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Welcome to NRSDC's fortnightly newsletter. The newsletter is being renovated and our look will change over the coming months. In the meantime, we hope you find this interim newsletter easy to read and simple to use.

     NRSDC e-News Mid-October 2015

 

 

Community Sector Award Nominations Deadline Extended!


Nominations for the Northern Rivers Community Sector Awards have been extended until Friday, November 6!
The awards recognise the vital and outstanding contribution of individuals and programs in the region, from Grafton to Tweed Heads. So now's your chance to nominate someone you know who does amazing work or volunteering that helps make this region a great place to live!
Winners in the six categories will be announced at the 2015 Summerland Credit Union Community Sector Ball and Awards Night being held at Lismore City Hall on Friday, November 27, 2015.
So recognise and celebrate the work those do in helping people in our communities. Nominate now!
 
Click here to make an Award nomination.
 
TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
Don't forget - tickets are now on sale for the signature event on the Northern Rivers community sector calendar. The Ball and Awards night is once again set to be a glamorous affair with great entertainment, music, dancing, performance and delicious cuisine!
With this year’s theme of ‘Glitter & Gold’, you can expect a dazzling night of dining, dancing and dress-ups – as well as the chance to applaud the magnificent work of our dedicated community services sector workers and volunteers.
This year, MC Brandy Le Cointreau will be taking charge of the stage, introducing performances by The Valentines, The Cassettes, Gabriel and Cecilia (from The Voice) and a Solid Gold DJ to dance the night away.
Tickets are available for individuals or groups and the event would make an ideal end-of-year celebration for corporations and community sector organisations alike – so get your your team members together to book a table!
 
Click here buy your tickets to the Ball.
 



Dirty Laundry at the Show

A Dirty Laundry Day Project installation – created with thanks to the Casino Community Men’s Shed and Bunnings – will be part of this year’s Living and Wellness Pavilion at the Lismore Show. It aims to raise awareness about domestic and family violence and there will be information about other services including NRSDC programs.
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Community Grant Gives Boost to Computer Clubhouse

Lismore’s Computer Clubhouse has been successful in receiving an $8500 grant from the Our Neighbourhood Trust to purchase computer software to help encourage vulnerable young designers and inventors.
The grant will fund a project for vulnerable young people to engage in digital media, art, and technology to express, invent and collaborate.
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Don’t Forget! Nominate Someone You Know for the Community Sector Awards!

Nominations will be open until 5pm Friday, October 30, for the 2015 Community Sector Awards – so get your nominations in soon!
It’s your chance to say a big ‘Thank You’ to someone you know who works tirelessly to make our region a better place to live in.
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Survey: DV in the LGBTI Community

ACON is currently conducting a survey exploring the nature of domestic and family violence in LGBTI relationships.
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Clarence Valley Australia Day nominations

Here’s your invitation to nominate someone from the Clarence Valley today and celebrate their achievement! The annual Clarence Valley Australia Day nominations awards for 2016 are now open.
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Restart – Assistance to Employ Mature Workers

The Restart programme is an Australian Government wage subsidy that encourages businesses to employ mature workers.
The Restart wage subsidy is a payment of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) as a wage subsidy over 12 months when an eligible mature job seeker is employed.
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Australians at the Multiple Sclerosis Innovation Forefront

On 13 October 2015 ÇCSVI Australia (also known as Neurovascular Research Australia} was announced as a finalist in Melbourne Australia's 2015 awards for ''Innovative organisations, iconic institutions and outstanding individuals''.
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Drug Dependence Study: Seeking Participants in Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore or Nimbin

A new research project, based at Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute, aims to explore people’s experiences of living with a drug dependence (habit or addiction), how they cope and how they make decisions about drug use, drug treatment and everyday life.
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Targeted Early Intervention (TEIP) Reform

FaCS NSW is sharing summary information regarding the Targeted Early Intervention (TEIP) Reform, including a link to provide feedback and to the FACS website for other up-to-date information. 
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Study of Pregnancy Services Support to At-Risk Pregnant Women

Services that work with families across the Northern Rivers are partnering with the Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia to support a promising new study to explore the experiences of service practitioners, their managers and policy writers who provide services to at-risk pregnant women.
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Survey: HR Services and Support

In response to the massive and rapid change occurring in our Industry - including the NDIS and a focus on consumer directed care – the Qld-based Health and Community Services Workforce Council is supporting more and more organisations to respond to the need to shift their business models as well as service delivery approaches.
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White Ribbon Day Event

The Rivers Secondary College in Lismore is holding a White Ribbon Day event to raise awareness about domestic and family violence on Sunday 22nd November, Hepburn Park in Goonellabah.
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NCOSS and NSW Legislative Council Workshop

NCOSS will be running a free workshop on Parliamentary Inquiries:  How to have your say and maximize your influence, in Sydney on 11 November.
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Call for NDIS Reform Proposals: Online Consultation and National Conference

Suggestions for reform of NDIS and its operations, processes and culture, are invited. People with disabilities, families, friends, support organisations, community groups, services and policy makers are invited to contribute to this people-driven process to ensure NDIS delivers on the promise to Revolutionise Disability Services.
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Call for Speakers - 2016 Connecting Up Conference

The Call for Speakers for the Connecting Up Conference 2016 is now open until COB Wednesday 4th November 2015. 
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The Buttery Supporters’ Open Day

The Buttery Supporters’ Open Day will be held on Saturday 24 October, 2.30 – 5 p.m.
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Free Workshops Investigate Bioenergy as a Future Local Industry

Social researcher Richard Parsons is hoping goat poo from Nimbin Valley Dairy could one day power the farm’s production sheds, as a new series of workshops will investigate.
Lismore City Council is partnering with Sustain Northern Rivers and the Northern Rivers BioHubs Consortium for a series of free workshops to discuss the potential for bioenergy in the region.
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Indigenous Health Conference

Indigenous Conference Services is proud to host the 4th Indigenous Health Conference, 1st - 3rd December 2015 at Shangri-La Hotel Cairns, Queensland. The conference will feature Deadly First Nation’s guest speakers from Canada, New Zealand & Australia.
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Stay Alive – Ride Safe Scooter Session

Using a motorised scooter or wheelchair? There will be a free information session, 10am – 1pm on Wednesday 4th November at Evans Head Council Office.
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Geriatrician at the Murwillumbah Community Health Centre

Dr Emily Ahern is funded by the Department of Health’s Rural Health Outreach Program through the NSW Rural Doctors Network and will be available as a monthly Geriatrician Clinic based at Murwillumbah Community Health Centre. The purpose is to provide better access to a geriatrician and to provide quality care for older people accessible within the community.
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Teenagers and Self-Harm Resource

Teenagers and Self-Harm is an essential guide for all those concerned about teenagers who self-harm.
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Inclusive Communities Workshop

DAISI is holding an Inclusive Communities workshop on 9th November at Shop 3, 166 River Street, Ballina.
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Shop Top Housing in Lismore

A great initiative by Lismore Council is encouraging a return to the development of housing above business in the Lismore CBD.  Shop top housing can not only increase the local supply of affordable housing that is accessible to services and amenities but it is also good for business and the whole community through increased population and activity and  in town centres and the renovation of often disused and tired looking facades.  
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Social Justice in the Pub

The St Vincent de Paul Society is bringing social justice debates to your local pub. An upcoming Social Justice in the Pub community event is taking place on Thursday 5 November at the Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club.
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Social Enterprise Opportunities

Crowdfunding site StartSomeGood recently announced a collaboration with the Social Enterprise Finance Authority (SEFA) which gives Australian social enterprises the opportunity to access debt investment of between $100,000 and $1 million from SEFA if they can demonstrate community support by crowdfunding on StartSomeGood.
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Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World Grant

The Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World program offers a $150,000 annual grant pool. Round 4 (Jan – Dec) is now open, with a focus on Environment & animals (Entries close 31 October 2015).
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Dementia Carers Education: Understanding and Communication

This course provides an introduction to dementia for family carers and explains the causes of dementia, the importance of diagnosis and early planning, and local support services available.
Family, neighbours and friends caring for a person with dementia are encouraged to attend: Tuesday – 3rd November at Maclean Services Club, 36-38 River Street, Maclean.
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Training Alert: Speak, Lead, Influence: Professional Presence for Managers

You know when someone with "presence" enters the room. Understanding leaps across the room as an energetic ripple. Heads turn. Hearts engage. Minds open. Rather than struggle to keep the attention, interest and trust of your audience, learn to tap into the natural resource of charisma to speak, lead and influence with presence and authority: Wednesday – 11th November in Lismore.
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Training Alert: Person Centred Workplace Supervision

The person centred workplace supervision workshop is suitable for all human service sector managers and is as useful for first time supervisors as it is for those who have been in a role for a while and would like to refresh and update their practice.  It’s on Thursday 12 November, 9.30am-4.00pm at YWCA – Goonellabah.
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Training Alert: Accidental Counsellor

This popular, interactive one day Programme looks at various topics inherent in accidental counselling. At times in our professional and personal lives, we are faced with distressed or grieving people and we are often unsure what to do or how to help them. It’s on Thursday 19th November, at St Vincents Education Centre Lismore.
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NSW Elder Abuse Training

The NSW Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit has developed face-to-face training specifically for anyone who works directly with older people, and their managers: Improving Skills in Recognising and Responding to the Abuse of Older People.
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Evidence Based Relaxation Therapy: Physiological & Psychological Benefits

A seminar will be held in Byron Bay on Thursday November 19, exploring Relaxation Therapy to improve Patients’ Health and your Clinical Practice.
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Working with Young People - Self Harm / Self Injury Behaviours

There will be two workshops on Self Harm Prevention and Building Resilience in Nerang on December 3.
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The Family Centre Course Program Term 4

The Family Centre has released its Course Program for Term 4, 2015, offering new parenting and relationship skills courses.
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SMART Recovery Facilitator Training

North Coast Primary Health Network is well into the process of negotiating with SMART Recovery Australia to come to the Northern Rivers to run a number of training programs for Facilitators to enable them to run Smart Recovery groups in their local area. 
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Expression of Interest to Attend Free Methamphetamine Training

The North Coast Primary Health Network in partnership with Bulgarr Ngaru is calling for expressions of interest from health and community workers, AOD specialists, service managers and team leaders who may be interested in attending practical training from Australian leaders in methamphetamine treatment.
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Preventing Domestic Violence - the New Safer Pathway

Learn about the latest changes in domestic violence prevention as NSW is rolling out a new approach to preventing domestic violence – Safer Pathway. Join Redfern Legal Centre for a webinar to find out what it means for your work on Thursday 12 November 2015.
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Building Positive, Respectful Relationships at Work

If you want to more positive and respectful relationships at work, then don't miss some valuable training taking place in Lismore on Friday 30th October, 2015. It's All About Relationships: Building Positive, Respectful Relationships at Work workshop will be led by Relationships Specialist, Ken Warren BA, M Soc Sc, CSP.
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