St Luke’s Anglicare in Bendigo has been very important in promoting strengths-based practice in Australia and have developed some great resources. For a workshop I’m currently involved in I found and interesting article, Curiosity and Hope, by Di O’Neil (ex Director of Training and Mission) about some of the foundations of St Luke’s.
In the article she particularly focuses on The Shared Action Project in Long Gully which was based on the following principle:
- Children’s safety and wellbeing are a community responsibility
- All people have the potential to contribute to children’s wellbeing
- Potential is blocked when strengths and skills are not acknowledged or resources are missing
- Change happens when people build from their strengths and capacities
- Working together requires trust
- Justice, fairness and equity are essential components of a healthy society
- Getting the process right is more important than striving to achieve predetermined outputs
- A successful project does not have an end date.