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.

To obtain a reminder to check out the mylink online noticeboard please subscribe to mylink@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

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.

To obtain a reminder to check out the mylink online noticeboard please subscribe to mylink@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

  • Open Community workshop on Aboriginal Guardianship supports - WED 23 September, 10am, Novotel Newcastle Beach

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    Register now for our community workshop: CLICK here to book your place for Workshop 2 (September) & Workshop 3 (October)

    Please note, where we are meeting is a large space with a COVID safety plan and great space for physical distancing, plus we’ll have masks and hand sanitiser available if needed as well.


    Who can come: Community members, Guardians, carers, young people (if appropriate) & their family or friend, Aboriginal staff working in the child and family support sector, DCJ representatives

    When: WED 23 September, 10am start to 2.30pm, including lunch

    Where: Novotel Newcastle Beach, 5 King St, Newcastle – Morrow 1 meeting room

    How to get there: Car (park on site or street), bus or Newcastle light rail

    More details are on our website - absec.org.au/agsm-workshops/ and https://www.absec.org.au/guardianship.html


    Can’t attend the workshop but would like to have your say? Options are:

    • Book in to join our online workshop via Video link or telephone call - WED 30 SEP 5.30pm. We can help you connect – please let us know by phone or email - commissioning@absec.org.au

    · Do our survey – via email or over the phone – please let us know.

  • Have your say about the future of Port Stephens

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    Help us make Port Stephens a better place to live, work and shop and take part in the region’s biggest ever place census.


    Take our survey and tell us what you value about your town and how you would make it better. The first part of the survey asks you about your ideal neighbourhood, and the second part gets you to rate your neighbourhood.


    The results from the survey will give us a clear way to prioritise investments and make sure we’re delivering works that align with what the community values. The survey is now live and closes on Sunday 4 October 2020.


    Port Stephens Council recognises the importance of industry and community groups in the success of our area. Because of your connections with business and the community, we encourage you to support our survey and help us plan for the future.


    We would also be grateful if you could share this with your networks to increase the reach of the survey and ensure we hear from as many voices from our community. We are looking for responses from people who live, work and play in Port Stephens.


    As an incentive, survey participants will also be in with the chance to win one of ten $100 vouchers!


    The survey takes about 5-7 minutes to complete.


    [Start survey]


    Thank you for your time in helping us make Port Stephens a better place to live, work and play.

  • Lifeline's FREE Domestic & Family Violence response training

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  • Minutes of the 1 September Port Stephens Community Interagency

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    Minutes of the September PS Interagency have been added to the library here

  • Exhibitors as at 28 August! 2020 Regional NSW/ACT Future Choices Virtual Transition Expo - 9 September!

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    Live Day 9 September | 9 am – 5 pm


    FREE Registration Link https://futurechoices.vfairs.com

    Exhibitor Query - email futurechoices@careerlinks.nsw.edu.au

    Platform Overview Video https://youtu.be/kb-m_fQ6ibI


    This FREE Future Choices Virtual Transition Expo targets leaving school, Vocational Education and Training, and university students with disability living in Regional, Rural and Remote areas of NSW/ACT, their families-carers, staff from these sectors, and transitioning people with disability from the community. We also hope that Services/Providers who need information, links, and resources to assist transitioning students/people with disability also attend along with their clients/customers.


    Expo Features


    • Fully accessible visual platform www.vfairs.com/vfairs-redefining-accessibility-virtual-events
    • Live chat with Exhibitors to inform and support your planning (videoconference, text, or ask the Exhibitor to call)
    • Visit Booths in the Exhibit Hall, watch their videos, & add their resources to your Virtual Backpack to email to yourself
    • Participate in scheduled panel and video presentations in the Auditorium
    • Meet Exhibitors from your local area, and many others who are State/Territory-wide
    • A Help Desk and a range of extra supports will be available, including training on how to use the platform prior to the live day for both Attendees and Exhibitors
    • Thousands can be online concurrently!
    • All you need to participate is a computer/laptop or device with access to the internet


    Exhibitors Booked as at 28 August - there are a few more to come!

    The Expo Guide will include the Regions these Exhibitors cover and what they offer, and will be circulated shortly.


    • Acacia Medical


    • Access Industries


    • AimBig Employment


    • APM Employment Services


    • Aruma Supported Employment Services


    • Aruma Community Services


    • ASA Mid-Career Checkpoint


    • Atwea College


    • atWork Australia


    • BEST Community Connections


    • BEST Employment Ltd


    • Blue Sky Community Services/NDIS LAC Partner


    • Breakthru


    • Brighter Access


    • Cadarra


    • Carers NSW


    • Caringa Australia


    • Castle Personnel


    • CatholicCare Disability Futures


    • Challenge Community Services


    • Charles Darwin University


    • Charles Sturt University


    • CHESS Connect


    • Coastlink


    • ConnectAbility Australia


    • Construction Trade Qualifications


    • CVGT Australia


    • Disability Advocacy NSW


    • Disability Services Australia


    • Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW


    • Epic Assist


    • ETC - Employment and Training


    • Fairhaven Central Coast


    • Feros Care NDIS LAC partner


    • Freedom4u Supported Holidays


    • Freedom Living Australia


    • GradWISE


    • Guide Dogs NSW/ACT


    • HNEkidshealth & ACI Transition Network


    • Home Care Heroes - online platform


    • Humanware


    • Hunter Futurepreneurs


    • HVTC


    • IDEAS Disability Information


    • Imagine More


    • Intereach


    • Interrelate


    • Job Centre Australia


    • Joblife Employment


    • Joblink Plus


    • Kirinari Community Services


    • Lake Macquarie City Council LGA


    • Lavender Plan Management


    • Lead Disability Services


    • Mable - online platform


    • Macleay Options Inc


    • Momentum Collective


    • My Supports


    • National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)


    • NDCO Program


    • NDSP Plan Managers


    • Nexus Human Services


    • Northcott


    • NSW Department of Education Support Teachers Transition


    • Octec


    • Olympus Solutions/Ability Options


    • On-Q Disability Employment Service


    • One Community - Boosted App


    • Options Disability Support


    • PeoplePlus Australia


    • Regional Disability Advocacy Service


    • RYSS - Regional Youth Support Services


    • Sarina Russo Job Access


    • Skillsroad.com.au - Careers & Inspiration


    • Social Futures LAC


    • Songbird


    • Sunnyfield Disability Services


    • TAFE NSW


    • The Mai-Wel Group


    • The Personnel Group


    • Unisson Disability


    • Uniting LAC


    • Universities Admissions Centre NSW/ACT


    • University of New England


    • University of Newcastle


    • University of Technology Sydney


    • VERTO


    • Vision Australia


    • Wesley Mission


    • Your Destiny Your Choice - Adlia Training



    Expo Queries

    Email or call Career Links futurechoices@careerlinks.nsw.edu.au | 4967 1050

    Exhibitor Queries futurechoices@careerlinks.nsw.edu.au

    Expo Facebook page www.facebook.com/hccexpos

    Register Now https://futurechoices.vfairs.com


    Can’t wait to see you all at the Expo… we’re all in this together! More on the website https://futurechoices.vfairs.com.


    Warm Regards

    Your Expo Organiser and Planning Committee - Career Links, NDCO Program, and your regional NSW Department of Education Support Teachers Transition (STTs)

    And Our Expo Sponsors

    University of Newcastle | NDCO Program | NSW Department of Education STTs | Uniting Local Area Coordination Service | The Personnel Group | CVGT Australia | Job Centre Australia | Wesley Mission

  • Support the Efforts of Volunteering in NSW

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    Support the efforts of volunteers in NSW

    The Centre for Volunteering, on behalf of the Australian Government, is offering grants of between $1,000 to $5,000 to volunteer involving organisations to help support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering.
    Volunteer based organisations can use these grants to help support the efforts of NSW’s volunteers. The grants provide small amounts that organisations and community groups can use for the following items/activities:

    • Small equipment items
    • Transport costs of volunteers with a disability
    • Fuel costs incurred by volunteers
    • Training for volunteers
    • Background screening checks of volunteers
    • Documentation requirements
    • Post COVID-19 re-engagement activities for volunteers
    • Adapting practices to support volunteers safety in relation to COVID-19


    Visit The Centre’s website to find out more about the activities/items that can help you support your volunteers. Applications close 20 September.

    Volunteer involving organisations are encouraged to consider this funding opportunity, the program guidelines, fact sheet and links to apply online are available on The Centre for Volunteering’s website.



  • Creating Calm

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    We would like to invite all family members and carers to an online "Creating Calm' WORKSHOP on how to manage stress and look after yourself on Tuesday the 15th September 10:00am (please see flier attached).


  • Introducing the FREE DRC Counselling Support Service at Interrelate

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    DISABILITY ROYAL COMMISSION – Interrelate Counselling Support is now available

    for people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation; their parents, guardians, carers and family members; and anyone else affected by the DRC who feels that they require counselling support.

    Interrelate’s counselling service provides confidential, professional trauma-informed counselling; warm transfers to other support services if required; and information about other useful services.

    The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of people with disability has paused public hearings for now, but you can still make a submission by phone, writing, or audio/video recordings. In our counselling sessions, we can help you to do this.

    Due to the restrictions imposed by the government’s response to Covid-19, our counselling consultations are currently by phone or Skype.  

    Phone   1300 473 528 

    Online    Send a message using our online form. Click here

    Find out more about Interrelate here

    Find out more about the Disability Royal Commission here


  • Invitation to Participate in Research

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    24 August, 2020
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  • Atwea Training

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    24 August, 2020
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    We have an exciting new course on offer, I think that you are going to find that you have clients who would be interested in this funded training opportunity.

    We are offering a skillset from the Certificate II in Community Services.

    The Introduction to Community Services comprising of:

    BSBWOR202 Organise and complete daily work activities

    BSBWOR201 Manage personal stress in the work place

    CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services

    CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

    This would be two days a week, fee free (eligibility applies) and 2 sessions a week being Tuesdays and Thursdays. This would be blended delivery. The first class would be face to face and then via zoom sessions and trainer contact. Commencing on Tues 15 September and finishing on 19 November.


    We also have on offer:

    Foundation skills training

    This would be a Certificate II in Skills for work and vocational pathways.

    This qualification would consist of foundation skills for literacy, language and numeracy skill with a community services focus for clients who may need some literacy support before entering into a qualification.

    Fully funded.