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.

  • Disability Information Helpline – COVID-19

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    08 Dec 2020
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    The Department of Social Services wants to continue to ensure that people with disability are aware of the supports available to them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We would like to encourage disability organisations to share information with their networks about the Disability Information Helpline (1800 643 787). The Disability Information Helpline provides information and referrals for people with disability who need help because of COVID-19. The Helpline is available from Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEDT) by calling 1800 643 787 and can refer people to advocacy, counselling, and other supports they may need. More information about the Helpline, as well as a range of accessible COVID-19 resources, is available at www.dss.gov.au/disabilityhelp.

  • New free eLearning program for External Disability Support Workers in Tertiary Settings

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    08 Dec 2020

    The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) and the National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program marked International Day of People with Disability, on the 3rd of December, by launching a new eLearning program, Orientation for External Support Workers in Tertiary Settings.

    Disability Practitioners and Educators of Universities and TAFEs from across Australia identified that support workers not employed directly by the tertiary organisation often do not have the appropriate knowledge to maintain student independence and understand the culture, nuances and requirements of tertiary life, or have sufficient awareness of relevant communication channels and protocols, and referrals points to on campus specialist services.

    This free eLearning program (including a screen reader version) is ideal for externally employed support workers, support agencies and tertiary providers, to develop relevant skills and knowledge to understand the most effective ways to support students with disability in tertiary education and training settings.

    The eLearning has been informed by students with disability, external support workers and disability support agencies and overseen by a national Project Advisory Group of representatives from the University and VET sectors, the NDCO Program, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

    The development of this eLearning Program was funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment in partnership with the National Disability Coordination Officer Program and the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training.

    The Orientation for External Support Workers in Tertiary Settings e-Learning Program can be accessed online: https://disabilityawareness.com.au/elearning/external-support-workers/

  • Minutes of the December Port Stephens Community Interagency

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    02 Dec 2020

    Minutes of the December meeting have been added to the library here

  • Smartphone Skills for Seniors (SS4S) program

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    02 Dec 2020
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  • E-newsletter Dec 2020

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    02 Dec 2020
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    Click here to read the latest City of Newcastle Community Sector E-newsletter.

  • New release of Lifeline's FREE DV-aware presentations

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    30 Nov 2020
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    https://www.dvalert.org.au/

  • Dine & Discover NSW

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    25 Nov 2020
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    Coming January 2021

    The NSW Government is launching Dine & Discover NSW to encourage the community to get out and about, supporting dining, arts and tourism businesses and stimulating spending in the economy. 

    In early December, the scheme will invite customers to use their vouchers with participating COVID Safe businesses as part of a trial in The Rocks. This program will then be rolled out across NSW from late January 2021. 

    https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/dine-and-discover-nsw

  • Caring Through Crisis workshops

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    24 Nov 2020
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    https://analytics-au.clickdimensions.com/cn/aosfc/caringthroughcrisis (Workshop Registration)

    http://admin.carersnsw.org.au/Assets/Files/2010CN%20Caring%20through%20Covid%20handbook_Final.pdf (Handbook)

  • ‘Dads Play: Myths paradoxes and value’

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    24 Nov 2020
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    https://uonewcastle.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_REkQd2FcTp6PAExcFsOi-A

  • ArtScreen Launch/Premiere + 2020 Inclusive Film Festival

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    17 Nov 2020
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    ArtScreen 2021 Launch + ArtScreen 2020 Premiere


    The world premiere of a new video artwork from NSW artist Debra Keenahan is set to feature during the online launch of ArtScreen 2021, a video art initiative for artists with disability developed by Accessible Arts with the support of various government, industry and community partners. Titled Little Things Matter, Debra’s artwork is a provocative social critique of the dehumanisation of people with dwarfism and was created through this year’s edition of ArtScreen with funding from the City of Sydney. In addition to showcasing Debra’s artwork, the online launch will include an overview of next year’s initiative, reveal the ArtScreen 2021 mentors and provide details of how to access production funding. Next year’s ArtScreen projects are set to have a world premiere season at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience Debra’s work and find out more about creating new video artworks.


    2020 Inclusive Film Festival


    Get set to enjoy a totally FREE and fabulous program of disability-focused screen and stage entertainment at this year’s Inner West Inclusive Film Festival. IFF2020 will be COVID-safe, fully accessible and also live streamed via Fan Force. The program features a screening of award-winning US film The Peanut Butter Falcon along with live acts by performers with disability plus a panel discussion about the intersection of art and disability activism. There’ll be FREE snack packs, popcorn, chocolates and soft drinks. Or guests can bring their own drinks and snacks and have an indoor picnic in the hall. There’ll be audio description, Auslan interpreters, closed captions, accessible seating, hearing loops and a quiet zone. Assistance animals will also be welcome. Whether you attend in person or experience it online, don’t miss this great night in or out!


    IDPWD provides a valuable opportunity every year to acknowledge, honour and celebrate people with disability and the vital contributions they make to arts and culture here in NSW as well as across Australia and throughout the world.

    We hope you and your family, friends and colleagues will be able to join us.