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Communities that Care Program Launch

18 February 2015

Yarra Council along with a range of local government agencies, service providers and schools is launching the Yarra Communities that Care (CTC) program on 19 February 2015. This new community prevention program aims to improve the health and wellbeing of local children, young people and their families.

Yarra Mayor, Cr Phillip Vlahogiannis, said the Yarra CTC program will build the capacity of local organisations and schools to identify issues early that cause children and young people to get into trouble, become disengaged or lead to early school leaving.

“The Yarra Communities that Care Program builds understanding and skills in the local community and service sectors to deliver effective prevention programs targeted at children and young people. Yarra CTC takes a collaborative approach where Council and local stakeholders work together to collect data, identify issues, share information and close the gaps in service provision to ensure improved health outcomes,’ Cr Vlahogiannis said.

“We are working closely with a number of key organisations and schools in Yarra to ensure that data is collected on the health of our children. This data will be used to inform the development of a Yarra CTC Community Action Plan which will start to be implemented in 2016.

“CTC has been rigorously evaluated and shown to be capable of making statistically significant improvements to the lives of young people. It has already been successfully implemented in Bunbury Council in Western Australia, Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Alpine Shire," Cr Vlahogiannis said. 

A consultation and review process undertaken by Council in 2013 to inform the development of Yarra’s Middle Years Strategy identified a lack of consistent data that could identify risks and assist in the implementation of prevention strategies to support vulnerable young people.

On Thursday 19 February, a launch event will be held by the Yarra Communities that Care Community Board and Key Leaders group at Sacred Heart Primary School in Fitzroy. To date there are 23 organisations represented in the Yarra CTC Key Leadership Group and Community Board.

The organisations involved include:

Neighbourhood Justice Centre, cohealth, Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services, YMCA, Youth Support and Advocacy Service, Mission Australia, Drummond Street Services, Inner Northern Local Learning and Employment Network, Brotherhood of St Laurence, The Smith Family, Kildonan, Sacred Heart Primary School, Fitzroy Primary School, Victoria Police, Austin CAMHS, Headspace Collingwood, Berry Street, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Community Care, Save the Children Australia, Polyglot Theatre – Community Collaborations.


Media enquiries:
Jessica Matrakis
Communications Officer
9205 5144  



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