The best relationships are based on trust and integrity. When things go wrong the real divisions often turn out to be the gaps between our ideals and the way we actually live.  Whenever someone, takes honest steps to close the integrity gap, that action communicates to others. It inspires a growth in the human spirit that sparks initiatives of change in families, communities and beyond.

In this sense, everyone can take initiatives springing from a change in attitudes or motivation.

As a national team, Initiatives of Change in Australia focuses on four main areas:

  • Training programmes to help people find a path and a purpose for living
  • Working for reconciliation between Aboriginal and other Australians
  • Building bridges of trust between Australia's diverse peoples and cultures based on respect for shared core values
  • Supporting regional initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region to heal conflicts, fight corruption and build sustainable communities

You can stay in touch with us and learn of new opportunities by signing up for news and alerts here: http://au.iofc.org/sign-our-newsletter

We'll let you know when there are opportunities to participate, and you'll also receive our electronic newsletter, Newsbriefs, once every two months. 

Read on to find out more about our programmes:

South Sudanese peace and reconciliation graduatesSouth Sudan Australia Peace Initiative

 

 

Creators of Peace banner imageCreators of Peace

 

 

First Peoples

 

 

Sustainable Impact Mentoring

 

 

Life Matters workshopLife Matters

 

 

Asia Pacific Youth Conference 2011Regional Trust Building

 

 

 

Latest News

Friday, 21 June, 2019
CoP facilitator training at Armagh.

IofC has began partnering with the Southern Migrant Resource Centre (SMRC) in Dandenong, Victoria, to expand the outreach of CoP to Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs, and to work in a high school setting for the first time.

Tuesday, 18 June, 2019
Nigel Heywood from Australia (left) interviews a community leader as part of a research project on community-based peace building in Sri Lanka. Image courtesy of Jeremy Liyanage.

Ethnic tensions have flared up in Sri Lanka after the recent devastating Easter Sunday bombings. Jeremy Liyanage founder of Bridging Lanka shares his thoughts.

Friday, 14 June, 2019
PeopleCraft partners in Melbourne. L-R: Abidha Niphade from India, Tinotenda Mhungu from Zimbabwe and Dahlia Rera O from Indonesia.

IofC Australia is strengthening the global IofC network through its new PeopleCraft program, which provides support for hosting IofC workers from other countries.

Monday, 27 May, 2019
Smoking ceremony performed by the Dharug people at the launch of the project.

IofC Australia ventured into Blacktown, one of the most multi-cultural areas of Sydney, with a pilot programme on 3- 5 May to help the community to hear eachother, challenge narratives and find a new story to share.

Monday, 29 April, 2019
King Parrot Cottage - Photo courtesy of https://kingparrot.com.au

A beautiful weekend retreat in the Otways, that encouraged participants to connect with nature, was the start to the Spiritual Ecology Leadership Program jointly run by IofC and the CERES Community Environment Park in Melbourne. Read about the experience of three participants and find out more about spiritual ecology.