CONNECT participants have loved this year’s peer mentoring groups! So we are squeezing in a shorter, express version to support you to end 2020 more inspired than exhausted: Join us for FREE Connect Express, run in three 90 minute sessions.

CONNECT brings together small groups of 5-6 people who meet online to explore and deepen their CLD practice.  Sessions are hosted by an Inspiring Communities facilitator and provide a great way to:

• reflect on what’s happening in communities across your region

• get feedback on new ideas you’re keen to try or around tough stuff you’re facing

• build your CLD support network

About our facilitator, Denise:

Originally from Taranaki, Denise is a visionary community activator with extensive practical and strategic experience in locally-led change, community building, placemaking, research and evaluation. She works with communities and groups as well as iwi, hapū, organisations, government and business and is focused on inspiring, activating and understanding locally-led change. Denise runs Catalyse Network and delivers the annual Placemaking Week in Tāmaki Makaurau; she is also a member of the Aotearoa regional team of PlacemakingX. She was the founding Chairperson of Gribblehirst Community Hub, a former Board member of the Jeder Institute, coordinated The Exchange Collaborative and is the current Chair of Morningside Urban Market Garden. Denise was a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2012 and travelled through the US and Canada exploring the influence of CLD approaches on wider systems change.

She believes in investing in people as much as projects and enjoys sharing community-led approaches and experience from across Aotearoa as well as helping to bring some of the wealth of information from all over the world to those working and living in community-led ways here. Denise joined the Inspiring Communities team as a part-time contractor in 2010.



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