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Thriving People | Strong Communities ... 28 August 2017


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Aboriginal Connect to Country at headspace Lismore

Do you know or work with young Aboriginal people aged 12-25 years old?
headspace Lismore is proud to have the opportunity to work with award-winning artist Michael Philp, offering free Art and Cultural workshops.
Michael will be hosting the free “Connect to Country” art and yarn workshop on 5 September 2017 at headspace Lismore (2A Carrington St), on the balcony from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
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Grant Writer

The Grant Writer/Project Officer will build organisational sustainability by developing and obtaining funding for new projects or services that advance Social Futures’ organisational goals. The position will also support project development and capacity building activities for the organisation. Applications close 5pm Wednesday 13 September, 2017.

Project Officer – Strategy & Engagement

The purpose of this Project Officer position is to lead and deliver the Workplace Inclusion Network Project. The Project will create a regional network across mental health peer workers, professionals, clinical supports and both government and specialised non-government employee/employer supports to build a comprehensive response to barriers that currently limit the sustainable recruitment and retention of people living with mental illness. Applications close  Monday 4 September, 2017.

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New Report Highlights Inadequacies of Income Support for Low-Paid and Unemployed Australians

The Newstart Allowance received by people looking for work falls well below the minimum income required to achieve a basic standard of living – defined as a budget standard – according to a new report by researchers from UNSW Sydney.

NGO Benchmarking Model Implementation

Stage one implementation of the NSW Government’s NGO Benchmarking Model kicks off on 21 August 2017 and they are encouraging as many NGOs as possible to participate in the process.

Community Choice Primary Health Care Excellence Award

North Coast Primary Health Network’s 2017 Community Choice Excellence Award recognises a project or program that has engaged deeply with the community, and understands its characteristics and needs. Voting closes on Monday 4 September 2017.

Information on No Interest Loans (NILs)

Did you know you can access No Interest Loans for your clients to purchase essential new household items or a service that improves the quality of their life?

NSW Carer Program EOI

FACS is seeking to fund an agency or consortium to deliver an integrated approach to recruitment, development and support for the NSW Carer Program.

Free Translation and Interpreting Services

The Free Translation Service went digital on 1 July 2017 with the launch of a new website and online application system. Service providers, including non-government organisations, are eligible to access interpreting services, free of charge, to communicate with Australian citizens and permanent residents who do not speak English.

Last Chance to Enter Sustainable House Day Design Competition

Entries for this year’s ‘Build it Local’ Sustainable House Day Northern Rivers Design Competition are starting to roll in, with the competition closing on 1 September.

ACON Resource for Staying Strong during Marriage Equality Debate

ACON has developed a resource for helping the community stay strong during the marriage equality debate.

Calling All Individuals Working in The Not-For-Profit Sector –
Your Voice is Needed!

Civil Voices is conducting an investigation into the relationship between not-for-profit organisations and the current state of advocacy in Australia.

Call Out for Research Participants

The Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University is seeking participants for research about how young people with cognitive disabilities aged 15-24 get support to make decisions when they are socially isolated or don’t have many people in their lives.
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Laughter Yoga Fundraising Session

Share the Dignity is running an Australia-wide fundraiser on Saturday 2 September and LaughterWorx is participating by running a Laughter Yoga session at 8am at St Mary’s Anglican Church Administration Hall, Ballina.

Sovereignty of Indigenous Knowledge Symposium

Southern Cross University’s Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples will be holding a Sovereignty of Indigenous Knowledge Symposium from 4-8 September 2017 at the Dunes on Shelly Beach, Ballina.

Heartfelt House Fundraiser at Rochdale Theatre

A special showing of David Williamson’s Birthrights will be held at Rochdale Theatre in Goonellabah on Friday 22 September in a night dedicated to raise much-needed funds for Heartfelt House.

Biala Special School Black Tie Gala Fundraiser

Biala Special School is holding its inaugural Black Tie Gala Fundraiser Event on Saturday 23 September 2017 at Ballina RSL Club.

Feeling Safe, Being Safe: What are the safety priorities of children and young people with disabilities?

Dr Sally Robinson will be conducting a seminar on the safety priorities of children and young people with disabilities, Wednesday 30 August 9.30am-10.30am at SCU Lismore campus Room Y211 (video-linked to Gold Coast B540 and Coffs Harbour A120).

Be Part of National Child Protection Week (3-9 September)

NAPCAN invites you to get involved with National Child Protection Week this year and play your part in creating safe and nurturing environments for all Australian children.

Stronger Communities, Safer Children: Free Child Protection Week event

A free community Child Protection Week event will be held on Thursday 7 September in Lismore Quadrangle, 12-5pm.

MemoryScape Dementia Program at Tweed Gallery

MemoryScape is a program to heighten public awareness about dementia developed to provide carers and families a thought-provoking experience using artwork and other stimulus to generate discussion and encourage reminiscences. A dementia information morning will be held at the Tweed Regional Gallery on Friday, 8 September 2017, to coincide with Dementia Awareness Month.

Did Ya Know Day – Tweed Heads

The Tweed Heads Did Ya Know Day will be held on 19 September at South Tweed Sports Club. It will provide information on navigating the Family Law system for services who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Save the Date for Connecting Up Conference 2018

Join the ConnectingUp team in Brisbane on 2-4 May 2018 and learn how to unpack the power of technology for your Not-For-Profit Organisation.

‘Defiant Lives’ Screening in Lismore

Aspect and Red Inc have joined together to host a screening of the documentary Defiant Lives at Lismore Events Cinema. In an effort to try to get as many people to the screening as possible, the event will now take place on 20 September 2017 at 6:30pm.

Movie Screening and Health Panel Talk

Ketra and Josh, from Young People with ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) on the Gold Coast, invite you to a compelling and informative night about ME/CFS. ‘Unrest’ is an award-winning movie from the Sundance Film festival screening on the Gold Coast on Thursday 12 October, 6.30pm at the Southport Church of Christ.
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Breaking the Barriers Program

Breaking the Barriers (BTB) Respite and Resilience component is designed to provide school holiday activities for primary school aged children who are experiencing disadvantage and in need of respite.

Aboriginal Exercise Group

NNSWLHD Aboriginal Health in partnership Solid Mob are running a 13-week exercise program to help increase exercise and reduce the rate and severity of Chronic Disease and Tobacco use in Aboriginal communities. It starts at Summit Gym in Goonellabah on September 5.

Coping with a Loved One in Addiction

A new group is being facilitated by Buttery services, for family members and loved ones of people in active addiction. It’s on Thursdays for 8 weeks from 19 October 2017.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Outreach Program

The Anti-Discrimination Board of New South Wales has an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Outreach Program which aims to provide a culturally appropriate service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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Youth Homelessness Matters Events

The Family Centre and community partners are hosting two forums to come together with others to co-design community solutions to youth homelessness: Murwillumbah on Wednesday 13 September and Kingscliff on Thursday 14 September.

2017 Regional Homelessness Summit in Ballina

Join Homelessness NSW at the 2017 Regional Homelessness Summit to explore best practice responses to addressing and prevent homelessness in a regional context. It's being held 19-20 October at Crowley Care Services in Ballina.
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NRCF Small Grants Round Now Open

Time again for not-for-profit organisations to submit applications for the 2018 Small Grants Program with Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF). Applications close 19 September 2017.

Regional Touring Grant

Music NSW and Create NSW are offering funding of up to $15,000 per application designed to encourage artists, managers, promoters and agents to support live music in regional NSW. Closing date: September 1, 2017.

Variety Heart Scholarships

Variety provides scholarships to children (aged between 6 to 18 years) with an existing talent living with disabilities, chronic illness, geographic isolation and/or financial hardship, to achieve their full potential and to follow their dreams. Scholarships are awarded in areas of Education, Sports and the Arts.

Protecting our Places Grants

The Protecting Our Places grants program is now open for applications. The closing date is 3pm Monday, 4 September 2017. The Protecting Our Places Program is a contestable grants program for Aboriginal community groups and organisations, seeking to achieve long-term beneficial outcomes for the NSW environment.
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Vicarious Trauma Training in Ballina

Do you work with people who have experienced trauma? Do you worry about burn out, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma? Blue Knot Foundation is running a course on Safeguarding Yourself – Recognising and Responding to Vicarious Trauma at the Quality Hotel Ballina Beach Resort, Friday 15 September 2017.

Developing Culturally Safe Trauma Informed Practice
in Aboriginal Communities

The Tabulam Goori Child & Family Project in collaboration with The Education Centre Against Violence are offering vital training for their non-Indigenous work colleagues: Developing Culturally Safe Trauma Informed Practice in Aboriginal Communities – at Casino TAFE in November.

Free Autism Awareness Workshop

Clear Minds is presenting an Autism Awareness seminar, 9am-4pm on 5 September at Ballina Lighthouse.

Grant-Seeking Bootcamp

Need funding for your organisation but don’t know where to start with trusts and foundations or government grants? Due to popular demand, the Connecting Up Grant-Seeking Bootcamp is back, starting Wednesday 13 September.
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Finance Office Manager

Heartfelt House is recruiting a new Finance Office Manager. The position is until December 2017, 9am-3pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

HIPPY Parent Mentor

HIPPY (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) has a parent mentor position available, working up to 15 hours per week in Goonellabah. Applications close Monday 4 September 2017 at 4pm.

Human Resources / Work Health & Safety Assistant

Home Assistance and Regional Transport Services (HARTS) is seeking a Human Resources / WHS Assistant. Applications close 5pm 22 September 2017.

Other Employment Vacancies

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