After Mid Murray was named the region with the second highest amount of developmentally vulnerable children in the state, a collaboration of services was formed to combat the issue.
Next Thursday, the Mid Murray Family Connections (MMFC) collaboration will launch their community accountability plan to improve the wellbeing of children in the region.
The plan focuses on three major areas of development in children aged from 0-8 to strengthen local families and increase support for parents in rural areas.
For children aged 0-2, the aim was to build stronger attachments between a child and their caregiver.
For children aged 2-5, the plan outlined the influence of play groups to develop emotional resilience in children.
And for children aged 5-8, the focus was on the importance of education to ensure children become engaged learners.
MMFC Coordinator Kiran King explained that each age group called for a different strategy to achieve the desired result.
“For ages 2-5, MMFC hope to ensure everyone in Mid Murray has access to play groups,” she said.
“Play groups are proven to have a protective effect and provide families can informally support each other.”
She said play groups can also connect parents with other support services they may require.
“MMFC has mapped playgroups in Mid Murray to create a directory for parents. This will support MMFC to identify gaps where more services are needed,” she said.
“The MMFC would like to develop a campaign over the next year, which focuses on education being a pathway to future plans and dreams.”
She said MMFC was a collaboration of around 30 different services across Mid Murray, committed to the long-term goal improving children’s well-being.
“Mid Murray is a black hole with service delivery and we’re hoping to change this,” she said.
The MMFC will continue to work together to advocate for greater service delivery in Mid Murray.
The collaboration will launch their plan at the Mannum Community College on Thursday, October 27. The public are welcome but registrations are required.
- To register, contact Jane Bartlett at the Mid Murray Council office on 8569 0100.
Mid Murray is a black hole with service delivery and we’re hoping to change this