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

Wellbeing Australia’s Inaugural Conference on Strengths, Circles and Social & Emotional Learning

This conference will be valuable for anyone concerned with young people’s wellbeing in ‘learning to be’ and ‘learning to live together’.

Delegates will be teachers, school leaders, counsellors, psychologists, community leaders, Circle trainers and schools, parents, and policy-makers.

There will be a mix of thought-provoking keynote presentations and symposia, alongside interactive workshops and plenty of  opportunities to meet with others who share your passion for the authentic wellbeing of all young people.

This conference will provide opportunities to support and renew you skills as part of your ongoing professional learning.

Attendance at this conference qualifies as refresher training for Circle Solutions Trainers and Registered Schools

Book your place now to get the early bird rate.

Wellbeing Australia members are entitled to a discount. Membership is free – if you are not already on the list, sign up here: www.wellbeingaustralia.com.au/wba

 Any questions? Contact admin@wellbeingaustralia.com.au

Strengths, Circles and Social & Emotional Learning: Cairns, 3-4 March 2017


Maitland Youth Sector Partnerships Session

Hosted by the Maitland Youth Development Officer, this event is for anyone working with young people in Maitland. We will network & talk about local youth priorities, ideas & partnership projects, and spend time focusing on creating a better 2017.

See the flyer here and register for free here

According to participants, last year’s event “Increased collaboration with other services in delivering groups, knowledge of referral pathways” and ” It will help to directly influence the planning for our team around how we work with and support local young people in Maitland”

Volunteers needed for Youth Frontiers!

Community Activities Lake Macquarie is seeking volunteer mentors for the Youth Frontier program operating in schools across the Hunter starting in Term 2.

Youth Frontiers is aimed at students in years 8 or 9, who have the capacity to benefit from youth mentoring that focuses on leadership and civic engagement

Mentors will be matched with an individual student and together will take part in a minimum of 30 hours mentoring, including facilitated group sessions and one-to-one mentoring sessions guided by a structured work book.

The program will give young people (mentees) an opportunity to build life skills and self-confidence through working collaboratively with their mentors to undertake a community project that makes a positive difference in their local community.

Mentors from support services, businesses and local councils make great mentors as they are able to utilise their skill to provide support to mentees that will foster growth and success in their future.


If you are interested in becoming a mentor please register online at youthfrontiers.com.au/yfhub

Please contact Bradley Dunn on 49503811 for more information

Carer Peer Support

Support groups are highly valued by carers as a source of emotional support and practical help from peers. Carer support groups have been found to facilitate and build community connections while growing life long friendships between group participants. Carers within groups often exchange tips and advice on how to deal with varying situations including sharing knowledge of local services. Carer support groups can be a valuable source of information to people new to the caring role.

Check out this link where you can search for carers groups in your area. You just need to put in your location to conduct a search.