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.

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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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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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