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

 

 

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Upcoming Events

Discussing Sexual Health with Young People

This workshop aims to develop participants’ understanding, skills and confidence in addressing health issues with young people.

When:18 July 2017, 9.00am-4.30pm

Where: Auburn Community Health, Auburn

Cost: Free

Learning outcomes:

  • Increase understanding of the sexual health needs of young people at risk
  • Increase knowledge of STI’s and blood-borne viruses and their impact on young people
  • Establish links between youth workers and local health services

Increase confidence in incorporating resources into your work with young people

Follow the link to register

Generation Next: Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People

The Generation Next Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar on Friday, 4th August at Sydney Town Hall is ideally suited for frontline professionals in the education, community and health sectors that work directly with young people as well as parents. It provides the most up-to-date information and addresses topical issues such as youth depression, anxiety, anger and aggression as well as practical strategies to improve wellbeing, respond better to emerging mental health concerns and provide effective mental health first aid.

For more information, follow this link.

CALM launch Bright Minds: Connected Communities suicide prevention program

Community Activities Lake Macquarie have been granted funding from the NSW Ministry of Health through the Suicide Prevention Fund, to deliver a 3 year suicide prevention program in the Lake Macquarie LGA. As an extension of the existing Bright Minds Project that was created by local young people, the Bright Minds: Connected Communities program will deliver three of the nine Lifespan strategies developed by the Black Dog Institute.

In partnership with the Lake Macquarie Suicide Prevention Network, Interrelate Connect and CAMHS Lake Macquarie, the project will link together multiple services to deliver:

  • FREE ASIST Suicide Intervention training and SafeTalk workshops to Teachers, Emergency Services workers and Youth Workers
  • The creation and distribution of prevention and post-vention information packs specifically for young people and indigenous community members
  • The delivery of youth led Workshops for High School students and follow up focus groups from mental health professionals

 

The project is due to commence in mid July 2017 and concludes in June 2020.

For more information contact Bradley Dunn at CALM on 49503811 or email ydo@calm.org.au

Mental Health Month LGBTI grants – applications now open!

Each year a number of small grants are offered to assist the staging of mental health promotion activities or events during October’s Mental Health Month.ACON sponsors grants for projects focusing specifically on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities. There are 4 x $1000 grants and 2 x $500 grants available.

Follow this link to apply.