The health and safety of residents, customers and employees is our top priority and we are continuing to monitor developments in response to COVID-19. Some Council facilities have reopened - please follow physical distancing rules of 1.5 metres, limit outdoor gatherings in line with NSW Government restrictions, and continue to practice safe hygiene and wash hands regularly.
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How eSafety and mental health professionals can work together to protect young people
Authorized marriage celebrant; also offering funeral celebrancy and end of life planning.
Thurs 22 October 9.30 - 11.30The aim of the day is to create stronger links between Health services and local family, child and youth support services in Lake Mac. There will be a range of snapshot presentations, followed by breakout rooms to dive deeper into conversations.
Newsletter included inside. We're here to help
Grants are available to eligible charities with DGR Type 1 status and will range from $20,000 to $200,000. Closing 22 October.
Free sustainable activities for the whole family running until December 2020
Southlake Neighbourhood Centre Sept Newsletter
Free activities for children and parents
Support with education and employment schools for young adults and school leavers
Closing 20 October. We encourage applicants to be innovative in delivery events for our community during COVID-19.
Thursday October 29th or Tuesday November 17thVirtual workshop. This course is funded by the HunterNew England local health district.
Flyer attached for more information
The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) provides free English language classes to migrants with low English levels to help settle and participate in the Australian community.
Are you looking at studying a University degree after completing TAFE? We invite you to join us for our TAFE to Uni webinar via zoom.
Our Energy FutureJoin our webinars to learn about a range of topics from innovative community owned renewable energy through to super practical ways to slash your household energy bill.
This is a paid project open to Lake Macquarie residents who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting artists to add vibrancy to the Jemena utilities box in Windale, South St x Merrigum St. Applications close 10 November.
Part-time Operations Manager, closes 5pm Sunday 18 October
There are some exciting grants this month!
Pat Conroy MP will live stream budget forums on his Facebook page for individuals and businesses - starting tonight 12 October 6pm.
Webinars for carers and service providers
This is a free program to help the 50+ age demographic get the most out of going online.
Subsidised training available for our high school aged youth.
PCYC Lake Macquarie are holding a fundraising car boot sale on Saturday 31st October 2020.
Practical tips to stay connected and mentally well during this challenging time.
Including new publications, recorded webinars and more. In this edition we're highlighting the resources we have on fathers.
We've got a wide range of programs for young people with a disability.
Lots of news around living sustainably in Lake Macquarie. Did you know Council offers a free native plant giveaway for residents, or have you heard about the Community Renewable Energy Project?
Included updated news, events, grants, opportunities to participate and other resources.
With episodes releasing fortnightly, our new podcast is a value-add to our online professional development program, and similar to our webinars, episodes will be free to access anytime. The first series, 'Ageing Well', will focus on the older years and is hosted by a GP and a social worker. In another upcoming series, national and international experts will explore trauma and resilience.
Attached updated Term 3 flyer for Uni 4 U - program assisting adults to reconnect with education.
Mens health program open to men of ages 16 and upWellness chats and learn to surf lessonsFree Experience surfers welcomed to join as mentors
SafeTALK and START available for free in Lake Macquarie
Mentor Support Network (MSN) is pleased to announce that despite the COVID-19 situation scholarships to assist students in financial need will be available for the next school year. Applications close 23 October 2020.
With the world turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, not-for-profit leaders – including board directors and senior managers – may be uncertain about where to focus. That's why we asked the members of the Community Directors Council, the advisory arm of Our Community’s Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA), to nominate key issues for not-for-profit leaders during COVID-19.
From the CEO of Mental Health Australia, Leanne Beagley, hear the updates to their policy and advocacy platforms and other sector news for mental health.
Focus area: Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds
Everymind is pleased to announce the launch of the new Ahead for Business digital hub which supports small businesses to be mentally healthy.
There still places of applicants into this Refugee Early Entry Scheme, please do a large diffusion to anyone who is eligible and who is interested in studying law. Large applications are welcome.
Including an audit open to receive contributions in regards to responses to homelessness for the NSW Homelessness Strategy, affordable housing info, jobs, webinars and other advocacy items.
Welcome to the spring edition of the Koori Grapevine, edition #34. Sept - Nov 2020. Including events, significant dates, articles and interviews.
New network coordinator and survey to plan meetings for mental health professionals in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie
29th September 10am- 12noon with guest speaker Dr Stephen Spencer discussing Coach2Cope supporting young people during episodes of distress.
Culture is at the core of everything we do and how we live. Having an understanding of different cultures underpins our ability to be responsive to the diverse needs of the people we engage with every day and the quality of the services we provide. Join us for one or several informative and practical sessions to gain insights.
Australian Institute of Family Studies share the results of their Families in Australia Survey of Life during covid-19. New publications available for reading.
Counselling support for the Disability Royal Commission Interrelate is funded to provide counselling support to people who are affected by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
Building Blokes mentoring program for ages 16 - 24Starting Tuesdays 1.30pm - 3.30pm from Tuesday 29th September at Morisset
Closing Monday 28 September. The Youth Opportunities program provides one off, time-limited grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to NFP orgs and local councils for youth-led community projects.
Thurs 10 September from 11am - 1pmSelf Management Workshop and Live Q&A to learn the steps to have more control by self managing your NDIS funding.
15 September 1-2pm AEST Online
Southlake Youth Service will be running Industrial Essentials as a program starting 7 Sept for 7 weeks each Monday. Includes RSA, RSG, Resume creating etc.
Supporting community-initiated projects that improve our local environment or inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour in Lake Macquarie City
Program for women on Fridays fortnightly during school terms with child minding available
Free and confidential service to support you, and guide you through your financial situation.
Face to Face Services have resumed. Online services remain in place.
Community Management Advisory Project Inc (CMAP) – Governance & Management Support Services
Women's Safety NSW has released its report on the experience of migrant and refugee women experiencing violence during COVID-19.
Donated masks will be given to vulnerable local families
The pilot website is the first ‘public phase’ of the Australian Government’s commitment to develop a National Disability Information Gateway service (the Disability Gateway). The Disability Gateway will consist of a website and a national call centre via a dedicated 1800-phone number, to assist people with disability, their families and carers, to find and access information and services.
The next edition of the COVID-19 version of our Community Connections Directory has just been finalised and sent to the printer!If your organisation requires some of these to distribute to people in need of support, please let us know
We know there are community groups and organisations looking for a space to run their activities and that some local programs have been cancelled as organisations need support to keep them running or get them started. We wanted to reach out and let you know that we are here to work with you to get your programs or activities happening again or off the ground.
These resources have been developed in consultation with stakeholders in the youth, community, health, and justice service, as part of the Making FASD History: A multisite prevention program, a federally-funded FASD Prevention program delivered in partnership with Telethon Kids institute, Mercy Services and the Newcastle Local Drug Action Team.
Orange Sky free laundry service visits Swansea every Thursday from 11am to 1pm
Settlement Services International are running free online training aiming to build culturally responsive services for disability service providers with NDIS Registration or aiming for Registration.
Council is rehoming used office furniture and equipment free of charge using Warp It
CAGES Foundation's community grants are only made available to Aboriginal controlled organisations. They have been designed to respond to discreet needs and are usually for one year only.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation provides charity grants of up to $15,000 to eligible applicants. The Foundation delivers practical, real world support to smaller grass-roots organisations that can’t find help from more traditional sources.
The Pride Foundation Australia Small Grants Program supports projects proposed by individuals, organisations and/or communities who would otherwise be limited by the constraints of other funding programs. Grants are up to $500, and the project needs to directly or indirectly assist, involve and benefit LGBTQIA+ people and promote positive social outcomes and mental health in the community.
NCOSS has developed a suite of resources to support organisations in their consideration of organisational change. Using story-telling as the tool, we have engaged with thought leaders to present examples of innovative solutions that organisations have adopted in order to remain sustainable and efficient in changed environments.
The website hosts regular timely updates and resources, including training and support available to NFPs covering fundraising, AGMs for Boards, mental health and COVID safety plans to name a few.
Nominate a business today - closes 19 August
NDIS Community Engagement team summary information to help locate services.
This webinar is of interest to professionals working with First Nations families and children in health, education, social and community service settings, including family violence and related services.
FAMS Survey measuring impact on services of COVID-19. Closing August 21.
A copy of the PDF slides from Combined Interagency
By understanding these issues, we can support the capacity of vulnerable populations in emergencies. We can give them priority assistance, and engage them in decision-making processes for response, recovery, preparedness, and risk reduction.
Community Depression Recovery Group
Dress for Success has a comprehensive career support program to assist women find employment
Hunter Multicultural Communities Inc are providing a Mobile Multicultural Meal service
Connecting, Caring & Contributing to our Community open Wednesday to Friday 9am- 2pm
This fee free course is delivered online by TAFE NSW in conjunction with Swansea Community Cottage.
Gambling Impact Society (GIS) is running Consumer Voice Presentations re impact of gambling. With funding until the end of June 2020 they are offering on-line presentations.
Including fines under Public Health Order, parenting arrangements, loss of employment and eviction from homes, immigration issues
The Energy Efficient Communities Program - Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants 2020 provides community groups with grants up to $12,500 for energy efficient equipment, energy generation and storage systems, and energy audits.
Are you aware of these relief packages?
Operations update during COVID-19 response
FASD update and social media promo help
Link included to UNICEF Rapid Assessment tool
Practical guides available and phone support
FREE home cooked meals provided by Our Community Place lunch hub
2019 saw the 5th iteration of the Lake Macquarie Youth Development Survey delivered across the region. It also saw the largest number of youth participants complete the survey since its humble beginnings in 2011.
Info on how to contact and refer during this time
Providing emergency relief soon to some migrants on temporary visas experiencing significant vulnerability including factsheet
NSW Council of Social Services resources with templates, they also shar this via e-newsletter. Sign up to their updates for regular information. Includes webinars on using Zoom for online meetings.
MHPN is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic situation and following government directives on isolation and social distancing. We are enhancing our network and webinar programs to meet the ever-changing circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and access resources for mental health practitioners.
We have started a community kitchen and you are invited to come and have a takeaway meal with social distancing. We curently are also distributing products for Good360 including ladies make up, unisex gift packs, oral care packs, sleeping bags etc.
Highlighting available resources at State and Territory level perhaps relevant for your organisation.Guide reflects policy announcements updated 22 April 2020
Report rough sleepers and enable their access to temporary and then long term accommodation quickly
Useful strategies around stress and anxiety, link to youth action regularly updated info and e-newsletter edition.
Ensure you keep up to date with announcements via their newsletter featured on this webpage for all Targeted Earlier Intervention announcements
COVID-19 response and services available
From Redfern Legal Centre including FAQ document
Open now closing 30 June 2020
Sharing updates on social media
Brad Dunn has compiled the attached document sharing resources on how we can support young people through the COVID-19 pandemic, links to online counselling and support groups and how to utilise digital technology in youth work.
Free Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training links
Remains open for business to service all Disability Employment Servies participants and those who may qualify for DES to navigate sudden unemployment. Offices closed, still working remotely. More info included.
COVID-19 response update and services available
Form included with basic information
Update on operations, times and how to contact
This small Hunter Project, a spin off from FISH (Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter) provides support for parents experiencing the child protection system. This project is staffed by parents who have experienced losing their children into care, and who have now changed their lives and are reunited with their children.
A suite of 21 fee-free TAFE NSW short courses are available online to assist anyone across the State who wants to upskill during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Migrant Employment Legal Service has prepared an Employment Law factsheet to answer Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 and people's employment. We anticipate an influx of employment law enquiries as casual staff are sent home on no pay, or worse yet, terminated.
Community Calming flyer 'working together' and Lock It, Protect It flyers
Tips to help vulnerable older people and people with disability during Coronavirus
Documents included local flyers on resources and still reporting even when social distancing.
This page contains links to updates, training, alerts, and resources for NDIS participants and providers. This information is to inform and support NDIS providers to continue to deliver quality and safe supports and services to NDIS participants.
Community card cards, financial hardship assistance policy and a brief info sheet on simple self care tips. Could you use Council staff to fulfill your volunteer roles?
Keep up to date with the latest news that affects carers and their care recipients.
Not for profit law resources about postponing AGMs, employment issues, social media legal issues and more.
These are the times that engagement professionals were built for. It's tough going - but we are up to it. As we all try to adjust to the challenges of virtual and online engagement, we have collated resources to help guide you through some of the questions around technology and engagement.
Operations and intake line referrals
We are still providing comprehensive translation and interpreting services in 104 languages and dialects, including Auslan (Australian sign language). We can offer you online form submission and telephone interpreting options to make these services contactless.
While we can't get together face to face, we've compiled some #stayathome resources to keep you inspired.
Including - Vision 2030 Roadmap- Boost to mental health services- Embrace Multicultural Mental Health News-#InThisTogether campaign-Suicide Prevention Australia messages- headspace welcomes $1.1 billion package by Government- advocacy issues including psychiatrists, and LGBTI communities need including
We are pleased to offer our community and school presentations as webinars in an effort to reach those who have trouble attending or accessing face-to-face sessions.
With our libraries temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 situation, we're looking at new ways to provide our borrowers with easy access to resources.
Exploring different topics such as Families and Storytimes, Arts, Tech Help and Meet the Author.
Access to Employee Assistance Program for NGO staff during COVID-19 Emergency
Information on NDIS service delivery operations under COVID-19 restrictions for customers
REMPLAN Data surveys for Australian Businesses. COVID-19 is having a significant impact on Australia, with considerable variation across industry sectors and regions. These industry and region-specific insights are vital for understanding the support that our local businesses require now, and also in coming months when we transition to economic recovery and stimulus.
FAMS hosting weekly virtual meetings with Workers Conversations and CEO Chats
Interrelate are offering all services online or over the phone including self-paced and group workshops, school based programs and counseling services for families.
Lake Macquarie City Council
126-138 Main Road,
Speers Point, NSW 2284
Box 1906, Hunter Region
Mail Centre, NSW 2310
Phone 02 4921 0333
Local number for Wyee residents 02 4357 1999
Telephone Interpreting Service 131 450 National Relay Service 133 677
ABN: 81 065 027 868