THE Mansfield Shire Council has taken home $15,000 at the Victorian Early Years Awards, winning the “communities that are more family and child friendly” category for their project Better Communities for Children Leadership Network.
Held at the National Gallery of Victoria, the awards night toasted shires across the state for their dedication and innovation in dealing with the next generation.
Five years ago, 10 committed local leaders from the Mansfield Shire – including school principals, police officers, GPs, kindergarten teachers and council members – formed a group that would improve the lives of local children under the age of 12.
Today, that group is known as the Better Communities for Children Leadership Network and through their innovative approach to dealing with children’s issues, they have taken home $15,000 in awards funding.
The leadership network aims to improve health, wellbeing, welfare, education, social belonging and inclusion for all children and their parents in the Mansfield Shire.
“I think any involvement you have in the community makes for a stronger community and when you involve children in that right from the start, it becomes normal for them,” Michelle Wood, facilitator of Better Communities for Children Leadership Network, said.