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.

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!

Homelessness NSW State Election Platform 2018-2019

Homelessness NSW is pleased to release its State Election Platform 2018-2019.

This platform calls for:

  1. An affordable Housing Strategy that includes the delivery of 5000 new social housing dwellings a year until 2026.
  2. A 10-year plan to end homelessness that includes no exits into homelessness, systemic funding of supportive housing approaches, a focus on ending inner city homelessness and a focus on prevention particularly for young people and women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.
  3. Enhancements to the specialist Homelessness System that addresses gaps created by the Going Home Staying Home reform.

Follow the link to read the State Election Platform 2018-2019

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.


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Upcoming Meetings

Upper Hunter Youth Network Meetings 2016

Thursday 11th February 2016 10.30am to 12.30pm
Singleton Youth Venue
Thursday 14th April 2016  10.30am to 12.30pm
QE11 Building, Muswellbrook
Thursday 9th June 2016  10.30am to 12.30pm
Scone Youth Centre
Thursday 11th August 2016  10.30am to 12.30pm
QE11 Building, Muswellbrook
Thursday 13th October 2016  10.30am to 12.30pm
QE11 Building, Muswellbrook
Thursday 8th December2016  10.30am to 12.30pm
QE11 Building, Muswellbrook


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