The Centre for Participation changes lives and communities through local opportunities in community support, volunteering, learning, and partnerships.

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We help people build the type of community they want to live in.

We do this by strengthening individuals, organisations and communities.

Through localised opportunities to participate, we connect people and organisations with support and services that help them and their communities flourish.

Our focus is on helping people get involved, responding to local needs, and creating a strong and active community.

Volunteering is at the heart of any vibrant, thriving community.

That’s why we offer a range of services designed to promote and strengthen volunteering within localised regions. We help recruit, train and support quality volunteers, and develop volunteer management systems for organisations that make the process simple.

As the go-to place for people looking to get involved in volunteering, we’re also creating opportunities to learn new skills, boost social connections, build pathways to employment, and make a difference.

Learning is the key to opening different life doors and helping people create the future they want.

At the Centre for Participation, we connect people with the learning opportunities that suit them and help them reach their goals.

Through our localised accredited courses, lifelong learning and skill-based education, we support people to grow, strengthen their knowledge and confidence, and have more choices in life.

We believe that anything is possible for anybody, and offer an individualised, encouraging learning environment that gives people the tools they need to succeed.

Working in partnership means we can achieve more for the communities we serve.

By bringing together networks with different skills and expertise, we strengthen organisations that support the community and help them be their best.

We also partner with organisations directly to help them build their capacity, including through localised learning to upskill staff, assistance with volunteer recruitment and training, and opportunities to support people and the wider community.