When Radio Skid Row reporter, Em Couch went to interview Cathy Nisbit from Kogarah Community Services about her work, Cathy wasn’t sure if she considered herself an activist.

‘I just never thought of an activist as having painted nails and wearing lipstick,’ she said.

Cathy is a part-time community worker at the Centre, where she is paid for two days a week work. Like a lot of community workers, she often finds herself working weekends and after hours.

‘If you are going to do it well and effectively you have to think outside the box of an office.’

Cathy has run campaigns in her local area, encouraging members of the community to take a stand on violence against women and youth homelessness.

Community workers like Cathy often volunteer more hours than they get paid.

That’s why we consider many of them to be community activists.