub-Domain: 
Citizen engagement
Measure: 
Percentage of survey respondents who have been actively involved in community support groups or the activities they have organised
Rationale: 
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The level of participation in community support groups is an indicator of the level of engagement residents have in their local community. Residents’ ability to participate in groups, demonstrates a sense of engagement within their community and their ability to make a difference in the quality of their own life and that of other residents.

“Participation builds social cohesion and connectedness, thereby reducing isolation. By building a collective identity, event and cultural facilities also build community strength. Community and cultural events provide a range of socially inclusive activities that contribute to overall community wellbeing.

Both culture and leisure activities assist in developing national identity and forming community networks and bonds crucial to social cohesion. Industries associated with culture and leisure are growth industries and are thus important to Australia's economic wellbeing. The culture and leisure sector also contribute to economic development through facilitating creativity, innovation, and self reflection” (CIV, 2006).

Data Source: 
Resilience Profiles Survey 2011
References: 
Community Indicators Victoria (CIV) (2007) Metadata, Retrieved from http://www.communityindicators.net.au/indicator_metadata
Survey Questions: 
30. In the last 12 months have you been actively involved in any of these community support groups or taken part in an activity they organised? (tick all that apply); Service clubs (e.g. Lions or Rotary); Welfare organisation (e.g. local neighbourhood centre, Lifeline, Red Cross); Education and training; parenting/youth/children (e.g. Scouts, Guides,playgroups) ; Health promotion and support (e.g. cancer support group); International aid and development; Emergency services (e.g. SES); Other community support groups (please specify); No active involvement in community support groups


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