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spur: retrospective

Flight: LCKDWN20

Origin: Physical distancing at home

Destination: Memory lane

Passengers: The spur: fam and you

Date: July 7, 2020

Update: Strategy adopted nationally after success in QLD.

Illustration of Brisbane, Australia
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We've always believed in the importance of health and wellbeing and the role of employers in looking after their staff's health.

This is ever more important in a working world that is fast, demanding, and experiencing rapid change.

What would it look like if all workplaces improved their employees wellbeing, just by being there?

We've just finished exploring this question over twelve months with BDO Queensland and can't wait to see the new wellbeing strategy roll out.

In the meantime prioritise yourselves, your health, and each other.

Date: July, 2019
To: Staff everywhere
From: Will

Olivia Roney looking at a pot of tea

Liv waiting for that sweet, sweet caffeine

The spur: Team catching up

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Photo from workshop with BDO

The last  workshop with the BDO Wellbeing Working Group

YouBeYou image · Gay Couple
YouBeYou Image · Aboriginal Foster Care Family

Dear children everywhere,

Each and every one of you deserve to grow up safe, healthy, educated, and well. Yet, we know there are lots of kids out there whose homes aren’t the safest place for them right now. We also know that the gap between kids in need and available carers has been getting bigger every year.

We are trying to help with that. With our friends Anglicare Southern Queensland, we are so excited to launch YouBeYou — a new platform to find the next generation of foster carers to provide safe, caring, and loving spaces for kids in need.

The hearts at Anglicare are big, and they care so much about wanting to help kids everywhere be safe and happy, and to welcome in everyone to the cause. We can’t wait to hear about the new carers that are found to help kids like you grow up to be the brilliant people we know you are.

- Lee
August 2019

Dear children everywhere,

You are our future. And each and every one of you deserve to grow up safe, healthy, educated, and well. Yet, we know there are lots of kids out there whose homes aren’t the safest place for them right now. We also know that the gap between kids in need and available carers has been getting bigger every year.

We are trying to help with that. With our friends Anglicare SEQ, we are so excited launch YouBeYou — a new platform to find the next generation of foster carers to provide safe, caring, and loving spaces for kids in need.

The hearts at Anglicare are big, and they care so much about wanting to help kids everywhere be safe and happy, and to welcome in everyone to the cause. We can’t wait to hear about the new carers that are found to help kids like you grow up to be the brilliant people we know you are.

- Lee
August 2019

Update: Number of foster carer applications increased by 40%

Team photo from Workshop at Google for project 123+

Workshop with Google on project 123+

Liv and Will at the airport

Liv and Will leaving on a carbon offset jet plane

Group photo from YSP Retreat

Liv at the Young Social Pioneers' Retreat with FYA

Lee Crockford with seeing eye dog Linus
Will being interviewed at the Switzerland Youth Forum
Coffe Stain

Oct 2019 To Do List

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March for the future at the Climate Strike

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Attend Young Social Pioneers’ retreat

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Teach impact metrics at BiiG

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Present and facilitate at Padua College, Orygen Mental Health Panel, Arup's SDG Workshops

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Represent at the Australian and New Zealand Leadership Forum

Pack for UNLEASH in Shenzhen

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The world is in good hands. Your hands. We saw this again at the UNLEASH Innovation Lab—a network and generator of collaborative solutions to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

1,000 participants from 160 countries gathered in Shenzhen, China to develop hundreds of solutions for a better world.

Together we defined problems, ideated, prototyped, pitched and pitched some more. Together we have hope, the power, and the means to achieve the 2030 SDGs.

A brighter future is possible. We're with you every step along the way.

Date: November 2019
To: Changemakers of tomorrow
From: Liv

UNLEASH · Group photo of transport team in Shenzhen

UNLEASH · Sustainble transport team #toottoot

Liv at UNLEASH

UNLEASH · Liv about to kick some...

spur: at UNLEASH

UNLEASH · Some very tired, but very happy spur: peeps

Christmas card made bespoke for spur:
William Stubbs at the Obama Leaders' Forum

Will at the Obama Asia Pacific Leaders Convening in Kuala Lumpur

Group photo after the Roses in the Ocean workshop

Workshop with the crew from Roses in the Ocean

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Will and Grace · Engaged
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We see you and your ongoing fight for equality and equity for the LGBTIQ+ community. There have been some great wins, and some devastating losses in the past year.

We continue to arm organisations like yours with tools and community-sourced knowledge to amplify your efforts, through our project 123+. Together, we're helping to refine strategies and plans for change with LGBTIQ+ organisations in Australia and beyond.

At spur: we practice what we preach so also took the small, but much-needed, step of adding pronouns to our email signatures this year.

The fight goes on—and so will we.

Date: February, 2020
To: The queer community
From: Lee & Liv

Update: Strategy provided to GiveOUT Australia - and joined the Committee

Compose New Message

To:

Everyone and their mental health

From:

The spur: family

Subject:

A change of plans

These are strange times.

After the bushfires over New Year, I don't think any of us predicted that here we'd be three months later working from home—all trying to do our bit to stop the spread of COVID and flatten the curve.

Feeling anxious or down? That's normal—with up to 1 in 3 Australians experiencing high levels of worry right now.

On our end, our work is changing a lot. Even though mental health has always been a significant focus for us, we've seen a huge surge in organisations looking to do more for their staff and communities. We've joined the B-Team Mental Health Panel, we're developing a digital platform to help those in aged-care communities connect with loved ones, we're helping to co-design alternatives to Emergency Departments for suicide prevention, and we've made a heap of our organisational mental health frameworks open-source.

We will get through this together, but in the meantime, it's important to remember that it's OK to not be OK right now. If you need help, we've compiled some resources.

Lots of love, the spur: family.

These are strange times.

After the bushfires over New Year, I don't think any of us predicted that here we'd be three months later working from home—all trying to do our bit to stop the spread of COVID and flatten the curve.

Feeling anxious or down? That's normal—with up to 1 in 3 Australians experiencing high levels of worry right now.

On our end, our work is changing a lot: Even though mental health has always been a significant focus for us, we've seen a huge surge in organisations looking to do more for their staff and communities. We've joined the B-Team Mental health panel, we're developing a digital platform to help those in aged-care communities connect with loved ones, we're helping to co-design alternatives to Emergency Departments for those who are suicidal, and we've made a heap of our organisational mental health frameworks open-source.

We will get through this together, but in the meantime it's important to remember that it's OK to not be OK right now. If you need help, we've compiled some resources.

Lots of love, the spur: family.

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The Australian government is advising we shouldn’t catch up at the moment, and maybe not for a while.

It's more important than ever for us to stay connected, and rest assured we are here for you. Through our project #OLDMATE, we have put together a stack of activities that we can do together, apart.

We're also partnering with Steph Perry from Ipsos to understand exactly how social distancing has impacted us all, especially your age group.

We hope this will get us back together sooner.

Miss you xo

Date: April 2020
To: Old Mates
From: Liv

#OLDMATE Queensland video created by Anglicare Southern Queensland and VICE Media

Gardening on a balcony

Getting into some iso-gardening

spur: Attending Black Lives Mater Protests

#BLM

Marching for #BLM

Lee Crockford and seeing eye dog Eva

New foster seeing eye dog, Eva

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Some Forward planning

LGBTIQ+ inclusion strategies across Asia

UNLEASH hack for SDG's 2020

Develop personal tool for mindfulness and mental health support

International social isolation research

#OLDMATE part DEux

Launch Digital platform "Toucan" for organisational wellbeing

Project Dovetail

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Thanks for another amazing year!

Although we're still apart, this won't be forever. We can't wait to give you all a big hug, foot tap, or elbow bump soon enough.

xo

To: Everyone
From: The spur: fam

Lee Crockford · spur:

Lee Crockford

William Smith-Stubbs

William Smith-Stubbs

Olivia Roney

Olivia Roney

Sean Tran

Sean Tran

Benjamin Moriarty

Benjamin Moriarty

Emmy Singh

Emmy Singh

Cat Matson

Cat Matson

Ming Siew

Ming Siew

Sam Yorke

Sam Yorke

Ben Johnston

Ben Johnston

Kylie Brosnan

Kylie Brosnan

Steph Perry

Steph Perry