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


Maitland’s youth live music night is going down on June 1st at 6pm. Maitland City Library. If you’d like to play, message the Maitland Youth Action Team. VIBES happens on the first Friday of every month.

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

ACOSS Raise the Rate Campaign

Newstart and related payments including Youth Allowance, have not increased in real terms in 24 years.

They are now so low people cannot afford basic necessities like housing, meals, bills and transport, even if they get Rent Assistance. Follow the link to read more.


New FACS public website

The new FACS website has been designed to make it easier for you to find and understand information that helps you choose a service, make a decision or take an action. Follow the link to view the website.