The Victorian Environment Friends Network, in conjunction with the Yarra Riverkeeper Association, is planning a full day Mentoring Forum for members of Friends Groups to be held on 17 March 2018, Building Partnership Capacity with Friends Groups: Stories from the Yarra Catchment.
The forum will provide an opportunity to learn about forging partnerships to deliver and secure resources that make a difference. Come along to network and build relationships.
Members of Friends and other environmental groups, government agencies, councils, and funding trusts will give tips and examples – primarily from the Yarra catchment – that can be applied elsewhere.
Each session will feature a panel of speakers, followed by Q and A: bring your questions!
International speaker Kirsteen Thomson of Greenspace Scotland will share insights from innovative approaches in Scotland. The Forum will focus on ways to strengthen connectivity – across the landscape and with our communities.
The forum will feature:
- Case studies from Friends Groups of successful partnering, including challenges of getting started, securing resources, and working effectively as partners.
- State and municipal agencies discussing potential resourcing opportunities and how they might be developed/obtained.
- A panel of Funding Organisations.
- Opportunities to network with agencies and Friends group members.
Keynote and panel speakers are being finalised. Kirsteen Thomson, Board Member of Greenspace Scotland will be one of the keynote speakers. Greenspace Scotland is social enterprise and an independent charitable company that works to improve the quality of life of people living and working in urban Scotland through the planning, development and sustainable management of greenspaces as a key part of the green infrastructure.
Kirsteen will talk about Greenspace Scotland’s approaches to fund raising and building capacity and how this applies to Friends groups in Victoria.
The Mentoring Forum is being supported by funding provided by the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning. It will be held at the Lilydale Senior Citizens Centre in Lilydale and will run from 10am to 4.30pm. Morning and afternoon tea and lunch will be provided. VEFN will organise bus transport to the venue from Southern Cross station and return. For people who catch a train to Lilydale Station, the venue is a 10 minute walk.
Further details, including full list of speakers and panels will be available in early February 2018. Please let us know now of your interest in attending by email to Roger Parker at Parker.email@example.com so that we can ensure adequate facilities and keep you informed of details. You can also book your place on Eventbrite.