What does a community worker do?

* 50th birthday project – prizes to be won! *

“What do you actually do?” We bet you’re been asked that question by friends or family who don’t really know what a community worker, like you, does every day.

Thing is, our profession is important, and the work we do makes a difference to people and families, and hopefully, makes their lives a little easier too - so we want everyone to understand what we do and why it matters.

That’s why we want to build a collection of photos and micro stories that show who we are and what we do in the lead up to our 50th anniversary.

We want your photos and stories.

For this giveaway, there are no ‘bad’ photos or ordinary stories. It’s about creating a library of our collective history, which we can continue building for the next 50 years.

How it works

You’ll need one application for each entry. You can enter as many times as you like.

We want you to send us a picture of yourself, dressed for work, whatever your community work is.

If you’ve a great story of work life but no photo, then just send us the story with a selfie.

Photos should be of good quality and suitable for publication. Snapping a photo with your phone is fine. Please keep privacy in mind – make sure anyone visible in the photo consents to it being distributed.

Micro stories should be 50 - 100 words and tell us your story of work life: what you do and why, in your own words.

Here's an example:

“I worked in retail till my kids finished school, then I went
to TAFE with them. I now work as a project manager in
a multicultural health and support service. I love that no
two days are alike. It’s a great job at any age.”

Carrie, 45, Qld. 12 years a community worker.


We will be giving away five $50 gift cards each month until our birthday in November 2019. Winners will be drawn from a hat at the end of September, October and November and their names will be announced on social media.

There will also be a bonus prize of the book Everyday Community Practice for three lucky winners who have written the best micro story.

Terms and conditions
  1. By entering this giveaway, entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  2. The giveaway closes 30 November 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.
  3. Entrants must be able to provide an Australian postal address.
  4. Entrants agree to allow ACWA to publish their photo and work, in part and/or full, and for ACWA to edit their submission for clarity.
  5. ACWA will chose 5 winners each month at the end of September, October, and November. All decisions are final.
  6. ACWA reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the competition, if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  7. ACWA reserves the right to withdraw prizes if there are insufficient suitable entries.
  8. Winners will be contacted via email within 7 days of being announced as such.
  9. No responsibility is accepted for prizes damaged, destroyed or lost in transit.
  10. ACWA reserves the right to disclose the winners' names and member status unless the entrant advises otherwise at the time of entry.
Entry form

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