COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS PODCAST

Latest Episode

In this episode, we are joined by Stacey Thomas, the CEO of Wyatt Trust which is a passionate organisation that collaborates with others to amplify unheard voices, ignite compassion, and foster transparency. We discuss the insightful research being conducted to explore Dr. Wyatt’s rich 50-year history in Adelaide from an Aboriginal lens.

We also chat about the incredible ways Wyatt Trust extend support to homeless, providing not only housing but also critical financial counseling. They’re making a real difference by addressing poverty among women over 50 and sole parents through their community initiatives. Their ultimate goal? To wipe out poverty in South Australia in the next 100 years. What’s really inspiring is their focus on sustainability in their programs, empowering individuals instead of just offering band-aid solutions.

Where to Listen

Be sure to listen via Spotify, Apple Podcasts or the web player, weekly and follow our socials to stay notified as each episode is released.

About the Podcast

The Community Conversations Podcast will feature stories and information on community development efforts, the programs being run by our members and general community interest topics. Across the State of South Australia there are volunteers and staff helping our community members to find connections, access to food, housing and education in an environment that welcomes everyone to their doors. Community Centres are open for anyone and provide place based activities to enrich the lives of our community. We will be interviewing Community Centre members, community connection partners and community stakeholders who will share their experiences, activities and upcoming events.

The Podcast is aimed at highlighting the good work being done to make a difference at the grassroots level to address issues such as loneliness, homelessness, social injustice and how to improve wellbeing of our communities. Be sure to listen every week as we release each episode. The podcast will be easily accessible on our website and can be downloaded on your preferred podcast platforms.

Meet the Host

Kerrie Akkermans

Kerrie Akkermans, CEO of CCSA, is an avid supporter of the community sector. With years of experience as a broadcaster on FIVEaa, Kerrie has a natural ability to connect with guests and delve into their lived experiences and stories. Kerrie’s passion for supporting communities and sharing stories makes for an engaging and insightful listening experience.

Episodes

In this episode, we are joined by Stacey Thomas, the CEO of Wyatt Trust which is a passionate organisation that collaborates with others to amplify unheard voices, ignite compassion, and foster transparency. We discuss the insightful research being conducted to explore Dr. Wyatt’s rich 50-year history in Adelaide from an Aboriginal lens. We also chat about the incredible ways Wyatt Trust extend support to homeless, providing not only housing but also critical financial counseling. They’re making a real difference by addressing poverty among women over 50 and sole parents through their community initiatives. Their ultimate goal? To wipe out poverty in South Australia in the next 100 years. What’s really inspiring is their focus on sustainability in their programs, empowering individuals instead of just offering band-aid solutions.

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In this episode, we are joined by Maree Baldwin, the onsite Coordinator of the Kangaroo Island Community Centre, to discuss all things community services and community engagement. We spoke about the importance of Community Centers as a safe and supportive space, which offer diverse services to foster a sense of community and connection.

Maree shares information about some of their programs and initiatives such as their Volunteer Ready program, and domestic violence awareness campaign on the island, which employs creative initiatives like personalised canvas bags to educate locals.

This episode of Community Conversations is part two of a two-part series that discusses insights into the cost of living crisis and financial support structures in South Australia.

In Part Two of this series, we are joined by Karen Hoffensetz from the South Australian Financial Counsellors Association, to discuss the challenges low-income families face in Australia. We shed some light on the amazing work of financial counsellors who are there to lend a helping hand. Together we also discuss the growing concern about young people’s gambling habits in the digital age, and the comprehensive approach needed to address gambling addiction, including referral pathways and capacity building for financial counselors.

This episode of Community Conversations is part of a two-part series that discusses insights into the cost of living crisis and financial support structures in South Australia.

In Part One of this series, we are joined by Sheila Millington and Meredith Nelson from ac.care, who are vital contributors to the community who provide much-needed assistance and guidance to those in need. Together we delve into topics including practical financial management advice aimed at providing assistance to those finding themselves in financial distress. We also take a look into the financial struggles faced by many Australians and explore various relief options available to them.

In this episode, we are joined by Angie D’Amato, the Senior Community Facilities Officer at City of West Torrens. Angie walks us through various community programs such as social clubs, meal sharing initiatives, and exercise classes

This conversation touches upon the power of social connections and how these community services have combated feelings of social isolation while enhancing the physical and mental health of the community in the City of West Torrens.

In this episode, we are joined by Tammy Costello, the Women’s Centre Coordinator at Catherine House. We delve into the programs and practices designed to assist women facing homelessness.

Catherine House, through its diverse services ranging from Adult Community Education to craft and self-defense classes, aims to support disadvantaged women. Tammy sheds light on the implementation of trauma-informed practices at Catherine House and shares insights on creating safe environments.

Contact Us

Send us your feedback, ideas for future episodes or contact our team if you would like to be a guest on the podcast.

info@communitycentressa.asn.au

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