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FREE activities happening for ages 12-25 years during term 4 at the YWCA

FREE activities happening for ages 12-25 years during term 4 at the YWCA

There are lots of exciting FREE activities for 12-25 year olds happening during term 4 at the YWCA.
Transport Available.

– Intro to Conservation and Land Management TAFE Courses
– Life Skills workshops
– Youth Connections Clubhouse (Social Futures)

Cafe Skills TAFE Course

– Cafe Skills TAFE course
– Art, crafts, movement and movie nights

REGISTER FOR LIFE SKILLS WORKSHOPS HERE or contact Alexia 0491 053 949 or [email protected] 

Annual General Meeting Homelessness NSW

Annual General Meeting Homelessness NSW

The Homelessness NSW Annual General Meeting is being held on Thursday 22 October from 9.30am – 11am.

The Meeting will include presentations from two invited guests:

The Hon Gareth Ward MP, Minister for Families, Communities and Disabilities
Associate Professor Cameron Parsell – Reflections on homelessness during 2020 – a follow up from his keynote presentation at the 2020 Homelessness NSW Conference

The agenda is attached.

Register in advance for this meeting:  Zoom registration link 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Meeting papers will be sent prior to the meeting to those who have registered.

FREE sessions available in October on Generation Next’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub

FREE sessions available in October on Generation Next’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub

Generation Next is offering two FREE sessions as part of our Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People Online Seminar.

The sessions are available to all, free of charge for the month of October.

We hope you’ll spread the word to ensure that as many of your colleagues and friends gain practical strategies for supporting young people.

Find out more and sign up at https://pd.generationnext.com.au

A little about the sessions…

SessionNavigating Teen Mental Health Evidence-based Drug Education for Preventing Drug-related Harms
Presenter/sMs Shai Mikus, Volunteer Youth Presenter, Black Dog InstituteMs Tara Guckel, Ms Felicity Duong, Dr Kylie Routledge, Dr Smriti Nepal and Dr Lexine Stapinski, Positive Choices
SummaryParticipants will gain an insight into mental illness from a lived experience perspective; skills to recognise signs of mental illness and strategies for having a meaningful conversation if you are worried about a young person’s mental health.This presentation discusses the role school communities can play in drug and alcohol prevention, the importance of evidence-based prevention practices and offers strategies for preventing harm from alcohol and other drugs. 
Duration50 minutes60 minutes
InclusionsPDF CoursebookReflection QuizCertificate of completionPDF CoursebookReflection QuizCertificate of completion
Youth Work Week Virtual Summit –  Nov 4

Youth Work Week Virtual Summit – Nov 4

Join us during International Youth Work Week as we explore youth work in a world changing under our feet Wednesday 4th November 2020

Youth Action NSW is proud to be supporting the summit, alongside other peak bodies for young people across Australia. Our very own Kate Munro will be contributing to the ‘State of the Nation’ panel discussion looking at what we have learned during 2020, and what we will take into the future.

Key topics being covered in the sessions are:

  • What we have learned during the COVID-19 crisis that we can take into the future of youth work
  • Best practices for engaging young people online
  • Cultural competencies in youth work
  • Approaches to youth participation in practice

Link to International Youth Week Summit

Nominations open for the 2021 Tweed Shire Australia Day Awards

Nominations open for the 2021 Tweed Shire Australia Day Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Tweed Shire Australia Day Awards!

This event is an opportunity for the Tweed Shire to formally acknowledge young people’s valuable contributions to the community and beyond by nominating them for the ‘Young Achiever in Community Service’ award.  This award is for a young person 25 years of age and under, who has made a significant contribution to the community’. I encourage all service staff to consider nominating a young person for this prestigious award.

The Award nomination process is now open until 4.30pm on Friday 16 October 2020 and further information can be found by visiting www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/AustraliaDayNomination

Rural Health Seminar Series – A Framework to Evaluate and Understand Access to Healthcare in the Northern Rivers

Rural Health Seminar Series – A Framework to Evaluate and Understand Access to Healthcare in the Northern Rivers

Ensuring access to health services is widely accepted as key to improving health outcomes. Like other rural communities, people living in Northern NSW have poorer access to and use of health services compared to people living in urban areas. This is amplified for minority and disadvantaged groups in our community.

Measuring access to care and identifying dimensions of access is challenging. In this seminar we will discuss how access is conceptualised in relation to a framework that integrates demand and supply side dimensions of access to care. This interactive seminar will be useful for anyone interested in improving access to care, through program implementation, evaluation, reflection or research.

Presented by Ross Bailie and Jodie Bailie

To register: Zoom registration link

Training Session – Centrelink Debts and Robodebts

Training Session – Centrelink Debts and Robodebts

In April, the Australian Government announced a ‘debt pause’ and Centrelink largely stopped contacting people to tell them they’d been overpaid. Although Centrelink stopped raising debts, they haven’t stopped calculating them.

The debt pause is scheduled to end on 30 October and we’re anticipating a debt ‘surge’ as more than 6 months of debt notices are sent out. The numbers are compounded by a range of factors including the unprecedented number of people claiming payments; Centrelink dropping some standard reporting requirements during the initial COVID response; many people’s lack of familiarity with Centrelink requirements; and overlapping payments of JobSeeker and JobKeeper. A lot of people are unaware they’ve been overpaid and have no idea what’s coming.

During the debt pause, people repaying debts were able to ask for repayments to be suspended. They will also need to start re-payments.
Welfare Rights Centre’s free community legal education session, Centrelink Debts and Robodebts, will outline options when Centrelink raises a debt. Speakers will cover common reasons debts are raised and measures you can take to check that there really is a debt and the amount of the debt has been calculated correctly. They will also address how to negotiate repayments.

The session will outline how to appeal Centrelink decisions that are incorrect or seem unfair, and the type of circumstances in which a debt can be waived. It will also address garnishee actions, Departure Prohibition Orders and possible criminal prosecution.
Speakers will also provide an overview of the current situation regarding Robodebts, including the Government’s commitment to refund recovered money and the pending class action for compensation.

Jointly presented by Welfare Rights Centre’s Solicitor and Community Legal Education Officer, the session will include case studies and time for questions. Participants are welcome to submit questions beforehand to ensure areas of particular interest are covered.

This training session is not an RLC event. For more information please contact Welfare Rights Centre: [email protected] . Welfare Rights Centre is a specialist community legal centre providing free legal advice on Centrelink and social security matters to people in NSW.

Please follow this link for bookings.