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Thriving People | Strong Communities ... 27 February 2017


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Lismore Young Songwriters Competition 2017

Are you a young songwriter who dreams of taking to the stage? Here is your big chance! The Lismore Young Songwriters Competition is now open for applications.
The Young Songwriters Awards is an opportunity for regional young songwriters from Tweed Heads to Grafton to showcase their song writing and performance talents with a Finalists performance and awards night being held during Youth Week in April.
If you are aged between 12 and 25 and love writing your own original songs, you can enter the Young Songwriter competition before 26th March 2017 to be in the running for some great prizes and opportunities.

Dragon Boat ‘Come and Try Day’ a huge success!

The all-inclusive Come and Try Day held on 19 February for the Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club was a great success, with more than 35 people turning up, including many people with a disability keen to have a go!

Links to Learning program expands to eight local schools

A successful tender run and increased funding has meant the Links to Learning program has grown this year, with delivery of the program expanding from four local high schools to eight!
The program aims to assist at-risk students to re-engage or remain engaged with learning, and return to their base school or to another agreed educational option.
Schools now involved in the Links to Learning program include: Richmond River; Kadina High; Lismore High; Nimbin Central; Casino High; Alstonville High; Woodenbong Central and Bonalbo Central Schools.
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Handling Difficult People, Behaviour and Situations

March 9 @ 9:30am - 1:30pm

This introductory course would suit anyone who may have to respond to difficult behaviour whether face-to-face or over the phone.

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Aboriginal Youth Access Clinician – Tweed Heads

Engage with young people aged between 12-25 years that contact or are referred to the headspace centre. Applications close: 5pm, 8 March 2017.
The Aboriginal Youth Access Clinician (YAC) will effectively engage, screen, provide timely assessments, and arrange referrals to appropriate in-house services, facilitating pathways for young people to access focused psychological interventions. The position will also provide brief therapeutic interventions in arrangement with the Service Manager / team leader, facilitate group work, and coordinate care and follow ups for young people aged between 12-25 years that contact or are referred to the headspace centre.

Outreach Project Officer – headspace Lismore

Assess and develop a plan to commence and trial delivery of services to young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. Part time, Lismore – travel in the region. Applications close: 5pm, 8 March 2017.
The Outreach Project Officer will assess and develop a plan to commence and trial delivery of timely place-based support and services to young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties in the Kyogle and Casino communities.     
The Outreach Project Officer will undertake consultation and stakeholder engagement to identify the most appropriate place based solutions and locations for headspace hubs.

Team Leader – headspace Lismore

Work alongside, support and supervise the headspace Youth Access Clinicians. Applications close: 5pm, 8 March 2017.
The purpose of the Team Leader position is to work alongside, support and supervise the headspace Youth Access Clinicians to effectively engage, screen, provide timely assessments, and arrange referrals to appropriate in house services, facilitating pathways for young people to access focused psychological interventions. The position will also provide brief therapeutic interventions in arrangement with the headspace Service Manager, facilitate group work, and coordinate care and follow ups for young people aged between 12-25 years that contact or are referred to the headspace centre.

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New Resource for Improving the Self-Care of Staff

People who work in human service roles and organisations never have been the best at taking care of themselves. This book argues, that needs to change because the idea that we can care for others while neglecting ourselves is highly questionable; the two stand or fall together.

Launch of National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Strategy

The National LGBTI Health Alliance has launched the first National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Last Chance to Access NSW Health’s ‘Preparing NGOs for Purchasing’ Online Training

There is still an opportunity to access online webinar versions of the training courses for NSW Health’s Preparing NGOs for Purchasing program, plus a variety of other useful tools and resources. These will be available until 31 March 2017.

New app for regional libraries

The Richmond Tweed Regional Library has launched a new mobile app, giving members access to the library’s online services and resources at their fingertips.

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National Aboriginal Wellbeing Conference 2017

With a conference theme of “Healing & Beyond”, this year’s conference will be held at Ballina Beach Resort, 29-30 March 2017.
The conference will focus on the issues related to trauma and healing and showcase the innovative programs being delivered nationally.

Start Something Workshop: Bringing together people with a passion for change

Supported by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Start Something workshops aims to provide tools to local changemakers to improve their local environment and build partnerships in their communities. A free Start Something workshop will be held at The Farm, 92 Woodford Lane, Ewingsdale from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday 18 March 2017.

Sourdough Business Lunch – Pam and Martin Brook speaking on how to grow your business

Hear inspiring local business owners, Brookfarm’s Pam and Martin Brook, talk on Growing your business from the local markets to an international market at a Sourdough Business Pathways Business Lunch, Friday 10 March, 12 – 2:30pm at the Bangalow Hotel.

Inspiring Women in Health – Innovators and Change-makers

As part of the Lismore Women’s Festival, you are invited to join the party by relaxing into a conversation with 3 inspiring women in health, led by Alex Granthum on Thursday 9 March.

Open Invitation: Dance Against Violence Challenge at Crankfest 2017

Individuals, groups and organisations are invited to be involved to take up the challenge to Dance Against Violence at Crankfest 22 April 2017 at 11.30am in front of the LIVEWIRE ‘truck’ stage.

Fair Deal Forum: Red Tape

Hear Susan Pascoe, Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) talk about the ACNC’s work to cut back the red tape faced by Community Sector services. It’s on 28 March 2017 in Wooloomooloo.

Feel the Vibe – Sexuality & Disability Expo

Northcott is bringing the hugely successful ‘Feel the Vibe’ set of workshops to the Northern Rivers, with a forum on Friday 17 March 2017, 10am-12pm, and expo from 6pm-9pm at Ballina RSL Club 240 River St, Ballina.

If These Halls Could Talk : A Series Of Exhibitions

This March, the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery and Grafton Regional Gallery will each present an exhibition celebrating this project, If These Halls Could Talk.
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Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, Trans and Intersex Reaching for Peace Women’s Group

Lismore Women’s Health & Resource Centre in partnership with ACON are presenting this free 4-week group for lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans and intersex women, from 20 March to 10 April 2017.

Stand By Me seminar at Heartfelt House

Stand By Me is a three-hour seminar designed for those working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). The next ‘Stand By Me’ seminar will be presented at Heartfelt House, 301 Lismore Rd, Wollongbar on Thursday, 23rd March 2017 from 9am- 12noon.

Cool Calm Connected youth & parents wellbeing programs

Two six-week programs – a youth group program and a mindfulness meditation course for parents – will be running in Lismore led by an experienced youth worker, on Thursdays 2 March – 6 April at the ‘Inner Light Centre’, Keen St, Lismore.

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NCOSS says… National Affordable Housing Agreement needs to stay

Following an article last week in The Australian raising concerns over the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA), NCOSS has released a statement saying an effective whole-of-government approach needs consistency and flagging large-scale changes or reductions in funding of housing and homelessness initiatives in the press is not a method to garner effective responses to this growing problem.

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NFP Grants to Attract Impact Investment

A new grants program will help not-for-profit organisations explore the potential of impact investment and attract investors. The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant and the Discovery Grant equip organisations with targeted support to create tangible social and environmental outcomes.

ILC National Readiness Grants

The Australian Government is inviting providers via an open process to apply to deliver services under the Community Inclusion and Capacity Development (CICD) – Implementing Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) – ILC National Readiness Grants in 2016-17. Closing Date: 8 March 2017 – 2:00pm AEDT.

Westpac Social Scale-Up Grants

Social Scale-up is designed to help scale-up not-for-profit social enterprises that are creating jobs and employment pathways for individuals who often face significant barriers to entering the mainstream job market or are excluded from the workforce. Applications close 28 February.

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YWCA Communities for Children Training 2017 calendar

The YWCA NSW has released its Communities for Children Training 2017 calendar, which includes the times and dates for the Lismore Child and Family Forums for the year.

Moving from Conflict to Connection – by Paulette Bray-Narai

Northern Rivers Community Gateway is running a course on Moving from Conflict to Connection on Tuesday 28 March in Lismore.

Personal, Client Based or Professional Development Presentations and Workshops

Applied Techniques offers a range of evidence-informed, affordable presentations and workshops for individuals, parents, teachers, community service providers, health professionals and others, with scheduled venues and in-servicing available.

Transformative Practice LGBTIQAP+ Sensitivity and Awareness Training

Wesley Mission will be running a workshop on Transformative Practice LGBTIQAP+ Sensitivity and Awareness Training: Enhancing Cultural Competency, on 23 March at 161 Scarborough St, Southport Qld.

Effective and Congruent Supervision workshop

Lismore Communities for Children is running its first Professional Development Training with SAL Consulting, Effective and Congruent Supervision, a two-day workshop on 27 and 28 March.

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Youth Week event: IDEATION Create Your Campaign: ‘Inclusion’

Multicultural NSW along with the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) are holding a one-day free event, IDEATION 2017 – Create Your Campaign, with a theme of inclusion. It’s on Friday 7 April at the State Library of NSW.

Body esteem workshops and presentations

Butterfly Education presents evidence based body esteem workshops and presentations, highlighting the positive impact body confidence can have on a young person’s social and emotional wellbeing, school attendance, participation in co-curricular activities and achievement.

2017 Youth Council Conference: Make A Connection – Save The Date!

Held biennially, the 2017 Youth Council Conference is an event for young people under 25. With a strong Information Technology (IT) and connected community focus, this year’s event is aptly themed “Make IT Happen”. Save the Date: it’s on in Sydney 22-24 September.

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Manager, Education Support

University Centre for Rural Health is currently seeking a Manager, Education Support who will oversee the Education Program’s professional staff to ensure student placements and curriculum delivery are managed efficiently and complies with curriculum and health services requirements. Closing date: 5pm 1 March 2017.

Other Employment Vacancies

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