The Albury Project is a new way for schools and services to work together to provide support and assistance for students to achieve their goals and thrive in school, home and life.
The Albury Project supports young people to respond to factors in their life that could increase their chances of one day becoming homeless, or leaving school early without a plan for what’s next.
We know that if we have the opportunity to support young people earlier on, before things become really serious, the chances of an adverse outcome are significantly reduced.
The Albury Project is a community-grown, early intervention initiative based on a successful project running in Geelong.
~ Community Leadership ~
The Albury Project is driven by the leadership of community members. Each member of our Strategic Partners group is committed to collaborating and working differently to achieve the best possible outcomes for the young people of Albury.
“The Albury Project shows us what the community can do if we work together to find solutions at a grassroots level. We are taking control to achieve a better outcome for our young people as at the end of the day – this is our community and our future.”
Simona Coad, Group Leader: Communities, Albury City Council
“It’s great to be a part of a collaborative partnership project which will have a generational positive impact for the community of Albury and surrounding area – local aspiration, local solutions.”
Mark Dodd, Aboriginal Community Development Officer, Albury City Council
”The Albury Project has a strong culture, trust between partners and a commitment to working together differently for a common purpose. This is the foundation for The Albury Project to achieve significant outcomes, and makes it an exciting initiative to be a part of.”
Rebecca Glen, Project Coordinator, The Albury Project
“What excites me most about the Albury (and emerging Wodonga) Project is the difference we can make in our community by standing together as a diverse collective with a united vision and determination. It is about putting young people, families, communities first and having the courage to lead and be led.”
Di Glover, CEO, Yes Unlimited
“The most exciting thing about working with the Albury project is the pooling of resources, support, and development of new ideas to meet the needs of young people in our community. By working together we role model community leadership to young people, it shows that we listen and are willing to learn.”
Karina Kerr, Centre Manager, headspace Albury-Wodonga
“It’s inspiring to see so many people working together for the wellbeing of our community. I am moved and encouraged by a demonstrated passion for making the world a better place for others. This is an uplifting reflection of human spirit.”
Norman Meader, Principal, Murray High School
“Having worked with young people for most of my career, bringing schools and services together in a united response to support young people and their families is a no-brainer. So often we are crisis-driven and reactive to the issues that young people might be facing and the Albury Project has provided a structure for us to work together more thoughtfully, respond earlier, and drive meaningful change as a community.”
Jonathan Park, Client Services Manager, Yes Unlimited
“What makes me excited is that we are collaborating on and building a community that will actively respond to the wellbeing and learning of young people in Albury. This is an incredible opportunity that together we have afforded our community.”
Jenny Parrett, Principal, James Fallon High School
“The Albury Project will build social cohesion and social capital. There is a common agenda shared by representatives from across our community to care for our greatest asset – young people.”
Brad Russell, Director Educational Leadership, NSW Department of Education
“I’m proud that we have progressed from a community forum exploring this project to working together to ensure our students get the best possible outcomes. I believe that by working collaboratively on this important initiative that we can build resilience and wellbeing within our community for young people.”
Darryl Ward, Principal, Albury High School
“The enthusiasm and passion of all the stakeholders involved in being the ground-breakers of the COSS model in NSW is exciting. I am hopeful about what The Albury Project’s success means for the future expansion of the COSS model to benefit high school students across the state.”
Brad Wotton, Manager Client Services, Murrumbidgee, Far West, Western NSW District, Department of Communities and Justice.
~ Our Partners ~
The Albury Project is a collaborative initiative where all partners contribute resources and work closely together to provide a systems
response to young people in need of support.
The partnership is expected to evolve over time based on community need.