Communities That Care

About Communities That Care

Communities That Care (CTC) Mornington Peninsula is a preventative approach to improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people on the Peninsula. CTC aims to promote the healthy development of children and young people by reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors in order to see favourable change in behaviour over time. 

Where does CTC work?

  • Somerville, Tyabb, Baxter
  • Hastings, Crib Point, Bittern, Cerberus
  • Mount Eliza
  • Mornington communities
  • Rosebud to Portsea
  • Two Bays area

Positive Outcomes from the 2012 to 2017 CTC cycle

The third Communities that Care (CTC) cycle has just been completed. This cycle focused on seeing a reduction in depressive symptoms due to family conflict. The implementation phase was very successful with some great outcomes for young people and their families across the Mornington Peninsula. The CTC team along with community members and local family and youth organisations created an implementation strategy with the following key programs rolled out over a 2-year timeframe:

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid aims to educate and equip the wider Mornington Peninsula community in how to best support a young person experiencing Mental Health problems and how young people can provide peer support. Many free community sessions were offered to those working or volunteering with young people on the Mornington Peninsula. The program also provided training to 10 of the local high schools for teachers and wellbeing staff and eight of the local high schools have begun to train their students in the teen program. We have successfully seen 1,400 people trained across the Mornington Peninsula.


Download: Mental Health First Aid over 2 years(PDF, 188KB)

Strengthening Family Connections

Strengthening Family Connections is an evidence-based therapeutic family education program and was piloted in the Somerville Community to encourage family connectedness. It focuses on family skills training and emotional connection between parents and their children. The program ran successfully three times in this community with great feedback from families attending.


Download: Strengthening families program over 2 years(PDF, 144KB)


KIDS HOPE AUS is an evidence based mentoring program aimed at developing emotional and social resilience in children, thereby enhancing their capacity to learn. The KIDS HOPE AUS model is built on a long-term partnership between a local primary school and a local church. Carefully screened and trained volunteers from the partner church mentor a child for one hour per week at the school. By supporting and building resilience in young people at a younger age we are able to create opportunities for these young people to be much more resilient later in life. Kids Hope was already running on the Mornington Peninsula, but Communities That Care successfully saw an increase in schools and church communities taking up the program over the two years of implementation.


Download: Kids Hope over 1 year(PDF, 126KB)

Social Marketing

The “Take the Pledge” campaign ran for three months and included the development of a short film and pledge cards and an online platform to pledge positive change. The campaign encouraged families to make a pledge to engage in an activity or activities that focused on positive communication and valuing each other. The campaign ran successfully across the Mornington Peninsula with some great pledges made by families.


Download: Social marketing campaign over 3 months(PDF, 130KB)

2019 – 2023 Cycle

The 2019 – 2023 Cycle has started. Last year CTC and Mornington Peninsula Youth Services surveyed young people across the Mornington Peninsula in Years 6,7,8 and 9. CTC will soon receive the data that has been collated by the Centre for Adolescent Health and it will be made available to the general public in the latter half of 2019. The data will inform our implementation strategies over the coming years. Many services and organisations find the data of benefit when making their own plans and seeking funding.

If you are interested in finding out more about the data and when we will launch it, please contact Rebekah Popplewell, Coordinator Communities That Care on 5986 3585.