NSW Youth Week: Lake Mac Events

Lots of exciting events and activities planned for Youth Week in Lake Macquarie.  For a full listing visit: https://www.lakemac.com.au/community/young-people/youth-week

EquiEnergy Youth: An educators guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Dr Stephen Spencer has expanded his training suite to include a 90 minute workshop for school staff on the basics of child and adolescent mental health. Designed to be delivered in a staff meeting as a short professional learning session, the workshop aims to equip staff with the knowledge to support children and young people experiencing challenges with their mental health.

Butterfly Foundation – Carer Experience Survey




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Please take our survey today and share with family and friends.




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If you are experiencing an eating disorder or concerned about someone, you can chat to the Butterfly National Helpline on 1800 33 4673.


Please visit our website at www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au


Free Volunteer Training – Youth Homelessness and Child Protection Reporting – Cessnock

Free Volunteer Training – Youth Homelessness and Child Protection Reporting

Join us for this free training opportunity at Samaritans information and Neighbourhood center, 10am-12pm, Friday 3 may 2019. Includes morning tea.

To register your interest, please phone Denise on 4993 3405 or Will on 0438 636 009 or email ydo@thecentreatkurrikurri.com.au


Backtrack Boys – Free Screening at Tocal

Backtrack Boys is an inspiring and AWARD WINNING new Australian documentary that scooped Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra Film Festivals.

A group of troubled boys are on a perilous course towards jail until they meet up with the rough
talking, free-wheeling jackaroo Bernie Shakeshaft, and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team.This observational documentary, filmed over two years, follows boys in a youth program that Bernie runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, a rural town in Australia.

On the road, the boys find their voice, make great friendships and the dogs become national champions. But as the boy’s sleep under the stars at night the trauma is never too far away. With their survial and futures at stake they must constantly step up, push themselves, support each other and some days can be hard. This inspiring coming of age story revels the challenges and triumphs these boys face as they try to find their place in the world and the dogs that help tame their wild ways.

The Tocal screening will also have one of the Backtrack staff members present for a Q&A session at the end.

Running Time: 100 mins

Classification: MA15+

Website: https://www.backtrackboys.com/

Sausage sizzle and drinks will be available for purchase at the venue. Entry by donation.

For more information contact Lakin Agnew on 0438627654.

Bookings via: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/backtrack-boys-community-screening-tocal-college-tickets-59416160335?fbclid=IwAR1ix0Lx7D_EmzCvXPuwL1b9IAO5zk8dSuwhUo0sLQOly54VJUv6gtijUTc

Cessnock Youth Week 2019 is two weeks of fun, for everyone

The Cessnock Youth Week Organising Committee is proud to offer a fully inclusive program for Youth Week 2019. The events include a range of social, recreational and educational activities, offering opportunities that foster personal growth for young people of all abilities aged 12-24.

Youth week is a community run event that relies on the generous support from young people, local organisations, businesses and Council. Each year the committee has aimed to provide accessible spaces to ensure events are inclusive to everyone who wants to come along. This year marks a huge leap forward to achieving this goal. Each event is at an accessible venue and wheelchair accessible transport is available on the excursion buses to the ‘Greta Road Trip, ‘Charlestown Fun Day’ and the ‘Day at the Bay’.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent is proud of the communities’ efforts towards creating this year’s event.

“Youth Week is a reflection of the dedication our community has to the next generation. The time volunteered to passing on skill and knowledge to our youth is truly commendable.”

“Youth Week is a time to embrace people of all abilities throughout our community, no one should have to miss out on the fun.”

Leah Coffin, Ability Links Regional Program Coordinator commented on the importance of inclusivity in our community.

“Accessible events are a key component of inclusive communities.  If we want everyone in our communities to be involved in living life we need to work towards having community spaces that are accessible.  Ability Links NSW is proud to work alongside Cessnock City Council as they instill the philosophy of inclusion with the youth in their community.”

For a copy of the brochure visit http://www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/events-ceremonies/youth-week.For more information on the accessible transport available contact Michelle on 0438 676 289.