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Upcoming events

Outside the Square
Thursday 26 June
7pm - 9pm

'The Old Church on the Hill' Community Hall
Cnr Harkness & Russell St, Quarry Hill.

Click here for more information.
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Please rsvp to reply@makeachange.org.au

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Expand Your Impact Workshop 2
Engaging Others and Powerful Requests

Thursday 12 June
7pm - 9pm

Synergize Hub, Level 2, 10-16 Forest St, Bendigo

All scholarships have now been allocated, however tickets still available for purchase. Click here for more information.

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Welcome to our June newsletter!

Welcome to our June 2014 Make a Change newsletter!  And in particular a big welcome if you're receiving this newsletter for the first time.

In this edition:
  • Outside the Square - it's on!
  • Changemaker tip of the month
  • News and stories about Make a Change activities.

Outside the Square - it's on!

After months of planning we are finally excited to announce that Outside the Square is on again for 2014. We have a fantastic line up of topics and speakers. Be sure to put them in your diary now!

Thursday 26 June Healthy Communities
Thursday 31 July Bendigo: A Cycling City
Thursday 28 August Better Bendigo

Each event will once again showcase local people who think a little differently to create positive change in our community. There will be lots of opportunity to chat and develop new ideas too.
Come along, be inspired. Join a group of people up for creating change!

A big thankyou to Healthy Together Bendigo for their sponsorship of the next two events.


Changemaker Tip of the Month

As changemakers, we're always striving to create a better world. We put our heart and soul into the things that matter to us. Despite all these efforts we put in, sometimes decisions are made that are out of our control that seem to go against the change that we are trying to create. When this happens it can get really frustrating, and we get to a point where we think all hope is lost for a better world.

At times like this it is critical to get back in touch with the difference we are making around us, no matter how big or small.

Words such as described in this beautiful article "We were made for these times" can remind us that change is possible and that hope wasn't lost at all, it was just hidden for a moment. Yes there is hope and yes we were made for these times.

Keep up the amazing work you are doing in your community, it really does make a difference!
"Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good." 
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
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All the best,
Karen Corr and the Make a Change Team!

Bendigo Social Change 101

The School for Social Entrepreneurs Social Change 101 Program hit it off in Bendigo last month! 14 budding social entrepreneurs from around Central Victoria came together to start the 4 month intensive program. The students jumped straight in having to pitch their idea to a roomful of local mentors. We look forward to hearing how they go over the next few months. Read more here!

Expand Your Impact Workshops

Local changemakers build their skills: We've been working in partnership with the Bendigo Sustainability Group to bring a series of 4 workshops to emerging sustainability leaders. The first workshop "Project Planning with a Difference" was held last week. These workshops were made possible via a community grant provided by the City of Greater Bendigo. Read more here!

Road Trip to Canberra

Taking leadership to a new level: We've recently started a new initiative to encourage innovative changemaking organisations to share their vision, ideas and wants with local, State and Federal politicians in a positive, engaging and respectful way. It's been an amazing journey so far. Stay tuned for many stories and learnings to share.
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