A community approach to tackling youth issues

Whyalla Community Partnership recently enlisted the help of UniSA business development manager Adele Flego. Pictured were (from left) UniSA department of rural health manager Mellissa Kruger, UniSA department of rural health mental health academic Lee Martinez, UniSA business development manager Adele Flego, Department for Education and Child Development manager support services Jeanette Conroy, Department for Education and Child Development education director Ian May and Community and Recreation Field officer Alberto Salatino.A community collaboration to tackle local youth issues has gained momentum.
Nanjing Night Net

The Whyalla Community Partnership (WCP) is making strong progress with its development of a funding application for $1 million through a new national philanthropic initiative, the Search.

To further support the application being successful, the forum recently enlisted the support of UniSA business development manager Adele Flego.

WCP member Lee Martinez said Ms Flego flew to Whyalla from Adelaide this month to meet with the group and help progress the funding application due in February 2015.

“Adele, in a consultancy role brings expert knowledge and experience in successfully submitting grant applications on a national level,” Ms Martinez said.

“Adele is assisting the WCP working party with the engagement of a broad range of funders, stakeholders and relevant individuals with the aim of raising awareness and building public goodwill to the social challenge the WCP are trying to address.”

In April this year, a community partnership planning forum was held to identify joint community actions to improve the health, wellbeing and education outcomes for children and young people in the community.

A population level plan was developed with three priority action areas to be addressed over the next two years and indicators to measure success.

The three areas of focus included increasing attendance and engagement at all Department for Education and Child Development sites; exploring alternative learning opportunities for young people, such as the development of a community learning hub, and to increase accessible, affordable youth friendly health services in Whyalla.

Ms Martinez said this worthwhile and collaborative initiative was bringing people and organisations together rather than working in isolation from one another.

“This is an extremely exciting opportunity for Whyalla to come together as a community to improve the wellbeing of the young people who live here and at the same time improve the wellbeing of the whole community because we are doing something that will be owned by the Whyalla community,” Ms Martinez said.

Ms Martinez said the forum was positive about its funding application but either way, it would still be working collaboratively to implement, monitor and report on the identified actions.

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