Conference designed to assist the community sector to value and measure their social impact
  • Tuesday 26 September 2017
ImageA free Community Sector Conference next week will show not-for-profit organisations how to measure the social impacts of their programs on our region.

Council, in partnership with USC, invites representatives of all not-for-profits to attend the conference from 8.30am-4.30pm on Wednesday, October 4 at the Innovation Centre.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast lifestyle was second to none and as much as our assets are important, it is our social attributes that make the Coast such a great place to live, work and play.

“Our response to social challenges and the opportunities that arise require leadership, collaboration and partnerships between a range of government agencies, organisations and communities across the region,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“In association with the Queensland Committee of the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia, not-for-profit organisations will learn how to measure the social impacts of their programs at the Community Sector Conference.

“Council is committed to ensuring we build and support an even stronger Sunshine Coast community living in a region that is healthy, smart and creative.”

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Community Sector Conference was designed for anyone who is working in any capacity within a not-for-profit group.

“Our Sunshine Coast Social Strategy provided a long-term social direction that builds on our region’s social attributes for responding to the needs of our region,” Cr McKay said.

“The participants of the conference will hear from specialists, The Incus Group, who will explore what the current Sunshine Coast community sector landscape looks like and how we demonstrate the impact.

“There will be panel discussions, facilitated group exercises looking at gaps, priorities for measuring impact and explore needs and opportunities going forward.

“Importantly we will celebrate the value of the community sector which plays an important role on the Sunshine Coast region and determine our next steps of understanding, measuring and managing the value of this contribution.”

Arrive at 8.15am to register at 8.30am. Free (morning and afternoon teas and lunch will be provided). Register online today or call council’s Customer Contact Centre on 5475 7272 and ask to speak to a Community Development Officer.