• NFP Connect July Breakfast – Cultural Conversation Event

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    July Breakfast – Cultural Conversation

    When: July 13 @ 7:10 am - 8:30 am
    Cost: $35.00
    Delivery: Online

    How do you ensure you have a culturally safe environment for staff and clients? Is cultural respect and recognition evident in your daily practices?

    Post NAIDOC week, David Newham from Nutrition Plus unpacks authentically embedding culture. Discover how to embrace the theme ‘Heal Country’ and action the path to real change.

    Whether you are a business, charity or not-for-profit, join us on July 13th, as David gives us practical tools to enable us to create a culturally-integrated workplace.

    You can find out more information here.

  • Yacaaba Centre Port Stephens - Employment Opportunity

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    Yacaaba Centre is seeking applications for someone who has excellent skills in engaging and responding to client needs. They are seeking someone with values consistent with the philosophy of the organisation. The main responsibility of the role is to provide warm and empathetic support for clients by being the first point of contact, discovering their needs and concerns and providing them with relevant information.

    Closing date: 30 June 2021 @ 5.00 pm

    Client Liaison Officer

    An exciting opportunity has come up for a warm and empathetic human with a flair for admin, customer service and client care.

    The Role

    We are excited to offer this brand-new role. The Client Liaison Officer is a part-time position reporting to the Manager. The role is 4 days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) 9am – 4pm, or potential to job share as 2 part time roles.

    The Details

    The Client Liaison Officer’s role is to respond to our clients. As the first point of contact with our clients you will be the welcoming ‘face’ of the Yacaaba Centre. You will be the warm and empathetic listener and responder supporting clients and providing them with relevant information and referrals. You are a vital part of the team and provide the foundation to help support the Manager, Counsellors, Administrator, and Volunteers.


    • Attending to client enquires – including within the Centre, phone, email, and social media chat
    • Provide an exceptional end-to-end experience by meeting, greeting and discharging clients and support their service needs throughout.
    • Provide warm and empathetic support for clients by being the first point of contact, discovering their needs and concerns and providing them with relevant information.
    • Provide strong internal communication by liaising closely with administration officer, counsellors, and volunteers.
    • Data collection and entry
    • Website and social media management
    • Assisting the Manager where required
    • General administration

    Job Requirements/Essential Skills

    • Warm, empathetic, and friendly.
    • Conscientious and professional demeanor.
    • Exceptional written and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Mature in approach and attitude with clients.
    • Organised, energetic and proactive.
    • Excellent computer skills and ability to learn quickly.
    • Exceptional problem-solving skills.
    • Outstanding organisational skills.
    • Ability to act calmly and precisely under pressure.
    • Proven ability to deal compassionately and confidentially with sensitive personal information.
    • An initiator, solution-focused and a team player.
    • Excellent ability to multitask, meet deadlines and thrive in a busy changeable environment.
    • Previous experience in an administrative or similar role.
    • Sound knowledge of responding to challenging behaviour through trauma informed practice.
    • Has knowledge of our industry and/or experience within a similar environment.

    It is a condition of employment at the Yacaaba Centre that you provide a Police Check and Working with Children Check.

    This is currently only a 12-month contract.

    About Us

    The Yacaaba Centre was established in 1989 and is proudly supported by many organisations and individuals in the local community. We are a nonprofit organisation which is partially funded by NSW Department of Communities and Justice and operate on a donation basis (tax deductible).

    Our mission at the Yacaaba Centre is to provide counselling support, information and advocacy for our clients, enabling them to develop strategies to sustain physical and psychological wellbeing and supporting those at imminent risk of homelessness.

    How to Apply

    Please send a cover letter and your resume to the Manager, Petra Offen, via email: petra@yacaabacentre.com.au

  • Little Brandy Hill: HLTAID003 - Provide First Aid certificate

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    HLTAID003 - Provide First Aid certificate (nationally accredited)
    When: Sunday 18 July, 1-4pm
    Where: Little Brandy Hill
    Cost: $85.00/$75.00 if more than ten participants.
    Contact: Bronwyn Ellis-White, PH: 0423426424, Email: bron@littlebrandyhill.com

    Instructors will contextualise some First Aid Emergency scenarios relevant to the rural environment. The session will be delivered in approximately 2-3 hours depending on the number of learners for the session. 1 - 4pm.

    The session will comprise practical CPR and First Aid training (including use of defibrillator, performing CPR, bleeding control, slings/immobilisation, snake bite etc) for the first 90 minutes, with the remainder of the session being the undertaking of scenarios in which learners will perform the skills in which they have learnt. At the completion of the session all learners will receive a HLTAID003 - Provide First Aid certificate which is nationally accredited.

    For this to go ahead locally, at least six learners are required to participate.

    The cost for six to ten learners would be $85.00 per learner, for greater than ten learners the cost is further reduced to $75 per learner.

    Feel free to spread the word and encourage anybody you know that may be interested to register.

  • Lifeline Training Opportunities

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    Lifeline have a number of training opportunities available including Mental Health First Aid Training, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Accidental Counsellor Foundations. You can find out more about the opportunities on offer here and by viewing the flyer below.

  • Interrelate Groups, Classes, Counselling and Seminars 2021

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    Community Partners at Interrelate are offering parenting programs and counselling offered as part of Communities for Children.

    You can view the flyers for each of the programs by clicking on this post.

  • Australia Post Community Grants Program 2021

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    The 2021 Australia Post Community Grants Program is offering grants of up to $10,000 for eligible community-led, local projects that help improve connection and mental health and wellbeing in a community.*

    Being connected and feeling part of a community is vital to maintaining good mental health and wellbeing. At Australia Post, we understand that when people in communities connect, they feel better. We also know that this often results in improved mental health outcomes and we want to support the organisations that are helping to make this happen.

    Please read the Guidelines and FAQs to make sure your organisation and project are eligible before applying.

    Applications close 4 July 2021, 11:59 pm AEST.

    You can find out more here.

  • National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program

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    An estimated 300,000 Australians have not had their births registered and 500,000 do not have a birth certificate. As a consequence, many people struggle to fully participate in Australian society without this simple but vital document. They experience difficulty enrolling in schools and in accessing mainstream services, such as opening bank accounts, joining sporting clubs, voting, and applying for a job, a driver’s licence or a passport.

    Pathfinders National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program

    The Pathfinders Aboriginal Birth Certificate Project, was an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program that aimed to redress this issue by conducting sign-up days in towns and areas where there are significant numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who don’t have birth certificates. Since the program’s inception more than 8,000 people have gained access to their birth certificates.


    A free Birth Certificate was available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who meet the following criteria:

    1. Are preparing to attend pre-school
    2. Are preparing to attend primary school
    3. Are preparing to attend secondary school
    4. Are transitioning from school to the workforce
    5. Are transitioning from school into further education
    6. Were born in NSW, Qld, ACT or Vic
    7. A parent of children / young people applying is also eligible

    ID requirements

    Pathfinders recognised that in the absence of a Birth Certificate it was difficult to produce the forms of identification required to apply for a certificate. Several forms of identification are still required by law and Parents/Guardians and young people 16 yrs and over must have 3 forms of ID from the following:

    Category 1
    (You need one from here)

    Category 2
    (You need two from here)

    Proof of Guardianship
    (You need one from here)

    Driver’s License

    Medicare Card

    Child’s name on Medicare card


    Credit or Debit Card

    Child’s name on C’link card

    Firearm’s License

    Proof of Age Card

    Letter from at GP

    RTA or RMS Photo card

    Letter from Centrelink

    Centrelink Benefit Card

    Certificate of Aboriginality

    Marriage License

  • Working with Vulnerable Youth in the Hunter Survey – Closes 11th June 2021

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    Family Planning NSW (Hunter centre) are prioritising the reproductive and sexual health (RSH) needs of vulnerable youth. We are seeking input from workers who support these young people.

    The focus of our work is youth experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness that are supported by HYAP providers, SHS’s or services who provide support in a general capacity.

    This survey will provide direction for RSH service provision and support within this sector, as well as, a follow up for those SHS organisations who were engaged in the 2018 NSW Health Play Safe Program.


    Service provider feedback is required so FPNSW can continue prioritising the RSH needs of these young people into 21/22 funding period.

  • SpeakUp Free Online Disability Program

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    What is SpeakUp?

    • A unique and time limited online program available to students 7-14 years with a disability enrolled in any mainstream schools across NSW.
    • It is open to young people with or without an NDIS plan.
    • Facilitators are experienced in working with young people and families to deliver this program online.
    • Each student will have individualised sessions working towards their identified goal.
    • Access to a range of resources through an online resource bank.
    • This program will offer parent training sessions to develop and support their student’s advocacy skills.

    To view the full flyer, click on this post.

  • Indigenous Suicide Prevention Forum - September 2021

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    In 2021, the
    Australian Indigenous Psychologist's Association (AIPA) has partnered with Aventedge (event partner) to bring you the 2021 Indigenous Suicide Prevention Forum. To ensure the agenda is culturally safe, relevant, and engaging, AIPA has selected an expert advisory board to curate the program.

    Join us from September 8-10 in Brisbane to hear from Indigenous suicide prevention counsellors, community workers, researchers, and cultural healers, on how you can build practical programs and skills to help First Nations Australians experiencing mental distress.


    If you think this event could help you, there are early bird savings available until June 4. Review the packages here.

    Access all the event information, and the speaker line-up on www.isp.aventedge.com