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EOI EXTENSION: Aboriginal Reference Group (Maitland specific)
Council are currently undertaking an expression of interest process to recruit individual and stakeholder representatives for an Aboriginal Reference Group.

The Aboriginal Reference Group will:
• Provide a structure which will enable effective and sustainable communication between Council and key representatives of the local Aboriginal community
• Be a conduit between Council and the broader Aboriginal community
• Provide information, guidance and strategic advice on matters relating to Aboriginal community, culture and heritage.
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New Domestic violence laws commence soon
Some of you may be aware of domestic violence related changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 that will take effect on 28 February 2019.

In summary, victims of domestic violence can end their tenancy immediately where there is evidence of domestic violence, either via a medical practitioner declaration or a domestic violence order.
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ROOM HIRE - Samaritans Information & Neighbourhood Centre, Cessnock
For services who require office space in Cessnock, SINC have 2 days and a possible 3rd day available for permanent bookings: Monday, Tuesday and maybe a Friday.

1st office has 2 desks, lounge chairs and a boardroom table with 5 chairs and small fridge - Available Tuesday and possible Friday.

2nd office has 1 x desk, boardroom table with 5 chairs, lounge and lounge chair, small fridge and microwave -Available Monday and Tuesday
Subsidised Community Transport to ALL NDIS PARTICIPANTS
Great news for local NDIS participants who have difficulty accessing either private or public transport.
Essentially the additional funding means participants – even those without ‘transport’ in their support plan – have increased access to get around their community and do the things they want and need to do.
  MCCS Media Release - NDIS Transport Funding_January 2019.pdf Download Flyer
Mental health and illness Resource for early learning services and schools – Be You
This online resource, developed by beyondblue in partnership with Early Childhood Australia and headspace, aims to transform approaches to supporting children's and young people's mental health in early learning services and schools.   Resource - Be You
New family and domestic violence leave entitlement
Family and domestic violence leave has been added to the National Employment Standards and applies to all employees in the Fair Work System. The new entitlement allows employees experiencing family and domestic violence to access up to 5 days of unpaid leave to do something to deal with its impacts.
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Parenting Ideas holiday survival guide
Holiday time can be stressful for many parents.  

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Sound Scouts - A funded resource for checking a child's hearing
Sound Scouts is a clinically proven app that enables children’s hearing to be checked at school, in the home, in clinics or any quiet space.

From early 2019, the Australian Government will fund access to this app / screening for all school aged children.

Recognising that good hearing is vital to learning and not all children transitioning to or attending school will have access to hearing tests, we would encourage you to explore and take up the use of this app with families you support.
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I Respect aka Live Respect Facilitator training EOI
Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services has been running the I Respect program in high schools for the last 2 years. They have been receiving very good feedback from the participants and the school as well as facilitators being impressed by the young men’s responses to the content and the discussion.

It is a program to educate and encourage high school boys (or groups of boys in sports clubs for example) to examine their attitudes and beliefs about manhood. It is about teaching men and boys about healthy and respectful manhood to better support each other emotionally and hold each other to account, while ensuring girls and women are safe and considered equal.

PSFNS are putting out an expression of interest for people who may be interested in attending this training in late February 2019. It will be a 3 day training workshop and if enough people are interested hoping that $300 will cover each participant.
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Wakagetti IC | Cultural Camps | OOHC | CYP | January 2019
Target Audience: Aboriginal children in Out of Home Care (OOHC).

Wakagetti Indigenous Corporation (WIC) are hosting a cultural camp for Children / Young People (CYP) in Out Of Home Care (OOHC) at their property on Paynes Crossing Rd, roughly 3km from Wollombi Township.

Program features include: Aboriginal storytelling, weaving, sites visits, traditional dance, bush tucker gathering, didgeridoo, Aboriginal artifact demonstration, Aboriginal Art workshops and more.
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