Changing Lives, Changing Communities

What will it take to continue our work together to create a community where everyone contributes, matters & belongs?

This is the question communities asked themselves at Changing Lives Changing Communities forums across Queensland during the two years of this work. It is a question that is still important to our Queensland communities as we work together to create communities we are proud of.

Changing Lives Changing Communities has been a partnership between Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN), Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS), and Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC). The Changing Lives, Changing Communities events were funded through Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants – National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

 

Changing Lives, Changing Communities Harvest

What is Changing Lives, Changing Communities?

Changing Lives, Changing Communities was a series of 6, two-day events across Queensland, held over two years that focus on creating new ways for people – citizens, community organisations, the private sector and government representatives – to come together, envision and ask “what will it take to create communities  where everyone contributes, matters and belongs?”

Changing Lives, Changing Communities was about bringing people together from all parts of the community to co-create solutions to ensure everyone is included in their community, and can access what they need; like a place to call home, good health, transport, education, and meaningful employment.

Round 1 of Changing Lives Changing Communities

Across 2018 and early 2019, the first year forums were held in six locations; Toowoomba, Mackay, Brisbane, Caboolture, the Gold Coast and Normanton.

For each of these locations a ‘harvest document’ was prepared. These harvest documents capture what happened over the two days – including speakers, and projects that emerged.

Click here to access these harvest documents for Round 1 Changing Lives, Changing Communities.

A further 7 forums were funded by the QCOSS Board, outside of those funded by the ILC, representing a very real commitment to drive change across Queensland communities.

Click here to access more information on these other Changing Lives, Changing Communities Round 1 events.

Momentum Meetings

To continue building our movement for change from the events, we planned a momentum meeting in each of the locations between the Round 1 and Round 2 forums. These meetings aimed to continue to keep people in the community engaged and excited for the next Changing Lives, Changing Communities events, and to move from talk to action. At each of these meetings we reviewed the Changing Lives, Changing Communities event, explored outcomes and impact, and discussed progress against projects. Thanks to everyone who came along to Changing Lives, Changing Communities Momentum Meetings. We know you have made a difference. We know there is still work to do and are committed to hosting spaces where community members can work together.

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Click here to access these harvest documents for Round 1 Changing Lives, Changing Communities.

Click here to access more information on Changing Lives, Changing Communities.

Round 2 of Changing Lives Changing Communities

Across 2019 and 2020, the second year forums were held in six locations; Toowoomba, Mackay, Brisbane, Caboolture, the Gold Coast and Normanton.

For each of these locations a ‘harvest document’ was prepared. These harvest documents capture what happened over the two days – including speakers, and projects that emerged.

Click here to access these harvest documents for Round 2 Changing Lives, Changing Communities.

A further 7 forums were funded by the QCOSS Board, outside of those funded by the ILC.  Click here to access more information on these other Changing Lives, Changing Communities Round 2 events.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities Local Champions Program

Local Champions have been key to creating and sustaining change in local communities. Project partners CLCC, QCOSS and QHRC know that we need Local Champions to help drive change in their community. During the project we actively sought to connect with more people who wanted to make a real difference through good community development.

The Changing Lives, Changing Communities Local Champions Program supported participants to develop skills, knowledge and experience in community led change, being a voice to influence and inform key policy reforms, collective problem solving, and generating community-based ideas and action. Changing Lives, Changing Communities Local Champions brought together a range of local leaders and emerging leaders to assist in shaping the paths of change.

In March 2019, we brought more than 60 people together from all across Queensland to explore the question, “What will it take for us to be champions of social change in our communities?”

Changing Lives, Changing Communities Hosting Teams

Each Changing Lives, Changing Communities event was supported by a local organising team, or as we call them a ‘Hosting Team’.

What’s the Role of the Hosting Team?

The Hosting Team helped to plan and promote the event, as well as assisting with hosting during the two-day forum. QDN, QCOSS and QHRC developed a flexible agenda and various resources to help the hosting teams to facilitate and lead the work.

In the Lead Up to the Forum

Hosting Team members participated in approximately 3-4 meetings to plan and discuss the two-day format, assist in identifying local speakers, identify key community stakeholders and develop an approach to getting the word out there to promote the forum and invite people to come along. At the meetings, we planned together who did what, and how the event would run.

At the Forum

Different roles on the days included hosting table conversations, capturing feedback and information, welcoming people, handing out surveys, introducing specific sessions, speaking on a panel, sharing a story of inclusion and generally helping to keep the day ticking along.

For further information

Changing Lives Changing Communities has brought together communities, facilitated relationships and work that has created real change, and steps towards the vision of communities where everyone ‘contributes, matters and belongs’.

If you are interested in finding out further information about this project, or can see a need in your community for this work, please get in touch with QDN at:

Email: qdn@qdn.org.au

Telephone: 1300 363 783