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Your Voice – 9 September 2020

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

Tomorrow (10th September) is R U OK?Day 2020, a day for Australians to remind ourselves that every day is a good day to ask someone “Are you OK?”, especially if you think someone you know is struggling with the ups and downs of daily life.

Eight Australians die every day by suicide. R U OK?Day is a national day of action which aims to prevent suicide across the country, and encourage us all to connect with people we care about and help prevent small problems from turning in to big ones.

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, and circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected and (for those who are able) be willing to support those around us. If you find that something is not quite right with someone in your circle, whether it be a friend, family member or colleague, don’t be afraid to ask them “Are you OK?”

When someone says they’re not OK, then follow the four steps below for  supporting people. These conversations could change, or even save, a person’s life.

Step One: Ask
All conversations start with the key question “Are you OK?”

Step Two: Listen
Use active listening to understand the individual and their current situation. Show empathy and be prepared for what they might say.

Step Three: Encourage Action
Encourage the individual to seek help, this might be from their GP, an immediate support service, or another organisation.

Some useful resources for this include:
Lifeline
Beyond Blue
headspace
Black Dog Institute

Step Four: Check In
Give the individual some space, but ensure you check back in to see if they need anything else from you in the future. Schedule a time in your diary to check in, e.g. in two weeks.

So tomorrow, on September 10th, let’s take a moment to show kindness to those around us, and make others aware that every day is a good day to ask someone “Are you OK?”
For more information and resources around the R U OK?Day initiative visit: ruok.org.au

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

Until next time…

Claudia Rigg
Acting LAC Regional 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 - Skate Park Artworks

Get Connected Toormina is a community engagement project, facilitated by Blue Sky Community Services, in conjunction with community and government services and community members. The project was established in 2017 to bring community, local leaders, community groups, services and government agencies together to address local social issues to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for children, young people and families living in the Toormina area.

As part of the project, some young local artists were engaged to design and create artworks at Toormina Skate Park to reflect local community and culture, and help create a positive environment for the young people who access the skate park.

A young local Aboriginal artist (Tullis Stevens) and a Toormina young person (Kirra Ratcliffe) worked together to come up with the designs. The artwork and the artists will bring ownership, culture and pride of place to the skate park.

The artists chose to use bright colours to represent joy and happiness, which they hope the artworks bring to the Toormina skate park community.

Read about Tulli and Kirra here including more about the inspiration for their art.




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 if at risk of financial crisis through:

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

To make an appointment please phone: (02) 6511 1788.  All appointments are currently held via telephone.

For more information please click here.




Kempsey Shire Community Projects

Does your group have a project that will improve life in the Our Community?

Kempsey Shire Council’s community grants program provides funding for projects run by community, sporting and environmental organisations or our community halls.

Information sessions are being held via Zoom:

12th September 12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Please register via the website




Young Archie Art Competition

Budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 are invited to submit a portrait for the Young Archie Competition, as part of our family-focused activities for the 2019 Archibald Prize regional tour.

The portrait should be of a person who is special to you – someone who is known to you and plays a significant role.

For more information click here.




Port Macquarie Fun Indoors

 10 ideas for some indoor FUN!

If you need to escape the wet weather or need a break from too much sunshine, there are plenty of ways to entertain active minds whilst staying indoors in Port Macquarie. It’s all about everyone having fun and enjoying a variety of indoor attractions and activities for ages young and old.

With a little local knowledge and tips, Port Macquarie Tourism has done all the research for you – here are their top 10 ideas….
(NOTE: Please check in and pre-book prior to arrival due to COVID-19 restrictions.)

For more information click here..




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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

The best 5 films will also screen at the Nextwave Youth Film Awards held during SWIFF in January, alongside the Nextwave main competition finalists.

For more information click here.
To download the flyer click here.




Exhibition - Brentyn Lugnan: Tradigital

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

When: 22 August – 17 October 2020
Where: Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Cnr Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour

Website
Facebook




'Seeing Through A Trauma Lens' Webinar

An interactive session that explores collective, communal, historical, complex, developmental and generational trauma in an Indigenous Australian perspective.
The value of incorporating Dadirri ‘deep listening’ when working with clients.

When: Friday 9 October 2020 at 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Book here




Therapeutic work

Therapeutic work with children and young people in the online space – a trauma-responsive approach.

Wednesday, 16th September 2020 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

For more information and to book click here.




Understanding Child Development

This resource is part of a series from the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Center for Child Mental Health that outlines the key developmental issues and experiences for children, from birth to age 12. It focuses on the developmental experiences of children providing a brief description of how adverse events may be experienced by a child of different age groups, and how adults can support a child who has been exposed to disruptive life events.

For more information on children aged 0-3 click HERE.
For more information on children aged 3-5 click HERE.
For more information on children aged 5-8 click HERE.
For more information on children aged 9-12 click HERE.




Australian Childhood Foundation

Tools for Seeking and Integrating Children’s Voices in Service Design and Delivery.
There is increasing pressure on all services to evaluate the effectiveness of their services, seek out consumer feedback and ensure that service provision consistently meets the needs of service users.  However, because of their developmental vulnerability, children and young people are often overlooked in these processes, with their participation considered not as relevant, or difficult to facilitate.

Wednesday, 23rd September 10.00 am-1.30 pm

More information and book here.




Early Days Workshop

Early Days is a Federally-funded program, run by the Aspect Therapy team from Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), as part of the Helping Children with Autism package. Early Days workshops are free for parents, carers and families of young children aged 0-6 years who are on the autism spectrum. They are also available to parents, carers and families who have concerns that their child may be on the autism spectrum, but who have not yet had a diagnosis.

In response to COVID-19 and as a precautionary measure to protect the health and well-being of our community, Aspect Therapy is currently conducting all Early Days workshops online via Zoom Webinars.




Supporting Parents to promote Children's Social and Emotional Wellbeing

This course explores entry points and opportunities for conversations between practitioners and parents which support children’s social and emotional wellbeing. It specifically focuses on conversations which offer support, reassurance, guidance, information, or resources to assist parents in promoting positive mental health in their child.

For more information click here..




COVID-19 Research - UNSW

UNSW researchers want to hear from those working with clients and families impacted by DFV, whether employed in health care, specialist DFV services or other sectors, such as legal services, to help shape policies now and in the long term. The study will explore how services are meeting community need during the coronavirus pandemic.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 30 September 2020.




The Role of Speech Pathology in Child Mental Health   

How do speech pathologists support children who have experienced trauma? In this latest podcast, we are joined by two speech pathologists based in Victoria, Kerry Holland and Chantele Edlington. Both have worked extensively in the public mental health system and share a passion for addressing the speech, language and communication needs of children who have experienced trauma.




Royal Commission - Share Your Story

You can share your experiences of violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation with the Royal Commission. This helps us learn more about the problem and how we can help prevent it in the future.

Hearing from people with disability, families, support people, organisations and the broader community helps the Royal Commission understand the extent and the impact of violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation against people with disability. This will help us to make recommendations to prevent it from happening again.




Good Reading & Listening




Mercy Foundation Grants to End Homelessness

The Mercy Foundation Grants to End Homelessness are available for seeding initiatives, services, projects, advocacy and research that will contribute to the goal of ending homelessness by supporting permanent housing, housing first and permanent supportive housing solutions.




Scanlon Foundation Grants

The Community Grants for 2021 will fund projects that support the transition of migrants into employment. Projects should consider the experience of migrants and of receiving communities and aim to nurture positive outcomes. All submissions are also expected to empower new arrival communities and develop cross cultural connections.




Budget Direct Grants

Striving to make a difference in your local community but need a financial leg-up?

As Our Giving shows, we’re strong believers in supporting local communities.

Not only do we give in the places we work, we also want to help groups — including registered organisations, small community groups, not-for-profits and government bodies — throughout Australia in their efforts to build happy and healthy neighbourhoods.

If your organisation is eligible, you can apply for a Budget Direct sponsorship of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000.
This one-off cash donation can be spent as your organisation sees fit.




Arts and Cultural Funding Opportunity

The following Create Create NSW Arts and Cultural Funding Programs are now open:

Annual Organisational Funding (to support arts and cultural organisations (including service organisations) to deliver multiple arts and cultural activities throughout a single calendar or financial year); Project Funding (to deliver a dynamic and diverse range of arts and cultural experiences to communities across NSW, contribute to the development of a vibrant and accessible arts and cultural sector, and support the employment and development of professional NSW-based artists and arts and cultural workers); and Creative Koori Projects (to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW).

Applications close: 23rd September 2020.




IDRS- Making Rights Real

IDRS is a free service for people with cognitive impairment across NSW. You do not need an NDIS package to access our service.

We provide help with legal problems, support persons at police stations and courts, advocacy, support to appeal decisions of the National Disability Insurance Agency, rights education for people with cognitive impairment, peer support and assistance for parents with intellectual disability at risk of losing care of their children. We work alongside people with cognitive impairment to promote and protect rights.




Raise the Rate for Good

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

Before the COVID-19 crisis, the rate of Newstart had not been increased in real terms for 25 years, while the cost of living, especially housing, has gone through the roof.

To read more about this campaign and to get involved click here.




The Artful Parent

Nature Art for Kids often combines being outside with physical movement and creative activity., with lots of nature art activities for kids.

For more information click here.




Global Connections for Local Social Justice

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

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

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

To read the Newsletter click here..

To read more about IFS visit their website here..




Uniting Caseworker

We are seeking an enthusiastic Assessor/Intensive Caseworker to join our Futures Planning and Support Pilot Program (FPS) on a permanent full-time basis in Old Bar/Taree, NSW.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Assessor/Intensive Caseworker to join our Futures Planning and Support Pilot Program (FPS) on a permanent full-time basis in Coffs Harbour, NSW.




Barrunbatayi-Dilpaati (Futures Planning and Support Program)

Barrunbatayi-Dilpaati is a Futures Planning and Support Program that provides, after care and support to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people between 17-25 years transitioning from Out Of Home Care and or those who have left statutory care, covering the Kempsey, Coffs Harbour and Taree areas.

We are currently seeking applications and offering an attractive salary packages to suitably qualified Aboriginal persons, to fill five positions as follows:

2 x Intensive Case Worker roles in Taree – 1 x Uniting and 1 x Burrun Dalai (identified role)

2 x Intensive Care Worker roles in Coffs – 1 x Uniting and 1 x Burrun Dalai (identified role)

1 x Community Engagement Officer in Kempsey covering the MNC (Burrun Dalai)

Instructions for the Burrun Dalai roles are here.

(please see above post for instructions on the Uniting roles)

For further information, contact Ian on (02) 6562 1913 / ian@burrundalai.org.au or Natalie@Futureplanning.org.au

 




Blue Sky Community Services

Local Area Coordinator – Kempsey

Blue Sky Community Services is seeking to employ a professional and values-aligned person to join our supportive and friendly team and to assist us in delivering the NDIS Local Area Coordination Service on the Mid North Coast of NSW.

A full-time position (38 hours per week) is available in our Kempsey office.

Applications close on Tuesday 15th September at midday.




Family Referral Worker

We are currently looking for a Family Referral Worker to be based in our Coffs Harbour Office on a Fixed Term  Contract up to 31 December 2020.

We are currently looking for a Family Referral Worker to be based in our Kempsey on a Fixed Term Contract up to 31 December 2020.

NB: Application queries should be forwarded to Trish Parker, Human Resources Manager, Pathfinders, and position queries to Pauline Brown, Family Referral Service Regional Manager (contact details provided in documentation).




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 - Skate Park Artworks

Get Connected Toormina is a community engagement project, facilitated by Blue Sky Community Services, in conjunction with community and government services and community members. The project was established in 2017 to bring community, local leaders, community groups, services and government agencies together to address local social issues to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for children, young people and families living in the Toormina area.

As part of the project, some young local artists were engaged to design and create artworks at Toormina Skate Park to reflect local community and culture, and help create a positive environment for the young people who access the skate park.

A young local Aboriginal artist (Tullis Stevens) and a Toormina young person (Kirra Ratcliffe) worked together to come up with the designs. The artwork and the artists will bring ownership, culture and pride of place to the skate park.

The artists chose to use bright colours to represent joy and happiness, which they hope the artworks bring to the Toormina skate park community.

Read about Tulli and Kirra here including more about the inspiration for their art.




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 if at risk of financial crisis through:

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

To make an appointment please phone: (02) 6511 1788.  All appointments are currently held via telephone.

For more information please click here.




Kempsey Shire Community Projects

Does your group have a project that will improve life in the Our Community?

Kempsey Shire Council’s community grants program provides funding for projects run by community, sporting and environmental organisations or our community halls.

Information sessions are being held via Zoom:

12th September 12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Please register via the website




Young Archie Art Competition

Budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 are invited to submit a portrait for the Young Archie Competition, as part of our family-focused activities for the 2019 Archibald Prize regional tour.

The portrait should be of a person who is special to you – someone who is known to you and plays a significant role.

For more information click here.




Port Macquarie Fun Indoors

 10 ideas for some indoor FUN!

If you need to escape the wet weather or need a break from too much sunshine, there are plenty of ways to entertain active minds whilst staying indoors in Port Macquarie. It’s all about everyone having fun and enjoying a variety of indoor attractions and activities for ages young and old.

With a little local knowledge and tips, Port Macquarie Tourism has done all the research for you – here are their top 10 ideas….
(NOTE: Please check in and pre-book prior to arrival due to COVID-19 restrictions.)

For more information click here..




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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

The best 5 films will also screen at the Nextwave Youth Film Awards held during SWIFF in January, alongside the Nextwave main competition finalists.

For more information click here.
To download the flyer click here.




Exhibition - Brentyn Lugnan: Tradigital

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

When: 22 August – 17 October 2020
Where: Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Cnr Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour

Website
Facebook




'Seeing Through A Trauma Lens' Webinar

An interactive session that explores collective, communal, historical, complex, developmental and generational trauma in an Indigenous Australian perspective.
The value of incorporating Dadirri ‘deep listening’ when working with clients.

When: Friday 9 October 2020 at 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Book here




Therapeutic work

Therapeutic work with children and young people in the online space – a trauma-responsive approach.

Wednesday, 16th September 2020 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

For more information and to book click here.




Understanding Child Development

This resource is part of a series from the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Center for Child Mental Health that outlines the key developmental issues and experiences for children, from birth to age 12. It focuses on the developmental experiences of children providing a brief description of how adverse events may be experienced by a child of different age groups, and how adults can support a child who has been exposed to disruptive life events.

For more information on children aged 0-3 click HERE.
For more information on children aged 3-5 click HERE.
For more information on children aged 5-8 click HERE.
For more information on children aged 9-12 click HERE.




Australian Childhood Foundation

Tools for Seeking and Integrating Children’s Voices in Service Design and Delivery.
There is increasing pressure on all services to evaluate the effectiveness of their services, seek out consumer feedback and ensure that service provision consistently meets the needs of service users.  However, because of their developmental vulnerability, children and young people are often overlooked in these processes, with their participation considered not as relevant, or difficult to facilitate.

Wednesday, 23rd September 10.00 am-1.30 pm

More information and book here.




Early Days Workshop

Early Days is a Federally-funded program, run by the Aspect Therapy team from Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), as part of the Helping Children with Autism package. Early Days workshops are free for parents, carers and families of young children aged 0-6 years who are on the autism spectrum. They are also available to parents, carers and families who have concerns that their child may be on the autism spectrum, but who have not yet had a diagnosis.

In response to COVID-19 and as a precautionary measure to protect the health and well-being of our community, Aspect Therapy is currently conducting all Early Days workshops online via Zoom Webinars.




Supporting Parents to promote Children's Social and Emotional Wellbeing

This course explores entry points and opportunities for conversations between practitioners and parents which support children’s social and emotional wellbeing. It specifically focuses on conversations which offer support, reassurance, guidance, information, or resources to assist parents in promoting positive mental health in their child.

For more information click here..




COVID-19 Research - UNSW

UNSW researchers want to hear from those working with clients and families impacted by DFV, whether employed in health care, specialist DFV services or other sectors, such as legal services, to help shape policies now and in the long term. The study will explore how services are meeting community need during the coronavirus pandemic.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 30 September 2020.




The Role of Speech Pathology in Child Mental Health   

How do speech pathologists support children who have experienced trauma? In this latest podcast, we are joined by two speech pathologists based in Victoria, Kerry Holland and Chantele Edlington. Both have worked extensively in the public mental health system and share a passion for addressing the speech, language and communication needs of children who have experienced trauma.




Royal Commission - Share Your Story

You can share your experiences of violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation with the Royal Commission. This helps us learn more about the problem and how we can help prevent it in the future.

Hearing from people with disability, families, support people, organisations and the broader community helps the Royal Commission understand the extent and the impact of violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation against people with disability. This will help us to make recommendations to prevent it from happening again.




Good Reading & Listening




Mercy Foundation Grants to End Homelessness

The Mercy Foundation Grants to End Homelessness are available for seeding initiatives, services, projects, advocacy and research that will contribute to the goal of ending homelessness by supporting permanent housing, housing first and permanent supportive housing solutions.




Scanlon Foundation Grants

The Community Grants for 2021 will fund projects that support the transition of migrants into employment. Projects should consider the experience of migrants and of receiving communities and aim to nurture positive outcomes. All submissions are also expected to empower new arrival communities and develop cross cultural connections.




Budget Direct Grants

Striving to make a difference in your local community but need a financial leg-up?

As Our Giving shows, we’re strong believers in supporting local communities.

Not only do we give in the places we work, we also want to help groups — including registered organisations, small community groups, not-for-profits and government bodies — throughout Australia in their efforts to build happy and healthy neighbourhoods.

If your organisation is eligible, you can apply for a Budget Direct sponsorship of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000.
This one-off cash donation can be spent as your organisation sees fit.




Arts and Cultural Funding Opportunity

The following Create Create NSW Arts and Cultural Funding Programs are now open:

Annual Organisational Funding (to support arts and cultural organisations (including service organisations) to deliver multiple arts and cultural activities throughout a single calendar or financial year); Project Funding (to deliver a dynamic and diverse range of arts and cultural experiences to communities across NSW, contribute to the development of a vibrant and accessible arts and cultural sector, and support the employment and development of professional NSW-based artists and arts and cultural workers); and Creative Koori Projects (to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW).

Applications close: 23rd September 2020.




IDRS- Making Rights Real

IDRS is a free service for people with cognitive impairment across NSW. You do not need an NDIS package to access our service.

We provide help with legal problems, support persons at police stations and courts, advocacy, support to appeal decisions of the National Disability Insurance Agency, rights education for people with cognitive impairment, peer support and assistance for parents with intellectual disability at risk of losing care of their children. We work alongside people with cognitive impairment to promote and protect rights.




Raise the Rate for Good

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

Before the COVID-19 crisis, the rate of Newstart had not been increased in real terms for 25 years, while the cost of living, especially housing, has gone through the roof.

To read more about this campaign and to get involved click here.




The Artful Parent

Nature Art for Kids often combines being outside with physical movement and creative activity., with lots of nature art activities for kids.

For more information click here.




Global Connections for Local Social Justice

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

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

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

To read the Newsletter click here..

To read more about IFS visit their website here..




Uniting Caseworker

We are seeking an enthusiastic Assessor/Intensive Caseworker to join our Futures Planning and Support Pilot Program (FPS) on a permanent full-time basis in Old Bar/Taree, NSW.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Assessor/Intensive Caseworker to join our Futures Planning and Support Pilot Program (FPS) on a permanent full-time basis in Coffs Harbour, NSW.




Barrunbatayi-Dilpaati (Futures Planning and Support Program)

Barrunbatayi-Dilpaati is a Futures Planning and Support Program that provides, after care and support to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people between 17-25 years transitioning from Out Of Home Care and or those who have left statutory care, covering the Kempsey, Coffs Harbour and Taree areas.

We are currently seeking applications and offering an attractive salary packages to suitably qualified Aboriginal persons, to fill five positions as follows:

2 x Intensive Case Worker roles in Taree – 1 x Uniting and 1 x Burrun Dalai (identified role)

2 x Intensive Care Worker roles in Coffs – 1 x Uniting and 1 x Burrun Dalai (identified role)

1 x Community Engagement Officer in Kempsey covering the MNC (Burrun Dalai)

Instructions for the Burrun Dalai roles are here.

(please see above post for instructions on the Uniting roles)

For further information, contact Ian on (02) 6562 1913 / ian@burrundalai.org.au or Natalie@Futureplanning.org.au

 




Blue Sky Community Services

Local Area Coordinator – Kempsey

Blue Sky Community Services is seeking to employ a professional and values-aligned person to join our supportive and friendly team and to assist us in delivering the NDIS Local Area Coordination Service on the Mid North Coast of NSW.

A full-time position (38 hours per week) is available in our Kempsey office.

Applications close on Tuesday 15th September at midday.




Family Referral Worker

We are currently looking for a Family Referral Worker to be based in our Coffs Harbour Office on a Fixed Term  Contract up to 31 December 2020.

We are currently looking for a Family Referral Worker to be based in our Kempsey on a Fixed Term Contract up to 31 December 2020.

NB: Application queries should be forwarded to Trish Parker, Human Resources Manager, Pathfinders, and position queries to Pauline Brown, Family Referral Service Regional Manager (contact details provided in documentation).