CONNECT participants have loved this year’s peer mentoring groups! So we are squeezing in a shorter, express version to support you to end the year 2020 more inspired than exhausted!

3 x FREE 90 min online sessions

CONNECT brings together small groups of 5-6 people who meet online to explore and deepen their CLD practice. 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


Register TODAY for one of these groups near you – it’s not too late to do so? Join in on November and December sessions as you can.

Aim for all three sessions, or as many as you can.

Tamaki Mākaurau / Auckland groups:

Thursday 15th October, 19th November, 10th December 9.30 – 11 am with Denise Bijoux

Rātā Region groups: (Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough, Canterbury)

Tuesday 13th October, 10th November, 8th December – 1 – 2.30 pm with Margy-Jean Malcolm

Thanks to our funders for making it possible for these to be free: Rāta Foundation, Foundation North, Lottery Grants Board.


Learn, connect and share with others across Aotearoa working in locally-led ways.

Joining a CONNECT group can help deepen your knowledge and networks around a focused aspect of your CLD work – or more generally. When you join, you will have the opportunity to influence the meeting topics based on your own learning needs. To support you at this time potential topics of discussion might be:

  • Activating and engaging communities in challenging times
  • Facilitating meaningful connections and collaborations, including in virtual reality
  • Effective practice for local and central government supporting communities  

CONNECT enables small groups of people to come together online. They are intended to connect individuals, agencies and groups working in support of community development and locally-led initiatives and outcomes.

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What does it cost?

We are offering our CONNECT group sessions at a discounted rate of $95 +GST for not-for-profit organisations.
The full rate for local and central government, businesses and funders is $255 +GST.

More sessions coming soon.

We will confirm dates and times to suit the collective group – as and when we have 5-6 registrations of interest. Please register your interest via the button below, and we will be in touch soon to coordinate a suitable time for you or your organisation.

What will I get out of it?

  • Be inspired and energised by others working in support of locally-led outcomes and community innovation
  • Bounce off one another’s ideas as you explore the challenges and opportunities
  • Have a safe space to reflect on your practice and share your stories
  • Build on the skills and knowledge and continue your own personal pathway in community development

How does it work?

  • 4 x 2-hour sessions
  • 6-8 people involved at a time
  • Bring your own CLD questions, curiosity, stories and challenges
  • Intentionally structured learning and reflection space
  • Grow skills, knowledge and insights with the power of a group’s wisdom
  • Facilitated by an experienced CLD practitioner from the Inspiring Communities team
  • Group members commit to participating in ways that create a safe and respectful space where you can trust you can talk about your real questions without being judged
CONNECT Inspiring Communities

A Community of Practice is a real ako space for teachers and learners 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.

Practical things you should know.

  • Groups continue on the same timeframes e.g. first Monday of the month 1-3pm.
  • Groups begin as demand requires, so if the next start time doesn’t work for you, please do still register your interest so we can keep in touch with a time that will.
  • To join these online workshops you will need an internet connection and to have downloaded Zoom – free online video conferencing software. Read some helpful info about Zoom here.


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