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Welcome to the first edition of the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project e-newsletter.

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The Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project has arisen from a groundswell of community concern about the relatively poor outcomes for young people in our region. A steering group, lead by Adam Furphy, is driving the effort supported by community champions. Lisa McKenzie was appointed Executive Officer in August and has been busy catching up with community leaders and planning first steps in this 20-year collective impact project.
Foundation funding has come from the McEwen Foundation via Equity Trustees and the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation. Worktrainers Ltd is hosting the Lighthouse Project and providing great in-kind support.

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The State of Greater Shepparton's Children Report

A report on the health, wellbeing and educational status of Greater Shepparton’s children was launched in September.

The report contains data for children and young people from birth to 18 years and across more than 100 areas such as breastfeeding, dental health, kinder attendance, school readiness, literacy and numeracy, school retention, mental health, teen births, crime and safety and family violence.
This is the first time such data has been collated providing a snapshot of the wellbeing of young people in the region compared with State averages.
Funding for the report was provided by the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation through the GS Lighthouse Project as well as DEECD, Best Start and Communities for Children.
The report is an important benchmark allowing for a community conversation about the sort of future we want for our young people.

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Raising the Bar 

More than 45 people attended the “Raising the Bar’’ consultation at the Connection on Tuesday this week.

 They came from the community, health, education and welfare sectors to consider the data captured in the State of Greater Shepparton’s Children Report. There was general consensus that, despite the best efforts of many, the outcomes for our young people were unsatisfactory in many areas with breast feeding rates, teen pregnancy and youth crime highlighted as examples.
The consultation was undertaken in conjunction with Best Start and Communities for Children. It is the first  of many to be undertaken by  the Lighthouse Project at all levels of the community  including young people, parents, educators, business and the welfare sector.  The feedback will inform planning for a whole of community approach to tackle the complex issues that see about one quarter of young people leave school and fail to engage in work or study.

Lisa McKenzie - Executive Officer
State of Greater Shepparton's Children Report Launch - September 2014
Attendees of the Raising the Bar Consultation - November 2014
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