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Get Licensed, Get Legal – Free 30 Hours of Support to Get Your L’s

Get Licensed, Get Legal – Free 30 Hours of Support to Get Your L’s

Do you need some help to get your Drivers License? If you are eligible to take the Driver Knowledge Test you can apply for 30 hours of fee free support to help you get your Learners License.

TAFE NSW is proud to provide a fantastic opportunity to help improve road safety in NSW, delivering a program that supports the achievement of a Learner’s permit.

The Statement in Learner Driver Foundations addresses the barriers that traditionally have prevented successful completion of the driver’s licencing program. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Driver Knowledge Test (DKT) fee exemption letter.

TAFE NSW is an approved provider of this program, helping people achieve their dreams while keeping the roads safe for all.

TAFE NSW provides support DLAP participants in the areas of:

  • Literacy, numeracy and familiarity with computer-based licence testing to provide better access to driver licence tests
  • Road safety and licensing education to support understanding of the Learner Driver Handbook
  • Licensing enrolment support and assistance e.g. obtaining identity documents, filling in forms
  • Preparation for the DKT
  • Support participants through government processes e.g. filling in forms, accompanying to Service NSW Centres.

Call 131 601 to talk to someone today.

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Dadirri training to be held in Ballina in October

Dadirri training to be held in Ballina in October

Dadirri training will be held in Ballina on Tuesday October 18 and Wednesday October 19. There are some free positions for Mob to attend

Training is being delivered by We Al-li for Social Futures.

The training introduces Dadirri as the core of all We Al-li practices and skill based learning outcomes. Dadirri provides the foundation for culturally safe practices and establishes a respectful healing environment for skills transference in all We Al-li professional development trainings. Learning to communicate with ourselves and each other at deep levels is primary to effective practice.

This training opportunity is for community workers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in their daily work. There is a fee for attendance to this training which will include the training, catering and an opportunity to delve into the practice of Dadirri. This training opportunity will be at a cost of $290 per participant.

We also have some fee free positions for mob in the community to attend – please choose this option when registering for your ticket.

Register via https://www.trybooking.com/CDCLD

For further information contact Lisa Hopwood on phone 0400 680 300 or email [email protected] 

First 2000 days Conference to be held in November

First 2000 days Conference to be held in November

The First 2000 days Conference will be held on Wednesday, November, 9 from  9am to 4.30pm in Ballina.

It will take place at the East Ballina Surf Club.

It will feature the launch of NNSW LHD First 2000 Days Implementation Plan.

Keynote Speaker is  Professor Liz Murphy  who will look at the importance of the First 2000 days

Other speakers are Professor Melissa Green – the NSW Child Development Study– School of Psychiatry-UNSW and Professor Judy Atkinson – Understanding inter-generational healing and recovery from Trauma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

This is free to NNSWLHD Health staff to register NNSWLHD Staff email: [email protected]

$30 for Partner Agencies staff register online:

NNSWLHD First 2000 Days Conference Tickets, Wed 09/11/2022 at 9:00 am | Eventbrite

 

Virtual Statement of Attainment in Strengthening wellbeing through collaboration and Trauma Informed Care implementation

Virtual Statement of Attainment in Strengthening wellbeing through collaboration and Trauma Informed Care implementation

NSW Tafe is offering the Virtual Statement of Attainment in Strengthening wellbeing through collaboration and Trauma Informed Care implementation course.

You can read more about Statement of Attainment in Strengthening Wellbeing through Collaboration & Trauma Informed Care Implementation – SG00009703 – TAFE NSW

 The subject will be offered over eight weeks. Dates: 27/09/2022 – 15/11/2022  

Time/Day: Tuesdays (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) Location: Virtual Classroom

Further inquiries: (02) 6674 7319 / [email protected]

Children and young people’s influence in decisions- BCF recap 17/8/22

Children and young people’s influence in decisions- BCF recap 17/8/22

On Wednesday 17 August Better Chances Forum members met to connect and reflect on this questions. Together we viewed a video about children and young people’s experience in out of home care. We then met in groups to discuss, how we can enrich our practice by supporting children and young person to speak their lived experience, either in individual decisions or in organisational or system-level change?  

Reflections from our conversation included:

 

·       We need to acknowledge that listening to children and young people is part of our work, and build in frameworks to state how we are doing this.

·       For children and young people to have a voice they must be given safe spaces to tell their story (ensure everyone is aware of what safety means, legislation protecting them, complaint processes, and agreement about how they will work safely together)

·       There are existing tools/frameworks to support voice, such a family lead decision making, family group conferencing and cultural support plans. However, some feel they need to advocate for these tools to be used in our organisations. Implementation of the NSW Aboriginal Case Management Policy may strengthen this for some programs.

·       Ensure that we are creating spaces for a families, children and young people to tell their story once, and for their story to be truly heard. We are exhausting our children, young people and families making them retell their story.

·       We are working within [20th Century] historical perspectives where children were to be seen not heard. Culturally Jarjums’ voice is central to decision making.

·       Importance of play for children, young people, families and professionals. Making play part of how we set up space.

·       Place and space in our organisations’ practice frameworks which shows how a child and young person’s voice has been documented and what is important for that child. This includes in our case notes, and how we capture data/information so if there is change of staff this voice is still reflected.

·       Check in on our bias about what we may think is best for a child and let them tell us what they want and need.

These conversations support us to work on our practice and support children, young people, their families and communities better.

BCF will meet online again on Wednesday 21 September, 10am-12pm.

Better Chances Forum (BCF) is convened by Social Futures. People from organisations or groups working with children, young people, their families and communities are welcome to join BCF. Please contact [email protected] to connect.

Accidental Counselling webinar

Accidental Counselling webinar

NCOSS is hosting a two-part training (via Zoom) on “Accidental Counselling” to be held, Thurs-Fri, 15-16 September, from 12:30 to 2:30pm.

These events are delivered by the NCOSS Building Resilience for Emergency Responses Team with the support of the NSW Government’s Social Sector Transformation Fund.

Priority will be given to registrations from small- to medium- sized NCOSS member organisations.

Registrations open next Monday, 29 August for.  Further details here

 

Planning and Preparing for Community-led Disaster Recovery

Planning and Preparing for Community-led Disaster Recovery

NCOSS is hosting a free webinar on “Planning and Preparing for Community-led Disaster Recovery” to be held Thursday, 22 September 2022, from 12:30 to 2:30pm.

These events are delivered by the NCOSS Building Resilience for Emergency Responses Team with the support of the NSW Government’s Social Sector Transformation Fund.

Priority will be given to registrations from small- to medium- sized NCOSS member organisations.

Registrations open next Monday, 29 August for.  Further details here

 

Adventure therapy for complex trauma training available

Adventure therapy for complex trauma training available

Adventure Therapy for Complex Trauma’ is a two-day training designed for Therapists, Youth Workers, Behaviour Support Teachers, Youth Support Coordinators, Chaplains, and others who support difficult to engage young people. Outdoor Educators will find the training useful in catering for ‘difficult’ students and will help improve outcomes. 

A free training session is being run in Ballina over two days – Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday 8 at the Ballina Surf Club (Dirrawong Room)
There is no cost to attend. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided/

Express your interest by completing the Online form or contact Lisa Hopwood if you have questions on 0400 680 300. You can also email [email protected]


Adventure as therapy is highly engaging, targeted and an effective therapeutic process.  Adventures can be short, local and may not require adventure qualifications. Getting young people away from the normal environment can help them re-structure their world views of themselves, peers, systems and their potential. They can then return to the normal environment and be assisted to maintain these changes. This free training will be offered to staff working directly with young people in the Northern Rivers.
 

The training is delivered by Graham Pringle from Youth Flourish. Learn more about the training here

Lismore Jobs Fair an opportunity for employers and jobseekers

Lismore Jobs Fair an opportunity for employers and jobseekers

Workforce Australia’s Jobs Fair is coming to the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre on Monday 29 August 2022.

This event aims to provide support to the many local businesses in this unique environment of workforce/labour shortages, and who are in the operational and recovery phases from the recent flood events. Employers are invited to exhibit for free and take the opportunity to meet job ready candidates from the local area.

For jobseekers the Lismore Jobs Fair will include several support agencies and workshops that will provide advice to individuals who find themselves in challenging circumstances and displaced from their previous roles.  The Lismore Jobs Fair will also provide a central hub to connect to local employers from a range of industries offering many and varied vacancies.

Information for employers and jobseekers can be found on the flyers below. Use the QR Codes for more information and to register.

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Supporting young parents with an out-of-home-care experience

Supporting young parents with an out-of-home-care experience

A webinar on supporting young parents with an out-of-home-care experience on September 7, from 1pm to 2pm.
It is being organised by Child Family Community Australia and will be presented by Jade Purtell, Kylie Bolland, Naima Ali and Stewart Muir.
CLICK HERE to register.

Many young people with experience of out-of-home care (OOHC) have complex histories of trauma and neglect and generally poorer health, education and employment outcomes than their peers. They are also more likely to become parents at a young age and to have their children enter the child protection system or be taken into care. Although there is limited research about the needs and outcomes of young parents with a care experience, there is evidence to suggest that trauma-informed and therapeutic models of support can lead to better outcomes.

This webinar shares researcher, practitioner and service user insights about supporting young parents with a care experience. It covers:

  • Ways to approach young parents with experience of the OOHC system
  • How to approach and understand young parents’ motivations to become parents
  • The paradox of ‘surveillance bias’ and the potential risks of protective interventions
  • How healing relational trauma and loss is key to preventing intergenerational child protection involvement
  • Key elements of the practice model – peer work, partnerships

This webinar will interest practitioners working in the child, family, community and welfare sectors who encounter or directly work with young parents who have experience in OOHC.

This webinar is produced in collaboration with the National Association for Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) for National Child Protection Week. AIFS supports this campaign and embraces the theme that ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go’.

StandBy is holding a grief and loss workshop in Ballina

StandBy is holding a grief and loss workshop in Ballina

StandBy Support after Suicide is running a free ‘supporting community through grief and loss’ workshop on Wednesday, August 24. Please join us for morning tea at the Ballina Surf Club.

It has been a difficult three years, particularly on the North Coast of New South Wales, and this workshop aims to assist service providers to better help clients and participants navigate the grief and resulting loss of normalcy.

It will also cover how different grieving styles can manifest in difficulties in the people we support and how we can help people regulate during difficult times. Lastly it will touch on how we can work collaboratively to respond to a suicide and have these referral pathways established before there is a loss.

If you have any staff who would like to attend, please RSVP to [email protected] or phone 0417119298.

 

NSW Youth Work Awards nominations are now OPEN!

NSW Youth Work Awards nominations are now OPEN!

NSW Youth Work Awards nominations are now open. Celebrate your team, your work, your colleagues and friends. We want to hear about all of the amazing work which is happening across the state, and celebrate together. Take a moment to check out the award categories and nominate someone you know.

Every year Youth Action hosts the NSW Youth Work Awards to publicly recognise and celebrate the amazing, hard work of the Youth Sector. We are really excited as this year we will be returning to an in-person celebration at our new premises at Yirranma Place in Darlinghurst on Thursday 17 November 6pm-8pm. Further details about the event will be provided shortly.

Nominating an individual, program or service is a way for you to highlight their great work to the community and our shared stakeholders. There are 7 program or service Award categories and 3 individual Award categories to choose from. Award winners receive a cash prize. There is also the Hall of Fame category to recognise long-term achievements.

Please share this with your colleagues and through your networks. You can find the nomination form here

Nominations close midnight Wednesday 31 August.