Raise Foundation – BUMP Program

Raise Foundation is a registered Australian charity which provides mentoring programs for young people in high schools and in the community. Their mentoring programs provide a community of support around young people. Mentoring from a positive role model during the critical teenage years provides a nurturing pathway for young people to feel supported. Their Bump mentoring program is for young pregnant and parenting girls aged between 13 and 23, and it is a fun way for the girls to meet other young mums, as well as have some much needed “me” time. Bump includes weekly mentoring and workshops with an experienced mum as a mentor during terms 2 and 3 of the school year.

Raise Foundation are currently exploring options for the expansion of the Bump program locally in 2019/2020. We are welcoming expressions of interest from community services who would be interested in working collaboratively with Raise to continue to provide support to the young women in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie regions.

For further information or to express your interest in having Bump work with your service please contact sally.gray@raise.org.au.

ACON Inclusion Training

Session Date   Venue
4 Wednesday   12th September Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council

1A Chelmsford Drive, Metford





Tuesday 18th September Yamuloong

71 Prospect Road, Garden Suburb

6 Thursday 4th October Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council

1A Chelmsford Drive, Metford


An awesome young person takes on R U OK Day!!

A year 7 student at a local High School decided to dedicate a huge chunk of their weekend to raise awareness for suicide prevention. The student has hand drawn 35 posters for RUOK? Day and has pinned them up all around their school! What a legend…

Samaritans service EIA, who has been working with the young person, saw an opportunity to spread this positive message even further and received permission from the young person to send out the posters to the wider community.

This RUOK? Day help support a positive, 100% youth-led idea and the have the voice of a young person be heard. Below are links to social media posts to use online and posters to print and hang in your service or school.

In being able to see just how far this young person’s message has reached, we hope that any willing participants could take a photo with the posters and either email or link on social media (tags and email below). We would also be interested to see if these posters inspire any other young people to come up with their own ideas and would love to receive these as well.



Insta: @newyyouthcommunity

email: creativetimes@samaritans.org.au or laura.hanlon@samaritans.org.au

Click here for your posters to share!

Path2Change Youth Pathways Program

Path 2 Change is committed to preventing and reducing homelessness for young people 15-24 years in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Lower Hunter region.  Please do not hesitate to refer your clients for one on one support to help them stay at school or develop a new pathway into education, training and employment (ETE).  We have access to businesses willing to take on young people for work experience, and are able to offer brokerage to assist with their ETE pathway for items such as interview clothes, shoes, workwear, white cards, First Aid and much more.  Our mentoring program offers young people stable and ongoing support plus access to driving lessons.  We will be having upcoming Life Skills workshops that address everything from relationships, cyber bulling, sexual health to interview presentation and more.  SHS providers can refer via CIMS, and other Facs funded organisations through the attached referral form and emailed to referral@p2c.org.au   Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

You can find the flyer here

and the referral forms here

Maryland Round Table

The Maryland Neighbourhood Centre would like to invite you to be a part of their Youth Development Round Table. The Round Table is aiming to address issues that have arisen in the Maryland, Fletcher, Minmi and Wallsend areas due to a lack of available services for young people. We are looking for input from service organisations that work within the youth development area and those that are interested in mentoring young people.

Check out the Youth Maryland Round Table Flyer for details.

Jesmond Youth Expo – Calling all Youth Services!

Expressions of Interest are now open for Youth services to get involved in a day of creativity, conversation and outreach! Jump on board to showcase your service and connect with young people from the Jesmond/ Shortland/ Wallsend area.

JNC are seeking services for stalls, activities and giveaways. The event is running in the school holidays and will be both indoor and outdoor.

To be involved please contact us with your ideas by the 7th September 2018.

Contact: Bridget, BridgetN@connectabilityaus.org.au
or Ph 49798555.

Check out the flyer here for details!