Since 2013, The Welcome Dinner Project has been working directly with community members and their trusted leaders at a suburb/site level to engage with our model. We have developed best practice approaches to community development based on a evaluation process balanced with both qualitative and quantitative data.
As each community is different in each suburb/site due to demographics, needs, resources, and points of engagement, we undertake community specific scoping before designing our activation approach, followed by the development of a bespoke community engagement and activation plan.
Broadly speaking, our approach in each suburb over a 6-12 month period includes a cycle of:
- Trust building activation events to build familiarity and legitimacy of our brand in the community through campaigns, stalls and speaker events
- Facilitator training, giving community members high quality professional skills that help them hold space for guests to have transformational experiences at our events
- Community Welcome Dinners, enabling community members to come together in a high energy event in safe and trusted community spaces
- follow up Home Welcome Dinners, enabling community members to deepen their connections
- story sharing events that enable activated community members to reflect on and share their transformative experiences
I felt there was a shift from unease and awkwardness, to feelings of connectedness, harmony and joy.
– Maria (Established Australian)