Our initiatives for strengthening children and families through service networks

Launch of the Positive Schools Program

In response to rising reports of children and young people experiencing anxiety and depression in the Nepean Region, The Positive Schools Program brings positive psychology practices into the classroom using a suite of programs and initiatives. The program is based on practices that have a strong evidence base showing they enhance children's wellbeing and school achievement.

During 2015 & 2016 primary and high schools in the Mid to Upper Mountains are collectively implementing the Mindmatters and Kidsmatter through a funded coordinator.

The Positive Schools Program links primary schools and high schools working with the same cohert of children. To register your interest to receive ongoing information about the roll out of this program in the Blue Mountains contact BMCC Community Outcomes Ryn Vlachou on (02) 4780-5545

New School Community Hub in Wentworth Falls and Leura

The Blue Mountains City Council Environmental Team, Wentworth Falls Public School and Leura Public School are partnering to create a new School Community Hub program in the Wentworth Falls and Leura Area. This Hub is a proto-type project in that it will focus on building children's well-being and creating community connections through a focus on caring for the world heritage water catchment system the two villages share. The project will use leading edge educational and community development principles to achieve outcomes in the Child and Family using connection to nature as the vehicle. For more information contact Jenny Hill on (02) 4780-5739 or

Supported playgroup shared measurement proto-type project

The Neighbourhood Service Network is currently running a shared measurement project focused on the network of supported playgroups run through the School Centred Community Hub program. The project aims to improve referral and engagement of vulnerable families in the School Community Hub program. The project is also a proto-type to scope the adaptive challenges involved in implementing a shared measurement system across the SFA. The learnings from this pilot will be used in the design of the overall SFA Shared Measurement system. For more information call Lyn Bevington on (02) 4758-6811 or email

Workshop developed for primary schools

The Neighbourhood Service Network has developed a two hour workshop for primary schools, Exploring the connections between children's social and emotional well-being and school achievement. The workshop has been piloted at Wentworth Falls Public School.

The resource can be used by School Community Hub managers and facilitators. Schools not connected to Hubs can request that a Stronger Families Alliance member runs the workshop in their school.

The workshop materials include presentations, workshop activities and ways schools can work with Stronger Families Alliance partners to link their school to other services.

To get the power point slide show for your workshop contact: Tanya James, Blue Mountains City Council, (02) 4780-5542.




Children from Wentworth Falls Public School launching the Bush Trackers Project at the Festival of Walking, October, 2012. By the end of 2013 the Bushtrackers Program will have been conducted in nearly all Blue Mountains primary schools.