Sharing ideas to build community in Newcastle - Media Release

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER AND SHADOW MINISTER FOR CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS

SHARON CLAYDON, MEMBER FOR NEWCASTLE

SHARING IDEAS TO BUILD COMMUNITY IN NEWCASTLE

Today Newcastle charities and not-for-profits gathered for a Labor’s ninth ‘Reconnected’ roundtable, where ideas to boost social capital and community engagement were exchanged.

We’ve seen some worrying trends over the last generation - volunteering rates and donation rates have fallen, while Australians are less likely to join community organisations or play organised sports.

Labor is working with Australia’s voluntary sector to reverse these trends. 

Labor has been holding forums with more than 1000 charities and organisations around the country – here in Newcastle as well as Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin. Labor is keen to hear about what they’re doing to foster community spirit and build social capital at a local level.

The local groups who joined today‘s conversation included:

  • Newcastle Parkrun
  • Hunter Youth Mentor Collaborative
  • Singleton Neighbourhood Centre
  • Newcastle Hebrew Congregation
  • Hunter Volunteers Centre
  • Financial Counselling Hunter Valley Project
  • Swansea Meals on Wheels
  • Hunter Community Environment Centre
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia
  • Port Stephens Veterans

A life spent with others is a better life. We thank the organisations who participated in today‘s vital conversation for their energy and ideas.

THURSDAY, 16 NOVEMBER 2017


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