Lighthouse Project
Creating a bright future

Greater Shepparton Lighthouse was created in response to community concern about poor outcomes and persistent disadvantage and in 2014 was established to activate the whole community to wrap around and support our young people to realise their full potential and thrive. 

Lighthouse is using an army of volunteers, data, collaboration, innovation and system thinking to support children every step of their trajectory, from conception to career. 

We start by listening deeply, carefully unpacking the issues impacting on young people and their families and co-designing unique local solutions.  Lighthouse taps into and aligns resources within our community and beyond to address issues such as social isolation, disadvantage and poor school engagemenwith a focus on the most pressing need such as food and safe spaces.  It’s hard to learn if you are hungry. We also play a strong role in advocacy, lobbying, coordinating, partnering and delivering initiatives. 

We are a small backbone organisation lead by a Board of Directors and have created collaborative leadership tables of local community and thought leaders to drive the change, using a collective impact model. We have mobilised hundreds of volunteers and created a movement tackling both immediate need as well as long term solutions. We have people from across the community with capacity, will and social capital leading the work. The business community is a significant contributor. 

Outlined in the video below are a few short steps to understand how we work:

View our community plan here

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Lighthouse is a signatory to this national push for more investment in children and young people - #EveryChild
If we invest in children many of the other issues impacting on society will be addressed as children flourish in their early years, are better ready for school, thrive in school and are well prepared for work and further study. Too many families in our region lack even the basics - decent housing, access to adequate public transport, specialist services such as speech pathology and occupational therapy, and the opportunity to participate in music, sport and art. Address these issues and we ensure a healthy and thriving region.The wellbeing of children and young people must be nation-building priority. Tell us what you think and join the conversation to #BuildBackBetter for #EveryChild
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Lighthouse is a signatory to this national push for more investment in children and young people - #EveryChild
If we invest in children many of the other issues impacting on society will be addressed as children flourish in their early years, are better ready for school, thrive in school and are well prepared for work and further study. Too many families in our region lack even the basics - decent housing, access to adequate public transport, specialist services such as speech pathology and occupational therapy, and the opportunity to participate in music, sport and art.  Address these issues and we ensure a healthy and thriving region.

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Today is National Sorry Day, when we acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generations. It is followed by National Reconciliation Week – this year themed “In This Together”. To launch National reconciliation Week, Reconciliation Australia is asking everyone to take to social media to acknowledge Country.
At Lighthouse we acknowledge the traditional owners of the land that now comprises Greater Shepparton and pay our respect to elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge their ancient and continuing culture and their place at the heart of our community. We commemorate Sorry Day as part of the ongoing process of reconciliation and acknowledge its particular significance in our community where so many Aboriginal children have been forcibly removed from their families. We recognise this is not past history but an ongoing reality for many families.
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Today is National Sorry Day, when we acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generations. It is followed by National Reconciliation Week – this year themed “In This Together”. To launch National reconciliation Week, Reconciliation Australia is asking everyone to take to social media to acknowledge Country.
At Lighthouse we acknowledge the traditional owners  of the land that now comprises Greater Shepparton and pay our respect to elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge their ancient and continuing culture and their place at the heart of our community. We commemorate Sorry Day as part of the ongoing process of reconciliation and acknowledge its particular significance in our community where so many Aboriginal children have been forcibly removed from their families. We recognise this is not past history but an ongoing reality for many families.

“𝐼 𝑑𝑜𝑛’𝑡 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑦 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝐼 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤: 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑜𝑛𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑦 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑒.”- Albert Schweitzer

As many families organise their children to start back at school and navigate the challenge of a new environment, we encourage you to be kind to yourself, your children, your teachers and the staff at your school. These are unusual times for us all and we need to be aware of how we ourselves and everyone else is coping.

This will be a gradual process of acceptance of a new way of learning, working and engaging. It won’t be an overnight success, but we have the chance to create a new way which could be better than the past.

Be kind, be of service to others – this means being thoughtful to those around you. Service isn’t grand acts witnessed and praised by many. Service is the friend who drops a meal to another tired mum, the next-door-neighbour who brings in your washing when it starts to rain, it’s the mum who says she will cook her child’s favourite meal to cheer them up. It’s the teacher who offers an extension on homework that is due because a child is finding it hard to adjust. It’s the man who rings his grandmother and takes her groceries or helps her around the house.

Service is also the act of caring for yourself as a parent during this time of rapid change and managing everyone else’s anxieties about returning to school.
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“𝐼 𝑑𝑜𝑛’𝑡 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑦 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝐼 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤: 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑜𝑛𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑦 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑒.”- Albert Schweitzer

As many families organise their children to start back at school and navigate the challenge of a new environment, we encourage you to be kind to yourself, your children, your teachers and the staff at your school. These are unusual times for us all and we need to be aware of how we ourselves and everyone else is coping.

This will be a gradual process of acceptance of a new way of learning, working and engaging. It won’t be an overnight success, but we have the chance to create a new way which could be better than the past.

Be kind, be of service to others – this means being thoughtful to those around you. Service isn’t grand acts witnessed and praised by many. Service is the friend who drops a meal to another tired mum, the next-door-neighbour who brings in your washing when it starts to rain, it’s the mum who says she will cook her child’s favourite meal to cheer them up. It’s the teacher who offers an extension on homework that is due because a child is finding it hard to adjust. It’s the man who rings his grandmother and takes her groceries or helps her around the house.

Service is also the act of caring for yourself as a parent during this time of rapid change and managing everyone else’s anxieties about returning to school.

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