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Office for Regional Youth – Holiday Break Applications now open

Office for Regional Youth – Holiday Break Applications now open

Applications are now open for funding under the Office for Regional Youth’s Holiday Break program. The funding is for activities being held during Youth Week and the upcoming Autumn school holidays, between 2 April and 25 April .

The Holiday Break program provides young people in regional NSW with the opportunity to connect, socialise, learn new skills and have fun during the school holidays. It supports the delivery of free and subsidised activities, including sport and recreation camps, training courses, creative, artistic or science activities, and more.

Eligible regional NSW councils and not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for funding to deliver events as part of the Holiday Break program.

How to apply

Please visit the Holiday Break webpage for information and resources, including the program guidelines, FAQs and link to apply through the online SmartyGrants portal.

Key dates

Applications open – Monday 7 March 2022

Applications close – Friday 1 April 2022

Activities delivered – Saturday 2 April to Monday 25 April 2022

For information or support with your application, visit the Holiday Break webpage or contact the Office for Regional Youth at [email protected]

Applications open for NSW Youth Advisory Council memership

Applications open for NSW Youth Advisory Council memership

Membership of the NSW Youth Advisory Council is open to children and young people between 12-24 years of age residing in NSW. Applications are particularly sought from diverse locations, backgrounds and life experiences.

The 12 member YAC provides a direct avenue of communication between young people and the NSW Government. The YAC meets regularly throughout the year to discuss a range of topics and provide feedback on policies, procedures and resources affecting children and young people.

Members also provide feedback to community groups, government agencies and Departments and Ministers on issues concerning children and young people.

Applications close March 13.

For further information about the YAC and for young people to apply, please use or share the link below:

https://www.acyp.nsw.gov.au/nsw-youth-advisory-council-application-information-0

Visible: Community arts expression reflects the experiences of young First Nations people

Visible: Community arts expression reflects the experiences of young First Nations people

Our stories. Our worlds. Made visible.

In 2022 Visible will be working with Elders, community and organisations to begin the process of creating a Community Arts Expression that reflects the unique and shared experiences of young First Nations people in and around the Bundjalung Nation. 

We are all about reducing stigma around mental health and opening up conversations around the reality of managing your mental health and beginning that healing journey as a young person. We hone in on traditional Indigenous healing practices such as yarning to be able to communicate mental health and hope through conversation and storytelling.

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

Is your organisation interested in having a yarn about the project? Please email [email protected] and a team member will get in contact with you asap.

We are also hiring a local Community and Cultural Liaison (an identified position) to support on a grass roots level and ensure that we are maintaining cultural integrity within the community as well as supporting the community appropriately.

If you’re interested in this position or have anyone in your organisation or networks that you think would be a good fit for the position please share this article with them.
Apply here:
https://headspace.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9Fv8R8NR2b1mtUy

Lismore lights up for Shine Festival

Lismore lights up for Shine Festival

After the postponement of the event in 2021, Lismore City Council’s SHINE Festival will light up the Lismore CBD from 2 May to 8 May this year.

SHINE is a discovery focused light festival with sites along Molesworth St and its laneways transformed by contemporary light works that will inspire and ignite the imagination.

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg said he was excited that the community could once again come together as we learn how to live with COVID.

“I’m very excited by this innovative festival which I am sure will bring many people into Lismore after dark,” he said.

“It was disappointing that Council had to cancel the festival last year due to COVID, but it’s great that the community can now get back onto the streets of Lismore and celebrate our wonderful city and all it has to offer.

“It is all about supporting our local artists, businesses and local jobs.”

Audiences can expect the unexpected as a program of artists present bold new works ranging from small surprises, large scale projections, the telling of untold stories and immersive light installations that will reframe Lismore’s CBD.

The free event is made possible by a grant from the Federal Government’s Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery program.

All of the featured artists come from the Northern Rivers, predominately from Lismore.

SHINE is a platform for artists to produce new experimental public works and for local and visiting audiences to experience the high-quality work produced in the region.

To find out more go to www.shinefestivaloflight.com.au

Lismore’s Eat the Street Festival is coming back

Lismore’s Eat the Street Festival is coming back

The popular Eat the Street Festival will return to Lismore’s CBD on Sunday, 29 May after it was cancelled last year due to COVID-19.

This year’s festival was originally scheduled to be held in March, but organisers decided to hold it slightly later in the year to allow our food vendors and suppliers more time to prepare after what has been a turbulent start to 2022, Council’s Manager of Liveable and Active Communities Tony Duffy said.

“It’s going to be great to be back and we are looking forward to a very successful Eat the Street Festival this year. The activity and excitement it brings to the CBD each year is incredible and this year will be no different”.

“It is a great day out for all of the family, and I encourage everyone to come along and enjoy being together as a community once again.”

Since its inception in 2016, Eat the Street has quickly become an iconic Northern Rivers festival, showcasing the regions’ finest food vendors and entertaining tens of thousands of people.
The 2022 event will consist of a farm tour, live music, cooking demonstrations and live performances.

Further details including food stalls, musical artists, chefs and tours will be announced closer to the date. Keep an eye on www.eatthestreetlismore.com.au.

Holding hope: Strengthening practice in early intervention and supporting C&YP and families

Holding hope: Strengthening practice in early intervention and supporting C&YP and families

At our January 2022 Better Chances Forum (BCF) online connection session we looked back to our September 2021 discussion about engagement practice and picked up the theme of holding hope and supporting people’s goals. Having come through another festive season impacted by Covid-19 it seemed a good time to focus on hope and lift our energy as we launch into 2022.

Twenty BCF members joined the discussion and we started where we left this theme in September 2021 recognising:

  • hope and believing in people impacts wellbeing
  • we can support people’s goals, big or small
  • encouragement and hope fosters empowerment – seeing goals people thought were impossible are possible with support and time.

So what contributes to holding hope and supporting people’s goals? Here is the summary from our conversation.

  • Taking time to make a connection. Believe in people, value them without judgement or your own agenda.
  • Support people to understand short, medium and longer-term goals and how they can build on each other.  Acknowledge success no matter how small.
  • When you have built trust and connection you are better placed to help reframe and support people to see their strengths.
  • Actively listen to families about their needs, how the family functions, support they already have in place and support they need.
  • Use simple, accessible language, which benefits everyone.
  • Hold hope for ourselves first and support our welling. This is an essential foundation if we are to support children and young people and their families and communities. This will be the theme for our next practice conversation in the 16 February 2022 BCF connection meeting. Please join us if you can.

For more information download the meeting summary or contact [email protected].

Tabulam Turtle Divers Community Fun Day

Tabulam Turtle Divers Community Fun Day

The Tabulam Turtle Divers Community Fun Day is planned for Friday, Feburary 25.

There will be lots of activities, services and information for families. This includes rides for children, a free BBQ, touch footy games, live music, bush tucker  and a coffee cart.

The day will be held at Tabulam Oval, Clarence Street, Tabulam, on Friday, Feburary 25 from  8am to 4pm.

For further information, call Michelle  on 0468 993 942 or Stephen  0422 617 984.

Clubhouse Ballina is hosting a digital storytelling workshop

Clubhouse Ballina is hosting a digital storytelling workshop

Clubhouse Ballina is holding a creative storytelling workshop for 12 – 18 year old’s held over four days: 11am – 2pm on January 11, 12, 19 and 25 next year.

Participants will access creative workstations including:

• podcasting

• music

• tablet graphic art apps

• video

• photo and audio apps

• stop motion animation

• green screen studio

Participants will create digital assets to combine into a short video that will become their own Personal Narrative Project.

Website is:

https://socialfutures.org.au/service/clubhouse/

Bookings Essential:  Contact Matt Hill  0456 511 499 or [email protected]

B-Space – 32 Swift Street, Ballina

Legal Life Skills for Young People Program – Workshops

Legal Life Skills for Young People Program – Workshops

Legal Life Skills is program developed by Legal Aid NSW. It is designed to be delivered in high Schools and youth Services/groups for any young person from 13 years up to 25 years. The workshop topics are adaptable to suit the requirements and size of the audience it is to be delivered to.  It can be presented in collaboration with solicitors and support workers from Legal Aid NSW, Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre and the Aboriginal Legal Service.

There are supporting publications for young people to take away with them at the end, plus some promotional items, such as pens and armbands and there is no cost – It is FREE!!!

The program consists of three workshops covering various topics – as listed below

Workshop 1 – Understanding Power

Understanding Power

When Can I Legally Do Stuff?

Sexting and Sexting Offences

Police and their Powers

Other Crimes and Criminal Records

Workshop 2 -Healthy Relationships

Being safe – Relationships

Being Safe – Online

Being Safe – Friends/ Family/Boyfriends/ Girlfriends

Workshop 3 -Setting yourself up

Becoming Independent

Buying Stuff

Buying and having a car

Your Job

Your health records

Renting a House

Money Stuff

We are taking bookings for 2022.

For further information please contact- Kellie Knight, Community Engagement Officer for Legal Life Skills for Young People program at Legal Aid Lismore Office

Phone:  6621 2082 or email: [email protected]

Your skatepark, your say!

Your skatepark, your say!

Lismore City Council is calling on local skaters to provide insight into the design of a potentially new skatepark in the Lismore CBD.

Council’s Manager of Liveable and Active Communities, Tony Duffy, said the existing skatepark near the river is well past its useful life.

“Council wants to take advantage of upcoming grant funding for community infrastructure to build a new and improved skatepark to cater for the needs of the youth of Lismore and surrounds,” he said.

“We have engaged skatepark experts and designers, Convic, to undertake a concept design for a new skatepark in anticipation of a success grant application.

“The first step in the process is to hear from local youth, skaters and riders to find out what they would want out of a new Youth Precinct and Skatepark in Lismore.”

If grant funding is approved for the project, the creation of a regional skatepark in the youth precinct within Lismore Park near the corner of Uralba and Dawson streets, will add to Lismore’s reputation as the regional sporting capital of NSW.

“Lismore already has some wonderful sporting facilities that attracts various competitions from around the state and the country,” Mr Duffy said.

“This continues to benefit our local businesses and jobs as those playing or coming to watch these sporting events spend money in our city, whether it’s at our motels, restaurants, clothing stores or other retailers.

“With skating now an Olympic event, and many world-class skaters coming from our region, a new skate park will be another string in our bow and attract even more visitors.”

The online survey is available on Your Say Lismore at www.yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au and will be open for 2 weeks. Please head there to let us know what you want from a Youth Precinct. Survey closes on Wednesday, 22 December.

Be ‘bar work ready in’ just three days!

Be ‘bar work ready in’ just three days!

-The Statement of Attainment in Bar Operations course is being offered free to eligible students. This practical three day course covers the skills and knowledge required to begin your  bar career and get your NSW Responsible service of alcohol (RSA) Certificate.

Successfully complete this short course and receive your RSA interim certificate in order for you to commence employment in the hospitality industry immediately. This course will be delivered at a local venue by a local trainer.

Course outcomes include:

• Gaining a good understanding of the responsibility of selling or serving alcohol.

• Assisting customers.

• Prepare, serve, clean and tidy bars.

This course is free for eligible students.

It will be held at Riverside Function Centre Ballina RSL, 1 Grant Street, Ballina from 13-15 December 2021, over three days from 9am to 3pm. Again, the cost is fully subsidised course for eligible students

The start date is December 13.

Click here to enrol, call 131 601 or visit a campus.

2022 Enrol Now – TAFE NSW Make a real impact on the lives of vulnerable people

2022 Enrol Now – TAFE NSW Make a real impact on the lives of vulnerable people

Nationally recognised Community Services courses will be delivered at the Kingscliff and Murwillumbah TAFE and online.

Turn your passion for Community Services into a rewarding career. Make a real impact on the lives of vulnerable people.

For more information, please call Richard Garlipp from Community Services on (02) 6674 7319 or E: [email protected]

DIPLOMA OF COMMUNITY SERVICES – Part Time – VIRTUAL – TEAMS ONLINE

National Course Code: CHC52015-01V03

Dates: 01/02/2022 – 01/12/2022

Time/Day: Tuesday and Thursday (5:30 pm – 9:00 pm)

Location: Online

Application link: Diploma of Community Services PT  (Click on link and choose next to commence the enrolment process or call 131601 to enrol across the phone.)

DIPLOMA OF COMMUNITY SERVICES 

National Course Code: CHC52015-01V03

Dates: 27/04/2022 – 06/04/2023

Time/Day: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Location: Murwillumbah Campus

Application link: Diploma of Community Service (Click on link and choose next to commence the enrolment process or call 131601 to enrol across the phone.)

CERTIFICATE IV IN DISABILITY

National Course Code: CHC43115-01V02

Dates: 31/01/2022 – 21/09/2022

Time/Day: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (9:00 am – 2:30 pm)

Location: Murwillumbah Campus

Enrolment link: Certifcate IV in Disability (Click on link and choose next to commence the enrolment process or call 131601 to enrol across the phone.)

CERTIFICATE IV IN YOUTH WORK  

National Course Code: CHC40413-01V04

Dates: 31/01/2022 – 21/09/2022

Time/Day: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (9:00 am – 2:30 pm)

Location: Murwillumbah Campus

Enrolment link: Certifcate IV in Youth Work  (Click on link and choose next to commence the enrolment process or call 131601 to enrol across the phone.)

CERTIFICATE IV IN COMMUNITY SERVICES

National Course Code: CHC42015-01V03

Dates: 31/01/2022 – 21/09/2022

Time/Day: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Location: Kingscliff Campus

Enrolment link: Cert IV in Community Service  (Click on link and choose next to commence the enrolment process or call 131601 to enrol across the phone.)

Young Aussies struggling with the impacts of COVID

Young Aussies struggling with the impacts of COVID

COVID-19 has emerged as the number one issue facing young Australians today, with new research from Mission Australia shows the pandemic has had a major impact on youth mental health.

Why are young people so concerned? Young Australians surveyed for Mission Australia’s latest youth survey said the pandemic has limited their participation in activities, while negatively impacting their education and mental health. Respondents outlined how their anxiety had been “heightened by a constant state of the unknown”, with some noting lockdowns had weakened their friendships. While COVID-19 was the top national issue identified, this year’s survey also revealed that coping with stress and mental health were the top issues of personal concern for young people. Four in 10 young people said that they felt stressed either all of the time or most of the time.

You can read the full report here:

Young Aussies struggling with the impacts of COVID

Traineeships – Certificate IV in Community Services

Traineeships – Certificate IV in Community Services

TAFE NSW is offering this qualification, reflecting the role of community services workers who design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and/ or groups in our community.  If you are an employer you are encouraged to think about your corporate training needs.

Trainees trained for your business: Employing a trainee is a cost-effective way to fill a skills gap in your business. A trainee provides you with a motivated and career-driven employee who can be trained for the specific needs of your business, helping increase your bottom line and contribute to sustainable growth.

A trainee can be:

  • A new employee
  • Someone you already employ
  • Traineeships are available to anyone over 15 years of age. Full time trainees work and train for an average of 38 hours a week, while part time trainees work and train for at least 15 hours per week.

How to get involved: For more information about the course contact Lisa Dundas, [email protected] or Sue Cross [email protected]

For more information on your corporate training needs and the traineeship:

Phone: 1300045737

Visit: tafensw.edu.au/enterprise