When we are developing a Collective Impact initiative we set out to “have multiple ways to understand community aspirations and involve residents” (from the draft Pathway to Scale).
This story from an Opportunity Child partner community offers a practical example of what collective impact looks like on the ground.
Many grandparents in the Alice Springs community who are raising their grandchildren are not acknowledged, supported and often struggle to manage.
Storytelling is the key to a newly launched project which aims to explore the joys and challenges grandparents have in raising and caring for their grandchildren.
At the same time we hope to identify how many grandparents are raising their grandchildren and, as a community, how we can support these relationships. I am the backbone leader of Alice Springs community initiative Strong Kids Strong Centre (SKSC), and we are leading this exciting project.
We are acknowledging and recording the stories of grandparents across the Alice Springs community and its many cultures. Strong Kids Strong Centre is asking the community to help record the stories. We hope to capture stories across the generations, stories of being a grandparent.
At Strong Kids Strong Centre our focus is on working with the community and across sectors to facilitate the collaboration of services, support and building family capacity to ensure the best outcomes for pre-birth to four year olds. We know that the first 1000 days of a child’s life set the foundations for their future.
A child’s family is the single biggest predictor of a child’s social, emotional and educational success later in life. In many families, grandparents play a huge role in the lives of their grandchildren and many are raising their grandchildren, some from a very young age.
Strong Kids Strong Centre responded to a call for support from some of these grandparents and from this, Grandparents in the lives of children – 100 days of listening and learning was born.
The project launch was held during National Child Protection Week.
We’re asking grandparents or people who know grandparents who are raising or helping to raise their grandchildren, to get in touch now and share their story. Contact Sarah Brittle at Strong Kids Strong Centre.
About the author
Sarah Brittle is the backbone leader at Strong Kids Strong Centre, part of the NT Collective that is using a collective impact approach to work together to make sure all Alice Springs kids have access to the best opportunities in life. NT Collective is part of the Opportunity Child Collective.