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Thriving People | Strong Communities ... 8 May 2017


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Clubhouse Flood Appeal
to be Beneficiary of FRESH Air Gallery Live Art Auction

Clubhouse Coordinator Dusty McOnie is excited to announce that The Youth Connections Clubhouse Flood Appeal is to be the beneficiary of proceeds raised from The FRESH AIR Gallery live art show and Silent Auction, being held on 19-20 May in Byron Bay Surf Alley.

Public Transport Information Roadshows

Social Futures has been hosting transport information days across the region, in collaboration with local transport providers. The next Roadshows will be in Casino on Tuesday 30 May and Mullumbimby on Thursday 15 June.

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Free Training Opportunities for Northern Rivers Community Members

Social Futures is currently supporting the delivery of a number of free training and education opportunities for Northern Rivers’ community members across the region, with upcoming sessions in the Nurtured Heart Approach and Dementia Carer Information.

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Linker – Ability Links

Ability Links has a vacancy for a Linker, working part-time 3 days per week in the Richmond Valley / Kyogle region. Applications close: Wednesday 17 May 2017.
Linkers work with local communities to help them become more welcoming and inclusive of people with disability. Ability Links differs from traditional case management with its emphasis on working alongside people with a disability, rather than for them.

Local Area Coordinator – Lived Experience

Full time, part time and casual positions are available for Local Area Coordinators in the Tweed, Casino, Ballina & Grafton locations. Local Area Coordinators (LACS) will be committed to improving the lives of people with disability and will work directly with participants to facilitate choice and control over the services they receive. Applications close: Wednesday 17 May 2017.

Standby Response Outreach Worker

A part-time role (46 hours per fortnight) is available in Coffs Harbour for a StandBy Response Service Outreach Worker, to assist and support the StandBy Response Service Coordinator to deliver service to individuals, families, workplaces and communities who have been bereaved through suicide. Applications close: 9 May 2017.

EOI Allied Health Professional – headspace

There is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people in a role as a private Allied Health Professional, working as part of a multidisciplinary team delivering psychological intervention to headspace clients.

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Shared Home Ownership Helps People with Disability: Report

New research by UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre has found that shared home ownership schemes for people with disability bring potential benefits but also expose people to debt risks.

North Coast Regional Plan 2036 released

The NSW Government has released the North Coast Regional Plan 2036. This Plan provides a 20-year blueprint for the future of the North Coast.

LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy Feedback

The Commonwealth is seeking feedback to the current LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care strategy.

Survey on NGO digital and data capabilities

The NSW Department of Finance is asking NGOs to complete a survey on their digital and data capability. This is to capture input from NGOs who were not able to attend workshops. The survey will remain open until 19 May 2017.

Lismore Flood Appeal applications now open

Lismore City Council is calling for applications from those hardest hit by recent flooding to access Lismore Flood Appeal assistance. The Lismore Flood Appeal Steering Committee has more than $200,000 to distribute and would like to hear from local residents struggling to get back on their feet.

Food rescue supermarket helping combat waste

Food rescue group OzHarvest has opened Australia’s first ever rescued food supermarket, stocked with produce that has either been donated or would otherwise go to waste, but is perfectly edible. Based on a ‘take what you need, give if you can’ philosophy, the purpose is to make rescued food available to everyone, especially those who need it most.

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Treasurer Scott Morrison to Address Community Sector at the ACOSS Post Budget Breakfast

The Treasurer, the Hon. Scott Morrison, MP, will address the community sector at the ACOSS Post Budget Breakfast, being held 7:30am on 15 May at the Aerial Function Centre, UTS, Sydney.

Lismore-Tweed Heads Gambling Help Regional Roundtable: Invitation

All legal, justice, corrections and community professionals interested in improving screening for problem gambling, increasing referrals, and enhancing recovery and reducing crime and recidivism in the community are invited to a Gambling Help Regional Roundtable, being held on Thursday 25 May at Lismore Community Corrections Office, 21 Conway Street, Lismore.

Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2017

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) will host the fifth Asia Pacific Autism Conference in 2017 (APAC 17) in Sydney at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour on 7-9 September 2017.

HESTA Breakfast Seminar

Join HESTA for breakfast and hear professional speaker Mike Rolls talk about resilience, optimism and how to power through crisis – preparing today for what tomorrow will bring: Monday 22 May 2017 at Victoria Park Golf Complex, 309 Herston Road, Herston, Brisbane.

Kinship Festival

A free community festival, The Kinship Festival, will be held on Saturday 20 May in Murwillumbah, featuring music, dance, bush tucker, and a free market stall for artists.

Invitation: Department of Human Services Reconciliation Week Art Exhibition

The Department of Human Services invites community members to its Reconciliation Week Art Exhibition, opening on Tuesday 30 May, 5.30pm at the Lismore Centrelink centre, Conway St.

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New Round of Free Community Workshops about Road Safety

ACE Community Colleges has announced its new round of road safety workshops, on Teaching Someone to Drive and Road Safety for Older Road Users.

Free Parenting Group in Casino

CASPA Family Support Service is running a free parenting group on Tuesdays 16, 23 & 30 May, 9.30am-12pm at Casino Community & Cultural Centre, 35 Walker Street, Casino.

Free info sessions: Puberty, Sexuality & Relationships for young people with intellectual disability

Family Planning NSW is running two FREE information session on Puberty, Sexuality & Relationships for parents and carers of children and young people with intellectual disability, on Wednesday 7 June at Alstonville Anglican Church and Thursday 8 June at Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre.

Women’s DV Support Group

Empowered Women is an education and support group for women recovering from intimate partner violence, being run by Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre on Mondays 10am-1:30pm, 15 May to 19 June 19 at 60 Uralba St, Lismore.

Free parenting seminars for parents of kids with disability

Parents of children with a disability rarely get a break, but it’s hoped an upcoming series of free parenting seminars on the Far North Coast will help make life easier for local families.

Connecting Women support group

Connecting Women is a weekly support group aimed at ‘Finding Strength through Empowerment’. The group meets on Tuesdays at the Lismore Women’s Health & Resource Centre, 60 Uralba Street.

Free Parenting Programs in Lismore

Under the Communities for Children funding, Interrelate will be offering the following free Parenting Programs for Term 2, 2017.

Community Disability Information Alliance – Ballina

People with disabilities and their families/carers are welcome to attend the Community Disability Information Alliance – Ballina (CDIA-Ballina), which usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month.

The next meeting is on 9 May at the Richmond Room, behind Ballina Library, 10am-12noon.

Free Laughter Yoga classes during May

A Certified Laughter Yoga Leader is running free Laughter Yoga classes in Lismore every Saturday in May between 12-1pm and SilverCloud Studios, 14 Foleys Road, South Lismore.

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Compass Housing: ‘Infrastructure and Housing Plan Needed Before Budget Initiatives’

Determining funding for the right housing measures in the upcoming Federal Budget would be much easier if the Government had a national housing plan and a Minister for Housing, according to the managing director of leading community housing provider Compass Housing.

Federal Government must not let us down – ACOSS and National Shelter release 6 point National Housing Affordability Plan

With Federal budget speculation growing, ACOSS and National Shelter have urged the Federal Government not to shirk its lead responsibility to address the housing affordability crisis affecting millions across the country and increasing financial risk to the national economy.

Rental Affordability Snapshot 2017

Anglicare Australia’s 8th Rental Affordability Snapshot shows a dire shortage of affordable rental houses for people on low income.

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Westpac Community Grants

Applications for the Westpac Community Grants program opened on 1 May 2017 and Westpac invites all eligible community organisations to apply for a $10,000 Community Grant. Applications close 9 June 2017.

Natural Disaster Relief Scheme Grants – North Coast Floods (Non Profit Organisations)

A grant up to $15,000 is available to all eligible non-profit organisations for clean-up and immediate restoration costs following the recent flood event.

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Professional Development Training: Proactive Case Management

Lismore’s Communities for Children is running 2-day Professional Development Training: Proactive Case Management on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd May.

Way2Go Volunteer Management Training available

Register now for the Online Volunteer Management Toolkit and Training in our region! For a limited time, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services is fully subsidising Way2Go volunteer management training for NSW volunteer managers. This means that until 30 June 2017, volunteer managers of NSW not for profit organisations train for a small fee of $10.

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Workshops

Expressions of interest are now being taken for a Cultural Awareness Workshop to be held at DAISI, Shop 3 166 River Street, Ballina. There is a choice of 2 days – 22 June or 19 July 2017.

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Male Youth and Family Worker

The Family Centre has an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced person to join a team that’s changing the lives of young people in its youth and family support service. Applications close 4.30pm Monday 22 May, 2017.

Practice Manager positions

Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation (BNMAC) is a not-for-profit Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation which provides primary health care services to Aboriginal people. They currently have openings for an experienced Registered Nurse (RN) to work in the role of Practice Manager/Practice Nurse at Bugalwena General Practice (BGP), Tweed Heads South, and a Practice Manager in Casino.

Positions Vacant at Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre Inc (NNIC)

NNIC seeks suitably qualified and experienced people for the following PAID positions:

  1. Community Case Coordinator: PPT, SCHCADS Level 3, 4 days/21hrs/wk.
  2. Community Access Worker – Front of House: PPT, SCHCADS Level 3, 4 days/24 hrs wk.

Applications close: Friday 19th May 2017

Education Mentors – Paid Position

Wesley Dalmar Out-of-Home-Care are recruiting qualified educators to provide after-school tutoring support to the young people in the OOHC program.


Other Employment Vacancies

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