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Thriving People | Strong Communities ... 3 July 2017


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Young NAIDOC event:
Monday 10 July 2017
at YWCA Goonellabah

Join us for our 5th year presenting the Young NAIDOC event, which celebrates and builds leadership, confidence and resilience in Indigenous youth!
NAIDOC Week highlights the rich and diverse culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – the First Australians. This year’s theme – Our Languages Matter – aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity.

Welcome to EMERGE! (A sensory adventure)

EMERGE is a creative investigation into the way we can get information into our brains through senses; sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and movement!
Over the last week artist Frances Danon has transformed the ARCH shop space at 19 Carrington St, Lismore, into ‘Emerge’ - an immersive sensory room. On Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 July please come and enjoy this space and discover new ways of playing and making objects that incite your 5 senses. Everyone is welcome.

ARCH is a creative workshop program for artists to connect, creatively process and recover from the recent floods on the Far North Coast. It's a partnership between Ability Links FNC,, ARTS NR’s, Creative Lismore and Creative Recovery Network.

New Doctor on board at Family Planning

Dr Kate Hawkins has joined the Family Planning team. Dr Kate is a long-term local who also works for the Casino AMS and facilitates GP Training as well. She brings to Family Planning a keen interest in sexual and reproductive health and will make a very valuable addition to the team. Welcome!
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Upcoming Training: Prosocial Modelling & Collaborative Family Work

Social Futures is planning a professional development workshop on Prosocial Modelling and Collaborative Family Problem Solving: Effective practice with involuntary clients, 31 July-2 August in Grafton.

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Training Program Coordinator

The Training Program Coordinator is responsible for the development, delivery and management of the Social Futures Training and Professional Development Program; a partially subsidised social enterprise providing high quality, relevant and accessible training and professional development opportunities for people working in the human services and related sectors.  This is a critical role in leading and delivering opportunities that contribute to and support a vibrant, responsive, diverse and effective human service system. Lismore based; 30 houra per week. Applications close Wednesday 12 July 2017.

Payroll Officer

The Payroll Officer is responsible for overseeing the administration of the electronic payroll/scheduling system and processing a large fortnightly payroll.  It provides high level support to management and staff on a range of payroll management related policies, procedures, systems and issues as well as supporting the broader finance functions within the organisation. Full Time position; Lismore based. Applications close Wednesday 12 July 2017.

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Ballina NAIDOC program

The Ballina NAIDOC program for the first week in July includes a range of community events, with a 12-seater bus support for Elders for travelling to Ballina town events.

Tweed Heads & Gold Coast NAIDOC Programs 2017

Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast will be celebrating NAIDOC Week with a program of services, activities, entertainment and dining events.

Tabulam Community NAIDOC and Police Fun Day

The Tabulam Community NAIDOC & Police Fun Day will be held in community at The Stadium on Wednesday 19 July 2017, commencing at 9.30am.

NAIDOC celebrations in Evans Head

Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre/ Richmond Valley Council NAIDOC celebrations will be held on Wednesday 5 July at Stan Payne Oval in Evans Head.

10th Arakwal NAIDOC Week Film Screening 2017

The Arakwal Corporation, Flickerfest & iQ Inc are thrilled to present an inspiring evening of Aboriginal storytelling celebrating NAIDOC Week 2017, Tuesday 4 July, 6.30pm at The Byron Theatre Community Centre.

NAIDOC art exhibition – Call for Aboriginal Art

Gnibi College and Southern Cross University Library will be hosting a NAIDOC art exhibition from 17 July-4  August  2017 at the Learning Centre on Lismore SCU campus. They are inviting expressions of interests from local Aboriginal  artists who would like to showcase their work.

Consultations: Draft Aboriginal Case Management Policy and Guidelines

ACS has engaged AbSec to undertake a number of state-wide consultations with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal stakeholders within the child and family sector to develop a draft Aboriginal Case Management Policy and Guidelines in readiness of the implementation of the Permanency Support Program in October 2017. A session will be held in Coffs Harbour on July 25, and around in other locations around the state throughout July.

Deadly guest speakers for 2017 Indigenous Conferences

ICS and Indigenous Wellbeing Centre are pleased to announce that the Hon. Ken Wyatt, Minister for Indigenous Health, will formally open the 2017 Indigenous Drug & Alcohol Misuse Conference and 2017 Indigenous Justice Conference with a keynote address to be held at Stamford Plaza in Brisbane, Queensland on 21- 23 August 2017.

Ngalingah Mijung Dubais: Art Exhibition – Love & Power

A one-day only event will explore Love & Power through an art exhibition to be held on Thursday 20 July 10am-3pm at YWCA 101a Rous Rd, Goonellabah.

Opera Australia NORPA Flood Relief Fundraising Concert

Opera Australia is helping Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) get back on its feet after being devastated by the March floods, by adding a stop on their regional tour: a flood relief fundraising concert.

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Turning Off The Lights: The Cost of Living in NSW – NCOSS Report

In a survey of 440 people, NCOSS heard about vulnerable households going to extreme lengths to ration and afford energy costs. Individuals, and even families with children, are skipping meals, delaying health treatment, not using hot water and going to bed early to save energy.

Opening Homes: Accessible housing design platform launched

Julia Farr Housing Association is excited to announce the launch of Opening Homes, providing an online platform for people living with disability to learn and share with each other the technology, design and accessible tips and tricks they use in their own home.

Senate Rejects Changes to Disability Support Pension

Australia’s peak body for social services has welcomed the senate’s rejection of a proposal to deny people with a serious substance addiction access to the Disability Support Pension, Pro Bono News reports.

Social Sector Says NSW Budget is ‘Disappointing’

Leading charities and peak bodies have declared the NSW budget a “missed opportunity” to address the state’s housing crisis and offer support to the state’s most vulnerable, Pro Bono News reports.

NCOSS: NSW Budget a missed opportunity to create social infrastructure

The 2017 NSW Budget was underwhelming – a missed opportunity to invest in people and stop the growing number of people and families reaching crisis point, NCOSS says.

Say No to Plastic Bags During Plastic Free July

Lismore City Council has launched its Plastic Free July campaign, challenging shoppers to choose to reuse and say no to plastic bags for the month of July – and beyond.

Disability Inclusion Plan: Breaking Down Barriers for Communities

The NSW Government is working with Family and Community Services (FACS) to develop a Disability Inclusion Plan (DIP). This will focus on identifying and breaking down barriers for people with a disability whilst creating more meaningful opportunities in the community, and they’re looking for people to contribute.

Independent Hospital Parking Report Released

Lismore City Council will consider a report recommending changes to paid parking in the streets around Lismore Base Hospital at its next Council meeting on 11 July.

Advance Care Directives Information Booklet

An Advance Care Directive is an important way of letting people know your wishes about your healthcare and treatment should you find yourself in a position where you are seriously ill or injured and not able to make decisions. Having an Advance Care Directive will make it easier for your loved ones and health staff if they need to make decisions for you.

Nominations for the Justice Awards close soon!

The annual Justice Awards recognise the contributions of individuals and organisations to improving access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people. Nominations close on Friday 7 July 2017.

New DIY Public Relations Toolkit for NFPs

Industry experts have partnered with Connecting Up to create a service tailored specifically for the needs of the not-for-profit sector. They have pooled their PR and media experience to create a simple four-step DIY PR process, to help not-for-profits raise awareness and funds to further their causes.

ACOSS News: Win with Disability Support Pension; Damning Report on Robodebt and Social Security Cuts on Govt Agenda

ACOSS has released statements regarding recent events in parliament that saw the release of a damning Senate Inquiry report on the Centrelink robodebt debacle and the introduction of several pieces of legislation that will cut social security. There was also the welcome protection of the Disability Support Pension for people with addiction.

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Family and Carer Mental Health Program Education

The Family and Carer Mental Health Program’s education and training calendar for semester two offers a broad range of education programs, including Understanding Boundaries, Mindfulness and Strengths, Developing Emotional Intelligence, Cultivating Hope in Loss and Grief, Building Resilience with Carers and more.

Free Community BeLLY Laughter Club

Regular laughter can have a positive effect on our physical, emotional and mental health. But how do you make sure you laugh regularly? You join a weekly laughter club – and there is one starting up in the Ballina Shire on Tuesday 18 July. The free BeLLY (Ballina and Lennox Laughter Yoga) Laughter Club will be open to all regardless of age, physical ability or financial status.

ARCH Creative Program for Lismore

ARCH is a Lismore CBD shop space that is FREE to use to run free community workshops, exhibit or perform. They are looking to build a creative arts program for the Lismore CBD.

FREE 10-week Healing Support Group for Aboriginal Women

The YWCA NSW and Northern NSW Local Health District Aboriginal DV Worker  are delivering a FREE 10-week healing, education and support group for Aboriginal women (and women with Aboriginal children) that are recovering from intimate partner and family violence.

HIPPY program: Enrol now!

HIPPY Goonellabah has just one month remaining to enrol families for the Age 4 program and they still have a few places left. The program is for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families with 4-5 year old jarjums the year before they go to school and in their first year at school.

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Social Investment Grants Program

Community Sector Banking’s 2017 Social Investment Grants Program is aimed at building resilience and capability for people experiencing homelessness or domestic and family violence. Applications for the $200,000 Social Investment Grants Program open 10 July.

Inspiring Mentoring Scholarships

In partnership with the Office For Women, Inspiring Rare Birds is providing 100 scholarships for emerging or established female entrepreneurs. The scholarships are for women who are regionally, rurally or remotely located; of Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander descent; migrant or refugees; or socio-economically disadvantaged.

Splendour Community Grants Fund

Splendour in the Grass is committed to supporting important local community initiatives through its Community Grants Fund. If you are a part of an organisation within the Byron Shire that is making a difference and in need of a helping hand – get cracking! Applications close 5pm, Friday 7 July 2017.

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Professional Development Training: Beyond Developmental Trauma

Communities for Children is running the two-day course Beyond Developmental Trauma on Monday 24 and Tuesday 2 July at YWCA 101a Rous Rd, Goonellabah.

Key Word Sign workshops

Interactive workshops being held in Tweed Heads on Saturday 14 October will cover the use of Key Word Sign and natural gesture to assist individuals who have difficulties with receptive and/or expressive communication. No previous signing experience is necessary.

1-Day Orientation to Neurofeedback

Become a Neurofeedback expert and join a growing community of brain based therapists in Australia and New Zealand. This professional development training starts 28 July in Coolangatta / Tweed Heads.

Webinar: 5 Steps to Creating a Purposeful NFP Brand

Pro Bono Australia is running a webinar to help NFPs realign their brand, create raving fans, on Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 2:00pm – 3.00pm (AEST).

Sign Language Course Back In Lismore: Starts Term 3

The Deaf Society has confirmed it will be running sign language courses, beginners Auslan Sign Language 1 and 2, in term 3 at Lismore from 31 July 2017.

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Youth Health Forum: Pills, Pot, Pipes & Pints: Drug trends in young people

Registration is open for the next free Youth Health Forum on the topic of Pills, Pot, Pipes & Pints: Drug trends in young people. The video conference will be held on 23 August at the Flame Room, University Centre for Rural Health, 61 Uralba Street, Lismore.

Recre8 Program: Young Women’s Sailing & Hiking Adventure Therapy Program

Are you a supporter or carer of a young person who is looking to make positive changes in their life? Human Nature Adventure Therapy has commenced intake for its upcoming Recre8 Bush Adventure Therapy Program – a new Young Women’s Sailing & Hiking Adventure Therapy Program!
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Aboriginal Employment Advisor

ETC has a vacancy for an Aboriginal Employment Advisor to deliver the New Careers for Aboriginal People (NCAP) program in the North Coast Region.

ACOSS Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer

ACOSS is looking for a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer for a key leading role helping set the policy direction of the organisation. Applications close on Friday 7 July 2017.


Other Employment Vacancies

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