Summary of Anti Poverty Week in 2014
Activities during the Week
Well over 400 activities were organised for Anti-Poverty Week 2014. This is the fifth consecutive year in which the total has exceeded 400, having grown from just nine activities when the Week began in 2002.
More than 600 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, service clubs, unions, disability organisations, youth groups, housing organisations, media outlets, sporting groups, local councils, financial institutions and government departments. People from hundreds of other organisations attended at least one event.
Activities during the Week in 2014 included one or more of the following:
- congress, speech, lecture, oration, sermon, presentation, media interview
- public rally, meeting, forum, seminar, conference, discussion
- training session, cooking demonstration, information stall, street library, display
- workshop, school project, report launch, information kit, campaign
- religious service, festival, film night, art competition, concert, fundraiser
- award, bicycle ride, walkathon, quiz
- barbecue, breakfast, tea, lunch, dinner, reception, children’s entertainment
- meal service, toy drive, clothing drive, yard maintenance.
Major national publications were launched during the Week by Anglicare Australia; Australian Council of Social Service; CEDA WA and Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre; and Foodbank Australia.
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 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.
Prominent people who participated in the Week included Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, the Governor of South Australia the Honourable Hieu Van Le, the Premier of NSW Mike Baird, the Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill, the Premier of Tasmania Will Hodgman and other senior State and Territory Ministers, Dame Quentin Bryce, Jenny Macklin MP, Sen Rachel Siewert and many other Federal and State parliamentarians; a number of Lord Mayors and Mayors; Cassandra Goldie, Joel Berg from the New York Coalition against Hunger, Dr Tim Soutphommasane and Lisa Wilkinson.
Activities were held in each State and Territory. About 37% took place in or near the centre of a capital city, 30% in an outer suburb and 33% in a regional city or country town. Venues for activities included
- Parliament House, town hall, government office, civic centre, bank
- welfare agency, community centre, medical centre, youth centre
- church, church hall, university, TAFE college, high school, primary school
- theatre, cultural centre, library, gallery, bookshop, sports club
- kitchen, café, hotel, restaurant, store, shopping centre, railway station
- mall, market, square, car park, esplanade, park, garden
More than 150 articles relating to the Week were published in print or online of which 30% were at least 500 words long. About 60% of the articles were in regional publications, with the remainder being in national or capital city publications.
About 200 items were broadcast on radio or TV outlets (excluding syndicated broadcasts) of which about 12% were on TV. About 25% of the items were longer than five minutes. About 25% were on regional rather than national or metropolitan outlets. More than 45% were on commercial rather than public broadcasters.
More than 1300 people followed APW on Twitter, and more than 3000 tweets mentioned the APW hashtags. The APW Facebook pages attracted about 800 active users during the Week.
The Week was loosely coordinated through a National Facilitating Group, with an honorary National Chair in Sydney and an honorary Deputy Chair in Adelaide. The part-time National Coordinator was based in Brisbane and the 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 (NT); Australian Red Cross (NT); Committee for Economic Development (WA); Foodbank(NSW/ACT); Good Shepherd Youth & Family Services (Vic); Lutheran Community Care (SA); Qld Council of Social Service; St George Community Housing (NSW); Sacred Heart Mission (Vic); Smith Family (TAS); St Bartholomews (WA); St Vincent de Paul (ACT); Youth and Family Services Logan (Qld); Uniting Communities (SA); 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
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
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 2014