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Community Action Networks
Community Action Networks (CANs) bring together representatives from key organisations in a local region to work together in meeting the complex needs of young people who are at risk of disengaging from education. CAN meetings are convened and facilitated by Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN.
Any individuals or representatives of organisations who have an interest in supporting young people in their local community are welcome to attend CAN meetings. Organisations represented at CANs include Uniting, Grampians Community Health, West Wimmera Health Service, Wimmera Health Care Group, Department of Health and Human Services, Federation University, Skillinvest, Centre for Participation, Job Services Australia providers, Centrelink, Victoria Police, Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres, Local Government youth workers and school personnel.

CAN meetings are usually held four times a year (once each school term) in each location where a CAN has been established. Community Action Networks have been established in Dimboola, Edenhope, Murtoa, Warracknabeal, Nhill and Horsham. In addition to the Horsham CAN, there is a Koorie CAN which also meets in Horsham to address the specific needs of Koorie young people in the local community.
If you would like to be included on the mailing list to recieve meeting invitations and minutes of meetings, please contact the Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN Office. Please specify which of the seven CAN mailing lists you wish to be included in. (Dimboola CAN, Edenhope CAN, Murtoa CAN, Horsham CAN, Warracknabeal CAN, Nhill CAN, Koorie CAN)

Dates for Community Action Network meetings for Term 1, 2018 will be set early in the new year and will posted as soon as they have been set.

Meeting Dates 
Nhill CAN @ Nhill College
Mar 7 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Anyone interested in supporting young people in the Nhill area is welcome to attend. You can also join this meeting via video conference from the Department of Education Offices, 26 Darlot St, Horsham. RSVP by Tuesday 6 March 2018.

Koorie CAN @ Room C83, Federation University
Mar 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Anyone with an interest in supporting young people in the Horsham region is welcome to attend. A light lunch will be provided during the meeting. RSVP by Tuesday 6 March for catering purposes.

Murtoa CAN @ Murtoa College
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Anyone with an interest in supporting young people in the Murtoa region is welcome to attend. RSVP by Thursday 8 March.

Dimboola CAN @ Health and Fitness Centre, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College,
Mar 19 @ 9:45 am – 11:15 am

Anyone with an interest in supporting young people in the Dimboola community is welcome to attend. RSVP by Friday 16 March.

Horsham CAN @ Room C83 Federation University
Mar 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Anyone with an interest in supporting young people in the Horsham community is welcome to attend. A light lunch will be provided during the meeting. RSVP by Tuesday 20 March  for catering purposes.

Edenhope CAN @ Edenhope College
Mar 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Attendees can meet at 2 locations which will connect via video conferencing:
Edenhope College, 40 – 48 Lake St, Edenhope
Department of Education Office 26 Darlot St, Horsham
Anyone with an interest in supporting young people in the Edenhope community is welcome to attend.

Warracknabeal CAN @ Rural Northwest Health
Mar 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Anyone with an interest in supporting young people in the Warracknabeal community is welcome to attend. A light lunch will be provided during the meeting .This CAN meeting will be followed by a Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce meeting at 12.00 pm. RSVP by Friday 27 October 2017 for catering purposes.

Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce Meeting – @ Rural Northwest Health
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Warracknabeal Meeting

Following the CAN Meeting, members of the community are invited to attend and to be proactive in minimising the harms around alcohol and other drugs.  If successful, and supported by the community, it is hoped there will be more regular meetings conducted in Warracknabeal.

The Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce (WDAT) is a group comprising representatives of Wimmera-wide agencies and community representatives and was set up in 2010 to implement the Wimmera Local Alcohol & Other Drugs Action Plan 2009-2013.

The purpose of the Taskforce is to offer information, education and support to reduce the harms caused by alcohol and other drugs in our Wimmera communities, through prevention and early intervention strategies.

Work of the WDAT currently involves delivering the Knowledge Is Power (KIP) drug education to year 6 students across a number of schools. This has been very successful.  Community education also occurs by way of media releases, attendance at alcohol free events, forums, education evenings and partnering with other organisations on appropriate projects.  It is also with the support of the WDAT and the strong leadership from the Millington family from Nhill, the Real Time Prescription Monitoring has come into effect.

Current members of the WDAT welcome and encourage community and organisational members of Warracknabeal and surrounding district to attend the meeting on 29 March.  We would love to have your support and input.  For more information please contact Sally Pymer