Making PLACE is about empowering communities to collectively determine what it is that they want to achieve. Partnership between policy makers, funders, services and service users can enable the co-design of place-based integrated services focused on meeting local community priorities and aspirations. But it needs to be driven by shared knowledge and understanding – based on all we know about community need, local cohorts experiencing hardship, evaluations of local services and service gaps – to deliver a comprehensive, responsive, localised approach.
Rather than telling people how to live their lives, we should be providing them with the tools to break down the barriers that create isolation and disadvantage, to foster social networks, connect people to community, and dismantle the systems that stand in their way.
Making PLACE is about:
People making a difference
Leveraging the opportunities
Aspiring to a better world
Connecting with others, and
Enacting bold initiatives together that create the places we can thrive in.
WACOSS will be adding more information as the program develops. Keep an eye on this space.