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.

Building Blocks Community Leadership Programs have been run so far:

Year

Program

#

2014

Positively Aging over 50

1

Tarneit Neighbourhood

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 Neighbourhood

9

2016

Generalist @ Saltwater

10

Council Caretaker period

 

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

  2019

Green Living in Wyndham

17

Point Cook Neighbourhood

18

  2022

Activate your Community Renewing Wyndham

19

Hear some amazing stories from previous participants and the contributions they have made to the community. Visit Building Blocks Program videos on YouTube.

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

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