PLS goes WEST! Supporting drought affected NSW communities

Last week 3 members of the Positive Living Skills team successfully completed a week long rural NSW road trip, introducing the PLS initiative to 10 Early Learning Services who are new to PLS, and visiting existing PLS member Schools and Early Learning services and.

What an adventure it's been for PLS Founder Cath Shaw, Early Childhood Specialist Hailey Chant, and Possa Bill!

Thanks to recent Empowering our Communities Government Grant support received from the Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN), Positive Living Skills is able to expand our support in Western NSW to another 10 Early learning services in the rural and remote drought affected communities of Broken Hill, Bourke, Weilmoringle, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Menindee, Wellington and Forbes to implement the Positive Living Skills initiative.

'We are so excited to be able to further support educators, children and their families to build their empowerment and resilience,' said PLS Founder Cath Shaw, who has lived many years of her life in rural NSW.

The trio started their week in Menindee on Monday, visiting existing PLS member School Menindee Central, and new PHN funded member Mendindee Children’s Centre, where Hailey was delighted to see that the children had already made Possa Bill his own Special place, where he sits watching them enjoy their day whenever he isn't engaging with them.

Then it was off to Broken Hill where the PLS crew touched base with 3 existing member Primary Schools and two new Early Learning members, Happy Days Preschool and Alma Bugdlie Preschool. Cath and Hails were privileged to get the opportunity in Broken Hill to see a Positive Living Skills lesson in action at Burke Ward Public School. What a highlight!

'It was amazing to see the children engaged in the PLS learning experiences, and the educators too, and we are so grateful to see the positive impact this initiative is making in these communities', said Hailey.

Next stop was Enngonia where Melissa and Jemma from Enngonia Public School and Preschool have been implementing the PLS initiative for more than a year now with some amazing positive behaviour results, then on to Bourke to meet two new PLS members - Bourke and District Childrens Preschool and Childcare, who were both delighted to receive the support and resources, and the team all got together with Cath and Hailey for an interactive discussion and valuable Positive Living Skills session.

Thursday saw the PLS team meet more Services funded thanks to the WNSW PHN. The educational teams from Brewarrina Mobile Children's Services and the Coonamble Family Strengthening Service were grateful to receive their PLS Early Childhood Starter Kits, and have them unpacked by Cath and Hailey.

Friday was the final day of the PLS west NSW Road trip and what a day it was. Cath and Hailey visited Wellington Children's Centre, who is participating in PLS thanks to the Western NSW PHN, and then squeezed in an Interview for the