2024 Sector Development Training Program

ConnectGroups’ Sector Development Training Program for the Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions Sector is an accessible opportunity for support groups and organisations looking to build their capacity and capability by upskilling their staff and volunteers.

This program is offered to peer support groups and organisations within the Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions Sector. Running from February 2024 through November 2024 on a Thursday from 10am – 1pm. There will be 10 workshops offered and light refreshments at all. 


Workshops and Learning Outcomes:

22 February: Take Charge Wellbeing

An informative session around mindfulness, meditation and mental health. It provides participants with tools and strategies to manage their feelings, emotions and thoughts.  Allowing you to not only support your own mental health and wellbeing – but also that of others. 

21 March: Self Awareness and Building Resilience

In this workshop you will delve into a transformative expedition of self-discovery and personal development. Through dynamic activities and meaningful conversations, you’ll unravel the significance of self-awareness, learn skills to navigate obstacles and foster resilience as you unlock your inherent capabilities, cultivating a resilient mindset that empowers you to flourish amidst life’s unpredictable twists and turns.

18 April: Team Building

This hands-on practical session will give you tools to effectively engage, empower and make your members a more collaborative unit.  You will learn how to help your group meet their full potential through exercises that will help teams work more effectively together.  We will learn to self reflect, collaborate and communicate, while developing skills around leadership and strategic thinking.

23 May: The Occasional Counsellor

This session is for people who are not employed in a counselling role but are called upon to give others emotional support.  It covers topics around setting professional boundaries, the difference between emotional support and counselling, duty of care, assisting individuals who are acutely emotionally distressed and self-care for the worker.

20 June: Grants and Fundraising

This interactive session will cover the basics of fundraising and grant writing for Support Groups.  Learn how to build and maintain a fundraising program, identify suitable funding opportunities for you group and prepare a strong grant application.  Come with your project ideas and details of grants programs you are preparing for.

18 July: Carer Support

This informative session will focus on helping the carer to make sure they are looking after themselves as well.  Topics will include self-care: emotional and physical, understanding ambiguous grief, peer support and finding your tribe, staying social, counselling and carer skills training.

15 August: ChatGPT

As technology advances, it’s becoming more and more prevalent to stay on top of the current trends. Not only is ChatGPT all the rage, but it also has a multitude of benefits for support groups and community groups. From helping you to create engaging social media posts, to grant writing, come and find out what ChatGPT is all about and how you can use it to increase awareness of your group. 

12 September: How to Engage Members

An informative session focused around understanding and using the principles of human interaction and engagement along with emotional agility to engage effectively.  It looks at the principles of Guanxi and cultural differences and understanding your members strengths so you can delegate effectively.  

17 October: Recruit and Retain Volunteers

This informative session will help you learn how to build a solid foundation for your group/organisation. Learn what the general key issues Volunteer Mangers and Organsiation are facing and how to overcome these challenges.  Gain knowledge and understanding of modern volunteering, recruitment and retention and how to measure your volunteer success.

14 November: Public Speaking

The art of public speaking is one that most people dream of having. In this interactive beginners course you will learn tips on how to effectively speak in front of others, make sure that you deliver your message and how to project a powerful combination of confidence, competence, and charisma even if you’re shaking in your boots.

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest for the 2024 program are now open to Support Groups and organisations Australia-wide in the Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions Sector. EOIs close Friday 2nd February 2024.

For more information on this project, please contact:

Training and Development Coordinator: Emily Mostyn-Brown

(08) 9364 6909


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