The Centre for Participation changes lives and communities through local opportunities in community support, volunteering, learning and partnerships.
We do this by connecting people and organisations with community, volunteering, learning, and partnership opportunities that help them flourish and build an active, vibrant region.
We are seeking expressions of interest for up to three (3) Directors to join Centre for Participation on the board. Individuals with appropriate qualifications and experience of any of the following key areas are invited to submit expressions of interest:
- Governance and strategic oversight
- Expertise in Disability sector
- Expertise in the CALD sector
- Fundraising and financial sustainability
- Local region understanding (Wimmera Southern Mallee)
For further information click on the attachment below or contact Robbie Millar, Board Secretary on 0427 503 679 or email@example.com.
To apply, you must submit an Expression of Interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by COB Wednesday 26 October 2022.
With isolation, a lack of support services and an ageing population all major issues for people in rural communities, the Centre for Participation is launching a new initiative to help people live independently and stay connected.
MyCareCrew supports older people, those with disability, and people with other health issues to get the extra help they may need to live in their own homes, get around, and participate in their
We are seeking to establish a Participation Group that aims to engage people with additional needs (disability) to co-design activities that will enhance their participation in community life. We are keen to support those that attend to work out what activities they would like to undertake. It could be sharing a meal together, watching a movie, sharing /developing their skills through workshops and classes or anything else that those that come along want to do.
The purpose of the Participation Group is to provide an opportunity for people with additional needs to participate in the development and delivery of a range of activities that will lead to:
• positive personal development
• improved skills
• improved confidence
• increased social inclusion
• increased networks
• improved job readiness (if this something they are interested in doing).
The Group will also introduce participants to other services offered by the Centre for Participation and in the broader community that may be able to support them.
We look forward to seeing what amazing activities you come up!
Date – First Meeting Tuesday 31st May 2022
Time – 6:30 to 8:30pm
Cost – Free
Venue: 39 Urquhart St, Horsham VIC 3400
For more information please contact Tim on 5382 5607
The Board of the Centre for Participation, has announced a new CEO to lead the local community organisation.
Board Chair, John Martin, said that the Board is excited to announce that long-serving manager, Robbie Millar, will take the helm having acted in the position since the departure of CEO Julie Pettett in 2020.
‘Robbie has led us through a challenging period, and as we emerge from COVID, he has guided us to a stable and strengthening financial position, well placed to continue delivery of our range of services to the community.’
Mr Martin said that ‘Robbie has a strong foundation in community development, and has a vision that will strengthen the role of the Centre for Participation in our region.’
Mr Millar said he was humbled by the board’s endorsement for him to the lead an organisation that has such an impact on the local community.
‘The past two years has been challenging for everyone, including our organisation, and I’m so proud of our team’s ability to work through these challenges to enable us to continue to support our local community,’ he said.
‘We’ve grown opportunities for many marginalised groups and have created meaningful pathways to employment and further education through our Learning and Social Enterprise programs.’
‘Along with taking on new initiatives that are supporting our community, I’m super proud to have grown our standing as a volunteer involving organisation, increasing our volunteers numbers from 82 to 273 during my time as the Acting CEO.’
Mr Martin added that in addition to his formal qualifications, Robbie is highly regarded in the community development sector, including being recognised as a Fellow of several industry and governance organisations.
Mr Millar said he was excited by the opportunity to keep contributing to the Wimmera region and was looking forward to continuing to work with and support the local community.
‘Although we continue to face many challenges, our focus as an organisation hasn’t changed. We’ll keep exploring new ways to open up local opportunities to participate, to help build a thriving, connected and resilient community.’
Above: Laneway – Café without Boarders learner Erin Kearns delivering one of the first 20 care packs to go out to business on the 19th of November.
Our amazing team at Centre for Participation through the support of our incredible Social Enterprise, Laneway – Café without Borders continue to support the rural community we serve. Leading into this Christmas is no different and as such, we have taken on the massive task of providing small businesses in our region with 100 care packs!