Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP) 2012 Community Projects

15 May 2012 By Sunita Varlamos

The Leadership Victoria Community Project is an innovative way for Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP) participants to achieve significant social impact for a NFP during the program and to extend their thinking, strategy and policy making skills and experience on complex issues for a community organisation.   We hope that this experience becomes the first of many engagements with LV and our social impact agenda.

The general concept is that teams of WCLP participants come together to work on a specific issue for a NFP which requires some ‘out of the box’ ideas and fresh thinking.

An initiative such as this offers our participants a practical and simple way to utilise the enthusiasm, knowledge and skills developed in the WCLP program for the good of the broader community. In addition, participants are able to further develop their knowledge and skills and get to work with others from a range of professional backgrounds and sectors.

Project concepts are now being sought. If you work in a NFP or have a close relationship with a NFP that would highly value and action a project by a team of current WCLP participants then I would like to hear from you.  This is an exceptional opportunity for NFPs to have the significant resource and energy of WCLP participants to work on a project that they have lacked the capacity to deliver.


Community Projects should meet the following criteria:

  • The issue/s identified by the community organisation need to be real and significant.  Ideally, the issue/s pertains to a discrete project but may also form part of a larger issue or need.
  • Organisations will need to present a clear proposal.  A project proposal pro forma for this will be provided to interested NFPs.  The project concept should focus on the capacity to develop practical outcomes that can be readily implemented. 
  • Project concepts will be pitched to an Advisory Group and assessed on their capacity to have high measures of community social impact.
  • Projects must have a high level champion within the organisation.  The role of this champion is to effectively connect with the WCLP participants and the NFP.  Each champion will need to be accessible to meet with the project team at the kick-off Workshop on 18 August and preferably at least on a monthly basis.
  • WCLP projects will run from August to November (4 months).  Project proposals should take account of the time available for the project teams.
  • A final report will be prepared by each project team and presented to the community organisation.

In 2011, the WCLP participants worked on teams for a total of 8 NFPs. Some examples of these projects are highlighted below:

Inner East Community Health Services - Leadership Development Program:

Community Health faces huge challenges to meet the needs of needy populations and the aged. However, core Government funding is static.  There are huge opportunities in the new health agenda but internally Community Health is focussed on day to day delivery of services and not the paradigm shifts that are required in new programs and ways of working.  Inner East Community Health Service needed to transform its senior staff from managers to leaders to meet the challenge.  The WCLP team developed a Leadership Development program.  This has been positively received within the IECHS and is likely to be rolled out to other Victorian community health services, thus contributing to greater levels of social impact.

Big Brother Big Sister – Development of a Social Impact Measure:

Many NFPs now seek to measure their activities not only in terms of outputs but importantly in terms of impact. This field is relatively new and many models are being developed but are not yet widely used.  The WCLP project purpose was to explore models for measuring social impact and to develop a social impact measurement system appropriate and relevant to the Big Brother Big Sister operating model.  The aim was to share the model with other stakeholders and build support for this program.


Scarf is a small, innovative social enterprise. The driving principle of Scarf is to provide practical hospitality training and mentoring to marginalised young people, most often from refugee backgrounds. The project focus was to develop a business plan that explored a number of issues relating to sustainability and growth.


To submit a project, please download and complete this form. This form must be returned to Sunita by 1 July to  2012. Project proposals will be assessed on 16 July and you will be notified if your project proposal has been successful.

The successful projects will be pitched to the WCLP participants on 18 August (9.30 am – 12.30 pm) which you will attend.  If you have any queries please call Sunita (before 22 June on 9651 6593 or Gail after 22 June on 9651 6596).