To provide innovative and sustainable programs, services and facilities which will act as a catalyst for positive personal development and stronger communities by empowering people of all ages to actively participate in their community through learning, volunteering and social activities.
The board, staff and volunteers share a common set of values that guide the Centre for Participation in fulfilling its vision. These values influence our actions, guide our decisions, mould our policies and determine our strategic priorities.
Inclusion and respect
We believe that everyone has the right to be culturally and socially accepted, welcomed and equitably treated.
We are committed to being open and honest in our work and actions, believing that transparency is important.
We seek to provide accessible and affordable learning opportunities for people of all ages, recognising the importance of developing knowledge and skills needed now and into the future.
Responsiveness and innovation
We seek to remain flexible and have the courage to take informed risks and try ‘something new’ without compromising our commitment to quality.
Collaboration with voluntary and community groups, and public and private sector businesses, improves our ability to support positive outcomes for individuals and our communities.
Our strategic plan 2016–2020: a different approach
Our strategic plan was designed as a practical, hands-on tool to guide our direction and inform everything that happens at the Centre for Participation. It challenges us to consider not only what we do, but why we’re doing it and how we’re helping create change.
Core themes of our strategic plan:
Anything is possible for anybody
Every member of our community deserves the opportunity to be connected and engaged with the people and organisations around them; and everyone deserves the opportunity to learn, teach and be supported to improve their quality of life.
We’re all in this together
Genuine partnerships with a wide range of government, training and community organisations open opportunities that would not otherwise be offered to our communities, without duplication. It is crucial that we share what we know and equip community groups and organisations with the skills and knowledge to thrive.
We are positioned to lead the way in inclusiveness, diversity and innovation; we have a clear vision of what a connected and engaged community looks like; and we are determined to pursue that vision.
Getting on with business
We need to maintain strong systems and processes to keep the organisation running at optimum level; compliance with accreditation and funding bodies is vital; secure finances will give us the flexibility to explore new ways of investing in our communities; and excellent governance remains paramount.