Communities That Care

In 2017, the Communities That Care initiative was launched in Hobsons Bay with the aim of helping children and young people thrive through programs and initiatives that have been shown to work. It achieves this by building the capability of the community, coordinating evidence-based activities and strengthening collaborative partnerships.

The Communities That Care process is a long-term, comprehensive, prevention strategy to address risk and protective factors and problem behaviours, identified in the community. The process has been shown to be effective in reducing common youth health and social problems, such as substance use and antisocial behaviour and enhancing positive development factors, such as school performance.

Communities That Care is led by a coalition of local community members and organisations that have developed a Community Action Plan, prioritising a range of evidence-based programs and activities to be delivered across Hobsons Bay. The coalition comprises representatives from the following organisations:

  • Department of Education and Training
  • Victoria Police
  • Bayside College (Williamstown campus)
  • IPC Health
  • North Western Primary Health Network
  • Orygen Youth Health
  • Rotary Club (Altona)
  • Rotary Club (Williamstown)
  • Williamstown Football Club
  • Hobsons Bay City Council


If you’re interested in this initiative and would like to learn more, please contact Jodi Barry, Hobsons Bay Communities That Care Program Coordinator on For more information about Communities that Care visit