Family Life Welcomes Collective Impact World Leader, Liz Weaver

By admin November 14, 2018

Family Life is excited to welcome internationally renowned Tamarack Institute Co-CEO, Liz Weaver, to Melbourne this week.

As part of her visit to Australia Liz will spend time with Family Life to discuss her unprecedented success with place-based Collective Impact initiatives, which have been scaled in Canada and the US and will explore applying this approach to an Australian context.

Liz led the highly successful place-based Collective Impact project, Vibrant Communities, in Canada driving what began as an experiment within 13 communities, to an initiative that expanded to 176 cities across the country. In its first 10 years, the initiative delivered 440,000 poverty reducing benefits and impacted more than 200,000 households. It is still achieving amazing outcomes today.

Family Life CEO, Jo Cavanagh said:

“Over the past five years we have developed a close relationship with Liz. She has been essential to growing Family Life’s expertise for enabling collaborative community change.

“Liz was Family Life’s international coach for the award winning Together We Can, a Collective Impact family violence prevention innovation.

Together We Can has seen the rate of reported incidents of family violence reduce year on year in the Cardinia municipality since the program began, in 2017/18 recording a reduction of 16 percent compared to the previous financial year.

“It is wonderful to have Liz here and we feel fortunate to have this opportunity to spend time with her and further build our ability to enable the collaborations we need to create capable communities.”

Liz Weaver said:

“Family Life Australia and Together We Can are leading examples of how Collective Impact efforts can move the needle on some of the most challenging issues facing communities. At Tamarack we are interested in advancing Collective Impact and sharing best practice examples.

“I look forward to continuing to spend time with colleagues at Family Life to further build this practice. “

Family Life offer customised training, mentoring and support packages for enabling community change. For more information about these programs contact Family Life on 8599 5433 or visit familylife.com.au

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Media Contact: Lea Jaensch 0431 394 379 / ljaensch@familylife.com.au

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