The Our Place project is facilitated by Centacare FNQ and aims to build on strengths and resilience in the neighbourhoods of Manunda, Manoora and Mooroobool. The emphasis is on whole-of-community cohesion and connection, with initiatives driven and designed by locals. The asset based community development project is funded through a Department of Social Services Community Resilience Grant over the period from 2018-2021. At the heart of this project is the knowledge that meaningful and lasting community change always originated from within and that local residents are the best experts in activating community change. The project is strength based and is founded on the knowledge that communities respond creatively when the focus is on resources, capacities, strengths and aspirations rather than dwelling on deficiencies, needs and problems. The Our Place project entwines these concepts and importantly provides a platform for community to come together, explore their strengths, and build connections. Through connections and the opportunity to engage in conversations and share stories and passions this creates the potential for ideas to build community and activate community change to take seed and grow.
Here is a snapshot of the evolution of the project.