Opportunities and Successes
Since 2013 the Mid Murray Family Connections Network has been working with families to ensure children enjoy positive wellbeing and emotional maturity. We know that there is inadequate support services in our region and so we have worked to advocate, lobby and innovate to make the lives of parents a little bit easier. As a result, new initiatives and opportunities have developed.
Our work focuses on children from 0 to 8 years and their families. We believe if we can get the ‘early years’ right for children they are set up for success for life. Hence, we have developed a close working relationship with Child and Family Health Services (CaFHS) so that nurses visit each playgroup across the region at least once a term. This has helped the nurses develop solid relationships with families so that parents (and caregivers) know where to go for support if they have an issue.
The Alarming Statistics for Children in the Mid Murray
The following graph delivers a snap shot of the statistics which show a decrease in the percentage of Mid Murray Children who are developmentally vulnerable.
The results showed that almost half (44%) of our children were vulnerable in one domain, and one in three of our children were vulnerable on two or more domains. The 2015 data was released in March 2016 highlighting some minor improvements. Now we have 41% of children identified as developmentally vulnerable on one or more domains and 19% developmentally vulnerable on two or more domains.
To celebrate National Families Week, Mid Murray Family Connections Network in partnership with Truro Primary School ran a Fantastic Family Fun Day!
The Truro and surrounding communities enjoyed meeting a real live crocodile and other native animals from Wilbur’s Wildlife. Used the smoothie bike to make their own healthy fruit drinks, built their own playground, and created some amazing nature art, to name just a few of the activities on offer!
With over 100 people attending it was a great day to meet and connect with other families while enjoying some interactive outdoor activities.
Mid Murray Mums
We have a passionate group of mums who have started a closed Facebook group called Mid Murray Mums to give parents and caregivers an opportunity to talk parenting and parenting issues in a safe and supported space. One of the mums has put together dream catchers as a gift for new mums to encourage them to join. The dream catchers are made from local willow and fabric are a unique symbol of life and nature.
Please join and let others know about Mid Murray Mums on Facebook.
Mid Murray Family Connections Collective Impact Project
Mid Murray Family Connections Collective Impact Project
"It takes a village to raise a child." This lovely African proverb means that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for them to experience and grow in a safe environment. Raising healthy and emotionally mature children is a shared responsibility - a communal affair - not just the concern of parents or grandparents, but all of the extended family. Uncles, aunts, cousins, neighbours, schools, sporting groups and friends can all be involved and all have a part to play. Mannum Community College continues to be inspired to play a positive role in all children's lives.Posted by Mannum Community College on Friday, 23 February 2018
"It takes a village to raise a child."
This lovely African proverb means that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for them to experience and grow in a safe environment.
Raising healthy and emotionally mature children is a shared responsibility - a communal affair - not just the concern of parents or grandparents, but all of the extended family. Uncles, aunts, cousins, neighbours, schools, sporting groups and friends can all be involved and all have a part to play.
Mannum Community College continues to be inspired to play a positive role in all children's lives.
NAPCAN Award Winners 2017
Since 2012 the MMFC network has worked tirelessly and systematically to ensure that ‘Children in Mid Murray enjoy positive well-being and are emotionally mature’. This hard work has paid off as the percentage of children classified as developmentally vulnerable dropped from 32.4% in 2012 to 18.8% in 2015.
The MMFC network have been awarded the ‘National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect’ Awards (NAPCAN) for South Australia in 2017, with the theme 'Play Your Part'. The MMFC network, is one of two recipients for the award in South Australia, in 2017. Congratulations to our Strategic Leadership Group and all our partners who have been committed to securing positive outcomes for children in the Mid Murray region.
Mid Murray Schools Feature in DECD Videos
Mid Murray Schools have recently featured in four videos created by the Department of Education and Child Development.
The first video shows that both students and the local community benefit from the #WeMatter initiative which has been put in place at the Swan Reach Area School. The second video highlights the positive impact of the mentoring program at Mannum Community College.
The third video showcases Morgan's transition program; helping preschoolers get ready for primary school. The fourth video shows how local children are benefiting from a community Hub at the Cambrai Primary School. Finally, the fifth video gives a glimpse into Palmer Primary's 'feelings station' - Which was set up as a way to help kids build resilience and self-esteem by allowing them to express how they feel and by offering them support.
All four videos show how inclusion in the community, productive outdoor activities and having one on one time with mentors can improve the mental health, resilience and well-being of children.
Watch the videos here:
This website has been developed by the Network to be an easy access resource for families across the region.
Many thanks to all our partners and to the Mid Murray Council for raising the concerns for children to the community level. Without Council taking the role of ‘backbone’ support the Network would not have had such success. In due course the Network will stand alone and Council will step away.
This is the start of the journey so keep a lookout for updates on new opportunities and successes.
The Community Accountability Plan, launched in October 2016, provides a history of the Mid Murray Family Connections work to date. This document forms the framework for the work of the Network now, and in the future. It will be updated yearly and included here.
This is an exciting time to get involved in the Network.
Contact the Network now to find out how you can ‘play your part’.
MMFC Working Groups Updates and Reports
Community Effort to Change Mid Murray Children's Lives Wins State Recognition
A project that has helped cut the number of developmentally vulnerable children in the Mid
Murray district, from one in three to one in 10 within six years, has won State recognition!
Read the official media release here
MMFC Network Meetings 2019