HOW WE DO IT
The State Government and Colman Foundation are working together to roll out “Our Place ” in disadvantaged schools in Carlton, Westall and other identified areas – in an arrangement that builds on what has been learned at Doveton College.
In order to reduce entrenched and multi-generational disadvantage in such areas, the long term ongoing involvement and partnership with communities, Local, State and Federal Government agencies, and philanthropy is critical to achieve success.
The key aim is to create a place where the community is strengthened and individual and community self-worth and pride is attainable.
The community shows its members that they aren’t “locked out” by the way their life has gone – that postcode is not destiny.
Children access high quality teaching and learning programs from birth.
Families access a range of responsive health and community supports they need to raise their children well.
Adults improve their numeracy, literacy, skills and employment readiness.
The existing service system is integrated and strengthened (in co-design with service providers) and the community; operates in a family-centered way; with services delivered from the school with a focus on quality outcomes. Services are more flexible, person and family oriented with improved accountability.
The implementation steps at a local site level include:
Establishing governance structures including local agency partnership arrangements
Defining and evidencing what is known and what is needed
Development of a shared vision and defining the service delivery model
Business planning and operational components
Provision of advice and assistance to support the design and build phase (if necessary)
Supporting the implementation on site – enables the agreed service delivery model to be delivered
Developing and implementing the “Our Place” evaluation framework at the site level to monitor outcome achievement over time