Author Archives: Nick Marshall

FREE: Child Safe Standards Introductory Webinar

The Commission for Children and Young People is offering free webinar sessions for child safety leaders of organisations that must comply with Child Safe Standards.

These sessions are designed for people who lead and drive child safety within their organisations. They provide an overview to help you create a child safe organisation that:
– properly prevents, reports and responds to child abuse and harm
– meets the legal obligations of the Standards and the Scheme.

If you are responsible for child safety at your club this session provides an overview of each Standard and practical ways to apply the Standards in your organisation.

Who should attend?
You should attend one of these sessions if:
– your organisation must comply with the Standards or the Scheme
– you are a child safety leader. Your role includes leading the development or implementation of child safety policies and processes in your organisation.
These roles may include:
– Child Safety Officers
– Governance or Compliance Managers
– Human Resources Managers
– Committee of Management members
– Heads of organisations (such as CEOs or Principal Officers), who have specific legal obligations under the Scheme.

For more details and to register for an available session: CLICK HERE

Strategic Planning Workshops 2021

Why is it valuable to have a strategic plan for your club?
Developing a strategic plan for your sporting club or league can go a long way to securing its future. If your club is seeking support, guidance, and advice on how to develop a strategic plan, South West Sport is eager to help.
Strategic plans play a valuable role in demonstrating to members, sponsors, grant providers, and other key stakeholders in the community your club’s purpose and direction and will help your club be proactive in your approach to attracting and retaining members and supporters.

Upcoming Workshop on Strategic Planning
In the coming months, South West Sport will look to conduct free online and in-person strategic planning information and workshop sessions for community sports clubs across the region. The workshops will provide an introduction to how a strategic plan is developed and a broad overview of the benefits that having a strategic plan can have for a community sports club.
If you think your club may be interested in attending a workshop (online or in-person), please follow the link below and fill out a short expression of interest survey to help us tailor the sessions to your club’s needs.

The survey will close on Monday 14th June 2021 at 11.59 pm.


Volunteer Week, 17th – 23rd May 2021: Keys to creating a culture of volunteering

In the build-up to Volunteer Week (17th – 23rd May) South West Sport has been presenting club development workshops dedicated to providing local sports clubs with strategies and ideas on how to attract, retain, and re-engage volunteers. The return of sport and play has brought with it the need to re-engage and recruit volunteers to help clubs get back on the park.

If you missed out on our club development workshops on volunteer attraction, retention, and re-engagement, check out this recording we have prepared which highlights some of the key ideas and strategies we discussed in the sessions.

The PowerPoint slides for the session are available here, and the worksheet is available here.

In each of the five local government areas of the south west, Program Officer Nick Marshall presented workshops covering some key ideas on how to develop a strong and sustainable culture of volunteering in community sports clubs.

The following key ideas were identified in the workshops:

  • Have an up-to-date list of volunteer roles that are currently vacant.
    Include the following details in your list:
    • Role title
    • Time commitment per week
    • Tasks involved
    • Skills that aligned with this role
  • Identify tasks that can be done virtually or remotely – i.e. from the comfort of home. This provides volunteers more flexible opportunities to contribute and frees up the time of other “on-the-ground” volunteers.
    Virtual options may include:
    • Providing a balance between online and face-to-face meetings
    • Communication roles – social media manager, newsletter editor, and email correspondence with members
    • Financial record management
    • Membership management
    • Merchandise and uniform coordinator
  • Target your recruitment of volunteers to people both inside and outside your club and ensure you include the following details when you advertise each role:
    • The role title
    • The time commitment
    • The tasks and responsibilities
    • The benefits to the volunteer and the club
  • Use multiple platforms to communicate volunteer roles and opportunities at your club.
    The following are the most effective ways to communicate opportunities:
    • Emails to members
    • Announcements at club functions and training sessions
    • Social media posts
    • 1-on-1 conversations (speaking directly to people that you think can fill roles in your club is the most effective form of recruitment)
  • Regularly recognise volunteers for both minor and major contributions. When you recognise volunteers it is important to clearly communicate the role, time, and responsibilities of the volunteer.
    Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to start these ideas.
    • Ideas for minor recognition might include:
      • Weekly volunteer profile on social media or club newsletter.
      • Acknowledging officials, coaches, and support staff after games or events.
      • Volunteer of the week awards
    • Ideas for major recognition might include:
      • Volunteer of the year award
      • Life membership awards
      • Club person of the year award

A club that regularly recognises its volunteers and clearly communicates the available volunteer opportunities to their communities will help develop a culture that helps attract and retain volunteers.

FREE Webinar on Fundraising: 20 April 2021

Our Community in association with Catherine Brooks will be offering the “Big Rethink”, a free webinar to inspire and guide not-for-profit organisations through this year’s fundraising season.

Each June, the not-for-profit sector experiences a huge spike in donations. After the major disruption of 2020, it’s important not to miss out on this fundraising peak in 2021. This webinar will help you to rethink your fundraising strategy following COVID-19, in time for your end-of-financial year push.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Be inspired by strategic thinker, Catherine Brooks, as she takes us through a step-by-step approach to reinvigorating your strategic fundraising approach
  • Learn how to assess your fundraising assets to determine your organisation’s focus points for 2021
  • Discover new ways to approach your priority markets to maximise funding opportunities by applying principles outlined in the Big Rethink report (Oct 2020). From responding to shifts in donor interests through to growing your digital capacity, reflect on the new fundraising landscape
  • Be informed on the latest key research findings from Australia about the impact COVID-19 has had on fundraising and what organisations need to do in this post-pandemic world

Time: 1pm to 2pm AEST, Tuesday 20 April.

Cost: Free!


FREE WEBINAR: Good Governance in Rural and Regional Areas, 29 April 2021

Training programs for rural and regional community group boards too often are city-centric, and many of the lessons aren’t applicable to the unique circumstances facing them.

Our Community has teamed up with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) for a special webinar focused on the issues important to rural and regional not-for-profit organisations.

WEBINAR: Good Governance in Rural and Regional Areas

This webinar will cover:

·  Finding funding

·  Recruiting new members and volunteers

·  Getting help from peak bodies and community leaders

·  Conflicts of interest, and how to approach them

About FRRR: FRRR is a not-for-profit organisation which connects common purposes and funding from government, business and philanthropy with the genuine local needs of rural people and places. FRRR is helping to create a vibrant, resilient and revitalised remote, rural and regional Australia.

Time: 1pm to 2pm AEST, Thursday 29 April.

Cost: Free!

Register here