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     NRSDC e-News February 2016



Entries Open 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 Northern Rivers Social Development Council 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.
“We have seen some incredible talent emerge from this competition.” says co-organiser Deb Hall, NRSDC. “This is a great opportunity for young songwriters to showcase their talents and expose their creativity to the world. The finalists will be performing their songs at the Awards night, as a round up and celebration of their achievements.”
“The judging panel is made up of some of our region’s most talented singers and songwriters and they’ll be looking for originality and musicianship among other things” says co-organiser Tanya Jackson, Headspace.


NCOSS Procurement and Commissioning Consultation

On Thursday 4th February NCOSS, sponsored by FACS and with local hosts NRSDC, is holding a consultation session in Lismore to hear from local services about what you believe is an effective and fair framework for procuring services.
FACS is developing a new procurement framework and this is your opportunity to shape it and ensure the new system meets the needs of local services and the people and communities that we work with.
NCOSS’s Fair Deal campaign consultations heard a lot about the Government’s commissioning and procurement processes. They heard about the issues and ideas on what might be a fairer, cleaner process which makes sure that people and their needs are front and centre.
Now is the time to talk solutions!

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350 scholarships for Diploma Of Enrolled Nursing

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner is encouraging school leavers or anyone interested in a career change to take advantage of 350 NSW Government scholarships for the 2016 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) program. Applications close on February 10.

Carer Reference Group (CRG) EOI process closing soon

The Carer Reference Group (CRG) Expression of Interest process for 2016 will close on Friday 5th February. The CRG is a simple way for the carers’ diverse voice to be represented in the now very ‘diversified’ service system.  

Settlement Portal connecting migrants with resources

Multicultural NSW has developed a Settlement Portal to help connect migrants with the information they need to successfully settle in NSW. The Settlement Portal links users directly with practical resources, and aims to help all migrants living in NSW.

Invitation to organisations to join the PASH Consortium

The North Coast Positive Adolescent Sexual Health Consortium (PASH) is a network of North Coast organisations with a mandate of Youth development, safety and health. Over 30 local organisations have contributed to the development of this consortium since its inception.

Multicultural NSW Regional Advisory Councils

Multicultural NSW are rolling out their new Regional Advisory Councils and EOIs close on 12 February 2016. There are 12 Regional Advisory Councils New South Wales. Each Regional Advisory Council is chaired by a Multicultural NSW Board member, and comprises of up to 8 members.

FREE resource: Child Protection Toolkit

Our Community, in partnership with law firm Moores, is releasing an important new resource to help not-for-profits and schools protect children, promote child safety, and meet their legal responsibilities to prevent child abuse: The Child Protection Toolkit.

NSW Police: Aboriginal training programs

The Australian Government, the NSW Police Force, TAFE NSW and Charles Sturt University are working in partnership to offer IPROWD training programs across NSW which will assist Aboriginal people to gain entry into the NSW Police Force.

Govt looks to plug NDIS funding black hole

The disability sector has called for a permanent solution to NDIS funding, acknowledging that the current model is insufficient as the Federal Government looks to generate $5 billion in budget savings this year to finance the insurance scheme, Pro Bono Australia reports.

Articles and reports on domestic violence

For the first time in NSW, Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) will be written in plain English so defendants have no excuses for not understanding the orders.

“Who is in your family?” A resource kit by Rainbow Families Council

A resource kit has been produced by the Rainbow Families Council for early childhood services, primary schools and the rainbow families who use them. This resource kit aims to help children, families and early childhood educators start discussions about diversity.

Study on grief of adolescents who have experienced the death of a relative or a friend

The School of Psychiatry of the University of New South Wales, with the support of the Anika Foundation for Research in Adolescent Depression and Suicide, is starting a study on adolescents who have experienced the death of a relative or a friend.

Reconciliation Choir starting in Lismore

Interrelate has received grant money from Aboriginal Benefits Foundation (ABF) to establish reconciliation choir which has a working title of the “Walking Together Choir”. The choir is a partnership of NORPA, Lismore Conservatorium , Interrelate and the ABF.

6 ways to reduce your cancer risk

Cancer News and Information shares some positive lifestyle changes to reduce your cancer risk. Over a third of all cancers globally are believed to be preventable. Changing lifestyle behaviours have significantly contributed to rising cancer cases across NSW.

Circle Sentencing & Care Circle programs

Circle Sentencing & Care Circle programs are back in full swing for the Lismore area. Circle Sentencing is an alternative sentencing court for adult Aboriginal offenders. The circle has the full sentencing powers of the court.

Lismore Future Leaders program

NORTEC and Lismore City Council have partnered to foster entrepreneurship or leadership ability in the region’s young people through the Lismore Future Leaders program. The program provides opportunity for participants to form new networks and enhance their skills.

Lismore citizens honoured at 2016 Australia Day Awards

Jodie McRae, a cancer survivor and founder of local charity Jodie’s Inspiration, has been named Lismore’s 2016 Australia Day Citizen of the Year. Jodie was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in 2013.

More work to do on LGBTI training, as project nears end of funding

The national training program to upskill aged care workers to provide inclusive care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) seniors is providing benefits to staff, but the rollout has been patchy across the states, an interim evaluation shows.

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Byron Shire Council Interagency Meeting

The Byron Shire Council’s first 2016 Interagency meeting is on 17 February 2016 – discussing the new Byron Central Hospital and changes in community service provision. The meeting will provide the opportunity to learn about the new Byron Central Hospital.

Exciting workshop for mental health carers

If you are a mental health carer, join in for a FREE Art and Movement Workshop on February 19 for an opportunity to see how interesting and unique you are. Art therapy uses art in an adventurous way guided by your feelings.

Salvos celebration!

The Salvation Army in Lismore is celebrating 125 years of service to the local community over the weekend of April 9-10. Guests will be the Revelation Big Band from Brisbane, with a musical program in Magellan Street on the Saturday at 11am and then a grand concert in the Salvation Army Centre in Cambridge Drive, Goonellabah, at 7.30pm that night, to which all are invited.

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The Family Centre Term 1 course program

The Family Centre has released its Course Program for Term 1, 2016. The Family Centre offers a new parenting and relationship skills course program each NSW school term.

Alzheimer’s Australia offering free webinars

Alzheimer’s Australia has a number of free online webinar courses where people can explore issues relating to their role as family carers and friends of people with dementia.

Art group for women carers

Are you a woman carer who wants to be supported with her art practice, meet other women and share her stories through making unique art? Join the Creative Women’s Circle! Starts Monday 8th February for 7 weeks in Lismore.

YWCA supported playgroups

There are 3 supported playgroups run through the YWCA NSW in Goonellabah: the Multicultural playgroup, General Playgroup & Goorie Playgroup.

Term 1 2016 Parenting Courses

Child and Family Services has released its calendar of Term 1 2016 Parenting Courses being run throughout the region.

Men’s Makers Creative for Carers

Are you a carer registered or want to be registered with the fabulous team at Commonwealth  Respite and Carelink Centre FNC? If so…there are some funded places for the Men’s Makers Creative! Over the course of 8 weeks, men who are carers will come together.

Term 1 2016 at Family Support Network

Lismore’s Family Support Network has released its Term 1 calendar, including info on its parenting groups and playgroups. Bookings essential for all parenting groups. Please phone 6621 2489 to book a place.

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Westpac grants available

Westpac has announced two grants that may be of interest to community organisations. Westpac has announced two grants that may be of interest to community organisations.
Applications for Westpac Foundation’s Community Grants will open on 1 February 2016.
These grants of $10,000 each are awarded to grassroots not-for-profit organisations with ideas to change lives for the better in their local communities.
Expressions of Interest for Westpac Foundation’s Social Scale-up Grants will open on 1 February 2016.
Successful submissions will receive up to $300,000 over three years with an additional $300,000 for another three years awarded to organisations who have a proven model for creating jobs and employment pathways for Australians experiencing disadvantage.

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.

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Person Centred Performance Management

February 18 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
YWCA Goonellabah

The training is based upon the concept that performance appraisal should not be an annual ‘event’ but part of regular support and development of staff throughout the year.

FREE Dementia Care Education – Engaging in Meaningful Activities at Home

February 24 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mullumbimby Ex Services Club

NB - This workshop is for a carer, friend or family member of a person living with dementia. For the primary carer, the ability to keep someone living with dementia involved in activities they previously enjoyed may become more challenging.

Standard Mental Health First Aid

March 1 @ 9:00 am - March 2 @ 3:30 pm
YWCA Goonellabah

The 2 day, 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Thinking Innovatively

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
NRSDC 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. Attending will assist in developing organisation’s that openly welcome, value and reward Innovation.

Case Management Strategies for Indigenous Clients

March 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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 and develop a model for analysing the case management practices within their own workplaces.

Hoarding and Squalor Information Session

March 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
NRSDC Lismore

A comprehensive look at the topic of Hoarding and Squalor using up to date industry information, and an introductory discussion on effective working practices

No More Fear : How to speak with with Natural Ease

March 17 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
NRSDC, Lismore

This experiential and innovative course demonstrates that effective communication starts from within. The course is particularly suitable for nervous public speakers (experiencing a “disconnect”) and those who wish to speak with greater depth and authenticity to build long-term relationships based on trust.

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Emotional Intelligence workshop

Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships wisely and empathetically. The Workforce Council will be running a workshop on the Gold Coast on May 13.

Bravehearts Child Protection Training

Interrelate is running Bravehearts Child Protection Training for workers responding to child sexual assault, on April 26. This 7 hour workshop is for anyone who is interested in learning more about child sexual assault.

Ice: Training for Frontline Workers – Online training modules released

The increase in people using ice (crystal methamphetamine), rather than other forms of methamphetamine, has received much media and political attention due to the unique harms associated with its use. Crystal methamphetamine is the most potent form of methamphetamine.

Course exploring ‘Loss, Grief and Hope’ for Mental Health Carers

Lismore’s Family and Carer Mental Health Program will be running a 4-week course exploring ‘Loss, Grief and Hope’ for Mental Health Carers in March.

Re-Building Attachment Narratives Following Experiences of Trauma

Lighthouse Resources is running training on Re-Building Attachment Narratives Following Experiences of Trauma, on March 11 in Runcorn, Qld. The workshop will provide broader information about the developing brain from infancy through the teenage years.

Webinar: Best Practice Sponsorship in 2016

Learn how to stop seeking handouts and understand your organisation’s vital role as a valuable marketing partner to the right company. In this 60-minute webinar offered by Pro Bono Australia on February 10 you will learn an easy to follow process that will lead you through the steps involved in being able to create and leverage committed and sustainable sponsorship relationships for your organisation or event.
JFA Purple Orange, in collaboration with Community Living Project Inc, is again hosting Deep Quality with Dr Michael Kendrick in March-April 2016. In line with the values underpinning the NDIS, service agencies are increasingly looking towards person-centred approaches to support people living with disability into good valued lives. However, even with the best of intentions, there is still a long way to go.

Dementia Care Training in Ballina

Cert 3 & 4 Dementia Care Training will be held at St Andrews Ballina commencing 11 & 12 February (respectively).  Certificate 3 (CHCAC319A Provide Support to people living with dementia) is a free Dementia Care Skills for Aged Care Workers.
Certificate 4 (CHCAC416A Facilitate Support Responsive to the Specific Nature of Dementia) is a free Dementia Care Skills for Aged Care Workers.

Project Management for Not-for-Profit Sector

A concentrated one-day project management training specifically designed for people from the Not-for-Profit sector is being offered by Charter Australia. This one-day course offers project management solutions in the context of the unique needs of NFP organisations.

Online Youth Mentoring Program

The Anxious to Awesome program is a 6-week guided journey for youth to develop their sense of direction. It is designed for young people who are feeling pressured about their future. The program gives youth strategies to cope with fears and anxieties.

Certificate II in Auslan

North Coast TAFE is offering a Certificate II in Auslan, beginning February 8 at Kingscliff. This course provides knowledge and skills for participants who require introductory training in order to communicate with other deaf people.

Term 1 2016 – Sign Language Courses in Northern Rivers area

The Deaf Society will run sign language courses – 7 weeks beginner Auslan Sign Language 1 and 2 courses – this term in Lismore, Mullumbimby and Byron Bay from 16th February 2016.

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Infrastructure Co-ordinator – Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Role

Exemption order granted Under section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977(NSW) from sections 8 and 51 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 Act.
NRSDC is looking for a person who loves administration, is keen to learn new skills and enjoys working in a fast paced dynamic environment. Applications close: 9am Monday 8th February 2016

Vacancy: NCAP Officer (New Careers For Aboriginal People)

ETC – Enterprise & Training Company Limited – has a position for the New Careers For Aboriginal People (NCAP) program based in Ballina. NCAP Officers are required to assist Aboriginal people to access education and training pathways that address their individual needs.


Other Employment Vacancies

Jobs in the social and community services sector are also advertised on the following websites:
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Community in the Kitchen: Free training for young people

YWCA NSW’s ‘Community in the Kitchen’ program is again running free Cert III in Hospitality training for young people 16-24yrs who are looking to gain skills to enter employment. Support with transport to Wollongbar TAFE is provided.

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