Igniting Change is a deliberately tiny charity, passionate about sparking big, positive change for people doing it tough in our communities. We listen and stay open minded. We value the voices of people who have lived experience, whose diverse backgrounds enrich our perspective. Sometimes being small stops us connecting as widely as we’d like to, but we’re sure it makes us more effective. We are moved by the humanity and courage of the people we walk alongside and think their stories best sum up what we do.
Meet the people, feel the issues
Igniting Change is all about combining extraordinary lives. Our program of visits to meet the people, feel the issues increases awareness of thorny issues that are often hidden from everyday life. Bridging the gap that separates people experiencing problems from those who are in a position to help can be life changing for all involved. Most of the courageous groups and individuals we support are tackling tough, entrenched, often unpopular issues and struggle to attract funding.
We’re guided by the people experiencing injustice and inequality. We strive to give them a voice and connect them to others who can more easily act on what they hear.
Scroll through to explore some projects we’re proud of, the agencies we work with and listen to the stories of the people we are privileged to walk alongside.
Join Celia Hirsh as she gets to know some of the faces behind the scenes of Igniting Change and those they walk alongside.
We love hearing directly from the brave people we work with. We never get tired of hearing them sharing their stories. They’re also great at shining a light on why we do what we do.
A little book full of big ideas. Includes 50 thoughts and suggestions about what we can all do to help make a kinder, more curious world. There were inspired and created by the people we work with. Click through to source a copy.
Author and journalist Martin Flanagan has spent his professional life writing to make sense of life’s chaos.
He has been fascinated by what guides some people towards goodness, often in the face of despair or defeat. In The Art of Pollination, he tells Jane Tewson’s story and through stories of others, shows that her approach to social change works.
We are privileged to walk alongside 38 brave community organisations, including:
• Children’s Ground
• Deadly Connections
• Home Share Melbourne
• Mental Health Legal Centre
• Trek Learning
• Collingwood Knights
• Mornington Peninsula Foundation
• First Step Legal
• St Kilda Gatehouse
• Three for All Foundation
• Free to Feed
• Asylum Seeker’s Resource Centre (ASRC)
• Port Philip Prison Youth Unit
• St Kilda PCYC
Why do some cultures have elders but others have the elderly? In 2008 Igniting Change published ‘Dying to Know – bringing death to life’ with a view to connecting us a little bit more. More than 55,000 copies are being used by people in palliative care, financial planning, funeral parlours, legal firms and community centres.
A half hour documentary directed, filmed and edited by the inmates of the Youth Unit, Port Phillip Prison, with the aim of stopping other young people from making the same mistakes.
We’re really proud of all the projects we’ve worked on, but they’re not all still available. Here is a sample of some of the things we’ve done over the years.
CHANGE THE WORLD FOR TEN BUCKS
This book contains 50 simple actions we can all take to change the world. We distributed 350,000 copies. Sadly it’s no longer in print.
SEE THE PERSON, NOT THE LABEL
Made by Cambodian artisans from recycled exploded landmines, a reminder that things aren’t always what they seem.
So many people want to help make the world a better place. We dare to imagine what could happen if we all saw the person, not the label. If we all started a conversation with someone new. Igniting Change is deliberately tiny and we can’t connect personally with everyone we’d like to. But we’d love you to stop a minute and look through the suggestions for action from our book Small Ways To Shape Our World. Spread the word.