The Break O’Day community face a complex range of challenges, from limited access to health services, training and development opportunities, high unemployment, demographic impacts and other barriers to growth. With such a wide range of issues identified by the community, it was clear a multi-faceted approach was needed.
A partnership between Break O’Day Council, St Helens Neighbourhood House, St Helens District High School and the local Learning Information Network Centre was set up, to enable the development and delivery of solutions at a grass roots level.
Figure 1: The THRIVE project brought together Break O Day Council, St Helens Neighbourhood House, LINC and St Helens
District High School
First a needs assessment was undertaken. The community was surveyed to ascertain how to increase Year 12 outcomes, with a focus on the social determinants of health.
The needs and solutions identified from the consultation were documented in a framework for action and the key organisations involved developed the‘THRIVE’ model, which is comprised of the elements shown in the illustration below.
The partners committed to a focus of 20% planning and 80% action and results. Four groups were established to tackle the issues identified:
These action groups are giving real opportunities to our community, and have already delivered some serious results.
The Mental Health Action Group has:
The Training and Working action group has:
The School Mentoring action group has:
The Social Enterprise Action Group:
Figure3: Members of the THRIVE group continue to work to help solve some difficult commumity problems
by working together
The THRIVE group continues to work directly with the community identifying areas of need and formulating real solutions that will have real results. Their vision is a thriving community and their purpose - to activate and connect the community to empower Break O’Day people to lead meaningful lives and create a successful future.