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Your voice matters: The impact of CSIRO Local Voices

Posted by: Emma Tuchin

March 3, 2020

Local voices are making a difference in your community

In the coming months, we are shining a light on some of the recipients of your tokens through the Local Voices Rewards program and celebrating the incredible work these grassroots organisations are doing.

One such organisation who is doing amazing work in the Pilbara is Tom Price Youth Support Association (TPYSA).

TPYSA is based in Tom Price and Paraburdoo and was established over 30 years ago to give young people a place to hang out and interact. Its operations have evolved over this time, and now has a much broader reach than just youth, providing services not readily available in the community. They recognise the challenges that face young people in a remote region and provide referral and counselling services, access to juvenile justice and advocacy as well as responding to the needs of their families. Basically, anything the community needs, TPYSA provides.

“We see the areas of need and try to respond”, says CEO, Marian Hearne. The youth activities and drop in centre is at the coalface and “make a good catchment area for linking young people to support in case they struggle with more intensive needs.”

TPYSA is also proactive in the community bringing regular events such as Carols by Glowlight.

Every dollar helps! Everytime you complete a survey, CSIRO Local Voices donates to grass-roots groups like Tom Price Youth Support Association. The is the TPYSA team getting ready to host their Carols by Glowlight 2019 community event.

Marian sees Local Voices Rewards like a ‘bonus bank account’ and as the months go by the tokens accrue. “Every time we get a statement, we say, ‘wow, look at it now!” she says.

TPYSA are letting the value of the donation grow for now, but funds are always needed, and it’s a good feeling to know it’s there.

Marian encourages any other not for profit considering becoming a Local Voices Rewards group to give it a go. TPYSA have been validated by the community support through the tokens they have received.

It’s “a really great way of feeling like you got rewarded for something, just by existing in the community. Someone allocating tokens to us means that someone out there thinks we are doing a good job…and that is a nice feeling”

Local Voices has raised over $14,000 for the 80 registered community groups across the Pilbara.

New participants are welcome to join the Local Voices surveys anytime, so register now to have your say about life in the Pilbara, and help Rio Tinto engage with the issues that matter most to the community Your participation is entirely confidential and you don’t even need a computer, just a smart phone and you can participate.

Your voice matters. Have your say today.

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