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Community Toolkit

The City of Wanneroo is committed to supporting community groups, small not-for-profit organisations and passionate individuals to make a positive difference in our community. 

The City’s Community Toolkit includes many resources to help you and your group build your knowledge and skills, achieve your goals and have a positive impact in the community. Available resources include templates, videos, short courses and more.

Virtual Training Hub

Visit the Virtual Training Hub for training resources on topics such as boards and committees, grants and tenders, fundraising, volunteers, risk management, COVID-19 and marketing. Visit the Virtual Training Hub to preview information and to sign up for your free membership.

Please note: Memberships are available to not-for-profit community groups or organisations located within the City of Wanneroo, or those providing support services to a large number of City residents. Each community group is entitled to a maximum of two free memberships. 

Membership subscription attracts a small fee. Alternatively, the City is offering free community workshops to ‘Grow Your Group’, please contact Community Development on (08) 9405 5600, or email communitydevelopment@wanneroo.wa.gov.au.

Visit the Wanneroo Learning Hub page 

Access and inclusion

The City of Wanneroo is made up of a diverse mixture of ages, genders, cultures, and abilities. Everyone wants be part of a welcoming and inclusive community, so we encourage you to consider this in your activities.

Resources

Factsheet - How to be inclusive

General information

Delivering an Acknowledgement of Country before the commencement of a meeting or activity is a meaningful and respectful way to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land that we are on within the City of Wanneroo- Noongar Whadjuk country. To learn more about making an Acknowledgement of Country, visit the City’s Reconciliation page.

Your group might want to consider recognising special days of cultural significance- this is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to be welcoming and inclusive for people from diverse cultural backgrounds. How you choose to recognise these occasions can be through small gestures up to bigger acts such as running an event. Visit the Australian Government’s Calendar of Cultural Dates for information about the special days that you could recognise.

For those who speak English as a second language, help might sometimes be required to support effective communication. There are various translating and interpreting services that can assist with this. Visit the City’s Translating and Interpreting Service page for more information.

External resources

 

Boards and committees

Do you have a board or committee? Or are you interested in starting one? Boards and committees are formal arrangements that require ongoing commitment and responsibility.

Resources

Instructions- Becoming Incorporated

Virtual Training Hub

Visit the Virtual Training Hub for training resources on topics such as boards and committees, grants and tenders, fundraising, volunteers, risk management, COVID-19 and marketing. Visit the Virtual Training Hub to preview information and to sign up for your free membership. Be quick because free memberships are limited and are only valid until March 2024. 

Please note: memberships are available to not-for-profit community groups or organisations located within the City of Wanneroo, or those providing support services to a large number of City residents. Each community group is entitled to a maximum of two free memberships

Visit the Wanneroo Learning Hub page 

 

Communication and Meetings

Communicating effectively with your members, volunteers, the community and funding bodies is critical to the success of your group.  Did you know that meetings are one of your most important communication tools?

Resources

Virtual Training Hub

Visit the Virtual Training Hub and access articles, short courses and videos on topics such as whether you should consider incorporating questions to ask your board and legal responsibilities of committee members.

 

Forming your idea

Before you start raising funds, running events, holding meetings or helping the community, you need to be very clear about your goals. Take the time to consider what you want to achieve.

Resources

General information

If you’re interested in starting, joining, or developing a community garden, Community Gardens Australia has you covered. They offer a range of resources, including tip sheets, how-to guides and a directory of all community gardens in the country.
If street libraries are more your thing, then visit Street Library Australia. They offer support and inspiring information about planning, building and maintaining street libraries.

 

Funding and Finances

At some point you will most likely need some money to help you to achieve your goals. There are many ways that you can access funding, including fundraising and grants. You’ll also need to take the time to carefully plan how you’re going to manage your funds on an ongoing basis.

Funding opportunities

Resources

Virtual Training Hub

Visit the Wanneroo Virtual Training Hub and access articles, short courses and videos on topics such as the different types of fundraising, an introduction to grant writing, common mistakes grant writers make and how to read and analyse your financial statements.

 

Marketing and promotions

Marketing can help you promote your group, ideas, and activities. Most importantly, effective marketing can help your community group grow.

Promotional opportunities

Did you know that the City of Wanneroo has an online Community Directory? You can list your group or club and promote specific events or activities for free! It is viewed by thousands of people each month and provides a valuable opportunity for you to promote what you do. Visit the Community Directory

Resources

Virtual Training Hub

Visit the Virtual Training Hub to access short courses and videos on topics such as why you need to focus on marketing, developing your marketing messages and building your website. 

 

Running events

Events are an effective way for you to connect with the local community. Events allow you to attract new funding, gain new members and volunteers, and raise awareness of your cause and what you do.

Resources

Virtual Training Hub

Visit the Virtual Training Hub to access short courses and videos on topics such as event risk management, common event management mistakes and tips to deliver events on a $0 budget.

 

Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart of our community and essential to your group’s success, so it’s important to engage with them effectively.

Resources

General information

Volunteering WA  are the official source of information when it comes to all things volunteering. They offer information, training, advice, network meetings and resources, many of which are free.

Learn more about your legal obligations when recruiting volunteers, youth volunteers and other volunteer management need by visiting Not-for-profit Law and making use of their training, guides and factsheets.

Both volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations have certain legal obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020. To learn more about the responsibilities that organisations engaging volunteers have under the WHS Act read the Work Health and Safety Guide for Volunteer Organisations.

If you’re looking for a more affordable and easy way to get police clearances for your volunteers, consider the WA Police Force Volunteer National Police Certificate program. While this isn’t your only option for police clearances, it is a popular one amongst volunteer-involving organisations due to its ease and affordability.

The Australian National Standards for Volunteer Involvement will give you a quick and easy-to-understand overview of what is considered best practice when it comes to managing your volunteers. You can download the document for free and suggest using it as a checklist so that you can rate the operations of your group.

Virtual Training Hub

Visit the Virtual Training Hub to access short courses and videos on topics such as how to attract youth volunteers, tips for recruiting and keeping volunteers and creating a positive volunteering culture.

 

Other

The Community Toolkit includes a range of additional resources to support with a variety of other functions.

Resources

General information

The City is fortunate to have a passionate community wanting to help. It is in the face of emergency events that this becomes so important. At such times community members often look for ways to help each other during the emergency and after. In such cases community-led resilience and emergency networks are critical. If you’re interested in setting up such a network, then read the Community-led Resilience Teams Guide developed by Australian Red Cross.

Workshops

The City will sometimes run in-person capacity building workshops for local community groups and individuals wanting to make positive change in the community. We’re always seeking ideas for new topics to cover, so please get in touch with Community Development if you have a workshop idea, or you’re interested in hearing about future workshops. Email: communitydevelopment@wanneroo.wa.gov.au or phone 9405 5600.

 

More information

For more information about available support for community groups, please contact the City’s Community Development Team on 9405 5600 or email communitydevelopment@wanneroo.wa.gov.au

Please note: the resources on this page are for general information purposes and we encourage you to ensure they meet your individual requirements.