I started working for Davenport Perth Community Ministry three years ago in the Inspiring Youth Program. It made a big difference to me because they gave me a chance. Now I am the Youth Rep where I live, and I am applying to the community worker program at community college.
Part-time staff member
Community ministry brings people together from all backgrounds. People come who don’t have a place to live and people that are professionals and own their own houses also come. Where else can people all get together like that these days? Usually somebody has to pay a membership fee or agree with some kind of idea. When DPCM puts on an event like Beat the Winter Blues to raise money for people in the neighbourhood – everyone is welcome.
Volunteer, Beat the Winter Blues Annual Coffee House.
We had a big problem in our neighbourhood, and nobody was listening to people. Community ministry called a couple of meetings and asked us to write down how the construction was affecting us. . Nobody would have cared about my wife and I and our son if they hadn’t come and found us. They took us seriously.
Member of East of the Tracks Neighbourhood Action
We talked to a lot of people in just a few days! So many people don’t vote, and they don’t come to events either. Our government system is complicated with different levels. But if we don’t vote, then our MPP won’t carry our message. So we went to the Bingo and the Galleria Mall and places like that and we could answer questions because we had training and information that Voting Education had given us.
Participant, Voting Matters