Strong re­sponse to fo­rum

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Money-rais­ing, good gover­nance and un­lock­ing the power of events were key dis­cus­sion sub­jects at a Strength­en­ing Com­mu­ni­ties Fo­rum in Hor­sham.

The fo­rum, at the Cen­tre for Par­tic­i­pa­tion, in­cluded speak­ers An­drea Cross, Pablo Gimenez, Jemma Toohey and Cen­tre for Par­tic­i­pa­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Pet­tett.

Cen­tre staff mem­bers Rob­bie Mil­lar and Munya Mu­gari also spoke about a wide range of top­ics dur­ing six work­shops.

Top­ics in­cluded man­age­ment com­mit­tees and risk, grants and fundrais­ing, money mat­ters, re­cruit­ing and man­ag­ing vol­un­teers, com­mu­nity-led change and un­lock­ing the power of events.

A panel dis­cus­sion on the chal­lenges fac­ing our com­mu­ni­ties wrapped up the day.

Some peo­ple who at­tended the fo­rum said they had ini­tially taken part to ex­pand their knowl- edge, learn about bud­get­ing, and to learn how to re­late to peo­ple.

At­tendee An­drew Ge­orge said he had been keen to im­prove his knowl­edge of how to run com­mu­nity groups.

“I gained a good mix of new in­for­ma­tion along with af­fir­ma­tion of my ex­ist­ing knowl­edge and prac­tices,” he said.

Nhill Karen com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tive Htoo said in­for­ma­tion about bud­get­ing and fi­nances would help the com­mu­nity, while Lyn Pow­ell com­mented that she had learned ways to at­tract and re­tain young vol­un­teers.

“I would rec­om­mend any­body from small or­gan­i­sa­tions at­tend these train­ing ses­sions in fu­ture; they’re very re­ward­ing,” Hor­sham Cam­era Club trea­surer Brian Finch said.

Ms Pet­tett said the com­mu­nity lead­ers trav­elled from as far as Stawell, St Ar­naud, Don­ald and Kaniva to at­tend the fo­rum.

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