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

All 4 One Film Launch


Aurora Film Launch Poster

The Emerald Charity Ball

The Emerald Charity Ball is an annual event organised by Danny Phillips, an inspiring young person from the Maitland area. Held for it’s third year at Club Maitland City in The Ruby Room, the night will be filled with great performances a door prize and raffle

The dress code is smart/casual

This year the events proceeds will be donated to Samaritans Youth Homelessness Services

Tickets are either $20 for just entry or $50 for entry and a 2 course meal.

To book, follow this link.

More children sexting at a younger age

More children sexting at younger age says central Queensland police officer

Every day, at least one case of under-age sexting lands on the desk at the Child Protection Investigation Unit in Rockhampton, central Queensland. Sexting is the sending, receiving, or forwarding, of sexually explicit messages, photographs or videos via mobile phone.

Full story and laws relating to children here


Year13 is an online resource for post-school options that specialises in providing information and services on jobs, studying, gap years, traveling, apprenticeships, money and discounts. Year13 sponsors Youth Sense, a free insight community service to help enterprise, government and parents engage with young people and deliver key messages effectively.

Check it out here.