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

  • Survey about DV during COVID-19

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    29 July, 2020

    Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic and Family Violence & Front Line Workers
    QUT Ethics Approval Number: 2000000404
    A team of researchers from the QUT Centre for Justice, Queensland University of Technology are inviting you to participate in a national survey which aims to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic and family violence and front-line workers and their clients in Australia. This includes a wide range of services in housing, NGO, family support and community services.

    THE PROJECT
    We know that domestic and family violence increases during and after disasters. During the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns were raised by the domestic and family violence sector about the vulnerability of victims/survivors, isolated and less able to access support (Allen-Ebrahiman 2020). Australian healthcare professionals also predicted an ‘impending increase’ in cases (Hegarty & Tarzia 2020). We are conducting this nation-wide survey of workers in the field to assess what impacts COVID-19 had on their services, and their clients. As a professional in the field your views are valuable and we are asking you to participate in this nation wide survey (QUT ethics approval number 2000000404).

    PARTICIPATION
    You are invited to participate in this survey if you work or volunteer in any sector in Australia that intersects with adult or child victims/survivors of domestic and family violence or perpetrators of domestic and family violence.

    The survey should take around 10 minutes and asks you questions about your background. The remainder of the survey is designed to capture the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your work.

    This survey is voluntary. A refusal to participate will in no way disadvantage your relationship with QUT or the project researchers. You can withdraw from the study prior to submitting your responses and any incomplete surveys will not be included in the final data set.

    PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
    This survey is anonymous. No individually identifying information is required in any of the responses or recorded by the survey instrument. Any data collected as part of this research project will be stored securely as per QUT’s Management of research data policy

    RISKS
    There are no risks beyond normal day-to-day living associated with your participation in this research project. It will not focus on personal information. It should be noted that if you do agree to participate you can withdraw from participation in the research project without comment or penalty prior to submitting your answers.

    Follow this link to the Survey:
    Take the Survey


  • City of Newcastle Community Sector e-News

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    22 July, 2020
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    View online here

  • Tuning into Kids (for Dads)

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    21 July, 2020
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  • TAFE update on New Career Pathway Courses

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    21 July, 2020

    Welcome to Semester 2 – 2020

    Update on New Career Pathway Courses

    • Certificate II - Introduction to the Community Sector (Newcastle)
    • Certificate II - Introduction to Joinery / Building Finishes / Construction (Newcastle)

    These courses focus on the essential including employability skills specific to each career area and include students' individual pathway planning.

    For early school leavers (not completed yr 10 & under 17 years of age) please make contact prior to attending an information session to ensure you have access to the required documentation prior to attending an information session.

    For all other interest, please feel welcome to attend an information session & if possible use the Registration link below or call to assist us ensuring social distancing is managed.

    Please register your interest to attend an information/enrolment session Here .

    Or call Nadene: 49237 410

    These Information sessions are now located at Newcastle TAFE (Tighes Hill)

    10.00 am, M Block, Ground Floor, Room 02 (M.G.02)

    • Tuesday 21st July 2020 or
    • Thursday 23rd July 2020 or
    • Tuesday 28th July 2020 or
    • Thursday 20 July 2020

    Course details will be confirmed during the information/enrolment session.

    All students will require a Unique Student Identifier (USI) number to finalise enrolments during the information/enrolment session.

    USI’s are obtained at: www.usi.gov.au or TAFE NSW can assist at the information/enrolment session (a Driver’s Licence, Medicare Card or Birth Certificate is required to obtain a USI).

  • Trial of an online self-help program for people with Intellectual Disability

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    20 July, 2020
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    https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research-projects/idtwo-intellectual-disability-trial-for-wellbeing-online/?edmid=190298109

  • The Ability Rights Centre COVID-19 Support

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    20 July, 2020
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  • New report released on children and young people's experience of disaster

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    20 July, 2020

    In recent times NSW has experienced prolonged drought, an unprecedented bushfire season and floods. These disasters have directly or indirectly impacted hundreds of thousands of children and young people across NSW.

    The Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People went to disaster affected areas of NSW and spoke directly to more than 400 children and young people face-to-face about their experiences of disaster. This was followed up with quantitative polling of a further 1,000 children and young people.

    The combined results of this research informed the development of the Children and Young People’s Experience of Disaster Report.

    A report like this would not have been possible without the support of both the Hon. Gareth Ward MP, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services and the Hon. Bronnie Taylor MLC, Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women. We also appreciate the support given by the many government departments, organisations and service providers. We want to thank the 1,400 children and young people who gave their time, offered insight and shared their personal experiences on this topic.

    This report gave children and young people a platform to inform decision makers and service providers about how to best continue to support their needs before, during and after a disaster.

    The report also highlights the ways in which children and young people want to be included in the planning and implementation of solutions that relate to disaster preparedness and recovery as well as how to further support them now and into the future.

    Underpinning this is the development of a Disaster Resilience Framework for children and young people.

    Some of the key findings in the report include:

    • disasters and the life changes that follow have significant impacts on mental health and wellbeing
    • the destruction and damage caused to schools affects access to education, engagement, learning and academic achievement
    • disasters can impact the housing stability of children and young people including damage to homes and farms as well as displacement and relocation
    • disasters can create youth unemployment and heavy workloads for children and young people affected by drought and other social and economic issues
    • children and young people can feel invisible, forgotten and unable to influence the world around them, they wish to have a voice and be involved in disaster recovery
    • connection to land and community were raised as important concerns.

    Click here to learn more and access the report.

  • Tomaree Coastal Adventures

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    20 July, 2020
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    Kids of all ages can play and explore in nature surrounded by the stunning and varied landscape of Tomaree National Park, Port Stephens NSW. From endless sandy beaches, rolling dunes, coastal forests, hidden wetlands and ancient volcanic peaks, kids are given the freedom to play or learn as they desire. We create structures and nature art, climb trees, roll down sand dunes, hike to peaks and scramble around coastal rocks. Join our Nature Play sessions, school holiday programs & family adventures.

    My Nature Play sessions run during term time and are a 2hr, parent accompanied session which changes location each week.

    Term 3 Information

    Session Times: Monday & Thursday 10am & 3:30pm

    Cost: Adults and children under 2 free when accompanying a paying child.

    Full Term Bookings (10 weeks)
    1 Child: $150 per child
    Extra siblings*: $120 per child

    Casual Bookings (if available)
    $17 per child

    Bookings can be made online https://tomareecoastaladventures.com.au/kids-in-nature/play-groups/nature-play/

    By email (info@tomareecoastaladventures.com.au) or phone 0477063646

  • Better Access Map

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    20 July, 2020

    Do you have accessibility requirements? Are you a family member, friend or carer or a person with accessibility requirements?

    The Access and Inclusion team at Vinnies wants to hear from you about what accessibility information you need when going out.

    The survey "Accessibility: What I need to know" will support us in making the Better Access Map website and smartphone app more relevant, accurate and user friendly.

    If you haven't used the Better Access Map, that's ok...we still want to hear from you.

    The survey takes around 15 - 20 minutes to complete and your responses are confidential.


    Take the survey

    WIN 1 OF 3 $100 VISA CARDS

  • Education and Training - Keeping Carers Informed

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    15 July, 2020
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    EDUCATION AND TRAINING - KEEPING CARERS INFORMED

    Carers NSW is offering a number of webinars during July and August 2020 for carers and service providers:


    Understanding the new Carer Gateway - How carer support is changing, services and supports available and how to access these, and an overview of the carer support process.


    Navigating My Aged Care - Understanding the aged care system, and accessing services and supports for those aged over 65.


    Transitional Care - information about tools, services and support to help plan and prepare for transitioning someone into aged care and/or end of life care.


    All of the above sessions can be delivered on request.


    Carer Support Group Facilitator Training


    A free interactive workshop for facilitators starting on Wednesday 22 July 2020. This workshop is a 3 part workshop and covers topics and issues relating to the role of a carer support group facilitator, including:

    • An introduction to group processes and group work
    • Identifying and responding to issues specific to carers and the group
    • Developing and maintaining ethical facilitation.

    This training is open to service providers and carers who currently facilitate a carer support group, or for those interested in facilitating their own group.


    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.