Free skills training workshops for community organisations
  • Tuesday 06 July 2010

Sunshine Coast Council has partnered with Volunteering Sunshine Coast to develop a series of free skills training workshops for community groups.

Scheduled to run over the first half of August 2010, the practical Nuts & Bolts sessions are hosted by local media and business experts and will focus on two separate toolboxes – Management & Promotion and Planning & Finance.

The workshops will be presented by staff from local newspapers, TV and radio stations, as well as experts in governance, legal matters, planning, council grants and other funding.

Topics covered will include:

  • media partnerships
  • good governance
  • how to make informed decisions on the best legal structure for an organisation
  • legal issues in volunteer management
  • strategic planning, and
  • financial management

Community Policy and Programs portfolio holder, Councillor Jenny McKay, said the sessions are a great opportunity for local groups to improve their skill sets and enhance organisational performance.

“These workshops have been developed in response to requests from community groups for practical skills training,” said Cr McKay.

“They are the first in a series of workshops to help community organisations become more successful and sustainable.”

With the next council major grants round opening at the end of July, the workshops will provide timely information on financial assistance available to organisations through the Council Grants Program.

Workshops will be held at the following Coast locations:

Management &PromotionCooroy LibraryWed 4 August10am – 12.30pm
Management& PromotionMaleny Neighbourhood CentreThursday 12 August10am – 12.30pm
Planning & FinanceLake Kawana Community CentreSaturday 7 August10am – 12.30pm
Planning & FinanceNambour Community CentreMonday 9 August6 – 8.30pm

For more information, email

or visit council's website

Bookings are essential – phone council on 5475 7272 to secure your place.