Women's Community Leadership and Connections Program
Congratulations to the participants of two new Council initiatives – the Women’s Community Leadership and Connections Program, and the Place Shapers Program – who officially graduated at a ceremony at Montsalvat in July 2021.
The two programs were designed to empower local people to help make our community a better place for everyone.
The women’s leadership 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.
The Place Shapers program provided local people with the resources and skills to implement their own community projects.
From community gardens to festivals, public art to new township events, these practical projects will transform local spaces and create vibrant, authentic local places.
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 email@example.com
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 - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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
Applications for the 2022 program open Monday 22 November 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 please contact firstname.lastname@example.org