Free Information Session for carers of a person living with dementia – Ballina

Free Information Session for carers of a person living with dementia – Ballina

This free workshop is for family carers to help them understand dementia, communicate effectively and plan for the future.

Participants will learn about the causes of dementia, the importance of diagnosis and early planning. The session will also explore changes in communication that occur for a person with dementia, problems that may arise from communication breakdown and helpful suggestions for easing communication challenges for the person with dementia.

As a carer, attending this information session will provide you with:

  • Opportunities to meet and talk with other carers & families involved in dementia care
  • A deeper understanding of the impacts of dementia including why changes are occurring
  • Information and contact details of local support services available to you

This event is being delivered in collaboration with: Dementia Australia – the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW – https://www.dementia.org.au; and The Dementia Outreach Service of the Northern NSW Local Health District – http://nnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about/community-health/ballina-community-health.

Presenter: Christine Vannucci of Dementia Australia

Chris Vannucci is a Registered Nurse who has spent the last 17 years working in residential aged care facilities, Aged Care Assessments Teams psychogeriatric support, respite care coordination and management of community care packages.  Since 2011 Chris has worked for Dementia Australia as a Project Officer focussing on raising awareness of dementia and dementia risk reduction, sector development to improve service and support for people living with dementia, their family and carers and more recently the Tweed Dementia Friendly Community initiative.

To attend this event:

Please select the number of places you wish to reserve in the RSVP section below and complete the registration form. You will need to provide your name, post code, email address and contact number. Social Futures will be in touch to confirm your participation. To discuss your participation, you can call Social Futures Training Program Coordinator on 0439 137 207.

Communicating Consciously in Conflict Situations – (1 day) – Lismore

Communicating Consciously in Conflict Situations – (1 day) – Lismore

This training is for people who would like to improve their ability to engage constructively in conversations that matter. Participants will be introduced to principles of conflict transformation, facilitation, negotiation, dialogue, as well as Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication.
 
Participation Price: CHSP/CCSP Worker $165 / All Others $195.
 
Participants will be supported to ‘step-back’ and observe the effect dominant patterns of communication (such as giving advice, or wanting to be right) have in daily life, and to explore alternative forms of relating. The course also aims to cultivate increased self-awareness of one’s own relationship to conflict through a series of contemplative practices. Particular focus will be placed on making intentional / conscious decisions in the face of difficult situations.

Workshop Topics include:

  • Effective Communication; Introduction to 5 key communication skills.
  • Conflict Resolution; Reflecting on one’s relationship to conflict, introduction to Dual Concern model, Distributive vs. Integrative approach to negotiation.
  • Non-violent communication; Expressing feelings and needs, providing empathy (to self and others), De-escalating conflict.
  • Mindfulness; Reducing stress, maintaining uplifted emotional states, increased mental clarity/ composure.

Activities: The course is presented in an interactive format designed to make the content relevant to the participants’ goals/ interests. In addition to a traditional lecture format, the course includes:

  • participating in a dialogue circle
  • a re-framing exercise
  • small group discussion
  • role-play scenarios
  • a series of contemplative exercises

These exercises will help participants make connections between the course content and their own personal context and provide participants with an opportunity to practice / use these exercises after they complete the course.

Facilitator: David Burgener is a facilitator and educator, he has worked as a facilitator for the Peace & Conflict Studies Institute of Australia, as a lecturer at Australian Catholic University, and since 2011 as a practitioner of Marshall Rosenberg’s non-violent communication. David has contributed to the Canadian Centre for Teaching Peace, the Conversation Café initiative, and for many years as an elite youth sports coach. David has been a practitioner of meditation since 2000.

Feedback from past participants:

This will be helpful both professionally and personally. Good opportunity to reflect on positive intentions in our communications” (Participant from 2018 course).

The workshop, Communicating Consciously in Conflict Situations was fantastic! The facilitator David Burgener presented information in a clear and concise manner. He was very professional, calm and engaging. Small group activities encouraged reflection and discussion of ideas. The introduction of the concept of Mindfulness has opened my mind to a whole new way of thinking. If you get the chance to complete a course with David, don’t hesitate!” (Participant from 2016 Social Futures course).

Registration, Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Registration is required to secure your place in this workshop. You can pay by credit card or by Electronic Funds Transfer. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Social Futures is a not-for-profit organisation and our training is costed accordingly. Once the course and your participation in it has been confirmed, refunds will not be provided but if you are unable to attend, please contact us as soon as possible as you can arrange to transfer your place to another person. Workshops occasionally need to be cancelled due to insufficient participant numbers. Should this be necessary, we will notify you as soon as possible and a full refund will be given.

Participation Price: CHSP/CCSP Worker $165 / All Others $195

White Ribbon – free elearning to help stop Violence against Women

Social Futures is proud to be a White Ribbon accredited workplace and is committed to ensuring we have a safe and respectful workplace for all.

The White Ribbon organisation offers a free e-learning course https://elearning.whiteribbon.org.au/ that will help you:

  • Understand the context, nature and causes of men’s violence against women
  • Dispel myths and provide you with statistics on the reality of  the problem
  • Identify ways you can take action by speaking out and helping to spread the message
  • Know what to do if someone tells you about their experience of Violence or if you witness it

To access the online course, you will need to register with White Ribbon for a username and password. You will be sent an email to validate in order to access the course Understanding Men’s Violence Against Women.

We acknowledge that all people can be victims of violence and that all violence is unacceptable. The White Ribbon Committee is focused on addressing men’s violence towards women because of the underlying power inequality and sexism that sustains gender-based violence and the disproportionately high prevalence of this type of violence in the community

Nurtured Hearts Approach – Free training for parents/carers of a child with a disability and early years educators

Nurtured Hearts Approach – Free training for parents/carers of a child with a disability and early years educators

This free one day training workshop is for parents / carers of a child with a disability and early years educators. This is an initiative of the Belonging Project – raising community awareness about belonging and inclusion for kids 0-8 with additional needs and their families.
 
Through the workshop, participants will:
  • learn simple techniques to feel more in control when faced with challenging behaviour;
  • gain a deeper understanding about “intense” behaviour in children;
  • develop more connected and loving relationships with children and family; and
  • develop ways to increase positive behaviour in children at home, school and in the community.

Facilitator: Monica Barnes is a certified trainer in the Nurtured Hearts Approach and a parent of children with additional needs. She has been working with children for over 17 years. Her goal is to see the greatness within everyone.

Feedback from past participants:

It’s an immersion of positive reinforcement with immediate results” (Parent Participant)

Registration:

Registration is required to secure your place in this workshop.

Participation Price: Free

Psychosocial disaster recovery – free training for managers of Community Organisations- 1 day

Psychosocial disaster recovery – free training for managers of Community Organisations- 1 day

FULLY BOOKED: This free workshop is for managers and executives of community service organisations who work directly with people impacted by disaster events.

The workshop will build organisational capacity to:

  • Rapidly respond to natural or built disasters through provision of personalised support for people directly affected by disaster;
  • Notice and support resilience in people affected by disaster;
  • Embed disaster response into their service action plans; and
  • Understand the broad principles of psychosocial support in a resilience framework

Community service organisations play an important role in supporting communities to recover from disasters and emergencies. And yet they are often not well prepared for disasters, making them less able to support those experiencing poverty and disadvantage, at a time when most needed.

Gateway Family Services logoEmerging from its experience in psychosocial recovery in the 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires, Gateway Family Services’ Anne Crestani says “It would have helped so much to have all of the information, ideas, models and evidence we needed in one place, in one program, to tap into whenever required. Most importantly, we needed something that was tailored to our sector, and linked to the experiences of other community based services“.

Building on this experience, Gateway Family Services has developed WALK WITH – a relationship based model informed by a strengths approach to help community service organisations prepare for the impact of a disaster on a community, and on their service delivery.

The WALK WITH model will help Workshop participants to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of people affected by disaster to access and utilise resources and services that will support them as they begin to rebuild their future
  • Provide a model of individualised, relationship-based service that seeks to support and empower individuals, strengthening their capacity over time.
  • Promote service based on agreed goals with the client according to their preferences.
  • To promote working with clients to engage with services, seek financial assistance or information where they find it difficult to navigate the range of services, grants or loans available.

About the Trainers:

Anne Crestani:  Anne is the clinical Practice Manager for Gateway Family Services in the NSW Blue Mountains and organsiation with 25+ years of experience supporting disadvantaged families and individuals. Anne holds degrees in Social Science and Counselling and was the manager of the service which supported over 500 households impacted by the 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires. During (and after) the 2013 bushfires, Anne began to craft the Step by Step 4 Quadrant Model which the Walk With program is built around.

Joanna Brown: Joanna has worked in Community Development for over 20 years with experience across Local Government and the Community Sector. Joanna has degrees in in Social Ecology, Coaching and Facilitation, and specialises in working with women and authentic leadership. Joanna brings a commitment to community led disaster recovery and a strengths approach.

Registration:

This is a free workshop thanks to funding for the WALK WITH tool from the NSW Office of Emergency Management’s Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP). A focus of CRIP is capturing lessons learned about new ways of working, what works and what could be done differently, so that successful projects can be replicated in other communities. For this reason workshop participants must commit to completing a workshop evaluation form at the end of the training.

 
Psychosocial disaster recovery – free training for staff of Community Organisations (1 day)

Psychosocial disaster recovery – free training for staff of Community Organisations (1 day)

This free workshop is for staff of community service organisations who work directly with people impacted by disaster events.

The workshop will build organisational capacity to:

  • Rapidly respond to natural or built disasters through provision of personalised support for people directly affected by disaster;
  • Notice and support resilience in people affected by disaster;
  • Embed disaster response into their service action plans; and
  • Understand the broad principles of psychosocial support in a resilience framework

Community service organisations play an important role in supporting communities to recover from disasters and emergencies. And yet they are often not well prepared for disasters, making them less able to support those experiencing poverty and disadvantage, at a time when most needed.

Emerging from its experience in psychosocial recovery in the 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires, Gateway Family Services’ Anne Crestani says “It would have helped so much to have all of the information, ideas, models and evidence we needed in one place, in one program, to tap into whenever required. Most importantly, we needed something that was tailored to our sector, and linked to the experiences of other community based services.

Building on this experience, Gateway Family Services has developed WALK WITH – a relationship based model informed by a strengths approach to help community service organisations prepare for the impact of a disaster on a community, and on their service delivery.

The WALK WITH model will help Workshop participants to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of people affected by disaster to access and utilise resources and services that will support them as they begin to rebuild their future
  • Provide a model of individualised, relationship-based service that seeks to support and empower individuals, strengthening their capacity over time.
  • Promote service based on agreed goals with the client according to their preferences.
  • To promote working with clients to engage with services, seek financial assistance or information where they find it difficult to navigate the range of services, grants or loans available.

About the Trainers:

Anne Crestani:  Anne is the clinical Practice Manager for Gateway Family Services in the NSW Blue Mountains and organsiation with 25+ years of experience supporting disadvantaged families and individuals. Anne holds degrees in Social Science and Counselling and was the manager of the service which supported over 500 households impacted by the 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires. During (and after) the 2013 bushfires, Anne began to craft the Step by Step 4 Quadrant Model which the Walk With program is built around.

Joanna Brown: Joanna has worked in Community Development for over 20 years with experience across Local Government and the Community Sector. Joanna has degrees in in Social Ecology, Coaching and Facilitation, and specialises in working with women and authentic leadership. Joanna brings a commitment to community led disaster recovery and a strengths approach.

Registration:

This is a free workshop thanks to funding for the WALK WITH tool from the NSW Office of Emergency Management’s Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP). A focus of CRIP is capturing lessons learned about new ways of working, what works and what could be done differently, so that successful projects can be replicated in other communities. For this reason workshop participants must commit to completing a workshop evaluation form at the end of the training.

Lived Experience and Your Organisation – (1 day) – Lismore

Lived Experience and Your Organisation – (1 day) – Lismore

This introductory training, will build capacity and confidence of board members, managers, human resources and key staff across community services organisations to employ workers with lived experience. The training, created by Social Futures, will address evidence based approaches and legal frameworks around putting lived experience into practice. 

Participation Price: CHSP/CCSP Worker $160 / All Others $190.

A lived experience workforce requires a planned and thoughtful whole-of-organisation approach. Lived experience workers use and share personal knowledge of disability, aged care, mental illness, family violence, homelessness, and other forms of marginalisation as powerful tools for connection and change. Developing lived experience expertise helps organisations become more responsive, person-centred and accountable to their communities.

“This training has the potential to create genuine change within our workforce and communities.” – Operations Manager of large Sydney-based NGO

“Such valuable training! I got so much out of it. I hope my manager attends the training and supports the integration of this work in our program.”  – Training attendee

Key learnings / benefits for participants:

  • Recognise the lived experience in your workforce as an asset to participants, families, carers, workers, your organisation and your community
  • Examine the challenges associated with engaging and retaining a lived experience workforce
  • Increase strategies to create accessible, safe, responsive and inclusive workplace practices that promote health and wellbeing of all employees
  • Use a trauma-informed framework to manage boundaries and disclosure within a workplace setting
  • Increase manager empathy and confidence in responding to employees with lived experience

Facilitators: Gabrielle Le Bon, Inspire Consulting and Damien Becker, Peer Linker and Ability Links Lived Experience Project Project Officer at Social Futures.

Gabrielle Le Bon is a social worker with 20 years of experience in the mental health and disability sectors and an extensive background in research and consultation.  Gabrielle led The Lived Experience Project at Social Futures from 2011 to 2013.  This project provided training and support to people with a lived experience of mental illness and recovery to enable them to complete qualifications and find employment as Peer Workers in mental health and community service organisations.  Gabrielle was most recently engaged as Project Consultant at Social Futures to co-deliver The Lived Experience Support Framework Project and Ability Links NSW Lived Experience Project.

Damien Becker has worked in community development for over twenty years. He has a particular interest in developing innovative community-led projects and supporting leadership and voice within marginalised communities. He holds a Masters in Community Development and has been a Peer Linker utilizing his lived experience expertise on the Ability Links program since its inception in 2014 and as Project Officer with the Ability Links NSW Lived Experience Project. Damien has a lived experience of disability, having been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth and receiving a double-lung transplant in 2015.

Registration, Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Registration is required to secure your place in this workshop. You can pay by credit card or by Electronic Funds Transfer. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Social Futures is a not for profit organisation and our training is costed accordingly. Once the course has been confirmed, refunds will not be provided but if you are unable to attend, please contact us as soon as possible as you can arrange to transfer your place to another person. Workshops occasionally need to be cancelled due to insufficient participant numbers. Should this be necessary, we will notify you as soon as possible and a full refund will be given.

Participation Price: CHSP/CCSP Worker $160 / All Others $190

White Ribbon – free e-learning to help stop Violence against Women

Social Futures is proud to be a White Ribbon accredited workplace and is committed to ensuring we have a safe and respectful workplace for all.

The White Ribbon organisation offers a free e-learning course https://elearning.whiteribbon.org.au/ that will help you:

  • Understand the context, nature and causes of men’s violence against women
  • Dispel myths and provide you with statistics on the reality of  the problem
  • Identify ways you can take action by speaking out and helping to spread the message
  • Know what to do if someone tells you about their experience of Violence or if you witness it

To access the online course, you will need to register with White Ribbon for a username and password. You will be sent an email to validate in order to access the course Understanding Men’s Violence Against Women.

We acknowledge that all people can be victims of violence and that all violence is unacceptable. The White Ribbon Committee is focused on addressing men’s violence towards women because of the underlying power inequality and sexism that sustains gender-based violence and the disproportionately high prevalence of this type of violence in the community

Free Information Session for carers of a person living with dementia – Mullumbimby

Free Information Session for carers of a person living with dementia – Mullumbimby

This free workshop is for family carers to help them understand dementia, communicate effectively and plan for the future.

Participants will learn about the causes of dementia, the importance of diagnosis and early planning. The session will also explore changes in communication that occur for a person with dementia, problems that may arise from communication breakdown and helpful suggestions for easing communication challenges for the person with dementia.

As a carer, attending this information session will provide you with:

  • Opportunities to meet and talk with other carers & families involved in dementia care
  • A deeper understanding of the impacts of dementia including why changes are occurring
  • Information and contact details of local support services available to you

This event is being delivered in collaboration with: Dementia Australia – the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW – https://www.dementia.org.au; and The Dementia Outreach Service of the Northern NSW Local Health District – http://nnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about/community-health/ballina-community-health.

Presenter: Christine Vannucci of Dementia Australia

Chris Vannucci is a Registered Nurse who has spent the last 17 years working in residential aged care facilities, Aged Care Assessments Teams psychogeriatric support, respite care coordination and management of community care packages.  Since 2011 Chris has worked for Dementia Australia as a Project Officer focussing on raising awareness of dementia and dementia risk reduction, sector development to improve service and support for people living with dementia, their family and carers and more recently the Tweed Dementia Friendly Community initiative.

To attend this event:

Please select the number of places you wish to reserve in the RSVP section below and complete the registration form. You will need to provide your name, post code, email address and contact number. Social Futures will be in touch to confirm your participation. To discuss your participation, you can call Social Futures Training Program Coordinator on 0439 137 207.

Law and Justice Foundation Grants Program

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW’s grants program aims to improve access to justice, particularly for economically and socially disadvantaged people living and/or working in NSW, by supporting selected projects to improve access and decrease barriers to justice, or through research, to identify needs or ways to improve access to justice.

The current focus of the grants program is on projects from which lessons will be learned that contribute to identifying effective reforms, initiatives and programs to address legal need.

General grants are awarded for projects with budgets of between $5,000 and $50,000 (plus GST).

Applications close: 31 March 2018.

More information and application

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