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The Office of Regional Youth has announced $10.3m in funding for the Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative to support recovery from the impacts of bushfires, floods and covid-19.
The Initiative will improve access to programs and resources to help children and young people recover, build resilience, strengthen community networks and improve mental health and wellbeing.
The funding can be used to deliver a range of activities to promote social inclusion for regional children and youth aged 0-24 years including community events, peer support programs, mental health training and more.
Small grants (under $10,000) and large grants (between $10,000-$50,000) are available for eligible applicants.
This initiative has been funded through the NSW COVID-19 Economic Recovery Initiative and the NSW and Commonwealth governments flood and storm Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Small grants will remain open until 31 March 2023 or until funds are fully expended and large grants until 31 December 2022 or until funds are fully expended.
To check your eligibility or for more information click here.
Northern Rivers Women’s and Children’s Services Incorporated has a position currently available for a Project Officer – Communications Specialist.
Permanent part time minimum 2 days per week (14 hours per week) / SCHADS Level 3 Pay Point 1 / Salary sacrificing offered.
Northern Rivers Women’s and Children’s Services Incorporated has a position currently available for a Project Officer – Communications Specialist.
Permanent part time minimum 2 days per week (14 hours per week)
SCHADS Level 3 Pay Point 1
Salary sacrificing offered.
Purpose of the position
The Communications Specialist is primarily responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating the NORWACS brand, contributing to marketing strategies and campaigns. This position will contribute to the delivery of best-practice and innovative marketing and communication strategies and will work to ensure that NORWACS’ promotional activities and community engagement complement organisational objectives.
A copy of the information package, including position description and selection criteria is attached with this advertisement and can be requested by email to [email protected].
Applications must include a brief cover letter, the completed Application Form, Selection Criteria Responses and current resume.
Applications should be emailed to [email protected] and be received by 9am, Monday, 2 May 2022.
A Working with Children check will be undertaken on the preferred candidate/s.
All applicants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as per the Public Health (COVID 19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order 2021.
NORWACS considers being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification for this position under s31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).
Tabulam’s family fun day, which was cancelled during the floods, has been re-scheduled for Friday, May 13.
Full Stop, formerly known as Rape & Domestic Violence Service Australia are seeking a counselor for their Community Based Counseling Service run out of the Lismore Womens Health and Resource Centre once a week.
Counsellor Community Based Counselling Services
||Counsellor Community Based Counselling Services (CBCS)
||Permanent Part-Time 7.75 hours per week
||Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry (SCHCADS) Award 2010 Level 5.3, Above Award $20,585.24 per annum plus 10% superannuation ($22,643.76 per annum total package)
||Director, Counselling Services
|Key internal contacts:
||CBCS Counsellors, Counselling Service Managers, Director, Counselling Services
|Key external contacts
||WHC staff, clients
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The Community Based Counselling Service (CBCS) is a specialist counselling service for women who have experienced sexual assault in childhood. The CBCS programs offers individual clients up to two-years of free specialist counselling and therapy focusing on healing and processing the impacts of trauma.
This position operates out of Lismore Women’s Health & Resource Centre (WHC) but is funded and managed by Full Stop Australia (FSA). The program is offered across 6 WHCs across NSW. The CBCS counselling team operates as part of the larger telephone, online and in-person counselling services offered by FSA.
Please note, this is not a casework position. The Counsellor CBCS’s core role is to provide medium to long-term intensive counselling and therapeutic support. Therefore, applicants should have appropriate experience and qualifications to undertake work of this nature and scope.
This position of trust demands the highest levels of professionalism, ethical behaviour and an awareness of multiple factors which will influence individual client’s responses to both the trauma and the counselling provided. The CBCS will provide a service that is client-centred, non-judgemental, feminist, culturally safe, supportive and responsive.
All Counsellor CBCS’s are Mandatory Reporters and are compelled by legislation to identify and respond to children and young people at risk of harm.
Counsellor CBCS’s are part of FSA’s broader team, and so will have opportunities to engage with our exciting policy and law reform work, our best-practice training, and our innovative projects. We ground everything we do in the diverse grassroots experience of our counsellors and case workers, and people with lived experience of sexual, domestic, and family violence.
- Provide medium to long term individual counselling and therapy to address the impacts of trauma to women who have experienced childhood sexual trauma.
- The preferred mode of delivery is in-person. However, the Counsellor may be required to offer counselling via telephone or via videoconferencing if services are impacted by Covid-related measures, natural disasters and so on.
- Provide, in accordance with the organisation’s Code of Ethics and contemporary professional standards, client-focused, compassionate and ethical counselling and support to FSA clients.
- Conduct therapeutic planning, clinical networking, advocacy and referral for clients as needed.
- Ensure counselling services provided are evidence-based and meet best practice standards.
- In conjunction with management, prepare statements and reports in support of clients.
- Work in a collaborative and collegial manner with fellow employees and interagency networks.
- Access debrief/handover to ensure all necessary information is conveyed and to minimise the impacts of vicarious trauma on self.
- Meet statutory obligations as Mandatory Reporters of children and young people at risk of harm
- Ensure that work is carried out to a high standard of professionalism, efficiency, effectiveness and accuracy, timeframes are met, and client confidentiality is maintained according to policy.
- Attend and actively participate in clinical supervision, team meetings, professional development, performance appraisals and self-care plans.
- Comply with all policies and procedures of FSA, including information collection, quality improvement, risk management procedures, record keeping and administrative practices of the organisation.
- Ensure work practices comply with the codes of the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Association of Social.
- Participate in an orientation process.
- Comply with the organisation’s policies and procedures.
- Work in accordance with the organisation’s best practice and quality assurance framework.
- Participate in the organisation’s projects and activities.
- Attend and actively participate in the organisation’s meetings.
- Maintain an awareness of socio, political and feminist issues.
- Participate in professional development.
- Ensure work practices are ethical and comply with the FSA Code of Ethics and the code of any professional associations of which the employee may be a member.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Commitment to the provision of excellence in counselling service provision.
- Ability to incorporate feminist perspectives within counselling frameworks.
- Detailed understanding of the causes and consequences of sexual assault, family and domestic violence.
- Demonstrated well developed communication and negotiation skills.
- Experience in written advocacy and clinical report writing.
- A minimum four year Bachelor degree in psychology, social work or counselling.
- Minimum three years (full time equivalent) counselling experience. This may include face-to-face, and/or telephone, and/or online counselling.
- Experience in working with adults who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence and related trauma in childhood and in offering medium to long term counselling to clients with complex presentation will be well regarded.
- Computer literacy.
- Flexibility and responsiveness to work tasks.
- Superior emotional competence when operating in a high demand trauma environment.
- Responsive and competent work management capacity.
- Ability to travel to Sydney on a quarterly basis
- Ability to provide therapeutic services in a culturally appropriate way.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Please note under the Public Health Order 2021 all staff are required to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine or provide evidence of an exemption.
FSA holds an exemption under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act and only employs female workers for clinical positions.
For all enquiries, please email [email protected]
To apply, click the below link and send your resume and cover letter addressing the skills and experience required to the role.
The latest Australian Community Sector Survey finds that the pandemic has further compounded chronic under-funding in the community sector, pushing many services and workers to their limits. This has severely impacted the services they can offer and their ability to retain staff.
The report ‘Carrying the Costs of the Crisis’, undertaken by the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW Sydney for ACOSS and the State and Territory Councils of Social Service, supported by Bendigo Bank, explores the experiences of 1828 community sector workers, including 513 service leaders (CEOs and senior managers), and 640 frontline workers.
In addition to the acute under-investment, a third of service leaders expect their finances to worsen in 2022 and many sector leaders and workers are offsetting funding shortfalls by performing large amounts of unpaid work.
In terms of current funding:
- Only 20% said it covers the full cost of service delivery.
- Only 17% said it recognises increasing wage costs.
- Only 14% said it properly recognises their overheads.
- Only 14% reported indexation arrangements for their main funding source are adequate.
ACOSS CEO, Dr Cassandra Goldie, said:
“Coupled with boosted income support payments, the extraordinary care and help provided by community services bolstered the resilience of our community to the social and economic shocks of the pandemic.
“Yet, community sector workers and service leaders, about 80% female, are being forced to carry an enormous physical and psychological burden to cover funding shortfalls and ensure people in need can still access essential services.
“Underfunding issues are being made much worse by the fact that too many community sector organisations are being forced to rely on insecure short-term Government contracts. Some of these contracts may last for only a year which makes it extremely difficult to plan ahead or offer any certainty to staff or clients.
“Community sector workers provide complex services to people in need. The work is incredibly rewarding but also stressful and relentless, especially during the pandemic. Without more stable funding, organisations cannot offer the job security and career advancement that these workers deserve. Little wonder then that nearly one in three of the people who participated in our survey plan to leave their role in the next year and almost one in ten are considering leaving their industry altogether.
“There is a reasonable fear among sector leaders that the situation will only get worse, without a change to policy settings.
“The shadow of COVID is likely to be long, and community services must be given the resources they need to care for our community as we face further COVID variants.
“Community organisations should be able to rely on governments to fund them appropriately so they can provide quality services to all who need them and pay their workers fairly.
“In this election, we are seeking a commitment from all parties and candidates to address chronic underfunding as a priority to strengthen the resilience of communities. As a matter of urgency, we are calling for a Community Sector Continuity of Service Enabling Fund to be established to ensure continuity of service delivery, adaptation, secure jobs, prevent loss of jobs or income, and to guarantee paid special leave for all workers, as well as improving indexation for community sector funding.”
To secure essential community services, ACOSS is calling for the next Government to:
- Create a Community Sector Continuity of Service Enabling Fund to ensure continuity of service delivery, adaptation, secure jobs, prevent loss of jobs or income, and guarantee paid special leave for all workers.
- Improve indexation for community sector funding.
- Conduct an assessment of community need for essential services.
- Protect people at greatest risk from ongoing health impacts of COVID-19.
The next Government must also raise the revenue needed to meet the big challenges and properly fund essential services:
- Guarantee essential services and safety nets for all that need them.
- Rescind the unfair and unaffordable ‘’Stage 3’’ tax cuts for people on higher incomes.
- Review the tax system to strengthen revenue and improve fairness with a focus on tax concessions that are economically and socially harmful and elimination of fossil fuel subsidies.
- Shield people with the least resources from any spending reductions.
Sector representatives and people with lived experience are available for interview.
Read the report at: https://www.acoss.org.au/australias-community-sector-survey-2022/
Every Age Counts presents their latest Free webinar May 17 called The Missing Link: Australian Leadership and support for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons. Join in from 10:30- 11:30 am. Robert Tickner and Marlene Krasovitsky are the guest speakers, along with
Increase home safety with a simple test that measures mobility in seniors. Daily Caring has provided a video and other resources to support seniors to stay independent as long as possible. Follow the link for further details
Older Person’s Advocacy Network presents a free online event looking at a family’s experience with dementia to take place on Tuesday, May 17 from 11:30am- 12:30pm.
Everybody’s Oma is a personal story about one family’s dementia journey. During lockdown, Jason van Genderen’s playful video experiments helped his mother, Hendrika, make sense of her home isolation. Register in the link below https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/everybodys-oma-a-familys-dementia-journey-registration-321119576297?aff=NationalAdvocate3
In November 2020, the NSW Government established a $50 million Social Sector Transformation Fund (SSTF), to help small to medium sized charities and not-for-profits adapt their operations, and invest in new systems and technologies, so they could continue to provide responsive services to their communities.
In announcing the SSTF, the then NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet acknowledged the crucial role that small and medium-sized charities and not-for-profits play in the lives of vulnerable people right across the State, and that the sector was hit hard by the pandemic with surges in demand and increased costs of providing COVID-safe services.
The SSTF was rolled out in three parts. These free advisory and information services are the third part of the program.
The overall objective of the services is to assist small to medium not-for-profits to remain efficient, effective and viable.
The services will conclude on 30 September 2022
Build on the great work you do by accessing this NSW Government-funded service. Check out the services provided aimed at assisting small and medium NFPs to strengthen capacity and build effectiveness.
- Access free consultancy services in governance, strategy, evaluation or financial growth.
- Get advice on how to choose a CRM that is effective for your organisation or how to migrate your files to the cloud.
- Get a free ‘legal health check’ or advice on employment matters.
- Upskill your staff in telepractice or provide coaching for emerging leaders.
- Have a strategic conversation on how to efficiently and effectively use extra funds that quickly need to be spent.
To find out more https://www.ncoss.org.au/sstf-free-information-and-advisory-service/?utm_source=newsletter_677&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ncoss-sector-e-news-30-september-2021