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QCOSS takes pride in partnering with communities across Queensland to teach, support and promote place-based approaches. We are committed to place-based approaches and have worked in many parts of Queensland to use a place-based approach to tackle entrenched social issues.

We have found that the process of using a place-based approach, with a focus on engaging all elements of a community, can itself contribute to addressing issues such as social isolation and social division, as well as enhancing the suitability of the work to the local area by ensuring local input into local solutions.

Place-based work is important because it:

  • brings people together to collaboratively address the needs of individual communities by harnessing the vision, resources, experiences and opportunities present in each community
  • builds self-determination and collaboration, allowing communities to take control of any issues they face and find solutions that work locally.

Place-based Strategy 2021-2022

The QCOSS strategic plan includes a commitment to building hope and optimism across Queensland through engaged, inclusive and empowered communities. To develop our place-based strategy for 21-22, we have reflected on our previous place-based work and organised our actions into three key areas – doing, learning and leading change.

Doing - Working directly with communities to support place-based approaches and civic leadership. Learning - Growing Queensland's collective knowledge of place-based approaches. Leading change - Work with key influencers to plan, collaborate and bring about change that promotes place-based approaches across Queensland.
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Community of Practice (Place-based approaches)

QCOSS convenes the Community of Practice (Place-based approaches) to:

  • strengthen and consolidate Queensland’s place-based knowledge-base and generate new ideas
  • promote learning and peer-support amongst practitioners working on place-based approaches across the state, and
  • build relationships and promote collaboration across Queensland.

The Community of Practice is open to anyone working on or interested in place-based approaches in Queensland. We host regular events, webinars and share our learnings online.

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Event calendar for 2021

When:  Held Tuesday 2 February 2021

Financial hardship can significantly impact on people’s health and wellbeing. The start of each year can present particular challenges for households with combined end-of-year and back-to-school expenses, straining budgets that have already experienced a difficult 2020. Higher summer energy bills can also create stress for many Queenslanders. In this community of practice session, you will hear about two place-based responses that support people through financial hardship and explore ways that communities can better support each other through this time of year.

When: Held Tuesday 9 March 2021

What can be done to enable greater engagement and participation of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in your local place-based activities?  With the best of intentions, you may have struggled to successfully engage with the growing number CALD community members in your local area. In this session, we will draw on the knowledge and experience of CALD community members to determine ways we can work better to support and embrace the many cultures that form our communities.

When: Held Tuesday 11 May 2021

Transport is often an issue when it comes to ensuring all people can access the services they need, particularly in regional and remote communities. Reliable, affordable transport becomes even more important when considering how we support the vulnerable and disadvantaged. This session explores place-based approaches that ensure all people can access transport, allowing them to engage with the services they need. It will consider transport through both a disability and affordability lens and highlight approaches that have worked, to ensure our communities can offer its members the best possible transport.

When: Held Tuesday 13 July 2021

There is a great deal of focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health with the recognition of widespread health issues culminating in shorter lifespans for Australia’s First Peoples, along with the challenges in Closing the Gap. Improving health outcomes will only be achieved through constructive partnerships and shared ownership between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people communities, governments at all levels, and providers of health infrastructure and services. In this session, we will discuss how we can support our First Nations People in attaining an equitable standard (compared with the broader Australian population) of physical, mental, emotional, cultural, spiritual and social wellbeing, including community capacity and governance. We will explore how relationships, as well as coordinated and integrated service delivery, are key to keeping our communities healthy.

When: Held Tuesday 14 September 2021

For many years, people with lived experience have advocated to be involved in redesigning the human service system. While they have achieved some success—for instance, there are now organisational policies that make sure people with lived experience are included in steering committees and paid for their knowledge and time—there is still room for improvement.

With place-based approaches, we have opportunities to ensure the views of people with lived experience are consistently and meaningfully integrated into service design and delivery. In this community of practice session, our guest speakers will discuss place-based approaches that integrate the voices of people with lived experience. We will talk about strategies to ensure the voices of people with lived experience are sought, included and honoured in decisions made about their futures.

When: Held Tuesday 9 November 2021

Access to safe, stable, and affordable housing is fundamental for people to maintain their wellbeing. An increasing number of households in Queensland are experiencing rental and mortgage stress with the cost of housing rising faster than household incomes. This pressure is exacerbated by external factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic. In this community of practice session, you will hear about place-based responses to supporting people who are experiencing, or at risk of homelessness.

QCOSS guide and toolkit

QCOSS has drawn on our own experience, along with that of our Community of Practice, to develop an in-depth set of tools and resources to support anyone wishing to initiate and work on a place-based approach. This toolkit may be useful for community members, leaders, government, NGOs, community service organisations, philanthropic organisations and business.

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