2021 sessions have started and will run through to October.


CONNECT brings together small groups of people online, creating a supportive, peer-mentoring environment where the topic of discussion is flexible and depends on participant needs. 

Hosted by an Inspiring Communities facilitator, the CONNECT sessions provide a great way to:

  • LEARN: get feedback on new ideas you’re keen to try or around tough stuff you’re facing
  • SHARE: insights from your experience and reflections on what’s happening in communities across your region
  • CONNECT: build your CLD support network

Register to attend CONNECT

Upcoming sessions:

Tuesday 24 August, 1:00pm – 2:30pm (for the rest of Aotearoa/NZ)

These groups will continue at the same time of day/week of each month: the Auckland/Northland group will meet on the first Thursday of every month. The rest of Aotearoa group will meet every fourth Tuesday of the month.

Please note that there are now four remaining sessions for 2021. If you purchase your sessions now, it is recommended you attend all remaining sessions for the year.

Please note that we are offering a discounted not-for-profit rate. If cost is a barrier for you, please see below for the option to apply for a scholarship.

What does it cost?

$95.00 + GST

We offer a discounted rate for all not-for-profit organisations.

$295.00 + GST

For Local and Central government, businesses and funders.

This cost enables you to attend 4 x 90-minute sessions throughout 2021.

Is cost a barrier for you?

This year, Inspiring Communities have five scholarships available. You can apply for one of these scholarships with your registration.

Another suggestion and recommendation would be including this activity within a grant application for professional development.

Testimonial from our 2020 cohort

 I was able to bring real-world problems and issues I faced working with projects back to the group for feedback and response.

I got honest, frank and considered suggestions and guidance as well as a lot of reassurance that gave me the confidence to deal with the many challenges that come with managing community development projects.

I also learned a lot from the other participants who all had such unique experiences and expertise in connecting with communities.  It was very much a case of learning by sharing.

I would strongly recommend anyone involved with community development to join in on a connect group. I am sure you will get so much from it.

– Paul C, Project Lead, MPI

“A Community of Practice is a real ako space for teaching and learning together.”

Anna Parker, Inspiring Communities.

Knowing that we are not alone in this kaupapa. I work quite remotely and it was great to have an opportunity to link and learn from others… and to share what I have learned as well.

The fact that you are sharing your challenges and successes helps you put things in perspective. There is a group of ideas that exists outside your own community and this has become a real encouragement for me.


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