Community Engagement

Study Circles

Within communities, people hold different views of the world developed from their own experiences.

Study Circles provide a forum where these differences can be respected and learnt from to work towards a common goal.

Members of a Study Circle become familiar with how to work in this democratically responsible manner.

The Centre has published a Study Circle’s kit that will assist groups to:

  • Establish a study circle to focus on the future of the local community.
  • Learn the skills that enable a disparate group to work co-operatively.
  • Focus on achievable outcomes.
  • Become leaders in determining futures of communities.

“It was a very good method of each individual learning to understand how groups work and it had very sound foundations.”
(Study group member, Sandy Point, 1999)

Copies of the Study Circle Kit are available for sale for a printed copy or free for a download copy, through our Publications page.

The Other Awards

Recognising innovative, sustainable and socially just co-operative community culture. Not a competition – a recognition.

Which Awards?

Not the Order of Australia, Australian of the Year, Logies, Arias or even Citizen of the Year- but ‘The OTHER Awards.’ The Awards that celebrate the work of local community groups who work creatively, tirelessly, co-operatively and ingeniously for the good of the community.

Why have ‘The Other Awards’?

There are many levels of recognition of achievement in Australia. Some of these are initiated by Federal, State or local government while others come from sporting clubs, schools, universities, workplaces, etc. They honour all sorts of excellence from the arts and entertainment through to charity work. Most awards honour outstanding people who have made a difference in their industry, workplace or community.

But before ‘The Other Awards’ there wasn’t any community initiated awards that recognise and acknowledge the work of their own local community groups and the amazing accomplishments they achieve from year to year.

More information on ‘The Other Awards’ is available here (PDF 1.3 Mb)

December 4, 2015

Fire Awareness Award winner

The East Gippsland Building Community Resilience project was a winner of the Fire Awareness Award in the Community-led Prevention and Preparedness section along with Indigenous Fire Knowledge Partnership on December 2nd, 2015 at the RACV Club in Melbourne.  This was a partnership between the Centre for Rural Communities and the East Gippsland Network of Neighbourhood […]

Community Engagement
September 28, 2013

Developing ourselves–Developing communities

Dr Helen Sheil The Developing Ourselves–Developing Community project provided learning and skills development for people living in and/or working with rural communities in Gippsland. It was recognised that these communities are increasingly taking on new responsibilities to support their families and communities socially, economically and environmentally. Most generally there is no support provided to enable […]

Community Engagement
September 28, 2013

Collaborative Communities–Resilient Regions

Dr Helen Sheil The Collaborative Communities–Resilient Regions project achieved the goal of being a demonstration project of the important contribution that regional educational institutions can make to regional development through the provision of access to relevant skills, knowledge and resources. Funding from the Regional Solutions Program enabled the Centre for Rural Communities Inc. to develop […]

Community Engagement
September 28, 2013

Stories my community told me

Dr Helen Sheil A unique project and partnership between East Gippsland Early Learning Years Committee,the Centre for Rural Communities Inc. & Monash University. The project In 2004, the Australian Government through the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy informed Kilmany UnitingCare that the East Gippsland local government area had been chosen as a site for a […]

Community Engagement