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Free Training for Community Groups in Ballarat

REGISTER NOW for Term 1, 2023

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

Save the date for these free training sessions (times and locations to be confirmed). Bookings available from mid-January 2023:

TERM 1, 2023

Communities Grant Workshop ImageWorkshop 1: Grant Writing Workshop
Wednesday 8 February 2023


Session 1: 10.00 am – 11.30 am: Theatre at Barkly Square. REGISTER NOW

Session 2: 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm: Online via Zoom. REGISTER NOW

Presented by Kay Miller, Ballarat East Neighbourhood House, Sandi Darrington, Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre and the City of Ballarat.

Write winning grant applications!

Does your group or club have a great idea? Wanting to boost participation? Deliver great things for the community?

Let us help you.

The City of Ballarat’s Community Impact Grant program is due to open in February 2023.

The City of Ballarat and Ballarat’s Neighbourhood Houses are partnering to run grant writing workshops to help your club or group write quality grant applications.

Lou garden cropWorkshop 2: Here’s the Pitch – PR for Community Groups

Tuesday 28 February 2023


Session 1: 10.00 am – 11.30 am: Theatre at Barkly Square. REGISTER NOW

Session 2: 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm: Online via Zoom. REGISTER NOW

Presented by Lou Ridsdale – Food is Free Inc.

Do you struggle with getting your story out as a not-for-profit or community group? Find it hard to pitch to your target audience for donations, volunteer recruitment, stakeholder engagement, and general PR (public relations)?

As a publicist with over 30 years’ experience, Lou has also been running a successful local not-for-profit for 8 years, Food Is Free Inc. and is an expert in multiple forms of promotion from traditional PR, to online & digital comms plus, strategy.

In this ‘Here’s The Pitch’ session Lou will simplify how to get your good news stories out, how to attract the differing sectors of your audience to hear your successes and impact, and how to make your organisation stand out from the crowd.

Sue Jakob cropWorkshop 3: Volunteers – How to get them and keep them

Tuesday 21 March 2023


Session 1: 9.30 am – 12.30 pm: Venue TBC. REGISTER NOW

Session 2: 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm: Onlie via Zoom. REGISTER NOW

Presented by Sue Jakob

This interactive workshop will look at effective, low/no cost ways of recruiting people into your volunteer team.

The basis of this session is best practice volunteer management which references the National Standards on Volunteering. We will discuss simple marketing techniques, good communication strategies and how to ensure your people feel effective, valuable and part of the team.

Sue is a passionate volunteer management specialist, with around 20 years’ experience in a range of public and community sector organisations. She has extensive experience in volunteer training, and more recently, volunteer manager training.

TERM 2, 2023

BGCLS Logo 1Workshop 4: Running a successful community group

Monday 15 May 2023

Session 1: 10.00 am – 12.00 noon: Venue TBC

Session 2: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm: Online via Zoom

Presented by Ballarat & Grampians Community Legal Service and Consumer Affairs



Pirooz Pic2022Workshop 5: Managing difficult conversations and situations

Tuesday 6 June 2023

Session 1: 10.00 am – 12.30 pm: Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility

Tuesday 20 June 2023

Session 2: 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm: Online via Zoom

Presented by Pirooz Jafari – Track C Consulting

Pirooz migrated to Australia in the late 1990’s. Upon successful completion of his law degree at University of Wollongong, he pursued a career in law and worked in various community-based organisations in New South Wales before moving to Victoria where he worked at statutory bodies including various local governments and Victoria Legal Aid Commission.

Meanwhile, Pirooz undertook pro bono legal work at a number of community legal centres including Refugee Legal (formerly known as Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre) assisting with asylum seeker file preparation and client management. He then ran his own migration law practice for over 5 years specialising in asylum seeker and humanitarian cases. This experience enriched his understanding of people’s diverse voices and their experience of gross violation of human rights.

With over 20 years’ experience in the legal arena, community development, community engagement, project management, and policy development within the human rights framework, Pirooz is versatile and capable of taking on challenging projects. He is also a photographer, a writer and a story-teller, as such, has a unique set of skills and sensitivity to capture people’s stories and voices.

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.