Youth Week Call Out

Youth Week 2019 is only 2 months away!

National Youth Week celebrates young people and their contribution to their local communities. It is now the largest annual youth participation event in Australia. Youth Week is a week to celebrate young people and provide them with opportunities to express their views and act on issues that affect their lives.

Newcastle CYDP will be hosting a Youth Week Opening Party to bring together all of the event organisers and young people who will be hosting events over Youth Week.

There are a bunch of ways to get involved:

Are you between the ages of 12-25 and want to get involved in the opening party? Apply here!

Do you work with young people who might be interested in applying? Download the flyer here!

Are you a service that works with young people and would like to get involved? Apply here!

Got questions? Give Laura a call on 0428 006 471 or an email on

Media Release: Huge Boost to support student welfare and mental health

In a first for NSW, every public high school will have two dedicated experts to ensure students have access to vital mental health and wellbeing support.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced that the $88 million investment will ensure that every public high school student in the State has access to highly qualified mental health professionals they can confidentially speak to, as well as great support for bullying, anxiety, stress and any other difficult issues they may face at school.

Read the media release here>

DEX Training Newcastle

Why do DEX training?
DEX training is designed to help you understand how the program works, and how it can benefit the communities you work with. If you’re interested in opting into the TEI Outcomes Framework, you will need to complete DEX training. Along with other resources, DEX training will help you hit the ground running.

DEX training schedule – All workshops run from 9.30am – 4.30pm. Please note, workshops in Wollongong and Blacktown are currently full, however we encourage you to add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if a place becomes available.

Full list of trainings here

Assembly on Affordable Housing, Energy & Rental Reform

The national Everybody’s Home Campaign was officially launched in March 2018 and has been very influential to date, with over 20,000 members of the public signed up. Compass played a lead role in establishing this campaign and it is currently funded and supported by over 50 organisations, including national and state peak bodies in Housing, Homelessness Services, and Social Services.

As part of the campaign leading up to the NSW and Federal Elections, Everybody’s Home has joined the Sydney Alliance and Vinnies NSW in organising an Assembly on Affordable Housing, Energy & Rental Reform at Sydney Town Hall on the evening of the 14th March. We would like to organise a huge Newcastle presence at the event and invite you to join us.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to influence the policy of all political parties in the lead up to the elections.  We expect both state and national political leaders to be present to hear our requests for solving the housing crisis in Australia.

Please consider attending and bringing your service users to this important event.

‘Not Just Ticking A Box’

‘Not Just Ticking A Box’ is a new MYAN publication which serves as a comprehensive guide for good practice in engaging and enhancing the participation of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. 

The resource aims to help your organisation consider ways you can support and enable young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to participate in decisions that affect them.

The resource includes:

  • a youth participation model;
  • an outline of barriers to participation;
  • opportunities and ways to address barriers to participation;
  • examples of good practice through national and local case studies;

Check out: Top Tips and Checklist sections.

WOW Sand ‘n’ Surf 6 week learn-to-surf wellness program

Do you want to learn how to surf for free while meeting new mates and getting real about your wellbeing?

Start off or finish your working day the best way possible by joining us for our WOW Sand ‘n’ Surf 6 week learn-to-surf wellness program in either Bondi, Cronulla, Newcastle or Ocean Grove.

Also includes experienced volunteer surf mentors at each program.

Register here.