Launceston Together

Launceston Together is a unique community platform offered free to everyone within the city and the Greater Launceston region.

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Launceston aims to be the greatest regional city in the world and is calling on our technology to ensure that positive change results.

Launceston Together is a community networking platform that has been funded in Tasmania by the six major community agencies: Launceston City Mission, Salvation Army, Volunteering Tasmania, Uniting Care, Catholic Care and Anglicare. Anyone in the Launceston, Meander, West Tamar and George Town regions can get involved.

This unique partnership has been forged on the premise that people in communities are capable and want to make a difference; but that it requires a holistic approach from support organisations to rally around the community. The platform follows a two-year pilot which saw a number of groups emerge and thousands of powerful ideas from deep within communities around issues of domestic violence, ethnicity, food security, education and health.

The Made Open platform gives people a voice and an opportunity to stand up. It lets people get back in the room together again.

Resident of Ravenswood (a disadvantaged community in the city of Launceston).

Launceston Together

Communities want to engage but are often disengaged owing to traditional 'top-down' approaches. Support organisations meanwhile need better and more integrated processes to help the communities they are trying to support.

These were just some of the insights that encouraged the Breath Of Fresh Air Film Festival, as part of its commitment to social action, to develop the CLIP (Community-Led Impact Partnership) process in collaboration with Skills Tasmania and Made Open. These insights also changed our entire value proposition and resulted in redeveloping our platform from the bottom-up.

Speaking about the new platform, process and partnership model, Owen Tilbury, Director of the BOFA Film Festival and Launceston Together Ltd, says:

We all know that technology can help local people to access opportunities, but it requires a coordinated effort to help people make the most of these opportunities. Campaigns are often driven and conceived by people at the top and the community are maybe the beneficiaries of that, but they're not the owners and that's really key. I’m particularly pleased that we have formed a unique collaboration with so many forward-thinking delivery partners.

Owen Tilbury, Director, BOFA Ltd


The Great Regional City Challenge

Running alongside the launch of the Launceston Together platform is Launceston's 'Great Regional City Challenge' - a campaign that is leading the way by asking the community to propose and vote on projects to make the city more creative, innovative, livable, diverse and connected. The challenge has raised $100,000 solely from community organisations in support of this aim. Our platform is a means for its members to take the lead in fixing problems and embracing opportunities.

Given the wide number of interests represented, a top-down approach wasn't deemed an appropriate way to manage this change project. The Made Open platform lets us build collaborative arrangements for the co-design and co-delivery of solutions to key community issues - helping communities to become agents of their own change.

Owen Tilbury, Director, BOFA Ltd

We listened to the day-to-day needs and challenges of our partners and also to the issues and ambitions of people living in local communities. It is a revelation to work with a design and technology partner who care as much about community development as we do.

Peter Murden, Associate, Community-Led Impact Partnerships

Launceston Together soft launched in early 2020 and is free to use. Anyone person, group or organisation in Launceston can post information, services and resources onto the platform, offer to help their neighbours and request help when they need it. The platform utilises all available features including our latest Guides tool - where members can download CLIP's tools and resources for free; and upload new resources to it. 

Visit: www.launcestontogether.com.au


For queries relating to our community platform, please email robert@madeopen.co.uk.

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