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




Upcoming Events

YMCA NSW Junior Parliment

You are invited to attend the Junior Parliament Program, to support young people and to hear the voices of today and tomorrow!  This is a great opportunity to hear from young people themselves on various social issues.

The debates will be held on the 28th & 29th of September at NSW Parliament House, Sydney. For more information and to RSVP, please email Michelle youth@ymcansw.org.au


Statement of Attainment – Community Services Child Protection

Information – application/enrolment Session 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Wednesday 5th October 2016

FEE FREE Course Starting 10th October Monday Evening 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Mixed Mode that includes Online Sessions

Contact: Megan Lowndes M: 0404 006 406 OR Vicki Field M: 0457529768

Dungog Mental Health Month

Dungog Shire Community Centre are just getting Mental Health Month activities finalised.

They are hoping to hold a Cuppa, Cake and Conversation morning tea and invite the community to come and talk with mental health professionals who are in or outreach to Dungog on Friday 21st October 10am to 11am in the Centre’s Garden, please contact Beau if you would like to be involved.

Contact Beau on 02 4992 1133  or email beau@dscc.net.au

Education scholarships

Annually with the support of our sponsors, HYMC is able to provide annual education scholarships to support students nominated by our member organisations. During 2016, the scholarship program is supporting 33 local students achieve their goals.  Scholarships range in value to a maximum of $3,000.

Scholarships are open to young students at least 15 years old who are committed to achieving educational goals, but who, because of financial hardship, are at significant risk of being unable to do so. Scholarships are awarded to support a student’s demonstrated desire to achieve educational goals despite adversity.

The 2016 competition, for financial support during 2017 is now open.  Applications will be received until 21 October 2016.  Each applicant must be nominated by an HYMC organisational member.

See the application form here and the associated regulations here.