United Way Australia is well recognised for its ‘practice leadership’ in facilitating and mobilising collaborative approaches to community change.
In Australia, we’re working collaboratively in 35 communities of disadvantage to improve employment and education opportunities. Globally, we are part of the United Way worldwide network of more than 1800 organisations across 40 countries working to improve lives and strengthen communities. Watch our video to learn more about how United Way works to tackle complex social issues.
We offer social purpose organisations and government the opportunity to benefit from this experience via the following consultancy services:
1. Community Conversations WORKSHOPS AND FORUMS
Assisting organisations to understand existing community relationships, services, power, politics, aspirations and the community’s urgency to address identified issues through Community Conversations.
2. COLLABORATION AND COLLECTIVE IMPACT
As an independent, neutral facilitator with core business of brokering collective action for long term change, we bring the skills, resources and infrastructure to power or support community collaborations and Collective Impact initiatives.
Working with you and your community stakeholders to develop and implement a community impact assessment framework to ensure your activities deliver maximum impact and a strong return on investment.
Our team of community impact specialists are highly experienced in bringing communities, business, philanthropy, government and social purpose organisations together to ensure that every community thrives.
Eleanor Loudon – Head of Community Impact
Eleanor has worked in the community sector for over 20 years in Australia and overseas and has extensive experience in community development and business management. Eleanor has a Masters of Management (Community Sector). She has a deep commitment to the power of collaboration and the importance of community voice in bringing about deep and lasting change. In past roles she has led organisations to run collaborative cross-sectoral programs addressing deep cultural and social issues in Sri Lanka and co-steered a successful collective response to protect civil society space in Cambodia. .
Emily Cormack – Special Projects Manager
Emily leads United Way’s special program initiatives to overcome social disadvantage, with a focus on innovation and incubation of new approaches to target specific issues. With more than 13 years’ experience in community development and community engagement, Emily has worked internationally in leading the Australian Government’s Pacific Islands technical assistance program, as well as having worked with national and local governments to tackle complex issues and with communities to mobilise networks for a common purpose. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) and a Masters of Arts in Development Studies. .
DAVID LILLEY – senior advisor, community impact
The founding Director of The Hive Mount Druitt, a Collective Impact initiative working to improve outcomes for children across the 2770 postcode in Western Sydney, David has been working on place based collaboration since 1999. He has worked for Housing NSW on collaborative initiatives, before developing and subsequently managed ‘Working Together in Minto’, a forerunner to what would become known as Collective Impact. He later wrote the Living Communities Program, a holistic approach to the renewal of public housing estates with a clear focus on social outcomes. David has also worked as a Senior Social Sustainability Consultant, and holds a Visiting Fellowship at the City Futures Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.
To see how our community impact specialists can assist you, please email Eleanor Loudon or call her on (03) 9604 6210.