Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) undertakes a range of place based activities across Queensland.
The aim of our placed based activities is to support communities to build their capacity to work toward locally developed and delivered solutions to local challenges.
What is the purpose of this work?
The purpose of the pilot is to empower communities to:
- build their capacity and capabilities;
- strengthen their responses to a changing environment;
- and identify local solutions and pilot collaborative partnerships to respond the challenges associated with poverty and disadvantage
What are our driving principles?
The principles driving the activities and likely success of the pilot include:
- Improving shared understanding of problems and solutions will lead to better outcomes
- Coordinated collaborative efforts are required to stop people from falling through the gaps
- The best outcomes will be achieved when we create positive imaging and promote hope for clients of services, to be self-determining citizens.
- We leave networks and communities in a stronger and more interdependent state when we exit, than they were prior to our arrival.
- Communities are best positioned to define their own local priorities, with our role being about providing a platform for innovative solutions to be generated.
- To work in alignment with the QCOSS vision for a Queensland free of poverty and disadvantage.
- Data generated and interpreted locally provides a useful evidence base from which policy and program responses can be informed.
- We promote communities and service providers to share ownership and responsibility for child and family systemic and service challenges through placed based responses.
- We recognize the critical role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce and organisations; towards working together to create a system for protecting children.
- The importance of placed based responses
Some examples of the work that QCOSS has been doing can be accessed through the QCOSS website.