Identifying the big issues that challenge young people and families in the Mid Coast region is the focus of a survey that will assist decision-makers to plan programs that will help and be a catalyst for change.
Mission Australia program manager Bree Katsamangos is trying to rally parents of children aged up to 18 years to complete the survey.
“There has been a lot of discussion in the media about the big social issues that many communities face on an ongoing basis,” Bree said.
“There are many positives for families living in the Mid Coast region, as there are in most regional communities in NSW and indeed all over Australia. We also know there are some social issues that exist in regional areas.
“Some of the issues that grab the headlines in many communities all over Australia are about children facing abuse and neglect, children not doing well at school for a range of reasons including children leaving school early, children being bullied or bullying others, children or adolescents drinking too much, taking drugs, being violent, teenage pregnancies and a growing incidence of children and young people with mental health issues.
“Mission Australia and Communities for Children work to improve outcomes for children and families in the Manning, Great Lakes and Gloucester regions and we are seeking opinions from local families about the biggest social issues facing their communities.
For women and children domestic violence is often a big social problem, as are high levels of unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse and lack of good nutrition.Mission Australia program manager Bree Katsamangos.
“The information gathered will be reviewed along with other information that is collected on your communities and used by Mission Australia and its partners to develop a community profile that will help us identify the biggest issues and decide on programs that would be beneficial in addressing some of these issues.”
Click here to access the survey.