Community Engagement

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.

September 28, 2013

Growing and Learning in Rural Communities

Communities, government and professionals are all seeking more effective tools to assist positive change in rural communities. The Centre for Rural Communities has produced two publications that distill 15 years of community work into a process for working effectively and positively to enable communities to achieve their own goals and dreams. Growing and Learning in […]

Community Engagement
July 27, 2013

Lakes Entrance

Facilitator: Di Rumble Lakes Entrance is a coastal community dependent on tourism and fishing. The group began through personal contacts with young parents including Indigenous. Formal networks had few links with this group and word of mouth proved more successful. The group began by compiling a scrap book of activities and groups that they found […]

Community Engagement
July 27, 2013


Facilitator: Naomi Gordon Mallacoota Study Circle identified community strengths as a place that was safe for families, a clean environment, a caring community and a strong capacity to achieve projects. However, some women felt isolated from the support of extended families during children’s early years. The local playground was seen as inadequate. Improving the public […]

Community Engagement
July 27, 2013


Facilitator: Judy Ireland All participants identified a desire to get involved, or remain involved in the community – and to ‘give something back’. Joining the Study Circle was seen as one way to do this. Members of the group found connections across age groups – young families moving to a new area, ageing grandparents and […]

Community Engagement