Together, Yes

Victorian Women's Trust as Trustee for the Dugdale Trust for Women & Girls

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Varied Ages
Project Focus
Project Area

Project Description

The purpose of Together, Yes is to help achieve a strong YES vote for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in the upcoming 2023 referendum. Together, Yes is generating a huge groundswell of support for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament by creating a first ever, nationwide ‘Kitchen Table Conversations’ (KTC) movement. This KTC model has been designed and used by the Victorian Women’s Trust for more than twenty years. Tried and tested, it arose from a powerfully simple idea: engaging people in respectful and honest dialogue creates real and lasting change.

Victorian Women’s Trust has adapted its KTC methodology in service to the national YES campaign with explicit consent and ongoing partnership work with the indigenous leadership team at Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition. Together, Yes conversations will act as a counter and unifying force against wilful confusion, negativity and racism in the lead up to the referendum.

Since late March, the Together, Yes team has been travelling the country delivering community information sessions. By 11th May, we will have visited every state and territory and delivered 26 sessions. Our aim in these sessions is to recruit conversation hosts: people willing to gather up to 10 people together in a relaxed setting to have a conversation with materials provided by Together, Yes.

Expected Outcomes

By the end of June 2023, we will have delivered a further 5 community information sessions, taking our total to 31 sessions. The additional sessions will be delivered in Burnie (TAS), Devonport (TAS), Gippsland (VIC), Western suburbs of Melbourne (VIC), and Rockingham (WA).

Our internal structures, resources and skilled people are in place so we are perfectly poised to deliver these additional sessions quickly and to a high standard.

At the sessions, we expect to meet between 250 - 350 people in person and recruit an additional 500 conversation hosts.

We will know we have successfully achieved our desired outcomes by tracking the number of people registering to attend each session, the number of people in attendance, and the number of registered conversation hosts.

Project Data & Lessons

The Together, Yes team has created a website where conversation hosts have their own password-protected portal. This is the main way that we will be communicating and supporting conversation hosts. In addition, conversation hosts will provide feedback to us about their discussion groups and share learnings and insights their groups have made. The learnings and updates we receive from conversation hosts will inform our wider messaging in the lead up to the referendum. We will also share this intelligence with the national YES campaign who will also use it to refine messaging closer to polling day.

At the conclusion of the project, the Together Yes team will conduct an internal reflection and evaluation of the project so that we can get a wholistic view of the projects reach, impact and outcomes.

Project Dates

Project Commences: April 21, 2023
Project Completes: June 23, 2023

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Other Funding Sources
Private donors, Australian's for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition

Organisation Details

Victorian Women's Trust as Trustee for the Dugdale Trust for Women & Girls
ABN: 45242265341


Leah McPherson

About Victorian Women's Trust as Trustee for the Dugdale Trust for Women & Girls

Established in 1985, the Victorian Women’s Trust (VWT) is a proudly independent feminist organisation. We support women, girls and gender diverse people to thrive. We create social change projects and campaigns; conduct research on the issues affecting our communities; run thought-provoking events; provide mentorship opportunities; and give grants to vital grassroots projects. Our advocacy work focuses on three high impact areas: economic security, health and safety, and equal representation. Creating change in these areas is key to achieving true gender equality.

VWT is 100% powered by donations from people in the community who share our vision for an equal future for all.

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