The City of Casey’s Community Leadership Program (CLP) is back for its third year providing free training for new, emerging and existing community leaders in Casey who want to build their leadership skills and learn about community engagement and local government.
First launched in 2021, the annual program aims to support Casey residents aged 18 and over, who have a desire to make a difference and engage in community life.
With many previous program graduates going on to develop highly successful and beneficial community programs, City of Casey Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff PSM is looking forward to meeting and supporting this year’s participants.
“Council is committed to empowering Casey’s leaders now and into the future. This program greatly benefits individual participants and their community groups, as well as our wider community through strengthening networks and local democracy,” said Ms Duff.
“Having delivered the program for the last two years , Council has seen a diverse range of passionate and dedicated individuals complete the program and go on to deliver many successful programs for the community.”
This year’s program will run from May until October 2023 with face-to-face workshops held on Saturdays and Tuesday evenings.
The workshops will cover:
- Leadership styles, personal and community leadership
- Communication and presentation skills
- Building community capacity, working with volunteers and local resources, and networking
- Understanding how local government works and how to contribute to the democratic process
- Good governance, decision-making, project planning and goal setting
At the conclusion of the program, graduates will have the chance to participate in ongoing networking opportunities where they can gain practical experience in leading community and Council-supported projects.
Having completed the program last year, graduates Lisa Hester, Ali Sherazee and Marita Wilson shared their experience.
“The Community Leadership Program quite literally changed the trajectory of my career...Since completing the program I have moved onto bigger and better things and now run a community project within the South Metro region which has been a long-time dream of mine. I can’t recommend CLP highly enough. Extremely professional, nurturing, fun and expansive. CLP enables you to grow both professionally and personally. ” – Lisa Hester
“The responsibility of any community leader is to be attuned to all facets of their community. The program gives an aerial view of the dynamics of the society they would be leading, whilst gaining valuable insight at grassroots level,” - Ali Sherazee.
“I am currently completing my Diploma in Community Development, and I was so surprised that our Community Leadership Program covered more than my course content... The program content has been well thought out and relevant to provide a holistic understanding of Casey Council's role and plans for the community. The most exciting part is the chance to meet and learn with like-minded, culturally diverse people who are determined to make a difference in the community.” – Marita Wilson.
Expressions of interest open from Monday 13 March until 5.00 pm on Thursday 13 April. The selection process will include an informal interview and a maximum of 30 participants will be selected to participate in the program.
The program aims to represent Casey’s diversity and is inclusive of all genders, age groups, abilities, Aboriginality, cultures, linguistic backgrounds, sexual orientation, education and employment status. The recruitment of participants will aim to reflect diversity in Casey.