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

The poet and writer, Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), was born a century ago at Bulimba, Brisbane.

She wrote many books including We Are Going (1964), the first book to be published by an Aboriginal woman.

During the 1970s – the decade in which the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1976 and the Racial Discrimination Act were passed, she wrote the poem, A Song of Hope.

Her poignant words speak of pain and suffering while maintaining hope for the future:

So long we waited
Bound and frustrated
Till hate be hated
And caste deposed
Now light shall guide us
No goal denied us
And all doors open
That long were closed. 

See plain the promise
Dark freedom-lover!
Night’s nearly over
And though long the climb
New rights will greet us
New mateship meet us
And joy complete us
In our new Dream Time. 

The complete poem can be viewed here.

Oodgeroo’s poems, penned over several decades of the 20th century, continue to inspire. They speak to so many themes, including this year’s NAIDOC themeAlways Was, Always Will Be.

This week we acknowledge NAIDOC week and our First Nations’ history, and although the NAIDOC week celebrations have been postponed until November, Blue Sky Community Services looks forward to sharing in these celebrations with communities across the Mid North Coast later this year.

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

Until next time…

Toni Palombi
Partnerships Manager

  • 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 in, 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.

There is also a survey specifically for young people aged 13-24 years of age, which can be found here.




Mid North Coast Health and Wellbeing Directory

Blue Sky Community Services is proud to support Australian Community Media in bringing you the sixth edition of the Mid North Coast Health and Wellbeing Directory.

The Directory showcases the many wonderful services that operate across our region that support people’s optimal health and wellbeing, and brings together local health and wellbeing resources in one handy place, to assist you in locating services you may need in your local community.

The Directory covers the Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo, Bellingen, Nambucca, Macksville, Kempsey and Port Macquarie areas.

We hope you find this edition an invaluable source of information! Click here to read it online.




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 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




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.

The Blue Sky Community Services Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2020-2022 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

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.




JTYouGotThis program

The JTYouGotThis program is for young people aged 17-25, who reside within the Mid North Coast region, who have recently transitioned from care. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to meet dynamic leader Johnathan Thurston and be inspired. Contact details and more information on the flyer.

When: Thursday, 21st July, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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

To register email info@jtacademy.com.au or call (07) 3102 3039




School Holiday Activities in Kempsey

Many Rivers Family Violence prevention and Legal Service presents:

Mini Olympics: A day of fun out in the sun meeting new people. Multi-level team based activities across all ages, whilst adhering to COVID-19 restrictions. Snacks and sausage sizzle provided on the day.

Session 1
When: Friday 10 July, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Where: Services Club Park, Kempsey

Session 2
When: Thursday 16 July, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Where: Bellbrook Park

For more information contact Darryle: 0422 218 307
Click here for the poster.




School Holiday Programs - Kempsey

Durri Aboriginal Medical Service presents: Culture in the Park

Join us for a day of learning and having fun. Weaving, Dancing and Didj playing workshops along with face painting, art and other activities, whilst adhering to COVID-19 restrictions.

When: Wednesday 8 July, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Riverside park, Kempsey

For more information: call Jo, 0490 302 406

Volunteers needed – please contact Jo!

Click here for the poster.




BBQ and Music in the Skatepark - Kempsey

Kempsey Place Plan and Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre proudly present: BBQ and Music in the Skatepark

When: 15 July, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Skatepark, Kempsey




𝗦𝗨𝗥𝗙 @ 𝗛𝗢𝗠𝗘 𝗔𝗣𝗣𝗘𝗔𝗟

Join us in raising funds for people living without a home in the Port Macquarie-Hastings area, by getting sponsored by your family and friends to sleep on your couch during Homelessness Week 2020.

On Sunday August 2nd, couch surfers will start the challenge of sleeping on their own lounge during Homelessness Week.
– Sponsor them for every night they are able to sleep there, until Sunday August 8th.
– Follow their Instagram and Facebook updates via our special hastag #pmqhw2020

Surfers can collect a ‘one-off’ amount for donation, or get people to donate on a per night basis (for example, $5 per night sleeping on the couch). Once you register, you will be emailed a Sponsorship Package with all the information to get you started!

All money raised goes to supporting Port Macquarie-Hastings Homeless people, with food, lockers and the ultimate goal of a drop-in centre. Money is held in trust by the Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre.

REGISTER HERE

GO FUND ME PAGE – Donations can be submitted 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 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




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

Coffs Harbour City Council’s Sustainable Living Program is now being delivered online. While all the 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.




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 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.




Counselling Skills for the Accidental Counsellor

This one-day intensive skill-building program offers professional insight and practical skills to give you greater confidence in handling situations with respect, wisdom, boundaries and grace.

The much-loved one-day training program is coming to Port Macquarie.

When: Friday, 31st July 2020
Where: Waters Edge Port Macquarie, 1 Buller St, Port Macquarie 9:00am to 4:30pm

Cost $189.00 (includes workshop book, morning and afternoon tea & lunch)

Click here for more information.

To register for this training click here.




Invisible Practices: Working with Fathers who use Violence

Cathy Humphreys, Emma Rogers, Steven Lock and Jackie Wruck
When: 22 July 2020

This webinar will discuss how practitioners can engage with fathers who use domestic and family violence.

Women and children living with violence can experience inconsistent responses from different service systems. While Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) services often focus on supporting them to separate from men who use violence, the family law system generally allows contact between parents who use violence and their children.

This webinar would be of interest to professionals working in the fields of DFV, men’s behaviour change programs, child protection, family relationship services, family support services and related services.

To register click here.

This webinar is presented in collaboration with ANROWS.




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.




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 go here.

To order your hard copy posters go 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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Subee Newlake

We are seeking a 30-hour per week Aged Care Services Coordinator, based at our Coffs Harbour Head Office.

The position involves a focus on managing a caseload of predominantly Aged Care clients.

Must have recent experience and understanding of the My Aged Care system and the delivery of Home Care Packages.

Knowledge of the NDIS/Disability sector would also be an advantage.

Contact Emma Withers on (02) 66 513153 (ewithers@subeenewlake.com.au) for further information.

www.subeenewlake.com.au




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 in, 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.

There is also a survey specifically for young people aged 13-24 years of age, which can be found here.




Mid North Coast Health and Wellbeing Directory

Blue Sky Community Services is proud to support Australian Community Media in bringing you the sixth edition of the Mid North Coast Health and Wellbeing Directory.

The Directory showcases the many wonderful services that operate across our region that support people’s optimal health and wellbeing, and brings together local health and wellbeing resources in one handy place, to assist you in locating services you may need in your local community.

The Directory covers the Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo, Bellingen, Nambucca, Macksville, Kempsey and Port Macquarie areas.

We hope you find this edition an invaluable source of information! Click here to read it online.




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 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




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.

The Blue Sky Community Services Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2020-2022 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

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.




JTYouGotThis program

The JTYouGotThis program is for young people aged 17-25, who reside within the Mid North Coast region, who have recently transitioned from care. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to meet dynamic leader Johnathan Thurston and be inspired. Contact details and more information on the flyer.

When: Thursday, 21st July, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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

To register email info@jtacademy.com.au or call (07) 3102 3039




School Holiday Activities in Kempsey

Many Rivers Family Violence prevention and Legal Service presents:

Mini Olympics: A day of fun out in the sun meeting new people. Multi-level team based activities across all ages, whilst adhering to COVID-19 restrictions. Snacks and sausage sizzle provided on the day.

Session 1
When: Friday 10 July, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Where: Services Club Park, Kempsey

Session 2
When: Thursday 16 July, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Where: Bellbrook Park

For more information contact Darryle: 0422 218 307
Click here for the poster.




School Holiday Programs - Kempsey

Durri Aboriginal Medical Service presents: Culture in the Park

Join us for a day of learning and having fun. Weaving, Dancing and Didj playing workshops along with face painting, art and other activities, whilst adhering to COVID-19 restrictions.

When: Wednesday 8 July, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Riverside park, Kempsey

For more information: call Jo, 0490 302 406

Volunteers needed – please contact Jo!

Click here for the poster.




BBQ and Music in the Skatepark - Kempsey

Kempsey Place Plan and Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre proudly present: BBQ and Music in the Skatepark

When: 15 July, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Skatepark, Kempsey




𝗦𝗨𝗥𝗙 @ 𝗛𝗢𝗠𝗘 𝗔𝗣𝗣𝗘𝗔𝗟

Join us in raising funds for people living without a home in the Port Macquarie-Hastings area, by getting sponsored by your family and friends to sleep on your couch during Homelessness Week 2020.

On Sunday August 2nd, couch surfers will start the challenge of sleeping on their own lounge during Homelessness Week.
– Sponsor them for every night they are able to sleep there, until Sunday August 8th.
– Follow their Instagram and Facebook updates via our special hastag #pmqhw2020

Surfers can collect a ‘one-off’ amount for donation, or get people to donate on a per night basis (for example, $5 per night sleeping on the couch). Once you register, you will be emailed a Sponsorship Package with all the information to get you started!

All money raised goes to supporting Port Macquarie-Hastings Homeless people, with food, lockers and the ultimate goal of a drop-in centre. Money is held in trust by the Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre.

REGISTER HERE

GO FUND ME PAGE – Donations can be submitted 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 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




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

Coffs Harbour City Council’s Sustainable Living Program is now being delivered online. While all the 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.




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 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.




Counselling Skills for the Accidental Counsellor

This one-day intensive skill-building program offers professional insight and practical skills to give you greater confidence in handling situations with respect, wisdom, boundaries and grace.

The much-loved one-day training program is coming to Port Macquarie.

When: Friday, 31st July 2020
Where: Waters Edge Port Macquarie, 1 Buller St, Port Macquarie 9:00am to 4:30pm

Cost $189.00 (includes workshop book, morning and afternoon tea & lunch)

Click here for more information.

To register for this training click here.




Invisible Practices: Working with Fathers who use Violence

Cathy Humphreys, Emma Rogers, Steven Lock and Jackie Wruck
When: 22 July 2020

This webinar will discuss how practitioners can engage with fathers who use domestic and family violence.

Women and children living with violence can experience inconsistent responses from different service systems. While Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) services often focus on supporting them to separate from men who use violence, the family law system generally allows contact between parents who use violence and their children.

This webinar would be of interest to professionals working in the fields of DFV, men’s behaviour change programs, child protection, family relationship services, family support services and related services.

To register click here.

This webinar is presented in collaboration with ANROWS.




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.




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 go here.

To order your hard copy posters go 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.




Subee Newlake

We are seeking a 30-hour per week Aged Care Services Coordinator, based at our Coffs Harbour Head Office.

The position involves a focus on managing a caseload of predominantly Aged Care clients.

Must have recent experience and understanding of the My Aged Care system and the delivery of Home Care Packages.

Knowledge of the NDIS/Disability sector would also be an advantage.

Contact Emma Withers on (02) 66 513153 (ewithers@subeenewlake.com.au) for further information.

www.subeenewlake.com.au