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Wear it Purple: Purple Impact Report

Wear it Purple: Purple Impact Report

It’s officially official: Wear it Purple Day, way back on August 26, was our biggest one yet.  Our Wear it Purple Day Impact Report is ready and available for download!

Here’s a sneak peek!

💜 474,045 people got involved in Wear it Purple Day with Minus18

💜 1,895 Pride Packs were sent around the country!
💜 Including 250 FREE packs for schools and community groups

💜 99% said their Wear it Purple Day activity inspired ongoing inclusion.

There’s a couple of things that really stick out to us:
🌈 Firstly, that campaigns like this truly make a difference, and inspire ongoing change and inclusion.

🌈 Secondly, that it really is you, our community of supporters, whether LGBTQIA+ or allies, that turn campaigns from awareness days to days of true impact.

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.

DLAP Aboriginal Flyer 2022_2023 North

Mullum hip hop workshop in the school holidays

Mullum hip hop workshop in the school holidays

If you live around Mullumbimby and you want to create an original hip hop song and music video, then get along to a five-day workshop from 26th to 30th September.

There is a call-out 13 to 18 years olds from flood affected communities in the shire. Participants will be guided through all stages of songwriting, rhyming, lyrics, video concept, storyboarding, choreography and performance toward the production of a group music video. To celebrate, the final video will be included at a special Flickerfest community screening in Mullumbimby on the 8th of October.

Mullum’s  One Vision Productions is collaborating with Flickerfest and supported by the Office for Regional Youth Holiday Break Program to deliver the workshops.

One Vision Productions is a not for profit organisation that uses music as a tool for mental health based in Byron Bay and Flickerfest a screening platform for short films based in Mullumbimby.

North Coast Aboriginal Youth Forum – 12th October 2022

North Coast Aboriginal Development Alliance (supported by Aboriginal Affairs) have partnered with the Office for Regional Youth to deliver the inaugural North Coast Aboriginal Youth Forum on the 12th October 2022.

Registrations are on Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/north-coast-aboriginal-youth-forum-2022-tickets-382712351947 or on the poster QR code.

Registrations requiring transport will close on 6th October 2022

Over the last few years, communities have been devastated by the impacts of COVID-19, floods, bushfire and drought. It is important that young people are supported to contribute and be actively involved in taking action to support their communities.

The Youth Forum will help participants to:

  • Discuss issues impacting Aboriginal young people living in the North Coast region,
  • Discuss flood recovery impacts on young people and local recovery strategies,
  • Inspire ideas and actions for change,
  • Connect with young people from across the region,
  • Identify opportunities to create meaningful leadership structures to influence the systems and structures that impact Aboriginal people

The forum will conclude with a session on ways forward, identifying key recommendations and potential pathways to creating long-lasting changes that will empower Aboriginal young people for generations to come.

Transport and lunch provided. For more information, please contact – Kasey Shannon or Gemma Moore from Office for Regional Youth on 02 6640 3800

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.

Applications open for  Regional Youth Investment Program

Applications open for Regional Youth Investment Program

The Office for Regional Youth is excited to announce that funding applications are open for projects that ensure regional youth have opportunities for meaningful work and education, accessible health care and can thrive within their local communities.

Applications are now open for the $40 million ‘Our Region, Our Voice’ Regional Youth Investment Program which will provide grants of up to $3 million for projects that aim to help young people reach their full potential in the regions.

The grants will be allocated across nine investment themes which have been identified as a high priority from Regional Youth Insights, the largest regional youth research project ever commissioned by the NSW Government.

Local Councils, schools, not-for-profit organisations and Local Aboriginal Land Councils are all urged to apply. Applications close 10 am, October 4, 2022.

For more information about the program and eligibility guidelines, visit www.nsw.gov.au/regionalyouthinvestmentprogram

There is a recorded Webinar with frequently asked questions and more information here –  https://kapara.rdbk.com.au/landers/fd5439.html

Murwillumbah Youth Centre offers Spring School Holiday Program

Murwillumbah Youth Centre offers Spring School Holiday Program

The Murwillumbah Youth Centre is excited to announce their upcoming Spring School Holiday Program beginning on Wednesday, 28 September.

There will also be activities on Friday September 30; Wednesday October 5; and Thursday, October 6.

Activities are free for local youth aged 12 to 18 years, with transport provided for out-of-town activities. See the attached flyer for details.

Please contact Hollie on (02) 6672 3003 or [email protected] to register.

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.

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

Momentum YOU’th Festival is looking for NFPs to take part

Momentum YOU’th Festival is looking for NFPs to take part

The Momentum Youth Festival is all about YOU’th. It will be held on Sunday, September 25 from 12-8pm at Norries Headland  Lions Park,  Cabarita Beach 

And organisers are looking for ways to involve young people. National Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas, views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events in their area. And they certainly have a lot to express after the past few years and of course with our recent natural disaster.  

However, this will also be a great opportunity for young people to link or at least discover other services that they may have not previously approached or knew existed, in a very ‘cool’ environment. We would love to involve manty local services to allow the community to learn all about local services. The benefits could be life changing.

Momentum YOU’th Festival will have live music, market stalls, expression sessions, food stalls and other youth orientated activities.

We would love to see some youth related -service providers/programs in attendance and would oove to invite you to value-add to their experience on the day and beyond and hold a FUN activity while highlighting your services, providing information and engaging our young people.  If your service/program is unable to attend on the day then perhaps you could consider a financial or in-kind sponsorship to support this day.

Organisers are  keen to have more services involved to support them in bringing this event to the Tweed and in return, they will widely, and regularly, promote your service/program during all their promotional activities for this event.   

Your interest in being involved and any possible sponsorship opportunity is greatly appreciated and all sponsorship opportunities are negotiable.

To get involved phone 0417099260 or email [email protected] 

Walking the Talk – youth and health organisations

Walking the Talk – youth and health organisations

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




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.

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.

Youth Worker position vacant Murwillumbah Community Centre

Youth Worker position vacant Murwillumbah Community Centre

The Murwillumbah Community Centre is looking for a youth worker.

The position is for 28 hours per week –  on a 12 Months Fixed Contract with possibility of extension.

The Youth Worker position entails providing individual and group support for young people aged 10 to 24 yrs through after school drop-in sessions, school holidays activities and excursions, youth-led initiatives and projects and individualised and targeted support to young people and their families in need of more specific interventions. 

Must have qualifications in Youth Work, Community Services or related field and have minimum 2 years experience working in Youth work.

For Job Description, please email the Manager on [email protected]  – all selection criteria must be answered to progress to next stage.