Women's Community Leadership and Connections Program


2022 Program Details

After the success of the pilot Women’s Community Leadership and Connections Program in 2021, Nillumbik Shire Council is excited to run the program again in 2022.

Council recognises the important role that local government plays in promoting gender equity. We are committed to facilitating improved participation, leadership and access for women, girls and individuals who identify as female.

The aim of the Women’s Community Leadership and Connections Program is to provide women with the skills and knowledge to become more confident, active and engaged leaders across all areas of the Nillumbik community.

This program brings women together with health, wellbeing and leadership experts to learn a range of skills in visioning, project planning, design and activation. The program is action based, so participants could apply their new skills and knowledge to real-life community projects and situations with the support of peers and Council.

The eight-week program includes:

  • Introduction to the program and creating our space
  • Purpose, vision and goals
  • Understanding Council
  • Equity-centred leadership
  • Understanding community and your role in it
  • Project planning and design
  • Collaborating with Council
  • Preparing for action

Participants will be asked to attend at least 80% of program sessions which are as follows:  

Session one: Welcome to the Program
Saturday 12 February 10am – 1pm
Hurstbridge Community Hub

Followed by eight weekly online sessions 6pm – 8.30pm on:

  • Wednesday 16 February
  • Wednesday 23 February
  • Wednesday 2 March
  • Wednesday 9 March
  • Wednesday 16 March
  • Wednesday 23 March
  • Thursday 24 March Grant Writing Workshop
  • Wednesday 30 March

Saturday 9 April 12pm – 3pm
Hurstbridge Community Hub

Applications for the 2022 program are now open and close Friday 31 December 2022. The program will run on Wednesday evenings throughout February and March, with a graduation celebration mid April.

For more information contact community@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

Apply now

2021 Program

Congratulations to the participants of the Women’s Community Leadership and Connections Program who officially graduated at a ceremony at Montsalvat in July 2021. 

The program was a great opportunity for women to build their skills and networks to become more confident, active and engaged leaders and community connectors in Nillumbik.

The women worked with Council to each develop a local project that builds community resilience and supportive networks for women including a repair café, a new group for carers, a health and wellbeing hub and exercise group for new parents.

2021 Projects

Nillumbik Repair Cafe

Nillumbik Repair Café - a program aimed at improving sustainability and reducing waste in Nillumbik. The cafe will work with volunteers to repair items such as clothing, small electricals, toys, musical instruments, tools and wooden items, saving valuable resources from going to landfill.

For more information about this project Rosie Morgan rosalieamorgan@gmail.com

New Circle

New Circle - a space for parents/carers dealing with a recent or suspected diagnosis of a child with a disability or developmental delay; to connect, feel heard, reflect and learn new ways to improve their mind, body and spirit, in a judgement-free zone. 

For more information contact Myra on 0411 111 156.

Carers Collective

Carers Collective - a local community support group for people who perform a carers role.  This will become a community wide group that offers support, education and pathways to help those playing a carers role.

For more information contact thecarerscollective@gmail.com.  

Women's Health and Wellbeing Hub

Women’s Health and Wellbeing Hub – creating an inclusive and vibrant space for women in Nillumbik to connect. It will give women the tools and confidence to live a more fulfilling life and ultimately promote the importance of self-love and connection.

Women's Perspectives on Bushfire Preparedness

Women’s Perspectives on Bushfire Preparedness - Improving participation of women in activities that enhance knowledge and community connections in order to build resilience around the impacts of bushfires and climate change.

For further information on this project contact Kathy Overton kathyoverton@yahoo.com.au

The 5 Cs

The 5 Cs – This program is all about getting new parents out of the house and doing light exercise with their baby. The group provides an opportunity to connect with other parents and carers in a fun and relaxed environment.

For more information about this project contact Britt Higgins Britt.higgins@intimo.com.au.

Safe Horses Smiths Gully

Safe Horses Smiths Gully - creating a safe/welcoming space for horses and their riders in Nillumbik. The project will create a purpose-built hitching yard for six horses with water and manure disposal, available 24 hours to anyone who needs it.

Coaches in Community

Coaches in Community - With only 12 per cent of women in coaching roles across 35 junior and youth soccer teams at Eltham Redbacks Football Club, this project intends to encourage women, within the membership community, to take on leadership roles such as coach, assistant coach and referee through a guided and supportive program starting in U7 and U8 boys and girls leagues.

For more information about this project contact Margo Fox coordinatorminiroosboys@elthamredbacksfc.org.au