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Better Communities for Children Leadership Network

Six years ago, 10 committed local leaders from the Mansfield Shire – including school principals, police officers, GPs, kindergarten teachers and council members – formed a group that would improve the lives of local children under the age of 12.

Today, that group has swelled to 25 and is known as the Better Communities for Children Leadership Network.  It is entirely unfunded and is supported by the goodwill of each represented organisation that commits time and staff expertise.

The network “thinks big” – and kicked off its work by asking leaders to identify their top concerns, then voted on three main priority areas.

To date, the network has advocated for increased speech therapy services for local children and campaigned to promote respectful relationships among all members of the Mansfield Shire community. 

In a small shire with limited resources, the Better Communities for Children Leadership Network prides itself on pooling skills and sharing knowledge so that all local children can benefit.

To find out more about the Better Communities for Children Leadership Network, contact Mansfield Shire Council on (03) 5775 8555 or email council@mansfield.vic.gov.au

A BRIEF HISTORY

2009 The Better Communities for Children Leadership Network commenced.

2010-11 Ten leaders developed the first action plans to improve the well-being of children and families in the Mansfield Shire.

2011-12 The network grew to fifteen leaders who developed action plans.

2012 An evaluation of the network was completed which identified growth and capacity to work more collaboratively and develop a shared action plan.

2013 Our first collaborative plan developed.  Twenty five leaders representing twenty two organisations were interviewed and priority areas to improve the well-being of children and families were identified and voted on by the leadership network.

2014 Winners of the  Victorian Early Years Award for outstanding work in building Communities that are more Child and Family Friendly.

Top Three Priority Areas 2013-17

1. Increased speech therapy services

2. A unified public campaign on ‘Respectful Relationships’

3. Improved service co-ordination