Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF) and Dusseldorp Forum (DF) have made a significant commitment to place-based funding in Western NSW to support collaborative community efforts to address local issues such as Aboriginal youth imprisonment and local economic development. The goal of this work is to combat entrenched local disadvantage.
VFFF and DF have supported the communities of Bourke, Condobolin, Dubbo and Lake Cargelligo over a sustained period of time. Community stakeholders are striving to catalyse change, but are often isolated and working with little support.
A need has been identified for a coordinated approach to capability building in regional communities and development of the practical skills needed to create better outcomes.
To support longer-term, integrated capability building, TACSI is working with communities to develop a ‘Regional Innovator’s Network’. The Network will directly support the community stakeholders across Western NSW region to build their social innovation capability. The goal is to increase the likelihood of developing both the conditions and the innovations to address entrenched place-based disadvantage.
The resources and ‘curriculum’ being developed to support capability building are tailored to the needs of innovation in Western NSW, based on regional expertise, and supplemented by TACSI’s social innovation and co-design experience.
The Network leverages expertise within and across the region and is intended to enable faster and more effective sharing, spreading, supporting and scaling of innovations and outcomes.
“I haven’t felt more motivated or clear about our/my direction since I started working with the TACSI team. I’m kindly challenged throughout mentoring to be concise/clear and to really think about the role I play in all of this – the impacts it has and the way we go about doing what we do on a daily basis. It’s interesting because depending on where I am at with projects – depends on where I feel my capability sits… TACSI helps me explore this further and have confidence in moving forward.”
“I don’t even know how to put it in words, all the tools and tips that TACSI have shared with us are so valuable! I already started to put into practice the service mapping from the young people point of view and the stakeholder mapping. We are going to start engaging with young people at school.”