Community Governance Training

Get all the tips and tricks required to make your community group or organisation a success.

We provide community governance training sessions plus ongoing access to a range of resources to assist with continued learning for community groups and small organisations in Brimbank if you are:

  • a volunteer
  • an employee for a not-for-profit community group, or
  • interested in starting or joining a community group, such as a local club or committee 

These training sessions can support your group with planning, operations, and decision-making.

Register to attend a session

Registration is required to attend our training sessions. 

There is no charge to attend and you can attend one or several sessions.

Session information will be emailed to registered participants before the session.

Training sessions
COVID-19 Safe for community groups and organisations

Understand your responsibilities in keeping your group or organisations safe to reduce the chances of spreading COVID-19 in the community.

You'll identify risks and hazards, how to prepare a COVID-19 safe risk management plan and the do’s and don’ts to have a COVID safe community group or organisation.

Topics covered

  • COVID 19 restrictions up to date information and what they mean for your community group or organisation now and in the future
  • What measures you need to put in place to protect your group members
  • As a community group know what your responsibilities are in the new “COVID normal”
  • Providing you with practical and clear resources to help you understand what you need for your groups

When: Wednesday 11 August 2021, 6-8pm. Registration closed.

Where: Online via Zoom

Facilitated by: Bea Spoke

Starting a new community group or organisation

Information on how to set up a community group or organisation.

Topics covered

  • What it means to be a not-for-profit organization
  • The incorporation decision
  • Legal structures available
  • Basics of charity status and tax concessions
  • Top tips for starting out and additional resources to help with the process
  • What is auspice
  • Our group wants to be a Victorian incorporated association – how do we do this? 
  • Our group has become a Victorian incorporated association – what do we have to do now? 

When: Wednesday 18 August 2021, 9.30am-12.30pm. Registration closed.

Where: Online via Zoom

Facilitated by: Justice Connect

Roles and responsibilities of committee members, legal duties and insurances required

Understand the roles and responsibilities of the committee and the legal requirements for the committee structure.

Led by facilitators with extensive experience in governing community organisations, including sitting on a range of boards, and serving in executive roles within community organisations.

They have plenty of experience of leading where there were very few supports and resources available. Our facilitators can give many examples of how to learn when already in the position and how to set up systems to make it a safe structure to be in.

Topics covered

  • Understanding the Roles of committee members
  • Work of the committee
  • Differences between governance and management
  • Leadership, ethics, integrity and protecting goodwill
  • What did I sign up for?!
  • Legal requirements
  • Legal structure and status of your organisation
  • Types of structures
  • Legal documents required
  • Making your community organisation safe
  • Importance of rules - why they exist.
  • Liabilities, protecting yourself and your organisation

When: Thursday 26 August 2021, 5.30-8.30pm. Registration closed.

Where: Online via Zoom

 Facilitated by: Centre for Building Better Community

Grant seeking information

Enhance your understanding of a range of funding opportunities.

Topics covered

  • Where to find suitable grants
  • Understanding grant guidelines and criteria
  • When to look for grants
  • Planning for grant writing and where to seek help to write grants

When: Tuesday 7 September 2021, 10am-12pm. Registration closed.

Where: Online via Zoom

Facilitated by: Track C Consulting

Cyber/online safety

The use of online engagement has significantly increased due to COVID-19.

It is important for individuals, community groups and organisations to understand how to keep information safe and secure, be responsible with information and be respectful of other people online.

Being cyber or online safe protects us from online bullies and intruders interested in stealing confidential information for various motives, often monetary.

The facilitators of this workshop have practical experience in dealing with cyber threats and educating community groups about how to engage wisely online.

They bring clarity to what is often a scary topic, teaching attendees easy ways to protect themselves and pre-empt security threats.

Centre for Building Better Community has delivered teaching on this topic for Brimbank twice with enthusiastic responses.

We continue to update our material to keep it fresh. So that even if you have attended before you will still get something new out of it.

Topics covered

  • More than computers – what is cyber safety
  • Passwords
  • Scams – Becoming security conscious
  • Mobile phones
  • Meeting your functional needs
  • Data breaches
  • Online bullying

When: Wednesday 15 September 2021, 5.30-8.30pm. Registration closed.

Where: Online via Zoom

Facilitated by: Centre for Building Better Community

Top legal tips for community organisations

Tips on how to create organisational solid foundations including important legal information.

Topics covered

  • A high level, practical overview of a range of legal issues affecting not-for-profit organisations including:
  • Following your organisation’s rules and legal purpose
  • Ensuring that your committee/board members understand their legal duties
  • Making privacy a priority - key obligations under privacy laws
  • Keeping work health and safety on the agenda, including child safety and screening
  • How the law applies to different people within an organisation (eg. volunteers v employees)
  • Protecting intellectual property and reputation
  • Financial reporting and fundraising requirements
  • Top tips and additional resources to help in the future

When: Thursday 16 September 2021, 5.30-8.30pm. Registrations closed.

Where: Online via zoom

Facilitated by: Justice Connect

Committee succession planning – attracting the right volunteers

Having a planned approach to renewing committee positions and keeping them lively and fresh will go a long way in keep community groups sustainable.

This session will help community groups plan for their committee’s succession by focussing on what skills are required, how to find the right people and what contribution they each should make.

Doing this well will help promote a community group’s cause and maximise the potential for attracting the right volunteers to suit the organisation.

Topics covered

  • Creating a succession plan
  • Understanding how to divide up key committee roles and responsibilities
  • Knowing how to structure committees to support the group’s activities
  • Appreciating the changing landscape of volunteering and group membership
  • Having strategies for attracting and recruiting the right volunteers
  • Having a planned approach for enabling knowledge transition   

When: Tuesday 21 September 2021, 10am-12pm. Registrations closed.

Where: Online via Zoom

Facilitated by: Non Profit Training

Social connections and mental health

Due to the COVIC-19 impacts, there is evidence a lot of people’s mental health is impacted and this flows on to community groups and organisations.

This session looks at providing the basics of understanding mental health, self care and when to seek support.

It also covers how members can encourage and support each other’s wellbeing, and where to find support.

We will cover useful tips on how to evaluate the mental wellbeing of your community members and the necessary support services to contact in times of need.

Most of all, we will provide practical ideas that you can use NOW, to support yourself and those around you.

Delivered by facilitators with experience in social work, who have involvement in Suicide Safer Communities, the Arts Wellbeing Collective (for the arts industry), Mental Health Roundtable and more.

They understand the current statistics and healthy practices behind good mental health care, but also care for people as individuals.

We will aim to make this session an inviting, safe and inspiring atmosphere for all attendees, with an emphasis on providing both a deeper understanding of mental health, and also practical tools for the layperson to use.

Topics covered

  • Understanding relationships, and community
  • How we are wired to connect
  • An Introduction to the Flourishing Framework
  • 6 things we all need in order to truly flourish
  •  Building safer communities
  • How to support others well
  • Beyond resilience
  • Practical Tools
  • Who to go to for help

When: Monday 4 October 2021, 10am-12pm. Registration closed.

Where: Online via Zoom

Facilitated by: Centre for Building Better Community

Planning online activities and using online platforms for community groups and organisations

An informative session on various online platforms for community groups and how to manage your activities online.

Topics covered

  • Types of platforms
  • Activities to keep groups engaged online

When: Thursday 7 October 2021, 6-8pm. Registration closed.

Where: Online via Zoom (changed due to current COVID-19 restrictions)

Facilitated by: Non Profit Training

Governing a community group or organisation

We cover new materials and topics relevant to changes for your community groups during and after COVID-19.

Topics covered

  • Roles and duties of committee members
  • Differences between governance and management
  • Legal structure and status of your organisation
  • Importance of rules
  • Liabilities, protecting yourself and your organisation

When: Tuesday 12 October 2021, 10am-12pm. Registration closed.

Where: Online via Zoom

Facilitated by: Non Profit Training

Building effective partnerships and working with other organisations

Identify various types of partnerships that will add value to community groups, understanding barriers to effective partnerships and the benefits of partnership during COVID-19.

Topics covered

  • Identifying community partners: Stakeholder mapping
  • Environmental scanning: what does it mean? Why is it important?
  • What useful lessons were learned during COVID-19 and what role partners played?
  • Building relationships with stakeholders: allowing relationships to grow
  • Determining roles and responsibilities: who does what? MOU with a community partner
  • Resolving conflict and minimising risks

When: Wednesday 20 October 2021, 6-8pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Facilitated by: Track C Consulting

Social media

Beyond selfies and chatter, social media is like a house - there are windows, doors, and decorations. But what truly matters is the people that live there.

Where do you find them? How do you engage with them meaningfully?

This workshop will help community groups to improve communication and engagement with their members online.

It will help you to understand the different platforms and choose which are important for your organisation.

This session draws on the wisdom of facilitators who have coordinated social media for their community organisations. They are able to help organisations see the big picture and the overarching goals of the group, the zoom into the individual interactions and how to make the most of them to build community, stronger
branding, and awareness of your organisation and its activities.

The increased use of social media during COVID-19 makes this issue especially useful.

Topics covered

  • What is social media and why is it important
  • Pros and cons in a pandemic of common communication/marketing options.
  • Preparing your organisation for social media
  • Selecting the right platforms for you
  • Top 4 platform breakdown - Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Newbies: Tik Tok, Snapchat and more
  • Typical audience profiles
  • Understand how social media works
  • Measuring what matters – reach, engagement, and conversion
  • Timing and planning your content
  • Use of social media – responding effectively
  • Increasing engagement and gaining followers
  • Online etiquette and tips for managing trolls, A little planning goes a long way:
  • Building a social media operations plan & team

When: Wednesday 3 November 2021, 10am-12pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Facilitated by: Centre for Building Better Communities

Working your idea into a project

Define and develop your great idea in to a project. 

Ideas need the relevant supports, resources and planning to create community projects with positive outcomes.

Topics covered

  • Defining your great idea, from Passion to Project
  • Appreciative Inquiry as a framework for developing your ideas
  • The Who What Why When Where How Framework
  • Unpacking the “why” of your project idea
  • Local asset mapping for community projects
  • Identifying supports available for your idea
  • Tools for developing great projects (Hot House templates)
  • Model Project templates as a reference
  • Hot tips for project success and problem solving

When: Thursday 11 November 2021, 5.30-8.30pm

Where: St Albans Community Centre. 33 Princess Street, St Albans

Facilitated by: Tina Grimes, Hot Houses Community Projects

Monitoring and evaluating community projects

Tools and tips to gauge the success of your community projects.

It is important to plan your evaluation right from the beginning, track progress and measure a project's outcomes so as to celebrate the successes, learn from experience, guide future planning so your projects continue to have a positive impact in community.

Topics covered

  • Defining goals and objectives
  • Defining indicators of success
  • Defining data collection methods and timelines
  • Creating data analysis and reporting
  • Useful tools and resources
  • Model evaluation template as a reference

When: Tuesday 16 November 2021, 10am-12pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Facilitated by: Helen Rodd & Spase Veljanovski, Hot Houses Community Projects

Conflict management and resolution

This interactive workshop will take you through a step by step processes to identify and manage conflict effectively in your day to day activities.

Topics covered

  • Understanding conflict, how it occurs and how to manage it
  • How to deal with emotions in the heat of conflict
  • Difference between validation and taking sides
  • How to remain impartial and objective during a conflict resolution process
  • Goal setting and getting results from a conflict resolution process
  • Managing expectations and minimizing conflict

When: Monday 22 November 2021, 10am-12pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Facilitated by: Track C consulting