• Youth Opportunities Program Grants 2022

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    Projects funded under the Youth Opportunities Program are to involve young people at every stage of the project - from identifying the need, through to design, project delivery and final review and recognition. Organizations applying for funding must have spoken with young people and involved them in developing the project proposal prior to submitting an application.

    Applicants are advised to read the Program Guidelines carefully before completing an application for funding. To download these Guidelines and more, please visit the Youth NSW website.

    Applications are submitted via SmartyGrants, an online grants administration system. SmartyGrants and the online application form can be accessed from here.

    Applications must be completed and submitted online via SmartyGrants by 5:00pm on Monday, 08 August 2022. The SmartyGrants system automatically shuts off at 5:00pm on that day. It does not allow for extensions to be granted.

  • Youngster.Co

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    We’re looking to employ youngsters to help our old-sters learn new digital skills.

    Council has been successful in securing an Australian Government Be Connected Network grant to deliver a program focused on building the digital skills of our older generation. As an added bonus, the program will employ local young people to teach the seniors of Port Stephens how to use technology

    We’re really keen to be partnering with Youngster.co – an organization that specialise in employing youngsters to teach seniors digital skills.

    The benefits to youngsters:

    • Get paid to help Seniors in your community
    • Use your native tech knowledge
    • Flexible working hours
    • Learn life skills

    The sessions will be held across Port Stephens in our libraries and will give youngsters the opportunity to gain new social and problem solving skills and gain experience and wisdom from the oldies, while showing off their awesome tech savvy skills!

    The young person will be paid a competitive rate, directly into their bank account. They’ll need an email, ABN, vaccination certificate and a police check.

    For more information or If you know a young person who’d like to be involved in this exciting opportunity, encourage them to sign up by visiting the website.

    For more information about the program, call Jen Underwood on 4988 0190.

    We look forward to seeing our youngsters working with the oldies soon!!

  • 13 Yarn

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    What is 13 Yarn:

    13 Yarn is the first national crisis support line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping. They offer a confidential one-on-one yarning opportunity with a Lifeline- trained Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter who can provide crisis support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 13 Yarn empowers the community with the opportunity to yarn without judgement and provide a culturally safe space to speak about their needs, worries or concerns.

    If someone you know, are feeling worried or no good, connect them with 13YARN on 13 92 76 (24hrs/7 days) and talk with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.

    Visit the website to find out more

  • Better Rehab Port Stephens

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    Better Rehab Port Stephens

    We are a leading NDIS occupational therapy provider in Port Stephens redefining what is possible in the Allied Health space. Our team of Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and Positive Behaviour Support practitioners design and deliver the highest level of care to our participants.

    Phone - 1300 073422

    Email - admin@betterrehab.com.au

    Visit our website to find out more

  • Certificate III Hairdressing at Advanced School Of Beauty Newcastle Campus

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    Duration: 3 Days a Week – 12 Months

    Days: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:30am Until 4:00pm.

    Additional Information:

    Nationally accredited qualification.

    During this qualification, you will be required to book and arrange clients/models to perform services on throughout the duration of the course and may be required to attend off campus excursions.

    All tools, products and equipment are supplied by us at asobt.

    Uniform Cost: $50

    Students are required to pay $50 to cover the cost of a beauty school shirt/tunic. Your trainer will ask your sizing at our information session.

    Students will require access to computer and internet to complete research


    This training is subsidised by NSW government. The students fees will vary based on eligibility criteria. For more information on eligibility visit: www.smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au

    Newcastle Campus Location:

    402 King Street Newcastle West 2302.

    Maitland Campus Location:

    3/5 Ken Tubman Drive Maitland 2320.

    Email: Coordinator@schoolofbeauty.nsw.edu.au

  • Giving people the chance to move forward, through the WDO 3rd party project

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    “It is so good to be able to drive my car again. I haven’t had my license for ages and I’ve been trying to get a WDO [for my fines], but no one around here is doing them.”

    Marika* had $867 in fines from traffic infringements and her license suspended for several months as she was unable to afford to pay off her fines.

    There were very few active WDO sponsors in her community. We all know how tough it is not being able to drive in places where 4-wheels is necessary.

    Marika was, however, seeing the local Aboriginal Health service and was able to count those appointments as her WDO activity although they were not WDO sponsors.

    She was able to clear her fines while attending to her medical needs – win/win - thanks to the 3rd party project for non-WDO sponsors.

    The health service is also now interested in reactivating their WDO sponsor role, having seen the positive outcomes for this young person.

    How does this 3rd party project work?

    It’s a simple process to get your client into the WDO scheme without you being a WDO sponsor.

    1. The first step is to ask people visiting your service - “do you have unpaid fines?”
    2. If they answer YES, find out if they are eligible for a WDO (see factsheet for more details).

    Are they:

    • In financial hardship or receiving a Centrelink payment
    • Experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness
    • Living with a mental illness, an intellectual disability or a cognitive impairment
    • Addicted to alcohol or volatile substances
    • Under the age of 18 years
    1. If they fit under one of the above, then see if they are already participating in any WDO-approved activities (see factsheet for details).

    Are they taking part in:

    • Medical or mental health treatment
    • Drug and alcohol treatment
    • Mentoring for under 25s
    • Counselling or casework including financial counselling
    • Education programs
    • Volunteering
    1. If YES, gain their verbal permission to refer them to the 3rd party project using this online form or email seema.sanghi@advocacylaw.org.au.

    *not her real name

  • 2022 PROGRAMS TAFE NSW - Aboriginal Specific programs

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    The Aboriginal Education and Engagement team work together with an alliance of 5 TAFE NSW Institutes to develop and deliver Aboriginal specific programs which include Aboriginal units to enhance Aboriginal identity. Within these programs we prepare culturally appropriate resources and culturally aware teachers.

    Check out what is on offer at TAFE NSW in 2022.

    There are a number of programs in the works for you and community to be involved in!

    Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for loads more programs https://www.facebook.com/TAFENSWAEN

  • Creative Koori Projects - Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2021/22

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    Creative Koori Projects funding is available only to Aboriginal artists, arts and cultural workers, groups and organisations.

    It aims to support a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW. This will be done by embracing the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and putting Aboriginal artists, arts/cultural workers, organisations and communities at the centre of funded cultural and creative activity.

    Round 2 - Opens Monday 6 December 2021 and closes 5pm, Monday 31 January 2022.

    For more information click here.

    Apply now

    To apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system SmartyGrants:

  • Claim your $100 First Lap voucher

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    What is the First Lap voucher and who is eligible to use it?

    The First Lap voucher program provides $100 vouchers for parents, guardians and carers of children aged 3-6 years who are not enrolled in school to help pay for swimming lessons. The First Lap voucher program will run from 1 December 2021 to 30 June 2023.

    In recognition that swimming lessons were impacted due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year the program has been expanded to include children in kindergarten in 2021 and those starting kindergarten in 2022.

    The first voucher is available from 1 December 2021 and expires on 30 June 2022.

    How to claim and use your voucher

    1. Apply for the voucher: visit service.nsw.gov.au or open the Service NSW app. Search for ‘First Lap’ and follow the prompts to apply.
    2. Find a provider: visit service.nsw.gov.au or open the Service NSW app. Navigate to the First Lap voucher, select ‘Find a business’ and search.
    3. Use your voucher: open your voucher confirmation email or open the voucher in the Service NSW app. Give your chosen provider the voucher number or QR code at time of payment.

    Apply now https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-first-lap-learn-swim-voucher

  • Circle of Security - Parenting Series Online

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    At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.

    Learning Objectives of the Training:

    • • Understand your child’s emotional world by learning to read the emotional needs
    • • Support your child’s ability to successfully manage emotions
    • • Enhance the development of your child's self esteem
    • • Honour your innate wisdom and desire for your child to be secure

    Presented by: Interrelate

    Location: Video presentation through Zoom platform

    Dates: First Term 2022

    Commencing Thursday 10th February 2022 for 8 weeks.

    Thursday 10/02, Thursday 17/02, Thursday 24/02, Thursday 03/03,

    Thursday 10/03, Thursday 17/03, Thursday 24/03, Thursday 31/03.

    Times: Mornings from 10.00am to 12:00pm

    Cost: FREE for families from Raymond Terrace, Karuah, Tilligerry Peninsula

    Who should attend: Parents, Carers, Grand-Parents, expecting Parents.

    How to register: Bookings essential, please call (02) 4016 0550 or email your name and contact details to Newcastle@interrelate.org.au to register.