Social Change 101

FRRR is partnering with the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF) to deliver the Social Change 101 program in three regions that were impacted by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

While the fires were in 2009, communities are still recovering and need assistance towards community-strengthening and the creation of new opportunities for enterprise and economic and social renewal. Social Change 101 provides an opportunity for local change-makers to develop their ideas for social enterprises. Social enterprises are businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people access to employment and training, or help the environment. Participants learn from their community’s leading business and social enterprise experts to gain the skills, knowledge and networks to bring their social enterprise idea to life for the broader benefit of their community.

The four-month program will equip 14 local change-makers in three regions with the skills and resources needed to establish and run successful social businesses, and make a great contribution to their community.

The first program has been held in the Alpine / Indigo region and kicked off with a community roundtable in November 2015 to introduce the initiative and build the support networks necessary to deliver the program and support the entrepreneurs and their ventures over the long-term. The Alpine / Indigo graduation ceremony was held in November 2016. The 2017 Social Change 101 program is expected to run from mid to late 2017.

The next SC101 program will bring social enterprise and learning expertise to the Mitchell and Murrindindi regions, with an intention of supporting an already vibrant social enterprise landscape being fostered by local community and key organisations in the region such as the Mitchell Community Resources & Advocacy Group, the Marysville and Triangle Community Foundation, the Kinglake Ranges Foundation, the Strathewen Bushfire Relief Trust and the Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership Program.

The Social Change 101 program is an input of resources and expertise, but it is the local community that will provide the ecosystem of support for the emerging social enterprises. Development of the social enterprise sector is a long term proposition and local partners are critical in building its sustainability over the long term.

Register your interest in one of the Mitchell or Murrundindi programs by email to


Although applications are not currently open, you can register your interest by sending an email to

More information will be posted when the program dates are confirmed.

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