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)

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
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