Why do it?
During the recent past, the wellbeing of many people and communities has been improving. However this has not been the case for all. Some communities, some people, some families have struggled to get by and succeed. Some communities experience entrenched poverty and disadvantage. In some communities there are intractable problems that persist despite generally successful conditions. In some communities, opportunities are beckoning, but it is difficult to see how to maximise the benefits for all.
In many instances, despite the best intentions of governments, the community sector and a range of stakeholders, progress on these issues has not been made. Improvements in social and economic outcomes have not been made, the intractable problems persist and opportunities pass by.
Change is needed!
Why is QCOSS so committed to place-based approaches?
QCOSS has worked in many parts of Queensland to tackle some of these entrenched issues using a place-based approach to build local partnerships and develop joined up, place-focussed and community driven responses.
The process of using a place based approach, with a focus on engaging all elements of a community, can in itself contribute to addressing issues such as social isolation and social division as well as enhance the suitability of the work to the local area by ensuring local input into local solutions.
Our experience shows us that with effective engagement, local input not only ensures participation of local groups and individuals, but an ability to develop, implement and adjust the program to meet the needs and characteristics of the local community and its environment. The diversity of local responses that emerge from this work tells us that place-based approaches are effective in generating innovative solutions to address the local experience.
QCOSS is committed to supporting the development of place based approaches through:
- developing the collective knowledge of place based across Queensland
- sharing and developing resources
- advocating for government policy to support place based
- building partnerships across the community, community sector, business and government to tackle Queensland’s biggest challenges.
Place-based approaches for community change: QCOSS’ guide and toolkit
For several years now we have been working on some place-based approaches and have been able to use that experience to pull together this very valuable resource. In developing this guide and toolkit we drew on our own learnings, and tested ideas with our partners and colleagues, including in the Queensland Place-Based Community of Practice.
It brings together a wealth of information and tools to help and assist anyone interested in place-based approaches and explores in some detail the many and varied parts of approaching social change in this way. They are certainly not the only way to make social change but have been successful in working on addressing systemic barriers in many areas.