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     NRSDC e-News September 2015


Community Sector Ball: Call for Sponsors!

NRSDC will once again be ‘putting on the glitz’ at this year’s 5th annual Northern Region Community Sector Ball and Awards night being held on Friday, November 27, at Lismore City Hall − and we're looking for sponsors to become involved in this signature event!
With ‘Glitter and Gold’ set as the evening’s theme, the event is again set to be a glamorous affair with great entertainment, MCs, music, dancing, performance and delicious cuisine!
The annual Ball and Awards Night has become a major event on the Northern Rivers calendar, supporting a sector which is responsible for employing 17 percent of the region’s workforce and which plays a vital role in ensuring the wellbeing of our community and shaping its future.
NRSDC is now seeking sponsors for this year's event, with a number of opportunities for organisations and businesses to become involved. You can choose to be a Gold Sponsor, Silver Sponsor, an Award Sponsor or an Associate Sponsor.

Being Child Aware: Child Protection Event at Lismore Square

A Child Protection Week Event is being held this week at the Lismore Shopping Square, on Thursday September 10.
Many Lismore Services have come together to hold this fun event for families. The event at the Square will be held outside Big W and will run all day from 9.00am until 6.00pm.    


Lismore Transport Expo 2015

Come along to the Lismore Transport Expo 2015 for everything you need to know about getting around in Lismore and beyond!

Find out about the new regional transport info line, bus timetables, fare concessions, community transport, car pooling and more.
Chat with transport providers and check out the entries in the primary schools art competition on the theme ‘How would you get to school if you didn’t have a car?’
The Expo is on Thursday 10th September at Lismore Shopping Square from 9am to 4pm.

StandBy Response Bereavement Workshops

 “Pathways to Care” and “Crossing the River” Bereavement Workshops provide local community support for those bereaved through suicide.
Tweed Heads and surrounding villages are respectfully invited to attend this free training on Tuesday 13 October, 9.15am – 3.30pm at South Tweed Community Hall - HACC Centre Corner, Minjungbal Drive & Heffron Street, Tweed Heads South.

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Support Collaborative Service Delivery: NCOSS

NCOSS CEO Tracy Howe gave evidence at the Legislative Council Social Affairs Committee Inquiry into Service Co-ordination in communities with high social needs on 28 August 2015.
Drawing on insights gained through extensive regional consultation with its members around the NCOSS pre-budget submission, she emphasised that the sector works together in a co-ordinated way to respond to need in the communities they work in. However, the capacity of services to do this effectively is made difficult by funding constraints, insecure funding and the competitive tendering model.

Relocation Advice - FaCS Services

The refurbishments at Lismore Community Services Centre are near completion and the office will re-open for business on Monday 14 September. Community Services, Housing NSW and Business Services will be co-located at the new FaCS site at 4 Zadoc Street.

FACS Careleavers’ Line

The Department of Family and Community Services has a new service – the FACS Careleavers’ Line, which aims to support young people who are leaving or who have left out of home care.

Nominations open for 2016 Australia Day Awards

Lismore City Council is now calling for nominations for the 2016 Australia Day Awards. Mayor Jenny Dowell said the awards were a great way to recognise people who contributed to their community, volunteered or excelled in their field of endeavour.

Leading for Purpose Research Revealed

The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at the University of Western Australia Business School has recently published the results of an applied research program Learning for Purpose. How does the NFP sector convert it’s “social acumen” in a manner that will support its vision to have a social impact?

Release of Exposure Draft of a Request for Proposal for
Transition to Work 2016-2020

The Australian Government is committed to helping young job seekers at increased risk of long-term unemployment to improve their chances of finding and keeping a job.  As announced in the 2015-2016 Commonwealth Budget, the Government is establishing a new service to assist young people aged 15-21 years who are not in employment or education.
An Exposure Draft of a Request for Proposal for Transition to Work 2016-2020 was released on 8 September 2015 and is scheduled to close at 5.00 pm (Canberra Time) on 6 October 2015.

Anti-Discrimination Board Memorandum of Understanding
with NSW Fair Trading

An Aboriginal woman phones a real estate agent, who says that there are properties available in her price range. When she goes to the office in person, she is told that there is nothing available. Her Caucasian friend goes to the office the same day and is offered several properties. 
Having heard many such cases, the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW has signed a memorandum of understanding with the NSW Office of Fair Trading which will enable the two bodies to more actively address discrimination against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the real estate industry.

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Sydney Festival for Civil Society

NCOSS is very excited to announce that award winning comedian and writer Corey White will be a keynote speaker at its upcoming Sydney Festival for Civil Society, being held in Sydney on October 14.

Disability in the 21st Century Conference and Trade Show

NDS is pleased to support the NDIS New World: Disability in the 21st Century Conference and Trade Show, to be hosted by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) from 27-29 October 2015.
This conference, to be held at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre, will be a dynamic exchange between people with disability, entrepreneurs, policy makers and service providers, exploring the potential of technology to enhance the lives of people with a disability, their carers, families and service providers.

Upcoming Event: Impact Investment Summit

Join international impact investment experts for a Summit not to be missed in Sydney this October! Leading investment advisors will descend upon Doltone House in Sydney, 19-21 October for the Impact Investment Summit - Asia Pacific.  The leading lineup will feature Beau Sneil from Unitus Impact, an impact investment fund backed by Bill Gates, and Andrew Kuper from Leapfrog Investments.

Reclaim the Night

The Lismore Reclaim the Night march will take place this year on Thursday, 29 October 2015 from 5pm.

Carer Wellbeing Day

A carer wellbeing day will be held in Lismore, to celebrate Carer’s week, 14th October, at Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore.

Calling Tweed Creatives: Northern Rivers Creative Industries Roadshow

Arts Northern Rivers is back on the road with Northern Rivers Creative, and the beautiful Tweed Valley is their next stop.
This time they will be popping up as part of Tweed Fusion a weekend of all things arts and culture held in the Tweed Valley. Northern Rivers Creative will be taking over an empty space and filling it full of wares made by creatives from the Tweed region.

Information Session: Federal Budget Impact on Retirees

Are you confused about changes and the impacts of the Federal Budget? Byron Shire Council, in collaboration with Mark O’Dwyer from Centrelink, will be holding an information session on the impact of the Federal Budget on retirees: it's on at the Ocean Shores Country Club in Orana Road, Ocean Shores, on Wednesday 23 September 9.30 to 11.45am. 

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Family Support Network Parenting Programs

Family Support Network’s Term 4 Calendar includes the Stepping Stones Triple P parenting program for children with a disability, plus parenting groups on Engaging Adolescents and 123 Magic to deal with difficult behaviours.

Reaching For Peace Women's Program

Lismore Women’s Health & Resource Centre is running a Free Group Program called Reaching For Peace, to strengthen your spirit and creativity and calm your soul. It starts October 15.

Free Sexual Assault Counselling

Rape & Domestic Violence Service Australia together with the Northern Rivers Women and Children Services are offering free counselling to women who have experienced sexual assault in childhood.
Vacancies are currently available for medium to longer term counselling for women in Lismore.

STARS Young Carer Program

Do you have family members between the ages of 8-12 whose lives are impacted by mental illness? Do you have grandchildren, nieces, nephews or friends with young ones who are experiencing a family member with mild to serve mental illness?
If you answered yes, then there is a group you can recommend to the young ones (8-12 y.o.) in your lives, being run in Lismore on Tuesday, September 22.

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Record $100,000 in Local Grant Funding Available!

Recipients of the NRCF’s 2014 Grants Round celebrate.

2015 will see the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (“the NRCF”) distribute a record $100,000 in funding to local charities and not-for-profit organisations with its latest grants round. The Grant Applications will open on Monday, 7th September 2015 and close on Tuesday, 6th October 2015.
In recognition and celebration of 2015 being the NRCF’s 11th anniversary of local giving, eligible organisations can apply for a special $30,000 grant, in addition to the usual grant-giving amounts.

NAB Impact Investment Readiness Fund

The NAB Impact Investment Readiness Fund is a new $1 million fund established to provide mission-driven organisations with targeted advice and support to help them secure investment for scaling up their social or environmental impact.
The Fund offers grants of up to $100,000 for enterprises to purchase specialised capacity building support from providers such as advisory, financial, intermediary or legal services.

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Training Alert: The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Learn about where emotional intelligence comes from and a bit about the science behind it, why it’s useful in business and in life: Monday - 28 September in Lismore.
Learn where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Focusing on your strengths, we will explore simple, powerful and effective strategies that will help you become a more effective leader of people, more patient parent and a better communicator.

Training Alert: No More Fear: How To Speak with Natural Ease

This course will appeal to those who are nervous or avoid public speaking AND for those who wish to communicate with greater depth, presence and authenticity whenever they speak in
public, 1 to 1 and 1 to many. It’s on in Lismore on Wednesday – 16 September 2015.

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Free DV Professional Development Opportunity for
Community Sector and Health Sector Workers

Lifeline is running a free accredited course in Domestic Violence Response Training (DV-alert) for health, allied health and community frontline workers who come in contact with people experiencing or at risk of domestic violence as part of their work. A two-day face-to-face DV-alert workshop for Community Sector Workers will be held at the Byron Community Centre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay, November 25th and 26th 2015.

The Disability Justice Project

Does your work involve assisting people who have intellectual or cognitive disabilities who are at risk of, or are in contact with the criminal justice system? Free training, resources and Communities of Practice is coming your way! It’s in Lismore on Wednesday, October 14, then Kempsey and Tamworth.

Accidental Counsellor Training

Northern Rivers Community Gateway is running a whole day course as a practical mental health development workshop for volunteers and workers without accredited counselling knowledge, who may find themselves stepping into an accidental counsellor role. It’s on in Lismore on Tuesday, October 27.

Emotional Intelligence Workshops

Join the Health and Community Services Workforce Council for this great workshop for anyone who would like to better understand and improve personal and professional relationships. It’s on at Caboolture on Friday 16th October and Ipswich on Friday 20th November.

TAFE DV Skills Development Strategy Survey

The Skills Development Strategy (SDS) is funded by FACS and administered by Women NSW (now with NSW Health) in partnership with TAFE South Western Sydney Institute.  The strategy is part of the NSW It Stops Here Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) reforms.
TAFE will be conducting training under the strategy in 16 sites across the State commencing in September 2015 and running through to March 2016 and has requested urgent distribution of the invitation to relevant DFV networks  - DVLC administrators and DV-funded services.

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NRSDC Project Officer D&I

The Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC) is a community-based not-for-profit organisation that promotes fairness and social inclusion in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. 
 Would you like to join a diverse and collaborative team in a key regional organisation working to advance community wellbeing in the Northern Rivers?  

Vacancy: Family Intake Officer (Intake Team), Family Referral Service (Lismore)

The Far North Coast Family Referral Service (FNCFRS) is a joint project of Interrelate and the Northern Rivers Social Development Council. The project will provide a service access point consisting of a telephone hotline, face to face referral and outreach services to connect families in need with appropriate local services. The service will directly assist families in need and the services that support them. The FNCFRS has been established to support the safety and wellbeing of children and young people as part of the NSW Government’s Keep Them Safe initiative.   Closing date for applications: COB (5pm) Monday 14th September 2015.  

Vacancy: Early Years Project Coordinator

The Family Centre has an opportunity for a suitably qualified Early Years Project Coordinator to join its team based in Murwillumbah. Applications close 4.30pm Monday September 21, 2015.

Other Employment Vacancies

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

You are invited to join the <In.scribe> Youth Art Launch. Come and celebrate youth art and positive voice in the community!! Friday 18th Sept 5 - 6.30pm (last day of school term) at Byron Community Centre.

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