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Better Chances Forum asks: How can we strengthen engagement practice?

Better Chances Forum asks: How can we strengthen engagement practice?

The Better Chances Forum (BCF) hosted a series of workshops focused on engagement practice in June.


A report has been created summarising the
workshops with workers and managers from early intervention services in Northern NSW.
Themes and information from the workshops and other related BCF meetings and activities will inform the development of shared practice tools for forum members. 

In 2022/23 the Better Chances Forum is focusing on strengthening engagement practice – with children, young people, families and community. The workshops provided an opportunity to reflect and learn with colleagues, about: 

  • how we engage children, young people and families in our services
  • the essential contribution of family and community-led supports alongside funded and clinical services
  • sharing and developing strategies to strengthen our engagement practice, noting that information shared in the workshops will inform development of shared tools for Better Chances Forum.

Themes discussed in the workshops included:

  • relationships, relationships, relationships!
  • self-determination, empowerment and decision-making
  • working with humanity
  • and practical engagement tips from workshop participants.

In 2022-23, BCF aims to host further workshops to build on this learning and develop shared tools that support and build our engagement practice. To connect with BCF contact [email protected]

Download the BCF engagement reflection workshops report.

 

Tuning in to Kids

Tuning in to Kids

The Tuning in to Kids sessions focus on the emotional connection between parents and children.  In particular it teaches parents skills in emotion coaching, which is to recognise, understand and respond to children’s emotions in an accepting, supportive way.  Children with good emotional intelligence often have better emotional and social skills, as well as fewer behavioural difficulties.

Tuning in to Kids teaches parents:

  • Awareness and regulation of their own emotions
  • Awareness of the child/ren’s emotions
  • How to respond appropriately to their child/ren’s emotions

Starting Wednesday 19 October until Wednesday 23 November (six sessions)at 73 Magellan Street, Lismore (upstairs)  10am to 12.30pm

Morning tea provided.  Registrations required – phone Family Support Network 6621 2489

Supporting Children Through change parenting sessions

Supporting Children Through change parenting sessions

As part of the Seasons for Growth program, Mackillop Services are running online sessions for parents and carers who would like to understand more about supporting children through change, loss and uncertainty.

These sessions are designed for parents and carers to discuss helpful ways to support children and young people following natural disaster.

They can expect to cover the following:

• Consider the range of impacts that recent events are having on us all

• Explore ways of managing reactions of young people

• Hear about some creative ways of providing support

• Discuss how we can also support ourselves

Online sessions Thursday September  15, 1.30pm to 2.30pm and Thursday September 22, 7pm to 8pm

Click here to register

Healing Pathways’ 10 week program starts soon.

Healing Pathways’ 10 week program starts soon.

Heartfelt House is holding Healing Pathways for women who have survived childhood sexual abuse.

Healing Pathways next 10-week program in Lismore is starting soon – Thursdays, October 13 to December 15 from 10.30am to 12.30 pm

The group sessions run for 10 weeks and will meet at the Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre.

Please see the attached document for more information.

For inquiries phone: 6628 8960. Email: [email protected] and check out the facebook page: Heartfelt House

Eating disorders information session to be held in Grafton

Eating disorders information session to be held in Grafton

headspace Grafton and Carer Gateway are holding an information session on understanding the support available for family and friend carers of young people with disordered eating or eating disorders.

This will be held on Wednesday, 28 September between 6pm to 8pm at headspace Grafton.

It will provide an opportunity for carers to understand the services and support available and how to access them, as well as hear from a panel of representatives from all facets of disordered eating and eating disorders, including:

  • an eating disorder specialist,
  • representative of headspace Family and Friend Committee and
  • representative of Carers NSW (dedicated Carer Gateway service provider in the Central Coast, Hunter New England and North Coast regions).

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of the panel, and enjoy light refreshments.

If you provide support to a young person living with disordered eating or eating disorders, you are offering more than just an extension of your relationship to this person.This invaluable support plays a pivotal role in their life, but did you know there is support for you too through Carer Gateway?

Carer Gateway is an Australian Government initiative providing free emotional and physical services and support to carers.

There is no registration required, however if you wish to find out more please contact headspace Grafton on (02) 6642 1520.

How to access Carer Gateway: If you want to find out more about Carer Gateway before the information session visit www.carergateway.gov.au or call 1800 422 737 between 8am and 5pm, Mon-Fri to begin the registration process with Carer Gateway.

A course for those parenting children aged two to 12 years

A course for those parenting children aged two to 12 years

The Family Support Network Lismore is running a course for parents with children aged between two to 12 years to support them to improve their parenting skills.

When: Starting Wednesday 19th October until Wednesday 23rd November (6 Sessions)
Where: Our new Premises , 73 Magellan St Lismore, (Upstairs)
Time: 10am to 12.30pm

Tuning in to Kids focuses on the emotional connection between parents and children. In particular it teaches parents skills in emotion coaching, which is to recognise, understand and respond to children’s emotions in an accepting, supportive way. Children with good emotional intelligence often have better emotional and social skills, as well as fewer behavioural difficulties.

Tuning in to Kids teaches parents:
* Awareness and regulation of their own emotions
* Awareness of their child/ren’s emotions
* How to respond appropriately to their child/ren’s emotions

Morning tea is  provided. Registrations required – phone Family Support Network Lismore on 66212489

Free Early Days workshops in Ballina and online – for parents and family members of young children (0-6 years) who are on the autism spectrum.

Free Early Days workshops in Ballina and online – for parents and family members of young children (0-6 years) who are on the autism spectrum.

The Early Days program is running a series of FREE workshops for parents and family members of young children (0-6 years) who are on the autism spectrum.

Early Days workshops are also suitable for parents who may have concerns about their child but have not received a formal diagnosis. See attached flyer for full details.

There are two being held face to face locally:

  • ·   Understanding Behaviour in Ballina on Tuesday, September 13
  • ·   My Child and Autism face to face in Ballina on Monday, October 17

Early Days workshops are for everyone, including workshops tailored to first nations families and communities, and families and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The workshops are run by professionals who have extensive experience and knowledge in working with young children on the autism spectrum.

 Early Days workshop topics include:

          My child and autism

          My child and autism – Girls

          Understanding behaviour

          Progression to school

          Developing independence skills

          Developing independence skills – toileting

          Play and social learning

          Helping my child cope with change

 

These workshops are also designed to provide opportunities for families to network with others and share their experiences with one another. There an online drop in sessions for parents as well. This will help support families to navigate systems in order to access best-practice early childhood supports.

For more information or contact Jo Ann on phone 0466 422 540, email [email protected] or visit the website www.autismspectrum.org.au  

Early Days Schedule Flyer September 2022

Rainbow Region Kids spring holiday program is open for bookings

Rainbow Region Kids spring holiday program is open for bookings

The Rainbow Region Kids Vacation Club will be going full steam ahead during the September/October school break in Alstonville, Casino, Kyogle, Lismore, Ocean Shores and Wollongbar. They are open for bookings now.

The Rainbow Region Kids is not-for-profit, externally accredited, community-focused and childcare-subsidy-approved program, offering quality and affordability to parents.

You can read more about theSpring Vacation Club on their website HERE.

 

The Family Centre has new courses coming up

The Family Centre has new courses coming up

The Family Centre has some great courses for families of all ages across its different centres.

Young Mums to Be
Wednesdays 17 August – 21 September 2022,10am–12.30pm

A course for women aged 21 years or under. There will be an information session each week focusing on either pregnancy or parenting. Sessions include practical information, as well as informal time focussing on a creative and nurturing activity alongside informal chats and discussion.

Discussion topics include: empower women in choice about healthy relationships, birthing options, bonding, physical changes, nutrition, feeding and trusting your body. We will also have time for relaxation, meditation and fun. 6 x 2.5hour sessions.

The Family Centre, Tweed Heads South. No Cost

No Scaredy Cats
Tuesdays 16 August – 30 August 2022, 10am–12.30pm

A course to support parents and caregivers to reduce anxiety and build resilience in children age 2-12 years old. The course will cover how anxiety develops, how parents/caregivers can take a preventable role in the development of anxiety problems, and how parents/caregivers can support children to develop skills to reduce anxiety and build resilience. 3 x 2.5 hour sessions.

Coolamon Centre Murwillumbah. Cost $15

 

Circle of Security Parenting
Thursdays 4 August – 15 September 2022, 10am–12pm

The Circle of Security Parenting course is a parenting course for parents of children 0–5yrs. The course shows parents how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. Parents will learn how to understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs, support their child’s ability to manage emotions and enhance the development of their child’s self-esteem. Parents will also learn to honour their own innate wisdom and fulfil their desire for their child to be secure. 7 x 2hour sessions.

The Family Centre, Tweed Heads South. Cost $40

Bringing Up Great Kids
Tuesdays 2 August – 6 September 2022,
10.30am–12.30pmBringing up Great Kids is a parenting course that promotes and supports respectful, caring and nurturing relationships for children aged 0–12. Parents are encouraged to become more reflective and mindful in their parenting approach. The group involves fun and interactive activities that includes key learnings of brain development, attachment theory, self-care and other useful parenting strategies. 6 x 2hour sessions.Baptist Hub, Ocean Shores. Cost $30

 

Triple P Parenting
Wednesdays 10 August –31 August 2022, 10am–12pm

4-week parenting course for parents/carers of children 2–12 years. Assists parents/carers to build positive relationships with their children and create a stable, supportive and harmonious family. The course introduces proven methods to encourage behaviour you would like more of from your children and deal positively and consistently with problem behaviour. 4 x 2hour sessions.

The Family Centre, Ballina. No Cost

Parenting Seminar – Online
Wednesday 20 July 2022, 5pm–7pm

This is an introductory 2 hour seminar, providing an overview of The Family Centre’s parenting programs including Bringing Up Great Kids, Circle of Security Parenting, 123 Magic & Emotion Coaching; Triple P; based on decades of research for children aged 0–12 years. This seminar explores how to identify children’s emotional needs, respond to their behaviours & strengthen parent/child relationships. 1 x 2hour session.

Online for residents of Ballina, Byron and Tweed Shires. No Cost

 

Tuning into Teens
Tuesdays 9 August – 13 September 2022,
5.30pm–7.30pmA course for parents/carers of teenagers 12–17 year olds. Tuning in to Teens aims to help you and your adolescent manage the many emotional challenges of this stage of life. We will explore how to manage your own and your adolescent’s emotions in ways that support you to remain close and keep communicating.By learning these skills, you are less likely to have as much conflict within your family and your teen is more likely to talk to you about the challenging issues they face. 6 x 2hour sessions.Cabarita Beach. Cost $30
Family Centre Playgroups

 

Find connection with other parents/carers and children while learning and playing together. Access to useful information regarding parenting, local services and activities.

Playgroups free and are run during NSW school terms.

Tweed Shire – 9.30am–11.30am

Monday – Tweed Heads
Tuesday – Fingal
Wednesday – Tweed Heads South
Thursday – Murwillumbah

Ballina Shire – 10am–12pm

Wednesday – South Golden Beach
Thursday – Ballina

 

Relationship Courses

 

Anger & Emotional Intelligence
Friday 29 July 2022, 9.30am–3pm

1day course for men and women. Content includes: identify what anger is and what it does, what triggers your anger and ways to make it work for you and your relationships.

Mullumbimby Community Centre. Cost $15

Anger & Emotional Intelligence
Friday 16 September 2022, 9.30am–3pm

1day course for men and women. Content includes: identify what anger is and what it does, what triggers your anger and ways to make it work for you and your relationships.

The Family Centre, Tweed Heads South. Cost $15

 

Creating Real Connections
Friday 29 July 2022, 9.30am–3pm

1day course for men and women. Content includes: identify what anger is and what it does, what triggers your anger and ways to make it work for you and your relationships.

The Family Centre, Tweed Heads. Cost $15

 

Courses for Women

 

Self Esteem for Women
Tuesday 13 September 2022, 9.30am–3pm

A course that assists women to identify their needs and feelings so they can communicate more effectively. We explore the tensions arising from setting boundaries and using assertiveness in managing conflict, how to communicate respectively, and negotiate different people’s perspectives. We explore skills for repairing after conflict, and the importance of self- care. 4 x 2hour sessions.

The Family Centre, Tweed Heads South. Cost $15

 

Family Centre Information Session

 

Thursday 21 July, 10am–12pm

  • Find out about:
  • Our people and where we are located
  • Our work with children, young people, families, schools & communities
  • Our community activities and our partners

Everyone is welcome!

The Family Centre, Tweed Heads. No Cost

REGISTER HERE

 

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

For further information on any of our courses or workshops please call
9am–12.30pm Monday–Friday
(07) 5524 8711 or go to www.thefamilycentre.org.au

If you are unable to pay for course fees please talk with our intake worker or the course facilitator. The Family Centre is committed to providing equal access to all the courses we offer.

TAFE Services Coordinator – permanent roles at Ballina and Casino campuses

TAFE Services Coordinator – permanent roles at Ballina and Casino campuses

TAFE is recruiting in the Northern Rivers! The permanent TAFE Service Coordinator position at Ballina and Casino campuses have been advertised on I Work for NSW and SEEK with a closing date of 22nd August 2022.

The Opportunity
We currently have an exciting full time permanent opportunity for a TAFE Services Coordinator (TSC) to join the Customer & Stakeholder Relations team based at the Ballina Campus. The TSC is responsible for working collaboratively with local functional areas including training delivery, student services, facilities management, and other corporate services.  The role ensures excellence in service experience on campus as well as optimising community and multicultural engagement. 

About You
Applying your high level of customer service and can-do attitude, you are motivated and engaged to coordinate and facilitate on the ground services.  You have demonstrated experience in establishing relationships and networking with various stakeholders and can build good rapport with your colleagues and community.  You will have excellent negotiation and communication skills. Working independently, you are a self-starter and results driven team member who can problem solve whilst managing competing priorities.

To be considered for the role you will be required to meet all essential requirements within the below Position Description.

Highly Desirable

· Demonstrated experience in community engagement and networking

· Ability to effectively communicate to internal and external stakeholders

· Technologically savvy and experience within Microsoft Office Suite

· Ability to problem solve whilst managing competing priorities

For further information regarding the role please review the Position Description and Information Package.

To access the Ballina role please click here https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/job/tafe-services-coordinator-341612

To access the Casino targeted role click here https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/job/tafe-services-coordinator-341611

Save the date 9 November 2022: First 2000 Days Conference

On 9 November 2022 the Northern NSW Local Health District is launching their First 2000 Days Implementation Plan at the First 2000 Days Conference at East Ballina Surf club.

Keynote speaker: Liz Murphy – the importance of the First 2000 days.

Conference speaker: Professor Melissa Green – the NSW Child Development Study, School of Psychiatry University of NSW.

For more information download the first 2000 days conference save the date poster or contact Kim Kendall, Priority Populations Strategy Officer – 0429 188 760.

Strengthening our practice by understanding our own bias – Better Chances Forum

Strengthening our practice by understanding our own bias – Better Chances Forum

How can we begin to understand how our individual perspective/bias influences our work? What does this tell us about how we can best engage with children, young people and families?

On 20 July 2022, 18 members of the Northern Rivers Better Chances Forum met online to consider these questions and how we can strengthen our practice.

Participants were welcomed by Social Futures who convene the Better Chances Forum (BCF) where connection spaces are always set up with participants safety in mind. At the beginning of each session we check with each other and agree on how we will work together.

We watched a video titled the backwards brain bicycle, which uses a story to demonstrate how we all have bias. We opened the conversation in small groups with one group member sharing an experience when they were shown a different perspective that highlighted their own bias. Then the groups discussed what the story revealed about how we can best engage children, young people and families.

We returned to the larger group to discuss what we noticed about our own practice, and the lenses we see through in our work?’

Discussion themes and highlights included:

  • understanding how we take our own bias into our practice at work and how it can limit our work and sometimes can be harmful
  • lean into the discomfort of not knowing our own bias and have the humanity to own it
  • acknowledge the bias held within dominant systems, our responsibility to challenge bias where it blocks access, and how difficult this advocacy alongside Children, Young People and families can be
  • look for options when connecting Children, Young People and families with support, including cultural support/healing options – focus on the needs of the child, young person or family rather than our needs
  • it takes a long time to unlearn bias. Change will be lifelong – we have a different experience of learning Australian history now
  • communication is an exchange – leave our expectations at the door – pause to reflect on questions and be open to receive. See the person first rather than our assumptions about them.

Participants left the conversation with a one word check out and were given the opportunity to check in with support after the session if needed. Some of the words people checked out with were: determined, agitated, truth telling, stop with nicety, acknowledgement, murky, conflicting, very respected, full, growth, humble.

All participants stated they had learnt new things and connected during the session. BCF holds monthly connection spaces and hosts a range of other activities to support the community sector.

Find out more about BCF here. Email [email protected] if you would like to join our monthly connection meeting (third Wednesday of the month).

What can you do to strengthen your practice and understand your own bias?

  • Watch the video backwards brain bicycle
  • Check out some of the below resources and think about what this means in your work
  • Connect with BCF to continue to dive deep into these conversations. If you would like support with this, please contact Ian or Katrina on [email protected]

Some additional resources to consider on this topic: