Community Strengthening Project – training course

Most of you will be aware from last month’s Nine Mile News that the communities affected by the 2009 bushfires in the Alpine & Indigo Shires & the Rural City of Wangaratta in northeast Victoria are forming a Community Foundation.

This initiative is one of five priority projects identified to help those communities through the medium & long term recovery stages.  The Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF) through its Community Advisory Committee (CAC), and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), support these projects.

The Community Skills Development Program is intended to build skills within the fire-affected communities to ‘learn together’ and ensure good governance and management of the Foundation.

Loretta Carroll, Mudgegonga resident and our area’s representative on the CAC, has kindly sent the application form for the next training course.

Its first course was attended by 14 people with training held in the various community halls and proved a positive experience for all concerned.

FRRR has now announced funding for a further community training course (to be facilitated by Cathy McGowan), which is scheduled to commence on Saturday 24 March at Bruarong Hall from 8.30am to 1.30pm under the INTO OUR HANDS – Community Skills Development Program 2012

A flier provides details of the training offered, together with session dates, times and venues – basically two evenings per  month over March, April and May, followed by a Graduation Dinner event in June.

An application Form is attached so that Stanley people who may be interested may participate in what will surely be an interesting and satisfying series of evenings that will also connect our communities

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