Core of Life sessions make a difference

The Innovation for Community Impact (I4CI) program was designed to bring together the collective resources of the NSW government, philanthropic sector and local community groups to address pressing and persistent issues in regional communities across the Hunter New England, Mid North and Central Coast districts.

One of the groups to receive a grant under this program was Youth & Family Education Resources, based in Bateau Bay on the Central Coast of NSW, about 100 km north of Sydney. Their project, Core of Life – Early Education to Make a Difference, received $17,000 in funding, thanks to the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Family and Community Services NSW, the Flannery Family Foundation, Katz Family Foundation, nib Foundation and the Snow Foundation.

The Core of Life program involves interactive pregnancy, birth and parenting education sessions for up to 1,000 parents and young people aged between 14-24 years in the Wyong and Gosford local government areas.

To date, the program has commenced in three high schools, with more sessions planned for term 4. Participating schools have seen a high level of student engagement. Young people aged between 14-16 years who attended have reported greater understanding of pregnancy, birth and available support services.

Facilitators from various health, education and youth services, Indigenous and non-Indigenous support services providers worked together to deliver the sessions. The opportunity for schools and local service providers to collaborate has enhanced community connectedness and broken down the barriers between youth services and young people.

We look forward to continuing to follow the Core of Life program as it progresses and continues to make a real difference to young people in the Central Coast.

FRRR is seeking funding partners to continue this program. Visit our website for more information.

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