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     NRSDC e-News Mid-December 2015



Launch of The Belonging Project Website

The Belonging Project has launched a new website aimed at making our communities, schools and businesses more inclusive by raising awareness and providing strategies for inclusion.
Children with additional needs sometimes understand what they see, hear or feel in a different way to many people.

Links to Learning Boys Win Award in Nimbin Youth Film Comp

The Links to Learning Nimbin boys recently received an Encouragement award for creativity collaboration and concept as well as winning 2nd place in the skate section for their submission into the Nimbin Youth Film Competition.  

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Women NSW Blueprint for the DFV Response: Have Your Say

As part of the It Stops Here: the Domestic and Family Violence Framework for Reform the NSW Government is developing a Blueprint to improve responses to victims  and perpetrators of domestic and family violence (DFV) in NSW (‘the Blueprint’).

The Family Centre News

The Family Centre December newsletter has plenty of news to report including the release of their Annual Report that includes some great stories and an overview of activities over the past year.

Family Centre Is Moving

The Family Centre is moving…...

The Not for Profit Sector’s Largest Salary Survey

Pro Bono Australia invites you to participate in a five minute Salary Survey to help them develop a report which has become a critical resource for the sector when determining and benchmarking salaries.

Changes to Regional Skilled Migration Scheme

Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers acts as the certifying body for the Regional Skilled Migration Scheme visa (Subclass 187) for areas within the postcodes 2460-2490. As of 1 January 2016 RDA will be implementing the following changes to the assessment process.

Northern Rivers Data Apps

RDA Northern Rivers is excited to launch its new regional data apps. The free data apps provide easy access to the economic and demographic profile of the Northern Rivers through the Economy and Community Data Apps.

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ACT Now III: Preparing Indigenous People for NDIS

The All Communities Together (ACT) Now III - Getting the Mob Ready for NDIS - will be held at Aanuka Beach Resort, Coffs Harbour: preparing Indigenous People for the National Disability Insurance Scheme: March 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am - March 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm.

2016 FIA Conference: Fundraising Conference

Get the skills, techniques and ideas you need to drive your fundraising program further at the 2016 FIA Conference, 2-4 March 2016 in Melbourne – Australia’s biggest and best fundraising conference.

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Free AOD Group Program

A free group for people with Alcohol and Other Drug problems will start in 2016 on a Tuesday evening in Lismore. The six-week peer group program will discuss the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of drug abuse and the impact this has on self and family.

New Parenting Programs

Interrelate is offering two great parenting programs coming up in February, 2016: Circle of Security Parenting, Tuesdays, 10am – 1pm, Feb 16 – March 22 and Tuning Into Kids: Emotionally Intelligent Parenting on Mondays, 10am – 1pm, February 8 – March 15.

Carer Gateway Launched

Healthdirect Australia is pleased to announce that Carer Gateway, developed with the Department of Social Services (DSS), has officially launched and is available via or by phone 1800 422 737.

Carers Community Group

Carers make up a huge part of our community. The Carers’ Community Group, presented by the Women’s Health Forum, is an opportunity for carers to learn how to better support themselves and to connect, share and learn from other carers within the community.

Foodbank in G’bah

Crossroads Church, at 4 Pignat Place Goonellabah, is commencing a Foodbank on Thursday Dec 3 and every successive Thursday between the hours of 10.00am and 1.00pm. It will be called Crossroads Care. Groceries will be offered at discounted prices.

New Hoist Provides Pool Access for All

People with a disability will now have easier access to their local pool thanks to a partnership between Lismore City Council, its Access Committee and a local business. A new pool hoist at the Baths now allows people with mobility issues to be lifted into the water.

Musical Therapy Workshops

Musical Therapy Workshops are being held in Brisbane in January 2016 for children on the autism spectrum. Session 1- Open to 4-6yr olds diagnosed with ASD, entering or repeating Prep in 2016 Session 2 -Open to 5-8yr olds with high functioning Autism/Aspergers.

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Shelter NSW eBulletin

The latest Shelter NSW eBulletin includes information on 10 proposals for the 2016 state budget and beyond, why more housing supply doesn’t fix affordability, launch of the Social & Affordable Housing Fund, review of the Residential Tenancies Act, national Rental Affordability Index launched … and more.

NCOSS: Social and Affordable Housing Fund

NCOSS members recently attended a briefing on the Social and Affordable Housing Fund. This marks the beginning of the first phase of the SAHF and the community sector will be at the forefront of this process, putting forward proposals that will make a real difference.

Digital Inclusion Survey for Social Housing Residents

Infoxchange is a company that uses technology to try and create a fairer Australia. They are researching broadband connection and use among Australia’s social housing residents.

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IKEA® Living Local Community Grants

The IKEA Living Local Community Grants are about combining IKEA products and home furnishing expertise and co-worker volunteer leave days to ‘makeover’ a room or a space in a local not-for-profit or charity organisation.

National Stronger Regions Fund: Round 3 Opens Soon

The Australian Government has announced $293 million to fund 111 projects to help deliver economic benefits to communities around Australia through Round Two of the National Stronger Regions Fund. Over $22m of funding will be supporting projects in the Northern Rivers. Round 3 of the National Stronger Regions Fund will open for applications on 15 January 2016 and close 15 March 2016.

Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund

A new funding program for the arts has just been announced. The program has a stated priority of supporting projects that encourage access to high quality arts experiences in regional communities.

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Person Centred Performance Management

This training is based upon the concept that performance appraisal should not be an annual ‘event’ but part of regular support and development of staff throughout the year. It’s on February 18, 2016 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm at YWCA, 101A Rous Rd, Goonellabah.

Dementia Care Education – Engaging in Meaningful Activities at Home

February 24, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
For the primary carer, the ability to keep someone living with dementia involved in activities they previously enjoyed may become more challenging.

Standard Mental Health First Aid

March 1, 2016 - March 2, 2016
The 2 day, 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Hoarding and Squalor Information Session

March 9, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
A compressive look at the topic of Hoarding and Squalor using up to date industry information, and an introductory discussion on effective working practices.

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Governance and Effectiveness Training

NFP Success will be running “Governance and Effectiveness” training programs in key regional locations, includng Thursday 11 February 2016 at Lismore Gateway Motel.  

Certificate III in Individual Support

About Training Australia is offering a Certificate III in Individual Support. This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people.

Residential Aged Care Funding in a Nutshell

A course exploring Residential Aged Care Funding in a Nutshell will be held on 11 February 2016 in Ballina. The funding for residential aged care is a complex maze and critical area for an organisation’s financial success.

Inspiring Innovation in the Third Sector

Not for Profit staff are being increasingly asked to do more with less, become more independent. Two half-day training workshops which have been run extensively in Canada, Australia and the US aim to build a work environment which encourages innovation.

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Aboriginal Youth and Family Worker-Reconnect and Getting It Together (GIT)

We are looking for a suitably skilled Aboriginal person to join our team.
The Reconnect program provides counselling, mediation and practical support to whole families where a young person, aged 12-18, is homeless or is potentially homeless. Getting It Together (GIT) provides case management support to young people who have problematic A&OD use.
This position requires well developed skills and knowledge of relevant interventions which may assist vulnerable Aboriginal families and young people.
Applications Close: 5pm Monday 21 December 2015

Computer Clubhouse Coordinator – Casual

An opportunity exists for a Computer Clubhouse Coordinator to provide casual backfill for the current Clubhouse Coordinator, and is jointly responsible for the oversight and coordination of the Lismore Clubhouse.
Applications close: 4th January 2016


Other Employment Vacancies

Vacancy: Executive Director

Are you – or someone you know looking for a challenging new role in the community sector? Community Options Australia (COA) are looking for an Executive Director who can take the organisation forward over the next several years.

Jobs in the social and community services sector are also advertised on the following websites:
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Boats and Bush Tucker

Do you want to have some fun and learn new skills as well? Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person aged between 17 and 24? Would you like to learn at TAFE in Lismore, Casino or Kempsey? A youth program information session will be held on 17 Dec at Lismore Campus TAFE, Aunty Fay Room, 64 Conway Street, Lismore.

Bunjum School Holiday Program

Bunjum Aboriginal Cooperative Limited has released its School Holiday flyer which will start in January 2016.

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2015 Aboriginal Community Transport Newsletter

Northern Rivers Community Transport’s Aboriginal Transport Program has worked endlessly throughout 2015, brought about by NRCT’S solid ATP staff and volunteers.

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