Thinking seriously about youth work. And how to prepare people to do it

The European Union and the Council of Europe have just released this fantastic new resource on youth work from the European perspective. It’s free and can be found here.


Penda App

Women’s Legal Service Queensland with funding from Financial Literacy Australia have developed Penda, a national free app that combines financial tips, safety, and legal information and referrals for women who have experienced domestic and family violence. Follow the link for more information or to download app.

Nominations Are Open For The NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards

The Awards are designed to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of young individuals in NSW & the ACT up to and including 29 years of age.

Do you know someone who is doing amazing things? Nominate them for an award today. Nominations close 8th December 2017. Follow the link for more information on categories and to nominate.

Investing in Communities:What was heard at the 2017 NCOSS Regional Consultations

During July and August 2017, NCOSS toured the state to speak with over 500 community leaders and people working in community services, as well as those doing it tough. NCOSS listened to diverse, strong communities speak about the key challenges they face, but also about the collaborative, innovative and inspiring ways that people are are coming together to tackle these challenges.

Yarnin’ About Hep C

Hepatitis NSW has launched a new booklet for Aboriginal people, “Yarnin’ About Hep C – a booklet about hep C for Aboriginal people in NSW”. It is an important initiative, given the recent improvements in hep C treatment. For example, did you know that new medications are suitable for all people with hep C, irrespective of their sub-type (genotype)?

Did you know:

  • treatments generally last just 12 weeks,
  • involve one pill, or just a few pills, each day,
  • and the treatments have minimal side effects?

Yarnin’ was developed with the involvement of AHMRC, Aboriginal healthcare workers, Aboriginal artists, and most importantly, Aboriginal people affected by hep C.

To access this resource, follow this link.

Head to Health: digital mental health gateway

A new digital mental health gateway, Head to Health, has been launched by the Federal government. The gateway forms part of the government’s $4 billion annual investment in mental health. Head to Health is an essential tool for the one in five working age Australians who will experience a mental illness each year.

The website helps people take control of their mental health in a way they are most comfortable with and can complement face-to-face therapies. It provides a one-stop shop for services and resources delivered by some of Australia’s most trusted mental health service providers.

They include free or low-cost apps, online support communities, online courses and phone services.

Head to Health provides a place where people can access support and information before they reach crisis.

To access this resource, follow this link.

Upcoming Events

22 & 23-Jan-2018
My Kids & Me Two Day Facilitator Training

The two day Facilitator Training Program is aimed at experienced workers in the areas of parent education, out of home care, intensive family support or related services. It would be expected that these staff would have tertiary qualifications in the social sciences or equivalent. They should have knowledge and experience of group process and theory and preferably have completed training in group facilitation.

Facilitators should have an understanding of the issues related to parents whose children have been removed, the capacity to manage strong emotions, a willingness to use creative tools and the ability to work in a co-facilitation model. Organisations should note that two trained facilitators are required to lead the My Kids and Me course.

Cost – $90 if in Midcoast Council Area ($325 for other Local Government Areas in Hunter) Fee includes full facilitators kit valued at $235.00.

Sign Up Here

Generation NEXT-Student Wellbeing & Leadership Programs 2018

Both live events (9th & 16th March 2018) will be broadcast for free in real-time for schools in interstate or regional areas. Not only can any school in Australia participate but also the audience can directly interact with the speaker and the live event via polling and Q&A through their digital device. Now schools in remote areas can actively participate and interact with this specifically tailored event for young people. Follow the link for more information on these events.

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Upcoming Meetings


Newcastle Hunter Homelessness Interagency Network – NHHIN

Each Month, 2nd Thursday 10am

TAFE- Hamilton Campus Building C Room CS.4  MAP





Past Meeting Minutes

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