Community sector resources

The City of Port Phillip is home to more than 200 community groups. We're building stronger communities through a range of initiatives and support programs for local groups.

Community Sector News

Community Sector News is our free monthly electronic newsletter for staff and volunteers of local community groups. The newsletter offers information about:

  • training and professional development
  • grants and funding
  • events
  • other programs and initiatives
  • community profile

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Community training calendar

We run free training sessions to build the capacity of local community groups and non-profit organisations.

Upcoming training

De-escalation and Occupational Violence and Aggression (OVA) training for public facing roles in the Community Sector

Module 1: Awareness

Module 2: De-escalation

Module 3: Protection

Learning outcomes:

. understand situational awareness

. recognise the signs of an escalating situation

. understand how to control own emotions and speech in confrontational situations

. learn strategies for how to stay calm when working through de-escalation steps in the toolkit

. increase confidence in handling confrontational situations

. understand appropriate verbal and body language in confrontational situations

. learn how to deal with different types of aggressors, such as people under

the influence of drugs

Who should attend:

All levels of staff/volunteers who are in public facing roles providing services to potentially difficult or aggressive people. Leaders or managers will also benefit to support their team members.


Thursday 14 November 2023 9.30 am to 3.30 pm


St Kilda Town Hall Council Chamber

Booking essential:

Past training

Port Phillip Volunteer Coordinators Network

The Port Phillip Volunteer Coordinator Network (PPVCN) meets quarterly to discuss all things volunteering. It's an opportunity for volunteer coordinators to offer peer support, share resources, learn from guest speakers and build capacity in the volunteering sector of Port Phillip.

To become a member, please fill out a membership form.

Community flagpole bookings

A community flagpole is located at each town hall and is available for booking by community members.

The Community Flagpole Scheme Guidelines provide guidance on appropriate access and allocation to the community flagpoles:

The flagpoles provide a key opportunity to celebrate and embrace the diversity of the community and to support the strategic directions of the Council Plan.

Community Building Enquiries

If you have any general queries, or access or support requirements that will enable your participation in these events, please contact the Grants and Community Building Team:

Visit Online Services

Phone: 03 9209 6777

Interpreters are available upon request.