The MATES Community Empowerment Project is about the people in our communities working together with public agencies, businesses, corporations and organisations creating structures and processes that are empowering for themselves and others.
Co-operation - Building active and sustainable communities based on social justice and mutual respect… it is about changing power structures to remove the barriers that prevent people from participating in the issues that affect their lives.
Confidence - Working in ways which increase people’s skills, knowledge and confidence, and instill in them a belief that they can make a difference.
Learning - Recognising the skills, knowledge and expertise that people contribute, building on these and what has gone before.
MATES Fun Days - Outings, events, workshops and seminars to entertain, inspire, educate and enjoy the possibilities a community can create through communication, empathy and Mateship.
“In the short time I have attended MATES I learnt about the mask we can all wear and it felt like mine was going to crack and upon leaving that meeting I also felt like I had a hole in my safety net…Gradually my life has started to change & every time, around & in that energy of MATES, I grow closer to that Authentic Life we long for & deserve to have and personally look forward to the time & challenges to come.” – Ricky
“There have been tears and laughs as we share together. Quite often I am surprised by what happens during our sharing together. I've found a healing takes place as we humble ourselves and share from our hearts. There is opportunity for the guys to really encourage those who are going through a rough patch in their lives. There is a great deal of wisdom that is shared and I have personally grown and learnt a lot through the times of encouragement…I have really enjoyed the challenging process that I have seen in my own Life and I hope that many other men will come on board so that MATES can make a difference in their Lives as well.” - Kevin
“This was a fairly dramatic and highly unpleasant time that left me highly stressed and in a lot of self-doubt…I have attended regular meetings since then and have found a huge level of comfort amongst members. It is a very non-judgmental environment where I feel accepted for all of who and what I am. I gain huge amounts of clarity and insight from all members and meetings.” – Lawrence
“This for me was the start of something awesome. Men here were interested in where I had been, but more so where I was going. This question was one I wanted answers for and they seem to give me a sense of hope which I hadn’t seen before. It was incredible the feelings I had from these meetings and I wanted more of it. I knew it was good for me…" - Peter