Our Program

Our annual 'Community Strengthening Program' is our framework to deliver purpose driven culture and arts programs linked to positive mental health and community capacity-building outcomes. The program utilises arts, culture, heritage and education as the vehicle to drive positive social change/impact through the six shire areas of the North Midlands (Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs, Perenjori, Mingenew and Morawa) The framework has two delivery streams, ‘Community Wellness’ and ‘Community Capacity Building’.

  • An annual 'Community Needs and Recommendations Report' is prepared by our North Midlands Advisory Board. 
  • The report is workshopped by our Artistic, Cultural and Wellness Directors to create the annual Community Strengthening Program. 
  • On completion the program is reviewed/approved by the Management Committee to ensure the program links to the organisation's purpose and objectives. 
  • The program is executed by the Project Delivery Team through engagement with artistic, cultural, heritage and education practitioners and using our facilities and delivery network.  
  • The program is measured with our Social Science Team using our Social Capital Evaluation Framework and Impact Measurement Tools.

The 2017 Act-Belong-Commit Community Strengthening Program

Last  year's program was developed by the organisation's Artistic, Cultural & Wellness Directors in response to the North Midlands Regional Advisory Team’s 2017 Community Needs and Recommendation Report.

The program reached over 32,000 people with a series of activities including community events, exhibitions, pop-up studios, school workshops across the southern half of the Mid West region.

The 2017 program centred around the story of Frank Thomas, a local bushranger who was active in the Mid West region in the early 1920s. Although he didn't harm anyone, he become renowned for his ability to steal, elude police and escape from custody. The program explored the story of the bushranger, with a focus on his mental wellness, how he was misunderstood and the role of the impressively skilled Aboriginal tracker Jochim Dido leading to his capture.

Considerations for the program included, but are not limited to, feedback received from the local community, the objectives set by the North Midlands Project management committee, social, environmental and CALD groups, key health promotion and social activity dates, agricultural calendar, school and public holidays. 

The program created low risk, safe spaces for people to connect with others that currently or have previously lived and/or visited the region through workshops, online forums and community events. The overarching positive social impact KPI centred on fostering a sense of pride and belonging that empowers people to act, belong and commit. All activities were free to ensure access and involvement with the whole community.

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