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

  • National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week 2020

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    about 16 hours ago

    Today May 26 is National Sorry Day which began in 1998, one year after the ‘Bringing Them Home Report’ was tabled at parliament in 1997. This report was the result of an enquiry into the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and country.

    Reconciliation Week occurs annually from 27 May to 3 June and is bookended by two significant dates in history.

    27 May is the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum which Australian people voted to allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people be counted in the census, as people, and no longer classed as flora and fauna. This also allowed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the opportunity to vote for the first time.

    3 June is known as Mabo Day, commemorating Eddie Koiki Mabo, who fought tirelessly for Native Title and on 3 June 1992 the High Court made a landmark decision which overturned the Terra Nullius myth. This paved the way for Native Title and land rights. Sadly Eddie Mabo passed away 5 months before the decision from his hard work.

    Reconciliation is about ALL of us coming together to ensure that we live in a Country of harmony and inclusion.

    Some online events, talks and webinars are available at Reconciliation Australia’s website and Facebook page and I encourage people from all walks of life to connect, learn and understand the oldest, longest living culture in the world and as Australians, to be very proud of that.

    Ways to do this is listen to stories from survivors, read books, watch films and documentaries, talk to elders in the community and more and hope one day cultural practices are carried out to protect our country, communities and waters for future generations.

    (Thanks to Maree at Lake Macquarie Council for these words).

    Today May 26 is National Sorry Day which began in 1998, one year after the ‘Bringing Them Home Report’ was tabled at parliament in 1997. This report was the result of an enquiry into the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and country.

    Reconciliation Week occurs annually from 27 May to 3 June and is bookended by two significant dates in history.

    27 May is the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum which Australian people voted to allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people be counted in the census, as people, and no longer classed as flora and fauna. This also allowed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the opportunity to vote for the first time.

    3 June is known as Mabo Day, commemorating Eddie Koiki Mabo, who fought tirelessly for Native Title and on 3 June 1992 the High Court made a landmark decision which overturned the Terra Nullius myth. This paved the way for Native Title and land rights. Sadly Eddie Mabo passed away 5 months before the decision from his hard work.

    Reconciliation is about ALL of us coming together to ensure that we live in a Country of harmony and inclusion.

    Some online events, talks and webinars are available at Reconciliation Australia’s website and Facebook page and I encourage people from all walks of life to connect, learn and understand the oldest, longest living culture in the world and as Australians, to be very proud of that.

    Ways to do this is listen to stories from survivors, read books, watch films and documentaries, talk to elders in the community and more and hope one day cultural practices are carried out to protect our country, communities and waters for future generations.

    (Thanks to Maree at Lake Macquarie Council for these words).

  • What's Happening At Songbird?

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    about 17 hours ago

    What's Happening At Songbird

    Whilst Australia still remains under restrictions due to COVID-19, The Songbird Team are ready and waiting to support you to transform your life and achieve your goals. We are turning this crisis into opportunity for all of our participants.

    Drums Alive and Community Supports

    Drums Alive remains temporarily paused due to COVID-19, but we're still currently taking expression of interest for Fridays when we resume. We have capacity to offer community access and in-home support for participants, Mondays to Fridays following our intake process. Call us on 02 40 48 42 20 to find out more.

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    What's Happening At Songbird

    Whilst Australia still remains under restrictions due to COVID-19, The Songbird Team are ready and waiting to support you to transform your life and achieve your goals. We are turning this crisis into opportunity for all of our participants.

    Drums Alive and Community Supports

    Drums Alive remains temporarily paused due to COVID-19, but we're still currently taking expression of interest for Fridays when we resume. We have capacity to offer community access and in-home support for participants, Mondays to Fridays following our intake process. Call us on 02 40 48 42 20 to find out more.


    Supported Independent Living

    Let us help you TRANSFORM your life. Check out our vacancies below





    Mount Hutton - Suitable for a male or female participant who requires an accessible home, with mobility or complex medical needs support.
    Ashtonfield - Suitable for a female participant only that requires standard supports and behaviour support.
    Eleebana - Suitable for female participants only who requires standard and mental health support.
    Thornton - Suitable for a male or female participant who requires behaviour support between the age of 18-24 years old.
    Cameron Park - Suitable for male participant only who requires an accessible home with mobility support requirements.
    Government Road - Suitable for a male participant only requiring behaviour and mental health support.

    Email us at enquiry@songbird.com.au to talk to our Intake Manager


    Virtual Day Programs

    Come and Join Miss Anna virtually during the hours of 10.00am till 1.30pm, Monday to Friday and have some fun! Activities include Drums Alive, Science experiments, Scavenger Hunts, Social Games, Book reading, cooking and the chance to make new friendships, all while maintaining social distancing! To register contact us through our website and we will be in touch!

  • PSFANS Social post

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    1 day ago


    PSFANS is looking to get the message out to people who normally wouldn't access services via this paid social post.

    PSFANS is able to support individuals and families with:

    Vouchers for Woolworths food

    EAPA vouchers for Electricity

    Water bills for home owners that receive a bill from Hunter Water

    Telstra vouchers for persons on a Telstra Plan



    PSFANS is looking to get the message out to people who normally wouldn't access services via this paid social post.

    PSFANS is able to support individuals and families with:

    Vouchers for Woolworths food

    EAPA vouchers for Electricity

    Water bills for home owners that receive a bill from Hunter Water

    Telstra vouchers for persons on a Telstra Plan


  • Newcastle Interagency update

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    1 day ago

    Read the update here

    Read the update here

  • Carer Education and Training

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    1 day ago

    Carers NSW is offering carers and service providers a series of online education sessions and opportunities to connect including:

    Understanding the new Carer Gateway

    The webinar will provide you with an understanding of:

    • Carer Gateway
    • Types of services offered and how to access them
    • The carer support planning process.

    Supporting Carers through COVID-19

    A NEW, interactive session that provides carers with an opportunity to:

    • Explore and identify ways to manage the challenges that are impacting on carers due to COVID-19
    • Learn about services that support carers health and wellbeing and enable carers to stay connected
    • Share strategies for self-care
    • Learn about resources that may help you stay informed and well during COVID-19

    Carers NSW is also offering carers and service providers other online education sessions and opportunities to connect. These include:

    • Navigating My Aged Care
    • Transitional Care
    • Carer Support Groups: a workshop for facilitators
    • Carer Hangouts
    • Facilitator Meetups

    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.

    Carers NSW is offering carers and service providers a series of online education sessions and opportunities to connect including:

    Understanding the new Carer Gateway

    The webinar will provide you with an understanding of:

    • Carer Gateway
    • Types of services offered and how to access them
    • The carer support planning process.

    Supporting Carers through COVID-19

    A NEW, interactive session that provides carers with an opportunity to:

    • Explore and identify ways to manage the challenges that are impacting on carers due to COVID-19
    • Learn about services that support carers health and wellbeing and enable carers to stay connected
    • Share strategies for self-care
    • Learn about resources that may help you stay informed and well during COVID-19

    Carers NSW is also offering carers and service providers other online education sessions and opportunities to connect. These include:

    • Navigating My Aged Care
    • Transitional Care
    • Carer Support Groups: a workshop for facilitators
    • Carer Hangouts
    • Facilitator Meetups

    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.

  • Gambling Impact Society presentation 10:30am Tuesday 9 June

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    1 day ago

    Join us following our next Interagency on 9 June. Email Mylink@portstephens.nsw.gov.au to register your interest.

    Join us following our next Interagency on 9 June. Email Mylink@portstephens.nsw.gov.au to register your interest.

  • Salvation Army financial services

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  • Services Australia new resources

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    Services Australia new resources
    Services Australia have developed new resources about COVID-19 supports for customers and communities. The new resources include:

    • Translated audio files (12 languages) about Centrelink payment and access options and Economic Support Payments and Coronavirus Supplement. For more visit Services Australia Sound Cloud playlist or visit the Services Australia website.
    • A COVID-19 resources for community groups webpage. This includes an e-kit to help organisations promote Services Australia supports and services, a Family and Domestic Violence Checklist and a booklet on How we’re helping people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • Short videos in English on a range of topics (i.e.How to claim a Centrelink payment, COVID-19 payments explained, JobKeeper Payment explained, JobSeeker Payment explained, How Financial Information Services (FIS) can help during the coronavirus, and Creating a myGov account) are now available on the Services Australia YouTube channel.
    • A factsheet is being developed for migrants, refugees and visitors. The factsheet will be available in a couple of weeks and will be translated into a range of languages.


    MyAusCovid-19 app

    Migration Council Australia (MCA) has developed a multilingual resource for Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities about COVID-19, its impact and available support.

    The app is now available in the below languages:

    Cantonese

    Khmer

    Tagalog

    English

    Korean

    Tamil

    French

    Mandarin

    Thai

    Greek

    Punjabi

    Turkish

    Indonesian

    Russian

    Vietnamese

    Italian

    Somali


    Japanese

    Spanish



    The below languages will be added soon:

    Arabic

    Dari

    Persian

    Burmese

    Karen

    Urdu


    Services Australia new resources
    Services Australia have developed new resources about COVID-19 supports for customers and communities. The new resources include:

    • Translated audio files (12 languages) about Centrelink payment and access options and Economic Support Payments and Coronavirus Supplement. For more visit Services Australia Sound Cloud playlist or visit the Services Australia website.
    • A COVID-19 resources for community groups webpage. This includes an e-kit to help organisations promote Services Australia supports and services, a Family and Domestic Violence Checklist and a booklet on How we’re helping people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • Short videos in English on a range of topics (i.e.How to claim a Centrelink payment, COVID-19 payments explained, JobKeeper Payment explained, JobSeeker Payment explained, How Financial Information Services (FIS) can help during the coronavirus, and Creating a myGov account) are now available on the Services Australia YouTube channel.
    • A factsheet is being developed for migrants, refugees and visitors. The factsheet will be available in a couple of weeks and will be translated into a range of languages.


    MyAusCovid-19 app

    Migration Council Australia (MCA) has developed a multilingual resource for Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities about COVID-19, its impact and available support.

    The app is now available in the below languages:

    Cantonese

    Khmer

    Tagalog

    English

    Korean

    Tamil

    French

    Mandarin

    Thai

    Greek

    Punjabi

    Turkish

    Indonesian

    Russian

    Vietnamese

    Italian

    Somali


    Japanese

    Spanish



    The below languages will be added soon:

    Arabic

    Dari

    Persian

    Burmese

    Karen

    Urdu


  • Minutes from Zoom Interagency 19 May 2020

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    8 days ago

    Minutes from today's Interagency are in the library here


    Minutes from today's Interagency are in the library here


  • Aged Care Services Workforce Hub

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    9 days ago


    In order to continue delivery of quality services to older Australians it is critical that Aged Care Service Organisations have access to ‘right fit’ employees in a timely and efficient way.

    For many organisations the COVID-19 situation has increased their need to recruit additional staff in an environment where recruiting ‘right fit’ employees was already difficult. However we now find ourselves in a unique situation where there is a significant increase in the number of people looking for work.

    To help match Aged Care Service Organisations with people looking for work ACSA have developed a National Aged Care Services Workforce Hub. A key component of ‘the Hub’ is the Employment Register.

    What is the Employment Register?

    • Individuals looking for work - can submit an application to be on the Employment Register through the Workforce Hub.
      • The application is an on-line form which requires a range of mandatory fields to be completed, it has been designed to provide an employer with essential information about each applicant.
      • The application includes the areas of interest that the jobseeker is qualified for, experienced with or has similar skills and would like to be considered for.
      • The application allows the jobseeker to nominate a region and local government areas for which they would like to be considered for work.
    • Aged Care Service Organisations - can access the Employment Register to search for individuals seeking work in their region.
      • Organisations will be able to search the register by job role, Region and Local Government Area at no cost
      • Organisations will be able to advertise vacancies to job seekers at no cost

    For immediate action, we encourage:

    • People looking for to work to go to ‘the Hub’ and submit your application now
    • Aged Care Service Organisations to register on ‘the Hub’ to access the Employment Register

    ‘The Hub’: https://employment.agedservicesworkforce.com.au/. Please note: there are no costs associated with utilising ‘the Hub’ for jobseekers or Aged Care Service Organisations.

    Aged Care Services Organisations are asked to please keep in mind that the number of applications on the Employment Register will be minimal within the first few days of going live and will continue to grow as people become aware, and take advantage of the opportunity.

    We encourage you to share this information with all people and organisations who you think this opportunity may assist!




    In order to continue delivery of quality services to older Australians it is critical that Aged Care Service Organisations have access to ‘right fit’ employees in a timely and efficient way.

    For many organisations the COVID-19 situation has increased their need to recruit additional staff in an environment where recruiting ‘right fit’ employees was already difficult. However we now find ourselves in a unique situation where there is a significant increase in the number of people looking for work.

    To help match Aged Care Service Organisations with people looking for work ACSA have developed a National Aged Care Services Workforce Hub. A key component of ‘the Hub’ is the Employment Register.

    What is the Employment Register?

    • Individuals looking for work - can submit an application to be on the Employment Register through the Workforce Hub.
      • The application is an on-line form which requires a range of mandatory fields to be completed, it has been designed to provide an employer with essential information about each applicant.
      • The application includes the areas of interest that the jobseeker is qualified for, experienced with or has similar skills and would like to be considered for.
      • The application allows the jobseeker to nominate a region and local government areas for which they would like to be considered for work.
    • Aged Care Service Organisations - can access the Employment Register to search for individuals seeking work in their region.
      • Organisations will be able to search the register by job role, Region and Local Government Area at no cost
      • Organisations will be able to advertise vacancies to job seekers at no cost

    For immediate action, we encourage:

    • People looking for to work to go to ‘the Hub’ and submit your application now
    • Aged Care Service Organisations to register on ‘the Hub’ to access the Employment Register

    ‘The Hub’: https://employment.agedservicesworkforce.com.au/. Please note: there are no costs associated with utilising ‘the Hub’ for jobseekers or Aged Care Service Organisations.

    Aged Care Services Organisations are asked to please keep in mind that the number of applications on the Employment Register will be minimal within the first few days of going live and will continue to grow as people become aware, and take advantage of the opportunity.

    We encourage you to share this information with all people and organisations who you think this opportunity may assist!