Safety

Countering Violent Extremism Support Services in NSW


Posters providing contact details for domestic violence services

The City with Domestic Violence NSW have produced the attached Feel Safe in Your Own Home poster to inform people where help is available, should they or someone they know need it.

Domestic and family violence is a serious and prevalent problem in Australia. Support is available and it can also be prevented. Covid-19 restrictions have made it more challenging for people who have experienced domestic and family violence at home to access help and support. With restrictions easing more people maybe able to reach out.

Copies of the poster are also attached in Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, Spanish, Thai, and Russian.

Other resources

Helpful advice is available on the NSW Department of Communities and Justice website for people, including you and your colleagues, wanting to help someone who has disclosed that they have experienced family and domestic violence.

The City’s Domestic violence is a crime booklet is a guide for people who are experiencing or are supporting people who have experienced domestic and family violence. This includes information in community languages and lists of local, state and national services that can help.

Furthermore, Our Watch is the national leader in the primary prevention of violence against women and children in Australia, and their website includes information on respectful relationships education and bystander videos including the series Doing nothing does harm.

Support

The following support services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732 – National Sexual Assault Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service

NSW Domestic Violence Line – 1800 65 64 63 – for referral or information about NSW domestic violence (including accommodation and legal) support services

Men’s Referral Service – 1300 766 491 – for men (and friends and family of men) who recognise that their behaviour is causing problems in their relationships.


Men and Boys

Australian Men’s Health Forum

The Australian Men’s Health Forum, in partnership with Suicide Prevention Australia, is developing a statewide online resource for men at risk of suicide.

You don’t have to work directly in male suicide prevention to get involved. Your work could be dealing with some of the factors that can increased men’s risk of suicide. You may be promoting social connection in men or supporting dads at different stages of their fatherhood journey. You could be working with unemployed men, or men living with disabilities or long-term health conditions.

Maybe you provide support to Indigenous men or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Men or males who identify as GBTI+; or maybe you work with men at different stages of life, like younger men or older men.

Put simply, if you’re based in New South Wales and you work to improve the lives and health of men and boys, we want to hear from you.

As a first step, an online information event was held in December 2021, to let you know more about this project and how it could benefit your work.

If you weren’t able to attend this event but would like to register your interest in this project, please email us at development@amhf.org.au with the words “NSW Male Suicide Project” in the subject line.


Health and Wellbeing

Head to Health Pop Up Hub

The Head to Health Pop-up Hub provides free on-site face-to-face and telehealth support.

Head to Health delivers evidenced based care for the short to medium term.

Our team consists of Psychologists, Social workers, Peer workers and Counsellors.

The service caters for all individuals aged 0-100 and the support is comprehensive including brief interventions, care-coordination and service navigation.

Our hubs currently have no waitlist and open throughout the Christmas period except for public holidays.

Clients can self-refer by calling the Central intake line on 1800 595 212

They can also contact the hub directly as a walk-in for support.

Please visit Head to Health Pop Up services in NSW and ACT | Head to Health for more information.


Diversity

Opportunities where ACON can assist in the goals you are setting out to achieve this year include:

  • inclusivity training for the team,
  • co-facilitating peer workshops for community members,
  • providing spaces or support to community groups,
  • dedicated programs, or offerings from your service for LGBTQ+ people,
  • sharing of information within your networks or connecting others within your networks to the work ACON does.

There are also FREE resources which can be provided for your service such as sexual health packs and information, mental health resources and other information on projects which will be announced throughout the year.

Josef Garrington – Community Health Promotion Officer

Regional Outreach, Illawarra and Southern NSW

Pronouns: he/him

Direct: 02 9206 2113 | Switch: 1800 063 060 | Mobile: 0437 651 752 | Fax: 02 9206 2069

Address: ACON Sydney, Gadigal Country, 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Email: jgarrington@acon.org.au | Website: acon.org.au


Addiction

Voices to be Heard, Survey

Family Drug Support (FDS) is excited to present our ‘Voices to be Heard’ Survey, which is an important theme for International FDS Day 2022.

This is for family members/carers of those who have issues with drugs or alcohol.

It aims to identify the preferred policy approaches and reforms of families affected by a family members’ drug and alcohol problems.

The survey takes as little as 5 minutes to complete and we encourage you to forward onto others that may be interested in participating and having their say.

Please circulate: ‘Voices to be Heard’ Survey

For any questions at all, please get in contact with Chloe – 0448 177 083 / chloes@fds.ngo.org.au  or Cass – 0491 091 630 / cass@fds.ngo.org.au

Employment and Training

EOI SCARF Mental Health Officer Role – please share

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY – MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT OFFICER

MCCI has received funding for an exciting new opportunity for a Project Officer to join our SCARF Team.

  • Immediate Start to June 2022
  • 38 hours per week
  • Grade 4 SCHADS Award

The Project: MCCI has been funded by the Illawarra-Southeast Primary Health Network to support mental health awareness and access for refugee communities in the Illawarra. The project is a covid pandemic support initiative with a limited timeframe to June 2022.

The Role:

To be successful in the role you will need:

  • prior project management experience in a community development setting,
  • a working knowledge of the mental health support systems
  • a good understanding of the migration experience of people from refugee backgrounds
  • great communication skills, and an ability to work as a member of a team.

The role will oversee the project, which includes

  • developing & implementing community-based activities to promote mental health awareness & referral pathways for people from refugee backgrounds
  • assisting SCARF’s community mobilisers with information, support and referral pathways to assist them to engage with community members who may need mental health services
  • organising external Accidental Counselling training sessions with MCCI & SCARF volunteers and staff
  • liaising with SCARF’s team to raise awareness of the initiative through existing programs
  • maintaining records of activities undertaken, program participation, and working with the SCARF Manager to monitor, report on, and evaluate the program for the PHN funding body

If you are interested or know someone that may be suitable, please share with across your networks. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact People and Culture Team at hr@mcci.org.au or Drew Sewell, SCARF Manager drew.sewell@scarfsupport.org.au

Applications need to complete the attached EOI form with an updated resume and return to recruitment@mcci.org.au asap.

This role has previously been advertised but was not filled, so we are eager to employ the right candidate as soon as possible.


Course Program 2022:

Duration 6 Months & Under:

Certificate Iii Individual Support (Ageing) Chc33015*^
5 Months

Certificate Iii In Beauty Services Shb30115*^
6 Months

Certificate Iii In Nail Technology Shb30315*^
6 Months

Duration 12 Months & Under:

Certificate Iii In Business Bsb30120 *^
7 Months

Certificate Iii In Accounts Administration Fns30317*^
8 Months

Certificate Iii In Fitness Sis30315*^
12 Months

Certificate Iii In Outdoor Leadership Sis30619*^
12 Months

Diploma Of Beauty Therapy Shb50115*^
12 Months

Certificate Iii In Hairdressing Shb30416*^
12 Months

Certificate Iii In Barbering Shb30516*^
10 Months

Subsidy Information
*All Courses Are Subsidised By The Nsw Govt And Many Are Fee-Free For Eligible Hsc School Leavers. Call Or Visit Our Website For More Details.

^Nationally Recognised Training (Nrt). National Vocational Education And Training Which Leads To Australian Qualifications Framework (Aqf) Qualifications Or Statements Of Attainment.

If You Would Like More Information Please Refer To Our Website Or Phone The Community College On 02 4232 1050.


Funding and Resources

Afghan-Australian Community & Settlement Support grant program is now open!

  • Minimum amount of funding available is $20,000 per year (or $30,000 over 17 months).
  • Maximum amount of funding available is $250,000 per year (or $375,000 over 17 months).

The Afghan-Australian Community and Settlement Support grant program supports Afghan-Australian and other community and grassroot organisations undertaking critical work to welcome and support people recently evacuated from Afghanistan.
 
Through an open competitive process, the program provides grants to organisations to facilitate positive settlement outcomes for newly arrived Afghan people.

Two grant rounds will be held between November 2021 and June 2023. Grant round one is now open, and applications close on Thursday, 23 December 2021.
 
Join us at one of our information sessions as we answer questions about the application process, deadlines, and assessment criteria. 
 
Click on the links below to register for one of the information sessions at the following dates and times :
December 7, 12:30 PM AEDT
December 14, 5:00 PM AEDT
  
Format: Virtual Zoom Meeting

Applications will be accepted via an online submission form on Afghan-Australia Community & Settlement Support website.

To apply or for more information on the program, please visit: https://www.aacassgrants.org.au
The grant program is administered by Migration Council Australia.


Diversity

Employment Rights Legal Service.

This is a service that focuses on migrants and vulnerable workers. Their website has this brochure in 23 community languages

They would like to hear suggestions for translations needed. Burmese? Kinyamulenge?  If requested, they can print and send out paper copies early next year.

They are based in Redfern but the bulk of their work is done via phone 9-5pm with interpreters. They welcome a shared casework approach with services if that works best.

The issues they are seeing most at present involve dismissals, work hours being reduced after lockdown, mandated vaccines,  and discrimination matters. They often investigate further with a single complaint to see if there is a systemic issue with a whole company or organisation.

Although the bulk of their work is providing legal advice and community education, they also work on law reform, and would welcome case studies to support this.

Sharmilla Bargon is the ERLS coordinator so she is the best one-stop shop if you have questions, please email her on coordinator@erls.org.au.

 If you would like ERLS to come and chat to your team, email Sharmilla to set up a convenient time. Or I’m happy to invite them to IRIF next year if there’s broad interest.


Afghan-Australian Community & Settlement Support grant program is now open!

  • Minimum amount of funding available is $20,000 per year (or $30,000 over 17 months).
  • Maximum amount of funding available is $250,000 per year (or $375,000 over 17 months).

The Afghan-Australian Community and Settlement Support grant program supports Afghan-Australian and other community and grassroot organisations undertaking critical work to welcome and support people recently evacuated from Afghanistan.
 
Through an open competitive process, the program provides grants to organisations to facilitate positive settlement outcomes for newly arrived Afghan people.

Two grant rounds will be held between November 2021 and June 2023. Grant round one is now open, and applications close on Thursday, 23 December 2021.
 
Join us at one of our information sessions as we answer questions about the application process, deadlines, and assessment criteria. 
 
Click on the links below to register for one of the information sessions at the following dates and times :
December 7, 12:30 PM AEDT
December 14, 5:00 PM AEDT
  
Format: Virtual Zoom Meeting

Applications will be accepted via an online submission form on Afghan-Australia Community & Settlement Support website.

To apply or for more information on the program, please visit: https://www.aacassgrants.org.au
The grant program is administered by Migration Council Australia.


Employment and Training

Christmas Volunteering 

We have plenty of volunteering opportunities with at our Gift Wrapping Stall in the Wollongong Mall. We would love for you to get involved and help spread cheer as we approach Christmas. 

Not only will you have fun, you know you’ll be helping a good cause. The stall will run from Thursday 2 December until Thursday 24 December 2021.

Book in with a friend or family member – places are filling up!

We’re recruiting!

We have a number of exciting opportunities to work with Lifeline South Coast. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP. 

Telephone Crisis Support (13 11 14) Paid Services Coordinator
We are looking for someone to help coordinate and support our paid crisis support services. This is a permanent part-time role and will work across Wollongong and Nowra sites.

Accredited Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter
We are looking to recruit a new mob to answer calls on Lifeline’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Crisis Support line. This will be a paid role with a range of permanent part-time and casual positions available.


This is a service that focuses on migrants and vulnerable workers. The website has this brochure in 23 community languages

They would like to hear suggestions for translations needed. Burmese? Kinyamulenge?  If requested, they can print and send out paper copies early next year.

They are based in Redfern but the bulk of their work is done via phone 9-5pm with interpreters. They welcome a shared casework approach with services if that works best.

The issues they are seeing most at present involve dismissals, work hours being reduced after lockdown, mandated vaccines, and discrimination matters. They often investigate further with a single complaint to see if there is a systemic issue with a whole company or organisation.

Although the bulk of their work is providing legal advice and community education, they also work on law reform, and would welcome case studies to support this.

Sharmilla Bargon is the ERLS coordinator so she is the best one-stop shop if you have questions, please email her on coordinator@erls.org.au.

 If you would like ERLS to come and chat to your team, email Sharmilla to set up a convenient time. Or I’m happy to invite them to IRIF next year if there’s broad interest.