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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Great video Giz A Break! Who doesn’t love a camp sing-a-long!

Giz A Break is a registered charity that delivers off-road adventures that build resilience, enhance quality of life and improve health with the aim to achieve a shift in health and wellbeing. Lighthouse has worked in partnership with Giz A Break to enable a number of our Haven kids to have the opportunity to participate.

Be sure to give their page a like to keep up-to-date with Giz A Break’s fabulous adventures.
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Thanks LH legends! Massive shout out to Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project’s Amy Robinson who is wonderful to work with. Kind, keen, interested, supportive. All the things we need in our community. 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼

Lighthouse's TakepART program provides the opportunity for Year 7 GSSC students to participate in a range of fun creative activities during their lunchbreak. This year’s activities have included cloud dough, plaster mould painting, biscuit decorating mothers/special person day activities, Lego, origami, sand jars. The program aims to assist students with their transition to secondary school by providing a relaxed environment to chat and be creative.

Thanks to Lighthouse staff member Belinda and the many volunteers for running these sessions each week.

#art #youthengagement #fun #makingfriends #studentwellbeing #craft #mentalhealth

Greater Shepparton Secondary College
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It is great to have the Pit Stop program back up and running again. Recently the Grade 6 students from Mooroopna Primary joined our dedicated volunteer Chris Windsor and Lighthouse staff to learn about bike maintenance, soldering and how to change a car tyre. Along with the photos, we thought we would share some feedback from one of the visiting teachers...

"I just wanted to let you know that the kids had an absolute ball yesterday at DECA. They did not stop talking about it on the bus back to school and when we got back to school. They absolutely loved the hands-on experience that was provided out there.

A huge thank you to the Lighthouse Project for organising the activity and to the volunteers that were fantastic with the kids.

I could not wipe the smile off my face seeing how happy they were and how much they enjoyed it".
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The kids had such a great time. Is a credit to Chris and the other volunteers on how much fun the kids had.

Chris congratulations to you and your team for what you are doing .❤️❤️❤️

Zoe Louise Alesha Lee

Mooroopna Primary School

contact

 (03) 5821 9962
 lmckenzie@gslp.com.au
 PO Box 924, Shepparton VIC 3632

Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the Shepparton region on whose lands we are located, the Yorta Yorta peoples and their Elders past, present and emerging. Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project recognises, respects and supports all community members regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability, or age.

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