The B4 Community Storyteller Grants have been created to help share the message across Tasmania about the importance of the early years.
These grants will support people to become skilled community storytellers through training. They will also assist the storytellers to run events in their community that focus on the early years story and the key elements required for children to thrive.
Congratulations to the following recipients who have been successful in their B4 Community Storyteller grant application: Burnie Community House, Door of Hope Christian Church, Early Support for Parents, Friends of Zafira, Goodstart Blackmans Bay, Hub4Health, Kingborough Council, Lady Gowrie, Mission Australia, Poss M’Agic, and Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre. We look forward to sharing their progress and stories over the next year.
B4 Community Champions
Are skilled community members whether they be employed or not and in any role Government, NGO etc., who are willing to be trained to deliver “B4 Community Story Tellers Training” using the “Facilitators’ Handbook for Training Community Early Years Story Tellers”, to key community members building a network of trained B4 Community Story Tellers.
As Community Champions are trained they will be added to the list for contact by communities who are seeking community members to be trained as B4 Community Story Tellers.
Current B4 Community Champions
Annette Fuller Southern
Courtney Hobbs Northern
Jeanne Otto Southern
Suzanne Purdon Southern
Di Nailon Northern
To contact a Community Champion please email B4 Support team firstname.lastname@example.org
Or phone (03) 616 55666.
About the Community Story Tellers Project
In four communities, the B4 Community Story Tellers Project was piloted to test the effectiveness of a skilled, peer-to-peer transfer of early years knowledge through storytelling – the peers being natural community story tellers or leaders, not necessarily early years professionals.
“…the fastest way to increase community understanding of the importance of the early years and change behaviours is to upskill specific people within communities that are trusted and more likely to be able to influence other community members, with storytelling skills and knowledge of the importance of the early years.”
Healthy Tasmania. 2019 B4 Early Years Story Tellers Project Final report. P.2. Internal document
Natural story tellers/leaders were targeted as:
“there is a known and worrying gap between the expert and public understanding of the early years development in Australia,”
Kendall-Taylor, L. Lindland, E. (2013). P.13. Modernity, Morals and More Information: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understanding of Early Child Development in Australia. Frameworks Institute.
The pilot was highly successful in its aims to increase participants’ ability to have an early years conversation. B4 Early Years Community Grants allows the project to roll out more widely.