Red Cross Campaign to Fight Loneliness this Christmas

Australian Red Cross is launching the ‘Season of Belonging’ campaign, calling on Australians to reach out to each other to prevent loneliness this festive season.
A new survey has found one in four of us, or 5.6m people, are lonely almost all of the time or on a regular basis.

Australian Red Cross CEO, Judy Slatyer said, “We’re launching the Season of Belonging because we believe nobody should be alone and isolated this Christmas.”
“Loneliness doesn’t have to be a constant part of so many lives – all it takes is one person to reach out and brighten up a person’s life with one of our easy steps,” she added.

  • Meet your neighbours
  • Volunteer
  • Say hello to someone new in your neighbourhood
  • Check on someone who may be in trouble
  • Be kind on social media

“During the festive season and every day, we support thousands of people who are lonely and socially isolated, through programs such as regular phone calls, driving patients to hospital and visiting people in their homes.

“Even a simple phone call or an invitation to Christmas dinner can make the world of difference to someone who is isolated,” she concluded

Be part of the Season of Belonging or make a donation at or by phoning 1800 733 276 (RED CROSS).


Webinar: How to effectively advocate on behalf of your cause

A free 60-minute session on 13 December at 2pm will provide an in-depth exploration of your rights when advocating on behalf of your cause.

Pro Bono Australia, in collaboration with the Human Rights Law Centre, is launching a new report, Civil Voices, which researched the state of not-for-profit advocacy. Based on the findings of Civil Voices, this webinar will provide unique insights into how to overcome the real and perceived fears not-for-profit organisations face when advocating. 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
2:00pm – 3:00pm (AEDT)

Can’t make the date?
Register and receive the post webinar pack, including video recordings

Attend for free!

Online event
Access details are sent via email after registration

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Nortec Tweed Christmas Market Day

The Nortec Christmas Elves have been busy preparing their last Market Day for 2017, with a free community event to be held in Tweed on Thursday 14 December 2017, 11.00am–1.00pm.

What better way to celebrate than having a Christmas Market Day! The day will include a Free Sausage Sizzle, Food Hampers, Gifts for the Kids and pre-loved clothing.

See the flyer for full details: Nortec Tweed Christmas Market Day Flyer


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Scholarships

University of Sydney’s Poche Centre For Indigenous Health is offering scholarship courses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across NSW in 2018.

The courses offered are:

  • Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • Certificate IV in Oral Health Promotion
  • Certificate IV in Radiography
  • Certificate III in Health Service Assistance
  • Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
  • Cert IV Mental Health, specializing in AOD*

*(ONLY available for residents in Nepean Blue Mountains area)

These scholarships are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across NSW and they provide:

  • Course Fees
  • Laptop and Study Materials
  • Meals
  • Travel and Accommodation

These courses will run in Sydney in block mode with compulsory work placement requirements between each block of study. Please note that you are required to have full vaccinations (or at least started the process before applying).  To apply, contact Poche Centre For Indigenous Health  on 02 9114 1117 or email:

Life After Sexual Abuse: Expert Presentation

CASPA is presenting a keynote presentation by John Saunders, author and survivor of childhood sexual abuse, followed by a Q&A session with experts and clinicians available to answer audience questions., in Lismore on Tuesday 12 December 2017.

It is a unique opportunity for health sector professionals and members of the community to engage in a conversation about stigma, trauma and how we can better meet the needs of survivors in our communities. 

Below is the link to the booking page with further info:   

Date & Time

  • Tuesday 12 December 2017
  • 5.30pm – 8.30pm AEDT


  • Star Court Theatre
  • 126 Molesworth Street
  • Lismore NSW 2480


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