Message from Our Place CEO, Sean Cory

One of the many appealing aspects of joining Our Place for me is the collaborative nature of the Our Place approach.  In particular, the real and positive partnerships that are being developed with a range of different people and organisations resonates deeply with my personal beliefs about what it takes to achieve remarkable outcomes.
The essence of Our Place is about bringing together people and organisations with the desire to overcome complex social challenges and create opportunities for children, families, and communities that would not otherwise have them.  Our Place does this by first engaging and understanding the communities we are working with including who the local stakeholders are, finding the common ground and shared ambitions and then setting common objectives and working together with the range of partners including the community, local service providers, government and schools to pool the collective knowledge, resources and passion to achieve these objectives.
Over the past month or so, the Our Place team have hosted two very important, milestone events involving many of our partners across philanthropy and government.  The purpose of these events was to recognise the value of these partnerships, to increase our shared understanding of why the Our Place approach is effective and important and to strengthen our commitment to work closely together, to overcome any obstacles to achieving our shared vision.  I encourage you to read the article below that details these two historic moments in the Our Place story. 

Message from Julius Colman

Reflecting on the Our Place functions held on 28th February and 7th March - at which our partnerships with the Victorian state government and the philanthropic sector were progressed significantly - I am immensely humbled by how far we have come.  But now we need to take a huge step forward - to see if we can, through the Our Place model, create real system change. 
As we work across ten schools, in diverse neighbourhoods, we can monitor and adjust the applicability of the Our Place approach in different communities, testing its ability to be flexible in the face of different social problems and peoples' priorities for change.  

Today, Our Place has a moment-in-time opportunity to help bring about social change - to show how our work with schools and communities can start to address ALL the barriers to improved education outcomes for our students and to help create gentler communities who work to support each other.
The next ten years will be very exciting!


Government & Philanthropy -                                 

A Unique Partnership for Change

We are delighted share with you that two major philanthropic trusts have announced a ten-year partnership with Our Place. The Chair of the William Buckland Foundation, Jane Gilmour OAM and Tjerk (Jack) Dusseldorp OAM, Chair of Dusseldorp Foundation, made the welcome announcement at an event on 28th February, hosted by The William Buckland Foundation.   Keep Reading

Meet Sally Beattie

Our Community Facilitator at Carlton Primary School, an Our Place school

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Our Place Schools
Doveton College - Bridgewood Primary  - Carlton Primary 
Robinvale College - Morwell Central - Seymour College
 Frankston North Education Precinct - Northern Bay Wexford p-8 Campus
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