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E News

February 2013 Summer Edition

Better Futures Local Solutions


Welcome to the first edition of the Wyong Local Advisory Group (LAG) E News. Our aim is to have a quarterly edition to assist in keeping you all up to date with the Better Futures Local Solutions initiative in Wyong. We hope you find the information useful!

2012
Well what a year! So much has happened with the Better Futures Local Solutions (BFLS) initiative in 2012, heres just a snapshot: Family joblessness - Promoting pathways to employment seminar In August we hosted a Family Joblessness forum, where over 100 guests had an opportunity to hear about the latest research in working with families experiencing joblessness and from leading employment experts. The seminar also provided a valuable opportunity for key organisations working in Wyong to come together to talk about what is happening locally and discuss how we can all work together to support families. Social Inclusion Board visit We were very privileged to have the Australian Social inclusion Board visit the Wyong Shire in November. It was a great opportunity to demonstrate some of the challenges and opportunities of the national place-based measures in practice. In a letter to the LAG, the Chair of the National Social Inclusion Board, Ms Lin Hatfield Dodds wrote, It is exciting to meet such an engaged and passionate group of people working in, and for, their community. For further information about the Social inclusion board go to: http://www.socialinclusion.gov.au/australian-social-inclusion-board

Launch of Strategic Plan To coincide with the visit to the Region from the Social inclusion Board, the LAG launched its Strategic Plan. The LAGs vision for Wyong is to support our local community to build strong relationships, identify approaches to employment security, strengthen local labour markets and help people to find and keep jobs. You can download a copy of the LAGs strategic plan here; http://www.humanservices.gov.au/corporate/governmentinitiatives/wyonglocalgovernment-area

Benny Callaghan Forum In December 2012 over 70 people attended a community forum facilitated by Benny Callaghan. Benny is an Australian and International leader in social innovation and collective impact, and lead us in exploring exciting and innovative ways to work together to achieve better social and economic participation within our community. The attendees came up with some fabulous ideas to address some of the challenges in Wyong and to celebrate the strengths, watch this space for some innovative projects!

CURRENT PROJECTS
LEAP Since the Local Employment Access Project made the Blue Haven Community Centre its home they have worked hard to make the LEAP a welcoming, hub of activity in the community particularly by partnering and sharing the space with community organisations who are helping young parents, and jobless families and unemployed community members reach their goals. For further details about LEAP call 43900897 or email leaptobluehaven@sanremo.org.au

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DALE Young Parents Program Wyong (YPPW) YPPW is an alternative education program that has been established to assist young parents complete their high school education, in a flexible and supportive environment, whilst providing on site child care and practical parenting support. For further information please contact Mr Kevin Berger, Mobile: 0413339601 or e-mail: kevin.berger@spcc.nsw.edu.au The photo below is from the December 2012 YPPW presentation evening, where the students had an opportunity to celebrate all their efforts of 2012. The students arranged surprise appreciation cards for the teaching and crche staff and heartfelt speeches on the transformation in their worlds YPPW had bought.

2013 THE YEAR AHEAD


Local Solution Fund round two The Expressions of Interest for the 2nd Round of the Local Solution Fund (LSF) closed in December. The LAG assessed the EOIs and selected eight to go to full application. These applications close on the Friday 15 February 2013, and the LAG will meet soon after to discuss the applications and make recommendations to the Minister for funding. The LAG has over $570,000 in Local Solution Funding available this financial year. For further details: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/corporate/government-initiatives/betterfutures-local-solutions.

BFLS Community Stakeholder Meeting We will be hosting quarterly community stakeholder meetings to ensure community agencies have up to date information in relation the BFLS initiative, funded projects and input into the work of the LAG. Our first meeting for 2013 will be held on 26 March at the Main Hall, Blue Haven Community Centre. Be sure and put this date in your calendar. For further information about the Local Advisory Group or the BFLS initiative please contact either:
Alison McEvoy Government Action Leader Mobile: 0447 630 874 Kylie Faulder Community Action Leader Mobile: 0411 574 877

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