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.

  • Open call for Digital Mentors! Free training

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    02 Nov 2020
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  • In My Blood It Runs - Movie Screening NAIDOC Week - Port Stephens Council

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    02 Nov 2020
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    In celebration of NAIDOC Week 2020, Raymond Terrace Library will be screening ‘In My Blood It Runs’ throughout the week of 9 -13 November.

    Monday 9th 10.30am
    Tuesday 10th 2.30pm
    Wednesday 11th 10.30am
    Thursday 12th 2.30pm
    Friday 13th 10.30am

    In My Blood It Runs is an observational feature documentary following 10-yr-old Arrernte Aboriginal boy Dujuan as he grows up Alice Springs, Australia. When Dujuan cannot run nor fight alone, he faces the history that runs straight into him and realises that not only has he inherited the trauma and dispossession of his land, but also the resilience and resistance of many generations of his people.

    Visit here for more information.

  • Hunter Collaborative Legal Service Delivery Meeting

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    28 Oct 2020

    Hunter CLSD meeting

    Why: The Collaborative Legal Service Delivery - CLSD program is a ‘doing’ program, relying on members bringing the emerging and/or ongoing unmet legal needs of clients/service to the table and working together on projects and advocacy. Having information on what’s happening on the ground is one of the strengths of the CLSD.

    When: Wednesday 4 November, 11am- 1pm (probably won't use all this time)

    Where: online:

    https://zoom.us/j/92229222638?pwd=YWpkSEJMQVdrTkNZb0M2YklJd3JlUT09

    Meeting ID: 922 2922 2638
    Passcode: 971065

    RSVP: seema.sanghi@advocacylaw.org.au

    Previous meeting minutes and more info on Hunter CLSD:

    https://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/community-partnerships/cooperative-legal-services-delivery-clsd-program/hunter-cooperative-legal-service-delivery-program-partnership

    Hunter Cooperative Legal Service Delivery Program Partnership - Legal Aid NSW

    The Hunter Cooperative Legal Service Delivery Program Partnership is one of 12 regional justice partnerships in NSW. The Program partnerships are a coalition of legal and non-legal services.

    www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au

  • The Good Service Mob

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    27 Oct 2020
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    https://goodservicemob.org/

  • City of Newcastle Community Services E-newsletter Oct 2020

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    27 Oct 2020
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    You can read the latest e-newsletter here

  • New exercise program for over 50s launching in Raymond Terrace

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    26 Oct 2020

    A new exercise program for people over 50, Strength for Life, has launched in Raymond Terrace.


    The program is specifically designed to improve the strength, balance, coordination and endurance of older people. It has been developed by COTA (Council on the Ageing) NSW in partnership with Port Stephens Council and Toogee Martial Arts.


    All Strength for Life instructors undertake specialised training with COTA NSW so they can tailor their approach for people over 50 and understand the different types of injuries and conditions that older people face.


    COTA NSW CEO Meagan Lawson says that keeping yourself moving and getting stronger has a flow-on effect for your general quality of life.


    “Improving your fitness makes day to day tasks like carrying your shopping and playing with your grandchildren easier, as well as reducing the risk of falls and other injuries.


    “The beauty of the Strength for Life program is that it is specially designed for older people, and the instructors are sensitive to their specific needs,” she said.


    Local fitness trainer and Strength for Life instructor Steve Wheatland understands why some people may feel nervous, but says he always tries to make people feel comfortable.


    “We have a chat and a laugh, and we are very down to earth. We even have pictures of normal people on the walls, rather than super-fit ones, and everyone loves that.


    “I’ve noticed many older people stop moving when they retire — but it’s really important for your overall health to keep active, and these classes are ideal for that,” he said.


    Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer says focusing on staying active and healthy is key to on-going independence.


    “The Strength for Life program is a great way to kick-start a new exercise regime, helping to get people moving and trying new things,” he said.


    Participants undertake an initial assessment to develop a program that is tailored to their needs, at a cost of $40 ($30 concession), with classes costing $10 ($8 concession) thereafter.


    Classes start this week at Toogee Martial Arts, 78D Port Stephens Street, Raymond Terrace — contact Steven on 0418 170 008 to book your initial assessment.

  • Youth Creative Christmas Markets

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    26 Oct 2020
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  • Lifeline skills-for-life online and in-person workshops

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    21 Oct 2020
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    https://www.lifelinedirect.org.au/training

  • DCJ Scholarships 2021

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    20 Oct 2020
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    You are eligible to apply if you are studying in one of the following in 2021:

    • year 10, 11 or 12 at a NSW high school or equivalent at a TAFE college
    • a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship
    • a VET subject at a NSW high school.

    You must also be either a social housing client or living in out-of-home-care.
    This can include:

    • living in public housing, including Aboriginal housing
    • being on the NSW Housing Register (wait list)
    • receiving private rental assistance from DCJ (not Centrelink)
    • receiving a Rent Choice product
    • living in community housing/Aboriginal community housing
    • living in housing provided by a Local Aboriginal Land Council
    • living in Supported Accommodation through a Specialist Homelessness Service Provider
    • living in statutory, supported or voluntary out-of-home care.



    https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/families/support-programs/all-families/dcj-scholarships

  • October Breakfast – Back to Work

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    19 Oct 2020

    October 27 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

    $15
    As we’re learning to navigate our way through this pandemic, one of the biggest discussions around the table is – how do we return to our original working environment?

    For our October Breakfast, we have gathered three incredible women to talk about their experiences with physically getting back to the workplace.

    We’ll have some different perspectives on transitioning from the home office to the ‘real’ office, including anxiety around leaving the home environment, the challenges with making things COVID safe, managing employees and workplace culture through this adjustment phase and supporting individuals with flexible working conditions.

    I hope you can join us for this inspirational morning!


    Kimberly Lewis is the General Manager of Hunter Prelude, a Not for Profit Charity providing Early Intervention & Therapy services. Hunter Prelude is based in the Hunter Valley and supported by an amazing team of Educators & Therapists.

    Kimberly has experience in leading teams under the NDIS and working as a Speech Pathologist within the government, non-government and private sectors. Driven by her personal experience with disability, Kimberly is motivated to support teams through change to provide better outcomes for children and their families.

    Kimberly is inspired as a leader to invest in people and with a growing workforce provide best practices services that are flexible, inclusive and support women at work.

    During what has been a challenging year at the early stages of her career Kimberly continues to be guided to make decisions based on the teams core values of Respect, Collaboration and Creating Opportunities. As a leader, Kimberly has a passion for learning from her team to support her team as they return to a mix of face to face and online work.


    Michelle Faithfull, Events & Community Relations Manager – Compass Housing

    With over 30 years’ experience in operations, business development, project & legal practice management Michelle also has a long history of giving back to the community with volunteering, fundraising and coordinating events for multiple charities, earning her the title of Newcastle Citizen of the Year in 2020. Her community work and events experience has seen her role with Compass Housing over the past 5 years, transition full time into the events and community relations space, with a focus on supporting people experiencing homelessness, and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Outside of her day job, Michelle travels the world as a fundraising trek leader with Inspired Adventures and is also a marriage celebrant. Bringing people together for common causes is her passion and purpose in life.


    Emma Mears, HR Business Partner – The Benevolent Society

    With 20+ years experience in Human Resources working across many industry sectors and national and international locations, Emma has recently stepped into the Not For Profit space with The Benevolent Society. With a talent for practical people solutions Emma is passionate about working with leaders to drive an exemplary employee experience that supports business and client outcomes.

    With over 1100 staff across 3 states The Benevolent Society transitioned to remote working quickly and has developed a good understanding of the good the bad and the ugly of remote working. With the return to work TBS is looking at the working landscape very differently, considering a number of flexible options to support employees and clients that Emma can share with you.

    Visit here to book