Community Workers Website

The Department of Justice and Legal Aid NSW

We would like to invite you to use our new website and downloadable resource named “Helping your client with legal issues: a guide for community workers”.

The Department of Justice and Legal Aid NSW have prepared this website and resource to help community workers to assist clients, including those from multicultural communities, with their legal issues.

The website and resource covers common legal issues experienced by clients which include:

  • Police
  • Consumer issues
  • Debt and fines
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Births Deaths & Marriages
  • Family Law
  • Workplace issues

The website and resource are located at

If you have any questions or wish to provide feedback on this website and resource please email us at

Hair & Beauty courses on offer this month and in 2019.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy and our Certificate III In Beauty Services as well as a number of exciting new Beauty and Hair Short Courses. 

You can view our course info sheets through the links below:

We are the Shoalhaven & Lower South Coast’s very own apprenticeship approved Hair & Beauty College, offering state-of-the-art training facilities combined with expert, highly skilled trainers delivering the best hair & beauty courses.

These are fantastic courses for any of your clients looking to break into the beauty industry, and give great opportunities to enhance their careers.

Please visit our website, or get in touch today by calling 4423 0351 for more information on these courses.

Courses starting SOON!

Download 2019 Course Brochure

Caddyshack Summer Tour ft. Spin & Win cool Stuff and The Glitter Bar

HARP have FREE chlamydia screening during Summer 2019 in partnership with Kiama Municipal Council at

Kiama South Beach – January 15th & 25th and February 1st, 8th & 15th  

Shellharbour City Council at Shellharbour Beach February 22nd & March 1st

Check out the action here.

The Caddyshack project aims to increase the awareness of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and has been running in partnershipwith the Illawarra Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service since 2013 to engage young people around safe sex

Advocating for your community

Wednesday 6 February, 10.00am AEST

2019 will no doubt be an interesting one in politics and one we want to help you capitalise on!

A key role of government in Australia is to advocate on behalf of their residents for the improvement of services, infrastructure and amenity especially when these resources are the responsibility of the State and Federal Governments or other third-parties.

Hear from from Sid Wynen, Team Leader Engagement, Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations at the City of Casey and Dinuki Scharenguivel, Engagement Manager at Bang the Table, on how the City of Casey conducted its biggest and most successful advocacy campaign, securing $1 billion dollars in the lead up to the November 2018 Victoria State Election.

In this webinar you will learn how to build a strategic approach to developing an advocacy campaign, ways to bring your community to the centre of prioritising issues, strategies for executing a methods based approach to defining priorities, tips to consider when designing a campaign and ways to measure and evaluate your campaigns.

This session is highly recommended for advocacy officers, community engagement practitioners and communications professionals.

First Step Program Bus Tour

Registrations are now open for the First Step Program Bus Tour, Thursday 14th February 2019 from 10.00am till 2.00pm.

The bus tour gives participants an on the ground view of the current situation around drug use and Blood Borne Infection(BBI) transmissions.

It provides an opportunity to dispel myths and “get the real story” on such a hidden, sensitive, and not often talked about area.


09.45am       Meet First Step Program, Port Kembla Hospital, Fairfax Road,   Warrawong.

10.00am       Depart for Hill 60, Port Kembla

10.45am       Warilla Community Health Centre

11.45am       The Wollongong Hospital Automatic Dispensing Machine

12.00             Orana Centre, Wollongong site visit

1.00pm          Darcy House, Port Kembla site visit & lunch

Cost is $15.00 which goes to Darcy House for providing lunch.

Click here to register or Google First Step Program, Bus Tour February 2019. Places are limited.

What other people are saying about the tour:

  • Can I just say WOW!! What an amazing experience!! Thank you for this fantastic bus trip!
  • I liked the way you challenged people’s perception on Methadone use.
  • I find that this style of learning has so many benefits as opposed to the traditional sit in a room watching a PowerPoint presentation learning. It has had a strong impact on my understanding and perspective on the many issues that are faced by clients of the drug and alcohol service.
  • I thought it was very insightful, interesting and valuable for both my future practice as a social worker but also just for my overall knowledge
  • Loved every minute of it! Very informative and a great opportunity to speak with other people working in the field.
  • The First Step Program bus tour was excellent – loved it!

First Step Program is a free and confidential blood borne virus prevention service In the Illawarra and Shoalhaven area. The service provides clean injecting equipment, free condoms as well as support and referrals in all matters of health and welfare including detox and rehabilitation.  First Step Program provide outreach services and education on HIV, Hepatitis A, B and C and waste management of used syringes to individuals and groups.

     A collaborative initiative between First Step Program HARP, & Healthy Cities Illawarra

Illawarra Women’s’ Health Centre


Learn stretch and self-massage techniques that can improve your flexibility, posture and circulation, reduce your risk of injury, and relieve muscular tension.

Morning tea provided
Friday 1st February 
9.30am -12.30pm


Would you liked to meet new people while learning healthy & budget-friendly cooking skills

Cost: $4
Starting Tuesday 12th February for 12 weeks.
10.00am – 1.00pm


Learn about the benefits of essential oils in your home or for your health. Learn to make an after sun lotion using Aloe Vera.

Cost: $10 
Wednesday 16th January 
6.00pm – 8.00pm


Self Esteem & Communication is an 8-session group for women who wish to develop their self-confidence, communication skills and conflict resolution abilities. Cost: FREE
Starting Monday 11th February
for 8 weeks
10.00am – 12.30pm


To discuss menopausal symptoms, new treatment options and how to manage this time of life. 

Cost: Free
Thursday 28th February 
9.30am -12.30pm


Come along and learn new skills and meet new people at the same time.

Cost: FREE
Next Date: Wed 23rd January
10.00am – 11.00am

To see our full list of groups please click here.

Please call to confirm date and times of groups before attending for the first time on 4255 6800 or email   

Health Care Services

A Women’s Health Doctor is available for consultations and a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner is available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

We also have the following health providers at the Centre;

  • Dietitian                                          
  • Generalist Counsellor
  • Domestic and Family Violence Support Worker         
  • Psychologist                                    
  • Young Women’s Social Worker
  • Social worker                         
  • Phone Counsellor [1800 82 55 44]
  • Massage Therapist                                           
  • Reflexologist

We have psychologists and social workers that are specialised in trauma, domestic violence and sexual assualt.       

Please contact us for more information on making and appointment and costs. 4255 6800


Supporting body confidence & healthy relationships with food and exercise in young people

Need support and resources to nurture body confidence in the young people you work with? 

The Butterfly Foundation, Australia’s largest not-for-profit supporting those affected by eating disorders and body image concerns is currently gauging levels of interest in a prevention focused professional development workshop in Shellharbour in 2019 .

What’s on offer?
Body Esteem Educator Training (4hrs)

  • Suitable for teachers, youth and community professionals working with young people aged 8 to 18
  • Prevention focused addressing risk and protective factors underpinning the development of negative body image, disordered eating and eating disorders
  • Packed with latest research and evidence based approaches to prevention and activities and resources to support body esteem.
  • Includes essential information on early intervention and referral for young people at risk.

$170pp & includes a copy of Free To BE – a body esteem education resource (8 to 18yrs)

The Butterfly Foundation supports Australians in the prevention & treatment of eating disorders & body image issues.

World ADS Day

AIDSIn the week leading up to World AIDS Day on the 1st December 2018, NSW Health are encouraging people to get tested for HIV.

For confidential information on where to get a HIV test call NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624.

To order a NSW Health HIV test online click here for  a free, easy, private and accurate way to test.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis(PrEP), is the use of medications to prevent HIV in those at risk and it  is available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Around 10,000 in NSW people are currently living with HIV. 36.9 million people worldwide are currently living with HIV/AIDS.

Take the World AIDS Day quiz and go into the draw to win a $100.00 Coles Myer voucher.

Click here to start.



National Arts and Disability Strategy

The National Arts and Disability Strategy is being renewed! The Department of Communications and the Arts wants to hear about your experiences in the sector, and how you think the participation of people with disability in the arts, screen and culture sector can be increased.

How can I have my say on the National Arts and Disability Strategy?

  • Complete an online survey
  • Provide a written, verbal or recorded submission

Click here for these opportunities…

Is everyone welcome?

Yes, everyone can have their say. It’s important to hear the views of as many people and organisations as possible, including:

  • Artists, arts and cultural workers and screen practitioners with disability
  • People with disability who are audience members at venues and events, at home or online or who participate in creative or cultural workshops or recreational arts, screen or cultural activities
  • Carers
  • Creative, cultural and screen organisations
  • People with disability who want to participate in arts, screen or cultural activities
  • Anyone else who has ideas on how to improve access to and participation in creative and cultural activities by people with disability

Consultations program

As well as looking at how to increase participation, you can share your views on ways to:

  • Support the practice, professional development, networks and employment of practitioners with disability
  • Build audiences for the work of artists and screen practitioners with disability
  • Promote and celebrate the diversity of artists, arts and cultural workers and screen practitioners with disability

What is the deadline?

Submissions for the National Arts and Disability Strategy close Monday 3 December 2018 at 5pm (AEST).

Thank you for your participation!