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

Free Formal Wear Event for Year 12 Students

Student Support Officers from Rutherford, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri High Schools are collaborating with From Us To You to hold an event on the 18th August at Maitland Basketball Stadium from 10-2pm. Formal Wear and accessories will be available to young people to help relieve the financial burden on our local families at this time of year.

They’re collecting donations of Formal Wear and Accessories- drop off points RTHS, Cessnock HS, Kurri Kurri HS and Maitland Basketball Stadium.

Children’s Welfare Agencies Conference 2018

As part of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) Conference this year, young people with care experiences are invited to come together from across NSW for a special one day event.

There’s also travel assistance available to those outside of Sydney.

Registrations close SOON.

Register at: www.acyp.nsw.gov.au/acwa-conference-2018-register

Alternatives to Violence Project

A free two-day intensive group workshop for parents to explore ways to…
• manage strong feelings such as anger and fear
• communicate effectively in difficult situations
• handle conflict without losing it
• become a nonviolent parent and partner

Flyer here.

Holden home Ground Grants

Strengthen your community by strengthening your sporting clubs with the Holden Home Ground Advantage (HGA) program.

It’s Girls’ Round and Holden have cash grants available to sporting clubs and community organisations who embrace and promote the participation of girls in sport.

As part of the ongoing support you provide to your local community, we would like to pass on details about the HGA program. With funding available for anything from new uniforms to facility upgrades, clubs will simply need their details and project to apply!

Is there a local sporting club in your community that promotes the participation of females in sport that would benefit from some financial help? If so, we’ve attached a flyer to this email that can be distributed. Additionally, visit the following links for more information:

Check out the flyer here.