Introduction to Community Engagement for Council Officers

Time: Full Day.jpg (300×141):9:30am to 4:30pm
For: Community Engagement Officers and Managers in the Community Development, Community Services, Planning and Development and Strategic Planning areas.

Course Overview:
The Community Engagement Project undertaken by the LGA in 2007 produced a handbook resource for Councils across South Australia. The Community Engagement Handbook is based on the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) model and provides a basic community engagement framework for Councils.

The handbook has been revised to include a section on engagement techniques including how to engage with Aboriginal communities and people with disabilities; and social media.

This course will provide participants with an understanding of:
    - What is meant by community engagement in Local Government decision making
    - A range of community engagement
    - Legislative issues in relation to community engagement
    - Planning, implementing and evaluating community engagement
    - An introduction to techniques to share and gather information and bring people together.

Please note: this course is part one of a two part series. Part two is Community Engagement Techniques Improving Participation for Council Officers.

Barbara Chappell is the author of the LGA Community Engagement Handbook and the City of Onkaparinga's Community Engagement Handbook which won the IAP2 Core Values Award for Best Policy Framework 2007. Barbara is licensed to train the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Certificate Program and the Emotion, Outrage and Public Engagement course.  She works with Councils and community groups throughout South Australia to raise awareness of community engagement practices.