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Free governance workshops for clubs

News Article Date: 
Friday, 26 March 2021

While most people join local clubs and organisations for fun, or to give back to the community, knowing how to help a club run smoothly from a legal and governance perspective can be a vital contribution.

The Warrnambool City Council is holding free governance training for community and volunteer groups.

An in-person session will be held on March 30 from 12pm-3pm at the Lighthouse Theatre. Alternatively, people can attend an online session via Zoom on March 31 from 5.30pm-8.30pm.

The sessions will be run by legal professionals with experience in the community sector.

Warrnambool City Council Volunteer Program Coordinator Carly Jordan said the sessions would give an easy to understand rundown of the rules around community groups and not-for-profit organisations, as well as answer any specific questions people may have.

“Good governance helps local organisations run smoothly, giving everyone more time to focus on the group’s main purpose,” she said.

“Being up-to-date with legal issues isn’t just about protecting the club and its members from liability, it can be the difference between securing a major grant or missing out.

“One obstacle clubs often face is the transfer of knowledge between incoming and outgoing committee members, so it’s important to have as many members as possible across governance rules to ensure that knowledge is spread.”

For more information or to register, please email volunteer [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au or call 5559 4891. Lunch will be provided for the March 30 session.


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