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

Trek for Respect

White Ribbon have put the call out for anyone wishing to experience an adventure-of-a-lifetime to trek the iconic Larapinta Trail from the Old Telegraph Station in Alice Springs to the top of Mount Sonder, to raise vital funds to strengthen education for young people to prevent violence against women. The trek will take place from the 15th – 21st September 2017 so you have a year to prepare.

The Trek for Respect aims to create a nation that respects women. By joining us on this week-long challenge, you will raise money to support White Ribbon projects aimed at young men, providing them with the knowledge and understanding to stop violence against women in their community and beyond.

For more information, follow this link


Trauma Informed Care and Practice

Trauma Informed Care and Practice is a strengths-based framework grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma, that emphasises physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both providers and survivors, and that creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

Blue Knot Foundation’s Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery combine organisational trauma informed guidelines as well as clincial guideines.

Funding increases

The NSW Government has increased funding to $75 million over four years to tackle drug misuse in our communities. The NSW Government is investing $197 million in 2016–17 for drug and alcohol services. The package of new investment focuses on supporting more young people, more people into treatment, and more families. See the update here.