The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland in partnership with University of the Sunshine Coast
Invites all members of the Sunshine Coast community
To a community conversation on...
Creating an Inclusive Community in our Region
Creating an Inclusive Community in our Region
Saturday 2 April 2016
10.30am – 12.30pm
University of the Sunshine Coast
Please RSVP to Enda Cotter for catering purposes by Thursday 31 March 2016
ADCQ SUNSHINE COAST COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY - 2016
This strategy is designed to align with the aims of the ADCQ Community Engagement Strategy, which provides a framework for how the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ) will work with community, business and government to raise awareness of human rights, and build opportunities for people to become involved in the Commission’s vision of building a fair and inclusive Queensland.
The strategy will focus on community engagement activities which aim to support, and build upon the interactive relationships between the Commission and the Sunshine Coast community, and to enhance that community’s capacity to create opportunities for human rights to flourish in the region.
It will include a range of activities that will seek to inform, consult, involve, collaborate with, and empower the community. It will also look for opportunities for longer term ‘Community Development’ work, which seeks to build capacity and utilise the strengths within communities to address local human rights issues.
The Sunshine Coast has been identified as one of the fastest growing regions in Australia that is rapidly changing into the “region of choice for vibrant coastal living”. The rapid growth in population means that this community is becoming more diverse, and with these changes come many opportunities, and also some challenges.
This year, in response to the rapid changes in the Sunshine Coast, the ADCQ began working with the Multi-Cultural Affairs Queensland, Trustees from the Muslim organisation Sunshine Coast (MoSC) and staff of the University of the Sunshine Coast around building a more fair and inclusive Sunshine coast.
Over the course of these activities the ADCQ and the University are determined to continue working in partnership to develop a broad community engagement strategy for the region. The aim is to work with local businesses, service or education providers, and the general community on how the region can reap the benefits from the opportunities presented by this rapidly changing environment, and how to ensure that all community members can participate fully in community life in the region.
To inform the strategy, the ADCQ will consult with the University and the general community, relevant agencies, government representatives and local politicians including at the first ‘Community Conversation’ on 2 April 2016, which is open to all community members and explored the idea of creating an inclusive community.
A STRENGTHS BASED APPROACH
The ADCQ aims to adopt a ‘strengths based’ approach to community engagement work, which focuses on identifying and developing the strengths of individuals, organisations and communities, and empowering them to address issues locally through their own collective efforts and passions. The Commission aims to actively identify and support the existing capabilities of local individuals and groups to work together to achieve positive outcomes on human rights issues, and to create spaces where human rights can flourish.
In working with communities, the ADCQ considers that:
• in every community there is energy and capacity to drive action for change
• the whole community should have the opportunity to be involved and contribute
• building relationships is key to sustainable change and action
• the role of the ADCQ is to create safe spaces for local communities to raise awareness of issues that need to be addressed, in order to build an inclusive community
• communities can be empowered to address their own issues.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT METHODS
Community engagement can take many forms, but some of the methods of engagement that may be utilised by the ADCQ to implement this strategy:
• Face to face interactions, such as (but not limited to):
• community conversations to explore ideas on how to create inclusive communities
• speaking engagements and training sessions on diversity, equal opportunity, fairness and inclusiveness
• information stalls at events or particular locations
• community visits to businesses and organisations to provide information, and discuss how the ADCQ can work in partnership to support the building of an inclusive community.
• Relationship building to:
• strengthen and expand on ADCQ’s existing relationships and networks in the region; and
• support the local community in strengthening intercommunity relationships and networks, and enhance their capacity to work together to create an inclusive society in the region.
• facilitate links between Sunshine Coast agencies, organisations and groups and Brisbane based services or organisations.
• Small project based interactions such as (but not limited to):
• activities for school students to raise awareness around diversity, equal opportunity, fairness and inclusiveness
• Technology based interactions (webinar/VOIP/video link/online discussion forums, etc)
The ADCQ invites you to work with us and with the University, to create an inclusive and diverse community where people’s human rights can flourish, and where local communities and workplaces can work together to pro-actively address human rights issues, and create equality of opportunity for all members of the community.
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