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REGISTRATION OPEN: ‘EMPOWERING YOUNG REFUGEES: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES’

REGISTRATION OPEN: ‘EMPOWERING YOUNG REFUGEES: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES’

Registration is open for the next Youth Health Forum ‘Empowering Young Refugees: Challenges and Opportunities’.

The event will be held on 6 November at Murwillumbah URCH Lecture Theatre. There is no cost to attend.

The conference will be live-streamed from Sydney University allowing a unique opportunity to access the latest evidence and hear from experts in the field.

Topics will cover strength through community, psychometric assessment with refugees, youth voices, navigating health care, to name just a few.

Please register via email at [email protected]

DINNER AND AGEISM ACTIVISM WITH ASHTON APPLEWHITE

DINNER AND AGEISM ACTIVISM WITH ASHTON APPLEWHITE

Join mainstage TED speaker and ageism activist Ashton Applewhite at a networking event on 15 November 2019 at Beef and Beach Byron Bay from 6-9pm.

Discussion will center around the need to end ageism and the call to embrace age as a part of diversity.

This is an opportunity for health, social, and community care providers to come together with the North Coast community to talk about ending ageism over a two-course meal.

There will be presentations by Dr. Marlene Krasovitsky, Louise Hodgson, Tarnya Sim and keynote speaker Ashton Applewhite. There will also be a performance by Gareth Jones and Byron Bay Elder Beats.

The cost is 50 pp. For more information and registration, go to https://www.thecentrehki.com.au/events/a-night-with-ashton-applewhite/

COMING UP: WORKSHOP ON EFFECTIVE TRAUMA RESPONSE

COMING UP: WORKSHOP ON EFFECTIVE TRAUMA RESPONSE

Better Chances Forum (BCF) is hosting a free development opportunity for Northern Rivers professionals who work with children, young people and their families.

Building on the work we did at the 2019 Better Chances Regional Forum, the purpose of the workshop is to explore what needs to be done to be more trauma responsive in our work.

We will take the time to challenge ourselves to consider how we can be more effective in our practices both individually and collectively. BCF will work to communicate and support these changes.

The workshop will be conducted by Helene Collard, We Al-Li and Ian O’Reilly.

Details are as follows:

Clarence Valley workshop

Tuesday 5 November 2019, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Gurehlgam,18-26 Victoria St, Grafton, 2460

Register at www.trybooking.com/BFDDB

Tweed workshop

Thursday 7 November 2019, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Murwillumbah Community Centre (MCC), Knox Park, Murwillumbah

Register at www.trybooking.com/BFDCR

The workshop is free and refreshments will be provided. It is not necessary to have attended the prior Better Chances Forum event.

WOMEN’S WEEK GRANTS AVAILABLE

WOMEN’S WEEK GRANTS AVAILABLE

The NSW Government is encouraging charities, not-for-profits, companies limited by guarantee and local government organisations within NSW to apply for grant funding to hold events and activities that celebrate women during the 2020 NSW Week. NSW Women’s Week is 2-8 March 2020.

Women are massive contributors to their work, families, communities and neighbourhoods. Woman’s Week is a cornerstone of the NSW government’s commitment to improve the lives of women in NSW.

The NSW Women’s Week grants provide local organisations with an opportunity to implement education, mentoring and participatory experiences that will directly benefit women and girls. Grants are up to $5000 each.

Funds will be granted to projects who promote economic opportunity and advancement, health and wellbeing and participation and empowerment. The grant round will close at 5pm Wednesday 6 November 2019.

For more information and to view the grant guidelines, please visit the  Women NSW website.

THREE FUN WAYS TO CELEBRATE WORLD KINDNESS DAY ON 13 NOVEMBER

World Kindness Day is being celebrated on 13 November.  This global day of kindness was created to help us look beyond the boundaries of our culture and religion and realise we are all citizens of the world.

What a perfect opportunity to flex your kindness muscles! Here are three easy things you can do to celebrate World Kindness Day:

‘Note’ the good things!

We can all use little reminders that we are valued, loved and appreciated. Write a short but sweet note and tell your mom you love her, your child that they make you laugh, or a co-worker that they brighten up your day. Pop it on their mirror or computer or in their lunchbox. You might not be there to see them smiling but I bet you they will be!

Pay it forward!

When you stop for your morning cup of coffee, pay for an extra coffee and let the barista choose who to give it to. He or she may have some insight into who could really use a little pick me up, as we tend to chat to our coffee makers about what is happening in our lives. Also, the barista gets in on the feel-good vibes when they tell the customer that someone has already paid for their coffee. That’s three smiles for the price of one cappuccino!

Show some love on social media!

If you have noticed someone sharing on their newsfeed about going through a hard time lately, or if you have an old friend you have been meaning to reach out to, now is a great time to hit them with a few kind words, a funny meme or the universal smile-maker: a cute baby animal photo.

A little kindness goes a long way! Join in with the rest of the world and show some kindness today!

RIVER DREAMING CULTURAL EVENT SEEKING ARTISTS, PERFORMERS AND FOOD VENDORS

RIVER DREAMING CULTURAL EVENT SEEKING ARTISTS, PERFORMERS AND FOOD VENDORS

‘River Dreaming: A Day of Culture’ will be held on Friday 1 November 2019 in Market Square in Grafton as part of the Jacaranda Festival. River Dreaming will begin at 11am and ends at 3pm.

The vibrant event will consist of music, art displays, markets, elder spaces, traditional dance groups and entertainment.

The event holders are reaching out for stall holders who would like to participate. Stalls are free, unless power is required. Food vendors, artists and performers are encouraged to apply. Volunteers are also needed.

If you or someone you know is an artist or food vendor, or is in any way interested in participating, please email [email protected] and you will be forwarded an application form.

You may also stop by the Clarence Valley Aboriginal Healing Centre to find out more about participating.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING GRANTS AVAILABLE

HEALTH AND WELLBEING GRANTS AVAILABLE

More than 90% of Australians are not eating enough vegetables and / or doing the recommended amount of exercise for their age.

Young people are of significant concern, with studies showing 92% of 13-17 year olds not getting enough exercise.

The Healthy Communities Northern Rivers Seed Funding is offering grants aimed at supporting communities by providing funding for preventative health projects.

Grants will support projects who help young people 13-24 years to maintain good health by living a healthy lifestyle.

Funds can be used to purchase equipment, design programs, or create other innovative ideas with a focus on preventative health projects.

Grants are available at a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $4,000 per grant with a total of $40,000 available.

Grants close on 15 November.

Applications forms are available at https://nnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/health-promotion/healthy-communities/

CHALLENGE RACISM: UPCOMING TRAINING TARGETS VULNERABLE YOUTH

CHALLENGE RACISM: UPCOMING TRAINING TARGETS VULNERABLE YOUTH

All Together Now’s CAPE project provides training for front-line workers that aims to enhance their capacity to recognise, identify and respond to young people who might be vulnerable to being recruited by far-right groups.

There are two upcoming sessions in the region. There is a training slated on 12 November 2019 in Coffs Harbour and another on 13 November  2019 in South Grafton.

CAPE recognises that front-line workers must navigate complex social issues facing young people. These free trainings offer workers the resources they need to confidently and effectively contend with these issues.

The program will provide knowledge about far-right extremism, communications skills that will help to address controversial and complex issues with young people, and the skills to support young people.

There are also opportunities to network and build relationships with other workers and organizations as well as ongoing updates and support.

For more information go to http://cape.alltogethernow.org.au.

To apply, send an email to [email protected] with your name, contact details and the date of the training you would like to attend. Please attach your CV and a few sentences about what you wish to gain from the training.

CREATING ACCESS DISABILITY INCLUSION TOOLKIT IS LIVE!!

CREATING ACCESS DISABILITY INCLUSION TOOLKIT IS LIVE!!

With over 60,000 young people living with disability in NSW, Youth Action is proud to announce that the Creating Access Disability Inclusion Toolkit is now live!

This easy to use tool kit aimed at supporting youth living with disability has been developed in partnership with People with Disability Australia and has been tested with youth services across the state.

The project is led by young people living with disability. It aims to support youth services to increase their skills and confidence in engaging with and supporting young people living with disability.

The toolkit supports youth services to improve accessibility and promotes self-advocacy by providing resources to help young people living with disability to develop agency and support independence.

There is also a story telling component built into the project which highlights youth advocates who are working in the space and gives service providers and young people the opportunity to discuss accessibility and the barriers to it.

This is of particular importance as 100% of young people who had accessed youth services had faced accessibility barriers and 56% said that they were not very confident raising concerns about something they are not happy with at a youth service. Create Access is proud to be taking action to bridge that gap.

To test your organization’s accessibility, make a plan to improve accessibility, share your learning and to support young people with a disability to self-advocate visit CreatingAcess.org. Do it today!

BUILDING RESILIENCE IN KIDS: SUBSIDISED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

BUILDING RESILIENCE IN KIDS: SUBSIDISED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

Service providers and educators who work directly with children and families are invited to attend ‘No Scaredy Cats’, a training opportunity aimed at reducing anxiety and building resilience skills in 2-12 year old children.

The training will be subsidized as part of the “One Stop Shop”  mental health and well-being project funding recently received from the State Government Minister for Education.

The course will take place at the New School of Arts Neighbourhood House on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 from 8:30am-4:00pm. It is available at a subsidised rate of $40 per person.

Practitioners will learn how to assist parents in managing children’s worries. Discussion will cover how misguided policies are making parents and children more anxious. There will be education regarding how the brain impacts fear and anxiety. Facilitators will teach helpful verbal techniques and phrases used to help diffuse anxiety producing situations.

Prompt registration is encouraged as numbers are limited and will close on the 1/11/2019. To register or for further inquiry, email [email protected] or phone 6640 3800.