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Western Melbourne

Current activities

We have established four place-based working groups to bring about change on issues relevant to local communities. These working groups will provide valuable insights into how systems work and where improvements can be made. 

The Braybrook Working Group aims to increase the number of young people in Braybrook who are employed. First steps include:

  • developing a data profile of young people seeking employment, at risk of disengagement, and employment opportunities, and
  • collating a series of case studies of young job seekers in Braybrook.

The data profile and case studies will inform the development of strategies for partners to test and try new approaches to learn what works best, to support local young people to access and maintain employment.

The Laverton working group aims to improve outcomes for children in their early years, parents and young people and food security.

Strategies include:

  • development of two Support Service Guides which provide comprehensive information about services available for children and young people to local families. The guides have been developed by a broad range of stakeholders working in the Laverton area to make it easier to connect to local services
  • increasing family engagement through community lunches, connected to a local food security project, and
  • co-designing a parenting program with fathers, the Laverton P-12 College, Anglicare and the Salvation Army.

The North Melbourne-Flemington working group is supporting the Refugee Youth Program being delivered by iEmpower through a funding grant from Department of Justice and Regulation.

This project will provide intensive case management to 20 young people with a focus on fostering positive relationships between young people and the Victorian justice system.

The working group aims to improve the economic and social participation for vulnerable young people who are facing deeply entrenched and complex social problems.

The Werribee Working Group is aiming to address the social, emotional and academic needs of vulnerable children, aged 8-12 years, who are at risk of disengaging from school and/or developing anti-social behaviours.

As part of early intervention work, a partnership is being established at The Grange P-12 College in Hopper's Crossing. It will provide support for children and families to help ‘at risk’ children develop better interpersonal skills, establish positive connections with the school community and improve academic performance.

Parents will be supported and empowered by local service providers to build stronger relationships with their children and positive connections with the school community.