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

This Wednesday, 12th August, is International Youth Day, which provides us with the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all young people around the world, and particularly those in our own communities. Whilst 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, we have continued to see some amazing outcomes involving our young people locally, in spite of the obstacles that we have faced.

Groundworks Youth and Family Hub, in partnership with many other Coffs Coast Youth Services, went online this year with some of our Youth Week activities, including the ‘Let’s Get Creative Art and Photography Competition’. Some of the amazing entries can be viewed here.

We also had some exceptional talent in evidence through our ‘Coffs Coast Talent Thrash’, which included a wide variety of performances; singing, dancing and even trapeze! You can watch them back on the Coffs Coast Talent Thrash YouTube Channel.

In addition, the 2020 Youth Of The Year Awards have had  many deserving entries, and we are gearing up to announce the winners at an upcoming ‘Zoom’ Awards Ceremony, so keep an eye on our social media channels for details of the 2020 winners.

On a more global scale, the theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action”, seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as drawing lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.

Let’s take the opportunity around this year’s International Youth Day to mainstream young people’s voices, actions and initiatives, and focus on the importance of including children and young people in decision-making processes, as they are the future of our planet.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter, which is full of useful information and resources.

Until next time…

Zena Keidge
Program Officer, Groundworks Youth and Family Hub

  • 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

Rent it Keep it

Learn exactly what it takes to RENT your own place and KEEP it!

Rent It Keep It is a workshop designed for youth aged between 16 and 25 years of age. It aims to teach you what it takes to rent your own home and keep it.

This workshop will be on 19th and 20th August, from 4pm to 6pm via Zoom.

Please register your interest with Zena Keidge on (02) 5632 4020 or zenakeidge@bluesky.org.au

Click here for the flyer.




Blue Sky Financial Wellbeing Service

This confidential and free service operates across the Mid North Coast and MidCoast Local Government Areas and supports people to address immediate basic needs in times of crisis through:

  • provision of a food voucher
  • budgeting assistance, and/or
  • referrals/links to other services that help to address underlying causes of financial crisis.

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

For more information please click here.




Coffs Coast Youth Space Facebook

In the current climate, community members are still required to practise social distancing and social isolation. Many youth-related services and support groups continue to operate from home 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 through this ongoing period of physical distancing.
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




COVID-19: Mid North Coast Service Updates & Other Latest Information

Blue Sky Community Services continues to provide 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.

For the latest information on COVID-19:

  • Access the DCJ COVID-19 website resource hub for additional information on COVID-19 HERE.
  • Find out more about self-isolation guidelines for people who have traveled from Victoria on the NSW Health website.
  • Find out more about the border restrictions on the NSW Government website.




'Everybody’s Business’ Domestic Violence Workplace Training and Development Program

Liberty wants employers to know: DV is ‘Everybody’s Business’
A new training and development program will help local organisations understand their responsibilities to staff who may be experiencing domestic and family violence, learn how to recognise the signs, and respond and refer safely.
Developed by Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services, ‘Everybody’s Business’ provides tailored training to support the safety and wellbeing of team members and assists managers to put policies and procedures in place to uphold their duty of care for staff.

Everybody’s Business can help your organisation:
– comply with National SafeWork guidelines for a CovidSafe workplace
– identify the signs of domestic and family violence
– understand the impacts on individuals, relationships and workplace.

Find out more about the ‘Everybody’s Business’ Domestic Violence Workplace Training and Development Program on the website, or call us on (02) 6583 2155.




Next Wave Film Festival: Beyond the Bubble (Coffs Harbour)

Beyond the Bubble is a new category for Nextwave 2020, presented by Coffs Harbour City Council, open to all young people between the ages of 10 and 25, living in Coffs Harbour.

The aim of Beyond the Bubble is to capture stories from young people living in Coffs Harbour during COVID-19 restrictions, and find out what those experiences have been like. We want to know “What’s Next?” for you!

There are some cool prizes up for grabs, including a brand new 128GB iPad!

The best 5 films will also screen at the Nextwave Youth Film Awards held during SWIFF in January, alongside the Nextwave main competition finalists.
For more information click HERE.
To download the flyer click HERE.




Strength, Support and Community acivities in Kempsey

‘Strength, Support and Community’ is a program of FREE activities to foster resilience, preparedness and community connections across the Macleay Valley.

Click HERE for the program.

A designated Recovery Hub is now open at 57 Elbow St, West Kempsey.

For more information on these activities and the Recovery Hub please go to the Macleay Valley Council website.




August Dignity Drive

We are a charity aiming to give those in need the dignity they deserve. Twice a year, in March and August, we ask the public to donate pads, tampons, period underwear, incontinence pads, menstrual cups etc. to our Dignity Drives across the country. We have collection points in all Woolworths stores and a number of other nominated businesses. We donate thousands of packets of unopened period products to our partner charities to help those doing it tough.

View the collection point map here.




Exhibition - Brentyn Lugnan: Tradigital

A solo exhibition by leading Gumbaynggirr artist Brentyn Lugnan. Strikingly contemporary, Lugnan’s work remains deeply grounded in Gumbaynggirr culture, embedded with traditional symbolism and spirituality while taking it firmly into the future.

When: 22 August – 17 October 2020

Where: Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Cnr Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour

Website

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OzGreen Facilitators Needed - Resilient Communities Program

OzGREEN are currently looking for motivated community volunteers who are interested in running the Resilient Communities program in their local area. Facilitators will receive free training on OzGREEN’s engagement process, as well as topic-specific training on each module. Once trained, OzGREEN will assist facilitators with venue hire, catering, module materials and advertising as well as providing support to facilitators in delivering the program.

Resilient Communities is an educational and engaging program that aims to strengthen local Bellingen Shire communities through building resilience and disaster preparedness. The program will run over a number of months and covers topics including Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy, Ecosystem and Energy Resilience as well as Infrastructure and the Economy. The design of program will enable local residents to identify community-driven solutions that build resilience during natural disasters, and is a collaboration with local disaster management services.

The initial training session will be held on the 16th August, 2020 from 10am to 4pm, to develop training skills, establish a network of Resilient Community facilitators as well as to plan how to promote and deliver this program in each facilitators local community. Subsequent training sessions will be held each month covering the content for each training session. Facilitators will then run community sessions for each module with their local participants, 7 in total.

If you are a local Bellingen Shire resident and are passionate about assisting your community please complete the Resilient Communities Expression of Interest Form or if you would like more information please visit our website.




Neighbours helping Neighbours - PMH Cares

Port Macquarie Hastings Council has  recently launched PMH Cares, which is a community-led and -driven program with the intention of bringing back the old-fashioned values of neighbours looking out for neighbours, and providing camaraderie, connection and practical support for those who may need it.

We’re currently recruiting for volunteers to get involved with PMH Cares – to help with giving support or becoming Neighbourhood Champions. The more members of the community we have engaging with each other, the better.
Volunteers can register as individuals or join as part of a larger group, so we’d appreciate it if you could also share this news with your members and invite them to get involved.

Learn more and get involved
For more information about PMH Cares, or to register your interest, call us on (02) 6581 8111 or visit the Website HERE.




NAIDOC Week 2020 - New dates confirmed

The National NAIDOC Committee has confirmed NAIDOC Week celebrations will be held from 8-15 November 2020.

The November dates follow the decision by the National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) to postpone NAIDOC Week from the original July dates due to the impact and uncertainty from the escalating Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across our communities and cities.

For more information, please see the website.

For the poster, click here.




Online Yoga Classes - Headspace Port Macquarie

YOGA for all ages.

Fortnightly 45min-1hr classes from 4:30pm (Wednesdays)

To ensure members of our community are taking time for themselves and looking after their mental health and wellbeing, headspace Port Macquarie is providing a fortnightly FREE online  yoga class for family and friends of all ages.

Suitable for all abilities, Jules guides participants through warming, relaxing postures that help build strength & flexibility while relieving stress & anxiety.

For more information click here.

When:

Fortnightly via zoom on Wednesdays
4:30pm – 5:30pm

Click here for the Zoom link




Youth Options Paper - Coffs Harbour City Council

The Youth Issues and Options Paper:

  • provides a current overview of key demographic data, trends, issues and opportunities relevant for young people in our Local Government Area (LGA)
  • identifies Coffs Harbour City Council’s current youth engagement activities
  • offers options for Council and community consideration for future planning.

A variety of sources informed this Paper, including, a review of Council’s recent youth consultations, recommendations from a youth-led Youth Engagement Research Report, stakeholder consultations, literature review and current demographic data.

Council proudly supports and values young people, and readily accepts an important role and responsibility in providing a youth-friendly community, as reflected in the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan.

About 15% of the population in the Coffs Harbour LGA are young people between 12 and 24 years of age. Policy-makers and researchers recognise that young people are experts in their own lives. They have knowledge and experiences that are unique to them and hold unique perspectives of their communities and world.

You can provide feedback on the Paper until August 24.




Top links for COVID-19 - NCOSS

NCOSS offers 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 is running a coronavirus content hub to support the mental health and wellbeing of students, as they negotiate new online learning environments as a result of 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 continues to offer a Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. Click here for more information.

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

They also have 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. As many of us are continuing to stay at home and social distance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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, and who may be 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.




Anrows Webinar (Domestic and family violence in LGBTQI+ relationships)

Domestic and family violence (DFV) and intimate partner violence (IPV) occurs in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQI+) relationships. Yet there are limited programs available to LGBTQI+ victims/survivors or perpetrators. Mainstream DFV/IPV interventions are not always appropriate, as their primary focus is geared towards cisgender, heterosexual female victims/survivors and male perpetrators.

This webinar will explore how the LGBTQI+ and DFV service sectors can strengthen referral pathways, practice and deliver appropriate DFV/IPV programs for LGBTQI+ communities.

To view the webinar click HERE.




Trauma Responsive Practice in Education – online self-paced course

These eleven module self-paced anytime learning programs provide an overview of the neurobiology of trauma, as well as a framework for effectively responding to children and young people who have experienced trauma. This foundational knowledge program looks at trauma-responsive practice for children and young people as they learn and grow. These programs have been developed using the wisdom and background of the highly popular and well-evaluated SMART online training and Making SPACE for Learning programs that the Foundation has been running for schools and education systems nationally for 20 years.

Trauma Responsive Practice in Education online self-paced learning program is now available for only $33.00 (including GST) per person, with group discounts available for groups of over 100.

For more information click here




New Short Course: Building Blocks for Children's Social and Emotional Wellbeing

This short online course replaces the longer Building Blocks for Children’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing, and explores important concepts and ideas related to child mental health and development. The course investigates the child’s social and emotional wellbeing within the context of their family, community, and networks.

This course is for practitioners working with parent-clients, where issues or concerns about the client’s children are raised (either by the parent or the practitioner), and where the appropriate response is to offer support, reassurance, guidance, information or resources to assist the parent to promote positive social and emotional wellbeing in their child.

Register 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 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.




Working with Behavioural Impacts on Children ‘Post-Trauma’

This half-day online workshop will introduce participants to the neuroscience of trauma and offer some practical strategies to work with children post-trauma.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increased knowledge of the neuroscience of trauma
  • Increased confidence and skills in managing trauma-related behaviours and being able to explain these to others, e.g. parents, teachers and health professionals
  • Increased ability to use effective questions that assess whether trauma is a factor.

REGISTER NOW! PLACES ARE STRICTLY LIMITED TO ENSURE THAT YOU EXPERIENCE A HIGH LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT AND INTERACTIVITY.
To register and for more information click HERE.

Who should attend this workshop?
TEI funded and all other community services

DATE: Thursday 19 November 2020
TIME: 9:30am – 12:30pm
LOCATION: via Zoom
COST: Member: $40.00 + GST / Non-Member: $55.00 + GST




The Australian Childhood Foundation - Resources

The Australian Childhood Foundation has created numerous resources to support professionals and families during the COVID-19 period to explain the situation to children and young people. These resources help young people understand what is happening in their world. These are the latest resources developed:

Colour my heart resource for children: Introduction:
This activity invites children and young people to represent the feelings in their heart through colouring in. Colours have long been linked with feelings. My Many Coloured Days, a book written by Dr Seuss, is one of many resources that explores relationships sensitively. You might like to have this book available for children as an option as you introduce the activity.
You can access the resource HERE

Superheroes wear masks:
We know that many children are concerned about adults around them who are wearing masks as a result of COVID-19. The Australian Childhood Foundation has developed a fun story to help them make sense of it.
To read it click HERE




Australian Childhood Foundation

Below are two resources created by the Australian Childhood Foundation for professionals working with children.

Therapeutic Specialist Claudia O’Hara shares her reflections on the principles of therapeutic parenting and why parenting this way will benefit all children.
To read the article click HERE.

Exploring the impact of abuse-related trauma on memory functioning of children. The purpose of this discussion paper is to explore the specific impact of trauma on memory function for children who have experienced abuse-related trauma. This is the third SMART resource created by the Australian Childhood Foundation for their Trauma-Informed Practice in schools.
To read click HERE.




Webinar - Building on the Early Years Summit 2020

What happened and where to from here?

In March 2020 ARACY and partners hosted The National Early Years Summit, which brought together leading thinkers and change-makers to look ahead and ask: What should a blueprint for young children’s wellbeing look like?
The Summit provided around 500 participants from across sectors, and across the country, the opportunity to be deeply involved in discussion and inquiry on emerging issues for babies, toddlers, and young children.

While the Summit is over, the work it sparked continues. And we want more people from across Australia to be involved.

This post-Summit webinar talks about:

  • how the Summit functioned to gather and focus the expertise present in the room
  • how that work is already impacting policy, thinking and advocacy (for example, the blueprint has already fed into the National Community Recovery Summit held in July)
  • “where to now?” What ARACY and our partners are doing to continue the work of the Summit and how you can get involved in the ongoing work.

Who is this webinar for?

Practitioners, policymakers, and anyone who has an interest in seeing children thrive by supporting them and their families in the early years.
To find out more and to watch webinar click HERE




Sector Adaptation and Innovation shaped by COVID-19 and the latest evidence on COVID-19 and its impacts on children and young people

The Australian Children’s Knowledge Acceleration Hub is a new initiative created by ARACY and UNICEF Australia to ensure that the impacts of COVID-19 on children in Australia are fully understood and communicated to decision-makers at all levels. To do this, we will draw upon data from Australia and international comparators, the latest research and analysis of COVID-19 and its impacts on children and families, and related research with applicable lessons for the known and anticipated impacts of COVID-19 and their potential mitigation.

To read more Click HERE




Violence against Women and Mental Health

This paper provides a synthesis of ANROWS’ research on violence against women and mental health, examining the way that mental health intersects with trauma, complex trauma, disability, coercive control, access to justice and parenting.

To read the article click HERE.




New Campaign to Reduce Domestic and Family Violence

DCJ has launched a Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) prevention campaign – Speak Out.

For victim-survivors of DFV, the fear of not being believed can be a major deterrent to seeking help.
That’s why the campaign is focused on sending a clear and resolute message: “Speak out. We will listen to you, believe you and help you.”

Following spikes in reports of DFV during the COVID-19 lockdown, it is a critical time to raise awareness and empower victim-survivors to call the NSW Domestic Violence Line.

You can help us get this important message out by sharing our campaign online or placing the poster in your front-line offices.

Visit the website here.




Australian Children's Knowledge Acceleration Hub

Recently ARACY and UNICEF Australia launched the Australian Children’s Knowledge Acceleration Hub, a new initiative to ensure the impacts of COVID-19 on children in Australia are fully understood and communicated to decision-makers at all levels.

The Hub seeks to inform the policy and program responses that will meet the needs of children during the COVID-19 crisis and throughout the recovery. The aims are to:

  • ensure that the evolving needs of children continue to be well understood so they can be responded to efficiently and effectively
  • accelerate collaboration and coordination among key stakeholders to address evidence gaps and build consensus around priorities for action
  • facilitate knowledge sharing among key stakeholders, including access to global and local technical guidance and best practice.

To do this, we will draw upon data from Australia and international comparators, the latest research and analysis of COVID-19 and its impacts on children and families, and related research with applicable lessons for the known and anticipated impacts of COVID-19 and their potential mitigation.

We want to hear from you
If you have developed or changed practice to help children and families deal with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, or you have developed or are aware of further evidence as to the impacts of COVID-19 and/or upon which future policy and practice can be based, please send it to us.

Contribution checklist
– Please keep your program summary/contribution to 100 words or less
– Include relevant web links
– Send your contribution to communications@aracy.org.au with the subject Adaptation Sharing.

Click here for more information.




National Child Protection Week

6-12 SEPTEMBER 2020

While Covid-19 is sadly turning life upside down for most of society, plans will still go ahead for National Child Protection Week. Events may need to be online, but the message that we all have a part to play will be more important than ever.

This year National Child Protection Week will celebrate its 30th year with the theme:
Putting children first…

For more information on National Child Protection week click here.

To order your hard copy posters 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




Disability Information Helpline

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.




2020 NAIDOC Local Grants

The 2020 NAIDOC Local Grants funding round aims to support activities being held during NAIDOC Week 2020 (8-15 November) that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, achievements and continuing contributions to our country and society. Activities should align with the National NAIDOC Theme for 2020, ‘Always was, Always will be’.

This grant round provides funding to organisations to contribute to the costs of local and regional NAIDOC activities across Australia.

Total Amount Available: (AUD)$1,400,000.00
Estimated Grant Value: From (AUD)$200.00 to $50,000.00

Applications close 17 August 2020.




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.




Raise the Rate for Good

The campaign to ‘Raise the Rate for Good’ is key to reducing poverty and inequality in Australia. The goal of the Raise the Rate campaign is to fix our social security safety net for good, so that it keeps people out of poverty, with an income of $500 per week. Experts define the poverty line in Australia as $480 – $500 per week for a single person with no children, including housing costs.

Before the COVID-19 crisis, the rate of Newstart had not been increased in real terms for 25 years, while the cost of living, especially housing, has gone through the roof.
To read more about this campaign and to get involved click HERE




Global Connections for Local Social Justice

The International Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers (IFS) is an association of national, regional and local organisations working to strengthen communities around the world.

Its mission is to build an inclusive global community by empowering, inspiring and connecting people who are working locally for social justice.

Paul Sefky, Community Development Coordinator for Lifetime Connect, is a Board Member for IFS, and has passed on the latest Newsletter for IFS, providing connection with this global movement and lots of interesting articles relating to international response and the impact of COVID-19. To read the Newsletter click HERE.

To read more about IFS visit their website HERE.




The Benevolent Society - Behaviour Support Specialist

You will conduct functional assessments to create behaviour plans. Of critical importance is your ability to connect to people, to listen with non-judgment and reflect critically. Your aim is to support children and adults that may exhibit behaviours of concern to participate fully in life and achieve their clearly defined goals.

We have a full-time position based in Coffs Harbour.
Applications close: 8pm, 25th August 2020.

For more information click HERE.




ProCare Clinician - OOHC

Provide clinical consultation and therapeutic services for children and young people in Out of Home Care and their families.

See the link HERE.




Young Carer Outreach, Carer Gateway

Carers NSW is growing their team and are looking for a part-time worker to focus on building the Young Carer awareness of the Carer Gateway in Coffs Harbour and North Coast region.

This role, working 3 days a week, will be required to connect with services such as schools, youth agencies, training organisations and other service providers to create awareness of young carers and the services of the Carer Gateway.

Tertiary qualification in Social Work or other relevant discipline and demonstrated experience in working with young people is required.

Applications close Monday 24th August at 5pm – apply as soon as possible.

Contact Josette Lewis on (02) 6650 0512 – josettel@carersnsw.org.au for a further discussion.

To learn more about what we do, please visit our website.




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.

Rent it Keep it

Learn exactly what it takes to RENT your own place and KEEP it!

Rent It Keep It is a workshop designed for youth aged between 16 and 25 years of age. It aims to teach you what it takes to rent your own home and keep it.

This workshop will be on 19th and 20th August, from 4pm to 6pm via Zoom.

Please register your interest with Zena Keidge on (02) 5632 4020 or zenakeidge@bluesky.org.au

Click here for the flyer.




Blue Sky Financial Wellbeing Service

This confidential and free service operates across the Mid North Coast and MidCoast Local Government Areas and supports people to address immediate basic needs in times of crisis through:

  • provision of a food voucher
  • budgeting assistance, and/or
  • referrals/links to other services that help to address underlying causes of financial crisis.

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

For more information please click here.




Coffs Coast Youth Space Facebook

In the current climate, community members are still required to practise social distancing and social isolation. Many youth-related services and support groups continue to operate from home 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 through this ongoing period of physical distancing.
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




COVID-19: Mid North Coast Service Updates & Other Latest Information

Blue Sky Community Services continues to provide 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.

For the latest information on COVID-19:

  • Access the DCJ COVID-19 website resource hub for additional information on COVID-19 HERE.
  • Find out more about self-isolation guidelines for people who have traveled from Victoria on the NSW Health website.
  • Find out more about the border restrictions on the NSW Government website.




'Everybody’s Business’ Domestic Violence Workplace Training and Development Program

Liberty wants employers to know: DV is ‘Everybody’s Business’
A new training and development program will help local organisations understand their responsibilities to staff who may be experiencing domestic and family violence, learn how to recognise the signs, and respond and refer safely.
Developed by Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services, ‘Everybody’s Business’ provides tailored training to support the safety and wellbeing of team members and assists managers to put policies and procedures in place to uphold their duty of care for staff.

Everybody’s Business can help your organisation:
– comply with National SafeWork guidelines for a CovidSafe workplace
– identify the signs of domestic and family violence
– understand the impacts on individuals, relationships and workplace.

Find out more about the ‘Everybody’s Business’ Domestic Violence Workplace Training and Development Program on the website, or call us on (02) 6583 2155.




Next Wave Film Festival: Beyond the Bubble (Coffs Harbour)

Beyond the Bubble is a new category for Nextwave 2020, presented by Coffs Harbour City Council, open to all young people between the ages of 10 and 25, living in Coffs Harbour.

The aim of Beyond the Bubble is to capture stories from young people living in Coffs Harbour during COVID-19 restrictions, and find out what those experiences have been like. We want to know “What’s Next?” for you!

There are some cool prizes up for grabs, including a brand new 128GB iPad!

The best 5 films will also screen at the Nextwave Youth Film Awards held during SWIFF in January, alongside the Nextwave main competition finalists.
For more information click HERE.
To download the flyer click HERE.




Strength, Support and Community acivities in Kempsey

‘Strength, Support and Community’ is a program of FREE activities to foster resilience, preparedness and community connections across the Macleay Valley.

Click HERE for the program.

A designated Recovery Hub is now open at 57 Elbow St, West Kempsey.

For more information on these activities and the Recovery Hub please go to the Macleay Valley Council website.




August Dignity Drive

We are a charity aiming to give those in need the dignity they deserve. Twice a year, in March and August, we ask the public to donate pads, tampons, period underwear, incontinence pads, menstrual cups etc. to our Dignity Drives across the country. We have collection points in all Woolworths stores and a number of other nominated businesses. We donate thousands of packets of unopened period products to our partner charities to help those doing it tough.

View the collection point map here.




Exhibition - Brentyn Lugnan: Tradigital

A solo exhibition by leading Gumbaynggirr artist Brentyn Lugnan. Strikingly contemporary, Lugnan’s work remains deeply grounded in Gumbaynggirr culture, embedded with traditional symbolism and spirituality while taking it firmly into the future.

When: 22 August – 17 October 2020

Where: Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Cnr Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour

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OzGreen Facilitators Needed - Resilient Communities Program

OzGREEN are currently looking for motivated community volunteers who are interested in running the Resilient Communities program in their local area. Facilitators will receive free training on OzGREEN’s engagement process, as well as topic-specific training on each module. Once trained, OzGREEN will assist facilitators with venue hire, catering, module materials and advertising as well as providing support to facilitators in delivering the program.

Resilient Communities is an educational and engaging program that aims to strengthen local Bellingen Shire communities through building resilience and disaster preparedness. The program will run over a number of months and covers topics including Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy, Ecosystem and Energy Resilience as well as Infrastructure and the Economy. The design of program will enable local residents to identify community-driven solutions that build resilience during natural disasters, and is a collaboration with local disaster management services.

The initial training session will be held on the 16th August, 2020 from 10am to 4pm, to develop training skills, establish a network of Resilient Community facilitators as well as to plan how to promote and deliver this program in each facilitators local community. Subsequent training sessions will be held each month covering the content for each training session. Facilitators will then run community sessions for each module with their local participants, 7 in total.

If you are a local Bellingen Shire resident and are passionate about assisting your community please complete the Resilient Communities Expression of Interest Form or if you would like more information please visit our website.




Neighbours helping Neighbours - PMH Cares

Port Macquarie Hastings Council has  recently launched PMH Cares, which is a community-led and -driven program with the intention of bringing back the old-fashioned values of neighbours looking out for neighbours, and providing camaraderie, connection and practical support for those who may need it.

We’re currently recruiting for volunteers to get involved with PMH Cares – to help with giving support or becoming Neighbourhood Champions. The more members of the community we have engaging with each other, the better.
Volunteers can register as individuals or join as part of a larger group, so we’d appreciate it if you could also share this news with your members and invite them to get involved.

Learn more and get involved
For more information about PMH Cares, or to register your interest, call us on (02) 6581 8111 or visit the Website HERE.




NAIDOC Week 2020 - New dates confirmed

The National NAIDOC Committee has confirmed NAIDOC Week celebrations will be held from 8-15 November 2020.

The November dates follow the decision by the National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) to postpone NAIDOC Week from the original July dates due to the impact and uncertainty from the escalating Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across our communities and cities.

For more information, please see the website.

For the poster, click here.




Online Yoga Classes - Headspace Port Macquarie

YOGA for all ages.

Fortnightly 45min-1hr classes from 4:30pm (Wednesdays)

To ensure members of our community are taking time for themselves and looking after their mental health and wellbeing, headspace Port Macquarie is providing a fortnightly FREE online  yoga class for family and friends of all ages.

Suitable for all abilities, Jules guides participants through warming, relaxing postures that help build strength & flexibility while relieving stress & anxiety.

For more information click here.

When:

Fortnightly via zoom on Wednesdays
4:30pm – 5:30pm

Click here for the Zoom link




Youth Options Paper - Coffs Harbour City Council

The Youth Issues and Options Paper:

  • provides a current overview of key demographic data, trends, issues and opportunities relevant for young people in our Local Government Area (LGA)
  • identifies Coffs Harbour City Council’s current youth engagement activities
  • offers options for Council and community consideration for future planning.

A variety of sources informed this Paper, including, a review of Council’s recent youth consultations, recommendations from a youth-led Youth Engagement Research Report, stakeholder consultations, literature review and current demographic data.

Council proudly supports and values young people, and readily accepts an important role and responsibility in providing a youth-friendly community, as reflected in the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan.

About 15% of the population in the Coffs Harbour LGA are young people between 12 and 24 years of age. Policy-makers and researchers recognise that young people are experts in their own lives. They have knowledge and experiences that are unique to them and hold unique perspectives of their communities and world.

You can provide feedback on the Paper until August 24.




Top links for COVID-19 - NCOSS

NCOSS offers 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 is running a coronavirus content hub to support the mental health and wellbeing of students, as they negotiate new online learning environments as a result of 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 continues to offer a Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. Click here for more information.

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

They also have 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. As many of us are continuing to stay at home and social distance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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, and who may be 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.




Anrows Webinar (Domestic and family violence in LGBTQI+ relationships)

Domestic and family violence (DFV) and intimate partner violence (IPV) occurs in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQI+) relationships. Yet there are limited programs available to LGBTQI+ victims/survivors or perpetrators. Mainstream DFV/IPV interventions are not always appropriate, as their primary focus is geared towards cisgender, heterosexual female victims/survivors and male perpetrators.

This webinar will explore how the LGBTQI+ and DFV service sectors can strengthen referral pathways, practice and deliver appropriate DFV/IPV programs for LGBTQI+ communities.

To view the webinar click HERE.




Trauma Responsive Practice in Education – online self-paced course

These eleven module self-paced anytime learning programs provide an overview of the neurobiology of trauma, as well as a framework for effectively responding to children and young people who have experienced trauma. This foundational knowledge program looks at trauma-responsive practice for children and young people as they learn and grow. These programs have been developed using the wisdom and background of the highly popular and well-evaluated SMART online training and Making SPACE for Learning programs that the Foundation has been running for schools and education systems nationally for 20 years.

Trauma Responsive Practice in Education online self-paced learning program is now available for only $33.00 (including GST) per person, with group discounts available for groups of over 100.

For more information click here




New Short Course: Building Blocks for Children's Social and Emotional Wellbeing

This short online course replaces the longer Building Blocks for Children’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing, and explores important concepts and ideas related to child mental health and development. The course investigates the child’s social and emotional wellbeing within the context of their family, community, and networks.

This course is for practitioners working with parent-clients, where issues or concerns about the client’s children are raised (either by the parent or the practitioner), and where the appropriate response is to offer support, reassurance, guidance, information or resources to assist the parent to promote positive social and emotional wellbeing in their child.

Register 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 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.




Working with Behavioural Impacts on Children ‘Post-Trauma’

This half-day online workshop will introduce participants to the neuroscience of trauma and offer some practical strategies to work with children post-trauma.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increased knowledge of the neuroscience of trauma
  • Increased confidence and skills in managing trauma-related behaviours and being able to explain these to others, e.g. parents, teachers and health professionals
  • Increased ability to use effective questions that assess whether trauma is a factor.

REGISTER NOW! PLACES ARE STRICTLY LIMITED TO ENSURE THAT YOU EXPERIENCE A HIGH LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT AND INTERACTIVITY.
To register and for more information click HERE.

Who should attend this workshop?
TEI funded and all other community services

DATE: Thursday 19 November 2020
TIME: 9:30am – 12:30pm
LOCATION: via Zoom
COST: Member: $40.00 + GST / Non-Member: $55.00 + GST




The Australian Childhood Foundation - Resources

The Australian Childhood Foundation has created numerous resources to support professionals and families during the COVID-19 period to explain the situation to children and young people. These resources help young people understand what is happening in their world. These are the latest resources developed:

Colour my heart resource for children: Introduction:
This activity invites children and young people to represent the feelings in their heart through colouring in. Colours have long been linked with feelings. My Many Coloured Days, a book written by Dr Seuss, is one of many resources that explores relationships sensitively. You might like to have this book available for children as an option as you introduce the activity.
You can access the resource HERE

Superheroes wear masks:
We know that many children are concerned about adults around them who are wearing masks as a result of COVID-19. The Australian Childhood Foundation has developed a fun story to help them make sense of it.
To read it click HERE




Australian Childhood Foundation

Below are two resources created by the Australian Childhood Foundation for professionals working with children.

Therapeutic Specialist Claudia O’Hara shares her reflections on the principles of therapeutic parenting and why parenting this way will benefit all children.
To read the article click HERE.

Exploring the impact of abuse-related trauma on memory functioning of children. The purpose of this discussion paper is to explore the specific impact of trauma on memory function for children who have experienced abuse-related trauma. This is the third SMART resource created by the Australian Childhood Foundation for their Trauma-Informed Practice in schools.
To read click HERE.




Webinar - Building on the Early Years Summit 2020

What happened and where to from here?

In March 2020 ARACY and partners hosted The National Early Years Summit, which brought together leading thinkers and change-makers to look ahead and ask: What should a blueprint for young children’s wellbeing look like?
The Summit provided around 500 participants from across sectors, and across the country, the opportunity to be deeply involved in discussion and inquiry on emerging issues for babies, toddlers, and young children.

While the Summit is over, the work it sparked continues. And we want more people from across Australia to be involved.

This post-Summit webinar talks about:

  • how the Summit functioned to gather and focus the expertise present in the room
  • how that work is already impacting policy, thinking and advocacy (for example, the blueprint has already fed into the National Community Recovery Summit held in July)
  • “where to now?” What ARACY and our partners are doing to continue the work of the Summit and how you can get involved in the ongoing work.

Who is this webinar for?

Practitioners, policymakers, and anyone who has an interest in seeing children thrive by supporting them and their families in the early years.
To find out more and to watch webinar click HERE




Sector Adaptation and Innovation shaped by COVID-19 and the latest evidence on COVID-19 and its impacts on children and young people

The Australian Children’s Knowledge Acceleration Hub is a new initiative created by ARACY and UNICEF Australia to ensure that the impacts of COVID-19 on children in Australia are fully understood and communicated to decision-makers at all levels. To do this, we will draw upon data from Australia and international comparators, the latest research and analysis of COVID-19 and its impacts on children and families, and related research with applicable lessons for the known and anticipated impacts of COVID-19 and their potential mitigation.

To read more Click HERE




Violence against Women and Mental Health

This paper provides a synthesis of ANROWS’ research on violence against women and mental health, examining the way that mental health intersects with trauma, complex trauma, disability, coercive control, access to justice and parenting.

To read the article click HERE.




New Campaign to Reduce Domestic and Family Violence

DCJ has launched a Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) prevention campaign – Speak Out.

For victim-survivors of DFV, the fear of not being believed can be a major deterrent to seeking help.
That’s why the campaign is focused on sending a clear and resolute message: “Speak out. We will listen to you, believe you and help you.”

Following spikes in reports of DFV during the COVID-19 lockdown, it is a critical time to raise awareness and empower victim-survivors to call the NSW Domestic Violence Line.

You can help us get this important message out by sharing our campaign online or placing the poster in your front-line offices.

Visit the website here.




Australian Children's Knowledge Acceleration Hub

Recently ARACY and UNICEF Australia launched the Australian Children’s Knowledge Acceleration Hub, a new initiative to ensure the impacts of COVID-19 on children in Australia are fully understood and communicated to decision-makers at all levels.

The Hub seeks to inform the policy and program responses that will meet the needs of children during the COVID-19 crisis and throughout the recovery. The aims are to:

  • ensure that the evolving needs of children continue to be well understood so they can be responded to efficiently and effectively
  • accelerate collaboration and coordination among key stakeholders to address evidence gaps and build consensus around priorities for action
  • facilitate knowledge sharing among key stakeholders, including access to global and local technical guidance and best practice.

To do this, we will draw upon data from Australia and international comparators, the latest research and analysis of COVID-19 and its impacts on children and families, and related research with applicable lessons for the known and anticipated impacts of COVID-19 and their potential mitigation.

We want to hear from you
If you have developed or changed practice to help children and families deal with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, or you have developed or are aware of further evidence as to the impacts of COVID-19 and/or upon which future policy and practice can be based, please send it to us.

Contribution checklist
– Please keep your program summary/contribution to 100 words or less
– Include relevant web links
– Send your contribution to communications@aracy.org.au with the subject Adaptation Sharing.

Click here for more information.




National Child Protection Week

6-12 SEPTEMBER 2020

While Covid-19 is sadly turning life upside down for most of society, plans will still go ahead for National Child Protection Week. Events may need to be online, but the message that we all have a part to play will be more important than ever.

This year National Child Protection Week will celebrate its 30th year with the theme:
Putting children first…

For more information on National Child Protection week click here.

To order your hard copy posters 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




Disability Information Helpline

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.




2020 NAIDOC Local Grants

The 2020 NAIDOC Local Grants funding round aims to support activities being held during NAIDOC Week 2020 (8-15 November) that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, achievements and continuing contributions to our country and society. Activities should align with the National NAIDOC Theme for 2020, ‘Always was, Always will be’.

This grant round provides funding to organisations to contribute to the costs of local and regional NAIDOC activities across Australia.

Total Amount Available: (AUD)$1,400,000.00
Estimated Grant Value: From (AUD)$200.00 to $50,000.00

Applications close 17 August 2020.




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.




Raise the Rate for Good

The campaign to ‘Raise the Rate for Good’ is key to reducing poverty and inequality in Australia. The goal of the Raise the Rate campaign is to fix our social security safety net for good, so that it keeps people out of poverty, with an income of $500 per week. Experts define the poverty line in Australia as $480 – $500 per week for a single person with no children, including housing costs.

Before the COVID-19 crisis, the rate of Newstart had not been increased in real terms for 25 years, while the cost of living, especially housing, has gone through the roof.
To read more about this campaign and to get involved click HERE




Global Connections for Local Social Justice

The International Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers (IFS) is an association of national, regional and local organisations working to strengthen communities around the world.

Its mission is to build an inclusive global community by empowering, inspiring and connecting people who are working locally for social justice.

Paul Sefky, Community Development Coordinator for Lifetime Connect, is a Board Member for IFS, and has passed on the latest Newsletter for IFS, providing connection with this global movement and lots of interesting articles relating to international response and the impact of COVID-19. To read the Newsletter click HERE.

To read more about IFS visit their website HERE.




The Benevolent Society - Behaviour Support Specialist

You will conduct functional assessments to create behaviour plans. Of critical importance is your ability to connect to people, to listen with non-judgment and reflect critically. Your aim is to support children and adults that may exhibit behaviours of concern to participate fully in life and achieve their clearly defined goals.

We have a full-time position based in Coffs Harbour.
Applications close: 8pm, 25th August 2020.

For more information click HERE.




ProCare Clinician - OOHC

Provide clinical consultation and therapeutic services for children and young people in Out of Home Care and their families.

See the link HERE.




Young Carer Outreach, Carer Gateway

Carers NSW is growing their team and are looking for a part-time worker to focus on building the Young Carer awareness of the Carer Gateway in Coffs Harbour and North Coast region.

This role, working 3 days a week, will be required to connect with services such as schools, youth agencies, training organisations and other service providers to create awareness of young carers and the services of the Carer Gateway.

Tertiary qualification in Social Work or other relevant discipline and demonstrated experience in working with young people is required.

Applications close Monday 24th August at 5pm – apply as soon as possible.

Contact Josette Lewis on (02) 6650 0512 – josettel@carersnsw.org.au for a further discussion.

To learn more about what we do, please visit our website.