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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 November 2015

 

 

Hurry! Nominations Closing Soon for Community Sector Awards!

Nominations for the 2015 Community Sector Awards Nominations will close 5pm this Friday, November 6 – so get your nominations in now!
Event Co-ordinator Maire Barron said the awards shine a light on the amazing work done by people working in community services and she encourages everyone to nominate someone they know for an award.
“It’s great to be able to express appreciation to those around you in the sector by nominating a co-worker or program,” Ms Barron said. “This is gratitude in action and really encourages the hard work that’s happening towards social change and social justice in our region.”
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Pop-up Sensory Tent Now Available for Events!

NRSDC’s Belonging Project Pop-up Sensory Tent is now available free for your next event
Have you thought about providing a Sensory Space for children with additional needs at your next event? We have pop-up sensory tents that event organisers can borrow at no cost to assist all families to be included at community events.
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Value Your Mind Event and Ability Links Art Competition

Lismore residents celebrated Mental Health Month at the Value Your Mind event at Lismore City Hall on Thursday, October 22, which included the Ability Links Art Competition.
 
The event explored holistic approaches to Valuing your Mind and featured Lived Experience sharing, story-telling, theatre performances, singing, food stalls, and activities and entertainment for participants.
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Mental Health First Aid Training in Lennox

Ability Links Peer Linker Leisa Hoffman joined forces with North Coast Area Health’s Steve Carrig to conduct Mental Health First Aid Training in Lennox Head on October 21 and 22.
 
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Call Out for Women's Heart Health Champions

The Lismore Womens Health and Resource Centre are pleased to announce that it recently received a $10,000 NSW Heart Foundation Grant to raise awareness of the risks of heart disease to women across the Northern Rivers. They need women with broad networks to spread messages to women aged 30 – 55+ about having their heart health checked and changing their lifestyle to prevent disease.
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2015-2018 Mental Health Integration Plan Finalised

North Coast Primary Health Network has finalised the 2015-2018 Mental Health Integration Plan.
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Benchmarking Pilot Project Seeks NGOs

A Pilot Project is being conducted to test a benchmarking tool that has been developed under the banner of the Social Innovation Council.  The closing date has been extended to 6 November. 
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NSW Spectacles Program

The NSW Spectacles Program provides Government funded glasses and vision aids to eligible recipients including the elderly, children, people experiencing homelessness, those living in rural and remote areas, people with disability and Aboriginal and multicultural communities.
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Lismore & Byron Selected for National Climate Change Summit

Lismore City Council and Byron Shire Council are the only two councils in Australia that have been selected to join a panel at the Australian Climate Leadership Summit in Sydney on 5 November.
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Nominations open for 2016 Australia Day Awards

Lismore City Council is now calling for nominations for the 2016 Australia Day Awards. The awards are a chance to recognise people who contribute to the community, volunteer their time or excel in their chosen field of endeavour.
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Timebanking: Give An Hour, Get An Hour

Timebanking is a community program that allows the voluntary exchange of services between members.
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NCOSS Call for Advocacy

In Anti-Poverty Week NCOSS launched the NCOSS Pre-Budget Submission and the 1 in 7 campaign to ensure vulnerable children and young people in NSW have the best chances in life.
They have the solutions. Now it’s time to make it happen. Help them by advocating with your local members.
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Financing the Welfare State: What Alternatives Are There?

Dexter Whitfield of the Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre offers a global analysis in a well-referenced  90 page report.
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Concern New Accounting will Impact NFPs

A proposed change to the way Not for Profits recognise income in financial reporting will be too complex and costly for smaller NFPs to implement, a leading advisor to the sector has warned.
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Byron Shire Interagency Quarterly Meeting

The Byron Shire Interagency last meeting for the year is on Wednesday 18 November  9.30am - 11.30am at the now Cavanbah Centre (ex: Byron Regional and Cultural Complex) Ewingsdale Road  Byron Bay.
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Casino Neighbourhood Centre Grand Opening

Casino Neighbourhood Centre has the pleasure in inviting you and your friends to the grand opening of its new neighbourhood centre, and annual general meeting, on Thursday 5th November.
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Community Collaboration in Research: Exploring Good Practice

As part of Southern Cross University’s inaugural Research Week celebrations, the Centre for Children and Young People invites you to attend a twilight gathering focused on exploring the drivers of successful collaborative research relationships between community and research organisations: Thursday November 5 from 4pm-5.30pm.
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Building Green Communities Expo

A free expo promoting sustainable, environmentally friendly urban communities will be held at the Lismore Workers Club on Saturday 7 November 2015.
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Workshop for Aboriginal Business owners

A workshop is being held in Grafton on Monday 9 November 2015 for Aboriginal business owners who may be interested in tendering for contracts on the Pacific Highway upgrade.
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New Quit Smoking Program

The new Helping U 2 Quit Program is a free, evidence-based quit smoking support group.  The program is a community health initiative being delivered by qualified facilitators with support from NNSWLHD Health Promotion.  The program will help people who smoke to develop their own skills and knowledge about smoking, how to quit, and how to stay a non-smoker in a supportive environment.  
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Disabled Surfing Association: 2015/16 Season

The Disabled Surfing Association has released its flyer for the 2015/16 season.
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Build Your Future with a $20,000 Housing Grant

Lismore City Council and the Federal Government are offering 200 grants of $20,000 to people who buy a vacant land lot in one of five new land release areas in Lismore.
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Grow your Fundraising with eTapestry

Did you know that the creators of Raiser’s Edge have an online fundraising solutions designed specifically for small not-for-profits?
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Liveable Communities Grants Program

The Liveable Communities Grants program offers $1 million in funding per year for 4 years for projects that improve the lives of older people living in NSW. Applications close November 12.
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Training Alert: Accidental Counsellor

This Programme is designed to equip participants with a significant life skill – helping others wherever they are: at work, in the family home, in the community or in any situation or place where a person appears distressed or upset. It’s on at St Vincents Education Centre Lismore, Thursday 19th November.
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Training Alert: Case Worker Case Manager, Advanced

The focus of the Advanced Level Case Management Training is to develop and enhance the skills of the experienced caseworker and/or case coordinator/manager. It’s on at St Vincents Education Centre, Lismore, Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th November, 9:00am – 5:00pm.
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Workshop: Digital Storytelling - Stories for Impact

Digital Storytellers invites you to the Stories For Impact Workshop on November 11, which will help you develop and produce captivating stories to connect, inspire and spark action amongst those who can contribute ideas, energy and resources to advance your cause and create impact.
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How to prevent bullying and harassment in workplace

The Anti-Discrimination Board runs seminars addressing these issues and raising awareness of appropriate workplace behaviours, legal requirements for every workplace under the anti-discrimination laws; procedures and actions workplaces must take for managing conflict resolutions.
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Communicating Effectively and with Awareness in Difficult Situations

This one day experiential training is for people working and contributing in the community, and front of house staff experiencing difficult interactions and would like to manage these effectively and with less stress and more ease.  It’s on Tuesday 24th November, 9.30 am – 4.30pm at Northern Rivers Community Gateway, 76 Carrington Street, Lismore.
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Methamphetamine Treatment Workshop

The North Coast Primary Health Network in partnership with Bulgarr Ngaru is pleased to offer the following free practical one day training in methamphetamine treatment: Thursday November 26 at Lismore Workers Club.
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DV Workshop

A DV Workshop will be held at Southport QLD on 1st December - Expressions of Interest required.
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Aboriginal Youth and Family Worker-Reconnect and Getting It Together (GIT)

Be part of a supportive regional team working with young people 12-18 and their families. The focus for Reconnect is family relationships, and the focus for GIT is reducing A&OD use. The position involves both group and individual work.
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NRSDC Training Coordinator

The Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC) is a community based not-for-profit organisation that promotes fainess and social inclusion in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
An exciting opportunity exists for a great communicator with a passion for learning and exceptional planning and administrative skills.  Responsible for the development, coordination and administration of NRSDC's training & Professional Development Program.
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Senior Manager – Northern Region

YWCA NSW is looking for an experienced Senior Manager to lead the Northern Rivers region team on a full-time basis.
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NSW Aboriginal Cadetships

The NSW Aboriginal Cadetship and Scholarship Program has been released. Applications for 2016 Nursing Cadetships  are now open – Closing on 27th November.
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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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Young Archie Competition

To coincide with the ARCHIBALD PRIZE 2015 Tweed Council is holding a Young Archie competition. Budding artists between the ages of 13 – 18 will be invited to submit a portrait for the Young Archie competition, as part of family-focused activities for the Archibald Prize 2015: Regional Tour at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah. Entries close December 11.
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