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Not For Profit Board Readiness & Volunteer Management Program

1 October, 2019, Posted By tvlchamber

Learning Partnerships VNQ logo BannerAn innovative sponsored program is set to deliver improved governance within the not-for-profit sector. Learning Partnerships RTO 31719 and Volunteer North Queensland (VNQ) have joined in an exciting partnership to provide much needed governance training through a Volunteer Management and Board Ready program for the Townsville community.

In recent times, not-for-profit organisations have experienced significant regulatory reform, and in the wake the unprecedented monsoonal event and economic downturn, it’s fair to say that good governance, volunteer management and a committee’s understanding of their roles and responsibilities has never been more important.

Miranda Hamilton, Managing Director at Learning Partnerships said “Good governance encourages new members into leadership positions, improves organisational efficiency, longevity and financial viability, as well as adding strength to an organisations applications for funding grants.”

The flexible three-day Volunteer Management and Board Ready Program is followed by quarterly mentoring sessions provided by Learning Partnerships and, 12-months of free volunteer referral services provided by VNQ.  Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance and on completion of the program workbooks, accredited with two nationally recognised units of competency; BSBWOR502 “Lead and Manage Effective Teams” and BSBGOV405 “Undertake the roles and responsibilities of a board or committee member”.

Gerard Byrne, governance specialist and program presenter explained “Good Governance is a passion for me. Through years of helping not-for-profits it is clear that we need to support groups with strategies and processes at the top to for successful grant submissions and long term sustainability”.

Shane Harris, Manager at Volunteering North Queensland said “This is a great opportunity for companies and business in Townsville to invest into the local community through sponsorship of a not-for-profit organisation’s participation in the program which will build their capacity for social impact.”

Miranda Hamilton said “Learning Partnerships is excited to partner with VNQ.  We have a great synergy in vision and values for our community. Learning Partnerships are specialists in management and governance training and advisory services and, VNQ is a leading volunteer matching service, connecting individual, corporate and groups of volunteers with great volunteer experiences.

Not-for-profit organisations wanting to participate in the program and corporates looking to sponsor community organisation can contact Learning Partnerships or VNQ via their websites for more information at




All media enquiries should be directed to:


Learning Partnerships                                      Volunteering North Queensland

Miranda Hamilton                                                       Shane Harris

Ph:  47 281 555                                                           Ph:  0418 766 975
E:  miranda@learningpartnerships.com.au               E:  manager@vnq.org.au



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