The voluntary sector in Australia is a patchwork quilt of different sizes, different tasks, different groups, and different attitudes, whic is all as it should be. It also covers a range of different legal forms, different regulatory bodies, and different state legislation, which is historical junk and should be tidied up. In any case, there's so much variability across the sector that it's not possible to write a one-size-fits-all set of solutions to common problems. We're certainly not going to try.
We'll have to be satisfied with general principles. The first of these is this:
- If you're not satisfied with the general principles, you're going to have trouble running a community group.
- It's all about people. Work with them.
This book covers the simple secrets of successful community groups; what they are, and how you can benefit.