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

It’s time we talked: Pornography, young people and sexuality training

Training details

Date: Thursday 21st June 2018 (9am to 4.30pm)

Venue: Tocal College, Paterson

Cost: $116.59

Follow the below link for more information and to register.

It’s time we talked:Pornography, young people and sexuality

Collecting Your Own Data For Research & Planning

26th June 2018, Parramatta.

Cost: Half-day session-$50 (members) or $70 (non-members)

The training will consist of two sessions:

Session 1: How to make a good survey (9am to 12.30pm)

Session 2: Using interviews to tell a clients’ story (1.30pm to 5pm)

Follow link for more information

Position Vacant – The Reach foundation


  • Dynamic, motivated and experienced leader
  • Strong collaborator and big picture thinker
  • Possess the ability to build and maintain partnerships
  • Have experience in youth work/social work/community development

An exciting full-time leadership role exists for a highly-skilled professional to join the Reach team in our Hunter Valley office. Please see advertised role for Manger, NSW Programs and People.

The role is advertised on Seek https://www.seek.com.au/job/36375479 It is also on our Reach website http://www.reach.org.au/support-us/careers-volunteering/

You can also find the position description here.

Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People

Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People – Generation Next
Sydney Town Hall | 3rd August | $199

The seminar includes leading experts that deliver up-to-date information on issues impacting the wellbeing of young people. You can find the flyer here

Date: Friday, 3rd August 2018

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm

Location: Sydney Town Hall

Price: $199

Seminar Topics include:

  • Choosing Not to Hate
  • Alcohol and Consent
  • Gambling and Young People
  • E-safety
  • Sexting
  • Smartphones
  • Body Image
  • Adolescent Sleep

Teachers, Social Workers and Nurses can gain accreditation hours for attending this seminar.