• NFP Connect June Breakfast - Funding Opportunities

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    Next Tuesday 8 June, we will hear from two incredible humans who are super experienced in the grants and tenders domain.

    We welcome Charities, For Purpose Business and not-for-profits to our events.


    Connecting Community through Boards

    At our March Breakfast, we discussed setting up a place to connecting those wanting to join a board with charities looking for new board members. As promised, you can check it out here.


    Bowing to what was: Reflections, Lessons and Blessings & Greeting for what's to come: Intentions, Goals and Plans

    For the first time, mindfulness facilitator and thought leader Charlotte Thaarup along with NFP Connect Planner
    creator Grace McLean join forces to offer this unique one-day workshop.

    You can learn more here.

  • Newcastle Community Services Sector E-Newsletter

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    In acknowledging National Sorry Day on 26th of May, City of Newcastle implemented the ongoing display on the Torres Strait Islander flag on City Hall . National Reconciliation Week also commenced running from 27 May to 3 June 2021.

    Reconciliation Australia's theme for 2021: 'More than a word. Reconciliation takes action', urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. Many of us locally will come together for local initiatives to continue the collaborative work of Reconciliation. If you want to share information of a local actions email: communityadmin@ncc.nsw.gov.au

    Local Social Events Near You!

    The City of Newcastle would like to invite you to two separate engagement events which mark the start of our Local Social strategy community consultation.

    'Your Place'

    Film Screening and Launch Evening

    A powerful project showcasing seven locals from diverse backgrounds who share their story of what their city and community means to them. Come and watch the seven short films, meet the film subjects in person and let us know why community is important to you. Enjoy free food, drinks, and live music from Regi Kay, one of the stars of the Your Place short films!

    When: Monday 7th June 2021, 5.30pm – 8pm

    Where: 48 Watt St (venue) at 48 Watt St, Newcastle, 2300

    RSVP: Register via Eventbrite link

    A Day in the Garden

    In partnership with Hunter Multicultural Communities (HMC), come and help plant a new community herb garden, enjoy a cooking demonstration, free lunch, and a conversation circle regarding the Local Social strategy.

    When: Wednesday 9th June, 10am – 1pm

    Where: Hunter Multicultural Communities, 2a Platt Street, Waratah

    RSVP: Not necessary, but please help spread the word!

    Please share any accessibility and/or dietary requirements with Simone Soeters by emailing: ssoeters@ncc.nsw.gov.au

    Homelessness Forum

    Due to the housing and homelessness crisis facing our community, organisations working in homelessness and other stakeholders will be participating in a Homelessness Forum. The focus of the event is to identify quick-win collaborative actions that can be taken together to respond to the increasing issue.

    Wednesday 30 June

    10am – 2pm

    The Place: Charlestown Community Centre

    RSVP for in-person attendance is required, register here

    The forum will also be hosted online.

    For enquiries please contact Emilie Wiggers, Community Development Officer, Lake Macquarie City Council via email - ewiggers@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

    Older Women's Network NSW

    Older Women's Network NSW produces a newsletter, click the picture below to visit their website and explore their activities and resources.

    Since Mayfield Church of Christ has resumed gathering, we have adopted new "rhythms" and we are seeking to make a difference in our community! We are working together to make a practical, meaningful, and tangible difference in our local community.

    We are reaching out to organisations hoping we can support the good work that they are already doing. If there is a project, an individual or an area where you feel like we can support, please get in touch.

    Tim Drough tim@mayfieldcofc.org.au

  • Leadership Development Grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women

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    Women & Leadership Australia is offering 64 full attendance grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to attend the Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums in 2021.

    These grant aim to ensure the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are represented at the events, and to support the development of strong and effective leadership across Australia’s Indigenous communities.

    Women from every sector, industry, background and level attend the Symposiums each year, and this diversity allows participants to learn from each other’s experiences and be empowered to move forward on their leadership journey. The Symposiums are a valuable opportunity for female leaders to come together to hear from an exceptional line up of inspirational guest speakers and explore topics including gender equality, leadership, career advancement and life fulfilment.

    The grants will be awarded to current and aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women leaders who play active roles at the community, local or state levels, and who would otherwise be unable to attend the Symposiums due to a lack of funding or employer support.

    Grant selection criteria:

    • Applicants identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander;
    • Applicants must be 18 years or older on the date of the event they are applying to attend;
    • Applicants who are emerging and/or aspiring leaders within the public or private sector, or within their communities will be highly regarded.

    The grants cover the full Symposium ticket price, but do not cover flights or accommodation costs associated with attendance. Please note - Grants for the ACT Symposium are now closed.

    Apply online here. Applications close 6 weeks prior to each state event. Successful applicants will be contacted by WLA shortly after applications close.

    To find out more, visit the website or email events@wla.edu.au

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Free Will Clinic and Legal Advice

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    When: Monday 31st May 2021 10am - 3pm

    Where: Nuspace, 409 Hunter St, Newcastle

    Full flyer available by clicking on this post.

  • Dresses of Sorrow: the silent stories of violence against women - Monday May 24th 2021

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    On Monday May 24, front line domestic and family violence workers from Newcastle and their allies will march on Canberra to make our voices heard.

    We will present the Australian Parliament with over 150 dresses, each one lovingly made to commemorate the life of a woman murdered in Australia over the past 5 years.

    Heart-sick at bearing the grief of these deaths year after year, we plan to transfer this burden to the Government and demand they take enduring, sustainable action.

    The recent budget is just a starting point. Much more is needed to prevent domestic and family violence in our communities.

    Where: Federation Mall, Parliament House at 8.30 for a 9AM start.

    Facebook event page is available here.

  • You're Kidding Me: Workshops for Families in May 2021

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  • Safe Haven Newcastle Hub Open Day on Friday 21st May

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    Open Day: Friday 21 May, 10am-2pm
    Location: 22 Stewart Avenue, Hamilton East - Parking at rear.

    The Safe Haven HUB is a non-clinical alternative to the Emergency Department for people who are feeling suicidal.

    Safe Haven are a suicide prevention service where people can go if they are feeling overwhelmed, unsafe or unsure what to do next. At the HUB you can talk with peer workers who have walked a similar path.

    Come along and meet our team, see the space and hear what we can offer you, someone you care about or the people you work with.

    We will have an official opening at 10am,including an Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony. Come and chat with the team, have a cuppa and something to eat.

  • Wesley Mission Suicide Awareness Training: 2nd June 2021

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    Wesley Mission are running a Suicide Awareness training session. Registration is available here.

    When: Wednesday 2nd June, 2021
    Time: 9:00 am 4:00 pm
    Where: Soldiers Point Bowling Club, 118 Soldiers Point Rd, Soldiers Point, 2317

  • Regional NSW Update - Hunter and Central Coast

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    Storm and flood assistance
    Disaster recovery assistance is available to help individuals, families, households and businesses who have been impacted by a natural disaster caused by storms and flooding. Find out more about NSW Government disaster relief and support.

    Regional Job Creation Fund closing soon
    An award-winning craft distillery in the Upper Hunter is the first business to be announced as receiving a grant through the NSW Government's $100M Regional Job Creation Fund which closes 14 May. The fund supports existing businesses to grow and encourages interstate or overseas businesses to invest in regional NSW.

    Export Assistance Grants
    The $10 million NSW Government Export Assistance Grants scheme supports export businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19, bushfires, or drought. But hurry, applications close soon. Read more.

    Jobs Plus Program

    Applications for the Jobs Plus program are now open. Australian businesses that employ 20 or more staff, or international companies with at least 80 employees, can apply for support to start or expand business operations in NSW. Read more.

    Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Four now open

    Applications are now open for community project funding through the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Four. Read more.

    Small business rebate scheme

    Join this engaging session 5 May with one of Australia's brightest medtech CEOs and local Newcastle entrepreneur. Read more.

    I2N programs info session

    Join the I2N team and program facilitators 13 May for an overview of what opportunities are available to realise the impact of your idea or research. Read more.

    Support for our wineries

    The NSW Government and the NSW Wine Industry Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will deliver support to Hunter Valley producers. Read more.

    European Ambassadors energised by the Hunter

    A recent NSW Government led trade mission showcased the Hunter region's investment opportunities in defence, aerospace, energy and manufacturing industries to ambassadors from 14 countries and the European Union.

    Don't forget to Dine & Discover

    Have you used your vouchers yet? All NSW residents aged 18 and over are eligible for four $25 vouchers. It's a great way to support dining, arts and recreation and stimulate spending in the economy. Read more.

  • Aboriginal Languages Trust Feedback

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    You can provide feedback on the Trust’s draft five-year Strategic Plan until 31 May 2021.

    The Aboriginal Languages Trust would like to remind you that the survey to give feedback on the Trust’s draft five-year Strategic Plan is open until the end of May 2021.

    If you have already completed the survey, you do not need to do anything else.

    If you have not completed the survey, you can click here to access the survey. It should take around half an hour to complete.

    Please take the time you need to complete the survey. If you would like to close and restart your survey with your answers saved, you will need to use the same device to re-open the link.

    If you would like to talk to someone about the draft Strategic Plan or this survey, you can contact a staff member of the Aboriginal Languages Trust on 1300 036 406 or via email at conversation@aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au.

    We appreciate your time spent on this survey and your feedback.

    The Aboriginal Languages Trust