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

Tough Conversations in Child Protection

Comprehensive one-day professional training for family support staff & case workers.
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 with parents in child protection.

March 4, 2019, 8:30am – 4:30pm, Sydney. To register.

Developing Brain-Translating Neuroscience into Practice

This is an invaluable workshop for professionals working with children, young people and families looking to reinvigorate their practice and enhance their understanding of clients’ needs. Full of “aha!” moments, Nathan explores fascinating discoveries in neuroscience, explains them in plain English and provides guidance on how to put this knowledge to practical use in the classroom, therapy room and home, with recommendations backed by evidence from neuroscience for optimum social and emotional well-being.

To Register 


Youth Week Call Out

Youth Week 2019 is only 2 months away!

National Youth Week celebrates young people and their contribution to their local communities. It is now the largest annual youth participation event in Australia. Youth Week is a week to celebrate young people and provide them with opportunities to express their views and act on issues that affect their lives.

Newcastle CYDP will be hosting a Youth Week Opening Party to bring together all of the event organisers and young people who will be hosting events over Youth Week.

There are a bunch of ways to get involved:

Are you between the ages of 12-25 and want to get involved in the opening party? Apply here!

Do you work with young people who might be interested in applying? Download the flyer here!

Are you a service that works with young people and would like to get involved? Apply here!

Got questions? Give Laura a call on 0428 006 471 or an email on laura.hanlon@samaritans.org.au

Media Release: Huge Boost to support student welfare and mental health

In a first for NSW, every public high school will have two dedicated experts to ensure students have access to vital mental health and wellbeing support.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced that the $88 million investment will ensure that every public high school student in the State has access to highly qualified mental health professionals they can confidentially speak to, as well as great support for bullying, anxiety, stress and any other difficult issues they may face at school.

Read the media release here>