• Gambling Impact Society (GIS) - Consumer Voice Project

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    Gambling Impact Society (GIS) has been funded for a new Consumer Voice (CV) project - raising awareness of gambling harm.

    The project started on 5 July 2021 and will run through until next July. It will run similar to the previous Consumer Voice (CV) project, providing awareness raising presentations across the state, rather than just specific areas, such as the Hunter.

    They have worked in partnership with the Gambling counsellors, in the past and are hopeful of working with the new GambleAware services, to provide these presentations and with people with a lived experience of gambling harm.

    Recruiting people with a lived experience of gambling harm.

    If your services know anyone with a lived experience of gambling harm, who may be interested in being part of the project, they are looking to hear hear from them - flyer attached. People with gambling problems may first present to other services so these continue to be a valuable resource for this project.

    Providing Consumer Voice presentation around gambling harm.

    If your service or interagency members would like a Consumer Voice presentation around gambling harm, we are happy to talk to you or them further about this. We are already receiving requests for these presentations and provided our first one under this new project last week.

    This may also be a good opportunity to introduce the new GambleAware provider who started in your area early July.

    You can view the GIS brochure in our library here.


  • Anala Newsletter July 2021

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    Anala are a service that support and guide individuals, families, young people, the frail aged and organisations by creating unique programs and services to cater for personal or organisational requirements. Their mission is to create individualised supports to cater for your lifestyle needs.

    Their July 2021 newsletter is available in the library here.

  • Lifeline Training Workshops

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    Lifeline Training Workshops

    Blended Mental Health First Aid - Two Part Online Workshop

    Cost: $355.00
    When: 12 & 13 August and 7 & 8 October 2021 - 9:15am to 11:30am

    Accidental Counsellor Foundations - Two Part Online Workshops
    Cost: $255.00
    When: 16 & 17 August and 9 & 10 September - 9:15am to 12 noon

    You can find out more about Lifeline Training at https://lifelinedirect.org.au/hunter/training.

  • The Rosewood Centre: Parenting a Child with Complex Needs 28 July - 5 August

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    The Rosewood Centre Presents: Parenting a Child with Complex Needs

    Dates: 28 July – 5 August

    Register online at www.rosewoodcentre.com.au/events

  • Lifeline - Free Domestic Violence Workshops

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    DV-alert Workshops are running across the region. You can view the attached flyer to see when they will be in your area. For more details, you can also visit their website here.


  • UPDATED: Welfare Rights Centre: Education Program Zoom Sessions

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    Update 14/07/2021: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in NSW, the Welfare Rights Centre are running sessions using Zoom. Please see the updated details below.

    The Welfare Rights Centre are an organisation that helps people that have a problem with Centrelink. This can be anything from a debt to an application that was rejected, an issue with payment rate or type of payment and many other decisions made by Centrelink. A Centrelink decision can be appealed and we can help you.

    They are offering training to organisations and individuals on how to help their clients with their Centrelink issues, when and how to refer to them for more assistance and what traps and pitfalls you need to avoid.

    The Welfare Rights Centre, had planned to travel to the Hunter Valley and run community training in Muswellbrook, Cessnock and Raymond Terrace on how you can help your clients with various different Centrelink issues. The latest lockdown with the pandemic has meant these plans have been amended.

    There are still plans for local community training that is designed for community workers in the Hunter Valley to learn more about them, learn about how they can spot a Centrelink issue and how they can help their clients but this has been moved it all online.

    By moving online they are going to be able to offer a few more sessions on a wider range of topics and are still making sure that there is a focus on being able to meet and talk to as many people as possible and hopefully you also being able to meet other organisations in the Hunter region that are working in the same field as you are.

    You can register to attend through Eventbrite here.

    If you do we will be able to contact you with any changes and updates. The current schedule is:

    28 July 2021

    10am - noon - Intro to Welfare Rights Centre; How to Appeal Centrelink Decisions; Intro to Debts - drop in session, come for the bits that interest you

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82369031646?pwd=MU9jczRqalhBZFltUlZQemI4bHdRUT09

    1pm - 2:30pm - Disability Support Pension - How to successfully apply

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83799139048?pwd=RGVoYnB6U3FSUS9hODVDSE90MVlhdz09

    29 July 2021

    10am - noon - Intro to Welfare Rights Centre; DV & Centrelink and Mutual Obligations - drop in session, come for the bits that interest you

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84257171932?pwd=Yng0Y1pxZzRVdUdHZ0RIbE5mNStNZz09

    1pm - 2:30pm - Centrelink Debts - What you can do, when to appeal and what to avoid

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85641965033?pwd=c0cwaVNVSm80T0xPUFJ2TGlTSGZzQT09

    plus lots of opportunities to ask questions, discuss case studies and meet other community organisations

    You can also email sydney@welfarerights.org.au to register your interest and I will send a reminder closer to the date.

  • Aboriginal Health Resources - COVID-19

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    You can find a variety of COVID-19 Aboriginal Health Resources from NSW Health here. A select few can also be found below.




  • Carrie's Place Office Closure and Continuity of Services 6th - 23rd July

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    Carrie’s Place main office at 12/116 High Street East Maitland will be undergoing a long awaited roof replacement. For WHS purposes and noise disturbances the office will be closed and no staff or community members will be able to access the premises during this time.

    OFFICE CLOSURE PERIOD:

    TUESDAY 6th JULY until FRIDAY 23rd JULY 2021.

    CONTINUITY OF SERVICES:

    Specialist Homelessness Services and Staying Home Leaving Violence:

    • Refuge and accommodation services will be unaffected.
    • Intake, referral and case management services will continue via phone and/or email

    Phone: 4934 2585

    Email: intake@carriesplace.org.au

    Carrie’s Place staff will be working from our usual outreach locations;

    Cessnock – Samaritans Information and Neighbourhood Centre

    Muswellbrook – Upper Hunter Community Services

    Hunter Valley Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service:

    Staff will continue to attend local courts on DFV lists days and will respond to all referrals via phone or email

    Phone: 4936 2906

    Email: intakedvp@carriesplace.org.au

    PLEASE NOTE WE WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO MATERIAL AID DURING THIS TIME.

    For general enquiries please contact – info@carriesplace.org.au

  • Census Night 10 August 2021 - Recruitment Opportunities

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    There is current recruitment underway for Community Field Officers to undertake the roll out of the Census across the Port Stephens Local Government Area..

    If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in this position, please encourage them to have a look at the links below and submit their application. There is particular interest in raising awareness of the need for Youth Ambassadors; and that information and support to fill out forms is offered to those that are sleeping rough, those in Temporary Accommodation and persons that are couch surfing or transient.

    Feel free to share details of this post amongst your staff and networks. Please ask them to use the code HCFO 2021 when submitting their application.

    There are also recruitment opportunities for Youth Ambassadors to be peer workers, to bring awareness of the Census to young people, and to talk specifically to anyone who may be couch surfing. Please ask them to use the code YA2021 when submitting their application.

    Visit to find the latest information and resources - https://www.census.abs.gov.au/

    Community Field Officer Positions information can be found here.

    Youth Ambassador Positions information can be found here.

    The local co-ordinator for the upcoming Census will be coming to speak to the Specialist Homelessness Services team in a couple of weeks and will have some brochures and information to share so please stay tuned..


  • Updated: NAIDOC Week Celebrations in Port Stephens

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    Update 30/06/2021: The NAIDOC Week flag raising event and the Nelson Bay Family Fun Day originally planned for this week has been postponed. Please stay tuned for updates for when this will be rescheduled. Full details of the current planned events have been updated below.




    Port Stephens NAIDOC Week 2021 events

    Council will be launching Uncle Graeme Russel’s dreamtime videos, so keep an eye on Council’s social media and website.


    DATE: TBA — Raymond Terrace flag raising and breakfast

    Details are to be announced. Event postponed due to current COVID-19 outbreak in NSW.


    DATE: TBA — Nelson Bay Family Fun Day

    Details are to be announced. Event postponed due to current COVID-19 outbreak in NSW.

    Hosted by Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council and Worimi Conservation Lands (NPWS).

    Wednesday 7 July — Arts Workshop and Creation of Mural
    10am to 2pm at Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council Community Hall.

    Thursday 8 July — Michael’s Lore: Grave Injustice
    5:30 to 7:30pm at Raymond Terrace Library, 18a Sturgeon Street
    Tickets are free but bookings are essential. This event will be limited to twenty people due to the current COVID-19 outbreak in NSW. Phone 4988 0111 to book.
    https://www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/play/events/event-calendar/michaels-lore-grave-injustice