Free Volunteer Training – Youth Homelessness and Child Protection Reporting – Cessnock

Free Volunteer Training – Youth Homelessness and Child Protection Reporting

Join us for this free training opportunity at Samaritans information and Neighbourhood center, 10am-12pm, Friday 3 may 2019. Includes morning tea.

To register your interest, please phone Denise on 4993 3405 or Will on 0438 636 009 or email


FREE Domestic Violence Awareness Session – Cessnock

At the end of the awareness session
• Identify the different signs and forms of abuse that constitute domestic and family violence
• Familiarise themselves with the Cycle of violence and Duluth wheels – power and control, equality and empowerment
• Reflect on and share what they can do if they know someone who is experiencing domestic and family violence
• Have an opportunity to network with other individuals
• Receive tools and references for domestic and family violence support and referral

1 May 2019, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Samaritans Information & Neighbourhood Centre

202 Vincent Street, Cessnock

To reserve your FREE place, please register

Morning tea Provided

Backtrack Boys – Free Screening at Tocal

Backtrack Boys is an inspiring and AWARD WINNING new Australian documentary that scooped Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra Film Festivals.

A group of troubled boys are on a perilous course towards jail until they meet up with the rough
talking, free-wheeling jackaroo Bernie Shakeshaft, and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team.This observational documentary, filmed over two years, follows boys in a youth program that Bernie runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, a rural town in Australia.

On the road, the boys find their voice, make great friendships and the dogs become national champions. But as the boy’s sleep under the stars at night the trauma is never too far away. With their survial and futures at stake they must constantly step up, push themselves, support each other and some days can be hard. This inspiring coming of age story revels the challenges and triumphs these boys face as they try to find their place in the world and the dogs that help tame their wild ways.

The Tocal screening will also have one of the Backtrack staff members present for a Q&A session at the end.

Running Time: 100 mins

Classification: MA15+


Sausage sizzle and drinks will be available for purchase at the venue. Entry by donation.

For more information contact Lakin Agnew on 0438627654.

Bookings via:

Cessnock Youth Week 2019 is two weeks of fun, for everyone

The Cessnock Youth Week Organising Committee is proud to offer a fully inclusive program for Youth Week 2019. The events include a range of social, recreational and educational activities, offering opportunities that foster personal growth for young people of all abilities aged 12-24.

Youth week is a community run event that relies on the generous support from young people, local organisations, businesses and Council. Each year the committee has aimed to provide accessible spaces to ensure events are inclusive to everyone who wants to come along. This year marks a huge leap forward to achieving this goal. Each event is at an accessible venue and wheelchair accessible transport is available on the excursion buses to the ‘Greta Road Trip, ‘Charlestown Fun Day’ and the ‘Day at the Bay’.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent is proud of the communities’ efforts towards creating this year’s event.

“Youth Week is a reflection of the dedication our community has to the next generation. The time volunteered to passing on skill and knowledge to our youth is truly commendable.”

“Youth Week is a time to embrace people of all abilities throughout our community, no one should have to miss out on the fun.”

Leah Coffin, Ability Links Regional Program Coordinator commented on the importance of inclusivity in our community.

“Accessible events are a key component of inclusive communities.  If we want everyone in our communities to be involved in living life we need to work towards having community spaces that are accessible.  Ability Links NSW is proud to work alongside Cessnock City Council as they instill the philosophy of inclusion with the youth in their community.”

For a copy of the brochure visit more information on the accessible transport available contact Michelle on 0438 676 289.

Free Online Suicide Prevention Conference

The 2019 Suicide Prevention Summit will be delivered via 15 live webinar sessions from Friday 12th April to
Sunday 14th April and will continue as an on-demand event (i.e. you can watch recorded versions of the live sessions) until Sunday 28th April.

Follow the link for more information.

Stolen Generations School Resource

The Healing Foundation’s Stolen Generations Resource Kit for Teachers and Students has been created to educate young people about the Stolen Generations. It makes it easy for school communities to start the conversation and inform classroom discussions using facts, real examples and stories.

Upcoming Events

Developing Brain-Translating Neuroscience into Practice

This is an invaluable workshop for professionals working with children, young people and families looking to reinvigorate their practice and enhance their understanding of clients’ needs. Full of “aha!” moments, Nathan explores fascinating discoveries in neuroscience, explains them in plain English and provides guidance on how to put this knowledge to practical use in the classroom, therapy room and home, with recommendations backed by evidence from neuroscience for optimum social and emotional well-being.

To Register 


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
NSW 2290


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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.


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:

The Lifeline Service Finder:


Maitland City Library – What’s On:

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) – What’s On:

My Maitland – What’s On:

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

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