COVID-19

How we’ll rebound from this pandemic with Communities in Control

In a normal year, Our Community would already have hosted Australia’s best and biggest annual community sector event, back in May. But 2020 is no normal year.

Communities in Control will take place online on 16-17 November, with virtual conference technology so good you’ll be able to taste the mints. Experience the buzz and share in the feel-good vibes that Communities in Control is renowned for: meet other delegates at random, join a break-out session, chat, check out the exhibits, and tune into a line-up of speakers who’ll open you to new ideas and leave you hopeful and inspired.

With the theme Connection, Creativity, Community: Finding Hope in a Climate of Crisis, Communities in Control is the elixir you need right now. Tickets are $250 (inc GST) for both days – less if you bring friends.

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Community Industry Group wants to hear from the people of Australia

Community Industry Group is conducting a survey to gain an understanding of how people keep connected when they’re struggling on insufficient income.

The impacts of social isolation have become a major concern since restrictions have been put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. But for many people living on low-incomes, such as those with part time or casual positions, or people receiving income support payments like JobSeeker, it can be difficult to participate in social activities. Clothing, food or ticket prices can be out of reach for many people and even having friends over for dinner can be outside of the budget.

We want to hear from as many people as possible. Attached is a poster for your centre or organisation to print and put up on the noticeboard to encourage visitors to take part.

It is anonymous and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CIGSIS2020


Take your AGM online without the strife

Annual General Meetings are essential business for not-for-profits.

But COVID-19 means that this year, more organisations than ever will be going “virtual” with their AGM.

Whether you’ve held yours already or you’re among the thousands of community groups and not-for-profits taking advantage of a time extension, our latest help sheet contains free, practical advice to keep your organisation ticking.

Covering the twin themes of good governance and good technology, our AGMs help sheet covers:

  • AGM essentials and how to prepare for a successful meeting
  • Choosing a tech platform
  • Setting up your virtual AGM
  • Notifying members
  • Conducting a trial run and hosting the meeting
  • Sharing documents and screens
  • Voting
  • Meeting security
  • A case study from a first-time “Zoomer” organisation
  • Extra online resources

READ MORE: How to make your online AGM a success 


COVID-19


Damn Good Advice on Creating a COVID-19-Safe Workplace: A guide for NFP boards and managers

Not-for-profits are currently facing down one of the most challenging times in the past century. If your organisation is going to survive this pandemic, you’ll need some “damn good advice”.

 Download our free 44-page guide here 

About the guide

As Australia tackles COVID-19, some parts of the country have been able to “flatten the curve”. For not-for-profits in those areas, that means trying to imagine what a return to the office – or the service centre, the refuge, the op shop, the place of worship, the koala sanctuary – might look like.

The second wave of infections in Victoria and hot spots elsewhere are a stark reminder that until a vaccine is available, returning to the workplace does not mean returning to normal.

This comprehensive guide sets out the steps your organisation needs to take when you’re thinking of bringing your people – your staff, managers and volunteers – back to their usual workplace. Included are template checklists you can tailor that cover:

  • Building modifications
  • Policies and practices
  • Events and meetings
  • Dealing with the public
  • Incident procedures