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Reflections from Strengthening Days for Aboriginal Family Support and Early Childhood workers in Northern Rivers- Term 1, 2021

Reflections from Strengthening Days for Aboriginal Family Support and Early Childhood workers in Northern Rivers- Term 1, 2021

During March 2021, a total of 33 Aboriginal Family Support and Early Childhood workers in Northern Rivers participated in the Term 1, Strengthening Day series.

The sessions were held:

  •          Online session held Thursday 18 March 2021, facilitated by We Al-li 
  •         Face to face session held Friday 26 March 2021 at Ballina Surf Club, facilitated by We Al-li

Feedback from both sessions was positive and we are working with We Al-li to confirm dates for the next session to be held in Term 2, 2021. Please look out for promotion.

Facilitators of the face to face session shared the following reflection:

Participants showed up with openness to sit in circle together to create a safe space for dialogue, and to explore the themes for the day. Strengthening Days for Aboriginal Family Support and Early Childhood workers have been running for a while now and the March events focus was on Strengthening Cultural & Spiritual identities through Healing Circles, poetry, movement and art.

In answer to the question, ‘What makes you feel safe?’ some of the responses were, ‘respect, opportunity to sit and observe, not being pressured, open & honest sharing, listening, appreciation, humility, listening to learn-learning to talk, who we are together, learning-dreaming-developing’.

With these Principles on Participation in place, we knew we could circle back to safety as often as we needed to.

We explored, ‘what is healing’, and discovered that it’s, ‘spiritual, the long haul, deep listening, connection to language and Country, telling your story, ugly, confrontational, connection, grandchildren, discovery of self, using your voice to change & educate, embody it, that we need tools to unpack the rubbish bin and that we all have the capacity to be healers’.

Sharing these yarns helped us to see where we were at, we also discussed possibilities for the future, solid direction forward in Communities of Care and Communities of Practice.

We checked out feeling, grateful, comfortable, empowered and connected, humbled, feeling heard, spiritually nourished, content, stronger, supported and calm.

Thanks for this opportunity to sit and share, it was truly an inspiring day.

Strengthening Days are a Better Chances Forum project, supported by Social Futures, YWCA Communities for Children, Northcott and NSW Department of Communities and Justice. These sessions were facilitated by We Al-Li

For further information go to www.socialfutures.org.au/development/better-chances-forum/
or contact the Better Chances Forum, phone 0416 277 244, email [email protected]

Registration open- ‘Working Together’- Lismore, Lennox Coast and Richmond Networks

Registration open- ‘Working Together’- Lismore, Lennox Coast and Richmond Networks

You are invited to participate in ‘Working Together’- Connecting schools and community service providers.

Lismore, Lennox Coast and Richmond Networks

Date Wednesday 11 August 2021
Venue Goonellabah Public School. 595 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah, NSW 2480
Time 9:15am-12:30pm
Register at www.trybooking.com/BPJWY
Lunch provided

How it works                                

‘Working Together’ is a two-hour ‘speed dating’ event. Community service providers (stall holders) set up a small stall and have 5 minutes to speak with school principals and school staff. The providers inform principals/school staff of their service, show how they can work together and provide promotional material. The principals/school staff then move the next stall and the event continues.

A ‘Working Together’ booklet is created for the event which provides a consolidated list of service and contact details. This booklet becomes an easily accessible resource for schools to connect students and families with support.

‘Working Together’ is a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Education (Public Schools) and the Better Chances Forum (BCF), supported by the Tweed Shire Youth Network. It aims to connect schools and community services providers in the Northern Rivers. BCF is convened by Social Futures and funded by NSW Department of Communities and Justice.

Who should attend?

Education staff (including school principals, leadership staff, welfare teachers, careers officers, SRC reps, Home liaison officers, additional needs staff and school counsellors)

Community service providers (eg; health, legal, Police, housing, inclusion, volunteering, adventure programs, Aboriginal service providers, mental health) – who deliver services in the Lismore, Lennox Coast and Richmond school regions

Schools invited to attend

Richmond Network

Lennox Coast Network

Lismore Network 

Kyogle Hs

Alstonville Public

Kadina Hs

Nimbin Cs

Alstonville High

Lismore Hs

Woodenbong Cs

Ballina Public

Richmond River Hs

Afterlee Ps

Ballina Coast

Dorroughby Eec

Barkers Vale Ps

Byron Bay High

Albert Park Ps

Blakebrook Ps

Byron Bay Public

Bexhill Ps

Coffee Camp Ps

Bangalow Public

Caniaba Ps

Collins Crk Ps

Evans Head Public

Clunes Ps

Dunoon Ps

Empire Vale Public

Corndale Ps

Goolmangar Ps

Fernleigh Public

Eltham Ps

Jiggi Ps

Newrybah Public

Eureka Ps

Kyogle Ps

Lennox Head Public

Goonellabah Ps

Larnook Ps

Coraki Public

Lismore Heights Ps

Modanville Ps

Woodburn Public

Lismore Ps

Rukenvale Ps

Broadwater Public

Lismore Sth Ps

The Channon Ps

Wardell Public

Rosebank Ps

The Risk Ps

Rous Public

Tregeagle Ps

Tuntable Creek Ps

Southern Cross Public

Wilson Park Ssp

Urbenville Ps

Southern Cross School of DE Public

Wyrallah Ps

Whian Whian Ps

Wollongbar Public

Wyrallah Road Ps

Wiangaree Ps

Teven-Tintenbah Public

Cabbage Tree Island Public

Event program 

  • Community service providers arrival and stall setup from 8:45am.
  • Education staff arrival at 9:15am (tea/coffee available).
  • ‘Speed dating’ 9:30am-11:30am.
  • Networking lunch 11:30am-12:00pm.
  • Stall holder pack down 12:00pm-12:30pm

To register go to www.trybooking.com/BPJWY
School staff and community services providers should register attendance. Services will be contacted again after booking attendance to provide service information for the booklet or to update existing information.

This is an exciting opportunity to connect schools and community, we appreciate you making attendance a priority. Event will be held within COVID guidelines.

For further information go to www.socialfutures.org.au/development/better-chances-forum/
or contact BCF, phone 0416 277 244, email [email protected]

Registration open- ‘Working Together’- Lismore, Lennox Coast and Richmond Networks

Registration open- ‘Working Together’- Tweed Coast and Wollumbin networks

You are invited to participate in ‘Working Together’- Connecting schools and community service providers.

Tweed Coast and Wollumbin networks

Date- Wednesday 16 June 2021
Venue- Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre, 10-14 Tumbulgum Rd, Murwillumbah NSW 2484
Time- 9:15am-12:30pm
Register at www.trybooking.com/BPJUK
Lunch provided

How it works                                

‘Working Together’ is a two-hour ‘speed dating’ event. Community service providers (stall holders) set up a small stall and have 5 minutes to speak with school principals and school staff. The providers inform principals/school staff of their service, show how they can work together and provide promotional material. The principals/school staff then move the next stall and the event continues.

A ‘Working Together’ booklet is created for the event which provides a consolidated list of service and contact details. This booklet becomes an easily accessible resource for schools to connect students and families with support.

‘Working Together’ is a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Education (Public Schools) and the Better Chances Forum (BCF), supported by the Tweed Shire Youth Network. It aims to connect schools and community services providers in the Northern Rivers. BCF is convened by Social Futures and funded by NSW Department of Communities and Justice.

Who should attend?

Education staff (including school principals, leadership staff, welfare teachers, careers officers, SRC reps, Home liaison officers, additional needs staff and school counsellors)

Community service providers (eg; health, legal, Police, housing, inclusion, volunteering, adventure programs, Aboriginal service providers, mental health) – who deliver services in the Tweed and Wollumbin school regions

Schools invited to attend

WOLLUMBIN NETWORK

TWEED COAST NETWORK

Brunswick Heads Public School

Banora Point Public School

Burringbar Public School

Bilambil Public School

Chillingham Public School

Bogangar Public School

Coorabell Public School

Caldera SSP

Crabbes Creek Public School

Carool Public School

Crystal Creek Public School

Centaur Public School

Durrumbul Public School

Condong Public School

Goonengerry Public School

Cudgen Public School

Main Arm Upper Public School

Dungay Public School

Mullumbimby Public School

Duranbah Public School

Murwillumbah Public School

Fingal Head Public School

Ocean Shores Public School

Kingscliff Public School

Stokers Siding Public School

Murwillumbah East Public School

The Pocket Public School

Pottsville Beach Public School

Tyalgum Public School

Terranora Public School

Uki Public School

Tumbulgum Public School

Upper Coopers Creek Public School

Tweed Heads Public School

Wilsons Creek Public School

Tweed Heads South Public School

Mullumbimby High School

Banora Point High School

Murwillumbah High School

Kingscliff High School

Wollumbin High School

Tweed River High School

Event program 

  • ·         Community service providers arrival and stall setup from 8:45am.
  • ·         Education staff arrival at 9:15am (tea/coffee available).
  • ·         ‘Speed dating’ 9:30am-11:30am.
  • ·         Networking lunch 11:30am-12:00pm.
  • ·         Stall holder pack down 12:00pm-12:30pm

To register go to www.trybooking.com/BPJUK
School staff and community services providers should register attendance. Services will be contacted again after booking attendance to provide service information for the booklet or to update existing information.

This is an exciting opportunity to connect schools and community, we appreciate you making attendance a priority. Event will be held in line with COVID restrictions.

For further information go to www.socialfutures.org.au/development/better-chances-forum/
or contact BCF, phone 0416 277 244, email [email protected]

Better Chances Forum reflection: What are the opportunities and challenges in delivering flexible and responsive services in our region?

Better Chances Forum reflection: What are the opportunities and challenges in delivering flexible and responsive services in our region?

The Better Chances Forum (BCF) brings together people from organisations and groups across the Northern Rivers region of NSW to support better chances for Children and Young People and their families. 

On Tuesday 16 March 2021, 19 members of (BCF) met at Ballina Surf Club to connect, share and reflect on ‘how we can support each other to understand and deliver responsive, accessible and collaborative support alongside children, young people and their families and community. 

This session followed on from a BCF reflection session held in November 2020.  

BCF members stated some of the opportunities and challenges in delivering flexible and responsive services include: 

Investment in networking throughout the Northern Rivers region 

  • Finding flexibility to network is a challenge (attached image) it is an investment in time and resources. However, when we do link up and see results and better outcomes for our families. Suggestions of using connection desks and piggie backing on each other
  • Importance of regional networks. We service families that spread and move throughout the Northern Rivers region (especially post COVID). Interest in finding out what each other do regionally what are program guidelines are.  

Focus on ‘early’ 

  • Early intervention means early, lets be flexible to hold families- not focus on what we can deliver through our contracts but how we can we work together to service a whole family. 

Meet families where they are at  

  • Can we tap into where families are Eg, supermarkets and community events, to promote ourselves and provide flexible service delivery? 
  • Flexible programs require the sector to work flexibly, eg weekend work, out of hours. How can we build our workforce to adapt to this? 

Shared responsibility 

  • Let’s be clear about what we can offer and what our responsibilities are so that families are held and understand the service they will receive.  
  • Building reciprocal relationships with services so we know we can pick up the phone and know what is going to happen consistency of service. 

Knowing what services are available allows us to be flexible and responsive 

  • All participants stated they do not have enough understanding of what is available in our region. This affects how flexible we can be as we need to invest time in finding out where to go. 
  • Use https://askizzy.org.au/ as a place for services to promote and update their service details and use as a service directory (Ask Izzy is a mobile website that connects people who are in crisis with the services they need right now and nearby).  
  • Use the Community-hub hosted by Social Futures as a space to share service updates, events, and information sent to subscribers through an E-News service.  
  • Interest in an online discussion space for services. For example, somewhere where you can ask the sector about specific support that we need to connect families with. 
 

For more information about Better Chances Forum visit our website   

Story- Researchers return to find out fate of children involved in landmark FASD study

Story- Researchers return to find out fate of children involved in landmark FASD study

Ten years after a groundbreaking study revealed record-high rates of FASD in outback Australia, researchers have returned to the Kimberley to see how the children are coping in adulthood. 


Free disability and sexuality webinars for disability sector workers

Free disability and sexuality webinars for disability sector workers

Free disability and sexuality webinars that Family Planning NSW will be delivered over April and May 2021.  The webinars are aimed at disability sector workers and provide participants with strategies and resources to build confidence and gain skills in how to proactively support people with intellectual disability in the area of relationships and sexuality.  

Participants can choose to attend either the first three webinars only, Introduction to Sexuality and Disability, or six webinars in total to complete Sexuality Matters! Part A: provide rights-based sexuality supports.  Participants of Sexuality Matters Part A have the opportunity to complete a nationally accredited unit of competency: CHCEDU003: Provide sexual and reproductive health information to clients, which can be used towards a vocational qualification in disability/community services.  

The courses are funded by NSW Health for NSW workers and are free to attend.  

If interested, follow the link to register https://www.fpnsw.org.au/education-training/courses-disability-workers  

Questions, Call Education Services on 02 8752 4300 (option 1) to speak to a member of our Schools and Community Sector education team or email [email protected].

Aboriginal bike safety workshop series- April- Ballina Shire Council

Aboriginal bike safety workshop series- April- Ballina Shire Council

Come along to a free Aboriginal bicycle safety workshop 

Register your interest to participate in a bicycle safety workshop that includes bicycle checking by qualified staff. Refreshments will be provided. 

Locations 

  • Baryugil: Tuesday 6th April 9am to 12pm (Baryulgil Public School 7135 Clarence Way Baryulgil) 
  • Nambucca: Wednesday 7th April 9am to 12pm (Frank Partridge Public School Centenary Pde) 
  • Kempsey: Wednesday 7th April 2pm to 5pm (PCYC Kempsey Bloomfield Street) 
  • Uralla: Thursday 8th April 11am to 2pm (Uralla BMX Track Corner of Gostwyck street and Gostwyck Road Uralla) 
  • Glen Innes: Friday 9th April 9.30m to 12.30pm (Wilson Park Netball field Corner of Gostwyck street and Gostwyck Road Uralla) 
  • Ballina: Tuesday 13th April 9.30am to 12.30pm (Jarjum Bugal Nah Childcare & Family Centre 10 Hayman St West Ballina) 
  • Banora Point/ Tweed Heads: Wednesday 14th April 9am to 12pm (Active OOSH Centaur Primary School Eucalyptus Drive Banora Point) 

Free bicycle checks and minor repairs. Learn new cycling skills 

For more information please contact: Jason Sipple 0418 150 217 or 0266 225 775

Expression of interest – Aboriginal Research Governance Group

Expression of interest – Aboriginal Research Governance Group

We would like to invite Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people who live in NSW to join a Research Governance Group to help our researchers keep focussed on privileging an Aboriginal perspective and Aboriginal community benefit. We encourage Aboriginal people to join the Research Governance Group made up of 7-10 Aboriginal members.  We are looking for a cross section across NSW Aboriginal community. This will include, but not exclusively, community-controlled organisations, mainstream organisations and non-government organisations.

Meetings will be held on a virtual platform (zoom or similar) for 60-90 minutes every two months until late 2022.

What is 8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning?
8 Aboriginal ways of learning is a way of teaching and learning based on north western NSW Aboriginal culture, perspectives and mechanisms for learning. This research study brings 8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning to a health context and documents how this is done and what comes of it. The researchers will report on research progress and challenges to the Research Governance Group every meeting. The Research Governance Group will also be asked to provide advice on future directions for the research.

Who is doing the research?
Dr Emma Webster (University of Sydney, School of Rural Health), Regina Osten, Rachael Havrlant, Eunice Simon (Agency for Clinical Innovation), Allan Hall, Yvonne Hill, Cecil See (Bangamalanha Centre).

What do I do if I am interested?
Contact Emma Webster on [email protected] or 0439 849 174 to nominate yourself. You can also ask Emma for more information about the study. Expressions of Interest close on Friday 19th March.

Understanding and Exploring LGBTQ Family and Domestic Violence- 7 Short Videos Released

Understanding and Exploring LGBTQ Family and Domestic Violence- 7 Short Videos Released

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS), ACON and Relationships Australia NSW have just released a series of mini videos to challenge perceptions that domestic violence is a heterosexual issue, improve understandings of how violence plays out in our relationships including identifying those who are perpetrating violence and promote LGBTQ inclusive practice The videos are primarily aimed at professionals working with clients who may be impacted by sexual, domestic and family violence or using abuse in LGBTQ relationships. The videos feature 7 domestic and family professionals who highlight in very practical terms some of the key findings from a multi-year research project about developing LGBTQ programs for perpetrators and victims/survivors of domestic and family violence.