• Gamble Aware Financial Counselling

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    Financial Counselling provides support for people experiencing financial difficulty or debt. Financial Counsellors do this by providing support, information, assistance and advocacy as needed and with the consent of you as the client.

    Financial Counsellors can:

    - Assess your financial situation

    - Discuss ways to help you save money

    - Negotiate or advocate with creditors or debtcollectors

    - Work with you to develop a budget/money plan

    - Provide information about your rights and responsibilities

    If you would like to read more about booking an appointment with an accountant click here

  • Aboriginal Education Vacancies

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    Tafe NSW are looking for any interested Aboriginal and/or Torrie Straight Islander eager to learn something new.

    There are currently 3 programs that Tafe NSW are running that have vaccines. Find out more information below and if your interested get involved !!!

    Statement of Attainment in Cookery: This is starting next week, but it's not to late to get involved. There will be 2 face to face blocks at Hamilton in November. Click here to find out more

    Skillset in Plant Identification: Starting next week! This is a 6 day program. This skillset will develop personal skills and knowledge in identifying native plant species. Click here to find out more

    INPREP: Indigenous Nursing Preparation Program, starting next week, every Friday for 6 weeks. IN-PREP (Indigenous Nursing Preparation Program) is designed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our region to develop the necessary foundational skills that are critical for success in nursing and other health related industry roles. This short program is ideal for mob who are new, or keen to get into the nursing and health industry. Click here to find out more

    If you have any further questions around any of these vacancies or would like to register Contact:

    Email - emma.mcdonald15@tafensw.edu.au

    Phone- 0438 256 248

  • Community Grants Hub

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    The Strong and Resilient Communities Activity - Inclusive Communities Grants opportunity is being provided by the Department of Social Services.

    The objectives of the program are:

    • support the development of young people aged 12 to 18 years who are or are at risk of, being disengaged, marginalised and having limited engagement with education/training
    • support people with disabilities and/or mental health issues to participate in their community, and work towards becoming and/or remaining independent and engaged
    • support vulnerable women who experience, or are at risk of, isolation or discrimination to participate in their community and increase their sense of self agency and empowerment
    • support people who are unemployed to address individual barriers to social and economic participation and employment by increasing their capacity for engagement with existing employment, community supports and training services, as they work towards gaining meaningful employment.

    To be eligible, you must be one of the following entity types:

    • Company
    • Cooperative
    • Incorporated Association
    • Indigenous Corporation
    • Local Government
    • Statutory Entity
    • Trustee on behalf of a trust.

    Applications are now open. Find out more on GrantConnect.

  • Port Stephens Suicide Prevention

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    Port Stephens Suicide Prevention has worked with Wesley Lifeforce to schedule a training program focus on Suicide Prevention on Thursday 27 October at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club from 9:00am to 4:00pm

    A robust and evidence-based program which focuses on educating people about suicide, challenging attitudes and teaching basic engagement and suicide intervention skills.

    Program Topics

    - Awareness of the requirements for classification of a death as suicide

    - Understand that suicidal ideation and planning are not linear processes

    - Knowledge of the occurrence and demographics of suicide in Australia

    - List common barriers to helping a suicidal person including your own beliefs and attitudes

    - Be able to identify risk and protective factors

    - Differentiate between risk factors and warning signs

    - Recognise the association between loss and suicidality

    - Understand the cascade of events that can lead to thoughts of suicide

    - Capability to be able to implement the SALT suicide intervention strategy

    - Identify national and local suicide prevention resources

    - Understand the importance of self-care and be able to implement self-care strategies

    Book Your Place in the Program by clicking HERE

  • Hunter Nursing

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    People First. People Always

    proudly providing community nursing and support services to the Hunter, Newcastle, Manning Valley, Port Macquarie and Central Coast regions for over 60 years.

    Our Client- Focused care support team is committed to supporting clients with coordinated, flexible and responsive services including respite, shopping and transport.

    Visit our website here to find out more

  • Old People's Home for Teenagers

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    Ageism is the negative stereotyping of people, based on their age. Most often it applies to older people, but the second most common group it affects are teenagers. This guides the narrative of episode three, on ABC iview and ABC TV Tuesday nights at 8.30pm.

    You're Never Too Old to Change Lives

    74-year-old Reno is an EdConnect volunteer at a primary school, helping to teach the students lifelong skills and nurture heartwarming friendships. Watch and share his story

    Emotional vocabulary for teenagers

    Describing how we feel is a part of everyday life, but the vocabulary we use to describe our feelings often comes from what we learned as teens. Labelling emotions can take some time. This article explains the RULER approach to help express and explain emotions.

    More resources

    For those new to our community here is a guide of resources created for primary school teachers around Season 2 to help implement intergenerational programs.

    A reminder that for information on national intergenerational programs go to abc.net.au/intergenconnect

  • One Door Mental Health

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    HNE Mental Health Service Hunter Region Family/Carer and Clinician Forum- 2022 Tuesday 11th October, 2022 10am-2pm.

    - Registrations from 9:30am At The Wallsend Pioneers Memorial Hall, 54 Cowper Street, Wallsend, 2287 (accessible venue)

    Forum will involve:

    - A panel discussion with MH staff and a carer representative

    - Carer support information- some providers on site

    - Education sessions; Grief and Loss and Navigating the MH System

    - Mindfulness/relaxation activity

    - An opportunity to provide meaningful feedback to the MHS

    - A light lunch is provided and an opportunity to meet with other MH carers/family members and/or friends

    - Lucky door prizes

    How to register?

    - Carers/family members- via One Door Carer Services, carerinfohne@onedoor.org.au

    - HNE MH Staff via My Health learning- search carer

    Any questions please don’t hesitate to email HNELHD-MentalHealthFamilyCarerProgram@health.nsw.gov.au

  • Old People's Home for Teenagers

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    Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds was a huge success and showed how intergenerational programs can improve the lives of older Australians.

    In a bold new experiment Old People's Home for Teenagers brings together older Australians and teenagers to see if it can improve the lives of both groups.

    The new season premieres tonight, Tuesday 30 August at 8.30pm on ABC iview and ABC TV.

    Join the conversation at #OldPeoplesHomeAU

    At the end of every episode we'll provide ways for people who feel inspired to make an intergenerational connection at abc.net.au/intergenconnect

  • Youth Advisory Action Panel

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    Youth Advisory Action Panel

    Our Youth Advisory Panel (YAAP) provides an opportunity for local young people to contribute to decision-making in Port Stephens. Our YAAP members:

    • help Council find out about important issues for young people and advise how these can be addressed
    • help develop local projects for young people
    • comment on Council plans and strategies
    • represent Council at youth events.

    If you're aged 15 to 25 and you want to make Port Stephens a better place for young people, you're invited to join the YAAP!

    Want to join? Email

  • Rate Rise Options

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    Dear All,

    We currently have on public exhibition our revised draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents. These draft documents show 2 rate rise options. The feedback collected during the public exhibition period, which is open until 12 October 2022, will help to identify which of these two rate rise options or a reduced services option would be preferred by the community.

    The rate rise options are:

    • Independent Recommendation Scenario – cumulative 34.92% rate (increase 10.5% increase each year, for 3 years)
    • Single Year Scenario – 26% rate increase (26% increase for 1 year)

    These rate increase amounts include the 2.5% rate cap and are permanent. This means rates will stay at the increased level and only increase by the rate cap percentage after the end of the SRV period.

    Both of the rate rise options see the predicted budget shortfall eliminated and provide additional funds for enhanced services to fix our roads and public spaces as well as protect our waterways and natural environment.

    You can have your say by completing:

    • a short survey by following this direct link
    • lodging a submission and please quote file number PSC2021-02359-002

    You can also learn more at a number of drop in sessions where you can talk with Council staff about the rate rise options. Please see our website for more information and detail www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/council/rate-rise-options

    Tuesday 27 September 2022 @ 5:00pm. - Sunset Cinema Series, Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace

    Tuesday 29 September 2022 @ 5:00pm. - Sunset Cinema Series, Boyd Oval ,Medowie

    Saturday 1 October 2022 @ 5:00pm. - Sunset Cinema Series, Apex Park, Nelson Bay

    Tuesday 4 October 2022 @ 3:00pm to 4:00pm - Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre

    Tuesday 4 October 2022 @ 4:30pm to 5:30pm -Salamander Bay Shopping Centre

    Thursday 6 October 2022 @ 9:00am to 10:00am-Marketplace Raymond Terrace

    Thursday 6 October 2022 @ 11:00am to 12:00pm -Medowie Shopping Village

    Please keep up to date via our website portstephens.nsw.gov.au/our-funded-future as the project progresses.