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

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated each year on the 15th of June, to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, elder abuse.

With a growing population of elderly people, and as longevity increases, abuse of the elderly is an increasing and serious problem affecting health and human rights, so it is vital to raise awareness of it and prevent it wherever possible.

Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual, and can include mistreatment and neglect. Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to abuse and to being unable to defend themselves and get help.

Older adults are more at risk from COVID-19 due to age-related vulnerability often resulting from pre-existing health conditions. Safety measures put in place to protect them from the virus, however, may also be placing them at greater risk of experiencing elder abuse. Factors including isolation, depression and unemployment have all increased due to COVID-19, and these have all been identified as risk factors in cases of elder abuse.

Fear can be a major barrier to seeking and getting help, and sometimes spotting and challenging abuse in the elderly isn’t easy. Some people are isolated, having outlived family and friends, and some are abused in institutions where abuse is not spotted or is covered up; and in some cases, the elderly are not given priority by authorities in abuse matters.

Older people are essential in the fabric of our society. So, particularly around this time, let’s acknowledge their importance, and recognise they are entitled to the respect of their communities, and especially their families.

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

Until next time…

Paul Tracey
Project Officer

  • 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

Get Connected Toormina - Toormina Community Assets and Aspirations Survey

Get Connected Toormina is running a Toormina Community Assets and Aspirations Survey to gather information from people who live, work or are connected to Toormina. The survey will gather data on what locals think are the main issues and challenges in Toormina, what aspirations people have for the Toormina community, and how they think these could be addressed and achieved. The information collected will be used to produce a Community Assets Map, which will be published on the Blue Sky Community Services website for the public to view.

Please share the link with your local networks, and if you live or work in Toormina, or just visit/shop there, please fill in the survey here!

 

 




2020 Coffs Coast Talent Thrash - Extension

The ‘2020 Coffs Coast Talent Thrash’ closing date has been extended until Friday, 26th of June at 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 won, 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.




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.




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 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. 




'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




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.




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.




Coffs Harbour City Council Refugee Week Online Activities

Coffs Harbour Ref-YOU-gee Week 2020 is the opportunity for all of us to come together and celebrate our community members from refugee backgrounds; their stories and journeys, talents and strengths, the rich cultural diversity they bring to our region, and the positive contribution they make to the local community. This year’s Ref-YOU-gee Week runs from 12th-20th June.

This year, with COVID-19 restrictions limiting the opportunity to gather in person, Council and community partners are taking the party online and inviting everyone to ‘put yourself in the picture’ with an exciting array of live events via this link.

Highlights still to come:

Kitchen Concert Series – featuring The Brothers
Celebrate! Featuring live music performance, live cooking and all the amazing stories these conjure up as local families from refugee backgrounds welcome you into their kitchens to play some cultural tunes while cooking up a sumptuous cultural feast, and enjoying a good yarn about the stories behind the music and the food.  Featuring two of Coffs Harbour’s hottest performing and recording cultural acts across two special nights. Take a journey to the sounds and flavours of the Congo, Syria and back with The Brothers
When: Saturday 20 June | 6:30pm – 7:15pm | The Brothers live in the kitchen
Where: View live online here

Spotify playlist:
The Freedom Sounds 2020 Spotify playlist is available throughout Ref-YOU-gee Week.
For more information and all links to live events visit: www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/refugeeweek

Stories From the Heart:
Discover! Visit Council’s official Refugee Week webpage and discover a riveting collection of film and audio stories gathered from local community arts and cultural projects from across the last few years, where Coffs locals from all over the world share their real life stories and perspectives from their refugee journeys.
When: Available throughout Ref-YOU-gee Week
Where: Visit the Coffs Council website here for links to the Stories.




Kinchela Boys Home Webinar

Due to popular demand, Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation will present a second screening of their webinar launching the animated film ‘Kinchela Boys’ on Friday, 19th June at 10am

‘Kinchela Boys’ takes you on a powerful journey as we follow the Uncles through their time spent in Kinchela Boys Home. The animation is part of a truth-telling journey the Uncles are embarking on as part of their healing, and also brings a deeper understanding of the impacts of the Stolen Generations.

This is a free event, but you must register, and can do so here. Places will fill up quickly.

Click here for more information on Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation.

Blue Sky Community Services is proudly supporting this event.




Harbourside Markets welcomes back Stallholders!

Harbourside Markets will be running a full market from this Sunday at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshore! Government guidelines have now lifted and the market (which was previously run as a farmers market) will be welcoming back the art and craft community, with free live music for entertainment.

For further information please contact Kim Towner (Harbourside Markets) on 0407 661 990.

See the Media Release here.

See the website here.




NAIDOC Week 2020 - New dates confirmed

The National NAIDOC Committee has announced 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 impacts 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 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 (starts June 10)

Click here for the Zoom link




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 has already been held.

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.




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.




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.




Mental Health Month Grants - applications open

Way Ahead Mental Health Foundation NSW now have small grants available to support others to run events in their communities. Grants are also available for specific events, including those that target youth, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and sex, sexuality, and/or gender diverse (LGBTIQA+) people.

Click here for more information on the grants.

Click here for more information about Mental Health Month.

The closing date for these grant applications is 31st July 2020.




Honda Foundation - Monetary Funding

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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Sector Development Officer

Blue Sky Community Services is seeking to employ a part-time Sector Development Officer based in Kempsey, NSW.

This position plays a pivotal role in the delivery of a range of targeted activities that build the knowledge, skills and capacities of the community services sector to deliver high quality services, to enhance the coordination and collaboration of the service system, to mobilise service system responses to salient social matters and to assist services to adapt to change.

Applications are due by midday on Monday, 29th June.

For further information, and to apply for the position, 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.

Get Connected Toormina - Toormina Community Assets and Aspirations Survey

Get Connected Toormina is running a Toormina Community Assets and Aspirations Survey to gather information from people who live, work or are connected to Toormina. The survey will gather data on what locals think are the main issues and challenges in Toormina, what aspirations people have for the Toormina community, and how they think these could be addressed and achieved. The information collected will be used to produce a Community Assets Map, which will be published on the Blue Sky Community Services website for the public to view.

Please share the link with your local networks, and if you live or work in Toormina, or just visit/shop there, please fill in the survey here!

 

 




2020 Coffs Coast Talent Thrash - Extension

The ‘2020 Coffs Coast Talent Thrash’ closing date has been extended until Friday, 26th of June at 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 won, 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.




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.




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 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. 




'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




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.




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.




Coffs Harbour City Council Refugee Week Online Activities

Coffs Harbour Ref-YOU-gee Week 2020 is the opportunity for all of us to come together and celebrate our community members from refugee backgrounds; their stories and journeys, talents and strengths, the rich cultural diversity they bring to our region, and the positive contribution they make to the local community. This year’s Ref-YOU-gee Week runs from 12th-20th June.

This year, with COVID-19 restrictions limiting the opportunity to gather in person, Council and community partners are taking the party online and inviting everyone to ‘put yourself in the picture’ with an exciting array of live events via this link.

Highlights still to come:

Kitchen Concert Series – featuring The Brothers
Celebrate! Featuring live music performance, live cooking and all the amazing stories these conjure up as local families from refugee backgrounds welcome you into their kitchens to play some cultural tunes while cooking up a sumptuous cultural feast, and enjoying a good yarn about the stories behind the music and the food.  Featuring two of Coffs Harbour’s hottest performing and recording cultural acts across two special nights. Take a journey to the sounds and flavours of the Congo, Syria and back with The Brothers
When: Saturday 20 June | 6:30pm – 7:15pm | The Brothers live in the kitchen
Where: View live online here

Spotify playlist:
The Freedom Sounds 2020 Spotify playlist is available throughout Ref-YOU-gee Week.
For more information and all links to live events visit: www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/refugeeweek

Stories From the Heart:
Discover! Visit Council’s official Refugee Week webpage and discover a riveting collection of film and audio stories gathered from local community arts and cultural projects from across the last few years, where Coffs locals from all over the world share their real life stories and perspectives from their refugee journeys.
When: Available throughout Ref-YOU-gee Week
Where: Visit the Coffs Council website here for links to the Stories.




Kinchela Boys Home Webinar

Due to popular demand, Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation will present a second screening of their webinar launching the animated film ‘Kinchela Boys’ on Friday, 19th June at 10am

‘Kinchela Boys’ takes you on a powerful journey as we follow the Uncles through their time spent in Kinchela Boys Home. The animation is part of a truth-telling journey the Uncles are embarking on as part of their healing, and also brings a deeper understanding of the impacts of the Stolen Generations.

This is a free event, but you must register, and can do so here. Places will fill up quickly.

Click here for more information on Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation.

Blue Sky Community Services is proudly supporting this event.




Harbourside Markets welcomes back Stallholders!

Harbourside Markets will be running a full market from this Sunday at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshore! Government guidelines have now lifted and the market (which was previously run as a farmers market) will be welcoming back the art and craft community, with free live music for entertainment.

For further information please contact Kim Towner (Harbourside Markets) on 0407 661 990.

See the Media Release here.

See the website here.




NAIDOC Week 2020 - New dates confirmed

The National NAIDOC Committee has announced 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 impacts 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 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 (starts June 10)

Click here for the Zoom link




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 has already been held.

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.




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.




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.




Mental Health Month Grants - applications open

Way Ahead Mental Health Foundation NSW now have small grants available to support others to run events in their communities. Grants are also available for specific events, including those that target youth, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and sex, sexuality, and/or gender diverse (LGBTIQA+) people.

Click here for more information on the grants.

Click here for more information about Mental Health Month.

The closing date for these grant applications is 31st July 2020.




Honda Foundation - Monetary Funding

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.




Sector Development Officer

Blue Sky Community Services is seeking to employ a part-time Sector Development Officer based in Kempsey, NSW.

This position plays a pivotal role in the delivery of a range of targeted activities that build the knowledge, skills and capacities of the community services sector to deliver high quality services, to enhance the coordination and collaboration of the service system, to mobilise service system responses to salient social matters and to assist services to adapt to change.

Applications are due by midday on Monday, 29th June.

For further information, and to apply for the position, please click here.