The Big Picture

NCOSS training opportunities in Coffs Harbour

Thursday, 7 March 2019 | 9:30am - 12:30pm | Cavanbah Hall, Coffs Harbour

Non-Profits & the Law: Governing a Community Organisation 

This is plain English legal training for a committee or board member of a community organisation to be fully aware of their legal responsibilities. Presented in an interactive and reflective way, using case studies, diagrams and a take-away workbook. 

Click here for further information. 
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TEI Invite

Registrations for DEX training now open.

DEX training is designed to help you understand how the program works, and how it can benefit the communities you work with. 

DEX training will be available in Coffs Harbour Tuesday, 19 March 2019 at a location to be advised. 

Find out more here. 
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NCOSS eNews with the latest from the community sector. Click here. 
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MCC News & Events

Wauchope Outreach Program

Every Monday until 25 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 | Groudworks 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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Amplify Music Program

Runs fortnightly, next meeting is Thursday 7 February 2019 | 4:30pm - 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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Community Services

Network Meeting

Monday, 4 February 2019 | 11:30am - 1:30pm | C.ex club, Coffs Harbour

Topic: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP): The horse wisdom program
Guest Speaker: Samantha Harris, Wholistic Counselling Solutions

Refreshments provided. Please register here. 
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Webinar: 'Introduction to HSNet'

Wednesday, 6 February 2019 | 10:00am | Duration: 60 minutes 

The HSNet Team hosts webinars to educate users about the website, its business applications, active networks and how to get the most out of what's available. 

All webinars are free. Click here to view scheduled dates and to register. 
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Financial Services Seminars - Taree, Port Macquarie and Kempsey

Click here to access the FIS Seminar Program Mid North Coast: February to March 2019.
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Webinar - Suicide ideation in primary school-aged children

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 | 7:15pm | Duration: 75 minutes

Register now
and gain insights about suicide ideation in primary school-aged children. 

Presented by MHPN, and facilitated by Daniel Moss (Workforce Development Manager) this live event will include presentations by community psychologist Dr Lyn O’Grady, general practitioner Dr Andrew Leech, psychiatrist Dr Huu Kim Le and mental health nurse Ellen Sinclair.

Read more about the panel and Joshua's story - the case study on which the discussion will be based.
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Promoting Inclusion & Wellbeing

February calendar of events

February is already upon us!
headspace Port Macquarie has another jam-packed calendar full of activities and workshops. Click on the links below to find out about each activity.

February calendar

Stand up paddle boarding

Yoga for beginners 

CHORDS - Learn to play guitar

Building confidence workshops

Parent/Carer workshops

LGBTI social group 

For any further details visit our site 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 didn't know you had. 

Find out more here. 
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Monthly workshops in Woolgoolga

These workshops are for carers and support people who are supporting someone with a mental health illness.

Wednesday, 6 March 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

Wednesday, 24 March 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Stepping off the merry-go-round

Wednesday, 29 May 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Understanding Autism

Wednesday, 26 June 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Hope in Grief & Loss

Find out more here. 
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Free courses at Kempsey TAFE

A number of free courses are currently available at Kempsey TAFE. Click on the links below to find out more. 

Certificate II in Carer Preparation

Certificate I Introduction to Computers and Training

Communicating in the Computer Age 

English for Migrants
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Group Triple P - Kempsey

Every Wednesday commencing 13 February | 9:30am - 12:00pm | Kempsey Families Inc. 

This 8-week program can help you:

- Develop your own approach to parenting
- Become confident as a parent
- Encourage behaviours you like
- Deal with problem behaviour
- Be realistic about parenting
- Take care of yourself as a parent

Contact Donna on (02) 6563 1588 to register | Read the flyer here.

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Third Wednesday of each month | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | Kempsey Families Inc. 

These meetings are for parents, family and friends of gay and lesbian people. They aim to provide a safe, friendly place where participants can talk openly.

Find out more here.  
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Community and Disability Services Teachers Wanted

TAFENSW North is looking for people interested in teaching in the Community and Disability Services section at Macksville, Coffs Harbour and Grafton TAFE campuses.

Please contact Lynne Jaraczewski on
0419 484 285 or to find out further details. 
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Learner Driver Knowledge Course - Nambucca Heads

11, 12 and 13 February | 10:00am - 3:00pm | Nambucca Youth Centre

Join the interactive course sessions, which aim to help you gain your Learner's licence with confidence. 

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is eligible
for a fully subsidised position. Full fee $200 for ineligible participants.

Read the flyer here. 
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Auslan courses in Port Macquarie

Two courses in Auslan now available in Port Macquarie. Click on the links below to find out more. 

Certificate II in Auslan

Certificate III in Auslan
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Disability & Aged Care News

ACFA consumer finance report now available 

The Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) report on understanding how consumers plan and finance aged care is now available online.

You can access the report on the department’s website.
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Upcoming Therapeutic Groups for Carers 

A number of Therapeutic counselling groups are being held in the months of February, March and April. Click on the links below to find out more. 

Caring wellbeing Talk-link for all carers 

Eight stages of healing for carers of people living with a mental illness

'Talking Tactics' Group for male carers 

Grief and Loss Talk-link for former carers

Carer Wellbeing Talk-link for culturally diverse carers
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Information for Aged Care Providers Issue

In this issue:
  1. Consultation - streamlined consumer assessment for aged care
  2. 2017-18 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 now available 
  3. Check for valid ACAT approval 
  4. Home care and Australian Consumer Law
  5. Specialist Dementia Care Program roll out
Click here to read. 
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Department of Health - CHSP Innovation Funding - Expression of Interest now open 

The department is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from organisations for proposals seeking to trial or use innovative approaches for the delivery of Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) services. The EOI process will close 2pm (Canberra time) Friday, 1 February 2019.
The intended outcomes are to identify more effective, efficient and user-centric options for the provision of entry-level aged care services for senior Australians.
The department will shortlist the EOIs and invite those organisations considered suitable to apply for a Grant Opportunity.

More information: More information on this EOI process (GO2108) including how to apply is available on Grants Connect.
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'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 an event for registered guests only. Please register at Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre - 1800 052 222.

Read the flyer here. 
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Social Change & Community Engagement

Port Macquarie Community Now Newsletter 

Community Now is a quarterly newsletter distributed by the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. It provides information on Council initiative and activities including current projects and events happening across the region. 

To read the Summer 2019 newsletter click here.
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The Artistic Spectrum Exhibition 

The Artistic Spectrum is an exhibition showcasing artistic talents of those on the Autism Spectrum. 

All artists residing on the NSW Mid-North Coast and who identify as being on the spectrum are invited to submit a piece of art for exhibition and join in the evening of acceptance, awareness and fun designed to showcase the skills and talents of the neuro-diverse population of our region. 

Everyone is invited along to the exhibition opening. Tickets and more information available here.
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Kempsey - SAFE Series Workshop

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 behaviour messages aimed at children 2-6 years old.

This is an interactive workshop that will assist participants in developing skills in delivering a protective behaviours program.

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

For more information or to register, click here.

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Wheelchair Tennis Tournament 

23 & 24  February 2019 | Grafton City Tennis Club, Grafton

Roll up, roll up for the 3rd annual Wheelchair Tennis Tournament being hosted by Grafton City Tennis Club on 23 and 24 February. With prize money on offer and a free BBQ lunch, previous years' tournaments have drawn players from as far as Newcastle and the Sunshine Coast.

The deadline to enter is Wednesday 20 February and fees are $20 for singles, $10 for doubles. To register click here for more information and to view the event flyer click here.
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Backtrack Boys - Fundraiser Screening 

A special community screening of Backtrack Boys is taking place at Sawtell Cinema. The film has scooped the Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra Film Festivals!

A group of troubled boys are on a perilous course toward jail until they meet up with a free-wheeling jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft, and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team. This inspiring coming-of-age story follows the boys as they strive to turn their lives around - and the dogs that help tame their wild ways.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A Discussion with Bernie Shakeshaft. 

Watch the trailer here.

Purchase tickets here.

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Funding Opportunities

Department of Health - CHSP home modifications growth funding announced

On 17 January 2019, the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP announced $15 million in funding for existing Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) providers delivering home modifications services.

CHSP providers delivering these services will be contacted directly in the coming weeks by their Funding Arrangement Managers to be offered funding to increase service delivery.

This funding will allow existing home modification providers to deliver changes to a client’s home to increase or maintain the person’s functional independence so that they can continue to live and move safely about the house.

For future updates on CHSP growth funding please refer to the department's website. 
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Community Connective Funding eNews

Click here to view the latest grants and funding opportunities. 
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Grant Calendar

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal have released their 2019 grant calendar. To view the calendar and apply for grants click here.
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Good Reading

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5. Council for Intellectual Disability eNews

6. Ireland just criminalised Abuse. Here's why Australia should too - By: Abby Alexander

7. In an abusive relationship, cultural expectations kept her silent - By: Jessie Tu

8. The Letterbox
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