We are proud to announce that two Family Life Map Your World projects are finalists for the upcoming Tidy Town awards.
Tidy Towns Awards recognises and celebrates grassroots initiatives; positive actions taken by community groups, educational institutions and councils in rural and regional areas in Victoria.
These initiatives empower people, change behaviour, protect the environment, reduce waste, engage local youth, combat loneliness or simply be a fun way to celebrate being part of a community and play a critical role in fostering resilient, wellbeing and in building a strong sense of community.
Family Life’s Young Mum’s community project is now a contender in the finals under the social wellbeing category. The Family Life program focuses on Young Mum’s facing adversity, stigma, and shame.
Family Life Project Lead, Rosie Silva said:
“We had seven young mums participate in a six week program in Hastings. The group came up with a project to increase community participation, minimise isolation, increase wellbeing and increase resilience amongst the younger parents in and around the Hastings vicinity.”
“They held robust conversations and found local solutions to local problems and were able to identify, co-design and implement three key strategies to reduce vulnerabilities amongst their cohorts.”
The group’s strategies resulted in a localised parent resource sheet and young mums sharing knowledge with local playgroups. They also hope to work in partnership with maternal and child health nurses to develop a client feedback survey for clients attending their services.
Another Family Life team have also entered the Tidy Town Awards in the Litter Prevention category. The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students from Advance Community College in Hastings are aged between 15 -17 and participated in the Map Your World project where students identified numerous social and environmental issues that were impacting them and their local community in Hastings. As a result they became passionate towards tackling littering, illegal dumping in their local reserve and ways to reduce rubbish in their local community.
“I am very proud of both groups and all they have been able to achieve”, Rosie said.
A special thanks to our funders, this initiative has been funded by the Department of Social Services under the Stronger and Resilient communities’ grants.
About: Family Life has been working with vulnerable children, families and communities since 1970. At the core of our organisation is our vision to build capable communities, strong families and thriving children.
We take an all of family, all of community approach to build resiliency and healthy relationships and are committed to improving responses to child vulnerability and family violence by achieving better outcomes for victim-survivors and communities.
Family Life recognises the importance of ensuring that voices of children are heard and their best interests are always served. This is driven by an evidence-based response to the needs of traumatised children and their families.