into thriving communities
that are self-directed, connected and resourceful.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has".
- Margaret Mead
As Neighbourhood and Community Centres each respond to the needs and interests of their local communities, innovative programs and activities are flourishing from them throughout the state. Here's just a few we found particularly interesting:
Social Connection in Mount Gravatt
A first of its kind in Australia, the Mt Gravatt Community Centre’s innovative Ways to Wellness project is reducing social isolation by connecting people to various social groups and activities in the community via Link Workers. The project was planned with the local community, the Qld Community Alliance and will be researched by the University of Qld.
Lockers for Maroochy
Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre has had 20 backpacker lockers installed for those who are experiencing homelessness to store their belongings. 10 of these lockers will be fitted with internal USB charging points, while the outside frame will have 4 USB phone charging points installed that can be accessed 24/7.
Housing help in Maleny
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre have developed a housing project for women and children at risk of homelessness using local resources and networks. With housing being a major issue that Neighbourhood Centres respond to, innovative community development initiatives are needed to address the rises in homelessness and affordable accommodation.
Podcast from Nundah
Nundah Neighbourhood Centre and Community Legal Service have developed a Podcast entitled the "Injustice of Intimacy". Release at Parliament House during Domestic and , the podcast highlights partner related sexual violence and features interviews with survivors, Police and legal experts.