Changing Lives, Changing Communities
Partners, Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) and Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) are funded to deliver on the project “Changing Lives, Changing Communities” under the NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants (Round 2).
Changing Lives, Changing Communities will host community forums in six communities across metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland. The forums will be led by people with disability, local community leaders and work in partnership with Local Councils. The forums will bring all parts of the community together to exchange information about community and mainstream services, talk about challenges and barriers and work together to co-create local community-owned solutions.
Funded through the National Disability Insurance Agency, (NDIA) the six community forums will be held in Toowoomba, Mackay, Brisbane, Caboolture, Gold Coast and Far North Queensland.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme will enable more people with disability to access the support and opportunities they need to be actively leading, shaping and influencing their own lives and their community. This project will offer a great opportunity to build upon what is happening in six different communities in Queensland, and something that could be undertaken in other states. Changing Lives, Changing Communities will bring people together at the local level, to share what is key to that community and find ways forward to ensure people with disability are empowered, connected, and can access the services they need as equal citizens.
Changing Lives, Changing Communities builds upon place-based work that has been community led in Townsville over the past two and half years, as a partnership between QCOSS, QDN and the Townsville City Council working with key community organisations and community leaders.
QDN and QCOSS has worked with communities over the past few years to successfully strengthen relationships and improve community outcomes. Building on this work and the momentum of QCOSS’ Movement for change conference and Pulse conversations, an additional 7 regional events will be held. Changing Lives, Changing Communities will kick off in Capricornia, Fraser Coast and Townsville during August.
Community members are invited to join us for this free, two-day event to work together to co-create communities where everyone contributes, matters and belongs. Bring a friend; bring a colleague. Work with us to develop a shared vision and go home with actions that you can take individually and collectively to make real social change.
Changing Lives, Changing Communities across Queensland – play your part.
Visit the QCOSS website for details and to register.