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Community Group Training Program

What is the Community Group Training Program?

The Community Group Training Program is a series of workshops presented over the year that are designed to benefit volunteer and not-for-profit community groups and clubs who provide services or programs in Knox.

If you are a volunteer or work for a not-for-profit community group such as a local club or committee this program will be suitable for you.

The workshops provide opportunities to learn new skills, build upon and further develop the skills of members within groups, and to meet and network with other community groups throughout Knox. There is a wide range of workshops available and all eligible groups and volunteers are encouraged to participate.

All workshops are held at the Knox Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South.

For further information contact the Community Development Officer, Community Strengthening Team at or on 9298 8000.

So you’ve joined a committee – What now?

Joining a committee

A bit of foresight can make a huge difference to how you enjoy your committee experience. This workshop is for people who would like to better understand the dynamics of committees and how to work within various committee cultures. Our local facilitators will draw on their extensive experience to provide insight and practical advice to help you understand, adapt and flourish in your role.

When: Monday 6th March, 7pm - 9:30pm
RSVP by: Thursday 2nd March

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Grant Programs @ Knox

Knox City Council has seven funding programs which may be able to assist your organisation. The workshop starts with Council staff presenting the aims, guidelines and criteria of the funding programs, followed by an in-depth look at the Community Development Fund grants. This is an opportunity to have Council staff and other community organisations share their knowledge and ideas to strengthen your project application. Please note applications for the Community Development Fund open in May 2017.

When: Wednesday 22nd March, 12:30pm - 2:30pm.
RSVP by: Monday 20th March.

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When: Friday 21st April, 10am - 12pm.
RSVP by: Wednesday 19th April.

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When: Wednesday 26th April, 7pm - 9pm.
RSVP by: Monday 24th April.

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Working better with others

Team Building

½ day personal development workshop for your committee

Have you ever tried to work on a committee but were not clear on the priorities? Have you ever given instructions about a task then find out that it wasn’t done because someone had misinterpreted what you said?

Learn how to better understand others’ strengths, motivation and learning styles to enable better communication, working relationships and ultimately increased productivity.

During this interactive workshop we will help you to understand your own unique working style, and that of others on your committee.

To get the most out of this workshop we suggest each group bring four committee members.

When: Saturday 13th May, 9am - 1pm.
RSVP by: Thursday 11th May.
Free (up to four participants per organisation) Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided.

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Know your role

Know your role

For many organisations the role of the committee members is implicitly understood rather than being clearly documented and explained. For others the roles have morphed over the years and are no longer defined. We will cover what positions must legally exist on a committee and provide a clear understanding of what each position is responsible for. Easy to follow templates for position descriptions will also be provided.

When: Wednesday 24th May 7pm - 9:30pm.
RSVP by: Monday 22nd May.

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Safe Food Handling

Sausage Sizzle

Whether sizzling sausages or making jams for sale or consumption, safe food handling knowledge is essential. Don’t jeopardise your fundraising activities, or your customer’s health!
Be prepared. Come along and learn more about safe food preparation and your legal obligations.

When: Monday 5th June, 7pm - 9:30pm.
RSVP by: Thursday 1st June.

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When: Wednesday 15th November, 7pm - 9:30pm.
RSVP by: Monday 13th November.

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Running a successful AGM

Does the thought of attending the Annual General Meeting, (AGM), send your members to sleep? Does the mention of planning the AGM make your committee groan? We can help!

Come along and learn how to host an enticing AGM that will attract members to attend whilst not overtaxing the organisers.

When: Wednesday 28th June 7pm - 9:30pm.
RSVP by: Monday 26th June.

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Recruiting for your committee

Recruiting Committee

Even in the case of a well-run, effective and stable committee, members will leave from time to time. Locking the AGM doors until you fill the positions does not necessarily ensure the committee will reflect the needs and interests of the group's members or offer skills and expertise that will allow them to navigate the changing terrain.

Our facilitator will teach you how to identify the skills your committee has, what you may need and how to actively recruit people to your committee who can help you fill the gaps.

When: Wednesday 19th July, 7pm - 9:30pm.
RSVP by: Monday 15th July.

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Marketing your group


This practical, fun and informative workshop will provide the participants with the knowledge and tools to have more effective marketing strategy. It will provide tips and hints for making your marketing time and dollars stretch further for a better return. Our facilitator will be helping participants create a framework for a good marketing and action plan.

To get the most out of this workshop we suggest each group bring at least two members.

When: Monday 14th August, 6:30pm - 9:30pm.
RSVP by: Thursday 10th August.

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How to do Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

½ day workshop

A strategic plan is a road map describing where your organisation wants to go, why and how you will get there. But how do you do it?

This hands-on workshop will provide you with the tools needed to lead your organisation through a strategic planning process. To get the most out of this workshop we suggest each group bring at least three committee members.

When: Saturday 22nd July 9am - 1pm. (was 26 Aug)
RSVP before: Wednesday 19th August.
Free (up to four participants) Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided

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For more information

For more information contact the Community Strengthening Team on or phone 9298 8000.

All workshops are held at the Knox Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South.

Please advise us of any additional requirements that may assist you in attending.

tis Interpreter 131 450 (ask for 03 9298 8000)
fax 9800 3096
tty If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service 133 677 (quote ’03 9298 8000’)
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