Nowra IRCF Journey
Hi, we are Meg Stratti and Natalie Lloyd, your IRCF community facilitators.
Our role is to support Nowra and Kangaroo Valley’s not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) to connect, build relationships and work together on improving your capacity and sustainability. The vision of the Investing in Rural Community Futures program, with the financial support of The Snow Foundation and The Australian Government, is to deliver stronger organisations for stronger Nowra and Kangaroo Valley communities.
Meg Stratti – Nowra IRCF Community Facilitator
0439 470 086
My work days are Tuesday & Wednesday
Natalie Lloyd – Shoalhaven First Nation Community Facilitator
0427 876 264
My work days are Tuesday & Friday
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Nowra IRCF Goals
Nowra is a town on the lands of the Yuin nation. This major service town is on the Shoalhaven River of the South Coast NSW. The IRCF program extends from Nowra up to the Kangaroo Valley.
With a population of 37,000 people, the major service town is supported by more than 80 not for profit organisations.
The community roadmap articulates the goals decided by the community, for the community. Applications for funding should be for projects that align with the goals found in the community roadmap.
Developing leadership capabilities, a renewed sense of community spirit and fostering skill development to create strong organisations that bring together various leaders, groups and residents.
- Recruitment – attracting and retaining the people who are needed (new goal)
- Our people maintain good health and wellbeing and are taken care of
- People have the skills and capacity to do their work well
- Develop trusting relationships to enable NFPs to work with Indigenous communities
- Volunteers who are well skilled and connected
- Organisations have programs to support leadership
- Creating pathways for young people (new goal)
Fostering relationships and practises that support efficient and effective collaboration with other not-for-profits to enhance community impact.
- Collective approach to accessing and maximising funding opportunities (sustainable)
- To have the skills to deliver our services and shared learning experiences (updated)
- We have a strong collective to share knowledge and coordinate services
- Access to grants database and support to apply for grants (moved from Strategy & Structure)
- To have a shared pool of resources and shared spaces
- Organisations have programs to support leadership
- Volunteer recruitment (new)
Supporting community leaders to input new insights and energy to effort by providing lessons, systems and structures that demonstrates best practice.
- Cultural audits for organisations (new goal)
- Tailored and integrated IT infrastructure that is well maintained and adaptable
- Well promoted local NFPs with good brands and active PR, marketing and social media
- Well documented policies, procedures and induction processes
Providing tools and measures that support and enable the sustainability of organisations well into the future.
- We are clear about the needs of our community
- For organisations to have the capacity to manage change and growth
- Organisations have the capacity and tools to measure our impact
- Organisations Develop and Implement Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) (updated)
- Organisations to have a master plan
- For organisations to have strategic plans
- We have fundraising strategies for sustainability
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO DATE AND WHAT IS ON THE HORIZON
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Evaluation – NFP Health Check
The IRCF program is being independently evaluated by our delivery partner Matrix on Board for the life of the program. As part of this evaluation, FRRR is measuring the change and impact of the program at three different levels, this is being measured by using a series of tools.
There are three components to the evaluation of the IRCF program:
1. The change and impact on the capacity and sustainability of the individual NFP organisations involved in the program. One of these tools is an organisational self-assessment for committees to collectively discuss the current health of their organisation. It was designed specifically for the program looking at the four pillars of Strategy, People, Systems and Efficiencies. The assessment measures each pillar using a 5 point scale out of 12 areas of organisational competency, giving organisations a score out of 60, we are using a mean of this score across the funded organisations to monitor an overall health of these organisations and to track any impact, the program may have. All funded organisations take part in the self-assessment. These assessments are undertaken every twelve months, with an additional one-on-one interview with each organisation.
2. The impact of the program on overall community change as a result of the work of the organisations. This will be measured through the engagement of all organisations in the community through a Community Workshop facilitated by the Evaluation Team using the Harwood Index. In each community there has been a range of external individuals to the project selected that meet with the evaluation panel every 6 months for breakfast to discuss the impact IRCF is having.
3. FRRR’s own impact on the program. Most of this performance is in the form of measurable data such as dollars spent, the number of organisations who have been able to participate in the program and the number of people impacted by the programs/projects delivered. Reporting and interviews are employed to capture the effectiveness and impact of the Community Facilitators employed to support the organisations.