Strengthening communities

We believe postcodes should never limit futures. In our Communities of Focus, we partner to strengthen communities through tailored approaches for long term positive change.

Partnering with communities

Communities of Focus brings together people and groups, services and leaders from across the community with the aim of working together to create long-term change

We believe that if we bring together a community experiencing complex place-based challenges and invest for the long term, we can spark change together with the community by encouraging local collaboration and approaches. Over time this will break down systemic drivers of disadvantage which are not adequately addressed through current programs and service responses.

Our approach involves:

  • Partnering with communities through a community led, place-based approach
  • Bringing together evidence and experience and continuous learning
  • Working across funding and program boundaries to partner with local people, community leaders, services, government, community groups and churches
  • Coordinating activity, developing a common vision and agenda, building community capacity and stimulating place-based innovation to drive sustainable change.

What is Communities of Focus?

  • We work with a community to uncover key metrics that highlight key areas of advantage/disadvantage
  • Board-approved commitment
  • 10 year commitment to each community

The backbone of communities

We work alongside all active Communities of Focus, building a consistent yet place-based approach that leverages shared learnings, training, tools, and ongoing support. We are locally resourced and work in unison with community leaders.

Mission Australia takes a distinct role within the community to:

  • Guide a co-created vision and direction
  • Ensure community voice is central to all aspects of the Community of Focus action
  • Coordinate strategic direction
  • Drive strong communication
  • Coordinate Mentoring, Evaluation and Learning to grow and demonstrate impact
  • Oversee share measurement systems
  • Foster trusting, transparent, and representative structures and decision making
  • Advocacy, policy reform and systems change
  • Coordinate and mobilise funding to support collective action
  • Research partnerships

Read more about collective impact and strengthening communities here.

Mission Australia’s Communities of Focus:

Cairns South




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