Logan Together

Logan Together is a 10-year community movement to grow children up well. It’s a collaboration between the community, service providers, community organisations, government partners and the business community to ensure Logan kids grow up as healthy and full of potential as any other group of Australian kids.

It’s the early years that are the most important years.

Logan Together harnesses the power of Collective Impact approaches to co-ordinate action across each age and stage of childhood, focusing on the things they know from data, research and public voice, that make a real difference in the lives of young children. Logan Together is guided by the Roadmap for Change, with goals and projects at each age and stage from pregnancy to age 8 – underpinned by family foundations, a strong community and systems reform.

Kids who are doing well by age 8 have the best chance to be healthy, happy and resilient adults. The years 0-3 are particularly critical. About 70% of Logan kids are thriving across all aspects of wellbeing – Logan Together is about getting that number to higher.  They want to help 5,000 more kids in Logan thrive by 2025 – and through community, government and philanthropic partnerships, the Logan Together movement is making sure that happens.

Partnership, Achievements and Resources

Dusseldorp Forum has partnered with Logan Together since 2017 and has committed to five years of support for the implementation of Logan community plan to give their children the best start in life.

  • $500,000 committed in 2017 over five years to deliver the Logan Together Roadmap

  • $15,000 to support the ChangeFest network goals for 2019
  • Advocating alongside Logan Together for a national, place based social investment policy

  • Three Maternity and Child Health Hubs have opened and show that low birth weights are plummeting, the number of women not receiving any antenatal care has more than halved and there has been an increase in the number of women quitting smoking while pregnant.
  • The Kindy to Prep evaluation completed in early 2019 has informed this year’s approach.
  • The Thriving and on Track Program is a collaboration between PHN, early education providers and Children’s Health Queensland. This pilot project makes available health screenings to children between 2.5 and 3.5, delivered inside day care centres by child health nurses.
  • The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (supported through the Bryan Foundation) have commenced literacy development programming in 2 priority locations in Logan.
  • The Samoan Immersion Kindergarten saw its first group of young graduates, and Goodstart Early Learning and Hosanna Logan City are continuing their partnership for another 12 months.
  • Logan City Council’s First 5 Forever early literacy program reached approximately 2,000 children.

To me being a father means being there everyday for my boys, for cuddles and to show them the right path in life. I start work at 4.00am but I Facetime them every morning to say good morning and wish them a deadly day.

Aaron Melville, LOGAN, QLD