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Family Fun Day - Sunday 20th October
On the weekend 100's of children and their families attended the Free Family Fun Day. This is an annual event as part of Children's Week. This event wouldn't happen without the participation of local community service providers who host activities for children. This year we had 18 organisations provide activities such as seed raising, face painting, colouring in, mask making, putty decorating,shoot the hoop and sponge throwing.
Community events like this are important for children and communities. Actively participating in your community can contribute to children's development. It helps them feel connected, strengthens connections with family, provides opportunities for them to interact socially and to learn. Events strengthen communities and build awareness of other cultures and identities.
Thanks to all participating organisations and for all the kind donations.
Milner's Meat, Lions, Alice Springs Town Council, Mad Harry's, Central Fruit and Veg, Reece Plumbing, Bunnings and Coles.
SNAICC Conference Snapshot - October 31st
Come along to hear about the innovative programs and practices being delivered in Alice Springs and Central Australia. Organisations that presented at the SNAICC Conference in Adelaide last month will be presenting on a range of topics. Tangentyere Council are presenting on developing their new kinship care model; Children Safe, Family Together, Children's Ground will talk about the future of children's well-being as it sits "within our culture, our community, our knowledge and our voice" and Alice Springs Hospital are describing their collaborative approach to health care for vulnerable children. There will be six presentations across the day. The event starts at 8.45, with morning and afternoon tea and lunch provided. It is a free event and you can register through eventbrite
Technical Report launch
The Technical Report, a companion document to the Community Profile was released on Thursday 26th September.
Minister for Territory Families, Dale Wakefield said “I congratulate the team at Child Friendly Alice on the launch of their Technical Report and also the recently published Child Friendly Alice Community Profile.
“Their vision aligns with the Territory Labor Government’s focus on empowering families and putting children at the centre of our decision-making.
“It is important for members of our community to work together to come up with solutions to local issues and I applaud Child Friendly Alice for doing just that.”
The Technical Report provides more detailed data than the Community Profile, providing links back to data sources, includes reference material for further exploration and added data.
Students voice heard by elected members
September 26th 2019
Students from Braitling and Gillen Primary Schools met with the Minister for Territory Families, Mayor and Councillor Price to talk about their views on living in Alice Springs.
The students voiced their views on positive aspects of living in Alice Springs as well as areas for change. Minister Wakefield said she “valued the opportunity to hear directly from children about what’s important to them”.
Each student leader presented on the findings from the Community Profile about positive aspects of living in Alice Springs as well as areas for change. As part of their preparation, students at Gillen Primary surveyed the year 4, 5 and 6's about whether or not they agreed with the Profile findings. Caitlin from Gillen Primary School said that "in most cases, the majority of students did agree with the survey outcomes, but that students also identified climate change, rubbish and access to renewable energy was important to them". The students talked about how friends and family, living in a small town, and the town pool as being the top 3 best things.
Some of the things they identified as challenging was the weather, drinking, drugs, fighting and violence and the high levels of crime which they said affects the entire community. Amelia from Braitling Primary school said that "crime impacts on all of us". Charlie, also from Bralting Primary school suggested "a therapist in Police stations" might help people get the support they needed.
Children identified a water park, sports & recreation facilities and opportunities, and more shops as things they would like to see changed. When asked what other activities and ideas they thought would make Alice Springs more child friendly, the list was long. Ideas included a trampoline park, laser tag, a dog water park, indoor wave and surfing, ice skating, games arcade in Alice Plaza, a bigger food court and disabled access in shopping centres. Charlie agreed that "there are quite a few things to do, but you do need transport like a car or bike to get there. Some people don't have this and some kids are too scared to go into town alone."
Public Forum -12th September
Thank you to those of you who attended the Public Forum last night. There was a lot of discussion about what can be done by residents of Alice Springs who want to make Alice a more Child Friendly place. Suggestions included increasing community involvement in Neighbour Day, encouraging entire streets to commit to hosting an event and being child friendly. Another suggestion was for local businesses to sign up to being child friendly. If you have suggestions or ideas, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Students Meet with Alice Springs Leaders
September 3rd, 2019
At the end of September, students from a number of schools will be meeting with Minister Wakefield, Mayor Damien Ryan and Deputy Mayor, Matt Paterson to discuss the Community Profile and what children and young people think and feel about living and growing up in Alice Springs.
Over September and October a number of Forums will be held to provide feedback on the Community Profile. We invite Alice Springs residents and anyone working with children and families across all sectors to attend.
The forums will provide an opportunity to review the contents of the Profile and discuss potential ways forward.
Public Forum - 12th September, 5.30 - 7pm
Currently the Technical Report is under development. A lot of thought and consultation has gone into determining what data should be included to strengthen the story of what is going on for children in Alice Springs. This Report will provide more comprehensive and detailed data across all ARACY Nest Areas of Wellbeing, reflections on community aspirations and desires and raw data from the Community Survey.
The Report will complement the story the Community Profile tells and provide data to support funding applications, inform funding needs and further encourage agencies to work together across sectors.
Technical Report available on this website from late August.
Child Friendly Alice Community Profile Launch
Today was the launch of the Child Friendly Alice Community Profile.
We had a rousing welcome from the wonderful drummers from Drum Atweme which was a fitting start to the event, celebrating children in Alice Springs. Over 60 people attended, including students from Kytes, families, and service providers.
Thanks to Bluearth for providing fun for the kids, Department of Education for providing playgroup equipment and Yirara College for feeding us all with a BBQ.
Deputy Mayor, Matt Patterson spoke on behalf of the Council and reiterated Council's support of the Child Friendly Alice initiative and their support of the development of a local Action Plan.
We heard from two local children who talked about what they liked about Alice, what they didn't like and what they would like to see change. Both agreed a water park would be great.
Thank you to John Guenther for presenting and encouraging people to do more than just read the Profile, but to use it to work collaboratively to improve outcomes for children.
The Community Profile can be found on the resources page.