Better Chances Forum conversation September 2023
Our national conversation around the Voice referendum presents an important and challenging time for our communities. On 20 September 2023 the Better Chances Forum (BCF) Practice Leadership Group hosted a two-hour online conversation during the BCF connection meeting to build our capacity as workers to support children, young people, their families and communities during this time.
In response to the session we have created an article Information, resources, and supports in the lead up to the Voice to Parliament Referendum to support our community during this time.
Attending the session were 20 workers and managers from the Northern NSW community sector. The conversation covered some facts about the referendum process, how we got here (some history) and referenced a framework from the Australian Human Rights Commission, and our BCF working together agreement. In the conversation we reflected in small and large groups on how children, young people and workers are feeling, and shared strategies for supporting children and young people during this time.
Participants said the session was very informative, supportive, and full of respect for all; it was great event to share common ideas amongst our community members. We check out after each session, check out words included safe, collaborative, strong, close, connected, community, emotional, supported, inspired, reassured and happy.
The article Information, resources, and supports in the lead up to the Voice to Parliament Referendum has been created to support our community during this time.
We are framing the next BCF connection session on 18 October to be a space for members to share, connect after the decision. We would like this to be a place to share our learning about how we supported each other and our communities through this time.
To find out more about BCF please visit our website.