I want to live in a world where families (in all their diversity) are cherished and supported; communities are inclusive, resilient and vibrant; the environment is valued and protected; and injustice is a thing of the past. I know I’m a dreamer and an idealist but I also know that change is possible. Blogging is one small way I can contribute to a better world.
Through the blog, I hope students, practitioners, families and anybody who wants to make a difference will find useful and inspiring resources about inclusive, strengths-based approaches to working with families and communities , underpinned by social justice and social change.
I write as a lecturer (at the Family Action Centre of the University of Newcastle), a practitioner, an environmental and peace campaigner (mainly with Transition Newcastle and the Alternatives to Violence Project) and a family man (my partner and I have two wonderful daughters aged 16 and 13).
I started working with communities in 1983 (through social change movements) and have continued to do so ever since in both paid and voluntary capacities. Some of the roles I’ve had include working with homeless youth and residents of caravan parks; promoting strengths-based community development; facilitating workshops on a range of topics in prison, schools and the community; volunteering with peace and environment groups; teaching at TAFE and university; and supporting community organisations with planning and evaluation.
If you want to find out a bit more about me you could look at:
- My University profile
- Getting to know Graeme Stuart (a profile through Engage Newcastle)
- 7 principles guiding my work
- My background in peace and environment groups
- Blogging as an academic
- My decision to focus more on families
- Why I’ve gone rainbow-coloured
I acknowledge the Awabakal and Worimi people on whose land I live and work, and pay my respects to their elders past, present and future.
The Sustaining Community blog does not necessarily represent the views of the Family Action Centre nor the University of Newcastle.