Your Voices – One Community Together

On the 8th of July, One Community Together held their first face-to-face Community Conversation of the year, and since the easing of COVID restrictions, in the form of an afternoon tea. This event was an opportunity for Clarence Plains community members to come together to socialise and identify some priority focus areas that will guide the work of One Community Together in the coming years.

Around 60 people attended the Community Conversation. During the event guests were invited to visit four interactive tables, each hosted by a member of One Community Together, where discussion took place around what does or can make the community safe, welcoming, attractive and proud.

Questions included:

• “What makes you proud of Clarence Plains?
• What could we work on to keep our community safe?
• To make this community look great we need to………?”

These prompts produced some great ideas and suggestions. One Community Together will collate this data then invite community members back for another conversation, developing these ideas into actions and ways we can work together to create community-based change.

It was also an opportunity for One Community Together to share some exciting news with the community about the new 26TEN Literacy and Numeracy Program that has launched locally, as well as introducing Finn, a local who has recently joined us as a storyteller for the Shaping the Plains Story Project. This project is a ‘Humans of New York’ style project, that shares the stories, photos and sentiments of the people and places who make Clarence Plains unique.

People said they really enjoyed the format of the community conversation. It was a family friendly event and a great opportunity to come together and socialise. There were lots of friendly and familiar faces and lots of new faces as well.

These community conversations are a wonderful opportunity for us to make sure that One Community Together are always keeping community at the centre of everything we do and every project that we work on together.