One Vision Productions: Byron Bay Creative Hub empowering youth

One Vision Productions (OVP) is excited to announce a new project “Creating our Space” that has been funded by the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund. The project is aimed at providing youth from local social housing areas the opportunity to be active agents in the creation of the Byron Creative Hub, so they can take ownership and have a safe, local creative place to rely on.

On 29 September, over 15 youths from local social housing communities in the Northern Rivers area have been invited to participate in working with a local indigenous artist to create a wall mural within the Creative Hub. This mural aims to signify ownership and connection of this local space, and develop insights cultural awareness, and cultural connection to our indigenous cultural heritage. OVP are still accepting interest from local youth to be part of this opportunity.

One Vision Productions (OVP) is fuelled by social change, and the Creative Hub is one part of the pie that the OVP team have launched to invite participation and social connections in our youth – by using self-expression through art, music, film and dance.

The OVP Creative Hub initiative in Byron Bay was launched in 2017, the first space in Australia to be launched that offers youth a creative, inclusive environment where they can socialise, learn and be nurtured to ensure they are armed with tools to help make positive life choices and realise their personal potential.

The weekly ‘Friday Night Live’ events offer free workshops in digital music and live production for youth aged 12 – 24 years. The next sessions will be held on Friday 14, 21 and 28 September between 5-8pm.

Please direct all enquiries to:

Kay Kutt
Business Manager
4/10 Wollongbar Street,
Byron Bay Arts & Industrial Estate, NSW 2481 E: [email protected]
P: (02) 6685 5024


Post expires at 2:58pm on Saturday September 29th, 2018

Older Person Mental Health First Aid workshops

Australian Red Cross will be delivering workshops on Older Person Mental health First Aid over the coming months in Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

 Tailored to carers and older people, the 2-day workshops are free for community members and clients.

 The objective of this funded training, is to build community literacy and capacity to recognize mental health issues in older people and provide initial assistance and support. Community members aged 65+ are especially encouraged to attend.

The course will:

  • Equip people in the community with the skills needed to support older people experiencing mental health issues;
  • build confidence and capacity to provide early assistance;
  • provide a supportive response in referring people to the most appropriate service, and
  • build  community-based support for older people experiencing mental health issues.

Customised workshops to meet staff needs can also be arranged. Please contact 1300 367 428.

Full details and bookings


Post expires at 2:21pm on Monday December 17th, 2018

Working with young people who self injure

Youth expert Garry King will be offering two workshops in Nerang on November 30: ‘Working with Young People who Self Harm’ and ‘Building Resilience in Young People’.

The complexity of issues facing young people today continues to grow. Adolescence is in itself a time of conflict. The required responses of workers with young people continue to grow. These workshops utilise the latest research to better equip workers with young people, and will provide answers applicable to your day-to-day work.

What participants will gain from this workshop? – Self Injury

  • Understand differences and links between non-suicidal self injury (NSSI) and suicidal behaviour.
  • Identifying those most at risk of non-suicidal self injury.
  • Risk factors for non-suicidal self injury.
  • Protective factors for non-suicidal self injury.
  • Strategies to address self injury behaviour – short / long term.

The workshop venue is St Brigid’s Catholic Parish (Church & Primary School), Nerang.

More info and registration.

Post expires at 2:16pm on Friday November 30th, 2018

Free Circle of Security parenting program

Under Communities for Children funding, Interrelate in Lismore will be offering a free Parenting Program for Term 4 2018, for paretns of children aged 0-7.

The Circle of Security Parenting Program will run on Wednesdays from October 17 to November 21.  

Circle of Security is an attachment based parent reflection program, aimed at assisting parents meet and recognize their child’s needs.  It is a balanced parenting approach based on being bigger, stronger, wiser and kind.  An internationally recognised parenting program designed to strengthen and build secure parent child attachment.

Pre-registration is essential for this program.

See the flyer for full details.


Post expires at 1:59pm on Wednesday October 17th, 2018

Council seeks Aboriginal Advisory Group members

Lismore Council is seeking passionate Aboriginal people to join its Aboriginal Advisory Group.

The Aboriginal Advisory Group provides advice and guidance to Council on a variety of issues, including projects or services that affect Aboriginal communities.

 The group meets quarterly and members discuss reports coming to Council that may affect Aboriginal people.

 If you are a proud and passionate Aboriginal person who resides in the Lismore LGA and who would like to make a difference locally, nominate today.

Download the EOI form.

For further information, phone Sandra Campbell on 1300 87 83 87. People can nominate at until 5pm, Wednesday 14 November 2018.

Post expires at 1:55pm on Wednesday November 14th, 2018

EOIs sought for Aborginal student wellbeing camp

The very first SHOW (Sports, Health Opportunities and Well being) Camp for Aboriginal students from Year 5-11 will be held on 5-6 November 2018 at Appin.

The camp is being conducted by the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. (NSW AECG Inc.) in conjunction with the Department of Education’s Aboriginal Education and Communities.

To commence the process the NSW AECG Inc. is calling for Expressions of Interest from schools with Aboriginal students in the nominated years.

The camp will encourage students to lead healthier and active lifestyles, while prompting students to consider careers in sport other than participation.

To find out more info and download an EOI form, please head to the AECG website.



Post expires at 1:50pm on Saturday October 20th, 2018

Outlook Conference will explore Australia’s economic and social future

How do we sustain Australia’s economic growth without sacrificing social equity? The leading national forum on economic and social policy, the Outlook Conference on 11-12 October in Melbourne will bring together thought-leaders and policy influencers for rigorous discussion of issues facing Australia today.

The 12th Outlook Conference will focus on the balance between economic growth and social equity – and how this balance affects and is affected by political ambition.

More information and registration

Post expires at 12:16pm on Thursday October 11th, 2018

New guide to tendering offers practical insights from community organisations

A guide released by the Brotherhood of St Laurence offers practical suggestions for community service organisations interested in tendering for government services.

Many of the insights and suggestions were shared by practitioners of small and medium-size community organisations that offer support services for young people in their pathways to employment.

The quotes highlighted throughout the document come from interviews with six senior managers from small community organisations.

While this guide can be used by any community organisation, it aims particularly to reach smaller service providers, for which competitive tenders often impose higher barriers.

Download guide


Post expires at 12:10pm on Saturday November 17th, 2018

Grants in Australia 2018 Report analyses the secrets to successful grant-seeking

Ask anyone involved in Australia’s massive grants industry what they’d most like to know, and most will ask: “Who is winning all the grants, and why?” It’s the question at the heart of the latest Grants in Australia 2018 research report from Our Community – the biggest report since the inception of the series in 2006.

Data scientists Paola Oliva-Altamirano and Joost van der Linden, from Our Community’s Innovation Lab, spearheaded this year’s analysis of a record 2012 responses to examine what makes some grantseekers more successful than others.

They estimate that around $80 billion is given away each year, the bulk of it from government, with that figure rising each year.

Find out more about the Grants in Australia report.


Post expires at 12:02pm on Saturday November 17th, 2018

Take action during 2018 Anti-Poverty Week

The 2018 Anti-Poverty Week runs from 14-20 October and is an opportunity to strengthen understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty, and to encourage people to take action.

It will be a week where all Australians are encouraged to take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship.

The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to:

  • Strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and
  • Encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

For a full list of calendar events click here.

Post expires at 11:58am on Sunday October 14th, 2018

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