2 Minona St, Hawthorn, 3124 borders@borderlands.org.au (03) 9819 3239

Workshops & Short Courses, Community Events & Conversations

Welcome to our workshop, community events and  conversations program. We’ve designed these to support all those who are working to make a difference and do their bit of good in the world.  In what seems to be increasingly uncertain times we think it more important than ever that we develop our understanding of what is happening and make careful judgements about how to respond.  Building our awareness, knowledge and expertise is an important part of this.  You’ll find a range of workshops listed and we will be adding more so do stay in touch. Borderlands can also tailor learning opportunities for the particular needs of organisations and groups. Our workshops and short courses are all based on practical examples of supporting communities to creatively follow their passion for social justice, ecological sustainability, peace and human rights

We are pleased to announce that we are introducing Community Conversations on some of the topical and ethical issues of our time.  Details of these will be posted in the next week or two so make sure to check in at the end of February (and that is 2017)  These will only attract a very low fee to cover refreshments and venue costs.

Borderlands encourage participation in multiple ways so if you have ideas for a workshop that aligns with our principles  and practice and are suitably qualified please do get in touch. We do ask that facilitators take out a membership (and you are also welcome to become a shareholder) 

 If you need any further information about any of our programs please contact Lesley Shuttleworth on(03) 9819 3439 or (03) 9819 3239          or e-mail lesley@borderlands.org.au.  Lesley works part time so if you do not manage to make contact please leave a message and she will get back to you. 


After many conversation about the political shifts in America, Europe and indeed right here in Australia we decided that our best contribution would be to start a regular conversation.  These will be run in collaboration with Learning Agenda – a great outfit committed to real education and very much aligned with our principles and mission.  We plan to post details of these by the end of February so please stay in touch.  And if you have ideas for topics and / or speakers do get in touch with Lesley on (03) 9819 3439 or (03) 9819 3239 or e-mail lesley@borderlands.org.au


Places are limited to ensure that everyone is able to participate fully so bookings are essential.  All fees include g.s.t. and a minimal booking fee. We ask that you make your payment at least two days prior to commencement of the workshop.  If you are not able to do so please get in touch to make an arrangement.  Borderlands is open to negotiation on other means of contribution to course fees so if you are not able to make a financial contribution please talk to us and see if we can make a plan with you. 

 Please book for all workshops via the Eventbrite link provided with each workshop’s details. If you are unable to make use of Eventbrite please contact us and we will organise alternative arrangements

Unless otherwise indicated all workshops run in the Borderlands library, 2 Minona Street Hawthorn all workshops will run in The Borderlands Library, 2 Minona Street, Hawthorn 3124.  Melway Ref: 

We usually provide a sandwich lunch so please let us know if you have any particular dietary requirements. 

For enquiries or more information please contact Lesley on (03) 9819 3439 or (03)9819 3239 or e-mail:lesley@borderlands.org.au

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Dr Jacques Boulet and Lesley Shuttleworth

Learn about the principles and practice of working in a ‘place-based’ way and to create community (or do it in the ‘community development’ way) where-ever it is that you’re working. We’ll cover a bit of the history, take a brief look at traditional practice and think about what it means to be a community. We’ll explore the theoretical underpinning of the practice of community development as well as the values and principles on which it is based before we look at some of its practical applications in the areas in which participants are working or volunteering.

14th and 15th March 2017  9.30am – 4.30pm ,Fee $374.65 includes g.s.t.  Concession $288.46 includes g.s.t.

Bookings via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/community-development-an-introduction-tickets-31860385270

ECOLITERACY FOR SOCIAL WORKERS Dr Jacques Boulet and Lesley Shuttleworth

This workshop provides the opportunity to develop the ecological literacy of social workers irrespective of their field of practice. Its aim is to invite participants to discuss about the realm of environmental social work in Australia and where it sits within our practice. The workshop will focus around the following areas:

  • What is the role of activist social work in pursuing sustainability?
  • How can we tap into the policy, practice and research realms of environmental social work?
  • How Sustainability Teams can be created at workplaces to activate an imagining of new ways of being and doing and the importance of interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary practice
  • Ethical considerations

Saturday 11th March 2017 Fees: AASW Student $72.73, Non AASW Students $90.91 AASW Members $109.09 Non AASW Members $136.36 All fees include g.s.t.

Workshops will run at the Australian Association of Social Workers, Level 7, 14 – 20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne 3051 Melway Ref:

Bookings via Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/eco-literacy-for-social-workers-tickets-29599432700


Getting tired of the increasing demands and expectations to produce ‘evidence-based’ work…? Join us for two days of exploration what the whole fuss is about…! What is (social) research? How can we do meaningful research which is really useful to come to know our communities? How can you evaluate your practice and learn from it and use the learnings to improve your work (and how you feel about it!)? And how to think about and measure the impact of your efforts in your work in the community?  After these two days, you’ll never be shy of an answer about the evidence of the fruits of your work!

20th and 21st March 2017   9.30am – 4.30pm ,Fee $374.65 includes g.s.t.  Concession $288.46 includes g.s.t.

Bookings via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/social-research-workshop-tickets-31873185556


Story is the way in which humans create meaning and through which we gain insights into ‘the other’ making it a useful tool for community development practitioners.

Story is more than a collection of facts or events – it engages our senses and our imaginations as we perceive and interpret. We tell stories of where we come from –we tell stories of where we are.  We tell stories of what happens to us – we tell stories of those like us and recant stories of the ones we fear. Stories can take us beyond the human, when they’re expansive and they connect us to spaces and places – to the sacred and the every day. Stories can reveal the multiplicity of the worlds which we inhabit.

Stories link us to our past, allowing us to live in our present more fully aware and engage our imagination as we search for new ways of being and doing when we find it necessary to make a change.

The workshop will focus around the following areas:

  • What is a story – it’s relevance to connecting community.
  • How learning the stories of ‘the other’ can make them more human – more like us as we pick up the threads of shared experience, shared emotions and a humanity in common.
  • How our stories as individuals sit in ‘nests’ of other stories
  • How stories can allow us to explore the complexities of our relationships.
  • How the stories of people in place can be gathered together to create a shared sense of belonging and caring for place as well as people
  • How stories can be used to activate an imagining of new ways of being and doing.
  • How stories can be used to dream, imagine and plan
  • The importance of holding stories within the context of what is shaping our places and neighbourhoods.
  • Ethical considerations

Dates to be confirmed