The Big Picture

2019 NSW Inspirational Women Online Showcase

The NSW Government aims to highlight women’s stories and accomplishments to provide inspiration for other women and girls to discover their true potential.
Action 3.6 of the Year One Action Plan of the NSW Women’s Strategy 2018-2022 is to deliver an online showcase of inspirational women. The main focus areas for the videos will be women’s economic opportunity and advancement; health and wellbeing; and participation and empowerment. For more information or to take part in this initiative please click here.
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Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 

Victims of domestic violence can end their tenancy immediately where there is evidence of domestic violence, either via a medical practitioner declaration or a domestic violence order.
Please click here for a link to the media release by the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation detailing the changes.
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NCOSS eNews with the latest from the community sector. Click here to read.
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MCC News & Events

Wauchope Outreach Program

Every Monday until 25 of March 2019 | 9:30am - 1:00pm | Wauchope Library

Come and talk with a Local Area Coordinator from the NDIS or a 'Linker' from Ability Links about our services and how we could help you! 

To book an appointment please call:
(02) 6516 1922

Read the flyer here. 
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Be Young Be Proud (BYP) 

1st Tuesday of the month beginning 5 February 2019 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm | Groundworks Youth Centre

BYP is a safe space for LGBTIQ+ young people and friends aged 14-25 years to meet and talk, find out what's on and make friends. We will encourage and support participants to get invloved in creating positive awareness and acceptance of the LGBTIQ+ community.

Click here for more information and to register. 
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Using your NDIS Plan and the new plan format

New information sessions will be available in February 2019.

These sessions will:
1. Provide an update of achievements from 2018
2. Introduce you to the new plan format
3. Help you manage the included supports and services
4. Explain the review process

Find out dates and locations here.

Register now, or email or call (02) 6651 1788 for more information.
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Amplify Music Program

Runs fortnightly on Thursdays beginning 3 January 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm | The Mud Hut, Duke Street, Coffs Harbour

Amplify is a youth music program for 14 to 24 year-olds. Everyone is welcome, so come along to meet other musicians, play and record music under the mentorship of a professional musician. 

Find out further information here. 
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Breathe and Balance Day

Thursday, 24 January 2019 | 10:00am - 2:00pm | Groundworks Youth Centre, Earl Street, Coffs Harbour

Breathe and Balance is a free event about wellbeing, holistic living and having fun. There will be some great entertainment and activities going on as well as lunch for everyone.
We would love you to come along for the day. If you would like to set up a stall and do an activity you are more than welcome, any contribution greatly appreciated.
DONATIONS NEEDED: One of the activities we are planning for the day is succulent garden making so we need people to please donate succulent clipping and any old pots. If you can help out just drop them to Groundworks Youth Centre or let Zena know and bring them along on the day.

For more information please contact Zena at Groundworks Youth Centre:

Read the flyer here. 
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Community Services

Domestic Violence Forum

Friday, 1 February 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm | Interrelate, Coffs Harbour

Speakers for the day are the new Domestic Violence High-Risk team for the Northern Region, Nicol Borghouts and Legal Aid Representative, Hollie Saliba.

For more information contact FLPN Project Officer Donna at
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Kempsey - SAFE series workshop

Friday, 8 May 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm | Kempsey Macleay RSL Club

The NSW Office of the Children's Guardian is proud to introduce Sam, Andy, Fiona and Eve. They're the stars of the SAFE series, a set of four books containing protective behavior messages aimed at children.

The SAFE book series is a free resource that will be made available only to organisations attending this workshop.

Find out more and register here. 
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Body Esteem Educator Training - Coffs Harbour

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 | 9:00am - 1:00pm | Boambee East Community Centre

Evidence-based & prevention-focused, this training addresses risk & protective factors underpinning the development of disordered eating and eating disorders. Topics include resilience, peer support & digital literacy which are of benefit to the wellbeing of all students. 

This training is suitable for teachers, youth workers & community professionals working with young people of all genders. 

Read the flyer here. 

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Network Meeting

Monday, 4 February 2019 | 11:30am - 1:30pm | Cex Club, Coffs Harbour

Topic: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP): The Horse Wisdom Program 

Guest Speaker: Samantha Harris, Wholistic Counselling Solutions

Refreshments provided, please register. 
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Part-time Youth Worker Wesley Homeless Services

A great job opportunity at Wesley Homeless Services.

For more information please click here
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Promoting Inclusion & Wellbeing

2nd Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference

27 - 29 March 2019 | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

The Forum of Australian Services of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) is a national network of Australia's eight specialist torture and trauma rehabilitation agencies. FASSTT agencies respond to the needs of survivors of torture and trauma who have come to Australia as refugee or humanitarian entrants. Continue reading...
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Champion for Change Leadership Day 

Thursday, 4 April 2019 | 9:30am - 12:30pm | Boambee East Community Centre

Bringing together Year 6-8 students from local schools to share ideas on how to promote body confidence within their school community. As body esteem is not gender specific, we recommend and encourage students of all genders to attend.

Further information can be found here. 
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Transition to Work program

Are you in the process of finding out what makes you awesome? Or do you need some help turning your great skills into a career?

ETC's Transition to Work program will help you discover strengths and work skills you never knew you had. 

Find out more here. 
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Kempsey Activities for headspace and each!

Here's what's happening in the Kempsey community for youth in coming weeks. 

1. A day out fishing

2. Drumming
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Infofest - Be Whatever you want to be! Coffs Harbour, Macksville and Taree 

TAFENSW Taree and Coffs Harbour campuses will be hosting a number of information sessions throughout the week of 21st to 25th January 2019. 

Click here to find out more and to register. 

Infofest Program CHEC | InfoFest Program Macksville |  Infofest Program Taree 

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Bellingen Nambucca Affordable Housing Action Group Meeting

Thursday, 24 January 2019 | 10:00am - 12:30pm | Dorrigo Community Centre

All welcome. Click here to read the meeting agenda. 
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Picnic in the Park

Thursday, 24 January | Starting at 5:00pm | Brelsford Park, Coffs Harbour

Bring some food, your family and a blanket. Soccer balls and musical instruments welcome. 

Read the flyer here. 
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Disability & Aged Care News

"What About Me" Carers Conference

Thursday, 14 February 2019 | 9:00am - 3:30pm | Opal Cove, Coffs Harbour

This event is for carers to enjoy a wonderful day at Opal Cove - including morning tea and lunch.

This is a registered only event. Please register at Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre - 1800 052 222.

Read the flyer here. 
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Design for Dignity Retail Guidelines

Design for Dignity Retail Guidelines is a free resource created to help retail businesses become more accessible for people with disability. Find out more here. 
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We’ve Got This: Parenting with a Disability

The series explores the complexities that parenting with a disability brings,
whilst also challenging the stigmas and stereotypes.

For more information on the series click here
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Social Change & Community Engagement

Indigenous Tour Guide Pathway

Are you Indigenous? Love the outdoors? Have a connection to country?

Pathways to Indigenous Tour Guide is an exciting opportunity to learn tour guide skills while learning about country. For more information click here.
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Domestic Violence Forum - Change of Venue

Friday, 1 February 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm | Boambee East Community Hall

Please note that due to the volume of attendees the venue has changed to: 


For more information please click here
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Young Entrepreneurs Start Here Program 

Have an idea you're passionate about?
Want to understand how to start a business?
Aged 13 to 17 years?
Keen to network with young people the same as you?

Young Entrepreneurs Start HERE. Programs support young people to be creative, learn business skills and gain confidence + it’s heaps of fun!

Program starting in Port Macquarie Tuesday 22nd January.

For more information click here or contact Crystal McGregor on 0402 716 036 | email

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Funding Opportunities

Fundraising and Corporate Partnership Predictions for 2019

Click here to read an article by Infinity Sponsorship on the direction of funding opportunities for the sector in 2019. 
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Latest Grants & Funding Opportunities

Click here to read the latest Funding eNews from Community Connective. 
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Community Grants: A Quick Guide to Key Internet Links

This guide provides links to selected sources of financial assistance to community groups. Links are sorted according to Federal, State and Territory Government and non-government sources.

To view the guide and list of available funding click here.
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Good Reading

Enjoy the read...

1. I Love Bello Shire

2. After a year when 69 women were murdered, this gives me hope - By: Jane Gilmore

3. Domestic and family violence in LGBTIQ community focus of new Queensland campaign - By: Felicity Caldwell

4. Urgent need to overhaul migration laws to protect domestic violence - By: Rhiannon Elston

5. How to spot an abusive relationship - and help a friend who is in one - By: Grace Jennings-Edquist

6. Helping someone out of an abusive relationship - By: Grace Jennings-Edquist

7. Child Family Community Australia news

8. Association Boards: Getting to "Yay!" 

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