Cultural Competence Program – helping organisations benefit from cultural diversity and inclusion

CPPE-learning: three hour course
Participation cost to access the e-learning through Social Futures is $35

In this course participants will learn that cultural diversity and inclusion is good for workplace well-being as well as making business sense. The course includes a great selection of multimedia learning content including 75 short films, animations and interactive activities, including real people telling real stories. Participants will gain practical skills (including verbal and non-verbal communication) and cultural specific knowledge for use at work and in everyday life. Course topics include:

  • Diversity Works – the business case for investing in diversity
  • Cultural Differences and Similarities
  • Practical Cultural Competence
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Cross Cultural Communication
  • Cultural Adaptation
  • Australia by the Numbers

Social Futures has licensed a number of copies of the Cultural Competence e-learning Program. To sign up, email [email protected] or telephone 0439 137 207

Upon confirmation of your registration and payment, you will be provided a link to the e-.earning program together with password, which you can change once you log-in to the course. There is no obligation to complete the course in one sitting. Do it when you have the time and pick up where you last left. Although not mandatory, it is recommended that you do the modules chronologically. 

The course has been developed by SBS, Multicultural NSW, and International Education Services to address the needs of multicultural Australia. For additional reading / learning the course also points you towards The Cultural Atlas, a great online resource about a range of cultures in Australia including: Business Culture; Etiquette, Do’s and Do Not’s; Greetings and Communication; Religion; Core Concepts; and Demographic Statistics.

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

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

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.

Learn more about dementia rates on the rise in Australia

Presenter: Judy Bartholomew of Dementia Australia

Judy Bartholomew of Dementia Australia, is an aged care and dementia specialist with 26 years’ experience covering residential aged care settings; community based services; Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs); and government services. Judy is an experienced trainer with a Master’s in Public Health and a BA in Social Welfare.

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.

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

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

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.

Learn more about dementia rates on the rise in Australia

Presenter: Chris 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.

Vicarious Trauma Workshop – 27 June

Vicarious Trauma Workshop – 27 June

This workshop is for anyone working / supporting in the human services sector whose clients have experiences of traumatic life events, including physical, emotional, psychological abuse.

Participation Price: CHSP/CCSP Worker $210 / All Others $250.

Learning detailed accounts of these experiences and / or supporting clients through them can be stressful and distressing for the support worker as a natural part of connecting and empathising.  An accumulation of this stress can be damaging and result in burnout among other consequences, if not addressed. 

The workshop will cover a range of topics including:

  • Defining vicarious trauma and identifying signs and symptoms
  • Psychoeducation about stress and burnout and the warning signs
  • Treatment and self-management of vicarious trauma and how to support colleagues

This will be a highly interactive workshop of about 15 participants and will include practical exercises including individual wellness and self-check exercises.

Facilitator: Michaela Killips of Mullumbimby Psychology, is a registered psychologist (AHPRA) and training consultant with a Master of Health Science, Behavioural Science from the University of Sydney and a Cert. IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. Michaela is passionate about facilitating adaptive change at both individual and organisational levels. She also provides individual professional coaching, mentoring, debriefing and counselling, utilising a wide range of evidence based therapeutic techniques.

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.

The Clubhouse Teen Summit Appeal 2018

The Clubhouse Teen Summit Appeal 2018

Clubhouse teen summit 2018 logoIn August 2018, we’re hoping to send two of our Clubhouse Lismore members to Boston University to Stand up, Speak Out, Change the World.

While the costs are subsidised by The Clubhouse Network: A Global Community for Creativity and Achievement, we still need to raise more than $1,000 for each participant or a chaperone to attend. Read more about the Teen Summit

How much would you like to donate? If you don’t see that amount below, please call our Finance team on 02 6617 0017 who will be happy to take your donation.

ALL DONATIONS OVER $2 are tax deductible.

Administration & Reception Officers – Grafton

 
  • Location: Grafton
  • Job share role – Part Time
  • Fixed Term contract until 30 June 2019

Social Futures works to achieve social justice for regional Australians by supporting individuals, families and communities to take control and live well. We work to create positive change in people’s lives and connected, resilient communities.

The Administration and Reception Officer plays an important role as the face of the Social Futures. The role provides:

  • Excellent customer service both face to face and on the telephone to our service users, the community and stakeholders
  • Responding to service users in a manner which reflects the principles of Social Futures’ Practice Framework
  • Administrative support to all of Social Futures varied programs and services at the location

The position forms part of the People & Quality team. The People & Quality team has an emphasis on excellent customer service and providing a high level of support, guidance and advice to all levels of the organisation in relation to their corporate support needs.

The position works closely with all staff within Social Futures and will contribute to a collaborative and cohesive culture within the organisation. 

Social Futures is an equal opportunity employer, accredited by White Ribbon Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are encouraged to apply. People with lived experience of disability are encouraged to apply. Social Futures priorities child safety. Current Working With Children and National Police Check clearances are a condition of employment.

Interviews for this position are scheduled for Friday 13 July, 2018. Subject to change. 

The position description with more information is available below.

Applications close 9am Friday 6 July, 2018

Position description: 20180619 PD Admin Reception

To apply,follow online application link: http://jobboards.adlogic.com.au/socialfutures/job-details/query/7392141

For further information, please contact Kathy Klem 0400 967 587

Post expires at 10:00am on Friday July 6th, 2018

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

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