(02) 6620 1800 [email protected]
FREE activities happening for ages 12-25 years during term 4 at the YWCA

FREE activities happening for ages 12-25 years during term 4 at the YWCA

There are lots of exciting FREE activities for 12-25 year olds happening during term 4 at the YWCA.
Transport Available.

– Intro to Conservation and Land Management TAFE Courses
– Life Skills workshops
– Youth Connections Clubhouse (Social Futures)

Cafe Skills TAFE Course

– Cafe Skills TAFE course
– Art, crafts, movement and movie nights

REGISTER FOR LIFE SKILLS WORKSHOPS HERE or contact Alexia 0491 053 949 or [email protected] 

Youth Work Week Virtual Summit –  Nov 4

Youth Work Week Virtual Summit – Nov 4

Join us during International Youth Work Week as we explore youth work in a world changing under our feet Wednesday 4th November 2020

Youth Action NSW is proud to be supporting the summit, alongside other peak bodies for young people across Australia. Our very own Kate Munro will be contributing to the ‘State of the Nation’ panel discussion looking at what we have learned during 2020, and what we will take into the future.

Key topics being covered in the sessions are:

  • What we have learned during the COVID-19 crisis that we can take into the future of youth work
  • Best practices for engaging young people online
  • Cultural competencies in youth work
  • Approaches to youth participation in practice

Link to International Youth Week Summit

Nominations open for the 2021 Tweed Shire Australia Day Awards

Nominations open for the 2021 Tweed Shire Australia Day Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Tweed Shire Australia Day Awards!

This event is an opportunity for the Tweed Shire to formally acknowledge young people’s valuable contributions to the community and beyond by nominating them for the ‘Young Achiever in Community Service’ award.  This award is for a young person 25 years of age and under, who has made a significant contribution to the community’. I encourage all service staff to consider nominating a young person for this prestigious award.

The Award nomination process is now open until 4.30pm on Friday 16 October 2020 and further information can be found by visiting www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/AustraliaDayNomination

Innovative Youth Program Being Explored for the Tweed

Innovative Youth Program Being Explored for the Tweed

A group of local youth workers and community members have joined together to explore how young people at risk can be better connected to community and pathways to employment. The group want to respond to the growing numbers of young people disengaged from education and recent youth crime incidents with more effective programs.

As part of the group’s exploration of what new programs could help young people in our community, the group is hosting the award-winning ‘BackTrack Boys’ Documentary at the Regent Cinema on Thursday the 15th of October and is inviting community members along to find out more.  

Group Facilitator Ahri Tallon said ‘The screening will highlight how BackTrack’s unique youth program is transforming kids’ lives by engaging them in a long-term and holistic program. It tells the story of the highly regarded program set up by 2020 Australian Local Hero of the Year, Bernie Shakeshaft.

This is a great opportunity for the community to come together and start the conversation about how to better prevent struggling young people from turning away from education and turning towards crime. 

‘There are many programs around Australia demonstrating that we can keep kids safe and support them to chase their dreams by connecting them with nature, animals, community and practical skills that give them inspiration for what they can do with their life if they make healthy choices. We are inviting interested community members to join us in exploring the kind of program that could offer opportunities for young people to better connect to a positive vision of the future for themselves’. 


General tickets are available http://tiny.cc/ccwssz

Now Open – Consultation Survey, National Youth Policy Framework- Closes 12/10/20

Now Open – Consultation Survey, National Youth Policy Framework- Closes 12/10/20


The Commonwealth Department of Health’s Youth Taskforce is pleased to announce the National Youth Policy Framework Consultation Survey is now live.

The purpose of this consultation is to give young Australians an opportunity to help shape the development of the Framework and share their views on what is most important to them. Further, this consultation will help the Youth Taskforce to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting young Australians, information that will be invaluable as the Youth Taskforce continues to develop and refine the Framework.

The survey is accessible to all young Australians aged 18 and over and is the third consultation round since the Youth Taskforce began its work in June 2019.

The survey can be accessed directly here and some information on the consultation at the Youth Taskforce website.

The survey will be open until Monday 12 October 2020.

Further information:
Elizabeth Bennett
Director | RDA Coordinator
COVID Regional Intelligence and Local Government
Regional Development and Local Government Division
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
GPO Box 168, Hobart  TAS  7001
t 03 6221 0607 | m 0439 648 720
e [email protected]  | w www.infrastructure.gov.au  


Lovebites School Survey – North Coast NSW- Closes 9 October

Lovebites School Survey – North Coast NSW- Closes 9 October

A short survey monkey has been developed to capture data for the LOVEBiTES Program being rolled out on the North Coast.  The data collected from the survey will assist in forward planning of LOVEBiTES, identify any gaps in delivery and assist to compile a list of LOVEBiTES contact persons for each High School.

Please find survey link – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LoveBiteschools and will remain open until Friday 9 October 2020.

We are hoping for a response from all high schools between Tweed Heads and Bulahdelah (whether they have run Lovebites or not), to give us baseline data for the strategy.

Any questions, please contact Kiah Bowen, [email protected]

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.

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]


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.

Traineeships open to 2020 School Leavers

Traineeships open to 2020 School Leavers

Traineeships open to 2020 School Leavers

Obtain your Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), Individual Support (Ageing) or Business Administration while gaining on the job experience.

Located throughout regional NSW, LiveBetter provides a diverse range of services to the elderly, people with disabilities and their families, carers, and children and families.

LiveBetter is offering twelve month Traineeships available to 2020 school leavers who are 18 (or turning 18) on the Mid North Coast, Riverina and Central West regions of NSW.

Start your career with a job with real meaning, mentoring by experienced supervisors and great ongoing prospects in a sector that is growing.

For information on how to apply head to www.livebetter.org.au/school-leaver-traineeships/  or for more information email [email protected]

Applications close Friday 30 October at 5pm AEST.

#7tips7days headspace Day Challenge!

#7tips7days headspace Day Challenge!

Introducing the #7tips7days challenge with $700 in prizes up for grabs!

This October, headspace Lismore is challenging young people to get involved by submitting a photo or video of themselves

Starting Monday 12 October, young people (aged 12-25 years) are encouraged to get involved by sharing a photo or video of themselves bringing to life each of the 7 tips for a healthy headspace:

1. get into life – Mon 12 Oct

2. learn skills for tough times – Tue 13 Oct

3. create connections – Wed 14 Oct

4. eat well – Thu 15 Oct

5. stay active – Fri 16 Oct

6. get enough sleep – Mon 19 Oct

7. cut back on alcohol and other drugs – Tue 20 Oct

To learn more about the 7 tips and to get some ideas of what to do check out this link.

How to enter:

For your chance to win one of seven $100 vouchers, post a picture or video of yourself bringing to life each of the 7 tips on Facebook or Instagram, tag @headspaceLismore and use the #7tips7days hashtag. If you don’t have social media, no stress, just EMAIL your submission to [email protected]

Follow us @headspaceLismore on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the challenge, and be the first to know if YOU are a winner this headspace Day!

Winners announced Wednesday 21 October, 2020.

Link to full Terms and Conditions

Applications for Youth Action Project Grant Scheme Now Open!

Applications for Youth Action Project Grant Scheme Now Open!

Youth Action Project Grant Scheme Now Open!

Do you or someone you know want to make a difference for young people in your community by supporting them to navigate challenges related to employment, mental health, or transportation?

We’ve just launched a brand new grants program that will back projects to do just that. Here’s what you need to know.

The Youth Action Project Grant Scheme (YAPGS), through a partnership between the Australian Government Department of Health and FYA, is offering up to $950,000 (inc. GST) of funding to projects helping 15 to 24-year-olds navigate key economic and wellbeing issues.

Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 will be allocated to new and existing projects that aid young people as they recover from the impact of crises such as the Australian bushfires, COVID-19, and ongoing challenges to their employment, mental health, or transportation.

Along with receiving funding, successful applicants will join two online capacity building summits and access weekly workshops – not to mention a community of peer support!

Applications close October 7, 11.59 PM AEST.

Ready to apply? Click the link below!

Apply Now!




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