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

Reach- True to Our Roots

Reach T2OR Sept 18

Join Reach at their second annual fundraiser, True to Our Roots 2018. A night to showcase both people and place to support the work they do with thousands of young people across Australia, but in particular their work within The Hunter.

Early bird discount tickets are available for youth sector works! Get in quick. Contact bron.dyason@reach.org.au

Cultural Awareness Training

The NSW Government have identified key areas under the
‘Targeted Early Intervention’ reforms that services in NSW
need to be giving a greater focus to in service delivery to
improve outcomes for vulnerable family members. Effective
targeted earlier invention (TEI) can greatly reduce the
likelihood of a child or young person facing challenges such
as low participation and attainment in education, poor
physical and mental health, welfare dependency, substance
misuse and involvement with the criminal justice system.One
of the main target groups identified is Aboriginal children,
young people and families.
RYDON supported by BHP, presents a day of cultural capacity
building training for The Hunter youth/community sector.
Join us on 25 September for a day of cultural capacity
building training, where together we will improve our
understanding of key issues relevant to Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Island People and improve how we respond and work
with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and young
people; sensitively, respectfully and effectively.
Our aim is to provide detailed information and perspectives
on Aboriginal culture, experiences; including the impact of
history and trauma – with a focus on culturally appropriate
practices to work collaboratively within our shared
communities to improve outcomes for vulnerable families.
Led by an Aboriginal facilitator, this full-day experience is
specially designed to support any organisations committed to
reconciliation, closing the gap and informing their practice to
meet the complex needs of our local Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Communities.
We hope you can join us for this incredible opportunity.


Raise Foundation – BUMP Program

Raise Foundation is a registered Australian charity which provides mentoring programs for young people in high schools and in the community. Their mentoring programs provide a community of support around young people. Mentoring from a positive role model during the critical teenage years provides a nurturing pathway for young people to feel supported. Their Bump mentoring program is for young pregnant and parenting girls aged between 13 and 23, and it is a fun way for the girls to meet other young mums, as well as have some much needed “me” time. Bump includes weekly mentoring and workshops with an experienced mum as a mentor during terms 2 and 3 of the school year.

Raise Foundation are currently exploring options for the expansion of the Bump program locally in 2019/2020. We are welcoming expressions of interest from community services who would be interested in working collaboratively with Raise to continue to provide support to the young women in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie regions.

For further information or to express your interest in having Bump work with your service please contact sally.gray@raise.org.au.

ACON Inclusion Training

Session Date   Venue
4 Wednesday   12th September Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council

1A Chelmsford Drive, Metford





Tuesday 18th September Yamuloong

71 Prospect Road, Garden Suburb

6 Thursday 4th October Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council

1A Chelmsford Drive, Metford