Baptcare signs ambitious initiative tackling disadvantage in the G21 Region

G21 partner with Baptcare to promote social and economic development in the Greater Geelong area.

BAPTCARE alongside fellow philanthropic, business, government and community organisations celebrated the launch of an ambitious initiative that is tackling disadvantage in the G21 region an alliance working together to improve people's lives in Geelong, Colac Otway, Golden Plains, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast & Queenscliffe).  Acting Baptcare CEO Marie Scotson signed the G21 Region Opportunities for Work (GROW) Compact recognising that “addressing disadvantage is everybody’s business”.

GROW is based on significant international evidence that the best way to reduce areas of persistent disadvantage in a community is to reduce unemployment rates in those areas.

By signing the agreement, Baptcare has committed to integrate the GROW philosophy; that a prosperous community cares for the well-being of all its members; into our own company’s values and daily operations. This will help stimulate inclusive job growth and increase local investment to maximise economic and social outcomes in targeted areas across the G21 region.

GROW is supporting organisations in the G21 region to understand the value of choosing local suppliers, products and services, helping create new jobs which can potentially employ people from target areas. Elaine Carbines, G21 CEO, said “GROW will create new job opportunities focused on areas within the region which have the highest levels of joblessness and persistent disadvantage. I commend these organisations for recognising that place-based disadvantage has implications for the economic prosperity and wellbeing of the whole region,”

GROW is a joint initiative of Give Where You Live Foundation and G21 – Geelong Region Alliance and uses a Collective Impact approach.