Welcome to this issue of Your Voice, the newsletter for communities and community services on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.

Last Friday, June 5th, was World Environment Day, and the theme was ‘Time for Nature’. It seems fitting, given that the economic slowdown brought about by COVID-19 became something of a ‘time out’ for nature.  Reports of dolphins in the canals of Venice turned out to be a furphy, but elsewhere there have been some great images of wildlife reclaiming urban spaces, at least temporarily, and I’ve loved the clear skies and crystal clean water when I’ve taken to the surf for some ‘essential exercise’ during the lockdown.

It was remarkable to see satellite images showing the reduction in pollution over major industrial centres around the world, as carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emission levels dropped by up to 40%. Between China & Europe, carbon emissions dropped by possibly as much as 600 million tonnes during the lockdown. We recently had a solar system installed, and the inverter app tells me that so far we’ve generated enough of our own electricity to offset 225kg of carbon. That doesn’t seem like much in comparison, but I heard someone say once that ‘a single snowflake doesn’t amount to much, but get enough of them together, and they can stop traffic.’ The ‘School Strikes’, ‘Extinction Rebellion’ and other movements encourage me that maybe ‘winter is coming’.

Even beyond World Environment Day, you can make #time for nature: walk or ride on short trips, and carpool on longer ones; eat local, seasonal produce (including more plants and less meat); plant trees (natives please); check the Op Shops for great retro gear before buying new clothes; explore solar; compare your service providers (banks, energy, insurance, superannuation etc.) – switch to those who take environmental responsibility seriously, and tell the current one why you’re leaving. Like our small, but growing, home solar production, it all adds up.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter. As always it is packed full of useful information and resources.

Until next time…

Bruce Edwards
Team Leader
Families, Young People and Communities

  • Blue Sky News and Events

  • What’s on in the Community

  • Professional Development

  • Sector Information

  • Funding Opportunities

  • Innovation and Good Practice

  • Employment Opportunities

  • COVID-19 Service Updates

Blue Sky Community Services Reconciliation Action Plan

Blue Sky Community Services is committed to reconciliation, and to working together with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and partners to build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.

We are proud to have officially launched our Blue Sky Community Services Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP): 2020-2022. The Plan was created with the assistance of Elders and other members of the Aboriginal and Torres Islander Communities across the Mid North Coast. It outlines our vision for reconciliation, along with the actions we have committed to take towards advancing reconciliation.

We look forward to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to achieve the Plan’s goals.

You can read the Blue Sky Community Services Reconciliation Action Plan Summary here.




Blue Sky Community Services Workshops

Understanding the NDIS for the Child and Family Sector
This workshop will support organisations to better understand the NDIS and how they can support families, young people and children they work with, to get the support they need to achieve their goals. The workshop will explore case scenarios and questions provided by Child and Family Interagency members. It will be facilitated by Local Area Coordinators in each LGA from Blue Sky Community Services, along with Aboriginal NDIS and Early Intervention partner Windaan and Early Intervention partner Northcott.

There are two remaining sessions:
Port Macquarie: 15 June 10-11.30am
Kempsey: 29 June 1.30-3pm

Trauma-informed Responses to Domestic and Family Violence in the COVID-19 Environment and Beyond
This FREE online training will be delivered over two sessions.

Session 1: Tuesday 16 June 11-12.30am
This workshop will explore the implications of isolation and restrictions enforced during recent COVID-19 lockdowns, in regard to domestic violence and increased risk for women and children. The sessions will be facilitated by a consortium of Domestic Violence specialist services across the Mid North Coast, including Warrina Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services, Kempsey Women’s Refuge – Samaritans, Kempsey Families, and Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services.

Session 2: Region Specific
The second session will be specific to each region and a follow-up to the information, resources and discussions from the first session. It will enable regional-specific examples, questions and programs to be highlighted.
Coffs Harbour & Nambucca/Bellingen: Tuesday 23 June 9.30-11am
Kempsey: Tuesday 23 June 11.30-1pm

 For more information and to register click here.




Position Vacant - Participant Experience Officer

Blue Sky Community Services is delivering the NDIS Local Area Coordination Service across the NSW Mid North Coast, in partnership with the NDIA. We are looking to employ a Participant Experience Officer based in Coffs Harbour, NSW.

This position plays a pivotal role in providing exceptional customer service to people engaging with the LAC service. The priority focus of this role is ensuring people’s first contact experience is positive, friendly and helpful so that people feel valued, and are connected to the support, people and information they need.

This is a part-time position (26.5 hours per week).
Applications are due by midday on Monday, 15th June.

For further information on the position, including how to apply, please click here.




'in it Together' - Youth and Family Support Service

The ‘in it Together’ (iiT) program is continuing to provide support to young people and their parents/carers, but currently via internet (Zoom) and telephone.

iiT aims to improve family communications and relationships through support that builds family capacity and skills to overcome challenges.

Read the flyer here.

Contact Megan on 0428 072 178 or iit@bluesky.org.au




Nexus Con 2020 Online

Nexus Con has become an annual highlight for many on the Mid North Coast, and this year ‘Nexus Online’ will be Australia’s first entirely online pop-culture convention!

For two days, we’ll be live-streaming interviews, panels and Q&As with guests from around the world, hosting a variety of eSports tournaments, online cosplay and art competitions, Minecraft free play, and so much more!

Want to work in the creative industries?  Come hear from professional artists, game developers, and musicians about how they turned passions into careers! This year, we’ve teamed up with TAFE NSW to provide a industry based panels and workshops so you can learn from the pros.

So stock up on snacks, reserve the most comfy spot in your house, and join in the fun, because Nexus Online is #BreakingBoundaries.
Tickets are only $12 and get you access to EVERYTHING!

Get the latest information here.




Coffs Coast Youth Space Facebook

In the current climate, community members are required to practise social distancing and social isolation. Many youth-related services and support groups are now working from home and using online platforms to communicate with young people.

Coffs Coast Youth Space Facebook page is a place for young people to access services, interact, learn and have fun with service providers and peers. The page is run by several Coffs Harbour Youth Service providers and is full of activities such as online art & craft tutorials, competitions, great resources and heaps more for young people and families to enjoy.

Please like and share this page so we can get together, connect online and have some fun during this time of physical distancing.
Click here. 




COVID-19 Mid North Coast Service Updates

We have been compiling a list of services and organisations that are operating throughout our region during the COVID-19 period.  The database is available for public use, as well as providing a reference for NSW Health, Department of Communities and Justice and local government emergency management teams as required.

Please click here to search for service updates or to submit your organisation’s details.




The Financial Wellbeing Service has vacancies!

The service, which operates across the Mid North Coast Local and Mid Coast Local Government Areas, is confidential and free, and available to people who may be in financial hardship and unable, or at risk of being unable, to pay their bills and meet their current financial commitments.

To make an appointment please phone: (02) 6511 788. All appointments are currently held via telephone.

For more information please click here.




2020 Coffs Coast Talent Thrash - Extension

The ‘2020 Coffs Coast Talent Thrash’ closing date has been extended until Friday, 26th of Juneat 5pm!!! There is still plenty of time to encourage any young talented people you may know to submit their entries, so they can go in the running to win some really great prizes!!!

Created to replace the Talent Thrash that was scheduled to be part of Youth Week 2020 celebrations in Coffs Harbour, @coffscoastyouthspace is now taking it online.

We’re looking for video submissions of performers aged 12-25 years: singing, dancing, juggling, performing stand-up comedy, or magic….whatever your talent! Great prizes to be one including a regional prize for your area!!!

Entries will all be uploaded to the 2020 Coffs Coast Talent Thrash Youtube Channel.

Click here to read the 2020 Talent Thrash Flyer.

Click here to read the Talent Thrash Rego Form.




Coffs Harbour City Council: Sustainable Living Program - now online!

Coffs Harbour City Council’s Sustainable Living Program is now being delivered online. While all our familiar in-person workshops, events and nature tours remain suspended, a treasure trove of new online adventures are your springboard to outdoor adventures and sustainable action.

From DIY nature experiences for kids, to backyard garden makeovers and waste-free cooking. Plus a 30-day sustainability reboot. Follow along, roll up your sleeves, fill up the knapsack and get back out into your favourite patch of paradise.

All activities are free some require booking.  Please visit the Our Living Coast website to check details and access all online links.




JTYouGotThis

JTYouGotThis presented by Barrunbatayi – Dilpaati for young people aged 17 to 25 who have recently transitioned from Care.

Boost your self-belief, confidence and courage.

JTYouGotThis program specifically aims to supercharge you through inspiration, insight and powerful engagement with one of Australia’s greatest leaders, Johnathan Thurston and his JT Academy. Eligibility to register: If you reside within the Mid North Coast region of NSW, recently transitioned from Care, and are aged between 17 and 25, this session is for you. JOIN Johnathan Thurston and the JT Academy at either of their 2 JTYouGotThis program sessions.

Session 1: 16th June 2020 11am – 12pm

Session 2: 24th June 2020 10am – 11am

To register email: info@jtacademy.com.au

For more information on eligibility and general enquiries, call Program Manager – Natalie Riley on 1800 4 FUTURE (1800 4 388873)

Click here to read the flyer.




Top links for COVID-19 - NCOSS

NCOSS has created a community sector resource with links to information for the sector and community members about COVID-19.

Click here. 




ReachOut - for teenagers and families

ReachOut has recently launched a new coronavirus content hub to support the mental health and wellbeing of students, as they negotiate new online learning environments during the COVID-19 pandemic. ReachOut has a content hub targeted at both young people and their families, parents and carers.

Click here for young people | click here for parents and carers.




Beyond Blue online resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19

Beyond Blue has created a Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. Click here for more information.

This includes an online forum about staying well during the outbreak.

They have also created various resources and links to help parents communicate with their children and teenagers about Coronavirus. Click here. 




Red Cross COVID Connect

Good social connections are essential for all aspects of physical and mental wellbeing. While many of us are staying at home during COVID-19, it can be easy to feel isolated.

If you are not in regular contact with others, the COVID Connect service can help you. COVID Connect is for adults of all ages. It is available to anyone who is not in regular social contact with is experiencing isolation or loneliness.

A Red Cross volunteer would be happy to call you – once, or regularly – for a friendly chat to help maintain or improve social connection.

More information can be found here. 
To register click here.




Developing Ethical Youth Work Practice

This one-day training workshop will assist youth workers to develop their understanding of ethical practice. The workshop is based on the Code of Ethics for Youth Workers, originally developed in WA and later adopted by many other states and territories in Australia. We will spend the day exploring the Code, and ways to apply this knowledge in your work with young people.

Thursday, 25 June 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm 

Find out more here. 




COVID-19-related Resources and Support from the Safe & Together Institute

During this time of crisis, adapting our work with families impacted by perpetrators’ behaviours is a critical task. The Safe & Together Institute is committed to doubling its efforts during this time to provide critical and useful information, and virtual options for training and support. Access resources here.

Download the FREE Friends and Family Guide Ally Guide: If you know someone who is being abused, or suspect a loved one is being abused – this guide is for you. It gives you the words to say, the actions to take, and how to help the most. It’s also useful for practitioners who are working with families. During this time of pandemic and social isolation, family, friends and communities have an even more important role to play in helping their loved ones who are survivors.

Covid-19 Quick guide
Designed primarily for Safe & Together Model trained practitioners to use with our Perpetrator Pattern Mapping tool, this COVID-19-specific practice document includes:

  • general tips related to understanding domestic violence perpetration in the context of COVID-19 pandemic
  • perpetrator pattern mapping tips in the context of the current crisis
  • a COVID-19 specific danger checklist to be used in combination with Safe & Together training and mapping tool

Safe & Together offers multiple free resources – from research to videos here. 




Vicarious Trauma E-Module

Workers who are exposed to traumatic events from those who have had that experience (Vicarious Trauma), or witnessing the trauma experienced by others (Secondary Traumatic Stress), or directly experiencing events where they are in danger (PTSD), can all experience trauma impacts.

Fams has negotiated a discount rate of $30 per person with R&DVSA to provide a one hour e-training module to support workers who may have experienced trauma.

This online workshop will assist front-line workers in identifying the impacts of vicarious trauma, as well as reflecting on evidence-based strategies which can support individuals in offsetting impacts.

To register click here.
For more information click here.




2021 Youth Conference

Would you like to be part of creating cutting edge, youth-focused training opportunities for young people on the MNC? Be part of the 2021 Youth Conference planning committee. For more information see flyer or Please contact: Deb Tougher at YP Space.

Ph: 02 6563 1230 M: 0437761363 

E: deb@yps.org.au




The Disability Information Helpline is here

The Australian Government has funded a dedicated helpline – the Disability Information Helpline – to provide accessible information, counselling and outreach services for people with disability who are concerned about, or affected by, Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Helpline can also assist families, carers, support workers and services. The Helpline is free, private and fact-checked.

People can contact the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787 to talk about any concerns in relation to COVID-19. For example, people can call the Helpline if their support worker has not turned up, or their provider has stopped services, or if it’s hard to get essential items such as food or medications.

The Helpline can provide information, and refer people to advocacy, counselling and other supports.

The Helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST), and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST). It’s not available on national public holidays.
For more information click here.




Covid-19 Community Support Grants

The Multicultural NSW Covid 19 Community Support Grants aim to provide immediate crisis support.

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic and measures to control its spread have presented significant challenges to our multicultural sector and community.

MNSW is pleased to let you know that the Minister for Multiculturalism has just announced $500,000 of funding that will provide much-needed support to communities in crisis through a new $500,000 quick response grant program. Grants of $5,000 – $10,000 are now available to provide immediate crisis support including food stuffs, transport, interpreting and translation services to multicultural groups supporting vulnerable cohorts.

Applications Open June 4
Applications close June 13
For more information click here. 

If you have questions, please contact Multicultural NSW Grants Officer Jaya Chivukula on 02 8255 6779 or 0451 790 434 or via email – jaya.chivukula@multicultural.nsw.gov.au

Read the flyer here. 




Honda Foundation - Monetary Funding

Areas of support: Monetary assistance for charities and organisations across a range of social and environmental issues, including supporting the disadvantaged, disabled or those suffering from illness, relief for victims of natural disasters, and promotion of innovation and new technologies.

Eligible regions: Australia
Application deadline: 31 July 2020
Grant value: $5,000 – $10,000

Click here for more information | Or here to find out more about Honda Foundation.




Macleay Grant Hub

Kempsey Shire Council has an excellent resource for community organisations to access funding opportunities. A one-stop shop for funding for programs, activities, services and businesses in the Macleay.

Please click here to find out more.




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Position Vacant - Participant Experience Officer

Blue Sky Community Services is delivering the NDIS Local Area Coordination Service across the NSW Mid North Coast, in partnership with the NDIA. We are looking to employ a Participant Experience Officer based in Coffs Harbour, NSW.

This position plays a pivotal role in providing exceptional customer service to people engaging with the LAC service. The priority focus of this role is ensuring people’s first contact experience is positive, friendly and helpful so that people feel valued, and are connected to the support, people and information they need.

This is a part-time position (26.5 hours per week).
Applications are due by midday on Monday, 15th June.

For further information on the position, including how to apply, please click here.




COVID-19 SERVICE UPDATES

Updated service delivery and capacity of community organisations across the Mid North Coast during the COVID-19 situation.

Submit or Find a COVID-19 Service Update

COVID-19 Service Updates

We are compiling a list of services and organisations that are operating throughout our region during the COVID-19 period.

The database will be made widely available to the public for their use, as well as providing a reference for NSW Health, Department of Communities and Justice and local government emergency management teams as required.

Blue Sky Community Services Reconciliation Action Plan

Blue Sky Community Services is committed to reconciliation, and to working together with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and partners to build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.

We are proud to have officially launched our Blue Sky Community Services Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP): 2020-2022. The Plan was created with the assistance of Elders and other members of the Aboriginal and Torres Islander Communities across the Mid North Coast. It outlines our vision for reconciliation, along with the actions we have committed to take towards advancing reconciliation.

We look forward to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to achieve the Plan’s goals.

You can read the Blue Sky Community Services Reconciliation Action Plan Summary here.




Blue Sky Community Services Workshops

Understanding the NDIS for the Child and Family Sector
This workshop will support organisations to better understand the NDIS and how they can support families, young people and children they work with, to get the support they need to achieve their goals. The workshop will explore case scenarios and questions provided by Child and Family Interagency members. It will be facilitated by Local Area Coordinators in each LGA from Blue Sky Community Services, along with Aboriginal NDIS and Early Intervention partner Windaan and Early Intervention partner Northcott.

There are two remaining sessions:
Port Macquarie: 15 June 10-11.30am
Kempsey: 29 June 1.30-3pm

Trauma-informed Responses to Domestic and Family Violence in the COVID-19 Environment and Beyond
This FREE online training will be delivered over two sessions.

Session 1: Tuesday 16 June 11-12.30am
This workshop will explore the implications of isolation and restrictions enforced during recent COVID-19 lockdowns, in regard to domestic violence and increased risk for women and children. The sessions will be facilitated by a consortium of Domestic Violence specialist services across the Mid North Coast, including Warrina Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services, Kempsey Women’s Refuge – Samaritans, Kempsey Families, and Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services.

Session 2: Region Specific
The second session will be specific to each region and a follow-up to the information, resources and discussions from the first session. It will enable regional-specific examples, questions and programs to be highlighted.
Coffs Harbour & Nambucca/Bellingen: Tuesday 23 June 9.30-11am
Kempsey: Tuesday 23 June 11.30-1pm

 For more information and to register click here.




Position Vacant - Participant Experience Officer

Blue Sky Community Services is delivering the NDIS Local Area Coordination Service across the NSW Mid North Coast, in partnership with the NDIA. We are looking to employ a Participant Experience Officer based in Coffs Harbour, NSW.

This position plays a pivotal role in providing exceptional customer service to people engaging with the LAC service. The priority focus of this role is ensuring people’s first contact experience is positive, friendly and helpful so that people feel valued, and are connected to the support, people and information they need.

This is a part-time position (26.5 hours per week).
Applications are due by midday on Monday, 15th June.

For further information on the position, including how to apply, please click here.




'in it Together' - Youth and Family Support Service

The ‘in it Together’ (iiT) program is continuing to provide support to young people and their parents/carers, but currently via internet (Zoom) and telephone.

iiT aims to improve family communications and relationships through support that builds family capacity and skills to overcome challenges.

Read the flyer here.

Contact Megan on 0428 072 178 or iit@bluesky.org.au




Nexus Con 2020 Online

Nexus Con has become an annual highlight for many on the Mid North Coast, and this year ‘Nexus Online’ will be Australia’s first entirely online pop-culture convention!

For two days, we’ll be live-streaming interviews, panels and Q&As with guests from around the world, hosting a variety of eSports tournaments, online cosplay and art competitions, Minecraft free play, and so much more!

Want to work in the creative industries?  Come hear from professional artists, game developers, and musicians about how they turned passions into careers! This year, we’ve teamed up with TAFE NSW to provide a industry based panels and workshops so you can learn from the pros.

So stock up on snacks, reserve the most comfy spot in your house, and join in the fun, because Nexus Online is #BreakingBoundaries.
Tickets are only $12 and get you access to EVERYTHING!

Get the latest information here.




Coffs Coast Youth Space Facebook

In the current climate, community members are required to practise social distancing and social isolation. Many youth-related services and support groups are now working from home and using online platforms to communicate with young people.

Coffs Coast Youth Space Facebook page is a place for young people to access services, interact, learn and have fun with service providers and peers. The page is run by several Coffs Harbour Youth Service providers and is full of activities such as online art & craft tutorials, competitions, great resources and heaps more for young people and families to enjoy.

Please like and share this page so we can get together, connect online and have some fun during this time of physical distancing.
Click here. 




COVID-19 Mid North Coast Service Updates

We have been compiling a list of services and organisations that are operating throughout our region during the COVID-19 period.  The database is available for public use, as well as providing a reference for NSW Health, Department of Communities and Justice and local government emergency management teams as required.

Please click here to search for service updates or to submit your organisation’s details.




The Financial Wellbeing Service has vacancies!

The service, which operates across the Mid North Coast Local and Mid Coast Local Government Areas, is confidential and free, and available to people who may be in financial hardship and unable, or at risk of being unable, to pay their bills and meet their current financial commitments.

To make an appointment please phone: (02) 6511 788. All appointments are currently held via telephone.

For more information please click here.




2020 Coffs Coast Talent Thrash - Extension

The ‘2020 Coffs Coast Talent Thrash’ closing date has been extended until Friday, 26th of Juneat 5pm!!! There is still plenty of time to encourage any young talented people you may know to submit their entries, so they can go in the running to win some really great prizes!!!

Created to replace the Talent Thrash that was scheduled to be part of Youth Week 2020 celebrations in Coffs Harbour, @coffscoastyouthspace is now taking it online.

We’re looking for video submissions of performers aged 12-25 years: singing, dancing, juggling, performing stand-up comedy, or magic….whatever your talent! Great prizes to be one including a regional prize for your area!!!

Entries will all be uploaded to the 2020 Coffs Coast Talent Thrash Youtube Channel.

Click here to read the 2020 Talent Thrash Flyer.

Click here to read the Talent Thrash Rego Form.




Coffs Harbour City Council: Sustainable Living Program - now online!

Coffs Harbour City Council’s Sustainable Living Program is now being delivered online. While all our familiar in-person workshops, events and nature tours remain suspended, a treasure trove of new online adventures are your springboard to outdoor adventures and sustainable action.

From DIY nature experiences for kids, to backyard garden makeovers and waste-free cooking. Plus a 30-day sustainability reboot. Follow along, roll up your sleeves, fill up the knapsack and get back out into your favourite patch of paradise.

All activities are free some require booking.  Please visit the Our Living Coast website to check details and access all online links.




JTYouGotThis

JTYouGotThis presented by Barrunbatayi – Dilpaati for young people aged 17 to 25 who have recently transitioned from Care.

Boost your self-belief, confidence and courage.

JTYouGotThis program specifically aims to supercharge you through inspiration, insight and powerful engagement with one of Australia’s greatest leaders, Johnathan Thurston and his JT Academy. Eligibility to register: If you reside within the Mid North Coast region of NSW, recently transitioned from Care, and are aged between 17 and 25, this session is for you. JOIN Johnathan Thurston and the JT Academy at either of their 2 JTYouGotThis program sessions.

Session 1: 16th June 2020 11am – 12pm

Session 2: 24th June 2020 10am – 11am

To register email: info@jtacademy.com.au

For more information on eligibility and general enquiries, call Program Manager – Natalie Riley on 1800 4 FUTURE (1800 4 388873)

Click here to read the flyer.




Top links for COVID-19 - NCOSS

NCOSS has created a community sector resource with links to information for the sector and community members about COVID-19.

Click here. 




ReachOut - for teenagers and families

ReachOut has recently launched a new coronavirus content hub to support the mental health and wellbeing of students, as they negotiate new online learning environments during the COVID-19 pandemic. ReachOut has a content hub targeted at both young people and their families, parents and carers.

Click here for young people | click here for parents and carers.




Beyond Blue online resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19

Beyond Blue has created a Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. Click here for more information.

This includes an online forum about staying well during the outbreak.

They have also created various resources and links to help parents communicate with their children and teenagers about Coronavirus. Click here. 




Red Cross COVID Connect

Good social connections are essential for all aspects of physical and mental wellbeing. While many of us are staying at home during COVID-19, it can be easy to feel isolated.

If you are not in regular contact with others, the COVID Connect service can help you. COVID Connect is for adults of all ages. It is available to anyone who is not in regular social contact with is experiencing isolation or loneliness.

A Red Cross volunteer would be happy to call you – once, or regularly – for a friendly chat to help maintain or improve social connection.

More information can be found here. 
To register click here.




Developing Ethical Youth Work Practice

This one-day training workshop will assist youth workers to develop their understanding of ethical practice. The workshop is based on the Code of Ethics for Youth Workers, originally developed in WA and later adopted by many other states and territories in Australia. We will spend the day exploring the Code, and ways to apply this knowledge in your work with young people.

Thursday, 25 June 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm 

Find out more here. 




COVID-19-related Resources and Support from the Safe & Together Institute

During this time of crisis, adapting our work with families impacted by perpetrators’ behaviours is a critical task. The Safe & Together Institute is committed to doubling its efforts during this time to provide critical and useful information, and virtual options for training and support. Access resources here.

Download the FREE Friends and Family Guide Ally Guide: If you know someone who is being abused, or suspect a loved one is being abused – this guide is for you. It gives you the words to say, the actions to take, and how to help the most. It’s also useful for practitioners who are working with families. During this time of pandemic and social isolation, family, friends and communities have an even more important role to play in helping their loved ones who are survivors.

Covid-19 Quick guide
Designed primarily for Safe & Together Model trained practitioners to use with our Perpetrator Pattern Mapping tool, this COVID-19-specific practice document includes:

  • general tips related to understanding domestic violence perpetration in the context of COVID-19 pandemic
  • perpetrator pattern mapping tips in the context of the current crisis
  • a COVID-19 specific danger checklist to be used in combination with Safe & Together training and mapping tool

Safe & Together offers multiple free resources – from research to videos here. 




Vicarious Trauma E-Module

Workers who are exposed to traumatic events from those who have had that experience (Vicarious Trauma), or witnessing the trauma experienced by others (Secondary Traumatic Stress), or directly experiencing events where they are in danger (PTSD), can all experience trauma impacts.

Fams has negotiated a discount rate of $30 per person with R&DVSA to provide a one hour e-training module to support workers who may have experienced trauma.

This online workshop will assist front-line workers in identifying the impacts of vicarious trauma, as well as reflecting on evidence-based strategies which can support individuals in offsetting impacts.

To register click here.
For more information click here.




2021 Youth Conference

Would you like to be part of creating cutting edge, youth-focused training opportunities for young people on the MNC? Be part of the 2021 Youth Conference planning committee. For more information see flyer or Please contact: Deb Tougher at YP Space.

Ph: 02 6563 1230 M: 0437761363 

E: deb@yps.org.au




The Disability Information Helpline is here

The Australian Government has funded a dedicated helpline – the Disability Information Helpline – to provide accessible information, counselling and outreach services for people with disability who are concerned about, or affected by, Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Helpline can also assist families, carers, support workers and services. The Helpline is free, private and fact-checked.

People can contact the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787 to talk about any concerns in relation to COVID-19. For example, people can call the Helpline if their support worker has not turned up, or their provider has stopped services, or if it’s hard to get essential items such as food or medications.

The Helpline can provide information, and refer people to advocacy, counselling and other supports.

The Helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST), and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST). It’s not available on national public holidays.
For more information click here.




Covid-19 Community Support Grants

The Multicultural NSW Covid 19 Community Support Grants aim to provide immediate crisis support.

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic and measures to control its spread have presented significant challenges to our multicultural sector and community.

MNSW is pleased to let you know that the Minister for Multiculturalism has just announced $500,000 of funding that will provide much-needed support to communities in crisis through a new $500,000 quick response grant program. Grants of $5,000 – $10,000 are now available to provide immediate crisis support including food stuffs, transport, interpreting and translation services to multicultural groups supporting vulnerable cohorts.

Applications Open June 4
Applications close June 13
For more information click here. 

If you have questions, please contact Multicultural NSW Grants Officer Jaya Chivukula on 02 8255 6779 or 0451 790 434 or via email – jaya.chivukula@multicultural.nsw.gov.au

Read the flyer here. 




Honda Foundation - Monetary Funding

Areas of support: Monetary assistance for charities and organisations across a range of social and environmental issues, including supporting the disadvantaged, disabled or those suffering from illness, relief for victims of natural disasters, and promotion of innovation and new technologies.

Eligible regions: Australia
Application deadline: 31 July 2020
Grant value: $5,000 – $10,000

Click here for more information | Or here to find out more about Honda Foundation.




Macleay Grant Hub

Kempsey Shire Council has an excellent resource for community organisations to access funding opportunities. A one-stop shop for funding for programs, activities, services and businesses in the Macleay.

Please click here to find out more.




Position Vacant - Participant Experience Officer

Blue Sky Community Services is delivering the NDIS Local Area Coordination Service across the NSW Mid North Coast, in partnership with the NDIA. We are looking to employ a Participant Experience Officer based in Coffs Harbour, NSW.

This position plays a pivotal role in providing exceptional customer service to people engaging with the LAC service. The priority focus of this role is ensuring people’s first contact experience is positive, friendly and helpful so that people feel valued, and are connected to the support, people and information they need.

This is a part-time position (26.5 hours per week).
Applications are due by midday on Monday, 15th June.

For further information on the position, including how to apply, please click here.