The Our Place Model, a Successful Social Change Initiative

When a group of young people from Bellambi were asked to draw what their community looks like in the summer holidays their pictures of burning cars, violence and drug use resonated strongly with Australian Social Investment Trust (ASIT) founder Natasha Scully. 

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The Our Place model, a successful social change initiative based on community collaboration, was created to make lasting change in areas impacted by social and economic issues. Bellambi was chosen to pilot the project after Natasha saw, based on a series of drawing from community consultation work, what it was like to be in that community in the summer holidays from a child’s perspective.

“For me that was very powerful,” said Natasha. “We had children who were drawing pictures of cars on fire, of violence happening in communities, of drug issues. And that really inspired us to focus on that community.

“Our aim was to make a difference in a community that has suffered inter-generational disadvantage. It was great to hear from the community what their challenges and aspirations were because ... show more

Published on in December 2017

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