Our Impact

It takes a town

Murwillumbah, NSW

It Takes a Town arose from recognition that while many years of child-centred service delivery has made a positive impact in the lives of many families, it has not been enough to arrest deepening disadvantage in the Murwillumbah region.

Different responses are required than those currently delivered through community and government services, mostly working in isolation. It Takes a Town is built on two premises – all parts of the community: residents, businesses, services, clubs, churches, schools and government have a role to play in ensuring all children have the best chance in life; and collaboration, generosity and responsiveness are already part of local culture and can be built on to support all children and families. The successful outcomes from an initial grant of $110,922 encouraged VFFF to provide multi-year funding of $319,606 through to 2021, towards this promising example of community led work.

"It’s our experience that people want to participate in community development activities, but they need some support to identify ‘what’ and ‘how’, inspiration to get started, and connections along the way to make things happen."

Carmen Stewart, It Takes a Town

It Takes a Town


  • Place-based
  • Core operations
  • Rural and regional
  • $300K - $1m
  • 3 - 5 years

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