The 𝗣𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 project initiated by LEAD and Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency in the Blacktown LGA is a year-long educational program aimed at fostering connections between community leaders, religious leaders, and community members in the area. The project’s objective is to;
- Empower Community Leaders with an increased understanding of the factors that shape family well-being.
- equip these leaders with essential skills and knowledge to provide better support to their community members.
Our mission is to illuminate the ripple effect of family challenges on child trauma.
This program has a three-phase approach. The first phase consisted of five workshops which were conducted to train leaders in various areas including accidental counselling, child protection, family well-being, problem-solving, and managing loss and grief. These workshops provided leaders with the tools and expertise needed to address and assist community members facing various challenges.
As the first phase is complete, a 𝗣𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 Committee will be formed as the second phase of the program. This committee will serve as a platform for ongoing communication and collaboration among community and religious leaders. It will facilitate the sharing of knowledge, experiences, and resources to continue supporting the well-being and resilience of the community.
The final and third phase will be for the committee to further train and spread the knowledge they acquired in phase one to other Community Leaders. Every trained leader will then have the tools and expertise to provide support to their wider communities and to foster communities where child protection and family well-being are at the forefront.
This program is expected to be a year-long educational program and by establishing strong connections between leaders and community members and empowering leaders with relevant skills, the Pillars of Resilience project aims to enhance community support systems and foster resilience within the Blacktown LGA.