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

Eastlakes NAIDOC 2018


Effective Group Leadership

This 2-day workshop develops the necessary skills for group leaders to facilitate creative group work. The training covers the principals of using creative group work techniques and tools. Read more

Sexual Health Resources

The awesome team from HARP have shared a bunch of fantastic Sexual health information and resources:

Recommended sexual health website for young people is Play Safe: https://playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au/

Referral Pathways document is for anyone who works with young people and it includes;

  • Where young people can access FREE condoms and FREE sexual health screening
  • How your service could get free condoms
  • Reproductive health referral pathways
  • Information and locations of Needle and Syringe Programs (NSP) in the area
  • Contact details for sexual health, health promotion workers
  • Other great links and resources for young people and anyone that works with young people

The document continues to be updated as new info/resources are identified however please use it as a guide due to ever changing details of different services.

CondomProtocol – a guide to providing condoms to young people at your service.

AdvocacyTool – a tool for workers to help advocate for changes in your organisation to better support young people around sexual health.

ACON_Trans GD_Language-Guide: Trans and gender diverse people are disproportionately affected by prejudice-motivated discrimination and violence, the attached language guide can help to create a more inclusive environment for these folks. If you are supporting young sexuality and/or trans and gender diverse people and you need more information or support please don’t hastate to contact ACON Hunter;


Lifeline DV – Alert Courses

DV-alert is a nationally-run accredited training program designed to build the capacities of health, allied health and frontline workers who come in contact with people at risk of or experiencing domestic and family violence to provide the best possible support and referral.

Check the website for details.