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     NRSDC e-News Mid-February 2016



Memory Van touring the region

THE Northern Rivers Social Development Council has partnered with Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to bring the Memory Van to the Northern Rivers. The Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Memory Van will be visiting Casino, Lismore, Banora Point, Tweed Heads, Ballina, Ocean Shores, Brunswick Heads, Alstonville, Yamba and Grafton this month with information about dementia for the community.
There will also be free presentations on Healthy Brain Ageing.
These presentations will address the myths surrounding dementia and provide information relating to normal ageing and memory loss.

Child Poverty in Northern NSW

NRSDC’s Anita Mansfield recently gave an interview to ABC Local Radio discussing the 1 in 7 NCOSS Report on Child Poverty in Northern NSW.
Tweed LGA has 20.76% of children living below the poverty line – that is 3135 children.
Statistics are available here by LGA and Region:



New female doctor for Kyogle Family Planning Clinic

Women and girls in Kyogle have access to a female doctor and a female family planning nurse at the Kyogle Family Planning Clinic. Dr Kate Bolam has joined the Clinic as GP after moving from the Darwin Family Planning Clinic in the Northern Territory.

Get your entries in for Young Songwriters Comp

The annual Lismore Young Songwriter of the Year competition is about to get rolling with entries for this year’s competition closing on 20th March 2016. A partnership between NRSDC and Headspace and with thanks to grant funding from Lismore City Council, the Young Songwriters Awards is an opportunity for regional young songwriters to showcase their song writing and performance talents with a Finalists performance and awards night being held during Youth Week in April.

Developing a New Relationship with Ourselves: A 6-­Week Compassion-­based Therapy Program

Developing a  New  Relationship  with  Ourselves:  A  6-­Week  Compassion-­‐based  Therapy  Program  with Dr James  Bennett-­Levy  is being run by the University  Centre  for  Rural  Health,  North  Coast  (University  of  Sydney). Dr Bennett-­Levy has decided to run a single taster session, open to all, on Thursday 25 February from 10-12 at Ballina Surf Club. This will be followed by a single 6-week program in April/May for those who register.

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Createability 2016: Short films on artists with disability

The key objective of the Screenworks program CREATEABILITY 2016 is to provide funded opportunities for professional filmmakers to profile artists with disability living and creating in Regional NSW.

Have your say in Health Needs Survey

The North Coast Primary Health Network wants you to have your say on local health needs on the North and Mid North Coasts. By completing the Health Needs Survey, they will have a better understanding of the health needs of your community and how to make services better for the future. Complete the Survey for your chance to win one of five $200 vouchers.

Nominate now for National NAIDOC Awards

The National NAIDOC Committee encourages people to acknowledge the contributions and talents of outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals by nominating them for a National NAIDOC Award.

You Can Help: Teenagers and Self-Harm resource

You Can Help is an essential guide for all those concerned about teenagers who self-harm. Reflecting the most up-to-date thinking on this topic, this resource is a must for every parent, teacher, youth worker, and health professional dealing with teenagers.

Mental health promotion resource

Looking for a resource specially designed for promoting good mental health in your community, workforce or organisation? Originally funded and printed by beyondblue, Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family: A Resource Book for Good Mental Health is the most read and distributed book of its kind in Australia.

Minister calls for sector input on resettling refugees

The community sector has been called on to make submissions on the planning and development of Australia’s Humanitarian Program for 2016-17 – resettling refugees who arrive “lawfully” in Australia, ProBono News reports.

Reforming Employment Services: Developing Supports that Work for JobSeekers

Civil Society Australia is running a Call for Reform Proposals for employment services: Online Consultation and National Conference on  18 April 2016  in Melbourne.

ILC Commissioning Framework consultation

The National Disability Insurance Agency invites you to participate in consultations on key elements of the ILC Commissioning Framework. The Framework outlines how the NDIA will fund and manage information, linkages and capacity building (ILC) activities.

Carers of people with disability forgotten in workplace

UNSW Business School research looked at the issues that arise, and what can be done to improve the situation of carers of people with disability that are the forgotten carers in the workplace. They tend to be in low-paid (often part-time or casual) jobs.

IPC Aboriginal resources

The Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) have launched an Aboriginal flyer and Aboriginal webpage about the services the IPC offer. The IPC aims to ensure that its services to Aboriginal people are accessible, relevant and useful.

Social and Affordable Housing Fund – EOIs

The Invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI) process for Phase 1 of the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) seeks submissions from consortia, including community housing providers, financiers, developers and other non-government organisations to help build new social and affordable housing and provide future tenants with the support services required to meet their needs.

Social enterprise founded by people on autism spectrum

Through mentoring, advocacy and education, a network founded by people on the autism spectrum has set out to create a society that embraces the benefits of autism, writes Ellie Cooper in Pro Bono’s Spotlight on Social Enterprise.

NCOSS campaign has win on nurse home visits

Already it’s been a big year for the NCOSS 1 in 7 campaign. The best news is NCOSS has had a win on its first recommendation on nurse home visits! The recently released Social Housing Strategy – Future Directions has identified delivering a targeted Home Visiting for Mothers and Babies program in social housing areas as an area for whole-of-government collaboration in the delivery of social housing wrap around services.

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2016 NAIDOC Week & poster competition

NAIDOC Week 2016 will run from 3 -10 July and is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Harness the Possibilities: Enriching lives in changing times: regional conferences

Resourcing Families is pleased to announce three Regional Conferences in 2016: Coffs Harbour  17-18 February 2016; Wagga Wagga 17-18 March 2016; and Dubbo  4-5 May 2016, exploring Australia’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Collaboration for Impact conference

Based on the sell-out success of Collaboration for Impact conference in Sydney, Social Leadership Australia, the Centre for Social Impact and the Australian community of practice, Collaboration for Impact, are proud to bring Collaboration for Impact Conference to Melbourne on 4-5 May 2016.

Inaugural North Coast Allied Health Forum

The inaugural North Coast Allied Health Forum ‘Let’s Get Connected’ will be held on 5 March 2016 at Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour. Come and hear renowned experts discussing the future direction of Allied Health and health care integration.

Tweed Close the Gap Day Event

You are invited to attend and participate in the Tweed Close the Gap Day Event being held on March 16 at Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Brett St, Tweed Heads. The day will begin from 9.30am for morning tea, with the event running from 10am to 1.30pm (NSW time).

Legal service outreach

Legal Aid NSW is holding its next outreach visits to Jubullum Village and Box Ridge: Tuesday 23 February, 10-2 Jubullum Land Council & Tabulam Aboriginal Health Post, Jubullum Village, Tabulam; and Wednesday 24 February, 10-2 Box Ridge Community Centre, Box Ridge.

2016 North Coast Seniors Expo

The 2016 North Coast Seniors Expo will be held on Saturday, April 9, at Lismore Workers Club. Organisers have made a few important changes via feedback from last year.

Invitation to lunch with Ita for International Women’s Day 2016

Karen Hogan on behalf of the Page FEC of The Nationals is inviting community members to a luncheon with guest speaker Ms Ita Buttrose, AO, OBE on Friday the 26th February 2016, at the Lismore Workers Club from 11:30am.

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Mothers Matter pregnancy & postnatal support group

Mothers Matter is a new pregnancy & postnatal support group for women wanting to share their experiences of pregnancy, birthing and mothering. It’s on at Lismore Women’s Health & Resource Centre, 60 Uralba Street.
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NSW Social and Affordable Housing Fund

The NSW Social and Affordable Housing Fund has been launched, with the NSW Dept of Family and Community Services website listing key dates and related information. Expressions of interest for the first phase of the fund close on 15 March.

Social and Affordable Housing Fund – EOI information

The Invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI) process for Phase 1 of the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) seeks submissions from consortia, including community housing providers, financiers, developers and other non-government organisations to help build new social and affordable housing and provide future tenants with the support services required to meet their needs.
The first phase of a new NSW Government social housing fund will benefit vulnerable families through the availability of 3,000 more homes. The Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) will be set up with $1.1 billion in seed capital from the NSW Government.

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Clarence Valley Special Event Sponsorship 2016 – Round 1 open

Events that contribute to the strength and vibrancy of the Clarence Valley are important and Council supports them via the Special Events Sponsorship program. Round One is now open for events occurring between August 2016 and February 2017.

Online fundraising innovation

Set to launch next month, Enablr is a non-profit online fundraising platform which is set to positively and radically assist you with all of your online fundraising needs. To celebrate their launch, Enablr have partnered with BIG Review TV to offer a $48,000 video production package at a reduced rate of $15,000.

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Training Alert: AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language Training) – NEW

Thursday March 3 @ 1:00pm – 4:00pm (continuing for 6 weeks on Thursday afternoon) Lismore TAFE Cost: $50.  Participants will learn to sign topics relevant to the workplace and as well as be able to have social discussions.

Hoarding and Squalor: Information Session

Wednesday March 9 @ 9:00am – 12:30pm NRSDC Boardroom, Lismore. Cost: $30. Participants in this course will gain a good understanding of Hoarding and Squalor issues, networking opportunities and local support services, and effective strategies to address presenting issues.

Training Alert: Case Management Strategies for Aboriginal Clients

Thursday March 10 @ 9:00am – 4:30pm YWCA Goonellabah. Course participants will develop a greater understanding of their own culture and how it impacts on service delivery and relationships with Aboriginal people.  

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Tree of Life for Community Work 2-day course

The Tree of Life is an approach developed by Ncazelo Ncube (Zimbabwe/South Africa) and David Denborough (Dulwich Centre Foundation). It was developed as a tool for working with children who had experienced loss and trauma.

Advanced Leadership Program

The Advanced Leadership Program is designed to enable the rapid advancement of high potential female leaders. Created to radically develop Australia’s executive talent pool, the Advanced Leadership Program is enabling the advancement of high potential women across all sectors.

Working with Young People who Self Harm & Building Resilience in Young People Workshops

Two half-day workshops on working with young people are being run in Beenleigh on Thursday, April 21: 1) Self-Injury Prevention and Intervention and 2) Building Resilience in Young People.

Parent Trail 1: Train the Trainer

This two-day training organised by Lighthouse Resources will cover how to deliver to a group that facilitates the hearing and sharing group member’s stories of parenting. It’s on March 3 and 4 in Runcorn, Qld.

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Official Community Visitor (OCV) positions

The NSW Ombudsman is currently recruiting for new Official Community Visitors (OCV). Applications close Wednesday 9 March 2016.
They are looking for candidates who fulfil the criteria and who want to be actively involved in a role that can assist in improving the lives of residents in disability supported accommodation, assisted boarding houses and residential Out of Home Care (OOHC).

Accounts Clerk: Permanent Part-Time Position

Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre office is located in Lismore NSW. They have a permanent part time position available for an Accounts Clerk for 14 hours per week. Salary range $21,073 to $22,660 per annum plus super and leave loading.

Other Employment Vacancies

Jobs in the social and community services sector are also advertised on the following websites:
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Youth Action report calls for free breakfasts for children

Youth Action recently released a report calling for all children in NSW to have access to free breakfast. The report outlined why it’s so important for children to have a healthy start to the day for their well-being and ability to learn.

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