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Changing Lives, Changing Communities: Round two (2019-20)

What will it take to continue our work together to create a community where everyone contributes, matters & belongs? 

Across Queensland, communities are looking to work together to make a difference, to create a place where everyone contributes, matters and belongs. You are invited to come along to work with your neighbours and colleagues to make your community the best it can be. 

Who is it for?

Everyone. Absolutely everyone. Great ideas and great change happens when we gather with people from across the whole community. Creating a great community is everybody’s business. If you came to our forum last year, this is the opportunity to further develop the great connections and ideas that were developed. If you didn’t come last year – this is your chance to be part of a conversation and action for change.

Come along and bring a friend, a colleague, a neighbour.  

Your voice matters. Your actions contribute. You belong.  

Together we will create together a story of your community – a story that energises and lifts us all up.


This work is in partnership with QCOSS, Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) and Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC).

*The Changing Lives Changing Communities events in Toowoomba, Mackay, Caboolture, Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Normanton are funded through Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants – National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) – a partnership between QDN, QCOSS and QHRC.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities: Round one (2018-19)

The first round of Changing Lives, Changing Communities was a series of 12, two-day events across Queensland, creating new ways for people – citizens, community organisations, the private sector and government representatives – to come together, envision and ask “what will it take to create communities where everyone contributes, matters and belongs?”

Changing Lives, Changing Communities is about bringing together all parts of the community to co-create solutions to ensure everyone is included in their community, and can access what they need; like a place to call home, good health, transport, education, and meaningful employment.


This work was in partnership with QCOSS, Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) and Anti Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ).

*The Changing Lives Changing Communities events in Toowoomba, Mackay, Caboolture, Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Normanton were funded through Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants – National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) – a partnership between QDN, QCOSS and ADCQ.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities – Momentum Meetings

In 2018/19, QCOSS, QDN and ADCQ held 12 Changing Lives, Changing Communities events across Queensland. These two-day events created new ways for people of each community to come together, envision and co-create solutions by asking, “What will it take to create communities where everyone contributes, matters and belongs?”

To continue building our movement for change from the events, QCOSS has planned a momentum meeting in each of the locations. These meetings aim to continue to keep people in the community engaged and excited for the next Changing Lives, Changing Communities events, move from talk to action and build community readiness for change. At each of these meetings we review the Changing Lives, Changing Communities event, explore outcomes and impact, and discuss progress against projects. Thanks to everyone who came along to Changing Lives, Changing Communities Momentum meetings. We know you have made a difference. We know there is still work to do and are committed to hosting spaces where community members can work together.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities Local Champions program

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 know we need Local Champions to help drive change in their community. We are actively looking to connect with more people who want to make a real difference through good community development. 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.

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

Changing Lives, Changing Communities Organising Teams

Each Changing Lives, Changing Communities event has been supported by a local organising team.

What’s the role of the organising team?
The organising team will help plan and promote the event and then help with hosting during the two-day forum. QCOSS, QDN and ADCQ have developed a very flexible agenda and various resources to help the hosting teams to facilitate and lead the work. 

In the lead up to the forum
Organising team members will participate in approximately 3-4 meetings to plan and discuss the two-day format, assist in identifying local speakers, identify key community stakeholders and develop an approach to getting the word out there to promote the forum and invite people to come along. At the meetings, we will plan who is doing what and how the event will run. 

At the forum
Different roles on the days include hosting table conversations, capturing feedback and information, welcoming people, handing out surveys, introducing specific sessions, speaking on a panel, sharing a story of inclusion and generally helping to keep the day ticking along. 

If you are interested in joining your local organising team contact Shelley Birrell at [email protected]

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