2021 Volunteer and Community Group Training

The Wyndham Volunteer and Community Group Training supports local residents, volunteers, community groups and not-for-profit organisations across Wyndham to develop volunteering. 

Please note:

  • Session dates and times may be subject to change;
  • It is essential to book online for each session;
  • Registration opens 4 weeks prior to each session;
  • Wyndham residents, volunteers, community groups and not-for-profit organisations are eligible to attend.
DATE/TIME TOPIC DESCRIPTION HOW?
Wed 24 Feb (6.30pm to 8.30pm) Understanding Financials for Committee Members

Presenter: Non Profit Training

Committee or board members of not-for-profit organisations come to the role with a mix of skills and experiences which makes their contribution special.

Many don’t come with an in-depth knowledge of accounting or a head for numbers, yet most committees are now aware of their individual responsibility to ensure the group is solvent and the importance of being able to read the financial reports. 

Learning how to read and understand the facts and figures presented in financial reports will mean committee members become equipped with knowledge on which they can base major decisions when guiding their community group and help it to survive and thrive.
 

Topics Include:

  • Interpreting the financial reports including the balance sheet, profit and loss
  • Developing a budget for the financial year
  • Calculating the organisation’s financial health;
  • Linking the strategic plan to the budget and financial reports
  • Understanding the financial controls required to protect assets

Registrations closed.

Online via MS Teams
Thursday 4 March (9.30am to 11.30am) What Next?  Preparing for Recovery and Revisioning

Presenter: Non Profit Training

As we emerge from lockdown, what have we learnt? How have we changed? Some restrictions are being eased and now is the time to think about what, and how we will engage with our members and stakeholders during these next stages.

This session will help community groups to consider a plan for moving forward in the next stages. It will help you to think about what you need to reinvent or pivot to ensure the services you offer are relevant and stay relevant for your community. The forum will help you to network, talk to others and gather ideas for reengaging and revisioning your organisation.

Topics Include:

  • Reflection; challenges / barriers have we had to manage and what’s new that we will take forward
  • What will resurfacing look like for your organisation
  • Ideas to connect and engage your members and stakeholders
  • Exploring project ideas for moving forward in the ‘new normal’
  • Collaborations and networks that will enable our future
  • Tools and digital solutions that can support your group now and into the future

Register

 
Thurs 11 Mar (9am to 12 noon) Volunteer Safety, Risk and Insurance

Presenter: Justice Connect

Volunteer safety is paramount.

Now more than ever, organisations need to understand their legal obligations and have sound risk management processes in place.

In this practical training session for volunteer-involving organisations, we’ll cover the legal basics around your safety obligations, how to manage risk and important things to note about insurance. We’ll also delve into COVID specific issues to help you ensure your COVID-safe plan protects both your volunteers and your organisation.
 

Topics include:

  • Why safety is so important
  • The ‘duty of care’ your organisation owes its volunteers
  • Legal responsibility for the actions of volunteers
  • Work health and safety duties
  • Child safety requirements
  • Risk management processes
  • Volunteer insurance
  • Safety and risk top tips
  • Additional resources to help in the future

Register

Online via MS Teams
Thurs 18 Mar (6.30pm to 8pm) Disability Confidence

Presenter: Wyndham Council

Are you accessible and inclusive in the work you do or with people you meet?
Do you make assumptions about what people with disability can and can’t do?
Would you like to know how to become more confident around people with disability?

Being ‘disability confident’ means you are able to routinely and seamlessly accommodate differences when communicating with people who may have disability.  This session will assist you to build confidence to know the right things to say and do when interacting with a person with disability.

Topics include:

  • What does being inclusive mean?
  • Top tips for being inclusive and accessible
  • Explore what an ‘enabling environment’ looks like
  • Links and helpful resources to guide you

Register

Online via MS Teams
Tues 20 Apr (6.30pm to 8.30pm) Getting Started with Your Great Idea!

Presenter: Non Profit Training

Have you got a great idea but are not sure where to start? Funding opportunities can be unpredictable with funding applications being accessible at various time of the year. Are you ready for them? Have you had time to develop your idea and formulate this idea into a plan?
This session will help to develop an idea from scratch into a project plan building a solid base for knowing exactly what you intend to do, how you intend to do it and how much money is required to make it a successful for the community.
 

Topics include:

  • Formulating an idea
  • Knowing who to discuss / plan the idea with
  • Defining the benefits of the idea to the community
  • Influencing people to get on board with the idea
  • Creating a budget to fund the idea
  • Deciding who your partners and funders might be

Register

Online via MS Teams
Wed 28 Apr (6.30pm to 9pm) Working with other organisations

Presenter: Justice Connect

There are many benefits to working with other not-for-profits, from accessing funding to increasing your reach in the community.

However, it’s important you understand the legal side of the various options available for working together, and what they might mean for your organisation.
 

Topics include:

  • The benefits of working with other organisations
  • Legal options available for formally working together
  • The legal effect of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), contract, auspicing, partnership, joint venture, amalgamation and merger
  • Key legal issues to consider before working with another organisation
  • Avoiding negative legal consequences of poorly planned arrangements
  • Top tips and additional resources to help in the future (including template documents)
Online via MS Teams
Wed 2 June (6.30pm to 9pm) Top Legal Tips for Community Organisations

Presenter: Justice Connect

A high level, practical overview of a range of legal issues affecting community organisations including:

  • Following your organisation’s rules and legal purpose
  • Ensuring that committee/board members understand their legal duties
  • Making privacy a priority by understanding key obligations under privacy laws
  • Keeping work health and safety on the agenda
  • Screening volunteers appropriately
  • Understanding how the law applies to different roles within an organisation (eg. volunteers v employees)
  • Protecting intellectual property and reputation
  • Reviewing and the organisations insurance policies
  • Top tips and additional resources to help in the future
Online via MS Teams
Thurs 10 June (9.30am to 12 noon) Online (virtual) Volunteering

Presenter: Volunteering Victoria

In 2020 there was a rapid shift to online (virtual) volunteering in many organisations, allowing volunteers to connect in new ways. Volunteering Victoria’s 2020 State of Volunteering Report found online volunteer roles have increased from 16- 44%.  In this workshop we will cover the fundamentals of online volunteering, including designing roles, keeping volunteers safe and staying connected with your volunteers.
 

Topics include:

  • Managing Volunteers Remotely
  • Moving current face to face role to 'online'
  • Keeping volunteers engaged and connected
  • Risk assessments for volunteering from home
  • Creating new 'online' roles
  • Managing a dual team
  • How to do it well
Online via MS Teams
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