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Supporting the community

City of Gold Coast has implemented a range of initiatives to support the voluntary sector across the city.

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Community development

The City’s community development products and services are described below.

Community activities

Our Community Development program provides opportunities for residents to meet their neighbours and interact with others through free or low cost community activities in local areas. These activities are accessible to all residents and cater for a diverse range of people.

For other lists of community activities in your local area visit our Events calendar or see our Online Gold Coast Community Directory page.


Support for community groups

Sustainable community groups are a key aspect of the City’s vibrant lifestyle. Our Community Development program contributes to the sustainability of all these community groups by:

  • raising awareness about programs and services they offer
  • providing training and professional development activities
  • assisting with information about grant funds and financial support
  • facilitating partnerships between community groups
  • providing strategies to increase membership and volunteers
  • partnering with community groups to deliver community activities.

Upcoming free community workshops

June

Invitation: Free Workshops for Community Organisations – Recruiting and retaining volunteers

This workshop is perfect for anyone involved in a community organisation that currently has volunteers, or is interested in utilising volunteers in the future. Training will be provided by an experienced volunteer manager, covering useful information on recruiting, managing and retaining volunteers. The session will offer practical learning and handy tips for involving volunteers in your organisation.

You will also have an opportunity to participate in an interactive discussion about the challenges, successes and experiences of your volunteer involving organisation.

Sessions are free, but places are limited, so please register for one of the sessions using the links below. Light refreshments will be provided.

Date Time Location
Wednesday 5 June 2019 9.30am to 12.30pm Tugun Community Centre
Register for this session online
Thursday 6 June 2019 9.30am to 12.30pm Helensvale Cultural Centre
Register for this session online

To reserve your place: Register online for the session using the link above or phone 07 5581 6642.


Grant Writing Information Session

Come along and learn about grants and philanthropy, get the basics on researching and planning your grant application, work on a simple grants template and develop skills to write a grant application.

Local groups are invited to develop their grant writing skills and find out how to apply for sources of funding at the following information session.

Date Time Location
Friday 21 June 2019 1pm to 3pm Upper Coomera Centre (Multipurpose Hall 2), 90 Reserve Road, Upper Coomera
parking and entry off Abraham Road)
Register for this session online

Places are limited. If oversubscribed, groups will be notified of a future workshop.

To reserve your place: Register online for the session using the link above or phone 07 5581 6642. A maximum of 2 tickets per community group are available.


Free CPR Awareness Session

Support your community – learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills that may assist in an emergency. Cardiac arrest can happen to people of all ages and at any time or location. Come along to this free session to learn how to respond to a person who requires emergency assistance including how to perform CPR on an adult, child or infant. Please note this is not an accredited CPR Course.

Date Time Location
Wednesday 19 June 2019 1pm to 2pm Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads

Places are limited.

For more information contact Safe and Liveable Communities Branch on 07 5581 6642 or email liveable@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

July

Grant Writing Information Session

Come along and learn about grants and philanthropy, get the basics on researching and planning your grant application, work on a simple grants template and develop skills to write a grant application.

Local groups are invited to develop their grant writing skills and find out how to apply for sources of funding at the following information session.

Date Time Location
Friday 19 July 2019 5.30pm to 7.30pm Nerang Bicentennial Centre (meeting room 3), 833 Southport-Nerang Road, Nerang
Register for this session online

Places are limited. If oversubscribed, groups will be notified of a future workshop.

To reserve your place: Register online for the session using the link above or phone 07 5581 6642.

Community development officers develop and maintain partnerships with representatives from community groups, local businesses, other City branches and other levels of government. Projects may include:

  • special events, activities or programs
  • provision of community information and resources
  • formation of community groups
  • community planning initiatives
  • policy and research projects.

For more information about the City’s Community Development program please contact us on 07 5582 8211.

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