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

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is recognised on 21st May every year. It is an awareness day focusing on digital access and inclusion for more than 1 billion people with disabilities around the world. According to the Global Accessibility Awareness Day website, the purpose of GAAD is to “get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.” It aims to get people understanding the limitations digital media can have for people with disability, and the steps we need to take to ensure that there is fair access to information and opportunities for all people.

In a world where new technology is emerging rapidly it is crucial to ensure that businesses, organisations and the general community are doing their best to make digital platforms accessible to everyone. I think we often take for granted things such as browsing the internet, catching up on social media, or even texting friends and family, and may not consider accessibility-related barriers for people with disability. What we do as second nature can exclude millions of people from using basic forms of technology and having the same opportunities as others.

Reflecting on our current situation with COVID-19, people are now at home more than ever before and using digital platforms. People are utilising digital media to connect with others, access and share information, and work remotely. It is always important, but especially during this time, to consider the accessibility needs for all people.

So, in the wake of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, let’s celebrate the amazing technology we have, and the accessibility efforts that have been made so far. Let’s also take the time to think about, and start conversations around, the importance of inclusion to encourage further development, so that all people have access to technology, and the many opportunities it creates!

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

Until next time…

Melanie Jacobs
Community Capacity Building Manager
NDIS Local Area Coordination

  • 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

We are hiring!

We are currently seeking to recruit for the following positions, based out of two office locations:

The Enhancing Inclusion in the Health System pilot project – co-designed and co-delivered with the Mid North Coast Local Health District (LHD) and funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency – aims to demonstrate a best practice model for enhancing inclusion of people with disability in the mainstream health system.

Each position will lead the project in their assigned hospitals, with two Disability and Healthcare Specialists delivering the project in the NSW Mid North Coast.

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

Applications must be received before midday on Monday 1 June 2020.




June 'Rent It Keep It'....RIKI

RIKI will be held online using the Zoom meeting platform on the 8th & 9th of June, from 4pm to 6pm. Learn exactly what it takes to RENT your own place and KEEP it! Please contact Zena Keidge on 02 5632 4020 if you have any young people who would benefit from attending this course.

Click here to read the flyer.




'in it Together' - Youth and Family Support Service

‘in it Together’ (iiT) is providing support to young people and their parents/carers as per normal – but currently via zoom and phone.

iiT aims to improve family communications and relationships through support.

Read the flyer here.

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




Nexus Con 2020 Online

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

Pop-culture communities have rarely been restricted by distance, so why should we let social distancing stop our community?

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

Want to work in the creative industries?  Come hear from professional artists, game developers, and musicians about how they turned passions into careers!

This year, we’ve teamed up with TAFE NSW to provide a industry based panels and workshops so you can learn from the pros.

So stock up on snacks, reserve the most comfy spot in your house, and join in the fun, because Nexus Online is #BreakingBoundaries.

Tickets are only $12 and get you access to EVERYTHING!

Get the latest information here.




Coffs Coast Youth Space Facebook

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

Coffs Coast Youth Space Facebook page is a place for young people to access services, interact, learn and have fun with service providers and peers.

This page is run by several Coffs Harbour Youth Service providers and is full of activities such as online art & craft tutorials, competitions, great resources and heaps more for young people and families to enjoy.

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

Click here. 




COVID-19 Mid North Coast Service Updates

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

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




Financial Wellbeing Service has vacancies!

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

To make an appointment please phone: (02) 6511 788. All appointments are currently over the phone.

For more information please click here.




Online concerts at Jetty Theatre

Launching the first of a series of 4 on-line concerts streamed live direct to your living room, is the exquisite Yhan Leal.

Click here to find out more.




Arts Mid North Coast

The creative communities of the Mid North Coast, and all around the world, have mobilised to help artists share, connect and keep creativity alive online. Arts Mid North Coast is  gathering them in one place as one big Isolation Creation Fest! You can find links to ukulele classes, virtual tours of local galleries, online art classes for kids and adults, and information about online events and exhibitions. Visit the website here. 

If you have something you want to share, or ideas to add, please send AMNC an email on communications@artsmidnorthcoast.org or PM through Facebook or Instagram.




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 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.

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. 

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.
To register click here.




Family Law Pathways Network presents: Free Weekly Wednesday Webinar series

A FREE ‘WEEKLY WEDNESDAY WEBINAR’ SERIES FOR OUR MEMBERS!
Every Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm AEST – 20 May to 24 June 2020

The Networks have collaborated to bring you a series of high-calibre expert presenters to broaden knowledge and understanding around issues impacting separating families. This comprehensive series will cover an array of topics and themes, presenters and topics are below.

27 May – Liz Sanders – The Attachment-Style Interview
3 June – Ben Grimes – Linguistic and Cultural Barriers to Aboriginal Access to Justice
10 June – David Mandel – A Safety Model for Working with Survivors & Perpetrators in Domestic & Family Violence (will run at 11:00 am AEST)
17 June – Rose Cuff – Parenting Capacity & Mental Health
24 June – Dr Margaret Spencer – Complex Circumstances – Parents with Intellectual Disaability.

Find out more here | To register please call Wendy Murray on 0418 799 844.

 




Coronavirus: Resources for Anxiety and Stress

Feelings of anxiety are common with the uncertainty of COVID-19. Black Dog Institute’s tools and resources can be accessed by anyone, anywhere, to help deal with this stress.

If you are looking for ways to look after your mental health while we practice physical distancing, please explore these pages that have been loaded with evidence-based resources and information designed for:
– general feelings of anxiety and stress
– schools and young people
– health professionals – guides and resources for patients
– provision of evidence, policy and sector collaboration.

Find out more here.

Black Dog Institute has launched the new Settling the Mind webinar series, to share the best possible evidence related to Mental Health and COVID-19. These webinars will highlight resources and support for you, whether you need information as a worker, health professional, school or community member. To find out more and to watch these webinars click here.

 




Emerging Minds presents: The Engaging Parents - An introduction course

This online course introduces you to the ways that you can actively and effectively engage with parents about their children’s social and emotional wellbeing. This course is intended to support practitioners to sensitively engage with parents about their children’s social and emotional wellbeing by strengthening practitioners’ understanding of factors and circumstances that impact on parents, family and social relationships, and their relational capabilities.

The course is for practitioners working in services focused on infants and children, and services focused on parents and guardians, in the health and welfare sectors. This is an online course that includes both videos and assessments and can be completed in line with your time and availability.

Click here for more information | Register here.




Free Webinar: JobKeeper for NFPs and Charities

The Councils of Social Service (COSS) Network is partnering with Professor David Gilchrist (University of Western Australia) for a focused webinar on the applicability and accounting for JobKeeper payments.

This webinar will cover the key elements and considerations for applying for JobKeeper Payments for staff at not-for-profits (NFPs) and charities.

Find out more here. 




Linked to Life have moved

As of Monday, 11th May 2020, Linked to Life can be found at 220 Pacific Highway (corner of Pacific Highway and Argyle St), Coffs Harbour.

Linked to Life is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation for people who are frail, elderly or have a disability and who want to live independently in their own home.

Linked to Life prides itself on the provision of personalised services that are tailored to meet your needs, goals and lifestyle. The friendly team will visit you in your own home, to assist you in developing a support plan that is customised for you.

Read the flyer here.




Legal Aid NSW: Understanding COVID-19 restrictions

Understanding Covid 19 restrictions:

Legal Aid NSW has produced a range of resources, and also collated resources from other Government departments, to assist individuals affected by legal issues during COVID-19.

Resources include:

  • Understanding COVID-19 restrictions
  • Courts, police and crime
  • Domestic violence
  • Families, relationships and children
  • Government and rights
  • Housing and tenancy
  • Jobs and employment
  • Money, debt and fines
  • Practitioner resources
  • Public Safety (images and GIFs)
  • Resources from other government organisations

To access resources and for more information click here.




NCOSS and Reading Writing Hotline Survey

Survey by NCOSS and Reading Writing Hotline : Helping your clients fill in forms. Evident prior to COVID-19, we know that literacy challenges can be a real barrier for people getting on with their day-to-day lives, particularly if they need to access support. Community organisations can spend a lot of time – often unrecognised – supporting people to fill in complex forms to meet their basic daily needs. NCOSS (NSW Council of Social Service) is keen to better understand the extent of this support, the nature of the challenges and the strategies that could assist – and to this end, NCOSS has partnered with the Reading and Writing Hotline to undertake a research project that will explore the issue. You can read more about the project here.

Complete our online survey and help us understand the extent of this issue for you, your teams and your clients by clicking on this link: Helping your Clients Fill in Forms online survey.




Emergency Support Volunteering

Support People Impacted by COVID- 19

NSW Centre for Volunteering has set up an Emergency Support Volunteering website in partnership with the NSW Government. The new platform connects community members with charities, NGOs and councils in need of support during the pandemic, and has the capacity to be used beyond COVID-19.

For more information click here.

To register as a volunteer click here.

If you are an Organisation, Local Government Authority, or any other organisation who needs additional volunteers in relation to this emergency click here.




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 Disability Information Helpline is available for people with disability who are in need of assistance due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Helpline can also assist families, carers, support workers and services. The Helpline is free, private and fact-checked.

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

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

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

For more information click here.




COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund

Australian Progress, together with Australian Communities Foundation and other partners, have launched the COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund, a donor pool that can rapidly inject funds into strategic advocacy campaigns demanding ambitious policies in response to the pandemic in Australia.

Organisations can pitch their project via an online form. A formal grant process will be announced once more funding has been confirmed.
The fund will primarily rely on larger gifts from the philanthropic sector, although any individual can contribute to the fund.

Find out more here. 




Honda Foundation - Monetary Funding

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

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

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




Macleay Grant Hub

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

Please click here.




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Blue Sky Community Services - Positions Vacant

We are currently seeking to recruit for the following position based out of two office locations:

The Enhancing Inclusion in the Health System pilot project – co-designed and co-delivered with the Mid North Coast Local Health District (LHD) and funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency – aims to demonstrate a best practice model for enhancing inclusion of people with disability in the mainstream health system.

This position will lead the project in their assigned hospitals, with two Disability and Healthcare Specialists delivering the project in the NSW Mid North Coast.

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

Applications must be received before midday on Monday 1 June 2020.




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.

We are hiring!

We are currently seeking to recruit for the following positions, based out of two office locations:

The Enhancing Inclusion in the Health System pilot project – co-designed and co-delivered with the Mid North Coast Local Health District (LHD) and funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency – aims to demonstrate a best practice model for enhancing inclusion of people with disability in the mainstream health system.

Each position will lead the project in their assigned hospitals, with two Disability and Healthcare Specialists delivering the project in the NSW Mid North Coast.

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

Applications must be received before midday on Monday 1 June 2020.




June 'Rent It Keep It'....RIKI

RIKI will be held online using the Zoom meeting platform on the 8th & 9th of June, from 4pm to 6pm. Learn exactly what it takes to RENT your own place and KEEP it! Please contact Zena Keidge on 02 5632 4020 if you have any young people who would benefit from attending this course.

Click here to read the flyer.




'in it Together' - Youth and Family Support Service

‘in it Together’ (iiT) is providing support to young people and their parents/carers as per normal – but currently via zoom and phone.

iiT aims to improve family communications and relationships through support.

Read the flyer here.

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




Nexus Con 2020 Online

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

Pop-culture communities have rarely been restricted by distance, so why should we let social distancing stop our community?

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

Want to work in the creative industries?  Come hear from professional artists, game developers, and musicians about how they turned passions into careers!

This year, we’ve teamed up with TAFE NSW to provide a industry based panels and workshops so you can learn from the pros.

So stock up on snacks, reserve the most comfy spot in your house, and join in the fun, because Nexus Online is #BreakingBoundaries.

Tickets are only $12 and get you access to EVERYTHING!

Get the latest information here.




Coffs Coast Youth Space Facebook

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

Coffs Coast Youth Space Facebook page is a place for young people to access services, interact, learn and have fun with service providers and peers.

This page is run by several Coffs Harbour Youth Service providers and is full of activities such as online art & craft tutorials, competitions, great resources and heaps more for young people and families to enjoy.

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

Click here. 




COVID-19 Mid North Coast Service Updates

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

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




Financial Wellbeing Service has vacancies!

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

To make an appointment please phone: (02) 6511 788. All appointments are currently over the phone.

For more information please click here.




Online concerts at Jetty Theatre

Launching the first of a series of 4 on-line concerts streamed live direct to your living room, is the exquisite Yhan Leal.

Click here to find out more.




Arts Mid North Coast

The creative communities of the Mid North Coast, and all around the world, have mobilised to help artists share, connect and keep creativity alive online. Arts Mid North Coast is  gathering them in one place as one big Isolation Creation Fest! You can find links to ukulele classes, virtual tours of local galleries, online art classes for kids and adults, and information about online events and exhibitions. Visit the website here. 

If you have something you want to share, or ideas to add, please send AMNC an email on communications@artsmidnorthcoast.org or PM through Facebook or Instagram.




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 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.

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. 

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.
To register click here.




Family Law Pathways Network presents: Free Weekly Wednesday Webinar series

A FREE ‘WEEKLY WEDNESDAY WEBINAR’ SERIES FOR OUR MEMBERS!
Every Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm AEST – 20 May to 24 June 2020

The Networks have collaborated to bring you a series of high-calibre expert presenters to broaden knowledge and understanding around issues impacting separating families. This comprehensive series will cover an array of topics and themes, presenters and topics are below.

27 May – Liz Sanders – The Attachment-Style Interview
3 June – Ben Grimes – Linguistic and Cultural Barriers to Aboriginal Access to Justice
10 June – David Mandel – A Safety Model for Working with Survivors & Perpetrators in Domestic & Family Violence (will run at 11:00 am AEST)
17 June – Rose Cuff – Parenting Capacity & Mental Health
24 June – Dr Margaret Spencer – Complex Circumstances – Parents with Intellectual Disaability.

Find out more here | To register please call Wendy Murray on 0418 799 844.

 




Coronavirus: Resources for Anxiety and Stress

Feelings of anxiety are common with the uncertainty of COVID-19. Black Dog Institute’s tools and resources can be accessed by anyone, anywhere, to help deal with this stress.

If you are looking for ways to look after your mental health while we practice physical distancing, please explore these pages that have been loaded with evidence-based resources and information designed for:
– general feelings of anxiety and stress
– schools and young people
– health professionals – guides and resources for patients
– provision of evidence, policy and sector collaboration.

Find out more here.

Black Dog Institute has launched the new Settling the Mind webinar series, to share the best possible evidence related to Mental Health and COVID-19. These webinars will highlight resources and support for you, whether you need information as a worker, health professional, school or community member. To find out more and to watch these webinars click here.

 




Emerging Minds presents: The Engaging Parents - An introduction course

This online course introduces you to the ways that you can actively and effectively engage with parents about their children’s social and emotional wellbeing. This course is intended to support practitioners to sensitively engage with parents about their children’s social and emotional wellbeing by strengthening practitioners’ understanding of factors and circumstances that impact on parents, family and social relationships, and their relational capabilities.

The course is for practitioners working in services focused on infants and children, and services focused on parents and guardians, in the health and welfare sectors. This is an online course that includes both videos and assessments and can be completed in line with your time and availability.

Click here for more information | Register here.




Free Webinar: JobKeeper for NFPs and Charities

The Councils of Social Service (COSS) Network is partnering with Professor David Gilchrist (University of Western Australia) for a focused webinar on the applicability and accounting for JobKeeper payments.

This webinar will cover the key elements and considerations for applying for JobKeeper Payments for staff at not-for-profits (NFPs) and charities.

Find out more here. 




Linked to Life have moved

As of Monday, 11th May 2020, Linked to Life can be found at 220 Pacific Highway (corner of Pacific Highway and Argyle St), Coffs Harbour.

Linked to Life is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation for people who are frail, elderly or have a disability and who want to live independently in their own home.

Linked to Life prides itself on the provision of personalised services that are tailored to meet your needs, goals and lifestyle. The friendly team will visit you in your own home, to assist you in developing a support plan that is customised for you.

Read the flyer here.




Legal Aid NSW: Understanding COVID-19 restrictions

Understanding Covid 19 restrictions:

Legal Aid NSW has produced a range of resources, and also collated resources from other Government departments, to assist individuals affected by legal issues during COVID-19.

Resources include:

  • Understanding COVID-19 restrictions
  • Courts, police and crime
  • Domestic violence
  • Families, relationships and children
  • Government and rights
  • Housing and tenancy
  • Jobs and employment
  • Money, debt and fines
  • Practitioner resources
  • Public Safety (images and GIFs)
  • Resources from other government organisations

To access resources and for more information click here.




NCOSS and Reading Writing Hotline Survey

Survey by NCOSS and Reading Writing Hotline : Helping your clients fill in forms. Evident prior to COVID-19, we know that literacy challenges can be a real barrier for people getting on with their day-to-day lives, particularly if they need to access support. Community organisations can spend a lot of time – often unrecognised – supporting people to fill in complex forms to meet their basic daily needs. NCOSS (NSW Council of Social Service) is keen to better understand the extent of this support, the nature of the challenges and the strategies that could assist – and to this end, NCOSS has partnered with the Reading and Writing Hotline to undertake a research project that will explore the issue. You can read more about the project here.

Complete our online survey and help us understand the extent of this issue for you, your teams and your clients by clicking on this link: Helping your Clients Fill in Forms online survey.




Emergency Support Volunteering

Support People Impacted by COVID- 19

NSW Centre for Volunteering has set up an Emergency Support Volunteering website in partnership with the NSW Government. The new platform connects community members with charities, NGOs and councils in need of support during the pandemic, and has the capacity to be used beyond COVID-19.

For more information click here.

To register as a volunteer click here.

If you are an Organisation, Local Government Authority, or any other organisation who needs additional volunteers in relation to this emergency click here.




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 Disability Information Helpline is available for people with disability who are in need of assistance due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Helpline can also assist families, carers, support workers and services. The Helpline is free, private and fact-checked.

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

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

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

For more information click here.




COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund

Australian Progress, together with Australian Communities Foundation and other partners, have launched the COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund, a donor pool that can rapidly inject funds into strategic advocacy campaigns demanding ambitious policies in response to the pandemic in Australia.

Organisations can pitch their project via an online form. A formal grant process will be announced once more funding has been confirmed.
The fund will primarily rely on larger gifts from the philanthropic sector, although any individual can contribute to the fund.

Find out more here. 




Honda Foundation - Monetary Funding

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

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

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




Macleay Grant Hub

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

Please click here.




Blue Sky Community Services - Positions Vacant

We are currently seeking to recruit for the following position based out of two office locations:

The Enhancing Inclusion in the Health System pilot project – co-designed and co-delivered with the Mid North Coast Local Health District (LHD) and funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency – aims to demonstrate a best practice model for enhancing inclusion of people with disability in the mainstream health system.

This position will lead the project in their assigned hospitals, with two Disability and Healthcare Specialists delivering the project in the NSW Mid North Coast.

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

Applications must be received before midday on Monday 1 June 2020.