There are many ways to connect the dots for an Australia where all young people thrive – for example, through storytelling and local knowledge collection, community-led education on-country, reinvigorating language and culture, or taking a moment to connect and celebrate partnerships that are inspiring long-term positive change.
In our latest news, we share how communities are leading in the battle against Covid in Western NSW and Victoria. We celebrate the expansion of the Nawarddeken Academy in Arnhem Land and we share our Storytelling for Systems Change Project alongside a story from the heart in Logan.
In this year where we have been forced to be physically distant, we have felt more connected than ever. It has been heartening to see people pulling together, across the globe, to respond to the immense challenges of the pandemic with urgency, determination, and compassion.
Through the COVID-19 crisis, there are communities across Australia that have demonstrated resilience and innovation, delivering fast and effective action to support children and families when and where they need it most.
It’s National Reconciliation Week and this year’s theme In this Together has prompted us to share the work of our First Nations partners at this time when working effectively together is critical to saving lives.
Positive, lasting change for children and their families is possible and there is evidence of it happening all across Australia. Why it is working is clear – it is because communities are leading the change.
In celebrating National Reconciliation Week we are urged to Walk Together with Courage, Grounded in Truth. At Dusseldorp Forum we have been reflecting on our role and how we can walk together with our First Peoples to collectively contribute to a more equitable and just Australia, where all our children and families can thrive.
At this time of reflection and celebration, I’m delighted to be able to share good news from a rewarding year. Communities across Australia are transforming the life opportunities of their children and families.
We are extremely proud to present an annual review of the work of Dusseldorp Forum and our partners for 2018. In the report below we share key highlights of the year and some of the lessons, we are learning along the way.
With the year well underway we are delighted to share with you an update from Doveton College where the Our Place model is increasing opportunities for Doveton families and will soon be expanded to 10 new sites in Victoria.
We’ve recently taken time to reflect on the first year of our strategy and the outstanding achievements of our partner organisations. From 2016-2020 the Forum is focusing its resources on collective initiatives that better deliver supports that communities decide they want and need so that future generations, have greater opportunities.
In NAIDOC week we acknowledge some important anniversaries that helped shape Australia, the 79th anniversary of the Day of Mourning Protest, the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision and the 20th year since the tabling of the Stolen Generations Report.
Local knowledge and stories create positive change in Burnie
The whiteboard in Kylie Burgess’ office tells a story about the power of community. It’s covered in notes and ideas about turning local knowledge and lived experience into positive change for the community of Burnie in Tasmania’s north-west.
Dusseldorp Forum acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia and the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which we work and live. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past, present and future.