(02) 6620 1800 [email protected]
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!

Webinar series on Whole-of-Government Approach to Prevent Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence

Webinar series on Whole-of-Government Approach to Prevent Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence

In the lead up to the annual 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November to 10 December), Women NSW and Domestic Violence NSW have partnered to bring you a free webinar series on how the whole-of-NSW Government can prevent sexual, domestic and family violence across a range of settings.

Webinar 1 – Primary prevention of sexual, domestic and family violence (16 October 2020, 10am-12pm)

•         What is sexual, domestic and family violence, what drives it and how is it gendered? 

•         What is primary prevention of sexual, domestic and family violence? 

•         NSW Domestic and Family Violence Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy 2017-2021 

Webinar 2 – Intersectionality and inclusion in primary prevention (3 November 2020, 10am-12pm)

•         What is intersectionality?

•         What drives sexual, domestic and family violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, migrant and refugee women, women with disability and LGBTIQ+ people?

•         How can we challenge the intersecting drivers of violence and make primary prevention inclusive?

Webinar 3 – Prevention in Action: Interagency Challenge (10 December 2020, 10am-12pm)

•         What are the priority settings for preventing sexual, domestic and family violence? (Education, Sports, Arts, Health, Family and Community Services, Public Spaces, Transport and Infrastructure, Workplaces)

•         What are some promising approaches and initiatives for preventing violence?

•         How can you respond to resistance and backlash to efforts to prevent violence?

You can register for the free webinars here: https://whole-of-government-approach-to-prevent-violence.eventbrite.com 

Phone: 02 9539 7703 / email: [email protected]

Support services. 

1800 Respect National Helpline: 1800 737 732

Women’s Crisis Line (NSW): 1800 656 463

Safe Steps Crisis Line (Vic): 1800 015 188

Men’s Referral Service: 1300 766 491

Mensline: 1300 789 978

Lifeline (24-hour Crisis Line): 131 114

Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277

National Carers Week 11-17 October 2020 – Join us for a range of Online events

National Carers Week 11-17 October 2020 – Join us for a range of Online events

To celebrate carers and recognise the significant contribution carers make each and every day, Carers NSW is hosting a range of online wellbeing workshops and webinars during National Carers Week, 11 – 17 October 2020.  

Carers from across NSW are invited to join a range of free online webinars and self-care and wellbeing workshops for carers during Carers Week 2020.  

Workshops will include mindfulness meditation, tai chi, strength and balance and an art workshop which will be available online through Zoom conferencing for carers across NSW.  

Webinar sessions will include a carer panel discussion with television and news presenter Georgie Gardner, a Carers + Employers webinar for developing carer friendly workplaces and other webinars during the week to raise awareness of the incredible work carers do.  

For more information and to register to attend any of these events visit www.carersnsw.org.au/national-carers-week 

Phine: 02 9280 4744

 

 

Macadamia Castle Home School Program is now open for enrolments for Term 4 2020

Macadamia Castle Home School Program is now open for enrolments for Term 4 2020

Macadamia Castle is running educative and experiential classes each Tuesday in the fourth term for Home Schooled children ages 5 – 11  on Tuesday mornings and children 12 and over on Tuesday afternoons.

The feedback from Term 3 has been very positive and families are already lining up to bring their kids back for Term 4.

The curriculum will be different and will suit kids who have been before as well as new students.

See all the details by following this link

Red Cross webinar | Tackling uncertainty and anxiety ahead of the next disaster season | 15/10/20, 10am

Red Cross webinar | Tackling uncertainty and anxiety ahead of the next disaster season | 15/10/20, 10am

Dr Rob Gordon – Tackling uncertainty and anxiety ahead of the next disaster season

Audience: everyone

Date: Thursday 15th October

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n0Ndf3vWRRSeN4G05lU-eQ   

More information
Jessie Huard
NSW Recovery Lead
Australian Red Cross
Mobile 0414 928 129
Email [email protected]

Fams | Hosting a national conversation with incoming National Children’s Commissioner, Anne Hollonds, 28/10/20, 3pm, via Zoom

Fams | Hosting a national conversation with incoming National Children’s Commissioner, Anne Hollonds, 28/10/20, 3pm, via Zoom

Children’s Week Council of Australia is thrilled to host a national conversation with incoming National Children’s Commissioner, Anne Hollonds, on Wednesday 28 October 2020 at 3pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

This year the theme for Children’s Week is: UNCRC Article 15: Children have the right to meet together and join groups and organisations as long as it does not stop other people from enjoying their rights. In exercising their rights, children have the responsibility to respect the rights, freedom and reputations of others.

This is Anne’s first opportunity to introduce herself in her new role, and share her vision and aspirations for Australia’s children.

As part of the conversation, CWCoA Secretary Julie Hourigan Ruse will explore with Anne how children’s right to connect safely with others has been impacted by drought, bushfire, flood and pandemic across the nation this year.

You can join the conversation by registering here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkd-GvqjIjGNMDUkYew3BhGzct5mGgH3T6

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about how to join us.

If you have any questions email [email protected]

For more information about Children’s Week and to find your state or territory’s FREE Children’s Week activities visit www.childrensweek.org.au/

#childrensweekau #childrensweek2020

Tuning in to Teens program

Tuning in to Teens program

Cranes will be offering a new FREE parenting program next term, for parents and carers of children aged 10 – 16.  The program focuses on the emotional development of pre-teens/teens and teaches parents how to be emotion coaches to improve communication and connection with their kids.

6 Tuesdays 27 Oct – 1 Dec 2020 
11 Kemp St Grafton 5.30 – 7pm 

Ph: (02) 6642 7257   Email: [email protected]

 

Focus on New Fathers

Focus on New Fathers

NSW Health has, for many years, provided parenting support, information and screening that has focused on new mums. Now, we are trying to find better ways of offering the same kind of support to new dads.

​The Focus on New Fathers pilot, that commenced across the Northern NSW Local Health District on Father’s Day, 6 September 2020, is a free and voluntary service available to dads over 18 years, from all cultural backgrounds.

From the time their partner is 16 weeks pregnant, up until 24 weeks following the birth, fathers are able to sign up to receive SMS messages containing tips, information and links, at relevant times based on the baby’s birth date. The messages will continue until the baby is nearly one and focus on father self-care, partner support and father-child attachment. Fathers can opt out at any time.

To find out more or to sign up, please visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/focus-on-new-fathers 

BCF webinar | Legal Health Check- Supporting families to access legal support – 8/10/20

BCF webinar | Legal Health Check- Supporting families to access legal support – 8/10/20

Come and join us for an interactive forum- Registration required

Our speakers will assist you to better understand how you can assist children, young people and families to access legal support. They will explain what a Legal Health Check is and how and why we should be using this resource.

A key theme often discussed within BCF is the importance of early legal assistance to support families to maintain well-being. Families often have underlying legal issues that if not recognised and dealt with can undo the supports that services provide. This session will provide information on how to use the legal health check referral forms to identify legal issues and provide appropriate and effective referrals to legal services.

Speakers

  • Karin Ness – Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre.
  • Naomi Priester – Legal Aid NSW

Q & A to follow speakers

Details
Thursday 8 October
10am-11:30am
Via Zoom

Register via Trybooking www.trybooking.com/BLRRK to be sent Zoom details.

For more information email [email protected]

An introduction to essential skills in recognising and responding to Domestic and Family Violence -Virtual training

An introduction to essential skills in recognising and responding to Domestic and Family Violence -Virtual training

Times: 22/10/20 – 9am – 5pm Zoom

And

3/11/20 – 9am – 5pm Zoom

Target Groups

Workers in Health, Government and Non-Government organisations wanting to increase their awareness, understanding and responses to domestic and family violence.

Course Description

The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 identifies domestic and family violence and sexual assault as gendered crimes that have an unequal impact on women. These actions are the most pervasive forms of violence experienced by women in Australia. On average one woman a week is killed by her partner or ex-partner. Everyone has a role in responding to women and children experiencing domestic and family violence. This one day virtual training session will increase participants’ understanding and capacity to identify and respond to people experiencing domestic and family violence. It will explore the frameworks, definitions and legislation informing best practice and discuss the underlying individual, community and social determinants of domestic and family violence.This virtual training is a pre-requisite for DV601: Practical skills in responding to people who experience domestic & family violence and DV607: Domestic violence & child protection: Developing good practice responses to a complex problem.

Learning Outcomes

Summarise what is domestic and family violence.

Define frameworks and legislation guiding practice.

Explore key steps to provide support and increase safety.

Explain trauma informed practice.

Explore the tactics and dynamics of domestic violence.

Identify responses to domestic violence.

Identify and facilitate appropriate referral pathways

Prerequisites

N/A

Cost: FREE

Coordinator: Lynda Andrews

Email: [email protected]

Or phone/email the administration office: [email protected] | 02-9840-3735

Application online only: https://swecav.hss.health.nsw.gov.au/portal/forms/course-application-wizard?cid=487

Family and domestic violence support services:

1800 Respect National Helpline: 1800 737 732

Women’s Crisis Line (NSW): 1800 656 463

Safe Steps Crisis Line (Vic): 1800 015 188

Men’s Referral Service: 1300 766 491

Mensline: 1300 789 978

Lifeline (24-hour Crisis Line): 131 114

Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277

Get Ready for bushfires this weekend

Get Ready for bushfires this weekend

Lismore City Council is encouraging families, friends and neighbours to use the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Get Ready Weekend this weekend to prepare for bushfire season and start a broader conversation about being aware of and prepared for all hazards.

“The 2019/20 bushfire season was devastating across the North Coast and much of Australia. It was a stark reminder of the danger of fire. It was also a reminder of the importance of being prepared and having a plan,” Lismore City Mayor Isaac Smith said.

“In the lead up to our next fire season, with the previous one in the not so distant past and the impacts still being felt across NSW, communities are understandably keen to know more about getting ready.

“To support early planning and preparation, NSW RFS will once again host their annual Get Ready Weekend on 19/20 September, in person and onlilne. Please follow your local RFS brigade’s Facebook page for information as it becomes available. You can also visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for more information.”

Commissioner of Resilience NSW, Shane Fitzsimmons encouaged everyone to have a conversation around being prepared for an emergency, whatever the hazard may be.

“Each year, communities across NSW may experience bushfires, home fires, floods, storms, heatwaves, power outages and other emergencies,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“This year alone has been on  of unparalleled emergencies. Community across NSW were first impacted by drought, bushire, then storm and flood, an now pandemic – all in quick succession. This has highlighted how important it is to be prepared for all hazards.

“Our emergency service organisations do an incredible job keeping us safe, but they can only do so much. Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility.”

Get Ready in five simple steps:
 

Lismore City Council is encouraging families, friends and neighbours to use the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Get Ready Weekend this weekend to prepare for bushfire season and start a broader conversation about being aware of and prepared for all hazards.

“The 2019/20 bushfire season was devastating across the North Coast and much of Australia. It was a stark reminder of the danger of fire. It was also a reminder of the importance of being prepared and having a plan,” Lismore City Mayor Isaac Smith said.

“In the lead up to our next fire season, with the previous one in the not so distant past and the impacts still being felt across NSW, communities are understandably keen to know more about getting ready.

“To support early planning and preparation, NSW RFS will once again host their annual Get Ready Weekend on 19/20 September, in person and onlilne. Please follow your local RFS brigade’s Facebook page for information as it becomes available. You can also visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for more information.”

Commissioner of Resilience NSW, Shane Fitzsimmons encouaged everyone to have a conversation around being prepared for an emergency, whatever the hazard may be.

“Each year, communities across NSW may experience bushfires, home fires, floods, storms, heatwaves, power outages and other emergencies,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“This year alone has been on  of unparalleled emergencies. Community across NSW were first impacted by drought, bushire, then storm and flood, an now pandemic – all in quick succession. This has highlighted how important it is to be prepared for all hazards.

“Our emergency service organisations do an incredible job keeping us safe, but they can only do so much. Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility.”

Get Ready in five simple steps:
 

  1. Know your risk – think about the area you’re in and the types of disasters that could affect you;
  2. Plan now for what you will do – sit down and talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area;
  3. Get your home ready – prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance coverage;
  4. Be aware – find out how to prepare, what to do if there is a disaster in your area and connect with NSW emergency services to stay informed; 
  5. Look out for each other – share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.
COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Funding – Tranche 2

COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Funding – Tranche 2

Domestic, family and sexual violence services have had to respond to changes in service delivery, complexity or demand of their program resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The NSW Government is inviting frontline organisations which are experiencing increased demand in services as a result of COVID-19 to apply for a share in grant funding. 

The NSW Government is looking to fund:

  • Organisations that demonstrate an understanding of, and experience in working with people experiencing sexual, domestic and/or family violence.
  • Initiatives that target communities or areas of key interest, like prevention or early intervention.
  • Initiatives that relate to NSW Premier’s Priority to reduce domestic violence reoffending, including working with perpetrators and/or with victim-survivors.
  • The grant program aims to support sexual, domestic and family violence services to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19, including by assisting services to:
  • Adapt service delivery, for example by making service adjustments or modifications to respond to changing client needs or social distancing requirements.
  • Expand service delivery, for example by increasing capacity to deliver more services to more clients.
  • Introduce new services, in accordance with demand arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • provide a direct and frontline service to people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, sexual, domestic and family violence; or provide services or programs for perpetrators, as part of their overall service delivery model; and
  • be established in NSW and operational.
  • Eligible applicants may include not-for-profit organisations including community organisations and/or faith based organisations.

Applicants that received funding under the recent Commonwealth Government and NSW Government stimulus packages are eligible to apply. However, priority may be given to:

  • applicants that did not receive such funding.
  • Services which assist Aboriginal communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities (including people on temporary visas), people with disability, the LGBTIQ+ community.
  • Initiatives which relate to the NSW Premier’s Priority to reduce domestic violence reoffending, including working with perpetrators and/or victim-survivors.

Applications close: 23 September 2020.

More information and application.

Contact: [email protected]

More information and application.

Contact: [email protected]

If reading this article has caused you concern, below are some resources where you can find support. 

Domestic Violence Line 1800 656 463 if you are experiencing domestic or family violence (24/7).

Child Protection Helpline 132 111 if you are a child who needs help or you are concerned a child has been / is at risk of being abused (24/7).

MensLine 1300 789 978 if you are a man with family or relationship concerns (24/7).

1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732 for free counselling and support (24/7).

Proud Partners behaviour change program

Proud Partners behaviour change program

Proud Partners will be held in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions, with social distancing and other health measures in place.

If you do not feel safe to attend the group at this time, but are interested in joining a future round of the program, you can email [email protected], and we will contact you about future Proud Partners programs.

Register your interest on the Say it Loud website

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.

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.

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