Summary of Anti Poverty Week in 2012
Activities during the Week
More than 400 activities were organised for Anti-Poverty Week 2012. This is the third consecutive year in which the total has exceeded 400, having grown from just four activities when the Week began in 2002.
More than 500 organisations convened or sponsored an activity during the Week. They included welfare agencies, community centres, overseas aid organisations, religious groups, schools, libraries, TAFEs, universities, businesses, unions, disability organisations, youth groups, housing organisations, media outlets, sporting groups, local councils and government departments. People from hundreds of other organisations attended at least one event.
Activities during the Week in 2012 included one or more of the following:
- speech, lecture, oration, sermon, presentation, media interview
- meeting, forum, debate, seminar, symposium, conference, discussion
- training session, cooking demonstration, information stall, display, auction
- workshop, school project, report, survey, information kit, campaign
- religious service, festival, film night, art exhibition, concert, sleep out
- award, sporting competition, bicycle ride, walkathon, trivia night, flash mob
- barbecue, breakfast, tea, lunch, dinner, reception, children's entertainment
- meal service, toy drive, clothing drive, food collection, fundraiser.
Prominent people who participated in the Week included the Governor General of Australia, the Governors of Tasmania and Victoria, the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia and the Administrator of the Northern Territory, the Premiers of Victoria and Tasmania, the Chief Minister of the ACT, several Federal and State Ministers and MPs, a number of Lord Mayors and Mayors, Jose Ramos Horta, Ged Kearney, Billy Bragg, Tim Costello, Cassandra Goldie, Johnathan Thurston, Janet Holmes à Court, Fiona Stanley, Jennifer Westacott and Frank Brennan.
Major publications or campaigns were launched by Anglicare Australia; ACT Council of Social Service; Australian Council of Social Service; Cancer Council of New South Wales; Lutheran Community Care; Tenants Union of New South Wales; The Salvation Army.
Participants and venues
The number of activities during the Week has become too large to make reliable estimates of the total number of participants. However, several hundred people spoke at activities and many thousands of people participated in them. Participants included people from a very wide range of fields, including social welfare, religion, politics, health, education, housing, business, sport, the arts, law and the media.
Activities were held in each State and Territory. About 45% took place in or near the centre of a capital city, 30% in an outer suburb and 20% in a regional city or country town. Venues for activities included
- Government House, Parliament House, town hall, government office
- welfare agency, community centre, youth centre, RSL club, medical centre
- church, church hall, university, TAFE, school, library, art gallery, bookshop
- cinema, amphitheatre, stadium, railway station, sports club, press club
- kitchen, café, hotel, restaurant, bar, store, shopping centre, car park
- street corner, highway, mall, market, square, foreshore, oval, garden
We know of more than 300 media references to activities undertaken as part of the Week. About 150 were in print or online, of which about 40% were more than 500 words in length. The remainder were in radio or television outlets (evenly divided between commercial and public broadcasters) of which about 25% were longer than five minutes in duration.
About one-half of print references and about one-quarter of radio and TV references were in media outlets based outside capital cities. APW Facebook pages attracted about 1,116 active users during the Week and about 615 people followed APW on Twitter.
The Week was loosely coordinated through a National Facilitating Group, with the two honorary National Co-Chairs based in Adelaide and Sydney, a part-time National Coordinator in Brisbane and part-time National Liaison Officer in Sydney. Key organisational roles were played by Co-Chairs and Facilitating Groups in each State and Territory. These Co-Chairs were the heads or senior managers of the following organisations:
Anglicare (ACT); Anglicare (Vic); Benevolent Society (Qld); Homelessness NSW; Mind Australia (Vic); Mission Australia (Tas); Mission Australia (Qld); Silver Chain (WA): Smith Family (WA); Somerville Community Services (NT); South Australian Council of Social Service; St Vincent de Paul (NSW); YWCA Canberra (ACT).
This year the effectiveness of the Week was greatly strengthened by the generous support of our five Principal National Sponsors:
Valuable assistance was also provided by our Key National Sponsors:
Australian Education Union
St Vincent de Paul
Australian Services Union
Crucial in-kind support for the Week was provided by UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide, which continued to handle the Week's finances at the national level.
A number of the State Co-Chairs obtained assistance from donors for activities within their States as well as providing in-kind support from their own organisations. Most individual activities during the Week were funded by the respective organisers or by donations obtained directly by them.
Some cities, towns and suburbs in which activities
were held during Anti-Poverty Week 2012
Lake Wendouree Launceston