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Seeking social support in the form of a friendly visitor

Seeking social support in the form of a friendly visitor

A little bit about us – I’m the Volunteer Coordinator for an amazing program called In Great Company. It’s is a volunteer program designed to connect people in need of support and social connection with caring, friendly, and enthusiastic volunteers.

It’s not always easy to ask a friend to lend a hand – but we believe in the power of connection and the compassion of everyone involved with In Great Company.

If you know of anyone in Goonellabah or surrounds who would be interested in giving back to their community and making new friends, please share this link with them: https://www.feroscare.com.au/careers/current-vacancies/7949345

We would be eternally grateful for your support!

School Leaver Guide 2020

School Leaver Guide 2020

Please find attached the Connect 2020 School Leaver Guide. For those of you that are familiar with this guide, Connect traditionally dispurses this online guide annually. It is extremely useful for those students who are transitioning out of school and navigating their way into the world of work, learning and life as an adult.

The information is broken into several sections that contain a series of questions and links to gain support and guidance including;

• Accommodation and Housing
• Education and Training
• Health and Wellbeing
• Job Search and Career Planning
• Legal Matters
• Money and Finance
• Personal Development and other Living Skills
• Work Knowledge
• Work Skills and Employability
• Financial support or additional help.

This year, sees some added challenges for students leaving school, with the impact of COVID-19 on travel and our economy, there are several resources which may be useful also.

Work it out program extension

Work it out program extension

We are delighted to advise that the Work it Out program has been officially extended until June 2022.  All referrals will need to be made by March 2022 to allow for reporting requirements.

In the usual manner, we require a 100-day exemption from attendance for those students under 17 years of age.

We encourage you refer the program to your 12 students to ease their transition from school to work or further learning.

Please find attached the Work it Out flyer and referral form for your purposes. Follow this link for more information.

Suicide Prevention Outreach Team (SPOT). Expression of interest

Suicide Prevention Outreach Team (SPOT). Expression of interest

The new suicide prevention initiatives will be coming to our area, one of which is the Suicide Prevention Outreach Team (SPOT).  A company called Inside Out, which specialises in working with people with a Lived Experience of Suicide, has been contracted to support the LHD in the co-design of the new SPOT team.  The co-design team will consist of equal part Lived Experience Consultants and Service Providers.

We are looking for 6 people with a Lived Experience of Suicide to be part of the co-design process and would be very grateful if you could share the attached flyer as widely as possible amongst your networks, or with people who you think may be interested.  The co-design will commence on Wednesday 7th October.  Apologies that there is not as much notice as we would have liked but we have only recently been able to lock in dates.

We understand that 2020 has been a particularly challenging time for some people and so we have provided several crisis support options below.

ACON LGBTQ Health Centre Community Survey

ACON LGBTQ Health Centre Community Survey

Health Centre Survey

ACON is exploring options for a Health Centre that would provide specialist health care for LGBTQ people across NSW.

We want to make sure that people in our communities are at the heart of this service and that no matter where you live in NSW you can access this service through in-person appointments or via telehealth.

We’d like to hear from you, share your thoughts on what good health care looks like for you.

Click here  to have your say in the design of the potential Health Centre.

Safe Parks and Reserves Survey

Safe Parks and Reserves Survey

There are approximately 580 parks and reserves in the Clarence Valley.

Council and NSW Police are continuing to improve public safety in our parks and reserves.
We’d like to know what our community think about anti-social behaviour and alcohol consumption in our parks and reserves.

Click here to head to our project page ‘Safe Parks & Reserves in the Clarence Valley’.
Please take the time to fill in our short survey to help us understand how the community is using our parks and reserves.

Recruitment for Peer Support Workers – headspace Coffs Harbour

Recruitment for Peer Support Workers – headspace Coffs Harbour

We are advertising today for the new Peer Support Worker positions for the Wait Time Reduction project at headspace Coffs Harbour.  Attached is a Position Description for this role.  A link to the job ad on SEEK is below:

Peer Support Worker

Could you please notify your team members of this vacancy, and please feel free to distribute to any of your relevant contact lists.

A snapshot of position information from the ad is below:

• 2 x Part Time positions available – 0.5FTE (19 hours/week per position – days of work negotiable)
• Maximum Term employment contract for 12 months
• Location – headspace Coffs Harbour
• New positions – available for immediate start
• Support Services Level 3 under the Health Professionals & Support Services Award (paid over and above Award rate)
• Super Guarantee of 9.5% payable in addition to salary
• As a not-for-profit non-government organisation GenHealth can offer eligible employees salary package benefits of up to $15,900 per annum

To Apply

Before you submit your application, please contact us at [email protected] for a Position Description.  Your application must include:
• an outline of your claims to the position demonstrating how you meet each of the essential and desirable criteria listed on the Position Description
• your current resume detailing your skills, qualifications and experience, and including two referees

Email your complete application to [email protected]

Enquiries to:  Tracey Rowe, Project Lead (Wait Time Reduction), on (02) 6652 1878 or [email protected]

Closing date for applications:  9am Thursday 1 October 2020

Grant opportunities – Active Australia Innovation Challenge – Deadline 12 October 2020

Grant opportunities – Active Australia Innovation Challenge – Deadline 12 October 2020

The Heart Foundation has up to ten $10,000 grants for new, innovative programs that get more people
moving in schools, universities or local community groups.

The HF is encouraging community groups, councils, schools (primary and secondary), tertiary institutions
(universities, TAFEs, colleges), and other organisations to come up with an innovative idea to encourage
physical activity in a chosen group or community.

Community members/individuals will need to either hold a current Australian Business Number (ABN) or
partner with an eligible entity (one that holds a current ABN) for the project to be considered eligible, and to
enable a funding agreement to be executed.

The Heart Foundation strongly encourages innovative projects that specifically support people not
meeting Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines, people at risk of chronic
disease, and people living in communities with high levels of physical inactivity, including rural and remote
regions. This includes people identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and people with culturally
and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Grant ideas (based on previous years’ winners) include:
• Dance classes
• Exercising using virtual reality technology
• Surfing lessons for children with autism
• Engaging special interest groups (eg. Scouts and girl guides)
• Guided bicycle tours for young people
• Silent disco in aged care
• Free play resources (toys etc) in a portable trailer
• Walking/cycling ‘school buses’

Please follow this link for more information.


Barriers to accessing transport in the Clarence Valley

Barriers to accessing transport in the Clarence Valley

Barriers to accessing transport in the Clarence Valley

Transport is a major challenge for regional areas. However, transport is different things to different people.

We’d like your feedback with our short survey (below), which will help us identify the barriers people experience when accessing all kinds of transport across the Clarence Valley. It will potentially help us prioritise areas of concern.

This survey is the first one of its kind in the Clarence Valley. We are asking locals to tell us in their own words what the barriers are. Please help us make it a success, complete the survey and share widely to your networks.

Please click https://www.clarenceconversations.com.au/transport-in-the-clarence-valley and complete our short survey via the link at the bottom.

Recruitment for Peer Support Workers – headspace Coffs Harbour

Position Vacant – Apprentice and Trainee recruitment is now open! Transport for NSW

We are excited to announce the recruitment for the 2021 intake of regional Apprentices and Trainees has commenced and we have great opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to join Transport NSW.

At Transport for NSW, we are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and flexible workforce which reflects the community and the customer we serve.

These opportunities are for people who identify and are accepted as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander within their community.
If you know of anyone in your community or network who is interested in completing an Apprenticeship or Traineeship through Transport for NSW, please help us in promoting these positions to them!

To find out more, please view our attached brochure which contains detailed information regarding each of our Apprenticeships/Traineeships.

We have opportunities available across the state and offer the following Programs;

•         Business Administration Traineeship
•         Civil Construction Apprenticeship
•         Heavy Diesel Mechanical Apprenticeship
•         Bridge Carpentry Apprenticeship
•         Line Marking Traineeship
•         Painting and Blasting Traineeship
•         Electrical Apprenticeship
•         Safety and Environment Traineeship
•         Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship

Applications will remain open until midnight Sunday 6th September, so don’t miss out!

If you have any enquiries, reach out to us at [email protected]