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Hinkler workshops to help map social impact

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People with ideas to meet socials needs in the community are invited to participate in workshops in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay. Photo: contributed.

CQUniversity social impact experts are working with a new Hinkler community initiative to meet social needs and aspirations across the region.

The Social Shift, funded by the Department of Social Services Local Services Plans – Community-Led Support Fund, is a place-based community development opportunity led by the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre (HBNC).

People with ideas to meet socials needs in the community are invited to participate in workshops in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay to ensure grant applications can measure impact and grow sustainably.

The Bundaberg workshop will be held at CQUniversity on Thursday 21 September, 10 am to 1 pm.

The initiative is seeking partnerships to help provide immediate support for the social needs and aspirations of Hinkler communities across Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, and surrounds.

CEO of HBNC Tanya Stevenson said she hoped the workshops would uncover new and passionate partners for The Social Shift.

“If you have an idea or social innovation that could make deep, lasting change in your community, we want to hear from you,” she said.

“Emerging evidence and research show us that … complex social issues can only be tackled successfully at a local level, with whole-of community involvement, prevention and early intervention the key success factors.”

Social Innovation Manager Steve Williams and Associate Professor Olav Muurlink will lead workshops in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay for grant recipients, and people and organisations interested in partnering with the project.

Mr Williams said CQUniversity’s Office of Social Innovation was developing social impact measurement frameworks for The Social Shift projects and invited all aspiring changemakers to the workshops.

“If you’ve got a project idea you think could benefit from The Social Shift grant funds, the workshops can help you understand the importance of measuring impact and how to go about it,” he said.

The free sessions will help participants:

  • Understand their impact potential,
  • Learn why measuring impact matters,
  • Outline steps to basic impact analysis,
  • Discover ways to increase impact and create sustainable impact.

Register for the Bundaberg workshop here.

The in-person workshops will be followed up with a micro course delivered via short videos and a simple guidebook.

HBNC has a long history of driving social innovation for the region and will support the community to co-design new initiatives to address the priorities in the Local Services Plan, with input from local partners including CQUniversity.

The funding will create a new platform for individuals, organisations and government agencies to work together in addressing our social challenges while also building resilient and vibrant communities.

Learn more at socialshift.com.au, and register for workshops in Hervey Bay or Bundaberg now.