Sustainable change requires a strong focus on local needs, local solutions, and the unique attributes and experiences of local communities. To achieve positive outcomes and to empower Queensland communities, place-based approaches provide communities with the flexibility to make decisions in the best interests of the people living there.
QCOSS’ approach to place-based work is to help communities and community organisations find their own solutions through the facilitation of community engagement that draws on the experiences, knowledge and understanding of local strengths, needs, and opportunities. By empowering local communities, QCOSS builds hope and resilience across Queensland so that people and communities can influence decisions that impact their lives and communities.
Our approach to community engagement draws on a place-based cycle of integrated learning that involves growing an understanding of place, finding a shared vision, building a plan for change, enabling local collaborative governance, enacting the plan and reviewing and renewing. Community engagement allows us to work collaboratively through and with groups to achieve positive outcomes for Queensland communities. Our place-based approach to community engagement ensures people and communities can influence decisions that impact their lives and communities.
QCOSS’ work relies on local expertise to outline a future approach, build on the existing context, and respond to community needs. QCOSS delivers local engagement programs that work with individuals, services, key stakeholders and to progress a collective understanding of the best future actions. These approaches bring people together to consider the issues, understand the causes, set a clear vision, and map ideas for change.