Growing Capacity from Within

Ultimately, Changing Minds services come together to create and increase capacity in our communities; capacity to, specifically, address youth mental health, but also more broadly, to support the community to adapt and innovate in ways that create lasting change in the areas that matter most to the people who live, work, love, play in and constitute this amazing thing we call community.

In other words, Changing Minds intentionally seeks to bring people together in such a way that substantial, lasting social transformation can be achieved and from the ground up.

What is Capacity Building?

Community capacity building is the continuous process required to foster the pride and appropriate local leadership that allows communities, through their members, to take responsibility for their own development. Verity, F. (2007).

The Aspen Institute (2009) have identified the following 8 outcomes of community capacity building:

  1. Expanding, diverse, inclusive community participation
  2. Expanding leadership base
  3. Strengthening individual skills
  4. Encouraging a shared understanding and vision
  5. Strategic community agenda
  6. Facilitating consistent, tangible progress toward goals
  7. Creating effective community organisations and institutions
  8. Promoting resource utilisation by the community 


How We Build Capacity

These 8 outcomes can be translated into 5 distinct actions, exemplifying the objectives of Changing Minds as a catalyst for change.  These actions constitute our simple plan for building capacity within the community:

  1. Increasing the skills and confidence of individuals, collectives and organisations
  2. Improving the way communities make decisions and solve problems
  3. Creating a shared vision of the future and having a plan in place for getting there
  4. Implementing practical approaches and strategies for creating change
  5. Promoting inclusion, equity and including the voices and stories of those with “lived experience” in all our conversations.

Our Service Delivery Strategy

The services Changing Minds delivers are represented by 4 overlapping areas.  They are:

CONSULTATION: Delivery of program, service and enterprise design and development consultation services to grassroots individuals and collectives through to the formal youth serving sector. Supporting the development of new initiatives, scaling of existing programs and projects and the introduction of pro-mental health approaches to service delivery and organisational operations.

TRAINING: Delivery of a carefully curated suite of applicable, cutting edge social innovation, enterprise, design and innovation & mental health related training programs, supported by international partnerships with leaders in the social enterprise and impact training space.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Creating opportunities for existing organisations and grassroots operators to engage with their community, to better understand the community’s needs, receive direction and stay abreast of current trends and issues. As an organization we also regularly and intentionally engage with youth, including youth with lived experience of mental health.

INNOVATION: Driving innovation by supporting our constituents through creative solution finding approaches, researching, importing and adapting cutting edge solutions from around the globe and developing our own in house solutions for addressing youth mental health and supporting social innovation.  Solutions are developed and/or adapted in partnership with local Service Delivery & Business Development Partners.

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