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Blue Mountains Community at Forefront of Stronger Families

Blue Mountains City Council last week hosted a celebration to mark the impressive achievements of the Stronger Families Alliance. The Alliance is a ground-breaking collaboration of services and voluntary organisations working together to improve the wellbeing of children, young people and families.

NSW Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister for Social Housing, the Hon. Brad Hazzard, MP, officially endorsed the report evaluating eight years of the Stronger Families Alliance, saying, “The Blue Mountains approach has created meaningful change for children and families. I commend the vision and hard work of the Stronger Families Alliance members. Its success to date will ensure a positive future for child and family support being delivered when and where it is most needed in the local community.”

The Stronger Families Alliance is a network of 46 partner organisation from the community, child, youth and family sector, as well as health, business, education and governments that implemented the innovative ‘Collective Impact’ model of community development before it was proven to deliver results in the USA. 

Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill said, “Stronger Families Alliance is a trailblazing community network that is at the vanguard of international trends, collaborating to deliver the right support at the right time.”

The report found that the Alliance has successfully implemented the aspirations of its 2010 Child and Family Plan. At that time, the Plan was recognised as the most progressive local government plan for child and family services in Australia.

The report provides solid evidence that the ‘Collective Impact’ approach maximises life chances for children and binds communities in an increasingly fractured world. The results are largely due to the ability of Alliance members to lead together across silos and create joined up programs based on the latest evidence about what works best to counter child abuse and neglect, isolation mental health issues and the literacy divide.

“The Blue Mountains Stronger Families Alliance model of community change is leading the way in positive social reform”, said the Mayor.

“A sign of a truly advanced society is one that takes care of its children. The kind of achievements we have seen from the Stronger Families Alliance is something our community should be very proud of. I congratulate all members of the Alliance on achieving such exemplary work.”

Photo: NSW Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister for Social Housing, the Hon. Brad Hazzard, MP joined the Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, to celebrate the achievements of the Blue Mountains Stronger Families Alliance to support local children and families.

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