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Workshops to improve Northern Rivers mental health and alcohol and other drugs services

Workshops to improve Northern Rivers mental health and alcohol and other drugs services

Healthy North Coast is holding workshops to help improve the design and delivery of mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) services in our region.

The workshops, being held with our local health partners, the North Coast community and health care providers, are part of a new reform project for mental health, suicide prevention and AOD services.

Data from the Healthy North Coast 2022-25 Health Needs Assessment and other sources shows us that we need to do things differently to meet the needs of our community. To find out more, visit the reform project webpage today.

Thanks to those who participated in the Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie workshops. There’s still time to join tomorrow’s Grafton session or Tweed (Thursday, September 1) and Lismore (Friday, September 2). If you can attend, click here to register now.

You’ll be joining professional colleagues, service providers, community groups, people with lived experience and carers to help improve health outcomes for our community.

We know not everyone will be able to make it to one of the workshops, to be held in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Grafton, Tweed Heads and Lismore. So, we’re planning follow-up sessions for GPs and mental health clinicians to ensure all voices can be heard as part of the reform process.

Support Raise the Rate NOW!

Support Raise the Rate NOW!

In just a few days, members of the government, civil society, business leaders, and unions will come together for the Jobs Summit.

Already, there is a lot of talk about unemployment, skills training, and job creation by economists and others. But we need to make sure that our political representatives are hearing what it’s really like to struggle to get by on income support, without enough or any employment.

Can you email your MP and share your experience of struggling to get by on income support?

We know that people on income support payments who are seeking paid work face massive barriers that prevent them finding a job.

People with disabilities, single parents, people who are out of paid work long-term, and older workers are consistently pushed to the back of the job queue because employers aren’t willing to give them a chance.

And the outrageously low rate of JobSeeker and other income support payments makes it nearly impossible for people to cover basic expenses, let alone retrain and find a new job.

We need to make sure that our representatives are hearing these stories before the summit this week so that they get a full picture of what it’s like to live on income support. Click here to email your MP

Accidental Counselling webinar

Accidental Counselling webinar

NCOSS is hosting a two-part training (via Zoom) on “Accidental Counselling” to be held, Thurs-Fri, 15-16 September, from 12:30 to 2:30pm.

These events are delivered by the NCOSS Building Resilience for Emergency Responses Team with the support of the NSW Government’s Social Sector Transformation Fund.

Priority will be given to registrations from small- to medium- sized NCOSS member organisations.

Registrations open next Monday, 29 August for.  Further details here

 

Planning and Preparing for Community-led Disaster Recovery

Planning and Preparing for Community-led Disaster Recovery

NCOSS is hosting a free webinar on “Planning and Preparing for Community-led Disaster Recovery” to be held Thursday, 22 September 2022, from 12:30 to 2:30pm.

These events are delivered by the NCOSS Building Resilience for Emergency Responses Team with the support of the NSW Government’s Social Sector Transformation Fund.

Priority will be given to registrations from small- to medium- sized NCOSS member organisations.

Registrations open next Monday, 29 August for.  Further details here

 

RiverTracks is looking for a youth worker

RiverTracks is looking for a youth worker

RiverTracks is looking for a youth worker to join our small team.

The  Youth Worker will be based in Murwillumbah, Tweed Valley.

More about the role:

  • Award & Classification: SCSES NSW [MA000100] between Level 2.1 to 3.2
  • Employment Status: Part-time casual – between 15-20 hours per week
  • Reporting to: Operations Manager
  • Key focus area: Facilitation of youth program
  • Hourly rate: Between $38.08-$43.78 per hour, depending on experience
  • Employment conditions: Due to the nature of the work we do with at-risk youth, flexibility with work hours will be required.

ABOUT RIVERTRACKS

Rivertracks offer a lifeline to disengaged young people by helping them to build skills that will lead them toward employment and achieving their life goals. The program is free for participants and runs on Monday and Tuesday with occasional extra days for volunteer work and training opportunities. The program focuses on developing work skills, building relationships with and engaging at-risk young people thirteen and above.

Rivertracks work flexibly with young people to explore their interests and create pathways for them to develop life skills and practical capabilities in their interest areas. By working with local charities, landholders and businesses to create mutually beneficial exchanges, working therapeutically with dogs, running weekend activities and hosting guest activities Rivertracks co-create a safe, supportive and inclusive community-based support program for vulnerable young people that ensures they feel they belong to and are valued by our community.

Their vision is a world where vulnerable young people are empowered with opportunities for belonging, and the skills to find their individual purpose.

Their purpose is to co-create a safe, supportive and inclusive community with young people that provides belonging, life skills and work pathways.

Their goal is to emulate the innovative approach to working with young people established by BackTrack in Armidale. BackTrack is a centre of excellence for working with disengaged young people to enable them to achieve full potential in their lives and have a positive impact in the communities they live in.

ABOUT THE ROLE

RiverTracks has been operating for over 9 months and has engaged a small group of young people who participate in our program two days a week. Many of the participants were affected by the recent flood events and have suffered ongoing disruptions to their education journey.

RiverTracks are looking for an experienced youth worker with group facilitation skills to help support a healthy and respectful culture within the group and to work with our other youth workers and operations manager to develop and lead youth work with our participants.

RiverTracks have a strong resource base, wonderful community support, and an engaged and talented board to support this role.

The position will report directly, and have line responsibility, to the Operations Manager.

Bundjalung Art Market in Kyogle

Bundjalung Art Market in Kyogle

Arts Northern Rivers is inviting Indigenous artists, artisans and craft makers who are based in, or who have a connection to the Bundjalung region to book a stall at the upcoming Art on Bundjalung Market to be held in Kyogle.

Celebrating the creative cultural heritage of the Bundjalung region, this years market will be held on Saturday, October 22. The market welcomes a mix of established and emerging artists and collectives employing traditional and contemporary materials including weaving, ceramics, carving, photography, painting and textiles.

Applications close 15 September. 

Lismore City Council launches it RAP

Lismore City Council launches it RAP

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg launched Council’s new Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at the 2022 NAIDOC Day celebrations.

“This is Council’s third RAP. It is designed to support and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and embed reconciliation throughout Council,” he said.

The RAP will run for two years and outlines specific actions for achieving Council’s vision for reconciliation.

Focus of the 2022/24 RAP is on developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, engaging staff and stakeholders towards reconciliation, and developing and piloting innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Mayor Krieg said the latest RAP was built on the successes and achievement of the two previous RAPs.

“A workplace, and a society that is inclusive of all, listens to each other, and works together to achieve a common goal is my vision for Lismore, he said.

“This will take time, but with the commitment and direction of our Reconciliation Action Plan, it is a goal that I believe is achievable in the foreseeable future.”

“I would like to thank all of Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff who stood up and helped to develop this plan. I look forward to working closely with all Council staff to make this plan a reality.”

If you would like to read the RAP, it can be found on Council’s website at www.lismore.nsw.gov.au under the Council & Engagement tab or on the Reconciliation Australia website.

Aboriginal-led commissioning call out

Aboriginal-led commissioning call out

The NSW Department of Communities and Justice is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) to tender for Aboriginal-led Commissioning.

Interested ACCOs that meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to a full tender process in September/October.

We invite eligible organisations to participate, and ask you to distribute this opportunity widely to your networks. Group submissions are welcome.

Details: Title: Aboriginal-led Commissioning RFT ID: DCJ2022009

Register for NSW eTendering access to download the EOI package

Dates: Open from Monday 15 August until 11.00am Monday 5 September 2022

Note: Late submissions will not be accepted

Additional information:

Download the full EOI package from NSW eTendering for more detail on the project.

Send questions to [email protected]

About Aboriginal-led Commissioning:

Aboriginal-led Commissioning is to be trialled in a new initiative under Closing the Gap Priority Reforms.

Aboriginal-led Commissioning will give Aboriginal communities decision-making power when it comes to the design, procurement, delivery, management, monitoring and evaluation of programs and services.

Driven by principles of self-determination and accountability, this approach will ensure that solutions are owned by Aboriginal communities

TAFE NSW is looking for Facilities Officers

TAFE NSW is looking for Facilities Officers

TAFE NSW have a number of Facilities Officer roles going in several different locations. The Aboriginal Employment Team will be running an information session Wednesday 24th August @ 5pm for anyone who might be interested in applying. To register for the information session, may we ask for you to register here

A link to the job ads are below:

For the position on Bundjalung Country (Casino) apply here

For the position on Wiradjuri Country (Cootamundra) and Gungangara Country (Goulburn) apply here

For the position on Gadigal Country (Eora) apply here

For the position on Wiradjuri Country (Dubbo) apply here