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headspace Tweed Heads to hold a Wear It Purple Day

headspace Tweed Heads to hold a Wear It Purple Day

headspace Tweed Heads is having a Wear it Purple Day movie night on Friday, August 26, at the Hoyts Tweed Head cinema, starting around 5.30pm.

Wear it Purple Day is an annual LGBTIQA+ awareness day especially for young people, based in Australia. Supporters wear purple to celebrate diversity and young people from the LGBTIQA+ community. The Day is organised by Wear it Purple, a student run, not-for-profit organisation, providing presentations and workshops

headspace Tweed Heads is inviting people to come long, listen to one of our young people speak, perhaps a panel and then watching the movie Happiest Season. The event is a gold coin donation.

Happiest Season is about a young woman, Abby, who plans to propose to her girlfriend, Harper, in front of Harper’s family members. But she is in for a shock when she learns that Harper is yet to come out to her parents.

Youth Advisory Group

headspace Tweed Heads is also looking for young people aged 16-25 who want to be involved in Youth Advisory Group (YAG).

The YAG is a key part of our service, they help direct us with sitting in on job interviews for employees, giving feedback about the service, co-designing and assist with organising, facilitating, and supporting events.

The group is space for young people to come along and contribute to the centre, their community and connect with other young people passionate about mental health. The YAG  meets every second Wednesday for 2 hours with food provided and facilitated by me and another worker, I have attached a flyer that has a QR code that takes young people to the EOI for the group.

headspace’s Lismore Young Peoples’ Advisory Committee seeks new members

headspace’s Lismore Young Peoples’ Advisory Committee seeks new members

headspace’s Lismore Young Peoples’ Advisory Committee is looking for new members.

The Young Peoples’ Advisory Committee (YPAC) at headspace Lismore is made up of volunteers aged 12-25 years who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people. headspace aims to have young people involved in every aspect of the decision-making to ensure young people’s voices and opinions remain front and centre.

Are you 12-25 and passionate about making a difference?

headspace Lismore aims to have young people involved in every aspect of the decision-making for our centre.

This includes:

·       Planning and helping run youth events and other programs including art workshops, markets, comps, hosting headspace stalls at festivals and more.

·       Evaluating and helping shape the delivery of headspace services.

·       Assisting in the design and development of our centre.

·       Attending various meetings for local organisations/services/schools and presenting on behalf of headspace Lismore.

·       Giving the youth a voice 

·       Building self-confidence and developing personal skills

·       Giving feedback and ideas on policies and procedures, including recruitment and staff training.

·       Developing our social media platforms and community engagement strategies.

We meet fortnightly on a Tuesday from 5:30pm at our centre.

Please follow the EOI link and/or share amongst your networks:


Pride Health and Wellbeing – Free Membership

Pride Health and Wellbeing – Free Membership

Through the generosity of Coles, 2 two-year Pride in Health + Wellbeing Memberships are available to help smaller organisations provide more LGBTQ inclusive care.

These memberships will allow these organisations to not only review and upskill on their care for gender and sexuality diverse patients/service users but also to measure this change through the free annual Health + Wellbeing Equality Index (HWEI) benchmark and surveys.


These two memberships will be awarded to organisations that meet the following criteria:

• Less than 25 FTE

• Be a not-for-profit organisation

• Working in the health, wellbeing or human services sector

• Working with vulnerable, marginalised and minoritised communities (e.g. culturally and linguistically diverse communities, refugee and newly arrived communities, those impacted by domestic, family and intimate partner violence, people living with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, regional and remote communities etc)

• Are located outside a capital city

• At least one is for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander focused organisation

Expression of Interest forms can be found here.


2022 Australian Pride in Health and Wellbeing

2022 Australian Pride in Health and Wellbeing

The inaugural Australian Pride in Health + Wellbeing Awards will be held online via Livestream on Wednesday,  March 30.

This event recognises the achievements across the health, wellbeing, human services, and community care sector, measured through the Health + Wellbeing Equality Index (HWEI). Previously we had celebrated with Pride in Diversity at the Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards, but now it will be celebrated separately. Full details in the link below.


ACON Health update

ACON Health update

ACON’s Northern Rivers office in Lismore is closed until further notice due to the flooding disaster.

Phones have been redirected to our Hunter office, and all community enquiries will receive a response within 48 hours.

ACON’s team in the Hunter and Sydney are also currently offering a Crisis Support Service. Please see below for further information.

CRISIS SUPPORT SERVICE – Northern Rivers Flood Emergency

ACON is currently offering an LGBTQ+ inclusive crisis support service to anyone from our community impacted by the devastating Northern Rivers floods.

We understand that disasters such as these can impact our mental health and wellbeing, and we’re here to help.

You can access FREE, short-term counselling and practical support to access emergency financial assistance and other essential services.

For more information, please reach out to us, and we will contact you within 24-48 hours.

Online             http://www.aconhealth.org.au/intake_form

Free call:       1800 063 060

Tel:                 (02) 9206 2000

This is a short-term service available until mid-April 2022.

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National Roundtable on LGBTI+ Ageing and Aging Care

National Roundtable on LGBTI+ Ageing and Aging Care

In February, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia will be holding a national roundtable on LGBTI ageing and aged care, to encourage discussion about ensuring LGBTI people live fulfilling lives into old age. The roundtable will develop a set of recommendations and policy positions to guide the work of the organisation into the future.

Attendance at the roundtable is by invitation. For further information contact Franky Lander-McLeod. 

Byron Youth Survey 2021 (closes 24 December 2021)

Byron Youth Survey 2021 (closes 24 December 2021)

Are you aged 12 to 24 years and located in the Byron Shire. Byron Shire Council would love to hear your opinions, ideas, experiences and challenges as a young person living, working, studying or socialising in the Byron Shire. Take our Byron Youth Survey before the closing date: 24 December 2021. The aim of the survey is to help us understand your unique needs and views as a young person.

The survey will tell us how the council can make sure your voice is properly heard and considered when making important decisions about Byron Shire’s future. It also gives you the chance to influence how Council will work with young people. So get involved, tell us what you think and enter the draw to win some great prizes.

Prizes up for grabs!

Take the Youth Survey 2021 now, and choose to enter the draw to win one of two great prizes:

1st Prize = Apple iPad

2nd Prize = UE Boom speaker

Prizes will be drawn on 11 January 2022 and winners will be notified via phone or email – so be sure to leave your contact details to be in for a chance.

We protect your privacy

Your survey responses will be completely anonymous and will not be linked to your personal information. Your personal information is collected only for the purpose of entering the competition, if you choose to do so. Only prize-winners will be contacted.

See Council’s Privacy Statement(External link) for more details about how Council uses your personal information. Byron Shire Council acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this land, the Arakwal people, the Minjungbal people and the Widjabul Wia-bal people of the Bundjalung Nation, and pays our deepest respects to Elders past and present.

Lived-experience art exhibition for Mental Health Month

Lived-experience art exhibition for Mental Health Month

There is a Lived Experience Art Exhibition for Mental Health Month at the Lismore Regional Gallery 10am-3pm, morning tea provided. It is taking place on Wednesday November 24.

The theme is ‘tune-in’, the colour is green, the symbol is the bell and there will be poets and musicians performing. T

‘Tune In’ to each other, ‘Tune In’ to our own life stories and their chapters; maybe frame our experiences alongside others; ‘Tune In’ and share some common experiences:  e.g.  Of having a minority ethnicity in regional Australia ‘Tune In’ – identify and celebrate recovery, resilience and the joys that come from being a survivor. ‘Tune In’ and make new friends. ‘Tune In‘ in a place where we will not be judged for our sexuality or gender

The Social and Emotional Wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people

The Social and Emotional Wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people


CFCA’s final webinar for 2021 is a re-broadcast of our April webinar – The social and emotional wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people. 

It is on on Thursday, December 9, 1 to 2pm. The presenters are Nicole Scott, Vikki Ryall and Adam Bourne.

The first screening of this webinar saw high attendance and engagement, and the topic continues to be relevant for our audience. This broadcast will not include a live Q&A; however, the extended Q&A from April will be shown.

Despite increasing social acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) people in Australia, many young people continue to have experiences that negatively impact their social and emotional wellbeing. To differing extents, mainstream service providers are working to understand the needs of this group and respond accordingly. However, there continues to be a gap in the evidence on LGBTIQA+ young people and how best to respond to their social and emotional needs.

This webinar will help practitioners adopt an inclusive approach to working with young people with diverse sexuality, gender or variations of sex characteristics. Specifically it:

• Presents findings from the largest ever study on the health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people aged 14-21, Writing Themselves In 4

• Shares a first-hand account of seeking help from services

• Presents practical considerations to engage and respond to LGBTIQA+ young people.

This webinar will be of interest to professionals working in domestic and family violence, mental health, child protection, out-of-home care and other social services.

The recording of this webinar will be available on the CFCA website after the rebroadcast.

We encourage you to test your system before the webinar, and read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Register for this free webinar 

This week is Trans Awareness Week

This week is Trans Awareness Week

This week is Trans Awareness Week  and we’ll be celebrating all the way until Friday 19 November. It’s time for a week of trans pride, and of allies learning how to elevate the voices of our community.

So, how will you be getting involved? Will it be by celebrating your unique trans and gender diverse pride? Or will you be engaging in education and striving to be the best ally to the trans community that you can be?

Will you be doing a work morning tea, a classroom discussion, or maybe a morning meeting?

Whatever your style, we can’t wait to see how you do TAW!

Make sure you tag us in your photos (@minus18youth), and join in the conversation via the hashtag #TransAwarenessWeek2021

And if you need any Zoom backgrounds, social media images or even convo inspo? We got you!

Even if you haven’t organised an activity, there are plenty of ways to get involved. And there’s still time to gather up the office crew and organise a last minute event! Every post, every activity, every conversation started makes a huge difference in championing trans inclusion.


Trans Awareness Week is all about trans pride and allyship – but what if you’re just starting to learn about gender diversity and what being an ally is all about?

Easy! Join us on Thursday 18 November for a special digital Intro to Visible Trans Allyship. You’ll be joined by our Education Team, including the wonderful Seb.

So, what are you waiting for?

Level up your activity and tune in as a team, or join us solo to learn how to support your friends, family, colleagues, or clients.


Back up your Trans Awareness Week activity with real, lasting impact. Fundraise, or donate directly, in support of charities that do the work year-round.

And if you choose to support Minus18? We’re so, so, so grateful for your support. Make a donation below, or download our fundraising toolkit to set up a digital fundraiser!


Listening to LGBT Seniors

Listening to LGBT Seniors

National Seniors Australia has released a new report on LGBT Seniors.

Australians are a diverse group of people, and two aspects of that diversity are gender and sexual orientation. Both of these have sometimes been taboo, or difficult to talk about, within mainstream Australian culture and many other cultures. Unfortunately, that cultural discomfort has often contributed to making life more difficult for people whose gender or sexual orientation don’t fit with mainstream society’s expectations. They include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse people, or LGBT people for short. They also include members of other groups whose gender or sexual orientation are marginalised.

In the new report National Seniors Australia seek to engage in a  conversation with our own community about the experiences and needs of older LGBT people and how we might best respond to them. We also wish to contribute to conversations about these matters taking place in the context of the findings from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The Commission reported that older people receiving age care who have diverse genders or sexualities are at increased risks of abuse, isolation, and discrimination

Download the report here: https://nationalseniors.com.au/uploads/LGBT-report.pdf

Act for intersex rights

Act for intersex rights

Noah and his parents are speaking up to stop children born with an intersex variation being operated on as an infant without the consent of the child.

Noah’s not alone.  Around 1.7 percent of babies born in Australia are intersex, born with physical sex characteristics that are less common, varying from social or medical norms for male or female bodies.  Just as skin and hair colour vary along a spectrum, so do our sex characteristics.  But many intersex people still don’t have a say in medical procedures performed on their bodies which modify their sex characteristics.  These procedures can have lifelong consequences.

The I in LGBTIQ+ refers to those of us born with these bodily variations of sex characteristics. Like everyone else, intersex people have diverse genders and sexualities, defined by their hearts and minds, not their body parts.

Our community fights alongside intersex people because everyone should be able to make their own choices about what happens to their own body. It’s about equality, for all of us.

That’s why, together with Intersex Human Rights Australia, we’re coming together to support Noah and his loving family in their mission to end unnecessary medical procedures that modify the sex characteristics of intersex people without their consent. But if we are to achieve this change we need to lift up the voices of intersex people to raise awareness of what it means to be intersex, and what they want to be changed.

Will you help spread the word? https://www.facebook.com/EqualityAustralia/videos/727297308665268/

All human bodies are different and intersex variations are a natural part of human diversity. By letting doctors perform unnecessary medical procedures that modify people’s sex characteristics without their consent, governments deny intersex people the right to non-discriminatory healthcare that affirms their diversity. That’s why intersex people across Australia have long advocated that governments end these harmful practices. Momentum is building, with the ACT and Victoria committing publicly to introduce new laws soon, but there’s more to be done. Help Noah build that momentum, by sharing his story.

Will you watch and share Noah’s story?

Community Sector News

Community Sector News

This week is Community Sector Climate Change Advocacy Week (4-8 October)! Climate change is increasing extreme weather events that threaten our environment, as well as people’s homes, livelihoods, health, quality of life, employment and increases risks and burdens for future generations. See below for three key ways to support #FairFastClimateAction during Community Sector Climate Change Advocacy week – together, we can help push for fair, fast and inclusive climate change action this decade!

A new series of interactive maps developed by the ACOSS/UNSW Sydney Poverty and Inequality Partnership shows how different parts of the country have been impacted by the economic effects of the pandemic. These maps informed yesterday’s COVID Income Support: Analysis of income support in the COVID lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 report. Check out the maps and the report here: https://bit.ly/3ip8j7I

Quick reminder that the 2021 ACOSS Annual General Meeting is coming up on Monday 8 November. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety concerns, the meeting will be held virtually. Register here.

Social Sector Support Fund – closes Friday, October 8

Social Sector Support Fund – closes Friday, October 8

The $50 million Social Sector Support Fund was announced by the NSW Government in August 2021. It is part of the $200 million support package for not-for profitsopens in new window.

The SSSF is for eligible charities and Not-For-Profits (NFPs) in the social, health, disability and animal welfare service sectors in NSW. The Fund aims to help these organisations continue to deliver services to the community amidst increased demand, and also retain their workforce through COVID-19 outbreaks.

The Fund is targeted at organisations that are ineligible for the NFP JobSaver scheme and are experiencing an increased demand for services and/or a decline in income. Grants paid under the SSSF may include different allocation methods, such as direct payments, an open grants application, and workforce surge payment to support organisations which have had to stand down or temporarily replace staff (e.g. due to self-isolation requirements).

DCJ is administering this fund. The SSSF webpage will be update as more information is available on eligibility, application and assessment processes. SSSF grants will be delivered flexibly to ensure NFPs are supported and can continue to provide services to vulnerable people and communities.

You can register your interestopens in new window for the SSSF. Registration will close on 5:00PM Friday 8 October 2021.

The registration process is simple and will ask for information about your organisation and the services you provide. This will help DCJ to design the processes to effectively allocate SSSF grants. There is no funding commitment from DCJ or by your organisation in registering for the SSSF.

Please note: if you are already receiving the JobSaver paymentopens in new window or will be applying for the NFP JobSaver payment then you will be ineligible for a SSSF grant.

For enquiries, please e-mail: [email protected]

Members sought for the Old Byron Hospital community hub advisory group

Members sought for the Old Byron Hospital community hub advisory group

Byron Bay community members, who want to help shape a new community hub at the Old Byron Hospital site, are encouraged to apply for a position on the advisory group.

Up to eight members are needed for the group to provide advice and community insights into developing a vibrant for-purpose hub, connecting Byron residents to social, wellbeing, arts and culture, and educational services.

The not-for-profit Northern Rivers organisation, Social Futures, has the job of managing the new community facility. For 45 years, Social Futures has been delivering community services in the Northern Rivers, and runs programs in areas of homelessness, housing and employment, youth and family support, mental health and wellbeing, and community inclusivity, including support for people with a disability.

Social Futures CEO Tony Davies said his organisation’s Byron-based housing and homelessness service met daily with local residents feeling the impacts of the pandemic, job losses and the housing shortage.

“Few community service providers are able to find office space Byron Bay. The social impact hub will bring essential community services right into the heart of town,” he said.

“It will be a dynamic community space with a mix of business, community services, health, the arts and education. It will be a wonderful asset for Byron Bay.”

He said the community advisory group would:

  • look at community needs, service gaps and opportunities, then deliver on a shared community vision for the hub. This includes identifying and recommending tenancy applications best suited to community need
  • make recommendations on site fit out, landscaping and operations requirements
  • provide guidance on how any profits can be distributed back into local community groups and projects.

Mr Davies said the social impact hub would have tiered rent with anchor tenants – larger organisations, like a university – supporting affordable rents for local and smaller groups with any profits invested back into local community projects and groups.

“We want to create a vibrant centre in Byron that connects individuals, community groups, charities and other organisations and we want to do that in partnership with the community – this community advisory group is essential.”

Mr Davies said Social Futures would appoint the advisory members, striving to set up a group that represents the diverse Byron community with an array of knowledge and insights.

“We are particularly keen to hear from people in Byron with a long history of involvement in community organisations, and we also want social impact and business representatives to come forward,” he said.

Advisory group members will meet four times a year for around two hours beginning in November and continuing for up to two years, when the social impact hub will be operational. The positions are voluntary.

For more information about the Expression of Interest process for the advisory committee, visit the Social Futures website https://socialfutures.org.au/service/socialimpacthub/.

To apply for a position, fill in the form online. Senior Manager – Business and Social Strategy at Social Futures, Sam Henderson, is also available to answer questions on  0439 652 638  or email: [email protected] Applications close at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 5 October 2021.