ChangeMaker Professional Development Training

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A professional development series delivered by Family Life in partnership with the Tamarack Institute outlining how to design and deliver community change initiatives.

ChangeMaker Professional Development Training

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The ChangeMaker Professional Development Training is a joint initiative between Family Life and the Tamarack Institute for professionals from the community and government sectors, who are keen to understand how to design and deliver place based community change initiatives using collective impact principles and practice frameworks.


Topics include:

  • Principles and practice frameworks of each of the 5 pillars: collective impact, community engagement, collaborative leadership, community innovation, evaluating impact
  • Review of literature and research on each topic
  • Leadership, change maker skills and knowledge to be able to progress this work more confidently
  • Practical strategies needed to support the design and delivery of community change projects
  • Problems and pitfalls associated with each element and how to address them.


What you will learn:

  • Development of knowledge and understanding of the 5 Pillars (phases and stages) of community change work
  • Exploration of the principles and practice necessary to design and deliver community change initiatives
  • Development of skills, knowledge and qualities necessary to mobilise community change
  • Draft an Incubator Project Brief adopting community change practice and principles.


Best suited to:

Professionals ready to activate or take a community project to the next level. Mid-level managers, team leaders, para professionals from community organisations and government that are keen to understand community change principles, theory and practice. Participants may have commenced or be considering developing a community change initiative or wish to apply the theory or practice in existing projects.



Allison Wainwright, CEO, Family Life has over 20 years of social work experience spanning government and not for profit sectors in senior and executive management roles. She has expertise in the areas of community change, family violence, children, youth and family services both in Australia, and overseas. Allison’s specialist skills focus on programmatic design of community change and therapeutic systems that provide trauma informed interventions and family sensitive practice including crisis services, residential care, child protection, family support and community-based models. She has provided international leadership over collective impact, community change and primary prevention initiatives. Designing place based and community centred models around HIV/AIDS prevention, family violence prevention, sexual health and place-based responses to vulnerable families and children.

Liz Weaver, Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute where she is leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre has a focus on advancing community change efforts and does this by focusing on five strategic areas including collective impact, collaborative leadership, community engagement, community innovation and evaluating community impact. Liz is well-known for her thought leadership on collective impact and is the author of several popular and academic papers on the topic. She is a co-catalyst partner with the Collective Impact Forum and leads a collective impact capacity building strategy with the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Prior to her current role at Tamarack, Liz led the Vibrant Communities Canada team and assisted place-based collaborative tables develop their frameworks of change and supported and guided their projects from idea to impact.

Jodie Belyea, Community Change Manager, Family Life is responsible for designing the ChangeMaker Training, the Community of Practice Series, and convening the Mornington Peninsula Family Violence Primary Prevention Collaborative. Jodie has a Master’s in Leadership, Organisational Consulting and Change, undergraduate qualifications in Business Administration, Community Development and Youth Work. She is a systems thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit able to develop programs and training that empower individuals and communities. She has led state and national initiatives such as the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Program and Connectus, a pilot project for the Premier’s Drug Prevention Council. In 2018 she Founded the Women’s Spirit Project, a placed based, grass roots volunteer led project on the Frankston Mornington Peninsula, aimed at inspiring, empowering and supporting vulnerable women through fitness, health and well-being activities.



Commencing Tuesday 29 September to 27th October, 2020

The course will be delivered over 5 sessions:

  • 4 x interactive webinars sessions for 2-3 hours
  • 1 x small group coaching session for 1 hour

Session 1:

Introductions and Setting the Scene
Tuesday 29 September, 9.30 am to 12.00 pm

Session 2:

Collaborative Leadership / Collective Impact
Tuesday 6 October, 9.30 am to 12.00 pm

Session 3:

Community Engagement / Reflective Practice & Incubator Projects
Small group coaching (to be scheduled individually)
Tuesday 13 October, 9.30 am to 12.00 pm

Session 4:

Community Innovation / Evaluating Impact
Tuesday 20 October, 9.30 am to 12.00 pm

Session 5:

Consolidation & Next Steps
Tuesday 27 October 9.30 am to 12.00 pm



Training will be delivered online via Zoom and includes:

  • digital training manual including handouts and research papers
  • opportunity to participate in a small and large group discussions
  • coaching session for groups of 4-5 participants.



$495 (incl. GST) early bird price if paid by Wed 9th September.

$550 (incl. GST) thereafter.

Acceptance into this program is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.



Register now via the link below:



More information:

For any questions, please contact jbelyea@familylife.com.au or call 03 8599 5433.

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