Summary of Anti Poverty Week in 2010
Activities during the Week
More than 450 activities were organised for Anti-Poverty Week 2010. This total was 12% higher than the previous year and continued an unbroken sequence of growth in each year since the Week began in 2002 with just four activities. Undoubtedly there were many other activities during the Week in 2010 of which we are unaware.
More than 600 organisations convened or sponsored an activity during Anti-Poverty Week 2010. They included welfare agencies, community centres, overseas aid organisations, religious groups, schools, libraries, TAFEs, universities, businesses, unions, hospitals, 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 2010 included one or more of the following:
- speech, lecture, oration, sermon, presentation, interview
- meeting, forum, debate, resolution, seminar, webinar, conference, discussion
- training session, cooking demonstration, information stall, display, expo
- workshop, readings, school project, teaching materials
- report, survey, information pack, petition, poster, campaign
- religious service, festival, film night, art exhibition, concert
- walk, bicycle ride, bus tour, parachute jump, football match
- award, competition, community day, children’s entertainment
- barbecue, breakfast, tea, lunch, dinner, trivia night, sleep-out
- meal service, toy drive, food collection, book donation, fundraiser.
A number of Commonwealth and State Ministers, as well as many prominent community leaders, participated in activities during the Week. Launches included a resource kit, research reports, an action campaign, a booklet, a policy statement and a financial assistance program.
Further details of activities are available at www.antipovertyweek.org.au.
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 hundreds of people spoke at activities and many more than ten thousand 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, 23% in an outer suburb and 32% in a regional city or country town. Venues for activities included
- Parliament House, town hall, government office, council office
- welfare agency, community centre, youth centre, hospital, health centre
- cathedral, church, church hall, university, TAFE, school, library
- cinema, auditorium, gallery, football club, racecourse
- café, hotel, restaurant, shopping centre, business office
- street, mall, market, park, botanical garden, beach, skate park
We know of more than 600 media references to activities undertaken as part of the Week. About three-quarters of them were in radio or television outlets (of which about 65% were in commercial outlets, about 12% were on television and more than 10% were greater than five minutes in duration). The other one-quarter of recorded references were in newspaper articles, of which about 25% were more than 500 words in length. About 55% of print references and about 40% of radio and TV references were in media outlets based outside capital cities.
The Week was loosely coordinated through a National Facilitating Group, with the two honorary National Co-Chairs being based in Adelaide and Sydney and the two part-time staff being based in Melbourne and 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:
Benevolent Society (Qld); Boystown (Qld); CatholicCare (NSW); Colony 47 (Tas); Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (SA); Jesuit Social Services (Vic); Marymead Child and Family Centre (ACT); Nulsen Haven Association (WA); Red Cross (ACT); Red Cross (NT); Smith Family (SA); Tasmanian Association of Community Housing; WA Council of Social Service; Welfare Rights Centre Sydney.
This year the effectiveness of the Week was greatly strengthened by the generous support of our four Principal National Sponsors:
Valuable assistance was also provided by our Key National Sponsors:
|Liquor, Hospitality, Miscellaneous Workers Union
Australian Education Union
Australian Nursing Federation
St Vincent de Paul
Foundation for Young Australians
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. C
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 2010