Changing Lives, Changing Communities Local Champions program

Changing Lives, Changing Communities - play your part

Changing Lives, Changing Communities is a program of local conversations, local storytelling, local visioning and local action to help build more inclusive communities across Queensland where everyone contributes, matters and belongs.

Local Champions are key to creating and sustaining change in local communities. While QDN, QCOSS and ADCQ are delivering Changing Lives, Changing Communities, we need Local Champions to help drive change in their community. The Changing Lives, Changing Communities Local Champions program supports 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 brings together a range of local leaders and emerging leaders to assist in shaping the paths of change.

The initiative is part of Changing Lives, Changing Communities – a partnership with QDN and ADCQ.  It is also an action from the QCOSS Place-Based Action Plan and brings together nearly 12 months of events, in 10 different communities, engaging more 1,200 people.

From 27-28 March 2019, we brought together more than 60 Local Champions together from all across Queensland to explore the question, “What will it take for us to be champions of social change in our communities?”

Champions undertook a two-day program learning tools and techniques used in the Art of Participatory Leadership - intensive learning experience focussed on hosting good conversation to make change. The hands-on program supported participants to develop their skills, knowledge and experience in driving community-led change. They learned how to use their voice and process to influence and inform key policy reforms, and how to drive community-based action.

This document brings together the highlights of the two days of training in Brisbane.