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Welcome to the April 2016 edition of the
My Community Life newsletter!


The My Community Life website has been developed by Kingston City Council to help community groups promote themselves to the local community for free.  
So far, here are some terrific My Community Life statistics.
  • 184 community groups have registered and created profiles on My Community Life (22 community groups have joined My Community Life since our February newsletter) 
  • 407 event pages have been created since My Community Life started (79 new event pages have been created since our February newsletter)
  • 37 volunteer opportunities have been advertised; and
  • 84,832 pages have been viewed by around 16,456 visitors.
NEW FEATURES
We have made some changes to My Community Life to improve functionality and greater user experience.
  • When looking at a community group’s page, you can now see all events and volunteer opportunities, instead of just five events or volunteering opportunities. This will help you showcase all the great activities your organisation or group provides.
  • Volunteer opportunities are now listed in order of the most recently added or most recently updated. This will highlight new volunteer opportunities to the community.
  • You now have 60 minutes, up from 30 minutes, to create a new event or volunteer opportunity.  When uploading or putting content into a group/event/volunteer page please remember you only have 60 minutes to do this or you will run the risk of losing your work.  Plan your content before logging in by using the templates we have provided - click here to see the templates
There will be some more changes made to My Community Life over the next few months to further improve the website's functionality.

Help us improve My Community Life
by completing a 5 minute survey
Click here to go to survey!
Alternatively, send your ideas, comments or queries to mycommunitylife@kingston.vic.gov.au 
USER TIPS
Working with the google map system
To help My Community Life display the correct location on a google map for your group, keep address fields to street number and name. You can add additional information such as “next to the pavilion” or “left after the park” in the ‘location’ field.
 
Accessible Parking
When completing the field, ‘Number of Accessible Car Parking Spaces’ for events or volunteer opportunities, please note this refers specifically to how many accessible (disabled) car parking spaces are available. This is usually between one and five spaces.
 
Events and Activities
  • Event title: Try and make your event/activity title as ‘individual’ as possible.  If you use simple or common descriptions your event/activity may sound very similar to those being used by other groups. 
  • Event abstract: Provide a short summary of the event in the abstract section of the event/activity form.  When people are searching for an event/activity, this will pop up in the search.
  • Event description: Provide as much information about the event/activity in the event description section as this is where information about the event is found. 
COMMUNITY GROUP PROFILE
Mordialloc College Alumni Association (MCAA) was formed in 2004 and became formally incorporated as a not- for- profit organisation in 2015. MCAA is devoted to helping the school financially, raising the profile of public education and maintaining a photographic and documentary archive about the school and its people. To enable its full operation, a number of volunteers were needed in a range of different roles. 

When the MCAA became an incorporated organisation, this coincided with the launch of My Community Life. The Association took the opportunity to create a profile on the website and advertised six volunteer roles. Two people responded to the My Community Life Volunteer advertisement and they are now volunteers of MCAA. Kingston City Council is very pleased with this great outcome for the Mordialloc College Alumni Association!

My Community Life can also help your community group or organisation recruit volunteers. We encourage you to fully utilise the My Community Life website to promote your organisation and volunteer positions.

If you need help or support in setting up a volunteer program or positions please contact Council’s Volunteer Program Development Officer Jane Yang.  Jane can work with you to explore and identify potential volunteer positions, assist organisations to recruit volunteers and help you to set up the right process to better manage volunteers. We would also love to hear from you if you have similar stories to share with us!

Contact: Jane Yang
Phone: 9581 4905
Email: jane.yang@kingston.vic.gov.au  
Help spread the word about My Community Life!

Tell your friends and family and any community group you are involved with about My Community Life.

The more groups that advertise their activities and events on the website, the greater value and usefulness it will have to the local community which in turn will benefit all groups and organisations in Kingston.
Questions or Suggestions?
Contact Council's Community Engagement Team:
Phone:  9581 4809
Email:   mycommunitylife@kingston.vic.gov.au
mycommunitylife.com.au
 
The City of Kingston acknowledges the funding contribution made by the State Government of Victoria for the development of the My Community Life website, supporting resources and the delivery of community training sessions.
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Kingston City Council
PO Box 1000
Mentone, Vic 3194
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