Community Consultation

We believe community consultation is a vital process that underpins genuine social impact. It enables communities to articulate their concerns and identify the appropriate responses and solutions to problems that affect them. We aim to empower community members by involving them in the design and implementation of programs and services that affect them. We consult local communities through;


Youth Advisory Group

Young people have the ability to shape and influence new Mental Health and Wellbeing initiatives through our Youth Advisory Group (YAG). Engaging young people from across Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory and from a diverse set of backgrounds, many of the YAG team have experienced their own struggles but overcome them to become advocates of youth mental health. Young people will have the opportunity to connect with other young people passionate about mental health, make meaningful decisions with real impact and have their voice heard.

External RAP Steering Committee

Hawthorn Football Club Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) outlines our commitment to advancing reconciliation in Australia and guides us in our journey towards authentically embedding Indigenous culture in every aspect of our club. The External Steering Committee provides accountability and ensures that the club remains focused, committed and importantly informed by leaders of the local community. The External RAP Steering Committee has representatives from across Melbourne’s East, Gippsland, Tasmania and the Katherine region.

Inclusive Champions Steering Committee

The Inclusive Champions Steering Committee brings together industry experts and people with lived experience of disability and inclusive practices, to advise the Hawthorn Football Club on how to achieve the outcomes and activities for people of all abilities. The committee comprises of members from government, not for profit services and accessibility consultants with at least 20% representation from people living with a disability to be reflective of the community.