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

Youth Worker Safety and Self Care Workshop

The Lake Macquarie Youth Interagency are conducting a training workshop on Worker Safety and Self Care. This workshop will help you identify practices for ensuring worker safety when attending at risk environments such as home visits, external events and dangerous client scenarios. The workshop will also guide workers through a series of self care practices to enable you to identify and respond to your own environment, ensuring you avoid burnout whilst maximising optimum work efficiency. Read more

I-Respect Program

DUTY OC, has created the I Respect program to empower mentors to educate and encourage high school boys to examine their attitudes and beliefs about masculinity. The goal of the I Respect program is to provide educators and mentors with tools and processes to help raise awareness about gender stereotyping and to take a stand against violence and abuse. The program supports boys to understand how to form healthy, respectful relationships with women, girls and each other.

If you would like to attend the I Respect 2 day workshop, Singleton Youth Venue is holding this workshop on  the 20th and 21st of September. For more information, please contact Singleton Youth Venue on 02 65714687 Read more

Free TAFE Subjects on Offer Now!

There is a bit of Free TAFE Training opportunities floating around at present, some starts at the end of August so get in quick!

  • Introduction to Community Services
  • Introduction to Mental Health & AOD

Contact- Vicki Field M: 0457529768

  • Manage and promote diversity

 Contact- CDAT hrmcdat@gmail.com 

Calling all Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students Yrs 9-12

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are invited to apply for the University of Sydney Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program held from Sunday 15 January to Friday 20 January 2017.

This program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students commencing in Year 9, 10, 11 or 12 in 2017.

 Applications accessible here: Year 9, 10 Wingara Mura, 11 or 12 Bunga Barrabugu

During the Summer Program, students will stay in a residential college at the University of Sydney, explore the campus, take part in hands-on tutorials, learn about a variety of subjects offered here at Sydney, speak to our current students and staff, and meet other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students from across Australia.

The University of Sydney will cover all associated costs for successful applicants including travel, accommodation and meals. Due to popular demand, we cannot guarantee a place for every student. Students are therefore encouraged to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Further details can be found in the attached Summer Program brochure or in the application form on their websiteApplications close on Friday 16 September 2016.