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

Neighbourhood Centre Week BBQ

Neighbourhood Week BBQ Flyer

Kurri Kurri Community Services will be hosting a free community BBQ to celebrate Neighbourhood Centre Week.

Date: Thursday 4th May

Time: 3pm-5pm


Livingworks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

This 2-day workshop saves lives: learn to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide, to respond in ways that help increase immediate safety, and to link to help.

Sponsored by HNECC Primary Health Network: NEWCASTLE 8-9 May and 15-16 June
Sponsored by Pt Stephens Suicide Prevention Network KARUAH 16-17 May
Sponsored by Gosford North Rotary WYOMING 22-23 May and DOYALSON 19-20 June

Sponsored rate for all ASIST’s $100

Book online at www.lifelinehunter.org.au or contact Jaylene Moreau on 43207400 or jaylene@lifelinecc.org.au

Online Tool to Measure Value of CSR and NFP Work

The way Australian charities measure their social outcomes will have a broader focus in 2017 with the launch of the Australian Social Value Bank (ASVB) online tool.

The funding of social services is changing rapidly. Not-for-profit organisations are under increasing pressure to attract investment from sources other than government, while businesses and governments are looking to get the best use of their procurement dollar. For the first time, organisations will be able to compare the value of different interventions, so that they can decide where to focus their efforts.

Based on internationally-endorsed methods for social impact measurement, and designed specifically for the Australian market by Australian NFP, Alliance Social Enterprises and UK-based research consultancy, SIMETRICA, ASVB aims to simplify the process of valuing social impact services and programs, allowing government, businesses, philanthropic and NFP organisations to robustly demonstrate their social impact in a way “never before seen in Australia.

To find out more, follow this link.

Shared Value Go Tool

A new interactive tool to help business, not for profits and government work through the shared value opportunities in social issues could “be the answer to some of the world’s curliest problems”.

The book provides a “how to” approach to solving some of the world’s biggest issues such as heart disease, obesity, key worker housing, transport, aged care, loneliness, climate change, extreme weather, disaster recovery and offers a catalogue of projects that are ready to go.

To read more about this resource, follow this link.