The Community Services sector is changing and small and medium not for profit organisations have been feeling the effect of these changes for quite some time.  We all know that there are even more challenging changes to come.

Part of these challenges will be strengthening the sector, our boards, and our organisations.  This will have improved outcomes on our communities, through improved sustainabiity, governance and accountability of our organisations.

However, the changing environment and discussions on the future must include the expertise and knowledge from an engaged and professional network of boards within the sector.  The Coalition of Community Boards also seeks to be part of any co-designing processes with program and policy makers to ensure  the resiliance, responsiveness, professionalism and capability of community led, place based organisations.

It is important that we work collaboratively, within localities and across Queensland to strengthen our boards, engage in policy and planning discussions, and work with governments and larger organisations for the benefit of our communities.

Invitation: Strengthening Regional Social Infrastructure

Invitation: Strengthening Regional Social Infrastructure

Regional communities are often removed from the decision making which impacts on social infrastructure: services, facilities, and collaborative planning and development processes. In a time when regional economies are in decline, the critical link between economic growth and social development is as important as ever. Local organisations in the Whitsunday, Isaac, Mackay region are co-designing collaborative processes for innovative service delivery in remote, rural and regional communities. An outcome of this work, the WIM Region’s Social Infrastructure Protocol document will be launched at the Forum. It aims to give the region a stronger voice and has relevance for other parts of Regional Australia.   Monday 20 June 2016 9:45am for 10:00am-1:00pm Reception Room, Mackay City Council, Sir Albert Abbott Administration Building 73 Gordon Street, Mackay RSVP by Thursday 18 June by registering here or call Helen Styles 0448 573 049 INVITATION Strengthening regional social infrastructure forum ... read more
Community Development Conference 2015

Community Development Conference 2015

The Community Development QLD Conference is on again, and we are pleased to be running our own day of knowledge sharing and development for boards. Co-Creating Community Structures is a workshop for management committee/board members, staff,concerned volunteers and community members to explore how things are already changing and to discuss what we – collectively- want to see. When:  4 – 7 November 2015  (single or multiple day tickets available) Where: Griffith University, Meadowbrook, Logan Bookings and more info: www.logan.qld.gov.au/cdconference    FULL COCB DAY PROGRAM COMING SOON >>... read more
Government response to CoCB Volunteer QLD Position Paper

Government response to CoCB Volunteer QLD Position Paper

We are pleased to share with our networks, the Premier’s response to the CoCB/Volunteering QLD joint position paper, released in April. A brief snippet: I note the position paper calls for genuine engagement with government and for the Queensland Government to acknowledge the strength and potential of existing community organisations. My Government is committed to genuinely listening to and engaging with Queenslanders and acting on their concerns. Restoring services to strengthen our communities and delivering real and sustainable social and economic outcomes are also priorities of this Government. We know that the Government cannot do this alone. Harnessing the knowledge, expertise and dedication o f the community sector will be vital to achieving this. Read the full response the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk here >> We have also had positive and constructive responses from other Ministers including the Hon. Minister Fentiman, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs Read the Honorable Minister Fentiman’s response here >> We look forward to updating our networks with more news soon. For enquiries please contact Roger Marshall 0402 435... read more
Stories from the Coast:  Igniting the Fire of Collaboration

Stories from the Coast: Igniting the Fire of Collaboration

“Igniting the Fire of Collaboration Between Small Community Organisations” By Natalie Alexander as told by Tracy Sharp 02/10/14 Equity Works is a small but rapidly growing community service organisation based on the Sunshine Coast.  The organisation commenced when parents from a local special school banded together and lobbied the local government for funding for a Respite house to support children with disability. In 2001 the Brookes St Respite House was successfully funded and the organisation, formally known as Sunshine Coast Family Networks Association Inc., began to grow by providing a range of support services for families on the Sunshine Coast. In 2013, the Senior Staff and Management Committee made a decision to change the name of the organisation, seeking a name which captured the essence of what the organisation stood for.  ‘Equity Works Assoc. Inc.’ was adopted as the new name for the organisation, reflecting an ongoing commitment to promote and value equity; founded in a human rights framework. As a community organisation, Equity Works has a strong presence on the Sunshine Coast and has been working effectively despite the challenges of a changing community service sector. Although Equity Works is relatively small, its vision to provide a high quality service for people with disability has been a constant driver.  In light of an earnest commitment to support the community, Equity Works made a bold decision to apply for a state-wide tender released from Disability Services Qld  in December 2012, to deliver a ‘Respite Plus’ service for children and young adults with Rett Syndrome. It was an ambitious decision to apply for the tender because the services of Equity... read more
Stories from the Coast: Why hadn’t we thought of this before?

Stories from the Coast: Why hadn’t we thought of this before?

“Why hadn’t we thought of this before?”- The Gift of Collaboration Springs up in the Heart of a Small Community Town. Written by Natalie Alexander as told by a member of the community 14/11/14 Helen Keller once said: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  Her words have rung true in the heart of a small regional town in Queensland where small efforts at community collaboration have brought a diverse group of people together to invest in the lives of local families. This story is situated in a small, humble community library that relies solely on the commitment of a more ‘mature-aged’ group of dedicated volunteers.  The town’s library is an important focus within the community; it aims to provide a safe and friendly environment, where people of all ages can meet, attend a class or borrow books.  It is true, that libraries hold a special place within their communities; they provide a place where people can come together and find more than books. As Robert Putnam puts it:  “People may go to the library looking mainly for information, but they find each other there .” This story of community collaboration begins in a small town, when students who were graduating from Year 7 of the local primary school, visited the local town library. Students were invited to visit the library, to have a small celebration with pizza and encouraged to browse the library collection. This provided the students with a valuable insight into how they may use the library facilities especially when they enroll in their local high schools.  After such a positive... read more

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