Wyndham's Building Blocks Community Leadership Program has been operating since 2014 and describes the implementation of objectives from both Wyndham City Plan (2017-2021) and Wyndham 2040 to provide an opportunity for eligible community members to build and strengthen their capacity in community leadership and participation.  This program aims to support the contribution of individuals towards Wyndham as a diverse, active and well supported and connected community with high participation in local and municipal community life.

Wyndham's Building Blocks program is a FREE fully subsidized program facilitated by Victoria University Polytechnic for people who live, work, study, volunteer or play in Wyndham and who are interested in working collaboratively with others to develop and strengthen their community leadership and participation skills.

Program participation, unless otherwise noted, is for Wyndham people over 16 years, who wish to develop their leadership capacity and/or are a new and emerging leader. Please note that eligibility criteria and a selection process will apply.

Who is a community leader?

A community leader is a community member who mobilises and empowers others to make positive change within the Wyndham community through tangible actions with demonstrable community benefits.

The Building Blocks Community Leadership program’s objectives are:

  1. To provide participants with improved leadership skills and competencies, and a better understanding of civic participation and government.
  2. To ensure community capacity is built by providing opportunities for knowledge, skills and confidence to be applied.
  3. To contribute to a sustainable leadership framework that is inclusive, accessible and meets the needs of our diverse community.
  4. To deliver an enhanced community sector, through new community led initiatives and events and strengthened community organisations which serve residents of Wyndham.

Building Block’s Programs operate for 15 weeks twice a year in semester 1 and semester 3 with applications opening December/January and April/May for the program commencing the following semester. An application form/program brochure will be made available on Wyndham City website, Wyndham Civic Centre, local libraries and community centres. Applications close 4 weeks prior to program commencement with successful applicants being notified by email and/or phone.

16 Building Blocks Community Leadership Programs have been run so far:

Year

Program theme

#

2014

Positively Aging over 50years

1

Tarneit Nieghbourhood

2

Women from New and Emerging Communities

3

Men’s Health Champions

4

2015

Emergency Ready Communities

5

Environment & Sustainability

6

Get Wyndham Moving Active Transport

7

Sport, Recreation & Leisure

8

Truganina Neighbourhod

9

2016

Generalist @ Saltwater

10

Council Caretaker period (no program)

 

2017

Learning Communities

11

Rural Communities

12

Werribee City Centre

13

Supporting Middle Aged (8-12 year old) Children

14

2018

Parks & Open Space

15

Arts & Culture

16

If you would like any further details, contact sharon.brown@wyndham.vic.gov.au or call 9742 0812.

Wyndham Building Blocks Community Leadership eNewsletter

Community Leadership Forum - Peter Kenyon

Wyndham City hosted world renowned Peter Kenyon, a social capitalist & community enthusiast who works with communities to facilitate fresh and creative ways to stimulate community and economic renewal. He is motivated by the desire to create healthy, caring, inclusive, sustainable and enterprising communities. Peter Kenyon is founder of the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. – Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies, and www.bankofideas.com.au has a lot of copy left (not copyright) material that can be used by community groups.

The Wyndham Community Leadership Forum saw Peter Kenyon defining a community with lots of great quotes; however his point was essentially that good communities develop from the inside out.

He then spoke about leadership, saying that effective leaders DO:

  • Make things happen
  • Inspire others
  • Open up possibilities
  • Facilitate collaboration
  • Instil a positive mindset
  • Foster other leaders

Peter says that “The mutual love affair between people and their place is one of the most powerful influences in our lives, yet rarely thought of in terms of a relationship. As cities begin thinking of themselves as engaged in a relationship with their citizens, and citizens begin to consider their emotional connections with their places, we open up new possibilities in community, social and economic development by including the most powerful of motivators—the human heart—in our toolkit of city-making."

Peter offered 5 tips for building community:

  1. Have an appreciative mindset
  2. Remember success is an inside job
  3. Create opportunities for everyone to contribute
  4. Build social networks
  5. Know the importance of community conversation

As Peter quotes, “Communities around the world are entering a new era of community building. Whether improving economic conditions and reducing poverty, re-energizing citizens and social programs, reducing crime, or revitalizing a troubled neighbourhood, they are engaging people from all sectors as never before to work together as equals to improve their quality of life. At the heart of this engagement are community conversations, in which common goals are embraced by a diverse array of people with different backgrounds and needs, and influencers are drawn from multiple sectors, including community organizations, the various levels of government, and businesses big and small.

For his presentation notes, please click here

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