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Whyalla Stuart Collective Impact

A group of government and non-government organisations are working alongside the Whyalla Stuart community to see its community members reach their full potential and value their worth.

The Whyalla Stuart Collective Impact Project consists of representation from Families SA, Housing SA, SA Police, Whyalla City Council, local churches, Mission Australia, UniSA Department of Rural Health, Department for Education and Child Development, Smith Family, Country Health South Australia and Child Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Schools Ministry Group community services manager Michael Edgecomb said the project was a framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems with an approach that calls for the organisations involved to abandon their own agenda in favour of a common agenda.

And it was with this in mind when Beyond Bank Australia agreed to provide funding to assist a pop-up event for Thursday 7th April 2016.

On the same day that Arrium Mining was placed into voluntary administration, and underneath grey skies and steady, persistent rain, the Whyalla Stuart community gathered at McRitchie Park to celebrate a free family event.

And it was great to see so many families partake.

With everything FREE, the list of attractions included a sausage sizzle, healthy eating stalls, jumping castles (one for the small, and another for the not so small!), arts & crafts, face painting, frisbees and ball sports.

Beyond Bank volunteers Kelly Hyslop and David Miller also braved the elements engaging all ages with the handball challenge and mini golf.

And naturally local Community Development Manager John Hunt never wandered too far from the free bbq!

Congratulations to our community partner Schools Ministry Group, and specifically Community Services Manager Michael Edgecomb, on the Event Management and to all service and Agency groups who participated.

“Having something to look forward to and the chance to create some fun family memories during particularly difficult times, makes a real difference.”