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

ASIST Training- Dungog

In ASIST, people learn to apply a suicide intervention model. It helps caregivers recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide. It then explores how to connect with them in ways that understand and clarify that risk, increase their immediate safety and link them with further help. Over 80,000 people in Australia have attended ASIST which is available in all states and territories. Read more

Speak for Yourself- Hosted by the Advocate for Children and Young People and the NSW Youth Advisory Council.


Speak for Yourself is a one day event for children and young people up to the age of 24. We are inviting children and young people that are involved in decision making in organisations and/or are part of a youth advisory group. Participants will hear and learn about the experiences of other children and young people from all over NSW, and about different models of participation.

Attendees are invited to join us at 9.00am on Tuesday 26 July at the Sydney Opera House for a day of activities, events and discussions centred around the best practices and lessons learnt from the perspective of children and young people themselves. This is a great opportunity for children and young people to meet other like-minded peers who also want to make a difference.

Given your vital role in ensuring that children and young people are supported to have a voice in your community, we would really appreciate you forwarding this invitation to the young people who are involved in your organisation’s decision making through advisory groups or other mechanisms. It is important that there is broad representation at this event, so if individuals have difficulty getting there, please contact our office.

Click the link to find out more and share the link with your youth advisors for them to register.

Pathway to a Good Life- FREE WORKSHOPS

Gain knowledge about the NDIS from Independent Planners: We are inviting individuals with disability / mental health, their family members and their invited supporters to participate in the Pathway to a Good Life workshop.

Why is planning important?

We know that thinking about what you want in life and planning your goals is a positive step to: Read More

East Maitland Skate Park

The consultant engaged to prepare detailed designs for the new skate park in Lawes Street, East Maitland, has developed a Facebook Page for the project. Check it out and ‘Like’ the page so you can be kept in the loop as the project progresses.