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THREE FUN WAYS TO CELEBRATE WORLD KINDNESS DAY ON 13 NOVEMBER

World Kindness Day is being celebrated on 13 November.  This global day of kindness was created to help us look beyond the boundaries of our culture and religion and realise we are all citizens of the world.

What a perfect opportunity to flex your kindness muscles! Here are three easy things you can do to celebrate World Kindness Day:

‘Note’ the good things!

We can all use little reminders that we are valued, loved and appreciated. Write a short but sweet note and tell your mom you love her, your child that they make you laugh, or a co-worker that they brighten up your day. Pop it on their mirror or computer or in their lunchbox. You might not be there to see them smiling but I bet you they will be!

Pay it forward!

When you stop for your morning cup of coffee, pay for an extra coffee and let the barista choose who to give it to. He or she may have some insight into who could really use a little pick me up, as we tend to chat to our coffee makers about what is happening in our lives. Also, the barista gets in on the feel-good vibes when they tell the customer that someone has already paid for their coffee. That’s three smiles for the price of one cappuccino!

Show some love on social media!

If you have noticed someone sharing on their newsfeed about going through a hard time lately, or if you have an old friend you have been meaning to reach out to, now is a great time to hit them with a few kind words, a funny meme or the universal smile-maker: a cute baby animal photo.

A little kindness goes a long way! Join in with the rest of the world and show some kindness today!

RIVER DREAMING CULTURAL EVENT SEEKING ARTISTS, PERFORMERS AND FOOD VENDORS

RIVER DREAMING CULTURAL EVENT SEEKING ARTISTS, PERFORMERS AND FOOD VENDORS

‘River Dreaming: A Day of Culture’ will be held on Friday 1 November 2019 in Market Square in Grafton as part of the Jacaranda Festival. River Dreaming will begin at 11am and ends at 3pm.

The vibrant event will consist of music, art displays, markets, elder spaces, traditional dance groups and entertainment.

The event holders are reaching out for stall holders who would like to participate. Stalls are free, unless power is required. Food vendors, artists and performers are encouraged to apply. Volunteers are also needed.

If you or someone you know is an artist or food vendor, or is in any way interested in participating, please email [email protected] and you will be forwarded an application form.

You may also stop by the Clarence Valley Aboriginal Healing Centre to find out more about participating.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING GRANTS AVAILABLE

HEALTH AND WELLBEING GRANTS AVAILABLE

More than 90% of Australians are not eating enough vegetables and / or doing the recommended amount of exercise for their age.

Young people are of significant concern, with studies showing 92% of 13-17 year olds not getting enough exercise.

The Healthy Communities Northern Rivers Seed Funding is offering grants aimed at supporting communities by providing funding for preventative health projects.

Grants will support projects who help young people 13-24 years to maintain good health by living a healthy lifestyle.

Funds can be used to purchase equipment, design programs, or create other innovative ideas with a focus on preventative health projects.

Grants are available at a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $4,000 per grant with a total of $40,000 available.

Grants close on 15 November.

Applications forms are available at https://nnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/health-promotion/healthy-communities/

CHALLENGE RACISM: UPCOMING TRAINING TARGETS VULNERABLE YOUTH

CHALLENGE RACISM: UPCOMING TRAINING TARGETS VULNERABLE YOUTH

All Together Now’s CAPE project provides training for front-line workers that aims to enhance their capacity to recognise, identify and respond to young people who might be vulnerable to being recruited by far-right groups.

There are two upcoming sessions in the region. There is a training slated on 12 November 2019 in Coffs Harbour and another on 13 November  2019 in South Grafton.

CAPE recognises that front-line workers must navigate complex social issues facing young people. These free trainings offer workers the resources they need to confidently and effectively contend with these issues.

The program will provide knowledge about far-right extremism, communications skills that will help to address controversial and complex issues with young people, and the skills to support young people.

There are also opportunities to network and build relationships with other workers and organizations as well as ongoing updates and support.

For more information go to http://cape.alltogethernow.org.au.

To apply, send an email to [email protected] with your name, contact details and the date of the training you would like to attend. Please attach your CV and a few sentences about what you wish to gain from the training.

CREATING ACCESS DISABILITY INCLUSION TOOLKIT IS LIVE!!

CREATING ACCESS DISABILITY INCLUSION TOOLKIT IS LIVE!!

With over 60,000 young people living with disability in NSW, Youth Action is proud to announce that the Creating Access Disability Inclusion Toolkit is now live!

This easy to use tool kit aimed at supporting youth living with disability has been developed in partnership with People with Disability Australia and has been tested with youth services across the state.

The project is led by young people living with disability. It aims to support youth services to increase their skills and confidence in engaging with and supporting young people living with disability.

The toolkit supports youth services to improve accessibility and promotes self-advocacy by providing resources to help young people living with disability to develop agency and support independence.

There is also a story telling component built into the project which highlights youth advocates who are working in the space and gives service providers and young people the opportunity to discuss accessibility and the barriers to it.

This is of particular importance as 100% of young people who had accessed youth services had faced accessibility barriers and 56% said that they were not very confident raising concerns about something they are not happy with at a youth service. Create Access is proud to be taking action to bridge that gap.

To test your organization’s accessibility, make a plan to improve accessibility, share your learning and to support young people with a disability to self-advocate visit CreatingAcess.org. Do it today!

BUILDING RESILIENCE IN KIDS: SUBSIDISED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

BUILDING RESILIENCE IN KIDS: SUBSIDISED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

Service providers and educators who work directly with children and families are invited to attend ‘No Scaredy Cats’, a training opportunity aimed at reducing anxiety and building resilience skills in 2-12 year old children.

The training will be subsidized as part of the “One Stop Shop”  mental health and well-being project funding recently received from the State Government Minister for Education.

The course will take place at the New School of Arts Neighbourhood House on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 from 8:30am-4:00pm. It is available at a subsidised rate of $40 per person.

Practitioners will learn how to assist parents in managing children’s worries. Discussion will cover how misguided policies are making parents and children more anxious. There will be education regarding how the brain impacts fear and anxiety. Facilitators will teach helpful verbal techniques and phrases used to help diffuse anxiety producing situations.

Prompt registration is encouraged as numbers are limited and will close on the 1/11/2019. To register or for further inquiry, email [email protected] or phone 6640 3800.

How Australian residential aged care staffing levels compare with international and national benchmarks

Key points:

– Debate regarding staffing levels in aged care homes is premised on evidence in health services where a direct relationship between nursing staff mix and quality of care has been established. As with health care, quality in aged care is impacted not only by staffing levels. It is also driven by organisational culture, skill mix and consistency in staffing personnel.

– A key finding in this study is that, among comparable countries, the USA Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Compare system employs the most comprehensive approach to staffing levels. This is the best system currently available internationally to evaluate existing Australian staffing levels. Further, it provides a useful model that could be progressively refined and adapted in Australia to inform future staffing requirements.

– The CMS system uses a 5 star rating to define adequacy of care staffing levels in residential aged care services, with ratings adjusted to take account of differences between homes in terms of the complexity of their resident’s care needs (‘casemix adjustment’). Refining the USA model to make it suitable for use in Australia, our judgement is that:

  • 1 or 2 stars represent unacceptable levels of staffing
  • 3 stars is acceptable
  • 4 stars is good, and
  • 5 stars is best practice

– More than half of all Australian aged care residents (57.6%) are in homes that have 1 or 2 star staffing levels.

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