SOUTH Alive, Sport Southland and Inspiring Communities have joined together to host two workshops on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9.
Guest speaker and master storyteller Jim Diers, of Seattle, in the United States, has a passion for encouraging people to get engaged with their communities and will be speaking on volunteering – for organisations and individually.
South Alive community development co-ordinator Nikki Aaron said Mr Diers worked with governments, non-government offices, community associations, faith-based groups and other networks throughout the world and was passionate about mobilising “the power of the community to revitalise neighbourhoods and business districts, help reduce crime, promote health, care for one another, sustain the planet and demand accountability and social justice”.
Friday’s Activating Communities Workshop is for people who were paid to make their communities better places and will be held at ILT Stadium Southland Legends Lounge, 9.30am-4.30pm.
Ms Aaron said Mr Diers would share some “awesome stories of cool community projects happening around the world”, and attendees could learn different ways they could also do amazing things in their own communities.
“It is also a great opportunity to meet other people who might want to work with them to make things happen.”
Saturday’s Activating Communities Workshop was for those volunteers, such as those who worked in community gardens, sport teams or in soup kitchens, Ms Aaron said.
As with the previous workshop, attendees would get the chance to be inspired by the various community projects happening around the world and also have the opportunity to network and connect with like-minded people.
Saturday’s workshop is free for volunteers and will be held at Aurora College, south Invercargill, 10am-4.30pm.