Community comes out in force for conversations
Our 1000Conversations community consultation brought the community out in force to have their say on what makes for a happy healthy childhood in Greater Shepparton. A total of 1012 people from all walks of life shared their passion and ideas for better supporting young people in the region. We managed to get to all corners of the community including many of our small towns and communities. We talked to kids, parents, grandparents, refugees, CEOs, teachers, the employed and unemployed, the disadvantaged, social workers and researchers, footb all coaches and university students. It seemed there was almost no stone unturned in our efforts to understand what's working, what's not and what more can be done. One thing was clear, people care very deeply and feel much more can be done to better support all young people before they slip through the cracks, Just about everyone said that stable, supportive families are the key to raising happy, healthy kids and a lot of our work will focus on supporting families and schools with quality volunteers and mentors.Dozens of you put your hands up to help as volunteers and we will approach each of you to understand your skill set and how you can best contribute.
Thank-you to everyone who took the time to share their wisdom and understanding of what kids need to thrive. We are now ready to embark on a whole of community change initiative that we hope will reposition Shepparton for future prosperity.