Community Stories

Yarn Time with Louisa: Visit to Every Child CQ, Rockhampton & Gladstone

Louisa Whettam, Opportunity Child’s Cultural Practice Advisor yarns about her visit to Every Child CQ, in Rockhampton and Gladstone QLD.

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Does having the data really shift power?

Communities are coming together to become more data-driven in decision making. One of our OC communities is Shepparton in Victoria. It is one of the leading places using data to shift power dynamics and to create better outcomes for the whole of community across generations.

Driving the change in community is Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project, a small ‘backbone’ organisation led by Lisa McKenzie. Lighthouse was created in response to community concerns around poor outcomes for young people back in 2014.

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OC Community delivers their first profile: Children and Parents share aspirations for a better Alice Springs

A new survey of parents and children undertaken by The Child Friendly Alice initiative has found that the top priorities for children living in the centre include being safe and free, having access to education, equal opportunities for employment and a society free from racism and crime.

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Data, impact and action

Sarah Brittle is Backbone Leader at Alice Springs collective impact initiative Strong Kids Strong Centre. Sarah wrote this blog post:

The focus here at Strong Kids Strong Centre is about gathering the local data we know is critical for ensuring Alice Springs is a child-friendly community.

So whereas last year our energy was directed towards building the foundations and setting strategy, we’re now working on the large task of gathering expert and community data.

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How connecting nationally gives ‘permission to share’

We spend our whole working lives in a non-sharing environment but being a part of Opportunity Child provides permission to share and ask.

Connecting Community for Kids backbone leader Jane Miller shared this reflection on the relationships she had formed and connections made since being part of Opportunity Child.

The backbone team of Connecting Community for Kids is based in the communities of Cockburn and Kwinana, Western Australia. The initiative’s aim is for young children in their communities to have the same level of physical,

Shared data + local wisdom: growing the Logan Together movement

Logan Together is a Queensland collective impact initiative. It’s everybody who cares about Logan’s kids and since we were established, we have done a whole lot of growing.

As we grew, we wanted to share the love more and more with our partners and community. So we set out to share the data we were collecting and tap further into local wisdom to build our movement for change for Logan’s children. We embarked on an online journey and I’d like to share three ways we did it.

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All children deserve to be loved and safe

What does place-based collective impact look like on the ground and what are communities doing to engage citizens in improving outcomes for our children?

Evidence and passion a magic mix at Logan event

In early October over 330 people streamed into the Logan Entertainment Centre, making the Logan Get Together the largest gathering held as part of the Logan Together movement to date.

Go Goldfields parent group win national award

Go Goldfields parent group win national award

A group of rural Victorian parents have received a national award at Government House, Canberra, by initiating a collective impact response to reducing isolation for local families.

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Connecting decision makers and community in WA collaboration

Facilitating a meet-up between community members and a State Government Minister is just one of the ways West Australian collaborative impact partner community Connecting Community for Kids (CC4K) is carving a path to better outcomes for kids in their community.