MyLink - Port Stephens Community Information Hub

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

Alternatively, Mylink subscribers can register and follow this page to receive update notifications.

Any feedback you have on the functionality of the page is most welcome.

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

Alternatively, Mylink subscribers can register and follow this page to receive update notifications.

Any feedback you have on the functionality of the page is most welcome.

  • Meet the New Facebook Group for Awesome Not-for-Profit People

    by PSC_Catherine, about 2 years ago
    Not

    The community sector in Australia needs a safe place to chat...

    ...so we've created one!

    Not-for-Profit Happy Hour - Australia is a new Facebook peer support group for Australian not-for-profit professionals.

    The purpose of the group is to provide an online space for community-minded people to come together and ask questions, answer questions, vent, celebrate, throw ideas around, seek advice and generally support one another in their community pursuits.

    You're encouraged to ask questions of each other (or us), share important information, and provide and receive advice on not-for-profit challenges.

    Join the conversation here

    ...

    The community sector in Australia needs a safe place to chat...

    ...so we've created one!

    Not-for-Profit Happy Hour - Australia is a new Facebook peer support group for Australian not-for-profit professionals.

    The purpose of the group is to provide an online space for community-minded people to come together and ask questions, answer questions, vent, celebrate, throw ideas around, seek advice and generally support one another in their community pursuits.

    You're encouraged to ask questions of each other (or us), share important information, and provide and receive advice on not-for-profit challenges.

    Join the conversation here

    Our staff will be moderating posts and have put a few rules in place on the group to make sure everyone gets along fine. Here are a few of the finer ones:

    • Please don't abuse anyone's character, do not call anyone names, and keep policy discussions respectful and non-attacking.
    • We celebrate diversity and sometimes we all must agree to disagree.
    • If you plan to quote comments from this group (such as for a blog or article), even if you don't mention this group or specific individuals by name, check in and ask for permission.
    • Keep in mind that this is the internet so things you say in this group may eventually get out. If you want to remain anonymous, please use Facebook to message our community staff who will happily post anonymously on your behalf.

  • Community Interagency Meeting Minutes - 10 October 2017

    by PSC_Catherine, about 2 years ago
    Comm i

    Port Stephens Community Interagency meeting was held on Tuesday 10 October. Topics included: suicide prevention, the Community Strategic Plan and Raymond Terrace's "Illuminate Boomerang Park" festival.

    There were also updates on Council's youth services and annual awards including the new International Women's Day Scholarship program and Cultural Endeavour award.

    Please follow the link to read the minutes from the meeting.

    Port Stephens Community Interagency meeting was held on Tuesday 10 October. Topics included: suicide prevention, the Community Strategic Plan and Raymond Terrace's "Illuminate Boomerang Park" festival.

    There were also updates on Council's youth services and annual awards including the new International Women's Day Scholarship program and Cultural Endeavour award.

    Please follow the link to read the minutes from the meeting.

  • Free Book Exchange. Take a Book, Leave a Book.

    by PSC_Catherine, about 2 years ago
    Book

    Please support Thou-Walla SaCC's project by donating childrens books (new or used).

    Please support Thou-Walla SaCC's project by donating childrens books (new or used).

  • Targeted Earlier Intervention Program Reform Newsletter

    by PSC_Catherine, about 2 years ago
    Arget

    Follow the link to the latest Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) Newsletter.

    Read about parenting initiatives that are important in the TEI space, Aboriginal parenting programs, upcoming parenting workshops plus much more.

    Follow the link to the latest Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) Newsletter.

    Read about parenting initiatives that are important in the TEI space, Aboriginal parenting programs, upcoming parenting workshops plus much more.

  • Aboriginal Health News Report - 8 Urgent Actions Australia Must Take to Tackle Obesity

    by PSC_Catherine, about 2 years ago
    Naccho

    Sixty-three per cent of Australian adults and 27 per cent of our children are overweight or obese.

    This is not surprising when you look at our environment – our kids are bombarded with advertising for junk food, high-sugar drinks are cheaper than water, and sugar and saturated fat are hiding in so-called ‘healthy’ foods. Making a healthy choice has never been more difficult.

    Follow the link for more information, including the Tipping the Scales Report.


    Sixty-three per cent of Australian adults and 27 per cent of our children are overweight or obese.

    This is not surprising when you look at our environment – our kids are bombarded with advertising for junk food, high-sugar drinks are cheaper than water, and sugar and saturated fat are hiding in so-called ‘healthy’ foods. Making a healthy choice has never been more difficult.

    Follow the link for more information, including the Tipping the Scales Report.


  • An Update of FACS Supported Parenting Initiatives

    by PSC_Catherine, about 2 years ago
    Fcs

    Parenting Initiatives 2017/18

    The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has invested in a number of parenting initiatives to:

    · assist practitioners in their day-to day work,

    · gain a better understanding of specific gaps in parenting needs

    · provide the sector with networking and training opportunities.

    These initiatives were identified through the NSW Triple P Forum, surveys of practitioners and their managers and focus groups. In particular, these initiatives are designed to directly and indirectly assist services transition into the Targeted Earlier Intervention space.

    Profiles of Aboriginal Parenting Initiatives

    A review conducted by the Parenting Research Centre...

    Parenting Initiatives 2017/18

    The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has invested in a number of parenting initiatives to:

    · assist practitioners in their day-to day work,

    · gain a better understanding of specific gaps in parenting needs

    · provide the sector with networking and training opportunities.

    These initiatives were identified through the NSW Triple P Forum, surveys of practitioners and their managers and focus groups. In particular, these initiatives are designed to directly and indirectly assist services transition into the Targeted Earlier Intervention space.

    Profiles of Aboriginal Parenting Initiatives

    A review conducted by the Parenting Research Centre (PRC) identified that none of the evidenced based programs analysed within the review were specifically developed for or by Aboriginal parents, communities, practitioners or organisations.

    As a result FACS consulted with the NSW Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec) to review Aboriginal parenting programs as part of the Targeted Earlier Interventions reform. AbSec will develop six case studies of Aboriginal specific parenting programs and identify local approaches for Aboriginal parents, carers and families, and communities that are culturally appropriate.

    Support for Level 5 Triple P (parenting program) practitioners

    FACS has recently trained Triple P (parenting programs) practitioners in Level 5 Enhanced and Pathways. This is the most intensive level of Triple P, and works with parents of children with child behaviour and family adjustment difficulties, and parents who have anger management issues. These programs are now available for clients of FACS and non-government agencies.

    It is recognised that these practitioners will need support as they deliver this program to families with children:

    · at imminent risk of entering care.

    · in care for whom restoration is identified as a case plan goal.

    · requiring assistance with family preservation.

    FACS has organised bi-monthly interactive webinars convened by a Clinical and Development Psychologist from Triple P International. These webinars will provide practitioners with opportunities to discuss clinical and delivery issues, such as working with mandated families, fidelity of sessions, and the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

    The Resourcing Parents website provides a complete list of organisations that have accredited Triple P practitioners trained in Level 5 Triple P.

    Enhancing the Resourcing Parents website

    Resourcing Parents Website at www.resourcingparents.nsw.gov.au is a one-stop shop to identify parenting programs and initiatives across NSW. It is an essential link bringing together practitioners, parents and other professionals seeking parenting programs.

    Practitioners are able to advertise parenting programs, view and update their own personal information, download certificates for parents, training and advertising material. FACS funded Triple P practitioners are able to order free resources. Parents and carers can access parenting events to find practical, up-to-date information as well as events in their area.

    Resourcing Parents has recently received funding to undertake a number of functional improvements to the website. These include improving the practitioner’s forum page, the agency planning calendar and the search system for Aboriginal specific programs.

    Each year Resourcing Parents will undertake a survey of users to receive feedback on the usability of the website and the specific information needs of practitioner’s and parents.

    Six NSW Country Workshops

    Six workshops will be facilitated across country NSW for parenting practitioners by Family Worker Training and Development Program and Resourcing Parents. Practitioners in rural/regional NSW often lack the opportunities to network and access training.

    These workshops will include a networking session that will focus on ways practitioners can sustainably support one another in the field and identify what support resources are available to participants. A session will also be on Advanced Group facilitation skills, as parenting practitioners do not always have a background in group work.

    The workshop locations are still being confirmed. They are likely to be held in Armidale/Tamworth, Orange/Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Cooma/Jindabyne, and outreach to Newcastle and Wollongong.

    2018 NSW Parenting Conference

    FACS is sponsoring the state-wide Parenting Conference for Targeted Earlier Intervention funded services, to be held in May 2018. This two day conference will provide a range of professional learning opportunities to improve the delivery of parenting programs and networking opportunities with fellow colleagues. In particular the conference will provide an overview of a number of FACS initiatives examining evidence informed parenting practice and improvements in some state-wide parenting sector supports.

    A working group of parenting practitioners will be formed to work with Family Worker Training and Development Programme to assist with the conference planning and implementation. The conference agenda and structure will be developed in consultation with AbSec.

    If you require any further details about these initiatives please contact Kerry Forrest, Assistant Program Officer: Kerry.Forrest@facs.nsw.gov.au


  • Play 2 Learn Playgroup at Raymond Terrace - A good beginning for every child!

    by PSC_Catherine, about 2 years ago
    Play

    Play 2 Learn playgroup is held at Raymond Terrace Public School on Wednesdays during school term, 10am to 12pm.


    Play 2 Learn playgroup is held at Raymond Terrace Public School on Wednesdays during school term, 10am to 12pm.


  • Free Anxiety Disorders Support Group - Rutherford

    by PSC_Catherine, about 2 years ago
    Mh

    Do you?

    Repeat actions like washing and checking in to prevent something bad from happening or fear contamination from germs or disease?

    Fear participating in social situations or being the centre of attention?

    Have panic attacks where you breathe rapidly, or feel like you are having a heart attack?

    Fear leaving the house, going into public spaces or shopping centres?

    You could be suffering from an Anxiety Disorder.


    Do you?

    Repeat actions like washing and checking in to prevent something bad from happening or fear contamination from germs or disease?

    Fear participating in social situations or being the centre of attention?

    Have panic attacks where you breathe rapidly, or feel like you are having a heart attack?

    Fear leaving the house, going into public spaces or shopping centres?

    You could be suffering from an Anxiety Disorder.


  • Apps that could potentially help to save a life or at least minimise your exposure to risks.

    by PSC_Catherine, over 2 years ago
    Apps

    The development of apps has assisted people in all areas of life, from fun and frivolous to time-saving and supportive.

    Here, we have a more serious list of six apps that could potentially help to save a life or at least minimise your exposure to risks.

    Fires Near Me

    This app displays all bush and grass fires attended by fire services in NSW, and other incidents attended by NSW RFS volunteers.

    Based on your current location, the app shows a map with the affected areas. You can also choose a specific location in NSW. As well as the map, you...

    The development of apps has assisted people in all areas of life, from fun and frivolous to time-saving and supportive.

    Here, we have a more serious list of six apps that could potentially help to save a life or at least minimise your exposure to risks.

    Fires Near Me

    This app displays all bush and grass fires attended by fire services in NSW, and other incidents attended by NSW RFS volunteers.

    Based on your current location, the app shows a map with the affected areas. You can also choose a specific location in NSW. As well as the map, you can view a list of fires sorted by their proximity to your location – the closest being at the top of the list.

    Get the Fires Near Me app on iTunes

    Get the Fires Near app on Google Play

    If you don’t have a smart device, you can access the web-based application at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me.

    Shark Smart

    For swimmers, surfers and paddleboarders, this app can certainly provide some assurance when you head to the beaches.

    Most of us have a routine before we go to the beach. We might check the weather, pack a bag and put on sunscreen. Now you can be Sharksmart by checking the latest reported sightings and tagged shark detections before you hit the water.

    You can also set a ‘do not disturb’ period to stop alerts when you don’t want them.

    Get the Sharksmart app on iTunes

    Get the Sharksmart app on Google Play Store

    ICE - In Case of Emergency

    Shown right at the top of your lock screen on your phone, the ICE (In Case of Emergency) app, allows the person first on the scene to check your medical information, event without unlocking your phone.

    It contains vital medical and contact details that could be important to first responders and emergency personnel. This app could be especially useful for diabetics or for those with heart conditions or allergies to medication.

    Get Ice Standard on iTunes.

    Get Ice: In Case of Emergency for Android.

    BeyondNow – Suicide prevention app

    BeyondNow allows the user to develop a list of warning signs, coping strategies, reasons for living and ways to make their environment safe via either free-text entry, or by selecting from a range of suggestions.

    In addition, BeyondNow has in built Australian crisis phone numbers and sections for social support and professional contacts, all of which can be dialed from within the app. The app also includes a “sharing” function where a copy of the safety plan can be shared via email with important support people.

    Get BeyondNow from iTunes

    Get BeyondNow from Google Play Store.

    First Aid

    You can now carry over 125 years of First Aid research, experience and knowledge right in your pocket – a paramedic in your hands.

    ‘First Aid’ is Australia’s only mobile app that presents step-by-step emergency First Aid information to the user with a large clear image for each step. Saving the life of a loved one is easier than you might expect.

    Get First Aid from iTunes

    Get First Aid from Google Play Store

    Pet First Aid

    Let’s not forget about our pets. When you can’t make it to the vets or your local vet is closed, this app can help to save your beloved pet’s life.

    First Aid for Pets Australia is an educational tool that contains many helpful and potentially life-saving articles for quick reference in the event of an emergency or potential health risk for your pet.

    It also links with your local vet clinic, if it is part of the initiative, to provide fast access to contact information in the event of an emergency.

    Get Pet First Aid on iTunes

    Get Pet First Aid on Google Play


  • Good Practice Guidelines for the Domestic and Family Violence Sector in NSW

    by PSC_Catherine, over 2 years ago
    Dom

    Domestic Violence NSW is the peak body for services providing specialist responses to women and families experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV). Please follow the link to the Good Practice Guidelines for Domestic and Family Violence Sector in NSW.

    Domestic Violence NSW is the peak body for services providing specialist responses to women and families experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV). Please follow the link to the Good Practice Guidelines for Domestic and Family Violence Sector in NSW.