Here is the link to last Friday’s Fire-side Yarn with Emeritus Professor Aunty Judy Atkinson, talking everything trauma and healing.
FIRST Friday Fire Side Yars with Aunty Judy Atkinson
Here we go!! 🔥FIRST Friday Fire Side Yarns with Aunty Judy Atkinson🔥 – talking up everything trauma and Healing (tune in every Friday night from 5pm – 6pm AEST). Like the page We Al-li Programs to get notifications of the next event.#wealli #wealliprograms #fridayfiresideyarnswithauntyjudyatkinson #CITIHA #culturallyinformedtraumaintegratedhealingapproach #judyatkinson #carlieatkinson #traumahealing
Posted by We Al-li Programs on Thursday, 23 April 2020
HELP YOUR CHILD DEVELOP, BUILD RELATIONSHIPS AND ENCOURAGE THEIR LOVE OF LEARNING BY BECOMING A HIPPY FAMILY
HIPPY is a two-year home-based early childhood learning and parenting program delivered by trained Tutors. The Tutors empower and encourage families to extend their parenting skills and engage with their children by introducing reading, play and educational activities for 15 minutes per day.
To do HIPPY you must be: • Living in the Lismore or Goonellabah area; and • Caring for a child in the year before they start school (around four years old). Tick the boxes that apply to you:
· Do you hold a Health Care Card?
· Is your child Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?
· Are you caring for an out-of-home child?
· Are you receiving a form of government support payment?
· Are you a single parent?
· Is English not your first language?
Priority will be given to families who tick one or more of these boxes and who have not completed HIPPY previously.
Have you done HIPPY before?
For further information, please contact:
Zoe Dodd YWCA Australia Northern NSW
Ph: 0450 840 179
Email: [email protected]
Some CHSP workers don’t have access to workplace EAP counselling services or may be looking for additional support during this very stressful time.
These resources may help.
Mindspot – Coronavirus 1800614424 Free telephone counselling and resources – Maintaining Wellbeing for People Working on the Front Line https://mindspot.org.au/coronavirus
PHN funded mental health programs https://ncphn.org.au/coronavirus-information
They have just received additional funding to support people through the pandemic – all services at present are phone or teleconference
If any aged care staff need to speak to a counsellor they can call the Beyond Blue Nationwide Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service 1800 512 348
See link: https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au
• Workers don’t need a referral from a doctor, they can self-refer.
• If they are feeling really anxious or stressed they can visit their doctor, get a mental health care plan with a support psychologist
• New Access Coach- 6 sessions-for low intensity cognitive behaviour therapy- NewAccess is a free mental health coaching program for anyone who is feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed about everyday life issues. NewAccess is currently only available in parts of ACT, NSW, QLD and VIC.
You can find a coach in your area using the search link: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/newaccess/where-are-your-access-coaches-located
• Beyond blue have a Webchat with counsellors available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via phone, webchat and email.
• ReachOut also have a 24/7 webchat (also recommended by Beyond Blue) https://au.reachout.com/
The supplement funding for small business may be useful for some providers.
Author: Linda Wirf
Project Coordinator Strategy and Engagement, Social Futures
In light of the continued restrictions from COVID-19, I wanted to share some key updates about the Ageing and Disability Commission, and how we can continue to support you during the course of this pandemic.
The Ageing and Disability Abuse Helpline is still available
It is critical to know that concerns about actual or potential abuse, neglect and exploitation of an older person or an adult with disability can still be made to the Ageing and Disability Abuse Helpline. Our operations have not been impacted by COVID-19, and our Helpline staff can still receive calls Monday – Friday, 9-5PM.
Ageing and Disability Commission staff are still available
Our Parramatta office remains open, and working from home arrangements are also in place in accordance with both Federal and State Government guidelines. If you need to contact our office, you can still do so via [email protected] or 02 4904 7500.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. It has become clear that due to COVID-19 restrictions, face to face events on this day will not go ahead. This is also appropriate given the vulnerabilities of older people, and the high transmission risk of the novel coronavirus in gatherings.
However, this is a significant day to bring awareness to issues of abuse of older people, and to promote their valued contribution to society. We will support this day through other means – including a short video that will be shared with you to promote across your websites or social media channels, and additional social media content to continue raising awareness throughout the week beginning 15 June. A media release template will also be issued for use in your local area, and we will be running a series of radio messages during this time. If you have any questions on this campaign activity, please contact Renee at [email protected] or 0438 489 245.
Useful information for older people
There are a range of useful services and initiatives that can support older people during this pandemic:
• Service NSW remains a valuable resource to connect people to information and services they may need, including emergency food packages. Anyone can contact Service NSW 24/7 on 13 77 88.
• Welfare checks can be conducted on older Australians who have elected to defer aged care home services during the COVID-19 pandemic, via OPAN (Older Person’s Advocacy Network). Service providers need to refer their client to OPAN via this web form. The web
form will require a password which can be obtained through aged care provider peak organisations, or by calling 1800 237 981.
• It is important that we remain socially connected to our older family members and neighbours. We have created this tip sheet to help your community with ways to ensure an older persons needs are still being attended to.
Robert Fitzgerald – Ageing and Disability Commission
Join us online in a community of practice where we will discuss and share helpful strategies for supporting people living with dementia while in social isolation.
Dementia Australia invites you and your team to join us online for a free 90-minute session. The session will explore the many ways you can provide support for people living with dementia whilst also taking care of your own health. We will also share the experiences of Alzheimer’s Association of China during their recent social restrictions and what they learnt from carers and people living with dementia.
Please choose the date and time that suits you best. Each session is limited to 40 participants. There will be a wait list function on each session – please use this to register for your preferred session and we can be back in touch if we have enough interest on a particular time-frame to run a second session. Alternatively, if none of these times currently suit you, please send an email to [email protected]
Please follow this link to register for this free online session.
A new research-to-practice brief has been published by the Australian Childhood Foundation Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care titled ‘Enabling young people’s participation in residential care decision-making’.
The brief draws from international literature to examine: what is participation, and why is it important, in residential out-of-home care?
What are the most effective models of participation, and how can practitioners enable the participation of young people, in their own lives, in program design and organisational decision making?
Feedback welcome to [email protected] Check out the Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care’s other publications here: https://cetc.org.au/publications/.
Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) are providing- Technology for children, families and young people in need during COVID-19.
Key facts: Giving away repurposed laptops/tablets with Microsoft Office applications. Seeking applications from organisations who work with households who will benefit from the provision of a laptop and/or internet access, specifically – children aged 0-5 years and young people who are disengaged from school.
Applications close Friday 1 May 2020.
To submit an application on behalf of a child, young person, family or carer in need follow link.
Ready Set Go (RSG) are continuing to provide services, though with a different model of service provision. RSG meetings/ consultations with both Early Childhood (E.C) services and parents are being conducted via phone / video calls rather than face to face. We are available and working to support the children and families in our program. The team are mostly working from home. We are also using this time to innovate and develop resources to enhance our program.
From Term 2, some of the RSG the team may commence visiting some services and having limited Face to Face meetings whilst adhering to social distancing requirements. RSG are contacting E.C services to determine if some limited visiting may commence.
At this stage, the ACCESS Bus is continuing to be provided as long as there need for service (or until Government and/or our organisational directives change).
We have increased our hand washing/ cleaning / hygiene as per the health authority recommendations generally and particularly in relation to the ACCESS Bus.
Please direct enquiries and/or referrals to Lindy O’Brien E: [email protected] M: 0409 071 623
Here are links to Northern NSW Local Health District free online programs for healthy eating, activity, quit smoking and reducing alcohol intake https://nnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/health-promotion/
Healthy Places and Spaces
Staying Active, Staying Safe
Closing the Gap
Healthy Communities Northern Rivers
The Family Centre’s Term 2 Course Program is now available. We offer courses in the Tweed, Byron and Ballina Shires.
Go to www.thefamilycentre.org.au for more info.