Patricia Foster, Doreen Carroll and Shontae Swan enjoy their time together on Grandparent's Day   GRANDPARENT'S DAY CELEBRATION OCTOBER 29th 2017   Strong Kids Strong Centre held an event for Alice Springs grandparents for the first time ever in Alice Springs on October 29th.  The event was about celebrating the many roles that grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren and to acknowledge the support they provide.   The event kicked off at the Gathering Garden at the Town Council, with more than 30 grandparents and grandchildren being welcomed and then walking together in celebration to the council buildings. Dolly Hampton,  a Strong Kids Strong Centre representative opened the event and welcomed the presenters who included the Mayor Damien Ryan, the Minister for Territory Families, Minister Wakefield  and Zania Liddle, a local grandmother.  They each spoke about the importance of grandparents and the many roles they play in this community and in supporting and raising their grandchildren. They also spoke of their own experiences and memories of their grandparents.   More than 50 grandparents and grandchildren enjoyed activities, time to talk and reflect and morning tea.  Some of the comments made by grandparents and grandchildren included;        "   The community I want my grandchildren to grow up in is safe - no violence, e  veryone getting  on between the two cultures."         "My grandchildren are important to me because I feel they need a fair start to their future. That means love, protection, fairness and to be heard. Education is very important, so going to school every day is very important."       "My grandparents are important to me because they care for me and love me."   This event was the result of a collaboration of a number of organisations, schools and community members connected with Strong Kids Strong Centre. It couldn't have happened without the extra support of volunteers on the day. Thank you to everyone involved and Happy Grandparent's Day to all the incredible grandparents who share knowledge, culture, tradition, stories, time and love with the children of Alice Springs.

Patricia Foster, Doreen Carroll and Shontae Swan enjoy their time together on Grandparent's Day

GRANDPARENT'S DAY CELEBRATION OCTOBER 29th 2017

Strong Kids Strong Centre held an event for Alice Springs grandparents for the first time ever in Alice Springs on October 29th.  The event was about celebrating the many roles that grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren and to acknowledge the support they provide. 

The event kicked off at the Gathering Garden at the Town Council, with more than 30 grandparents and grandchildren being welcomed and then walking together in celebration to the council buildings. Dolly Hampton,  a Strong Kids Strong Centre representative opened the event and welcomed the presenters who included the Mayor Damien Ryan, the Minister for Territory Families, Minister Wakefield  and Zania Liddle, a local grandmother.

They each spoke about the importance of grandparents and the many roles they play in this community and in supporting and raising their grandchildren. They also spoke of their own experiences and memories of their grandparents. 

More than 50 grandparents and grandchildren enjoyed activities, time to talk and reflect and morning tea.  Some of the comments made by grandparents and grandchildren included;

    "The community I want my grandchildren to grow up in is safe - no violence, everyone getting  on between the two cultures."

     "My grandchildren are important to me because I feel they need a fair start to their future. That means love, protection, fairness and to be heard. Education is very important, so going to school every day is very important."

   "My grandparents are important to me because they care for me and love me."

This event was the result of a collaboration of a number of organisations, schools and community members connected with Strong Kids Strong Centre. It couldn't have happened without the extra support of volunteers on the day. Thank you to everyone involved and Happy Grandparent's Day to all the incredible grandparents who share knowledge, culture, tradition, stories, time and love with the children of Alice Springs.

 
 
 
STRONG KIDS STRONG CENTRE ANNOUNCE NEW BACKBONE FACILITATOR - February 2017   Strong Kids Strong Centre is thrilled to announce Sarah Brittle as our new Backbone Facilitator.  Sarah has lived in Alice Springs for nearly three years and is passionate about supporting the community in which she lives. She has worked extensively in the community sector and brings skills in relationship building, program design and delivery and partnership management. She believes strongly in the Collective Impact approach as it aligns with her natural instinct to bring people together to solve problems and make change. She is excited to be joining the passionate team that makes up Strong kids Strong Centre and to assist it through its next phase in the journey.  Get in touch with Sarah using our  contact page.

STRONG KIDS STRONG CENTRE ANNOUNCE NEW BACKBONE FACILITATOR - February 2017

Strong Kids Strong Centre is thrilled to announce Sarah Brittle as our new Backbone Facilitator.

Sarah has lived in Alice Springs for nearly three years and is passionate about supporting the community in which she lives. She has worked extensively in the community sector and brings skills in relationship building, program design and delivery and partnership management. She believes strongly in the Collective Impact approach as it aligns with her natural instinct to bring people together to solve problems and make change. She is excited to be joining the passionate team that makes up Strong kids Strong Centre and to assist it through its next phase in the journey.

Get in touch with Sarah using our contact page.


Braitling Kids FAST 2016  Kids FAST at Braitling was a clear demonstration of how FAST brings together families from all walks of life who learn that they can talk together, share stories and encourage each other on the parenting journey.  It was encouraging to be again so strongly supported by the school who continue to see positive outcomes for both parents and children and their engagement with the school as a result of the FAST program.

Braitling Kids FAST 2016

Kids FAST at Braitling was a clear demonstration of how FAST brings together families from all walks of life who learn that they can talk together, share stories and encourage each other on the parenting journey.

It was encouraging to be again so strongly supported by the school who continue to see positive outcomes for both parents and children and their engagement with the school as a result of the FAST program.


CHIEF MINISTER ADAM GILES ENDORSES STRONG KIDS STRONG CENTRE    
  
 
  
    
  
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    Chief Minister Adam Giles, along with the Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner Colleen Gwyn, have endorsed Strong Kids, Strong Centre in videos shown at a community workshop in May 2016.

CHIEF MINISTER ADAM GILES ENDORSES STRONG KIDS STRONG CENTRE

Chief Minister Adam Giles, along with the Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner Colleen Gwyn, have endorsed Strong Kids, Strong Centre in videos shown at a community workshop in May 2016.


Good thing for bringing community, one of the best things I have ever seen... Everyone all separated got to all get back together again. Main thing people just getting together, doesn’t matter who you are.
— BRAITLING PARENT
Bradshaw Kids FAST  It was very exciting to be able to deliver a third consecutive program at Bradshaw primary school in 2016. This was due to a committed core team of individuals at the school who put in a very big effort to ensure that the program went ahead.  Families who attended enjoyed the chance to connect with each other and with the school on a more informal basis. The team was keen to ensure that everyone was relaxed and having fun.  The Special Presentation was a hit with the parents choosing to hear more about brain development. They found it reassuring to hear that the simple things, like playing and spending time with your child, have such a positive impact on brain development.

Bradshaw Kids FAST

It was very exciting to be able to deliver a third consecutive program at Bradshaw primary school in 2016. This was due to a committed core team of individuals at the school who put in a very big effort to ensure that the program went ahead.

Families who attended enjoyed the chance to connect with each other and with the school on a more informal basis. The team was keen to ensure that everyone was relaxed and having fun.

The Special Presentation was a hit with the parents choosing to hear more about brain development. They found it reassuring to hear that the simple things, like playing and spending time with your child, have such a positive impact on brain development.


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    Chief Minister Adam Giles, along with the Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner Colleen Gwyn, have endorsed Strong Kids, Strong Centre in videos shown at a community workshop in May 2016.

CHIEF MINISTER ADAM GILES ENDORSES STRONG KIDS STRONG CENTRE

Chief Minister Adam Giles, along with the Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner Colleen Gwyn, have endorsed Strong Kids, Strong Centre in videos shown at a community workshop in May 2016.


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    Chief Minister and Member for Braitling Adam Giles has announced that the Northern Territory Government will invest $3.13 million to complete Braitling Primary School’s early childhood precinct. The project will include construction of a shared community area with an outdoor play space and improved canteen facilities to create a family-friendly environment.   
  
 
  
     
  
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     “Locating the early childhood precinct at the primary school with the new preschool will provide a seamless and supported education pathway from early years through to preschool and transition to school” Mr Giles said. “The new areas will be next to the new Braitling Preschool in a clearly defined precinct, creating a convenient, safe and inviting space for local families and their young children”.     The early childhood precinct was envisioned in Braitling Primary School’s master plan, which was informed by the school’s involvement in Pre-Birth to Four Alice Springs. 

Early Childhood Precinct announced for Braitling Primary School

Chief Minister and Member for Braitling Adam Giles has announced that the Northern Territory Government will invest $3.13 million to complete Braitling Primary School’s early childhood precinct. The project will include construction of a shared community area with an outdoor play space and improved canteen facilities to create a family-friendly environment.

“Locating the early childhood precinct at the primary school with the new preschool will provide a seamless and supported education pathway from early years through to preschool and transition to school” Mr Giles said. “The new areas will be next to the new Braitling Preschool in a clearly defined precinct, creating a convenient, safe and inviting space for local families and their young children”.

The early childhood precinct was envisioned in Braitling Primary School’s master plan, which was informed by the school’s involvement in Pre-Birth to Four Alice Springs. 


I’m having more of a relationship with my kid; I can look in her eyes and spend a bit of time with her, and know that we can actually communicate, and that she can do what I tell her. This helps me to tell her to do things and this is ok for me to tell her because we are becoming friends, getting closer.
— BRAITLING PARENT
 
 

What's Been Happening in 2018?

Have your say!

Help us capture the voices of our diverse community and complete the online survey or attend our community forum. Just click on these links to complete the survey - Child Friendly Alice Survey - Adults  and Child Friendly Alice Survey - Children/Youth.

Communities for Children, Anglicare NT, Strong Kids Strong Centre, Red Cross and Connected Beginnings, Department of Education NT, have collaborated to facilitate the design, development and coordination of a Child Friendly Alice Community Profile (CFACP). This Profile will be a resource to guide actions towards the Child Friendly Alice initiative (CFAI). 

This Initiative is a community collective with the shared aspiration of improving the wellbeing of children and their families in Alice Springs.

Project background:

  • Who are we? A group of organisations (Communities for Children, Anglicare, Strong Kids Strong Centre, Red Cross, Connected Beginnings, Department of Education NT and Larapinta Child & Family Centre) who together with other agencies are working to enhance the wellbeing of children and families in Alice Springs.

  • What are we doing? We are undertaking a 90 day whole of community consultation to bring together the views and hopes of children, young people and adults to gain a comprehensive picture of how children and families in Alice Springs are doing.

  • Why are we doing this? We support the idea of a people led local community, and that children and families know the type of community they want to live in.

  • How are we doing this? We are asking community members to respond to a set of questions (one for children/youth and one for adults).

  • What will this look like? We are creating a Child Friendly Alice Community Profile which will bring together the responses from the consultation and hard data to help us understand what’s good, what’s not so good and what needs to change for the community.

  • What will this Community Profile be used for? With this picture, we, as a collective and community can focus on how we can build change for the better and track that change over time. We anticipate that this will be an ongoing conversation with clear outcomes and actions.

 

 
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