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

DV-alert – Domestic Violence Response Training

DV-alert is funded by the Department of Social Services and is a key initiative under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022. DV-alert is a nationally recognised training workshop, mapped against unit of competency CHCDFV001: Recognise and Respond Appropriately to Domestic and Family Violence. Participate who complete this training will receive a certificate of attainment.

To be eligible for a DV-alert workshop, you must be currently employed or volunteering with a frontline service or be a student on placement. To be eligible for a DV-alert Settlement workshop, you must be a current frontline worker supporting migrant or refugee communities.

The Newcastle workshop will run May 25 – 26 2017. Click here to register for this free workshop.

Working with gender diverse young people

working with gender diverse young people

Increasing numbers of children and young people are identifying as gender questioning, gender diverse or transgender, and presenting for support from professionals in mental health, schools, family services, and child and youth services.

This training workshop presented by The Gender Centre, introduces ideas of gender and identity formation and addresses the struggles that individuals, families and services face in responding to the changing landscape in this area. It’s an opportunity to explore some of the essential information and skills needed for practitioners to deepen their understanding of gender, and work in an inclusive and affirmative manner.

The Gender Centre is committed to developing and providing services and activities, which enhance the ability of people with gender issues to make informed choices. We offer a wide range of services to people with gender issues, their partners, family members and friends in New South Wales.


Date: Thursday May 25th (10am – 1pm)

Venue: Kurri Kurri Bowling Club (next to Mc Donalds)

Cost: $40 per participant (parent session free)

To register: Lakin Agnew ydo@kkcc.com.au (0438 636 009)

Hunter Valley Local Command unveils new Community Drug Action Team canopy

Hunter Valley Local Area Command (LAC) is hoping its latest addition to the ranks will send a visual message to the residents in the region.

The new Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) canopy is designed to address the issue of secondary supply of alcohol to minors at a local level, with signage targeting a variety of age groups. And, Senior Constable Sheree Gray believes it could make a difference within the Upper Hunter. Read More

Tough Conversations in Child Protection


Tough Conversations in child protection is a one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers to help them to hold the often-challenging conversations had with parents in child protection.

The origin of these child protection workshops arose from a similar series of workshops already being held nationally for school principals.

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