Community Connectors Program
Two SECL community practitioners, also known as ‘Community Connectors’ will be present at Dandenong Station from 1-5pm on weekdays. The Community Connectors have qualifications in social work, mental health and nursing. Their role is to provide direct support for emergency relief, youth housing and empowerment programs, settlement services, and financial counselling. In addition, they will coordinate referrals to local services for drug and alcohol, mental health, homelessness, and family violence support.
The program also provides training to Metro Trains staff at the station to assist them to better understand the local community environment and support services available.
Metro Trains and SECL share a commitment to strengthening Dandenong Station as a key public space that is inclusive, safe and contributes to a vibrant local community. The program also aims to reduce the number of anti-social behaviour and trespass incidents at and around the station.