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Community organisation training

The City of Melbourne provides free training for local community organisations to build their capacity to better manage and run their organisations.

Community funding forum

General Information

Eligibility

To be eligible to attend this training you must be from:

  • A not-for-profit community organisation
  • An organisation that is located in or provides services to City of Melbourne community

Who should attend

Community organisation representatives (committee members, workers and volunteers) that have limited experience in the areas of topics offered are encouraged to attend, for example sports clubs, multicultural groups, resident groups, service organisations and arts organisations and agencies.

Cost

Free.

Bookings

  • Bookings are essential as participant numbers to all sessions are limited. People who have not booked will not be allowed entry.
  • There is a maximum of two (2) participants per organisation per course.
  • If there is not adequate interest in the sessions they may be cancelled. If there is adequate interest there may be additional sessions held.
  • If sessions are full, you will be placed on a waiting list.
  • Cancellations are essential as sessions do fill – you can send a delegate in your place. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before the session is held.
  • Failure to attend a session that you have booked for will mean that future bookings from your organisation will automatically be placed on the waiting list.

RSVP

Email:  commstrength@melbourne.vic.gov.au 

Please include in your email:

  • the name and date of the training session you wish to attend
  • your full name
  • contact phone number
  • which organisation you represent 
  • the suburb in which your organisation is located.

Phone:  03 9658 9901

Current training opportunities

Legal issues in managing volunteers

This session steps participants through the components of a successful and legally compliant volunteer program.

Topics covered in this session include:

  • the legal differences between a volunteer, an employee and an independent contractor
  • the importance of volunteer insurance
  • the volunteer selection process and equal opportunity laws
  • the importance of screening and background checks
  • how to meet the ‘duty of care’ your organisation owes to volunteers
  • an organisation’s legal responsibility for the actions of its volunteers
  • imbursing or paying volunteers
  • volunteers’ personal information and privacy
  • reviewing volunteer performance and having difficult conversations
  • ending the volunteer relationship
  • recent developments in volunteer case law.

Presented by: Justice Connect

Date: Wednesday 8 April 2015, from 9.30am to 4.30pm (light lunch will be provided)

Venue: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (opposite the Queen Victoria Market)

Safety, risk and insurance for community organisations

Understanding the laws about safety, risk and ‘duty of care’ takes away the guess work and allows people to confidently go about their activities.

Topics covered in this session include:

  • whether and how occupational health and safety (OHS) laws or negligence laws apply to an organisation
  • how to identify the key risks for organisations
  • options for managing risk
  • the role of the board or committee in managing risk
  • what protections are available
  • types of insurance for community organisations.

Presented by: Justice Connect

Date: Monday 13 April 2015, from 9.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (opposite the Queen Victoria Market)

Top legal tips for community organisations

This session set’s out Justice Connects ‘top tips’ to help community organisations avoid common legal issues faced by not-for-profits. Tips covered include:

  • Understanding the legal purpose, structure, charity and taxation status of an organisation
  • The role of the committee/board and the importance of board member induction
  • Ensuring your organisation’s rules or constitution works and complies with the law
  • Keeping health and safety on the agenda
  • Performing appropriate background checks on employees and volunteers
  • Keeping up to date with financial and fundraising reporting requirements
  • Laws about record keeping and public information
  • Understanding how discrimination and equal opportunity laws apply to community organisations
  • The implications of privacy law for the operations of community organisations

Presented by: Justice Connect

Date: Wednesday 29 April 2015, from 9.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (opposite the Queen Victoria Market)

How to apply for grants

This session is aimed at people who have never applied for a grant before and will cover the following areas:

  • where to look for grants
  • how to understand what grant bodies are looking for
  • common questions and how to approach them
  • preparing your grant budget
  • responsibilities when managing your grant.

Presented by: Maria Tsopanis, Adult Multicultural Education Services

Date: Thursday 7 May 2015, from 10.00am to 4.00pm

Venue: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (opposite the Queen Victoria Market)

Effective Grant Writing and Project Planning

Bring your project to life. This workshop will focus on taking your project from the idea phase to on the ground implementation to evaluation. Learn some practical tips on how to: Design a successful project

  • Approach grant writing
  • Build a budget for a grant application
  • Engage funding bodies and community partners
  • Get the community involved
  • Manage your project
  • Use your project to leverage further support

Presented by: Debby Maziarz

Date: Thursday 21 May 2015, from 10.00am to 4.00pm or Thursday 4 June 2015 from 10.00am to 4.00pm

Venue: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (opposite the Queen Victoria Market)

Grant Writing - how to build meaningful evaluation into your grant application

Behind every successful grant application should be the process to evaluate the impact of your project. This workshop will provide you with the tools to help you decide how you will conduct your program evaluation and articulate the impact your project has had on the community.

Topics covered will include:

  • Planning an evaluation
  • Choosing evaluation methodology
  • Gathering data
  • Data analysis
  • Acquitting your outcomes to your funding partner

Presented by: Matrix on Board

Dates: Thursday 28 May 2015, 9.00am to 12.30pm or Thursday 11 June 2015, 9.00am to 12.30pm

Venue: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (opposite the Queen Victoria Market)

Strategic Planning

This session will help your organisation to understand about strategic planning and the importance of this preparation to take your organisation in a clear and defined direction.

  • Topics covered in this session include:
  • when is it time to ‘re-vision’ your organization
  • client/member value proposition development
  • stakeholder mapping
  • relating strategy to delivery, don’t leave that vision and strategic plan on the shelf
  • the framework for the plan
  • costing the plan.

Presented by: Matrix on Board

Date: Thursday 18 June 2015, from 9.00am to 4.30pm

Venue: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (opposite the Queen Victoria Market)

Creating an effective board

This workshop provides a detailed overview of the specific duties and responsibilities required for good governance, which contribute to a successful non-profit board. It will help your Board to assess their performance and ensure they are legally compliant.

Topics covered include:

  • The role of the board or committee of management
  • Relationships between board or management committee and staff
  • Running successful meetings (including the AGM)
  • Future proofing and succession planning
  • Monitoring and accountability
  • Managing conflict and change
  • Essential policies and procedures
  • The hierarchy of organisational planning - the strategic plan, business plan, risk management plan and people plan

Presented by: Matrix on Board

Date: Thursday 25 June 2015, 9.00am to 4.30pm

Venue: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (opposite the Queen Victoria Market)

Feedback on the community training program

If you have any ideas for training that you would like us to know about, please email your suggestion to commstrength@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

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