Community training

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Sharpen your skills by joining Yarra's free community training program. Different sessions are run throughout the year to support not-for profit and community organisations in Yarra to help them run as effectively as possible. 

This is a great opportunity for people involved in local community organisations to seek advice and information about how to apply for grants, managing relationships, project management and media strategies.

The program is aimed at community leaders, managers, coordinators, members of management committees or people considering joining management committees of not-for profit community organisations. The training is designed in a sequence and you can attend one session or come to them all.

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Past sessions

Building partnerships and networks

One characteristic of very successful organisations is the number of partners they have. People and organisations like success, positive impact and shared value activities. Organisations actively seek to align themselves with these attributes. This session is designed to outline the basics of what it takes to be a good partner for funders, corporates, other community organisations, volunteers and your members.

Wednesday 6 February, 2019, 9.30am – 12pm
Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, Bargoonga Nganjin (North Fitzroy Library), 182-186 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy

The great idea

Have you got a great idea but are not sure where to start? Are you looking to innovate within your current program? The key is to develop your plan so you are ready to make the most of funding opportunities. If you haven’t had time or are not sure how to implement for your great idea, this session is for you.

Friday 2 November, 9.30am – 12pm
Wurundjeri Room, Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle St, Abbotsford

Applying for funding for your great idea

Wanting to fund your great idea? This session will help you to have a better chance of being successful in applying for grant funds to support you great idea. It is designed for people involved in charities, community groups, sporting organisations and other non-profits that intend to or are currently seeking and applying for grants through their local communities and other funding sources.

Thursday 22 November, 9.30am – 12pm 
Wurundjeri Room, Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle St, Abbotsford

Project managing your great idea

Every successful program or project is based on great design and loads of planning and the planning of a project takes focus and creativity. So how do you design a project that is successful, on time, on budget and achieves all of the goals you have set? This workshop will assist you in avoiding common project plan faults and maximise your resources and chance of success.

Tuesday 4 December, 9.30am – 12pm
Wurundjeri Room, Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle St, Abbotsford

Child Safety Training

The Victorian Child Safe Standards has introduced significant changes in how organisations work with children and young people. This training session will support you to understand your responsibilities in preventing and responding to abuse, learn how to recognise physical and behavioural indicators of child abuse, have a better understanding of the legislative context and how to keep children safe from harm. Training provided by Child Wise.

Wednesday 20 February, 2019,  6:00pm – 8:00pm
Meeting Room 3, Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Rd, Richmond

Leading Your Team

Leadership in a community context is often quite different to leadership in the corporate sector. It's is about personal power not positional power. We are all called to lead in our daily lives and this course will help participants to understand the strengths that they can bring to a project, group or organisation.

Thursday 28 February, 9:30am – 12pm
Wurundjeri Room, Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle St, Abbotsford

Evaluating your project/program

This session will provide you with the tools to help you decide how you will conduct your program evaluation and articulate to funders the impact your project has had on the community. Topics include: planning an evaluation; choosing evaluation methods; gathering data; and data analysis.

Wednesday 13 March, 9.30am – 12pm
Wurundjeri Room, Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle St, Abbotsford

Writing a good report

This session will help you to formulate your report and provide your funders information about what you did, if you made changes from your original plan, how the money was spent, who benefitted from your work, and the successes that made a difference in the community.

Monday 25 March, 6pm – 8.30pm
Wurundjeri Room, Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle St, Abbotsford

Building a culturally competent organisation

An exciting part of our local community is its diversity. This program will enhance your skills to take steps towards building a culturally competent and accessible organisation that reflects your local community. 

Tuesday 30 April, 9.30am – 12pm 
Wurundjeri Room, Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle St, Abbotsford

Grant writing

There are many grants available to non-profit organisations. Many organisations fail in their applications due to lack of preparation, clarity, sustainable outcomes and partners. This session will help grant writers to have a better chance of being successful with their grant applications and will help with the application process and assist the organisation to explore additional funding alternatives for long-term sustainability. 

Thursday 9 May, 9.30am – 12pm (morning session) 
Collingwood Library Meeting Room, 11 Stanton Street, Abbotsford

Monday 20 May, 6:00pm – 8: 30pm (evening session) 
Meeting Room 1, Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Rd, Richmond

Sustainability Workshop: Turn Great Ideas into Action

Do you have a great sustainability idea you want to make happen in Yarra?
Do you want to be part of the collective effort to address our planet’s climate and waste challenges, but not sure what to do?

Tuesday 14 May, 6pm – 8.30pm 
Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Have a question?

If you have a question about the community training program, you can ask us online, or call us on 9205 5555. 

Cover image: This image was taken during a workshop collaboration between The Clubhouse at Fitzroy Learning Network and Bus Projects. Throughout October 2016, artists: Nina Mulhall, Minna Gilligan, Atong Atem, Daisy Catterall and Sheena Colquhoun ran workshops with a group of girls at The Clubhouse. The workshops celebrated the participants, their relationships, the things they like and that are important to them in life. Participants explored ideas of self-identity and representation and how to express this with new forms of verbal and visual exchange, using the tools of each of the mentoring artists: collage, photography, drawing and zines. This has been captured in a special printed publication which was launched at the 2017 Melbourne Art Book Fair. Photograph credited to Bus Projects.