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

True to Our Roots

Reach Foundation: a night to celebrate our ongoing work in the Hunter Region

In 2013, Reach began working with young people in the Hunter Region. For 4 years, we have worked collaboratively with schools, councils and local youth-focused community organisations and made a positive impact on the lives of over 8000 young people.

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eSafety Outreach Presentation

The presentation will provide an overview of how young people use technology and the risks they may be exposed to. Parents, carers, educators and other participants will be given practical information to support conversations and safety measures for today’s youth. Strategies for the safe use of internet will be explained and useful links to the office’s eSafety resources provided.

When: Thursday 13th April

Time: 11am to 1pm

Where- Upper Hunter Community Services, Muswellbrook

Cost: Free

To book, please contact Skye Bennett at 65423555 or sbennett@uhcs.org.au


New Multicultural & Refugee Family Support Project- Interrelate Newcastle

Connect is a family mental health support service – that work with children, young people and their families to strengthen what’s already going well to reduce the risk of poor mental health. There is a newly funded position that works specifically for refugee and culturally diverse families being delivered by Interrelate’s Megan Price in Newcastle. Read More

1 Hour Free Webinar: Supporting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds

Supporting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds: Good practice and measuring settlement outcomes, with Nadine Liddy, Heather Stewart and John De Maio
Thursday 23 March 2017, 1.30pm – 2.30pm Read More