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Secrets to Successful Committees

It’s no secret that many volunteer managed committees struggle to find the expertise and resources needed to undertake their good works. A free training program focused on relieving some of these pressures is being offered to community groups across Hepburn Shire. The initiative is part of the DigiBiz program that has been operating for eighteen months across Central Highlands region.

Throughout July DigiBiz training will be delivered by the Centre for eCommerce and Communications, Federation University Australia. Workshops and mentoring will be conducted in Creswick and Daylesford. The aim is to provide practical help in the use of technology. The training is funded through the Australian Government’s Digital Enterprise program, with support from Hepburn Shire Council and Regional Development Australia.

Creswick, DigiBiz training will be held every Thursday afternoon throughout July at the Residents Community Centre in Moore St. Facilitators Chris Elliott and Gerrie Carr-MacFie will be available to troubleshoot issues ranging from website development, search engine optimisation to online marketing, social media and business strategy.

"Creswick community groups identified the need to get their online marketing, websites and social media presence improved. We have structured the training to be like a drop-in clinic where help is personalised and very practical. Chris has a gift for making website improvement and online marketing easy, He can unpack the secrets to successfully building an online presence", said project manager Gerrie Carr-MacFie.

In Daylesford the DigiBiz training will be conducted in the Town Hall. It takes a governance and revenue raising focus. The first session ‘Secrets to Successful Committees’ is scheduled for 5:00pm-8:00pm on Tuesday July 8th. . The session will analyse the roles and responsibilities of committee members, including tips for conducting efficient meetings, minute taking and constructing agendas.

A second workshop "Bringing in the Bucks" is scheduled for Wednesday 23rd July. The session will focus on revenue raising including government grant writing, conducting events, and using the power of the crowd to source funds. Training will be delivered by Gerrie Carr-MacFie of DigiBiz.

"This DigiBiz training aims to boost the capacity of volunteer lead committees. In coming months many committees and Incorporated Associations will be recruiting new committee members and planning for the future. DigiBiz training can assist new board members understand their roles, develop strategy, and acquit their responsibilities, The secret to successful committees lies in the quality of governance and the willingness of people to volunteer time , expertise and energy" said Gerrie

Community groups can register to attend the FREE Digital Enterprise training activities by clicking onto www.digibiz.net.au

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