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

The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter

The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter 3-day workshop-Tocal, 5th to 7th March.

Follow the link for more information.

Generation NEXT-Student Wellbeing & Leadership Programs 2018

Both live events (9th & 16th March 2018) will be broadcast for free in real-time for schools in interstate or regional areas. Not only can any school in Australia participate but also the audience can directly interact with the speaker and the live event via polling and Q&A through their digital device. Now schools in remote areas can actively participate and interact with this specifically tailored event for young people. Follow the link for more information on these events.

New Substance Use Service at ACON (Hunter)

ACON are now offering LGBTI and HIV+ individuals free counselling sessions targeting substance use. They are offering support for clients who wish to gain more control over substance use, to take a break or quit.
 Substance Support Flyer A5 Hunter Office_V1-page-001

Effective Casework and Case Management Training

Case management is the primary way for providing support to individuals and families across the community services sector. Even workers who do not technically have a case management role benefit from a case management approach to their work and from using case management skills and strategies.

Learn the fundamentals of contemporary, strengths-based case management, develop skills including engaging, assessing, planning, facilitating appropriate referrals and working in partnership with individuals/families and other agencies to implement their plan. Take away a variety of useful tools to support you to be creative and person centred.

You will learn to:
  • Identify the elements of case management relevant to your field of work and apply them to case management with an individual or family
  • Conduct a strengths-based assessment and develop a case/support plan with an individual or family
  • Facilitate and support appropriate referrals to other agencies
  • Work in partnership with individuals or families to implement, monitor and review plans
  • Develop strategies for effective integrated case management and coordination
  • Reflect on your current case management practice and develop an action plan to continue to enhance your personal and team case management skills

To book, follow this link.