The Ethic of Thriving (Vincent, Baltra-Ulloa & Williams, 2020) is the undercurrent of all our projects and drives what we do. It is a reimagining of the relationship between service providers and those they seek to serve, recognising mutual learning and relationship building. It centres the individual as the expert in their own lives and recognises that wellbeing and thriving occur within connected and empowered communities.
Here are some of our community development initiatives utilising the Ethic of Thriving model for individual empowerment and social transformation.
Handmade Matters Mentorship
Handmade Matters is boutique chair making studio in southern Tasmania. Operating under the guidance of master craftsman Jon Grant, Handmade Matters champions the pleasure and fulfilment that comes from hand tool woodworking. Jon’s classes are laced with chair making history, the use of vintage tools, and a deep connection to the timbers that grow in Tasmania’s glorious temperate forests. Jon will mentor a select number of students to craft their very own chair and indulge in rewarding conversations with a talented teacher, skilled craftsman, and warm soul.
Each year Jon mentors a select number of students to craft their very own chair under his direction at no charge. This extraordinary opportunity is designed to increase accessibility to the unique art of chair making. It encourages those who may otherwise not be able to afford, or access, such a course to engage in this beautiful craft.
Community Advocacy and Power Program
Citizen Tasmania in partnership with the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre delivers CAAP an intensive training program with participants of a refugee background, who are paired with and trained by professional mentors to develop skills in public engagement, communication, management, and leadership for grassroots social change. Tasmanian graduates are supported by Citizen Tasmania and the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre to lead advocacy projects within their community. CAAP 2021 participants developed the 2021 Refugee Wellbeing Tasmania Survey to mobilise refugee communities and create change.
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- Vincent, K, Baltra-Ulloa, AJ and Williams, G, 2020, ‘Re-imagining the resettlement of refugees by engaging with an ethic of thriving’ The British Journal of Social Work, Volume 51, Issue 1, , Pages 21–37, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcaa135