Survey to help QCWA plan

AS THE Queensland Country Women's Association celebrates its 90th birthday this year, planning is well under way to ensure the organisation is still around in another 90 years.

The past couple of decades have not been easy for this iconic Queensland organisation, with changes to the role of women in society seeing a rapid drop in membership numbers.

Women working outside the home means that they are not able to attend meetings during the day or devote as much time to helping in their communities.

"This doesn't mean that they don't want to participate," said Jennie Hill, QCWA state president.

"Women are still keen to be involved in their communities, they want to engage with other women and learn new skills, we just have to be smarter and more innovative in the ways we can achieve this," Jennie said.

"Part of our planning for the future is to assess how the QCWA is perceived by the community and to analyse how we can continue to be appealing to women, how we can make it easier for them to join and to participate."

As part of this research the QCWA is conducting a survey to find out a little about the community's perceptions of the organisation and to identify the barriers to women joining.

"It's easy to assume that you know what people are thinking but it's dangerous to base your planning for the future on assumptions," Jennie said.

"We know that offering meetings in the evenings and improving our way of communicating with members through social media and the internet are just a couple of ways in which we are able to be more appealing.

"But we are also looking for other ideas to ensure the future of the QCWA. The survey will hopefully provide some additional inspiration for our future planning."

Members of the public have until March 30 to participate in the QCWA survey which can be found on the QCWA website http://www.qcwa.org.au.

For more information please contact Jennie Hill, State President on 3026 1219.


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