Every Child, Every Chance is the new Go Goldfields’ initiative uniting our community to ensure that children in the Central Goldfields Shire are safe, healthy, and confident.
OUR 5 PRIORITY CHANGE AREAS
Supported and healthy pregnancies –To support mothers and parents throughout pregnancy and to prepare for the changes a baby brings.
Confident and Connected new parents – To equip new parents and carers with the community network and access to services to help them with one of the most difficult but important jobs in the world.
Safe and Secure Children – To nurture every child’s sense of self, ensure their safety from violence, and acknowledge their place in the community.
Valued early years education and care – To promote the value and increase participation in early years education that builds curiosity, supports identity, and nurtures children’s social and emotional wellbeing.
Great start to school –To work together on pathways to school that nurture healthy, safe, and confident children.
CO-DESIGN WITH US!
A comprehensive Community Engagement program will take place over the next month to inform the ‘Change Plan’. The engagement will include the up-skilling of four local community members in community engagement and facilitation, a Forum Series, surveys, interviews, chats and round table discussions and a children’s art project. For all the details please go to our Engagement Page here.
WE HAVE A NEW HQ!
If you would like to drop into the new Go Goldfields HQ and chat with staff or join in the NEST parents group, please visit us at the Maryborough Resource Centre (next to the library) on the corner of Alma and Nolan Streets, Maryborough. Tuesdays to Thursdays 10am – 3pm, from May 19th 2021.
In late 2019 the Go Goldfields Collaborative Table took time to reflect on the current environment, the most pressing issues facing the Central Goldfields community, and where collaborative, place-based action would make the biggest impact.
The overwhelming consensus was that our efforts need to be focussed entirely on our children and their families. Consequently, a refined strategic direction was endorsed and the ‘Every Child, Every Chance’ initiative was formed.
‘Every Child, Every Chance’ aims to change the disadvantage story in Central Goldfields by utilising place-based, evidence-driven principles. The focussed approach offers significant potential for increasing the effectiveness of government investment and policy reform by applying local community informed context in design and implementation.
Importantly, this new activity is informed by our families who have told us they are seeking; community connections, a focus on early prevention rather than delaying to a point of crisis, better access and awareness of services available, options for less formal supports in the community, and services that are welcoming, flexible and understanding.
Every Child, Every Chance brings together community, business, government, and not-for-profit partners – in true Go Goldfields style – to ensure that every child in the Central Goldfields Shire has every chance to grow up safe, healthy, and confident.
This approach acknowledges that no single Government, school, hospital, or social worker on their own can deliver the change we need – similarly it recognises that our communities require specialist support, shaped by our local context and the specific needs of our community.
The timing of this refined approach for Go Goldfields coincides with the finalisation of the ‘Restacking the Odds’ project led by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute that provides tools and indicators that focus on the early years. Having catalysed many constructive conversations with Government and service providers, the report has made an important contribution to our understanding of the quality, quantity, and participation levels needed to amplify the positive effects on child development outcomes.
The approach also complements recent State Government announcements of significant investment in children’s education including School Readiness Funding and additional funding for Central Goldfields Shire early learning centres to address disadvantage and access, as well as free three and four year-old kinder for 2021 onwards.
The ‘Every Child, Every Chance’ initiative, brings together community, business, government, and not-for-profit partners – in true Go Goldfields style – to ensure that every child in the Central Goldfields Shire has every chance to grow up safe, healthy, and confident.
Each of our renewed five Priority will be steered by dedicated leadership groups made up of partners who are best placed to make assured decisions and give expert direction.
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