To provide a regular forum that offers schools, community providers and other professionals an opportunity to network, identify key issues and contribute to the development of collaborative strategy.
• Whitehorse Youth & Family Services
• Manningham (YMCA) Youth Services
• Eastern Community Legal Centre
• Centrelink Box Hill CSC
Context and Goals
The Strategic Conversations Partnership hosts quarterly forums that are attended by over 60 professionals, parents and other stakeholders. The participants convene to raise awareness of some of the complexities via group discussions aimed at highlighting local problems and to alert workers to areas of concern. The discussions are solution focused and have led to development of networks, partnerships and pilot programs.
The Partnership’s Approach
The Strategic Conversations Partnership was initiated after extensive stakeholder consultation, designed to improve partnership opportunities and to raise awareness of issues impacting upon transition. To best serve the aims of the partnership, Gateway LLEN brokered a powerful alliance between local government and other key providers to provide a well-balanced core of relevant local knowledge and information.
“The forum opened a dialogue to discuss youth mental health and keep it on the agenda as something to continue working on in collaboration.”
Mental Health Forum, October 2013.
• Locally responsive
• Through group discussion, attendees draw upon a wide berth of experiences
• The forum is attended by a diverse range of professional and community members
• The forum provides a unique, “real-life” format for discussion
With the partnership embedded in the strategic plans of its members, the Strategic Conversations Partnership will continue to flourish. Now in its third year, the partnership has embedded systems of consultation, application and evaluation and continues to remain responsive to community needs.
Support from the Partnership Broker
Gateway LLEN continues to strongly support the Strategic Conversations Partnership by managing and coordinating it. Gateway LLEN convenes stakeholder meetings, maps available resources, monitors partners’ commitments, reviews and evaluates outcomes and continues to assist the partners to develop new strategies.