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!

Upcoming Events

Reach- True to Our Roots

Reach T2OR Sept 18

Join Reach at their second annual fundraiser, True to Our Roots 2018. A night to showcase both people and place to support the work they do with thousands of young people across Australia, but in particular their work within The Hunter.

Early bird discount tickets are available for youth sector works! Get in quick. Contact bron.dyason@reach.org.au

Cultural Awareness Training

The NSW Government have identified key areas under the
‘Targeted Early Intervention’ reforms that services in NSW
need to be giving a greater focus to in service delivery to
improve outcomes for vulnerable family members. Effective
targeted earlier invention (TEI) can greatly reduce the
likelihood of a child or young person facing challenges such
as low participation and attainment in education, poor
physical and mental health, welfare dependency, substance
misuse and involvement with the criminal justice system.One
of the main target groups identified is Aboriginal children,
young people and families.
RYDON supported by BHP, presents a day of cultural capacity
building training for The Hunter youth/community sector.
Join us on 25 September for a day of cultural capacity
building training, where together we will improve our
understanding of key issues relevant to Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Island People and improve how we respond and work
with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and young
people; sensitively, respectfully and effectively.
Our aim is to provide detailed information and perspectives
on Aboriginal culture, experiences; including the impact of
history and trauma – with a focus on culturally appropriate
practices to work collaboratively within our shared
communities to improve outcomes for vulnerable families.
Led by an Aboriginal facilitator, this full-day experience is
specially designed to support any organisations committed to
reconciliation, closing the gap and informing their practice to
meet the complex needs of our local Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Communities.
We hope you can join us for this incredible opportunity.


See More Events

Interagency Meetings

These meetings are open for any interested parties

2017 Maitland Youth Interagency Meetings

See the calendar here, and for information on this meeting click here

2017 Dungog Shire Youth Interagency Meetings

See the calendar here, and for more information on this meeting click here

2017 Maitland Networking Lunches

These Lunches are a partnership between the Maitland Youth Interagency & the Maitland General Interagency, and are open for any youth or community worker, group, volunteer, organisation or community member. See the calendar here.


Actions Planning & Partnerships

Maitland Youth Partnerships & Planning Session

The Maitland Annual Planning Session is a fun, interactive day held each year. This is a chance to have your say about local young people & youth services and discuss issues of relevance or concern. Partnerships are developed during this day and plans put in place to ensure that young people in Maitland are receiving the best service.

Please SAVE THE DATE: Maitland High School, Friday 3 March 2017, 09:30am-1:30pm

See the flyer here, register for free here

According to participants, last year’s event “Increased collaboration with other services in delivering groups, knowledge of referral pathways” and ” It will help to directly influence the planning for our team around how we work with and support local young people in Maitland”

Dungog Youth Partnerships & Planning Session

The Dungog Shire Annual Planning Session is a fun, interactive day held each year. This is a chance to have your say about local young people & youth services and discuss issues of relevance or concern. Partnerships are developed during this day and plans put in place to ensure that young people in Dungog are receiving the best service.

Please SAVE THE DATE: Paterson School of Arts, Wednesday 22 February 2017, 10:00am-1:30pm

See the flyer here, and register for free here.

According to participants, last year’s event provided “opportunities to collaborate and work together with other services to assist them in service delivery”

Online Youth Sector Survey

To enhance service delivery to young people in Maitland & Dungog, I am committed to regularly consulting with others about what they see in their roles.

I feel that you are in a well-placed position to share knowledge and advice about the local needs and priorities for young people & youth sector workers in Maitland/Dungog.

The results of the survey will be shared with you in a fun infographic, so you can gain an understanding of what’s going on for local young people and youth sector workers. Some of the information will be used to inform future training, meetings and opportunities for you in your role.

All questions are anonymous and optional, feel free to include as much or as little information as you would like.

The deadline for this survey is Friday 17 February 2017. Although this sounds like a little while off, why not just take some time now?

Do you cover the Maitland LGA? Complete the Maitland survey

Do you cover the Dungog Shire? Complete the Dungog survey


Maitland Service Directories

Maitland Community Directory: http://community.maitland.nsw.gov.au/BrowseProfile.aspx?mi=20

The Lifeline Service Finder: https://lifeline.serviceseeker.com.au/

Octapod: http://octapod.org/

Maitland City Library – What’s On: http://www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/library/events

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) – What’s On: http://mrag.org.au/whats-on/

My Maitland – What’s On: http://www.mymaitland.com.au/whats-on/

Dont forget to also check out the RYDON/HSNet Service Directory on the homepage of this website.

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