The big picture

NCOSS 2018 Regional Consultations

Last chance to register to reserve your spot to join the conversation at the NCOSS Consultations.

Consultation Information and Registration for Mid North Coast NSW*
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Youth Development

Youth Action, the peak body for young people and youth services, are developing practice principles to provide high-level guidance on evidence-based practice, and a practice framework that includes practice guides, training and resources to support the evidence-based practice. 

The NSW Youth Development Framework aims to support evidence-based practice in NSW to increase the shared understanding and impact of youth development across the youth sector, goverment, social services organisations and the community. 

Visit the Youth Action website here to find out more. 
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Rental Affordability Snapshot Released

Anglicare Australia released its Rental Affordability Snapshot. The snapshot has highlighted that in Australia only 3 properties are affordable for a single person on Newstart across the country. 

The snapshot has also highlighted that in the Greater Sydney area less than 1% of rentals are affordable for people on low incomes and only 4.6% of rentals are affordable for a couple with two kids on the minimum wage. 

The Everybody’s Home Campaign has partnered with Anglicare Australia to get some action from the Federal Government on this issue and it would be great if you and your supporters could circulate and sign the petition calling for 500,000 affordable homes.
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NCOSS News & Events

NCOSS is hitting the road from next week to hear from members and local community organisations about their vision for a better NSW. 

Continue reading...
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MCC News & Events

Unlock Potential and Make a Difference through Mentoring!

Mid Coast Communities is proud to partner with YWCA NSW in delivering the Youth Frontiers youth mentoring program in 2018.

We are seeking people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, who have a few hours to spare each week, and would be interested in mentoring a student (aged 12 to 16 years) from the Port Macquarie, Wauchope or Kempsey areas. No experience necessary as training and support is provided.
Your role as a mentor will be to support the student to learn the skills and gain the confidence to plan and deliver a unique community engagement project of their choice.  Most mentoring will take place in a school setting and will be a mix of both group and one-on-one sessions.

As a mentor you have the opportunity to make a positive difference in a young person's life so if you think you have what it takes, or know of someone, please enquire by clicking here. 

You can also contact Sharnie Cooper on 0427 370 448 or 

Read the flyer here.
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Free 2 Hour Child Protection Workshop Series

Mid Coast Communities is collaborating with the Mid North Coast Local Health District and Family and Community Services to provide this free, four-part comprehensive series of workshops on the topic of Child Protection.

When registering you can select to attend all four sessions or choose the sessions you would like to attend.

These workshops are taking place in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Kempsey in coming weeks. Select your preferred location below to find out further details. 

Coffs Harbour | Port Macquarie | Kempsey 
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Plan Review Workshop 

Session times for Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour

This workshop is designed for participants approaching a Plan Review. It will help them get ready for the meeting by:

1) Discussing achievments
2) Setting new goals
3) Completing a getting ready checklist 

Click here to find out more. 
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Starting your NDIS Plan - Port Macquarie

Wednesday 30 May 2018 | 10:30am - 12:00 noon | Port Macquarie Panthers

The Starting Your NDIS Plan (Plan Implementation) Workshop is a practical workshop to support participants, carers and their families to prepare for starting their approved NDIS plan.

Find out more here. 
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Your NDIS Questions Answered

The NDIS has rolled out in the Mid North Coast. Local Area Coordinators (LACs) are here to support you with your transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). One way we can help is by offering an initial 20-minute consultation where you can ask us questions about the scheme.

For more information click here. 
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Community Services

Vicarious Trauma Training

This one-day interactive professional development training explores the nature, dynamics and risks of vicarious trauma (VT), contrasts it with burnout and compassion fatigue, and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work with people impacted by diverse traumas. Read the flyer here. 

Date: Friday 18 May 9:00am - 4:30pm

Venue: Surf Club Restaurant and Bar, Coffs Harbour

Register here! 
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Network Meeting

Monday 7 May 2018 | 11:30am - 1:30pm | Coffs Ex-Services Club

The topic for the next meeting is 'How does making art in a group impact relationships?'

People who are socially marginalised are more likely to experience isolation, loneliness, fewer relationships, and often less connection to their communities. This is particularly true of neurodivergent (atypical brain functioning) populations. This presentation by Emma Gentle is on research recently carried out in the Nambucca Valley that explores the impact of art-making on neurodivergent regional populations.

Refreshments provided. Register here! 

For more information call Gary Maher on 0488 499 720.
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Mental Health & the Military Experience: Webinar Invitation

Tuesday 29 May 2018 | 7:30pm AEST | 75 minutes

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network, on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is producing a free webinar series to support practitioners to better respond to the mental health needs of veterans.

Register now! 

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Sticky Stuff - Sexual Health Training

Sticky stuff Training is a one day training that aims to increase the confidence, knowledge and skill of those who work with young people around the topic of sexual health. The training is taking place in a number of locations. Find out more including dates and locations below.

Coffs Harbour | Grafton | Lismore | Port Macquarie

Registration is required as places are limited. Please register via clicking the 'Book Here' section on the relevant poster.
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Mental Health First Aid Training 

5 & 6 June 2018 | $280 per person - includes lunch and morning tea | Key Employment, Coffs Harbour

Training at Key Employment are holding the next Mental Health First Aid course. If you are interested please contact Renee Chetty on (02) 8376 6830 or 0431 783 922.
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Promoting Inclusion & Wellbeing

headspace - Term Two Group Dates

The following groups will be taking place in term two. Please click on the links to access all dates and details. Registrations for all Term 2 groups can be through 6588 7300. 

Mindfullness & Creative Journaling 

Be Chill: Stress Management

Building Confidence:Anxiety Management
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Upcoming Events 

The Family Law Pathways Network will be holding a number of free information sessions in coming weeks. Click here to find out further details. 
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DV-Awareness - Port Macquarie

Thursday 10 May 2018 | 9:30am - 11:30am | Glasshouse, Port Macquarie

This free workshop for everyone is designed to help identify the signs of Domestic Violence. 

Open the flyer here. 
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Winter Delight - Ladies High Tea

Come along and enjoy a scrumptious ladies high tea, with fashion parades, pop-up shops, raffle prizes and plenty of fun in store for everyone. All proceeds raised go to carers having respite.

Tickets: $50.00 per person. Book now here!

Date: Saturday 16 June, 11:00am - 2:30pm

Venue: Opal Cove Resort Ballroom, Coffs Harbour

Read the full flyer here. 

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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism & Transphobia

Go rainbow on IDAHOBIT taking place on Thursday 17 May 2018. 

Click here to find out ways you can get involved.

The rainbow ribbons are perfect to wear all year round. These have been hand made with LOVE by volunteers.
Be visible in your support for the LGBTIQ community.
There are 20 ribbons in this pack. You can sell them for $2 each or give them away for free!

100% of the proceeds go towards supporting LGBTIQ youth programs.

These are available on our website, grab yours by clicking here.

Follow us on facebook.
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Red Dust Healing Workshop

Wednesday 30 May 2018 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Boambee East Community Centre

This full day workshop uses holistic tools in a way to empower individuals towards making better choices in their lives. 

Find out more here. 

Register here.
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Calling Gumbaynggirr Women

We are after some strong, empowered Gumbaynggirr women to be subjects in a photographic exhibition during NAIDOC Week 2018.

For details or enquiries call Lulu Jarrett 0467 694 501 

Read the flyer here.
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News from Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Service

Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Service has welcomed Kelly Lamb as the new CEO of the organisation which has been delivering domestic violence services in the local area for more than 35 years. 

One of Ms Lamb’s first tasks in the leadership role will be to oversee the delivery of expanded Men’s Domestic Violence Behaviour Change Programs resulting from grant funding secured by the Mid North Coast Engage 2 Change consortium. Read more here.

Liberty Cottage 
Liberty Cottage Outreach Centre (part of the Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Service), will be moving to the corner of Table and Gore Streets, Port Macquarie, by July.

Fond out more about the positive difference Liberty Cottage makes in the local community here.
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Disability & Aged Care News

New form to update your material and operational changes

The new 'notification of a material change' form is now available online. This form should be used by approved providers to notify the department about changed circumstances. Click here to continue reading.
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Coffs Harbour Area Disability Education & Employment Network will be holding their next meeting on Tuesday 8 May from 10.00am - 12.00pm at the Professional Centre in Coffs Harbour. 

Future meetings will be held on 7 August and 13 November. 

Please contact Cynthia at for further details. 
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NDIS Fortnightly Update

Keep up to date with the latest from NDIS. 
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Sharing Solutions... an event with Di Adamson

This event will take place in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree and Forster throught the month of May. 

Venues: TBA on registration. Places are limited! Express your interest in attending ASAP. 

For more information ph: 1800 052 222 | View the flyer here. 
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Supporting Choice Workshop for Carers

This free event will include the Supporting Choice workshop to raise awareness of:

- Understanding and supporting self determination or our loved ones

- Finding that balance between the dignity of risk and duty of care and guiding a balance of risk

Read the flyer here. 
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Good Reading

Enjoy this fortnights selection..

1) CSI Update #104

2) I love Bello Shire 

3) FRRR Newsletter

4) What's On - Coffs Harbour City Council

5) eNews

6) Coffs Harbour Regional Museum 

7) Coffs Council News

8) Provider Newsletter: New My Aged Care videos and new online palliative care resource

9) Script: Regarding PTSD April 2018 'You're Not Alone Time'

10) Leep Community Net 
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Social Change & Community Engagement

Mental Health Matters Awards 2018

Do you know a person who has achieved great things for mental health and wellbeing in NSW over the past year? Do you work for an organisation that actively supports the wellbeing of their community or employees? Have you seen something online or on television that gave you a powerful insight into mental health?

Nominations are now open for a range of categories. Click here to find out more. 
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Funding Opportunities

Community Arts and Cultural Development Grants

Applications are now open for the Coffs Harbour City Council Arts and Cultural Development Grant Program. 

Funding assistance of between $2,000 and $5,000 will be available to support for events and projects.

Closing date is Monday 14 May 2018.

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