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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

February

Planning your community group’s future

Come along to our free workshop for not-for-profit community groups. Learn useful tips on how to strategically plan for the future and how to effectively manage and mentor your volunteer workforce to assist you in keeping your group running. Discover what you need to tell grant providers to give you a better chance of success.

Date Time Location
Wednesday 13 February 2019 5.30pm to 8.30pm Labrador Community and Youth Centre, 57 Billington Street, Labrador

*Please note that this workshop is now fully subscribed.

To register your interest in upcoming sessions: email your name, contact details and name of your community group to liveable@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone 07 5581 6642.

Please note if this workshop is oversubscribed, groups will be notified of a future workshop.


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
Friday 15 February 2019 10am to 11am Labrador Community and Youth Centre, 57 Billington Street, Labrador

To register: email your name, contact details and name of your community group to liveable@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone 07 5581 6642.

Places are limited.


Free 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.

Date Time Location
Wednesday 20 February 2019 5.30pm to 7.30pm Nerang Bicentennial Centre Meeting Room 2, 833 Southport-Nerang Road, Nerang

Register for this session online or phone 07 5581 6642.

Places are limited with a maximum of two tickets per community group available.

March

Free 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.

Date Time Location
Monday 4 March 2019 11.30am to 1.30pm Elanora Community Centre, 26 Galleon Way, Elanora

Register for this session online or phone 07 5581 6642.

Places are limited with a maximum of two tickets per community group available.


Seniors safety session

Feeling safe and confident helps us to stay mobile and makes it easier to enjoy community life and recreational activities. Gold Coast seniors are invited to come along and learn strategies to help keep you safer at home and in the community. Topics will include personal safety, home security, scams and cyber safety.

Date Time Location
Thursday 14 March 2019 10am to 12.30pm Upper Coomera Centre, 90 Reserve Road, Upper Coomera.

Register for this session online
Friday 29 March 2019 10am to 12.30pm Elanora Library, Guineas Creek Road, Elanora.

Register for this session online

Places are limited.

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


Informed Decisions: Social Statistics Workshop

Population statistics reveal a lot about who we are, how we live and how we might plan for changing populations including what kinds of resources our communities might need now and in the future.

The session will provide an overview of the City’s community profiling tools, profile.id and atlas.id, and will provide information about how these tools can assist community organisations and service providers to know their local communities, use statistics to plan and deliver services, and apply for grants.

Date Time Location
Friday 15 March 2019 9am to 11am Meeting Room 3, Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre, 833 Southport-Nerang Road, Nerang

Register for this session online

Places are limited.

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

April

Seniors safety session

Feeling safe and confident helps us to stay mobile and makes it easier to enjoy community life and recreational activities. Gold Coast seniors are invited to come along and learn strategies to help keep you safer at home and in the community. Topics will include personal safety, home security, scams and cyber safety.

Date Time Location
Friday 5 April 2019 10am to 12.30pm Southport Community Centre, 6 Lawson Street, Southport.

Register for this session online

Places are limited.

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

May

Seniors safety session

Feeling safe and confident helps us to stay mobile and makes it easier to enjoy community life and recreational activities. Gold Coast seniors are invited to come along and learn strategies to help keep you safer at home and in the community. Topics will include personal safety, home security, scams and cyber safety.

Date Time Location
Thursday 9 May 2019 10am to 12.30pm Nerang Bicentennial Centre, 833 Southport-Nerang Road, Nerang.

Register for this session online
Thursday 23 May 2019 10am to 12.30pm Coolangatta Seniors Centre, 2 Gerard Street, Coolangatta.

Register for this session online

Places are limited.

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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