Community Leadership Program

Community Leadership Program.PNG

Expressions of interests for Horsham Rural City Council’s Community Leadership Program are now open.

The free program is for new, emerging and existing community leaders aged 18 years and over, who want to enhance their leadership skills, create new personal and professional networks and learn more about local government.

Expressions of interest are now closed.

See program flyer(PDF, 2MB)                             Community Leadership Program FAQs(PDF, 247KB)

Drop-in Information session

A free drop-in information session was held on Wednesday 13 March 2024.

Community members were encouraged to drop into the Civic Centre anytime between 6pm and 8pm to learn more about the Community Leadership Program which was held to support people interested in Local Government. 

Program Overview

Starting 4 May and running until 24 July 2024, the program will be delivered in eight sessions (two held in person in Horsham and six delivered online). The sessions will be on Saturday mornings and Wednesday nights. 

What you will learn

  • Leadership: leadership styles and theory, personal and community leadership
  • Communication: communication skills, presenting, public speaking
  • Community capacity: local resources, networking, working with volunteers
  • Understanding Government: responsibilities of local government, democracy, working effectively with Council
  • Leading Change: Good Governance, decision making, project planning and goal setting 

Who is eligible

The Community Leadership Program aims to represent the municipality diversity and is inclusive of all genders, age groups (18+), abilities, Aboriginality, cultures, language backgrounds, sexual orientation, education and employment status.

Support will be available for all participants who need it. For example: digital access, translators and disability access.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Can commit to attending all the workshops
  • Have an interest in developing your own and other people’s leadership in the community
  • Are motivated to participate and engage in community life
  • Have a desire to use your skills to make a difference and enhance the community

How to apply

There are 25 places available in the program and participants will be selected through an independent expression of interest process.

As well as the eligibility criteria listed above the selection panel will also consider:

  • Geographical representation from across the municipality
  • A range of cultural backgrounds, abilities, gender, sexual orientation and ages
  • Diversity of personal and life experiences

Full program details will be provided on acceptance of a program place.

Expressions of interest are now closed.