Together in the South

Jul 24, 2016

Together in the South is led by a team of community members, local leaders and organisations.

Together in the South is nominated by the Premier of SA as a Thriving Community site and one of the national Opportunity Child partner communities.

The leadership team has residents and representatives from Housing SA, The Smith Family, Department of Education and Child Development, Wyatt Trust, Junction Australia, Southern Domestic Violence Service, Hackham West Community Centre Inc, Department of Communities and Social Inclusion, Anglicare, Families SA, Goodstart Hackham, City of Onkaparinga, Uniting Communities,Taikurrendi Children’s Centre for Early Childhood.

We are supported by many others, including volunteers and students.  Over 300 people have participated in co-designing, being trained, attending community meetings, providing advice. We are very grateful for the support from RPC Systems who provide a venue and hospitality for our meetings.

JUNE 2016

The leadership group worked on preparing to develop the Population Accountability Plan – this means working out what they can each give and get, how they will be accountable to each other to the result and what support or barriers need to be overcome to turn the curve for those children who are the focus of the Together in the South work.

Community Centres SA, Results Based Accountability team joined Together SA team members, volunteers and students to work with local leaders to prepare over May and June for Friday 17th and Saturday 18th June.

This plan is now under construction and is underpinned by a Theory of Change, selected indicators and what works to get the results we are seeking for children 0 – 8.

30 March 2016

On March 30th leaders had an opportunity to be fully briefed about the next steps and what it will mean to step up and contribute to an accountability plan. Special thanks to the South Adelaide Football Club for their support in hosting this gathering.

Here is the Report from this meeting.

indictors

17 February 2016

The leadership team provided their advice to Together SA on their preferred indicators based on the following selection criteria of communication power, proxy power and data power.

Communication Power

The data must have clarity with diverse audiences

  • Does the indicator communicate to a broad range of audiences?
  • Is it commonsense and compelling?
  • Is it possible to think of this in terms of the community member test? If you had to stand in the local community and explain to your neighbors “what we mean, in this community, by children healthy and ready for school,” what two or three pieces of data would you use?

Proxy Power

The indicator needs to be a good match to the desired outcome and should correlate to the direction of the some other indicators.

  • Does the indicator represent what we want it to represent?
  • Can this measure stand as a proxy for the plain English statement of well-being? Does it really get to the heart of the matter?
  • Does the indicator say something of central importance about the result? (Or is it peripheral?)
  • Is the indicator relevant for children and young people now and the impact that is trying to be achieved?
  • Is there a research evidence base linking the potential indicator to the desired outcome and other indicators?
  • Does it provide guidance for the design and/or development of interventions?

Data Power

The indicator should be based on quality data that can be accessed on a timely basis.

  • Is it quality data? Consistent and reliable?
  • Can we access the data on a timely basis?
  • Can we use it to measure progress at regular and frequent intervals?
  • Does the indicator have the capacity to show change over a reasonable time period?
  • Is it free from bias e.g. gender, cultural?
  • Is the indicator culturally relevant for the population being considered?

Together in the South Minutes 17 Feb 2016

20 Jan 2016

The leadership team met on Jan 20, 2016 to further explore indicators, hear from experts in data and early childhood and plan for the year ahead.

Here is the report of that meeting.

Together SA hosted an Asset Based Community Doorknock as part of their Summer School of training in Christie Downs and Hackham West.  Special thanks to leadership team member and local MP Katrine Hildyard for sharing her lessons on dooknocking and training us all up!  We look forward to a community door knock later in the year.

Door Knocking Training, Christie Downs Community House

Door Knocking Training, Christie Downs Community House

3 December 2015
The first community report back was held on 3 December 4pm – 6pm at the Civic Centre, City of Onkaparinga.  Over 50 people participated in turn the curve exercises on key indicators currently being explored, met members of the leadership team and heard first hand from the co-convenors.  Check out the photo album on facebook and the Report from the event for the leadership group to support their planning in January.  During 2016 there will be more community report back sessions.

November 11, 2015

This meeting was the first to be hosted by Co-Convenors Debbie Dunn and Megan Hughes who encouraged the leadership team as part of their preparation for the meeting to review these resources:

RBA toolkit
Introduction to RBA
At this meeting the leadership group did a Turn the Curve exercise using the learning from Mark Friedman’s recent visit to SA. The Turn the Curve exercise generated lots of new ideas, uncovered assumptions and developed research questions. Click here for photos and the meeting summary can be found here.
You may also like to read this blog post about #PlayYourRole – using football team spirit, coaching and playing as a metaphor for this collaboration work to get results.

You can follow the project now on Facebook

You can also email the Co-Convenors at togetherinthesouth@gmail.com

 

29 September 2015

12088492_700535396743616_2074298202679618592_nSince August the leadership group have been connecting with potential new members with Together SA reviewing data requests and conducting research on what works to get the developmental outcomes for social and emotional maturity domains.  This meeting selected its co-convenors, local resident Debbie Dunn who has been involved in the initiative since the beginning and Megan Hughes Executive Officer of Southern Domestic Violence Service and one of the new leadership team.  The leadership group are planning a community report back before the end of the year that will support the development of the Action Plan.

11 August 2015

The first meeting of the new leadership group at RPC Pipelines was held on 11 August.

Watch Parliamentary Secretary and local MP Katrine Hildyard introduce the initiative to new members of the leadership team. A list of all participants and decisions made has been complied into a report of this meeting and is available on request.

July 2015

The next wave of leadership is currently being recruited.  The first meeting is planned for Tuesday 11 August.  An update from the meeting will be posted on this website soon after.  All current leadership team members are involved in the recruitment process, using the advice provided in late April from the community about the qualities, roles and decision-making capacities required to take Together in the South to the next level. Stay tuned!

June 15 2015

Click on the prezi below for a comprehensive report back from April 29 where the Together in the South leadership team consulted, listened and learnt from community leaders. This report will support and inform the next steps.  The Together in the South leadership group are meeting on Monday 22 June to deliberate on the governance structure and criteria for selection to take this initiative forward.

 

Together in the South: Community Engagement Event

29 April 2015  4pm to 8pm at Wirreanda Secondary School, Learning Hub

DSC_0574 Around 130 leaders and community members from 50 organisations, agencies, community groups, government departments, schools, universities and child care services came together.

At this interactive event we:

– heard the facts about how local children are doing in this community

– provided direct advice to the leadership team by testing the data with us

– had an opportunity to share stories behind the data

– were invited to consider how to join the Together in the South collective impact movement

– set the criteria and process for leadership selection for the next phase of Together in the South

– learnt about successes using this approach elsewhere

CEO Kate Simspon, Premier Hon Jay Weatherill, Katrine Hildyard MP, Member for Reynell, Hon Zoe Bettison, Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion.

CEO Kate Simspon, Premier Hon Jay Weatherill, Katrine Hildyard MP, Member for Reynell, Hon Zoe Bettison, Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion.

Special guests included Premier Jay Weatherill, Hon Zoe Bettison, Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion and Dr Geoff Woolcock from Logan Child Friendly Community Consortium who shared some of the lessons from Logan in Queensland.

Catch up with some of what was shared:

Behind the Numbers – a video to get some of the stories of the Baseline Report

Together in the South Baseline Report

 

Student Team - David Luo, Debbie Dunn and Miranda Lyu

Student Team – David Luo, Debbie Dunn and Miranda Lyu

Pledge

Every child is safe, healthy, active, ready to learn and getting along with others.

Together, we are taking responsibility for improving the emotional and social wellbeing and success of over 6,000 children between 0 and 8 years old in Hackham West, Christie Downs, Huntfield Heights, Noarlunga Downs, O’Sullivan Beach/Lonsdale, Christies Beach, Hackham and Morphett Vale.

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February 2015

Two Masters in Social Work students from Flinders University School of Social Work have joined the project. A community development student from Murdoch University, who is also a local resident is on the team too!

Together in the South had a wonderful challenging morning with Dr Michael McAfee on Wednesday Feb 4 from 9am until noon at the Port Noarlunga South Surf Life Saving Club.

See Together SA’s Facebook page for some snaps from the day!

Together in the South has determined:

Every child is safe, healthy, active, ready to learn and getting along with others.

Together, we are taking responsibility for improving the emotional and social wellbeing and success of over 6,000 children between 0 and 8 years old in Hackham West, Christie Downs, Huntfield Heights, Noarlunga Downs, O’Sullivan Beach/Lonsdale, Christies Beach, Hackham and Morphett Vale.

Together in the South have identified two domains from the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) to work on to shift.  The domains are: Social competence and Emotional maturity. They have been chosen based on the evidence provided by the AEDC and community members will be invited to a major event to review, test and consider these choices on April 29th, 2015. Features of the domain appear below.

 

Social competence domain

Category Children on track Children developmentally vulnerable
Overall social competence Have excellent or good overall social development, very good ability to get along with other children and play with various children, usually cooperative and self-confident. Have average to poor overall social skills, low self-confidence and are rarely able to play with various children and interact cooperatively.
Responsibility and respect Always or most of the time show respect for others and for property, follow rules, take care of materials, accept responsibility for actions, and show self-control. Only sometimes or never accept responsibility for actions, show respect for others and for property, demonstrate self-control, and are rarely able to follow rules and take care of materials.
Approaches to learning Always or most of the time work neatly, independently, solve problems, follow instructions and class routines, and easily adjust to changes. Only sometimes or never work neatly, independently, are rarely able to solve problems, follow class routines and do not easily adjust to changes in routines.
Readiness to explore new things Are curious about the surrounding world, and are eager to explore new books, toys or unfamiliar objects and games. Only sometimes or never show curiosity about the world, and are rarely eager to explore new books, toys or unfamiliar objects and games.

Emotional maturity domain

Category Children on track Children developmentally vulnerable
Pro-social and helping behaviour Often show helping behaviours including helping someone hurt, sick or upset, offering to help spontaneously, and inviting others to join in. Never or almost never show most of the helping behaviours including helping someone hurt, sick or upset, offering to help spontaneously, and inviting others to join in.
Anxious and fearful behaviour Rarely or never show anxious behaviours, are happy and able to enjoy school, and are comfortable being left at school. Often show most of the anxious behaviours; they could be worried, unhappy, nervous, sad or excessively shy, indecisive; and they can be upset when left at school.
Aggressive behaviour Rarely or never show aggressive behaviours and do not use aggression as a means of solving a conflict, do not have temper tantrums, and are not mean to others. Often show most of the aggressive behaviours; they get into physical fights, kick or bite others, take other people’s things, are disobedient or have temper tantrums.
Hyperactivity and inattention Never show hyperactive behaviours and are able to concentrate, settle into chosen activities, wait their turn, and most of the time think before doing something. Often show most of the hyperactive behaviours; they could be restless, distractible, impulsive; they fidget and have difficulty settling to activities.

 

October 2014

Building on the platform of the Southern Regional Alliance, the City of Onkaparinga, Communities for Children, Katrine Hildyard, Member for Reynell, Community Centres, local early childhood education network are stepping up their efforts for a collective impact initiative and going beyond inter-agency cooperation. Founding partners Junction Australia, Anglicare SA and Department of Communities and Social Inclusion are part of this project.

 

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