RYDON Inc [Regional Youth Development Officers Network] is a network of Youth Development Officers from the Cessnock, Dungog, Gloucester, Gosford, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Upper Hunter and Wyong Local Government Areas.
RYDON’s primary purpose is to focus on community development activities that will assist young people to access community resources and opportunities.


    This is done through:
  • Promoting coordination, cooperation and networking between providers of services to young people;
  • Lobbying government and other relevant bodies on behalf of young people and providers of services to young people;
  • Supporting, organising and providing training for those working with young people;
  • Representing the interest of young people and those working with young people




Cessnock Youth Entertainment Committee Win Indent Grant


On the good news front, MusicNSW recently announced the recipients of the Indent Event Development Grants Program for events in 2018. With two levels of funding, the grants support teams of young people who are interested in staging their own all-ages, drug and alcohol-free music events. Indent event development grants are open to a group of at least five young people (aged 12-25) in partnership with a support organisation such as a local council or local youth service.

Cessnock Youth Entertainment Committee (CYEC), were once again successful with a grant for $5000 which they will put to good use during Youth Week 2018, to stage YouthFest @ Cessnock Skate Park Saturday 14th April from 10am till 4pm. This committee have a strong long-running connection to the Cessnock community and have staged a truckload of events over their 13 year history as well as holding a very long partnership with the Groovin’ The Moo festival coordinating the Youth Volunteer Program. They are also a driving force behind the success of Youth Week in Cessnock.

Gig shout outs to these young peeps making a massive impact in their local community.

Cessnock Youth Week: ready for take-off!

The Cessnock Youth Week steering committee are excited to present an action packed program of events for Youth Week 2018! We start early in the Cessnock area to make sure young people have the opportunity to hear about what is on offer and we do this by hosting free promo breakfasts in all the local high schools where each student also gets a printed copy of the event calendar.

Youth Week is a fantastic opportunity for our local young people to share ideas, attend live events, showcase their talents, learn new skills and most importantly, have fun!

The committee is incredibly proud to offer an inclusive program of events with 26 out of 27 events being accessible. While YouthFest is not 100% accessible, it will have accessible toilets, parking and the Including YOU tent.

Come along and check out the action!

Youth Week 2018 program FINAL WEB