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

Woodberry Youth Event

Maitland Neighbourhood Centre, in partnership with Ability Links, Father Doug, Family Support, Pastor Manny, & Maitland Girl Guides are providing an action packed time for Woodberry Kids on Wednesdays the 11th, 18th and 25th of January.

Activities will include, craft, beading, raffles, music, and workshops as well as food provided.

See the flyer here. 

Leading Practice Conference 2017: Holding The Risk

Despite our best endeavours, the number of children, youth and families reported at risk of serious harm continues to grow.

The theme and major focus for the 2017 Leading Practice Conference is to critically consider challenges and best practices in responding to issues of risk in the work of practitioners, educators, facilitators and organisations driving positive change and best outcomes for vulnerable children, families, youth and communities into the future.

The conference will be followed by the option to attend the highly-renowned Bridges Out of Poverty 2-day workshop.

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Sharing what works in Cessnock & Maitland

In March, Cessnock Youth Interagency & Maitland Youth Interagency are teaming up!

On 23 March 2016 (9:30m-11:30am), our meeting will be about

Sharing what works in Cessnock & Maitland

And we want your help!

At the meeting, we will learn about, and explore innovative and inspiring strategies that workers are using in Cessnock and Maitland to involve, engage and connect with young people.

Do you know someone who has a unique or inspiring tactic, skill, strategy or activity that they use? Or, do you? It could be in individual work, group work, or community engagement.

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What is complex trauma?

The majority of people who present to services with trauma-related problems have multiple unresolved traumas (complex trauma) which often leads to severe, diverse and persistent impacts.

Complex trauma can be caused by childhood abuse in all its forms as well as neglect and growing up with family violence or dysfunction.

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