MyLink - Port Stephens Community Information Hub

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MyLink is an online community information hub. It's purpose is to inform and connect community groups, service providers and members of the community.

This webpage provides information to local community service providers and community groups. This page is designed to provide an online noticeboard to share initiatives, training and community information that are of interest to you, your clients and stakeholders.

Information that you would like to be shared can be sent to us at mylink@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Please allow one week for the noticeboard to be updated. All news stories can then be forwarded on with a click of the mouse button, via either email, Facebook, twitter or LinkedIn.

MyLink is an online community information hub. It's purpose is to inform and connect community groups, service providers and members of the community.

This webpage provides information to local community service providers and community groups. This page is designed to provide an online noticeboard to share initiatives, training and community information that are of interest to you, your clients and stakeholders.

Information that you would like to be shared can be sent to us at mylink@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Please allow one week for the noticeboard to be updated. All news stories can then be forwarded on with a click of the mouse button, via either email, Facebook, twitter or LinkedIn.

  • Ability Options vacancies

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    27 May 2020
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  • Can you help us spread the word about affordable broadband?

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    27 May 2020

    Just updating this advice to say that Telstra’s nbn relief offer is now live at https://www.telstra.com.au/internet/connected-family-offer


    It is a $40/ month for 12 months concessional offer, for eligible families receiving Family Tax Benefit A or B and who have not had an nbn connection with another carrier in the last 3 months. (The offer is based on a $35 per month credit for 12 months on our usual $75/ month 500GB on nbn 25 Standard plan.)


    I hope this may be of interest to families with school-age children you are assisting who do not have the internet at home.

  • LGBTIQA+ Inclusivity Training - 11/06/20

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    27 May 2020
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  • HUNTER NEW ENGLAND WEBINAR: Puberty workshop for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability and autism

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    27 May 2020
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    Date: Thursday 18th June 2020

    Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

    Location: Zoom – webinar link will be provided on registration

    Cost: FREE - This course is funded by the Hunter New England Local Health District.


    Priority will be given to people living and working in the Hunter New England Local Health District, NSW


    To register visit: https://fpnsw.wufoo.com/forms/p1w33hiw1keej5m/

  • National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week 2020

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    26 May 2020
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    On May 26 each year is National Sorry Day which began in 1998, one year after the ‘Bringing Them Home Report’ was tabled at parliament in 1997. This report was the result of an enquiry into the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their country and were not aloud to speak their language or connect to their spirituality or cultural practices. It is known between 1 in 3 up to 1 in 10 children were taken away to institutions, missions and private homes between the mid 1800’s to 1970, and sadly is at an alarming high rate still in 2020.

    Out of the 54 recommendations in the report, one was for a formal apology to the Stolen Generation, which happened on 13 February 2008 by the then Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd, which is known as National Apology Day each year.

    Reconciliation Week occurs annually from 27 May to 3 June and is bookended by two significant dates in history.

    27 May is the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum which Australian people voted to allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people be counted in the census, as people, and no longer classed as flora and fauna. This also allowed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the opportunity to vote for the first time.

    3 June is known as Mabo Day, commemorating Eddie Koiki Mabo, who fought tirelessly for Native Title and on 3 June 1992 the High Court made a landmark decision which overturned the Terra Nullius myth. This paved the way for Native Title and land rights. Sadly Eddie Mabo passed away 5 months before the decision from his hard work.

    This year’s Reconciliation Week theme was announced in January 2020 and who would have foreseen this theme of ‘In This Together’ would also be the universal slogan for this dreaded COVID-19 pandemic?

    Reconciliation is about ALL of us coming together to ensure that we live in a Country of harmony and inclusion.

    Some online events, talks and webinars are available at Reconciliation Australia’s website and Facebook page and I encourage people from all walks of life to connect, learn and understand the oldest, longest living culture in the world and as Australians, to be very proud of that.

    Ways to do this is listen to stories from survivors, read books, watch films and documentaries, talk to elders in the community and more and hope one day cultural practises are carried out to protect our country, communities and waters for future generations.

    With regards,

    Maree


    (Thanks to Maree at Lake Macquarie Council for these words).

  • What's Happening At Songbird?

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    26 May 2020
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    What's Happening At Songbird

    Whilst Australia still remains under restrictions due to COVID-19, The Songbird Team are ready and waiting to support you to transform your life and achieve your goals. We are turning this crisis into opportunity for all of our participants.

    Drums Alive and Community Supports

    Drums Alive remains temporarily paused due to COVID-19, but we're still currently taking expression of interest for Fridays when we resume. We have capacity to offer community access and in-home support for participants, Mondays to Fridays following our intake process. Call us on 02 40 48 42 20 to find out more.


    Supported Independent Living

    Let us help you TRANSFORM your life. Check out our vacancies below





    Mount Hutton - Suitable for a male or female participant who requires an accessible home, with mobility or complex medical needs support.
    Ashtonfield - Suitable for a female participant only that requires standard supports and behaviour support.
    Eleebana - Suitable for female participants only who requires standard and mental health support.
    Thornton - Suitable for a male or female participant who requires behaviour support between the age of 18-24 years old.
    Cameron Park - Suitable for male participant only who requires an accessible home with mobility support requirements.
    Government Road - Suitable for a male participant only requiring behaviour and mental health support.

    Email us at enquiry@songbird.com.au to talk to our Intake Manager


    Virtual Day Programs

    Come and Join Miss Anna virtually during the hours of 10.00am till 1.30pm, Monday to Friday and have some fun! Activities include Drums Alive, Science experiments, Scavenger Hunts, Social Games, Book reading, cooking and the chance to make new friendships, all while maintaining social distancing! To register contact us through our website and we will be in touch!

  • PSFANS Social post

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    25 May 2020
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    PSFANS is looking to get the message out to people who normally wouldn't access services via this paid social post.

    PSFANS is able to support individuals and families with:

    Vouchers for Woolworths food

    EAPA vouchers for Electricity

    Water bills for home owners that receive a bill from Hunter Water

    Telstra vouchers for persons on a Telstra Plan


  • Newcastle Interagency update

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    25 May 2020
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    Read the update here

  • Carer Education and Training

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    25 May 2020
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    Carers NSW is offering carers and service providers a series of online education sessions and opportunities to connect including:

    Understanding the new Carer Gateway

    The webinar will provide you with an understanding of:

    • Carer Gateway
    • Types of services offered and how to access them
    • The carer support planning process.

    Supporting Carers through COVID-19

    A NEW, interactive session that provides carers with an opportunity to:

    • Explore and identify ways to manage the challenges that are impacting on carers due to COVID-19
    • Learn about services that support carers health and wellbeing and enable carers to stay connected
    • Share strategies for self-care
    • Learn about resources that may help you stay informed and well during COVID-19

    Carers NSW is also offering carers and service providers other online education sessions and opportunities to connect. These include:

    • Navigating My Aged Care
    • Transitional Care
    • Carer Support Groups: a workshop for facilitators
    • Carer Hangouts
    • Facilitator Meetups

    For information about these sessions and others including dates and registration visit the Education & Training Calendar here or contact the Education and Training team on 02 9280 4744 or at education@carersnsw.org.au.

  • Gambling Impact Society presentation 10:30am Tuesday 9 June

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    25 May 2020
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    Join us following our next Interagency on 9 June. Email Mylink@portstephens.nsw.gov.au to register your interest.