LGBTI Inclusive Practice Workshop

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

Increasing Newstart benefits would reduce inequality across the country

Lifting the rate of unemployment benefits would bring down poverty levels and reduce inequality in Australia, according to new modelling by the University of Canberra.

New figures from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) show a $75 weekly increase in the Newstart allowance would have the greatest impact on people between the ages of 25 and 36, who stand to gain $304 a year.

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Berejiklian’s cabinet reflects the direction of her new government

Gladys Berejiklian has been described as the “great hope of the progressive Liberals” and the direction of her new government reflects this. She wants a focus on compassion and empathy.

In announcing her new cabinet line-up, Berejiklian singled out several issues that are clearly top of mind for her and indicate a re-positioning for her government on social issues.  Read the Article>

Headspace Newcastle to receive and extra $1.7 million in funding to help young people at risk of suicide or self harm

HEADSPACE Newcastle will receive an extra $1.7 million in funding to help young people at risk of suicide or self harm to address the “growing demand” and “waiting times” for its services.
NSW Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos is expected to officially announce the funding at headspace Newcastle on Wednesday morning.

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.

Upcoming Events

Body Esteem Educator Training

The Butterfly Foundation, Australia’s leading not-for-profit in the area of eating disorders and body image, is running a workshop in Lake Macquarie on the Wednesday 5 June 2019. Professional development, focused on supporting body confidence and healthy relationships with food and exercise in young people.

It’s a prevention focused workshop for educators and anyone working with young people aged 8 to 18. Everyone walks away with comprehensive resources to use with Years 3 – 12.  Details on how to register are below.  Registration cost is $170 and includes Free to BE – A Body Esteem Resource (Years 3-12) and Dove Self Esteem project materials.

Wednesday, 5th June
9am to 1pm includes morning tea

The Place: Charlestown Community Centre
Frederick Street
Charlestown
NSW 2290

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Generation Next-Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People 2019

A key vehicle for Generation Next’s professional education efforts in the prevention and control of mental illness among youth is the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar Series.

Follow the link for more information on the seminars.

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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.

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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

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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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