Media Release: Huge Boost to support student welfare and mental health

In a first for NSW, every public high school will have two dedicated experts to ensure students have access to vital mental health and wellbeing support.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced that the $88 million investment will ensure that every public high school student in the State has access to highly qualified mental health professionals they can confidentially speak to, as well as great support for bullying, anxiety, stress and any other difficult issues they may face at school.

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Safer Internet Day – 5 Feb 2019

About Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an annual, worldwide event will be held on Tuesday 5 February 2019 to help encourage a better internet, with this year’s theme—‘Together for a better internet’ encourages individuals to create a better internet by developing four, critical skills. We call these skills the 4Rs: Respect, Responsibility, Reasoning and Resilience.

There are many ways you, and your organisation, can get involved with SID2019:

  • Show your support for Safer Internet Day using our selfie masks
  • Include content on your website, newsletters or other platforms
  • Run internal staff events
  • Use #SID2019 or #SaferInternetDay on social media



Environmental Sustainability Grants – Lake Mac

Not-for-profit organisations, including P&C Associations are invited to apply for an Environmental Sustainability Grant.  Receive up to $3,000 to fund a project to improve our local environment and inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour in Lake Macquarie. More information here>


Awesome Lake Mac Grants

Every month, we give someone $1,000 to do something Awesome in Lake Mac – no strings attached.

The Awesome Foundation is an international philanthropic organisation devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe.  Every month, we award a no strings attached grant of $1,000 to a project that we deem Awesome.  We’re interest in a wide variety of projects.  If you think your idea is worth $1,000 send us an application!

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Awesome Lake Mac: Board members wanted

Would you like to play a role in helping to create an even more awesome Lake Mac?

Lake Mac City Council and  CALM have partnered to launch awesome Lake Mac, an innovative grassroots program offering $1,000 grants each month.

We are seeking Board Members, willing to part with 3 hours and $100 a month to support projects that benefit the Lake Mac community.  In 2019, 3 grant rounds will be held specifically for youth projects, hearing ideas from young people aged 16-24 years.

Find out more or apply to be a Board member here>

A NSW for Young People: Beyond 2019

This report, written by Youth Action, outlines each of the key actions the NSW Government needs to take across a range of issues that impact young people.

As detailed in the report Youth Action is calling on all parties to:

  • Reintroduce real representation of young people in government
  • Improve mental health outcomes for young people
  • Protect young people and care leavers in NSW to group up healthy, happily and safely
  • Enable all young people to have a safe and affordable place to call home
  • Create an education system that equips young people for their future
  • Achieve excellent and affordable post school pathways
  • Change the story on Youth unemployment
  • Make NSW a safe state for young people
  • Keep young people out of prison
  • Resource a joined-up NSW Youth Development sector to be accessible to all young people


Upcoming Events

Tough Conversations in Child Protection

Comprehensive one-day professional training for family support staff & case workers.
Tough Conversations in Child Protection is a one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers to help them to hold the often-challenging conversations with parents in child protection.

March 4, 2019, 8:30am – 4:30pm, Sydney. To register.

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.

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