Founding Director’s Message
is a gift to lead and grow SIP and to motivate change in a relational and
connected style. I believe that the SIP way of working will nourish creative,
contextual and deep impacts for individuals and communities and ultimately
co-contribute to the growth of vibrant and hopeful communities where all people
have opportunity to thrive."
Clarke, Founding Director
collaboration and co-creation to drive improved individual and community
wellbeing. We use the term ‘co-creation’ to describe what we do because we are
making things happen together through cooperation across previously separated
areas of activity.
and change at the community level is complex. To address these complexities,
SIP works across 7 interconnected domains – Education, Housing, Safety,
Economics, Health, Spirituality and Community Engagement. SIP works
across these domains in specific place and time. Deep impact for SIP is
measured by positive social and environmental changes in the community.
focused on co-creating with partners to:
- Identify gaps and barriers
to wellbeing, across the seven domains.
- Identify opportunities and
assets, across the seven domains to strengthen and amplify.
- Connect, link and support
individuals and groups on identified positive initiatives.
- Co-create vibrant responses
where gaps and barriers exist.
- Challenge and disrupt
current ways of doing things if they are not effective.
- Learn by sharing
- Advocate for policy and
structural change to enhance positive social impact.
- Share and learn with others
to improve wellbeing in other communities, sectors and systems.
represents a paradigm shift from focusing on separate program approaches to
recognising that the impact of activities and initiatives are interdependent
and together contribute to social change that will address persistent and
entrenched disadvantage. The SIP approach to individual and community wellbeing
is holistic, reflecting the individual needs of people and
communities, not systems. This people-centred approach is inspired
by Jesus and grounded in Catholic social teaching which values each
person’s dignity and worth.
to both amplify existing assets and opportunities through more effective
linkages, as well as to co-create new innovations and disruptions that drive
members of the community are part of SIP, however priority is given to children
and young people (0-24 years) in recognition that this group faces
unprecedented uncertainty and risk, as well as holding the greatest potential.
SIP is a
place-based way of working. We also have learnings that are transferrable.
It is our hope that what we learn and is evidenced through our SIP way of
working can be shared to other communities, sectors and systems.