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

Working with the Potential for Violence when Working with Young People 1 day course

Figures from the Australian Institute of Criminology show violent crime is highest among teenagers aged 15 to 19. Although organisations must confront and understand violence and its consequences in order to do all they can to prevent it, it is inevitable that community welfare professionals may have to deal with situations where violence is a real possibility.  Read more

Accidental Counsellor Foundations

Lifeline’s 1-day condensed workshop is an abbreviated version of their telephone crisis support training and covers active listening skills, communication techniques and so much more.

Date: 09/11/2016

Time: 9.00am-4.30pm

Venue: Lifeline Centre – Wyoming

Price: $225

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Events for 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women


:: 25 November – 10 December
16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

:: 25 November – 10 December
for the 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
“Remembering The Women”
Installation honouring the women who have been murdered in Australia in 2016
Multiple venues in Newcastle and Maitland

:: 2 December
Walk A Mile Koori Style

:: 2 December
Feminist Trivia
Gallipoli Club Hamilton
Fundraiser for AWE – Women’s Activist Group Newcastle
More info to come.

The Newcastle Women’s Alliance is a collaborative network of women representatives from organisations, services, and community groups who work with women in the Newcastle region.
* “women” is inclusive of all people who self describe as women

When a parent has a mental illness and/or drug and alcohol misuse: overcoming adversity


For registration & enquiries contact Emma (02) 49257804 emma.patrick@hnehealth.nsw.gov.


Youth Health Forum is Supported by Newcastle CYDP PDF Of Program -november-2016-program

0830 – 0900 Registration

0900 – 0910 Welcome and introduction
Dr Bronwyn Milne, Consultant Paediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Specialist, Department of Adolescent Medicine, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

0910 – 0940 NSW Mental Health reforms supporting children, young people and families
Ms Tania Skippen, Acting Director, MH – Children and Young People

0940- 1010 Looping the Hoops
Ms Alison Tye, Team Coordinator, Keep Them Safe Illawarra Shoalhaven Whole Family Team

1010 – 1040 MORNING TEA

1040 – 1110 Substance Use: A Family Affair – The CICADA Family Program
Ms Popi Iatrou, Senior Psychologist; Dr Anthony Zehetner, Consultant Paediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Specialist; CICADA (Care and Intervention for Children and Adolescents affected by Drugs and Alcohol) Family Program, Department of Adolescent Medicine,
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

1110– 1135 Remembering the children (aged 12-17) in families with substance abuse issues
Ms Sally Riley, Children and Adolescent Coordinator, Catholiccare’s Holyoake program

1135 – 1200 ON FIRE – proving young people (whose parents or siblings have mental health issues) with opportunities to learn, grow and flourish and a young person’s perspective
Mr Nickolas Yu, ON FIRE founder; Program Manager, Staff Wellness and Patient & Family-centred Care, Sydney Local Health District
Mr Kevin Isaac, young person; Registered Nurse, Sydney Local Health District

1200 – 1230 Panel discussion
Panel will include all program speakers