To nurture and enable Community-led Development (CLD) across the motu, we provide a diverse range of CLD learning and connecting opportunities – including in-person workshops, interactive online groups, coaching, webinars and 1:2:1 mentoring with an experienced CLD practitioner.

Explore what’s available to help you support and strengthen your locally-led outcomes and projects. Let’s continue to develop our capacity, share, and stay connected in 2023.

>Community Building Blocks

A free online 90-minute group session that helps you connect with others in the Community-led Development (CLD) space, facilitated by one of the Inspiring Communities’ team members. Each session will have a different topic, based around a specific CLD need, framework, tool or resource – but every session is designed to help you explore community-focused ways of working collaboratively and develop strategies to respond to current challenges and opportunities in your work.

>CLD Skills Workshops

Join us in person for a one-day skills workshop designed to strengthen your community-led practices and build local connections, in a dynamic group environment. The workshops are held around Aotearoa, so look for one coming up in your region.

>Webinar Series

Take the opportunity to learn from a leading community change expert you admire, with our Co-Matters webinar series. Local and international speakers will deliver a webinar that explores anything from collaboration and thought leadership to the shifts needed to enable effective change, using tangible examples and real-life stories.

>Online Learning Module

Inspiring Communities has developed this learning module from what we have learnt over many years of working with and alongside communities across Aotearoa New Zealand. This self-directed, self-paced course will introduce you to the principles of community-led development and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We explore how to work with complexity, and share tools for how to engage with your communities, map their strengths and assets and establish strong governance structures and processes.


Our community Coaching is for anyone working in locally-led ways, whether you are working on your own, as part of an agency, community group, business, Council team or government. You set the agenda for what you’d like to work on over four one-hour sessions with one of our specialist coaches, and we’ll support you to reach your goals. These sessions are great for when you need extra support, to gain perspective, understand what’s working and to help you figure out next steps.


Earn a community-led development micro-credential from Otago Polytechnic, in partnership with Inspiring Communities. This is a self-directed, self-paced learning experience, but the monthly online sessions are a facilitated learning group that allows you to work alongside others who are completing this qualification.

This “mini” qualification validates that you have the competencies to plan and facilitate community-led development processes, hui, meetings and workshops – for a diverse range of groups – and helps strengthen your CLD practice.