Training weekend for Flinders communities a boost for volunteers

Community training for Flinders Shire

A free weekend workshop, targeted at community groups in the Flinders Shire will provide a much-welcome boost to volunteers.

Queensland’s regional communities rely heavily on the work of volunteers. From running camp drafts to local counselling services, through to preserving local heritage, natural areas and boosting tourism opportunities, community groups are literally the lifeblood of remote towns.

But volunteering with a community group in one of these towns brings with it unique challenges. Accessing resources – whether financial, human or infrastructure is complicated. Finding new volunteers, working with young people and dealing with city-based bureaucracies takes a special kind of tenacity and perseverance.

Well thanks to the support of Flinders Shire, volunteer groups in the area will have two days to immerse themselves with tools, tactics and expertise to help their groups flourish in a rapidly changing not for profit environment.

The two-day workshop, being held in Hughenden will celebrate the success of the shire’s community groups over recent decades before focussing on the ins and outs of strategic planning, managing volunteer fatigue, grant writing, governance and social media as well as working out what the next steps are for local groups.

Workshop presenters Samantha Morris from Wombat Creative and Shane Harris from Volunteering North Queensland bring with them more than four decades of experience supporting communities in regional Australia to deliver big projects with limited resources.

On top of the group development content, there’s also some bangin’ entertainment with an 80s “apocalypse singalong cabaret” taking place Saturday night featuring Geraldine Quinn. It’s OK if you don’t know what that is, because I don’t either.

The Community Volunteer Forum runs Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November and registration is just $10 for Flinders Shire communities.

Register, or get more information from Erin Kinchela at 07 4741 2900, 0437 227 486 or cdo@flinders.qld.,gov.au.

Hughenden Community Volunteer Forum information flier
Flinders Shire Community Volunteer Forum information flier

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