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Thriving People | Strong Communities ... 24 April 2017


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Congratulations to Our 2017
Young Songwriters Comp Winners!

Young music acts Maple (pictured) and Vamasi were named Female and Male Young Songwriters of the Year at the Lismore Young Songwriters Competition finalists night, held at Southern Cross University last Thursday, 20 April.

See the full list of winners in all categories on our website - click the headline above.

Social Futures Flood Appeal

In March 2017, much of the Northern Rivers experienced a major flood event. Now, more than ever, we need your support to get our services back up and running and ensure that our community has the services and resources it needs. Click the links below to donate:

SAVE THE DATE! Northern NSW Aged Care Sector Development Forum

Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) service providers are invited to attend the Northern NSW AGED Care Sector Development Forum, at the Ballina Surf Club (Gawandi Room) on 29 May 2017.
Key aged sector consultant Glen Sorensen will provide an update on the Commonwealth Aged Care Roadmap, while representatives from organisations including Alzheimer’s Australia and NSW Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit will also present at the Fourm.

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Training Alert: Family Intervention Training (2 Days)

Thursday 27 & Friday 28 April 9.30am-4.30 pm, Grafton:
Family Intervention Training: Establishing a working alliance with parents/carers of children and young people at risk (2 days) is for all professionals working in the fields of family services, kinship care, out of home care, child protection and related services.

Training Alert: Grief and Loss Workshop (1 day)

May 9 @ 9am-4pm, Social Futures, 16 Keen Street, Lismore:
This workshop is for anyone wanting to gain an understanding of grief and loss, professional boundaries and self-care in a workplace environment. The workshop will be of specific interest to anyone working in the Disability and Aged Care Service Sectors.

FREE Dementia Carer Information Sessions

FREE Dementia Carer Information Sessions will be held in Ballina (23 May), Lismore (24 May) and Maclean (30 May).

Training Alert: Standard Mental Health First Aid (2 days)

Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 June 9am-3.30pm, Lismore:
This course is considered as mandatory training for anyone working in the community services sector, though any interested adult (18 years and over) can attend the 4th Edition Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course.

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headspace – Youth Access Clinician

Tweed headspace is looking for a Youth Access Clinician (YAC), 48 hours per fortnight – fixed term until June 2018. The purpose of the position is to engage, screen, provide timely assessments, and arrange referrals to appropriate in-house services, facilitating pathways for young people to access focused psychological interventions.  Applications close:  5pm, Monday 1 May 2017.

Aboriginal Coordinator – Young NAIDOC

We are seeking an enthusiastic person, who is committed to the well-being of our young Aboriginal community in Lismore and surrounds, to co-ordinate this event which is scheduled to take place as part of the NAIDOC celebrations in Lismore during July. Applications close:  5pm, Monday 1 May 2017.

Executive Assistant – Inclusion

Forming an integral part of the Inclusion branch at Social Futures this newly created position will be responsible for providing high level administrative and project coordination to the Executive Manager, ensuring the consistent and timely flow of information and processes. Applications close:  5pm, Monday 1 May 2017.

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Lismore Flood Appeal Concert cancelled

Lismore City Council has cancelled its Lismore Flood Appeal Concert planned for 29 April after being unable to secure a high-profile headline act.

The Pavilion (Flood Assistance – Household Goods and Clothing)

The Pavilion at the Lismore Showgrounds has been made available by the North Coast National A&I Society to provide a site for the receiving and collection of clothing, manchester, bric a brac, electrical items and furniture. It will be open to those in our community who have been flood affected from 10am to 2pm Tuesday to Saturday until Saturday 6 May 2017 (excluding Public Holidays).

Wanted: Donations of NEW Knickers and Socks!

Lifeline has an ample supply of second-hand items for those who have been affected by the floods, but there are some things that are not so desirable in their second-hand form − socks and undies!

Lismore Flood Appeal receives tax deductible status

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has approved tax deductible status for the Lismore Flood Appeal, paving the way for more corporate donations and ensuring current donors can claim a tax deduction.

Further assistance for flood affected communities in the
North Coast of NSW

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant have announced additional disaster recovery assistance for small businesses and non-profit organisations severely affected by the North Coast floods. The Category C assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) to affected communities within the Lismore and Tweed local government areas.


Calls for NFPs to Help Uninsured Australia

Those who can’t afford insurance are being left without a “vital safety net”, according to a new report which claims the not-for-profit sector could help boost coverage for those on low incomes. The new discussion paper from Brotherhood of St Laurence highlights the hardship of those who can’t afford insurance and explores the ways a not-for-profit insurance platform could provide low-cost coverage, Pro Bono News reports.

Looking For Adult Mentors for Youth Program

Mid Coast Communities will be running the Youth Frontiers program with young people starting Week 2 of Term 1, and are looking for Mentors to work one-on-one with young people.

Not-for-profit sector remuneration survey now available

Pro Bono Australia’s exclusive 82-page Salary Survey is the largest and most comprehensive report of its kind. The report provides both practical and in-depth information, making it an indispensable tool in both benchmarking your staff across the whole organisation and as a comprehensive tool to aid negotiation on your next pay review.

NSW Family Energy Rebates

The Family Energy Rebate (FER) helps NSW family households with dependent children to cover the costs of their energy bills. Applications for the 2016-2017 rebate period close at 11pm, Thursday 15 June 2017.

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ACOSS Post-Budget Breakfast: Registration bursaries now available

A number registration bursaries are now available for the ACOSS Post Budget Breakfast! Join ACOSS at the Aerial Function Centre, UTS, Sydney, on Monday 15 May as they move beyond politics and apply a focused critical lens to four key areas of budget scrutiny: poverty and inequality, housing affordability, climate change and the community sector.

Leading childhood researchers and practitioners at NCOSS Forum

NCOSS’s ‘New Perspectives Forums’ highlight new, innovative and effective approaches to improving outcomes for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. The first New Perspectives Forum for 2017 will focus on the first two years of a child’s life. It’s on 4 May 2017 at the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People Ground Floor, 219-241 Cleveland St, Strawberry Hills, Sydney.

BYS Fundraiser @ Byron Bay Brewery

Byron Youth Service (BYS) is holding a Street Photo Exhibition and fundraiser on 26 April at The Brewery in Byron Bay.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia and International Family Equality Day

Come together to celebrate IDAHOBT Day and International Family Equality Day with a fun, inclusive and interactive event, 18 May at Lismore City Hall Fountain Room, 1 Bounty Street Lismore.

Aboriginal Artists Invited to Free Music Workshop In Byron Bay

Up-and-coming Aboriginal songwriters and musicians are invited to spend two days learning from top artists and industry leaders at this free skills development workshop. Held at SAE Byron Bay on 11 and 12 May, Starting Ground will cover songwriting, artist management, getting gigs, touring, copyright, marketing and promotion, music production and lots more.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Transport Conference: Call for Papers and Registration

The call for conference papers for the 2017 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Transport Conference is open. The conference is on at Pullman International, Cairns, 22-24 August 2017.

National Family & Domestic Violence Summit

The National Family & Domestic Violence Summit will be held 4-5 September 2017 at Radisson Blu in Sydney, bringing together the community, welfare and healthcare groups alongside with the government agencies devoted to combating family and domestic violence through policy, education and services.

Reshaping Justice :Law and Justice Foundation 50th Anniversary Research Symposium

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW will be holding its 50th Anniversary Research Symposium on Tuesday 20 June 2017 at NSW Parliament House Theatrette, with the theme Reshaping Justice: Client-centred service delivery, technology and innovation.

Consultation Workshops: Protecting NSW Aboriginal languages

The NSW Government recently gave Aboriginal Affairs approval to consult on draft legislation to recognise and protect NSW Aboriginal languages. Regional workshops will begin on 3 May 2017 and end 14 June 17.

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Family Centre Term 2 Course Programs

The Family Centre offers parenting and relationship skills course program each NSW school term. The courses are run in the Tweed, Byron and Ballina Shires.

Buttery’s New Free Non-Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment

The drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, The Buttery, at Binna Burra, is starting a new program to help people recover from their addictions without entering into residential treatment.

Free Road Safety Workshops: Older Road Users and Learner Drivers

ACE Community Colleges are delivering free road safety workshops to the community on behalf of RMS. They are delivering workshops on Road Safety of Older Road Users and Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers in Lismore, Goonellabah, Casino, Woodburn, Mullumbimby/Byron, Ballina, Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Pottsville and Grafton in May and early June.

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Treasurer Makes Housing a Budget Priority

Housing affordability is set to be a priority for the upcoming federal budget according to a speech made by Treasurer Scott Morrison which has been welcomed by the social sector, Pro Bono News reports.

Get Involved in Review of Social and Affordable Housing Rent Models

The draft report of IPART’s Review of Social and Affordable Housing Rent Models  has been released, with the headline recommendation that social housing rent should stay linked to income at 25% in order to remain affordable. NCOSS is developing a submission and is inviting feedback.

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Innovation Challenge: Reducing Domestic Violence Reoffending

The NSW Government is seeking innovative and potentially ground breaking responses from businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs to reduce domestic violence reoffending. There is up to $150,000 in funding plus incubation for each winner of the challenge.

Safer Pathways for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women: Funding Open for Application

The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply to deliver services under the Families and Communities – National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children – National Initiatives – Safer Pathways for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women in regional locations and communities over 2017-18 and 2018-19. Applications close at 2:00pm AEST on Thursday 25 May 2017.

Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World Grants

The Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World program offers a $150,000 annual grant pool. It’s shared over four rounds and there’s a Grand Final event to celebrate and recognise those who generously give their time and effort to make the world a better place.

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Complimentary webinar: How to Tackle Recruitment Risk
in the NFP Sector

Pro Bono Australia is running this free webinar 2pm on 3 May, to help your organisation secure the best candidates.

Colouring Your Service: LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence Training

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Interagency will be delivering a full day training in Lismore to increase the capacity of local services to address the needs of LGBTIQ people regarding their experiences of domestic and family violence. It’s on at Lismore Community Legal Centre, 16 Carrington Street, on Friday 19 May.

Fundraising Masterclass: Grant-Seeking Strategy

ConnectingUp is holding a Fundraising Masterclass on 4 May 2017 at Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria, focusing on providing the processes, tools and skills to implement or grow effective grant-seeking in charitable organisations.

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Five-Year Mental Health Youth Report

Mission Australia has collaborated with the Black Dog Institute on this year’s Youth Mental Health Report. The report presents five years of mental health data collected from young people across Australia with important insights into their levels of psychological distress, their concerns and the people and places they go to for help.

Twitter Reaches Out to Help Young People

Digital youth mental health service ReachOut has teamed up with Twitter to develop digital resources that can help young people navigate the increasing amounts of sometimes upsetting and confusing content that is shared online. Pro Bono News  reports that the not for profit is using social media to stop young people feeling overwhelmed and disconnected by a relentless 24/7 news cycle and help them deal with tragic world events and divisive online conversations.

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