Australian Red Cross – save-a-mate Program

The Australian Red Cross save-a-mate (SAM) program aims to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to prevent, recognise and respond to emergencies that may result from alcohol and other drug use.

The Red Cross is now rolling out the save-a-mate Festivals and Events program in regional NSW, delivering harm minimisation and health promotion messages through Chill Out Space service and harm minimisation training for event volunteers and staff.

1. SAM course info flyer

2. Course Information SAM 2016_SM

If you are interested in learning more about the program or would like to find out about joining the volunteer crew please contact:  

Nadine Smith
save-a-mate Festivals and Events Project Officer
Mobile 0426 903 350 | Email


Rock and Water Workshops 2018

Master Instructor Brian Hayes in conjunction with the Gadaku Institute, Netherlands, will conduct workshops in the anti-bullying and resilience program Rock and Water in Tweed Heads and Evans Head during February.

The Rock and Water program offers new ways to interact and engage with young children, adolescents and adults through physical/social teaching.

The workshop is relevant to; Principals, Assistant Principals, School Teachers, Youth Workers, Health Professionals and Community Support Services.

The workshop offers:

  • Practical anti-bullying strategies
  • Alternatives to aggressive verbal and physical responses
  • Better ability to be in control through grounding, centeredness and mental focus
  • Increased self respect, self control and self confidence
  • Enhanced resilience skills and well-being
  • Skills to identify and monitor reactive behaviour patterns

The workshop exercises promote:

  • Boundary setting, simple self-defence and communication skills
  • Awareness of purpose and motivation in life
  • Intuition, mental strength, empathic feeling, positive feeling, thinking and visualising.

Please follow the links below to register for the workshop:

February 19th & 20th – Tweed Heads South Public School (Primary)
February 21st – 23rd – Evans River K-12 (Comprehensive)



Understanding the Effects of Trauma and Attachment in Young People

CASPA is running a workshop by Trent Saville of Complex Care, providing a range of practical tools and strategies for understand and responding to traumatised children and young people. It’s on 27 February, 9am-4pm at YWCA, 101a Rous Road, Goonellabah.

The workshop is free for accredited foster carers from any organisation. Other professionals have a heavily discounted price of $100.00 + booking fee. Please try to ride share as there are limited car spaces available at the training venue.

The Trauma and Attachment training aims to provide carers and staff with an in depth understanding of:

  • How a child’s exposure to complex trauma and poor attachment relationships impacts on different areas of their functioning.
  • How to respond to challenging behaviours in a therapeutic way that assists children to heal from previous trauma & neglect and form positive relationships with their carers and supports.

Bookings can be made through Eventbrite, or by following the Training link on the CASPA website at:



Free Suicide Prevention Workshop in Lismore

Wesley LifeForce will be conducting a Suicide Prevention Workshop at Lismore Workers Club on Friday 2 February 2018 from 9am-4pm. There is no charge to attend the workshop.

The program helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them.

Any individuals or groups interested in attending the workshop should register using this link:

The training is open to community members aged over 18 years.

Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance as well as support materials. Light lunch will be provided.


Live Webinar Series: Four Part Brand Story Workshop

Join Connecting Up for a four-part webinar series in 2018: Brand Story Crafting For Massive Positive Impact & Profits, with Luke Faccini, on February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018 at 11am (AEDT).

Find and tell your authentic brand story for massive positive impact and healthier profits. This series has been created to help organisations and businesses of all sizes struggling to tell their story.

Your guide is Luke Faccini, chief brand storyteller at The Sponge, a purposeful branding agency. This series has been created from The Sponge’s highly successful live brand story crafting workshop. 



Quitskills Intervention Training for tackling Indigenous smoking

Cancer Council along with Solid Mob are putting on a course in Quitskills brief intervention training for tackling Indigenous smoking in Casino in late January.

The training is for those who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It provides participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to think about their smoking and make some changes.

It also TAFE SA accredited.

Dates: Tuesday 30 January, Wednesday 31 January and Thursday 1 February 2018.

Venue in Casino to be advised. See the flyer for details: Quitskills flyer Oct17


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