BAYSWATER community groups are being encouraged to increase their skills in everything from using social media platforms to applying for grants.
The City of Bayswater launched a free 12-week community training program this week for non-profit groups and clubs.
Topics include using social media platforms, including Facebook, to boost membership, how to access to grant funding, creating a brand by developing logos and promotional material, as well as learning how to recruit and retain volunteers.
Mayor Barry McKenna said up-skilling community groups and clubs benefits individuals and the community.
“These groups work tirelessly on projects that benefit us all,” he said.
Bayswater Men’s Shed secretary Harry Porrins discussed his experience with the shed and wider experience on boards and in marketing at the launch.
He said community groups needed to create defined targets and progressively build on their foundations.
“The problem with community groups is there can often be emotive issues,” he said.
The City of Bayswater called a community meeting on July 2015 where a committee of 12 was formed and the group became incorporated in October last year.
After they obtained a shed through assistance from the City, Mr Porrins said the group’s focus was on the social aspect, as well as getting more equipment and tools.
He said they now had 65 members, a Facebook group and a website set to go live soon.
Workshops start October 12. For more information go to the City of Bayswater website.