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Free Training for Community Groups in Ballarat

The Community Governance Project funded by the City of Ballarat is working to provide support to community groups in the City of Ballarat, delivered across the four Neighbourhood Houses in Ballarat through a Strategic Partnership.

2024 Workshops

REGISTER NOW for one or more of the five FREE Workshops for Community Groups in Term 3, 2024 

Check out our Community Group Governance Past Workshops.



Workshop #8 - Collaborating with others - How community groups can work together

  • REGISTER NOW, 10.00 am - 11.30 am, Tuesday 6 August 2024: Training Room 1, Barkly Square, Ballarat East.

This workshop will focus on the benefits of working with other organisations to deliver events and services. Issues with partnerships and other forms of collaboration will also be explored. We will look at the many ways groups can work together and explore what networking for community groups really means. 

Presented by Vicki Coltman, Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre, and Kay Miller, Ballarat East Neighbourhood House.

Please note that there will not be an online repeat of this Workshop.



Workshop #9 - The joys and challenges of being on a board or committee

  • Session 1: REGISTER NOW, 10.00 am - 11.30 am, Wednesday 14 August 2024: Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre, 11 Tuppen Drive, Sebastopol.
  • Session 2: REGISTER NOW, 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm, Tuesday 27 August 2024: Online via Zoom.

Thinking of joining a committee or board, or already on one? Not sure what skills are needed and what opportunities are offered? Come along and find out what you need to know. 

Presented by Kay Miller, Ballarat East Neighbourhood House and Annie De Jong, CEO - Ballarat Cemeteries.



Lou garden cropWorkshop #10 - Not-for-Profits: How to PR like a boss

  • Session 1: REGISTER NOW, 10.00 am - 12.00 noon, Thursday 5 September 2024: Training Room 1, Barkly Square, 25-39 Barkly Street, Ballarat East.
  • Session 2: REGISTER NOW, 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm, Thursday 12 September 2024: Online via Zoom.

Are you part of a not-for-profit group and unsure how to get the right media attention? Lou will teach you the tips and tricks of public relations - PR 101.

Learn how to:

  • Write an engaging press release.
  • Pitch a story to the media.
  • Understand how radio, TV, print and other traditional media outlets work.
  • Prepare for, deliver and be confident with media interviews.

Presented by Lou Ridsdale, from various national and local not-for-profits including Food is Free Inc. and 15 Trees, with guest, Tim Bottams from the Ballarat Times Newspaper.



Past Workshops

Check out our Community Group Governance Past Workshops from 2023 and the first half of 2024.


Supporting Ballarat's Community Groups

Commencing June 2022, through a four-year strategic partnership grant with the City of Ballarat, the four Neighbourhood Houses in Ballarat is building capacity for local groups through training workshops and resources.

The project involves delivery of training on governance, grant writing, financial management, running effective meetings, managing volunteers and applying for incorporation.

Kay Miller has been appointed two days a week as the Community Governance Officer and would like to talk to local groups and organisations to see what support is required.

The project is focusing on smaller groups across the City of Ballarat who may not have the resources (time or money) to seek the advice they need. A governance health check assessment tool has been developed which can be used to see how your group is functioning particularly in relation to governance. A list of online resources is also available for community groups.

So, if your group of organisation has no more than one paid staff member or an annual operating income under $150,000, or thereabouts (excluding one-off project grants), and you have some questions about how you are operating or would like some training in a particular area please contact Kay by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 0460 699 669.

Online Training

Not-for-Profit Law

Not-for-profit (NFP) Law is a specialist legal service for community organisations. NFP Law is a program of Justice Connect a social justice organisation and community legal service and is itself a not-for-profit community organisation and registered charity. They provide free or low cost, high quality practical legal help for not-for-profit community organisations and advocate for improved standards and legal frameworks.

See their free and low-cost live and on demand webinars: https://www.nfplaw.org.au/training/webinars

They have a range of great resources available to support not-for-profit groups: https://www.nfplaw.org.au/

Neighbourhood Houses Working Together

On Wednesday 27 October 2021 at the City of Ballarat's Council Meeting a four-year Strategic Partnership proposal from the four Neighbourhood Houses in Ballarat was approved. 

This project sees the four Ballarat Houses working closely together to support community groups across our city. 

Building Governance Capacity for Ballarat's Community Groups


  1. The purpose of the Strategic Partnerships Program is to provide funding to organisations or businesses to deliver initiatives that meet Council’s strategic objectives outlined in the Council Plan, Health and Wellbeing Plan and other relevant plans and strategies that have been endorsed by Council.
  2. The delivery of the Strategic Partnerships Program is explicitly included in the annual Council Plan Action Plan under:
    a. Goal 2: A healthy, connected and inclusive community
    b. Objective 2.1: Provide a socially equitable response to municipal growth and change
    c. Strategy: Administer the Community Impact Grant and Strategic Partnership Grant programs


  1. Funded Strategic Partnerships must deliver on Council objectives that are broadly based around the following goals, all of which are designed to create positive community outcomes:
    a. An environmentally sustainable future
    b. A healthy, connected and inclusive community
    c. A city that fosters sustainable growth
    d. A city that conserves and enhances our natural and built assets
    e. A strong and innovative economy and city
  2. The proposals recommended for funding have community impact in creating strong community organisations and networks, aiding the local economy to recover from COVID and promoting active living and visitation to the city.