Summary of Anti Poverty Week in 2011
Activities during the Week
More than 400 activities were organised for Anti Poverty Week in 2011. This is the second year in which the toal 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 2011 included one or more of the following:
- speech, lecture, oration, sermon, presentaion, media interview
- meeting, forum, debate, seminar, symposium, conference, discussion
- training session, cooking demonstration, information stall, display, expo
- workshop, school project, book group, photography
- report, survey, information kit, brochure, petition, poster, campaign
- religious service, festival, film night, art exhibition, busking, concert
- award, competition, community day, bicycle ride, children's entertainment
- barebque, brerakfast, tea, lunch, dinner, trivia night, sleep-out
- meal service, toy drive, clothing drive, food collection, fundraiser.
Prominent people who participated in the Week included Kevin Rudd, Jenny Macklin, Ted Baillieu, Lara Giddings, Kate Ellis, Clare Martin, Frank Brennan, Steve Moneghetti, Tim Costello, Cassandra Goldie, Simon McKeon, Peter Dutton, Poh Ling Yeow and the Brisbane Roar football team.
Major publications or campaigns were launched by Anglicare Australia; Anglicare Tasmania; Australian Council of Social Service’ Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; Australians for Affordable Housing; Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service; Make Poverty History; Oaktree Foundation; Queensland Council of Social Service; Society of St Vincent de Paul; South Australian Council of Social Service; Tasmanian Social Inclusion Commissioner; Victorian Council of Social Service.
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
- Parliament House, town hall, government office, council office
- welfare agency, community centre, youth centre, RSL club, trades hall
- cathedral, church, church hall, university, TAFE, school, library, art gallery
- cinema, amphitheatre, stadium, oval, tennis centre, gymnasium
- café, hotel, restaurant, bar, shopping centre, street, mall, market, park
We know of more than 400 media references to activities undertaken as part of the Week. About 240 of them were in radio or television outlets (evenly divided between commercial and public broadcasters) of which about 25% were longer than five minutes in duration. The remaining 160 or so recorded references were in newspaper articles, of which about 30% were more than 500 words in length.
About two-thirds of print references and about one-third of radio and TV references were in media outlets based outside capital cities. APW Facebook pages attracted an average of about 150 active users each day during the Week and about 200 people followed APW on Twitter.
The Week was loosely coordinated through a National Facilitating Group, with the two honorary National Co-Chairs being based in Adelaide and Sydney, assisted in each case by a part-time staff member. 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 (Victoria); Baptistcare (WA); Benevolent Society (Qld); Boystown (Qld); Colony 47 (Tas); Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (SA); Mission Australia (Tas); Northern Territory Council of Social Service; Ruah Community Services (WA); Sacred Heart Mission (Vic); St Vincent de Paul (NSW); ); St Vincent de Paul (NT); Smith Family (SA); Welfare Rights Centre Sydney.
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 Nursing Federation
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.
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 2011
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