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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-January 2016

 

 

New Transport Group for the Tweed Shire


Alex Lewers.The future of Tweed public and active transport options looks bright with the formation of the Tweed Public and Active Transport Group. The group is looking at a broad range of transport issues including ways to improve connectivity of transport services, promoting the development of public, community and active transport, and identifying and supporting funding applications.
Tweed Public and Active Transport Group Chair, Alex Lewers (pictured) said, “The group brings together people from across the transport sector and will enable holistic discussion around transport issues, possibilities and future directions for the Tweed area.”

 

Celebrate inclusive businesses

Have you found a business in the Northern Rivers that makes an extra effort to include families with children with additional needs? It could be that dentist or hairdresser who takes the extra time to allow your child to have the breaks that they need to be able to cope with the appointment, or that shop that has a quiet space for kids to chill out? The Belonging Project wants to acknowledge and celebrate inclusive businesses on the Everybody Belongs website and needs your recommendations.


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Online Consultation: Reforming NDIS

The following are proposals for reform of NDIS. There are twelve (12) proposals on which comments are invited from Civil Society Australia – they want to know what you think. The aim is to receive comments on these proposals so that refined proposals can be...
 

Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards

The Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards recognises the excellence of organisations and individuals in technology-related areas of the not-for-profit sector. The Awards acknowledge their accomplishments, programs and initiatives across the digital landscape.
 

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) has moved to Alstonville Plaza

SCIA have moved to Shop 27 Alstonville Plaza. The new phone number is 6628 3409 and Fax is now 6628 5932. A new post office box will be set up soon.


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Chronic Pain workshop

Aboriginal Service Providers are invited to a Chronic Pain workshop being held on February 18, 9:00am – 3:30pm at 50 Hunter Street, Lismore. It will look at Management of Chronic Pain with talks by Pain Management Clinic Staff including nurses, physiotherapists, and a clinical psychologist.
 

Aboriginal Health Tweed Focus Group

North Coast Primary Health Network are holding a Health Focus Group for Aboriginal men in the Tweed area to help them design a survey. Yarn about Aboriginal Men’s Health at a morning tea in Tweed Heads on Wednesday 20 January 9:30am – 11:30am (QLD time).
 

Breaking the Cycle for Domestic & Family Violence Conference

The Breaking the Cycle for Domestic & Family Violence Conference examines how front line service providers can embed interagency response and intervention strategies in their organisations to assist in the creation of safe and secure environments. It’s on 30th March – 1st April 2016 at Novotel Darling Harbour, Sydney.
 

Not For Profit Income Generation Conference

Akolade’s premier Not For Profit Income Generation Conference is coming soon, 17th-19th February 2016 in Sydney! Do you know how to create and maintain alternative income streams? Do you have a long term strategic financial framework tailored for your organisation?
 

Australia Day Awards ceremony honours community achievements

Lismore will be honouring exceptional citizens as well as welcoming 23 new Australians during the 2016 Australia Day Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 26 January. The awards recognise outstanding contributions and achievements by individuals in the community.
 

Free film screening celebrates Tweed becoming Refugee Welcome Zone

Tweed Shire Council has resolved to become a Refugee Welcome Zone and as an acknowledgement is holding a free film screening of Mary Meets Mohammad at the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah – 2pm, 7 February 2016.


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Ngalingah Mijung Dubais Program 2016

The next Ngalingah Mijung Dubais Program will commence in March 2016 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander women who are looking to enter the workforce.
 

ADHD Support Group

An ADHD Support Group will be held every Saturday at Lismore Regional Library from February 6. Topics include: Living well with ADHD Peer Support for people affected by ADHD, Drug use and ADHD Information on ADHD Social inclusion for those with ADHD.
 

Exercising your mental health in 2016 with NewAccess

Trained NewAccess coaches support people to develop tools that help manage life’s challenges including stress and low mood. People over 18 can self-refer, and the program can be completed over the phone or face to face (whatever is most convenient). Currently, there is a very short waiting time to see a NewAccess Coach and the service is FREE.
 

Support for people experiencing family and domestic violence

There is updated information of the Family Assistance Office website that outlines financial support (access to crisis payments and exemption to work, etc) that can be provided through Centrelink, through Social Workers.


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EOIs for Social and Affordable Housing Fund open soon

Are you interested in putting in a proposal to be part of the Social and Affordable Housing Fund? Have you registered to be part of the next step of the SAHF? In order to be invited to put in an Expression of Interest as part of the SAHF you must register on the website before 29 February 2016.
BUT don’t wait until then. NCOSS encourages any organisation considering their involvement in a proposal to register before the cut-off date.


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James N. Kirby Foundation Small Grants

James N. Kirby Foundation Small Grants provides up to $15,000 funding for eligible projects under the categories of health, education and technology, the environment, and social welfare and the arts. Closing Date: 28 February 2016.

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Training Alert: Person Centred Performance Management/Improvement

February 18 @ 9.30am – 4.00pm YWCA Goonellabah: Enables supervisors to analyse the current performance of their teams and individual staff, leading to the ability to pre-empt possible performance issues and/or implement performance management process for staff.
 

Training Alert: Standard Mental Health First Aid

March 1 and 2  @ 9.30am – 3.30pm YWCA Goonellabah: Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

 
Training Alert: Thinking Innovatively

March 3 @ 9.00am – 12.30pm Keen Street, Lismore: Innovation is the key to organisational sustainability and this program provides Not For Profit staff at all levels with tools and techniques to think more innovatively and become more creative problem solvers.
 

Training Alert: Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training

March 8 @ 9.00am – 4.00pm Crowley Education Centre, Ballina: This course covers a range of topics relating to Indigenous Australian people, history and culture. The aim is to ensure participants feel empowered to deliver a respectful and culturally responsive service to Aboriginal people and communities.
 

Training Alert: Hoarding and Squalor

March 9 @ 9.00am – 12.30pm Keen Street, Lismore: Gain a good understanding of Hoarding and Squalor issues, networking opportunities and local support services, and effective strategies to address presenting issues.
 

Free Dementia Carer Workshops

NRSDC is running a series of free Dementia Carers Education workshops targeting family members, neighbours and friends caring for a person with dementia: Engaging in Meaningful Activities at Home; Family and Friends; and Understanding Dementia and Effective Communication.


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Love Your Tender webinar

VCOSS, NCOSS and QCOSS are partnering to deliver a webinar series to uncover what every not-for-profit organisation needs to know about effectively responding to government procurement processes delivered in four, one-hour webinar sessions: Love Your Tender: Discover how to improve your grant applications and tender proposals over four easy webinar sessions.

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Infrastructure Co-ordinator – Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Role

NRSDC is looking for a person who loves administration, is keen to learn new skills and enjoys working in a fast paced dynamic environment. Permanent Part Time, minimum 3 days a week, located in Lismore.
Applications close: 9am Monday 8th February 2016
 

Other Employment Vacancies

 

Kids 4 LIFE Supported Playgroup Assistant

YWCA NSW is a dynamic community service organization delivering a range of innovative community programs and services across New South Wales. The Kids 4 Life Supported Playgroup Assistant will provide a range of supports to the Kids 4 Life Coordinator in the delivery of the Goorie playgroup and general playgroup.
 

Vacancies: Child & Family Services

The Family Centre has several exciting opportunities for a suitably qualified and experienced person(s) to join their team. Applications close 4.30pm Monday February 8.
 

 

Jobs in the social and community services sector are also advertised on the following websites:
         
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Strategies to inspire youth

Jaclyn Cunningham offers an online Youth Mentoring program called Anxious to Awesome. The 6-week online coaching program includes a weekly home study module as well as a one-hour mentoring session via phone or skype. Parents are supported with weekly info and tip sheets.
 
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