The big picture

New ACON Marriage Equality Mental Health Resource

ACON has put together a new resource, 'Stronger Together', that we hope will help everyone within our communities in the lead up to, and after, the results of the marriage equality postal survey being announced on 15 November.

Download the resource here. 
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MCC News & Events

NDIS Plan Implementation Workshops

The plan implementation Workshop is a practical workshop to support participants, carers and their families to prepare for implementing their approved NDIS plan. 

Port Macquarie Session Details

Tuesday 28 November | 1:00pm - 3:00pm 

Tuesday 12 December | 5:00pm - 7:00pm 

Port City Bowls Club | View Poster | Register

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Community Services

Webinar: 'Introduction to HSNet'

Wednesday 29 November 2017 | 10:00am - 11:30am AEDT | Free

The HSNet Team hosts webinars monthly to educate users about the website, its business applications, active networks and how to get the most out of what is available. The webinars run for approximately 90 minutes. 

Book Now!
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Co-design Opportunity

Monday 4 December 2017 |
9:30am - 2:30pm | Nambucca RSL

We need your expertise to help design services to deliver better outcomes for Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities in the Nambucca, Macksville and Bowraville areas. 

Click here to open and view the flyer. 
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Cultural Awareness Training - Coffs Harbour

Tuesday 5 December 2017 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm | Coffs Harbour Community Village

Accredited Cultural Awareness training provided to you on behalf of North Coast Primary Health Network by Clark Webb. General practice and allied health staff are welcome to attend this training at no cost. 

Find out more here. 

Please RSVP by 4 December by returning the completed form below. Register now as places are limited. 

Click here to download a registration form.

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Domestic & Family Violence Conference 2017

Wednesday 29 November 2017 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Cabravale Diggers, Canley Vale | Tickets $33 (incl. GST)

You're invited to:-

The Domestic and Family Violence Conference: The Bigger Picture. This year's conference will inspire community workers to implement innovative strategies by enhancing their skills and knowledge. 

Click here to find out more.
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Coffs Harbour Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Network Meeting

Monday 4 December 2017 | 11:30am-1:30pm | Coffs Ex-Services Club

Join us for the last meeting for the year, where we will be hearing from the members themselves.
We want to hear your 2017 good news stories. What went well this year; your successes; collaborations or partnerships that worked; successful programs; exciting developments for the new year; and/or maybe you have a young person you work with that might like to speak about some great outcomes they have had.

Please register your acceptance or apology for this meeting. 
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The Art of Participatory Leadership

Monday 27 November 2017 | 10:00am - 12:00pm | Taree Public School

Join Kerry Hartigan from the Jeder Institute to a FREE introductory workshop on The Art of Participatory Leadership (also known as the Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter). 

Click here to open and view the flyer. 
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Love Bites (inclusive of Love Bites Junior) Respectful Relationship Facilitator Training

Two day intensive training | Locations in QLD and NSW | $395

Participants will gain knowledge and skills to facilitate the implementation of Love Bites and Love Bites Junior. The training provides background information about best practice standards in respectful relationship education, as well as providing information about the theoretical frameworks that inform the programs. Additionally, participants will experience the program by participating in the activities that are delivered to young people who participate in the program.

Continue reading...
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The Impacts of Stigma and Discrimination on the Individual and the Community

Friday 1 December 2017 | 9:45am - 12:30pm followed by lunch & networking | Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie

With 80% of people who inject drugs experiencing discrimination, this regional event will give you the opportunity to hear from some of Australia's leading minds in Harm Reduction programing. 

Please RSVP before Friday 24 November.

Click here to open the flyer. 
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Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention

Saturday 2 December 2017 | Manning Valley Visitor Information Centre, Taree | $110

This new workshop aims to provide health professionals' skill and confidence in taking a detailed suicide history and developing a management plan to increase the safety of people planning suicide. The workshop provides practical tools for health professionals managing the full spectrum of suicide risk presentations including the acute suicidal crisis, care after a suicide attempt and assisting families experiencing suicide bereavement. 

Click here to find out more. 

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Child Family Community Australia Webinar Invitation

30 November 2017| 1:30pm - 2:30pm AEDT | Collective Impact: Opportunities and challenges for implementation

This webinar will present an overview of collective impact in Australia with a focus on leadership and governance, community engagement, and evaluation. 

Find out more here | Register to attend here
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Kempsey Speed Networking

Tuesday 28 November 2017 | 10:30am with morning tea | Kempsey Pensioners Hall

This is a unique opportunity to improve relationships and build cooperation among services in the Kempsey community. 

Further details can be found here. 

RSVP essential: Kylie 6551 1200 /
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Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence

Saturday 25 November 2017 | 11:00am - 1:00pm | Park Beach Surf Club

The day is arranged to encourage as much of the community to come along and support the next generation of young men as they take an oath against men’s violence against women in our community. There will be approximately 60 young men from three of our local high schools as well as our surf life savers joining in the oath. We would welcome as much of the community to come and support these young men in this declaration as it takes the village to raise the man.

Click here to find out more. 
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Domestic and Family Violence Update

Three recent articles to take a look at;

1) Call to overhaul liquor licencing in domestic violence 'hot spots'

2) Personal Safety Survey 

3) Guns don't kill people, domestic abusers do. Take their guns away
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Promoting Inclusion & Wellbeing

Grow Bold Photo Comp 

The social media campaign will run throughout November, encouraging people from all walks of life to submit entries of them living boldly and smashing negative stereotypes, regardless of their age or ability.

With a $2000 cash prize up for grabs, this year Feros Care will be looking for an entry that tops last year’s winner – a photo of 92-year old adrenaline junkie, Audrey Kuchel, taken on a zip line adventure in Fiji.

Entries can be submitted via the facebook page here. 

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Media Release: Playgroup NSW embraces the NSW Government's plan to invest $2 million in Start Strong Pathways

Playgroup NSW CEO Nadene Lee was invited to join the NSW Minister for Early Childhood Education, Sarah Mitchell for her announcement of $2 million to support young children's pathways into preschool in Tamworth.

Continue reading...
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Sensory-Friendly Quiet Hour

Every Tuesday between 10:30am - 11:30am | Coles Supermarket, Old Bar

What a great initiative! Beginning Tuesday 21 November Coles at Old Bar will be implementing a sensory-friendly hour.

During this time the store will;
1) Reduce Coles radio to lowest volume
2) Dim the lights by 50%
3) Turn down register and scanner volumes
4) Avoid trolley collections
5) Avoid PA announcements (excluding emergencies)
6) Offer free fruit at customer service 
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Make Hep C History: A Workshop from Prevention to Cure

This workshop is for people living with hepatitis C, young people, Aboriginal people, people affected by the criminal justice system or people who inject. 

There are two locations:

Wednesday 29 November 2017 | 9:30am - 4:00pm | Coffs Harbour

Thursday 30 November | 9:30am - 4:00pm | Education Centre, Kempsey

Click here to open and read the flyer. 
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Got money worries, fines or centrelink problems? Get free help!

Thursday 14 December 2017 | 10:00am - 12:00pm Purfleet Biripi Medical Centre | 12:30pm - 2:30pm Bushland Community Hub

Free advice about fines, energy and phone bills, bad debts, rent arrears, centrelink problems and more. 

View the full flyer here. 
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Chill at the Keys Youth Hub

Friday 1 December 2017 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm |
$5 entry fee

Come and soak up the chilled vibes and cool sounds of Kaymin Farmer, Hannah Harlen and Bitter Suite.

Contact Alan: 0424 871 778

Open the full flyer here. 
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A Language Guide: Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion

Trans and gender diverse communities are disproportionately affected by prejudice-motivated discrimination and violence. 

The health and wellbeing outcomes of people with trans and gender diverse experience are directly related to transphobic stigma, prejudice, discrimination and abuse, including when incorrect language is used, often unknowingly.

The guide explains key terms and offers examples of language that can help us build safer, more inclusive environments for trans and and gender diverse communities. 
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Sensitive Santa Program at Coffs Central Shopping Centre

Saturday 2 December 2017 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm | Coffs Central Shopping Centre

The sensitive santa program allows children on the sensory spectrum to enjoy a private visit with Santa away from the hustle and bustle of a normal shopping centre.

Places are limited! 

Please secure your booking by calling 5622 8900 or emailing

Price - $35 includes USB stick with 3 images. 
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Men's Resilience Workshop in Kempsey

Wednesday 29 November 2017 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm | Slim Dusty Centre, Kempsey

NRL player Joel Thompson (currently playing for St George Illawarra Dragons) will be at the Slim Dusty Centre to do a resilience workshop for Aboriginal men. As part of the workshop Joel will pass on strategies and tools to assist individuals with management of their mental health.

If you know any Aboriginal Men in your community who might be interested in attending, please contact Stephen Mcleod on 6562 0393 or
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Disability & Aged Care News

'Harmony in Health' Expo - Save the Date!

Tuesday 20 March 2018 | 10:00am - 2:00pm | C.ex Coffs, Coffs Harbour

With free entry, refreshments and entertainment, the Expo will provide information about supports and services that are available to promote social connections, health and wellbeing. 

Click here to view the proposed program and for further details. 
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Good Reading

Enjoy this fortnights selection of newsletters

1) NCOSS eNews

2) Social Change Central - Fortnightly Snapshot | 24

3) Australian Human Rights Commission eNews

4) Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

5) My Choice Matters eNews November 2017

6) Artsblast news 

7) Port Macquarie Hastings Council Communitynow Update

8) Workshop Learning Opportunities, November from the Bank of I.D.E.A.S

9) Posts from Latest News - Aged Care Complaints

10) Leep Community Net 

11) NSW News 

12) Coffs Council News

13) Justice Connect - Not-For-Profit Law Update

14) Australian Indigenous

15) eNews

16) Diversity Council Australia 
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Social Change & Community Engagement

The Future of Communities 2017 Power to the People Conference

Tuesday 5 December 8:30am - 4:45pm & Wednesday 6 December 8:45am - 2:00pm | The Angliss Conference Centre, Melbourne

This conference is a unique opportunity to learn and share ideas, and to gain the knowledge, skills, tools and mindset necessary for the revolution in community development practice and philosophy.

Find out more including how to register here. 
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Funding Opportunities

ANROWS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Panel 

ANROWS is pleased to invite you to register for the panel using the attached form. The panel is continually updated, however, if you are interested in the upcoming Indigenous Round Grants 2017, please submit your form by 11 December 2017.

About the upcoming Indigenous Round Grant 2017

In December 2017, ANROWS will invite Expressions of Interest from researchers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations to take part in the Indigenous Round Grant 2017. The aim of the Indigenous Round Grant is to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander expertise, interests and perspectives in violence against women research.

Click here for the registration form.
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Scholarship: See Through My Eyes

The See Through My Eyes scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to university students who are vision impaired or blind, and who are working toward a sustainable and rewarding career in their chosen field. Up to four scholarships of $2000 each will be awarded to undergraduate or postgraduate students. Scholarships are for one year only. 

Applications close: 30 November 2017

Find out more...
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NSW Community Safety Fund 2018

On 16 November 2017, the Attorney General Mark Speakman and the Minister for Police Troy Grant  announced the third round of the NSW Community Safety Fund to provide funding for community safety initiatives which will reduce crime and stamp out anti-social behaviour.

Applications for up to $250,000 are invited for innovative projects designed to prevent crime and fear of crime and help people feel safe and proud of their community.

Applications close: Wednesday 20 December 2017 at 5:00pm

More information is available in the Community Safety Fund - Program Guidelines 2018.pdf and the Community Safety Fund - Grant Application Checklist 2018.pdf

You can also email or phone: 02 8688 8666.

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Social Housing Community Fund - Round 4

The NSW Government launched today Round 4 (2018) of the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF), with $1.2 million available for new and innovative projects for social housing communities.

The Round 4 information package and other relevant information is available at:

To discuss any details about Round 4, interested applicants can also call 1800 379 184.

Round 4 frequently asked questions

Round 4 Guide 1 - Question guide

Round 4 Guide 2 - Applicant user guide

Round 4 Guide 3 - Tips for grant writing

Round 4 Program guidelines

Applications close: Wednesday 13 December 2017
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