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

Empowering Aboriginal cultural FREE film night – Putuparri and the Rainmakers

Each year from 27 May – 3 June,  National Reconciliation Week celebrates the rich culture and history of the first Australians. This is a particularly ideal time for people to join the reconciliation conversation and to think about how to turn around the disadvantage experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

During Reconciliation Week, Lake Macquarie City Council is hosting a FREE film night featuring an incredible journey of Aboriginal culture filmed over 10 years on Country. The film is a great boost for the people of Fitzroy Crossing who appear in the film and it is hoping to encourage all Australians to value and better understand the culture of our First People.

Putuparri and the Rainmakers is a universal story about the sacred relationship between people and place. It takes audiences on a rare and emotional journey to meet the traditional rainmakers of Australia’s Great Sandy Desert who have fought a twenty-year battle to win back their traditional homeland. The film spans ten transformative years in the life of Tom ‘Putuparri’ Lawford as he navigates the deep chasm between his Western upbringing and his growing determination to fight for his family’s homeland. A trip back to his grandparents’ country in the desert begins the process of cultural awakening. Putuparri is shocked to learn that the dreamtime myths are not just stories, that there is a country called Kurtal and a snake spirit that is the subject of an elaborate rainmaking ritual.

To learn more about Putuparri and the Rainmakers, please click here to visit the official website for the trailer, behind the scenes videos, latest screenings, photos, press kit, study kit and more.

When:    Wednesday 1 June 2016

Where:   Lake Macquarie Performing Art Centre

John Street, Warners Bay

Time:       6pm for a 6:30pm start

RSVP:      tputan@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or 4921 0333 by Monday 30 May 2016

Fundraiser for Homelessness in the Hunter

Help raise $1000 for Hunter Homeless Connect Inc. and the publication of MY CONNECTIONS HOME a book of stories and images of people who have experienced homelessness and now have their lives back on track. The proceeds from the publication of the book will ensure funds for Hunter Homeless Connect Day 2017. If TAFE students can raise $1000 towards the project they will be acknowledged in the book as a major sponsor.

TAFE teachers and students assist every year on Hunter Homeless Connect Day – with free haircuts, massages, surveys and interaction with the guests who come to access all the services in one place, on one day.

Raffle tickets are available through CIV Community Services Project students Andrea Thomson, Viana Bainivalu and Kendra Barry or David Baker (via 02 4969 9545, david.r.baker@tafe.nsw.edu.au).  Tickets are $2.00 each (or you can take a book of 10 tickets to sell).

There will also be a BBQ on the 1st June at Tighes Hill Campus from 10.30am till 1.30pm.

RYDON CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Day One Program

8:15am Registration
8:45am Welcome to Country & Smoking Ceremony
9:00am RYDON Annual Review – Lakin Agnew
9:10am PLENARY 1
  Effective consultation with young people- Andrew Johnson
10:05am PLENARY 2
  NFP Connect: The Journey- Grace McLean
11:00am MORNING TEA BREAK
11:15am Room 1 Connecting with multicultural young people- Alex Long + Dale Garbutt
  Room 2 The bang head on wall moments: Practical tools for self-care – Grace McLean
  Room 3 Inclusion is not just a disability issue- Ability Links
12:20pm Room 1 Connecting with multicultural young people- Alex Long + Dale Garbutt
  Room 2 The bang head on wall moments: Practical tools for self-care- Grace McLean
  Room 3 Inclusion is not just a disability issue- Ability Links
1:20pm LUNCH BREAK
2:00pm Room 1 Youth services improve connections for 90% of young people : collecting outcomes that suit your service- Youth Action
  Room 2 Cultural Connections- Uncle Paul Gordon
  Room 3 Youth Participation- Reach Foundation + Youth Councils/Committees in RYDON region
3:10pm Room 1 Youth services improve connections for 90% of young people : collecting outcomes that suit your service- Youth Action
  Room 2 Cultural Connections- Uncle Paul Gordon
  Room 3 Youth Participation- Reach Foundation + Youth Councils/Committees in RYDON region
4:10pm Closing

 

MONDAY NIGHT: RYSA AWARDS NIGHT

Day Two Program  

 

8:15am Registration
8:45am Acknowledgement of Country
9:00am PLENARY 1
  Brain systems approach to behavioural issues – Andrew Fuller
10:30am PLENARY 2
  Patchwork- FaCS
11:00am MORNING TEA BREAK
11:15am Room 1 Map Your World- Michelle Stevenson (Family Life) + Drop The Beat
  Room 2 Meaningful Evaluation: Connecting community to meaningful evaluation- ACAP
  Room 3 Tricky people, tricky behaviour : Andrew Fuller
12:20pm Room 1 Map Your World- Michelle Stevenson (Family Life) + Drop The Beat
  Room 2 Meaningful Evaluation: Connecting community to meaningful evaluation- ACAP
  Room 3 Tricky people, tricky behaviour : Andrew Fuller
1:20pm LUNCH BREAK
2:00pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Innovation : Connecting a vision to reality
  Grace McLean, UP & UP, Not for Profit Law, Geraldine Moran, Andrew Fuller, Michelle Stevenson
3:10pm Connection in action : Inspiration session
4:10pm End of Day
After 4:10 Closing activity- Delta Dogs

 

 

Youth Opportunity Grant Information Session For The Hunter

The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants of up to $50,000 to organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.

Up to $1.1 million is available for projects to be conducted between January and December 2017. Since the program was launched in 2012, more than $6.8 million has been provided for 120 local projects throughout NSW.

Information Workshops for Applicants

The Youth Strategy and Participation Unit in the Department of Family and Community Services will conduct a series of workshops across NSW to answer questions from potential applicants about the program guidelines and the application process.

The Hunter Region session will be hosted by Cessnock Community and Youth Development Project.

Date: Tuesday 7th June  Time: 10am – 12 noon

Venue: Samaritans Information and Neighbourhood Centre (198-202 Vincent Street Cessnock)

No RSVPs necessary.