Have Your Say on Community-Based Mental Health Services

The Mental Health Commission of NSW wants to understand what is important to you in community-based mental health services and supports.

Your survey response will help the Commission to develop a set of evidence-based principles for planning, developing and monitoring community services and supports in NSW that work for people living with mental health issues and their families and carers.

We want to know what is working well and what is not working and what your vision of community support is.

Please consider filling in the 10-minute online survey. It will be open until 29 June 2018.

Take the survey now.

Post expires at 1:52pm on Friday June 29th, 2018

New Cost of Living Resources on Service NSW Website

To help ease the cost of living, Service NSW is making it easier to get information and guidance on accessing NSW Government rebates and incentives.  

Launching mid to late 2018 you’ll be able to speak to a Service NSW team member to discuss what you could be eligible for, and get help with the application process.

You can also use the links on the Service NSW website to learn more about the range of rebates and incentives available.

Post expires at 1:17pm on Tuesday December 18th, 2018

Effective Approaches to Hoarding Behaviours in Ballina

Professional training in Effective Approaches to Hoarding Behaviours is coming to Ballina on 29 June, with future workshops scheduled for Robina on 24 August and Coffs Harbour on 19 November.

The training is aimed at a range of professions including but not limited to: housing and homelessness support workers, mental health workers, home care services, social workers, disability support workers, real estate managers, cleaning services, council health and safety officers, fire safety services, child protection workers, and at times concerned family and friends have attended.

The course explores topics including trauma informed approaches and considerations, statistics and characteristics, different types of hoarding, OH&S issues, at-risk tenancies, children safety concerns, strategies and examples for case coordination and practical strategies for service users and therapeutic tools.

See the flyer for full details.

Booking for this training is via Eventbrite

Further information: Maire Joy Barron – BSocSc Counselling – ACA membership level 2
Email: [email protected] Ph: 0429891936 Web: https://korutherapies.wordpress.com/




Post expires at 12:56pm on Friday August 24th, 2018

Legal Pathways for Older People Offering Free Solicitor Assistance

The Legal Pathways for Older People project is a partnership between Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) and Legal Aid NSW, aiming to help older people obtain free or reduced cost legal assistance. Documents such as Wills; an Enduring Power of Attorney; or Appointment of Enduring Guardianship can be drawn up by a qualified solicitor now in Lismore, Casino, Kyogle and Grafton.

The project offers free consultations with solicitors to draw up documents for a fee of $50 per document to cover costs. Persons who receive an age pension or hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card are eligible to participate in the Legal Pathways project.

There are qualified solicitors available at the office of COTA NSW and in metropolitan Sydney and regional areas. As a ‘Pathway’ service, COTA NSW may be able to direct you to other legal services in your area, or an appropriate legal service that can assist with your specific situation.

The type of assistance given may be a face-to-face consultation, or a referral to an appropriate legal service.  This assistance is available to Aged Pensioners or holders of a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.   

All appointments need to come through COTA NSW:  Phone: (02) 8268 9616 or 1800 449 102 (for callers outside Sydney metro)

If the solicitor who sees you thinks that your financial circumstances and/or the amount of work involved in helping you means you fall outside the scope of this service the solicitor will  advise you of this and refer you to a more appropriate legal service.

Find out more about the Legal Pathways for Older People project.

Click here  for a copy of the Legal Pathways flyer.


Post expires at 10:44am on Tuesday December 18th, 2018

Grant Seeking Webinar Bootcamp

Need funding for your organisation but don’t know where to start with trusts and foundations or government grants? Connecting Up’s webinar bootcamp with Strategic Grants, starting 22 August, takes a deep dive into the best-practice processes and principles of a successful grant-seeking program.

Successful grants programs have a few things in common: a planned and strategic approach with documented processes and strategies, great project plans and excellent funder engagement and stewardship – not to mention the application writing!

The course covers: getting your organisation grant-ready with key documents and processes in place, planning and packaging projects, prospect identification and matching, funder relationships and reporting, writing essentials, and how to build your case for funding.

The course consists of 4 webinars of 1 hour each, to be held weekly at 11:00am-12:00pm AEST from Wednesday 22 August 2018. Each webinar will include a comprehensive presentation, group discussion and exercises. The slides, video recordings and templates will be available after each session.



Post expires at 10:02am on Wednesday August 22nd, 2018

Webinars: Facebook Masterclass

Do you feel confused and overwhelmed by Facebook? Are you frustrated by the constant changes and declining results for your non-profit? Connecting Up’s Facebook Masterclass starting 25 July will bring you up to date and give you cutting edge strategies, hints, tips and hacks to make it more successful in your organisation.

The Facebook Masterclass is run by Kate vanderVoort, founder of Social Mediology and Take10 Social. Kate has worked with over 3000 businesses and non-profits on their Facebook strategy and you can be guaranteed to walk away with the right skills and knowledge you need to take your Facebook efforts to the next level.

The course consists of 4 webinars of 1.5 hours each, to be held weekly at 11am-12.30pm AEST from Wednesday 25 July, 2018. The slides and video recordings will be available after each session.


Post expires at 9:55am on Wednesday July 25th, 2018

Up to $5000 Available for Northern Rivers Community Engaged Arts Projects

The Country Arts Support Program (CASP) supports a creative, vibrant and resilient arts and cultural sector by offering up to $5000 to locally initiated projects by not-for-profits, local government authorities and collectives in regional NSW. Applications close on Friday 3 August 2018, 5pm AEST. 

The annual small grants program is administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW.

The fund supports a creative, vibrant and resilient arts and cultural sector by offering up to $5000 to locally initiated projects by not-for-profits, local government authorities and collectives in regional NSW.

Arts Northern Rivers has set a regional priority focus to ensure that all artforms and applicants are being represented. This year Arts Northern Rivers has decided that their region’s priority focus will be on new applicants and applications for performance based projects.

Read more about the CASP funding.

Post expires at 9:50am on Friday August 3rd, 2018

Recre8 Young Women’s Sailing & Hiking Adventure Therapy Taking Applications for August Program

Human Nature Adventure Therapy has commenced intake for its upcoming Recre8 Bush Adventure Therapy Program – a Young Women’s Sailing & Hiking Adventure Therapy Program. They are now taking referrals for vulnerable and/or disadvantaged young women (14-19 years old) who are up for a challenge, and looking to make positive changes in their life.

Centred around a fun and adventurous ten-day hiking & sailing expedition, it is an early-intervention opportunity for young people who want to work through challenges they may be facing internally, at home, at school, and in their community – to build a better life for themselves.  It combines a fun and life-affirming adventure with professional therapeutic counselling and support to help young people re-evaluate and recreate their lives. 

Applications need to be underway by 27 June 2018.

To find out more:

Visit: www.humannature.net.au
Contact: Andy Hamilton: Mobile 0438 323 510 
Email [email protected]


Post expires at 9:45am on Wednesday June 27th, 2018

Launch of Northern Rivers Aboriginal Aged Respite Service

A launch and information morning of the Northern Rivers Aboriginal Aged Respite Service in Lismore will be held on Monday 25  June 2018 at YWCA NSW  – 101A  Rous Road, Goonellabah.

The Respite Service is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged people 50 years and over that require support, do not have an aged Home Care Package and live in Lismore or Goonellabah.

Launch details:

TIME: 10.00am – Morning Tea Provided

TRANSPORT: Please feel free to bring Aboriginal aged people with you when you attend. Organisers can also provide transport and collect and return the aged person to their homes. Please email names, addresses and phone numbers of aged people that need transport.

RSVP FOR CATERING: 0459 134 478 by Friday 22 June 2018

If you require further information about the Northern Rivers Aboriginal Aged Respite Service please contact the Respite Manager: Noeline Olive 0459 134 478 or [email protected]



Post expires at 1:10pm on Monday June 25th, 2018

Google Impact Challenge Offers $5.5M to Nonprofit Innovators

The Google.org Impact Challenge searches for and supports the next generation of Australians whose innovative ideas for change are making an impact locally and globally. This year, the Google.org Impact Challenge will award $5.5M to nonprofit innovators and social entrepreneurs using technology to tackle our biggest social challenges. Applications close 6 July 2018.

If you’re an Australian organisation using technology to create change in the community, submit your application soon.

Google Australia and New Zealand launched the Google Impact Challenge with $5.5 million in grant funding up for grabs.

This is the third Google Impact Challenge in Australia and previous supported initiatives include Fred Hollows’ low-cost mobile camera to detect and prevent diabetes-related blindness, Infoxchange’s Ask Izzy app, and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s development of autonomous underwater vehicles to help protect the reef.

Ten finalists will be announced in October, and then Australians will be invited to vote for their favourite idea, which will take out the $1 million People’s Choice prize.

Find out more about Impact Challenge Australia 2018


Post expires at 12:48pm on Friday July 6th, 2018

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