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How to Engage your Community

24th May 2016 BY: johncamilleri

Men’s Shed

learn-locals_mens-shed The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) is the peak body representing more than 930 Men’s Sheds and is recognised as one of Australia’s largest male based Community Development organisations. This website includes information manuals on how to start and run a “Men’s Shed”

Contact Details:

W: mensshed.org
P: 9389 0124

Second Bite

learn-locals_second-bite SecondBite exists to provide access to fresh, nutritious food for people in need across Australia. We do this by rescuing and redistributing surplus fresh food, building community capacity in food skills and nutrition and advocating for an end to food insecurity.


Contact Details:

W: secondbite.org.au

P: 9389 0124


learn-locals_fareshare FareShare is a Melbourne based food charity that rescues surplus, quality food from supermarkets, farmers and other businesses. With the help of 800 regular volunteers, FareShare cooks this food into 25,000 free nutritious meals a week for Victorian charities – such as soup vans, homeless shelters, food banks and school breakfast program. They have Australia’s largest charity kitchen that is based in Abbotsford.

Contact Details:

W: fareshare.net.au

P: 9389 0124

Street Bank

Individuals and Community Organisations can join Street Bank and take advantage of one of the biggest neighbourhood sharing websites in the world.

This site is for people across the world who want to share  or give away stuff.  From the weird and wonderful, to the practical and useful.

The result is friendlier neighbourhoods, money saved and less stuff wasted and ending up in landfill.

Streetbank helps people do three things:

1.  Give things away – find a grateful neighbour for stuff you no longer need

2.  Share things – like ladders and drills, that go unused much of the time

3.  Share skills – like DIY, languages and gardening, that neighbours might need help with

Although this is an international website there are already lots of local Melbournian’s that have started sharing via this website.


This website includes some great resources on “sharing communities”. Includes “How to’s” on almost everything including: vegetable gardens, seed sharing and feasts to name a few.


Permablitz Melbourne

permablitz-learn-local Permablitz (noun): An informal gathering involving a day on which a group of at least two people come together to achieve the following:

  • create or add to edible gardens
  • share skills related to permaculture and sustainable living
  • build community
  • have fun

The term permablitz is a contraction of permaculture and blitz, where a blitz simply means a focused effort to get something done.

Permablitzes are always free, public events, with free workshops and shared food, where you get some exercise and have a good time.

Permablitz Melbourne often do “blitzes” in community spaces – they are happy to do this as it means that more people will benefit from the gardens they set up..

Normally when they do a blitz they ask that the host has been to at least one blitz before, or is involved in some community work – the community work that Learn Locals do fits their criteria. Fill in the form at the link below and get into it!
Have a look here for more info: http://www.permablitz.net/get-blitzed/

Contact Details:

W: fareshare.net.au

P: 9389 0124

Livewell Yarra: Communities achieving low carbon wellbeing

Livewell Clusters has been created to help you reduce your carbon footprint while maintaining or enhancing your wellbeing. And through Livewell you can help others do this too, and help build a self-sustaining movement.

Livewell Clusters is an action research project initiated by Curtin University, supported by the City of Yarra and Yarra Energy Foundation, and funded by the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living (a national consortium of universities, businesses and government bodies).

Livewell Yarra is the first Livewell Cluster.

See also the link to the sharing economy information on their website.