Our Town aims to build the capabilities of regional towns in South Australia to develop community-based responses to mental health and wellbeing with an eye to scaling what works, and influencing regional policy.
The initiative gives towns and regions the power and opportunity to define what’s best for their community, so that they can reclaim their mental wellbeing.
“We learned that the initiative did its best work when we put community at the heart”
Niall Fay, CEO, Fay Fuller Foundation
Why this report?
We wrote this reflection from the perspective of the support team, gathering and expanding on our biggest learnings when it comes to starting community-led work well and then asking the community to provide their own reflections and honest feedback.
While this publication focuses on Support Team learnings, future pieces will centre the voice and experience of the community as they take the reins on leading change in their own towns.
This reflection is intended to inform our own future practice, and to help anyone planning or leading place-based change, especially in the early years of an initiative.
How you can get involved
To support what is shared in this piece, we’ve created a number of tools and resources so that you can build on from the principles, practices and learnings, which we now believe are critical to starting community-led change well.
“Communities are the experts in what’s going on in their lives and we need to listen to that.”
Amy, Our Town Mid Murray