We as The Sanctuary and the Mallacoota community in general have recieved great support at from Rachel and Rachael from Save The Children Australia in making sure the voices of children, young people and families are heard and amplified.
It is important to us all that we have our say in how our community recovers after the Bushfire and Covid 19, while still focussing on the disadvantes we face living rural and far away from the city centres where many decisions about our lives are made.
Save the Children Australia (SCA) has been working with a range of partner organisations (EGSC, Headspace, Engage & Grow, Gippsland Lakes Complete Health, Victoria Police, YACVic) to engage and work with communities, young people, children and families in East Gippsland, focusing on understanding their needs in recovery and ensuring that spaces are provided and the voices of children and young people are heard. We have connected with 417 children and young people and around 67 parents parents/carers and 101 other adults across a number of communities.
SCA East Gippsland site has been provided with the M.Y Van (Mobile Youth Van) since the bushfires. The M.Y Van which has a wide range of activities and technology which helps to facilitate and engage in conversations with young people and children. This resource has been used to provide a series of pop up play spaces, activities and events across East Gippsland since January as outlined below. A mobile outreach resource is something that has been raised over many years since the discontinuation of the Little Green Frog.