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Thriving People | Strong Communities ... 22 May 2017


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Forum Maps the Way Ahead for Aged Care

The Northern NSW Aged Care Sector Development Forum, being held at Ballina Surf Club on 29 May, aims to help local aged care service providers to plan for the new sector reforms. Presented by Social Futures the Forum offers Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) service providers & Home Care Providers (HCP) an opportunity to hear from and have conversations with sector experts on key challenges, operational issues and consumer support arrangements impacting the new marketplace.

Aged Care Roadmap (1 day) – A Day of Presentation,
Discussion and Reflection
May 30 @ 9:15 am – 3:00 pm – $50.

This workshop, being held at Kentwell Community Centre, 20 Bangalow Road, Ballina, will give participants a critical understanding of reform across the Aged Care sector, including providing a framework for the next seven years and the opportunity to consider the last four years and where we are right now.

Free filmmaking workshop at headspace Lismore!


headspace Lismore is hosting a free workshop for young people 12-25 on Tuesday 6 June from 5-7.30pm, teaching young people how to write, shoot and edit a short film.

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is next week 27 May – 3 June.
These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey:
The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively.
This year's theme is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’.

Register your NRW event for it to appear on the national calendar

Dementia Carer Information Session (1 day) – Maclean

May 30 @ 9.15am – 2.30pm, Maclean.
This FREE information session will provide participants with a better understanding of Dementia and its impact, and offer techniques to improve communication between a person with Dementia and carers, family, friends and neighbours.

Frontline Training – Improving Skills in Recognising and Responding to the Abuse of Older People (3 hours)

May 30 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm, Ballina.
During this training session, participants will explore issues around elder abuse and the rights of older people.

Building your Evidence Base (1 day) – Measuring and reporting client outcomes; evaluating your services and projects

May 31 @ 9:15am – 3:00pm, Ballina.
This workshop will build participants’ understanding around the essential components and stakeholder benefits of evidence based practice and equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to measure and report on client outcomes and to design and conduct evaluations of their services, programs and projects.

The Nurtured Heart Approach (1 day) – Grafton

June 3 @ 9.15am – 3.30pm, Grafton.
This workshop in Grafton will familiarise participants with the Nurtured Heart Approach and how to use this Approach to improve your own situation with a challenging child as well as helping to change the way your child sees themselves.

Standard Mental Health First Aid – 4th Edition (2 days)

June 20 @ 9:00am – June 21 @ 3:30pm, Lismore.
The 2-day, 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course curriculum is based on the MHFA Guidelines.

Upcoming Course:
Working with Children who Sexually Abuse - 16 June, Grafton
This course will explore the issues around adolescent sexual development and sexual abuse perpetrated by young people.

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Connecting Home – Youth Case Manager

If you are committed to supporting vulnerable young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and would like to work within an innovative, supportive, warm team environment, this could be the job for you. Our service provides an emphasis on quality, person-centred outcomes in a fast paced environment. 12-month fixed term contract, Lismore based - 22.5 hours per fortnight. Position closes 5pm 29th May 2017.
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Hiring Mature Age Workers: Wage Subsidy

jobactive Restart is a wage subsidy (financial incentive) designed to help employers hire eligible mature age job seekers who are 50 years of age and over.

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.

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The Family Centre Information Session

The Family Centre will be holding an Information Session in Ballina on Tuesday May 30 2017, 4–6pm, where people can find out about the Centre’s work and activities.

2017 Lismore Masters Games now open for registrations

Are you a former sportsperson or sports lover on the wrong side of 30? Then now is the time to join the 10th Lismore Workers Masters Games with registrations open for the event this September 22-24.

Research Symposium: Reshaping Justice: Client-centred service delivery, technology and innovation

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW has announced the final program for its Research Symposium on Tuesday 20 June 2017 at NSW Parliament House Theatrette.

Come Together Lismore Region! Deaf Community: Learning Resilience

Come along to this FREE community workshop on preparing for emergencies, hosted by local emergency services and The Deaf Society on Sunday 25 June in Lismore.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15

To mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline encourages community participation on a broad scale to draw attention to elder abuse.

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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Northern NSW Heart Disease Awareness Get Together For Aboriginal Men

Raises awareness of the risk factors/ signs and symptoms of Heart Disease and what a heart health check means, at a gathering for Aboriginal Men on Wednesday 14 June at Ballina Surf Club.

Engaging parents in drug education and prevention: Free Webinar

What can parents do to prevent teenage substance use? This webinar on Thursday 25 May will provide attendees with an overview of the important role parents can play in preventing adolescent substance use, and introduce a new online parenting program.

Lismore Youth Drop In Centre

Rekindling the Spirits is running a Youth Drop In Centre on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 1/22 Conway St, Lismore, from 9 May to 23 June.

2017 PASH Conference: Stallholder EOI

The PASH Consortium is seeking Expression of Interest from groups wishing to have a stall at the 2017 PASH Conference, to be held at SCU on June 15 and 16.

FSG Community Space now in Goonellabah

Community service organisation FSG has now established a community space at 22 Rous Road in Goonellabah.

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Webinar: Anti-social behaviour in public housing

At the end of 2015 the Residential Tenancies Act changed to make it easier for social housing providers (Housing NSW and community housing) to evict their tenants.  This RLC workshop will cover those changes, on 1 June 2017.

Online Course: Grant-Seeking Bootcamp

This ConnectingUp online bootcamp with Strategic Grants starts Wednesday 7 June and takes a deep dive into the best-practice processes and principles of a successful grant-seeking program.
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Youth Filmmaking Workshop and Competition

Do you have a child, family member or young friend who is a budding filmmaker? ETC is proud to be supporting the [REC] Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival and is hosting a film making workshop at its Lismore office on Wednesday 7 June.
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Trainee Customer Service Officer (Designated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)

Lismore City Council is proud to have an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy and Council invites applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are interested in the Trainee Customer Service Officer position. Closing date: Sunday, 4 June 2017 @ 4.00pm.

Other Employment Vacancies

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