Listening to the community’s voice

From September to December 2016, Logan Together is embarking on a large scale community listening exercise to continue to bring forward the voices of community members on the issues that are important to them, their families and their community.

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In order to better understand the needs of a diverse range of community members, Logan Together are asking folks from all walks of life and every corner of Logan “What is important to you?”

Using brightly coloured ‘paper people’ as featured in the Logan Together logo, community members and industry stakeholders are asked to write as little or as much as they like.

Logan Together Communications, Marketing & Engagement Leader Lauren Cunningham said that the listening activity was intended to engage participants in casual, positively framed conversations, and allow the team to identify themes and issues of significant importance to families.

“We take very seriously the need to place the community – the children and families of Logan – at the centre of all we do, so when it comes to looking at how we might improve the services and programs that support families, who better to ask than the community members themselves?

“We take very seriously the need to place the community – the children and families of Logan – at the centre of all we do, so when it comes to looking at how we might improve the services and programs that support families, who better to ask than the community members themselves?

“This activity helps to start a conversation with kids, parents, grandparents, and the broader Logan community, to get a real sense of the priorities from the grass roots,” Lauren said. “It also allows us to maintain engagement with stakeholders while longer term, strategic processes supporting the priorities identified in the Roadmap run in parallel.”

So far, over 200 responses have been collected at industry and community events in Kingston, Logan Central and Waterford. The team hope to collect 2,000 responses in total, which once analysed, will be displayed as a visual installation in public spaces around the city in early 2017.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We need our community partners with existing relationships with children, parents, and families, to help facilitate this exercise, so that we can reach our ambitious goal of producing 2,000 paper people! This is a terrific opportunity for individuals from across the community to ensure that their voice is represented in the services that support children and families.

For more information, or to conduct a listening exercise in your community or workplace, please contact Lauren Cunningham at Lauren.Cunningham@griffith.edu.au

 

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