Do you have an idea to improve your community?

My Community Project is all about local ideas, local projects and local decisions

For the first time, you will be able to put forward ideas for community projects and vote for the best ideas in your area. The projects that get the most votes will receive funding – up to $260,000 is available for your community.

Projects must align with one or more of the six program categories:

Accessible communities – makes everyday life more inclusive to all community members by increasing accessibility and mobility

Cultural communities – adds to the cultural and artistic life of the community by increasing opportunities for residents to participate in arts and cultural activities

Healthy communities – supports the community’s physical and mental wellbeing, by enabling healthy and active lifestyles

Liveable communities – improves local amenity and environment

Revitalising communities – fosters stronger community bonds, encourages social engagement and participation in public programs

Safe communities – promotes a safe and secure community where people can participate and enjoy the benefits of community life.

Ability Links

Uniting, Children, Young People and Families, in partnership with Settlement Services International (SSI), secured government funding to deliver a new program called Ability Links NSW in Nepean Blue Mountains, Northern Sydney, Western Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven and Southern NSW.  

This free, innovative new program for people with a disability, their families and carers is aimed at promoting social inclusion and community participation.

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Meeting | Illawarra Interagency


28 FEBRUARY 2019
Shellharbour Civic Centre
2pm – 4pm


Hear from a panel of local Community Education & Training professionals discussing:

professional development courses or workshops for those working in the community sector

  • training or workshops available for various disadvantaged groups
  • training provider organisations and locations
  • subsidies, scholarships and associated eligibility
  • enrolment processes and dates
  • other options; online or correspondence  

Looking for an activity for a Youth Week 2019 that promotes Condom literacy?

HARP will provide:

  • A mannequin
  • A $100 Spotlight gift voucher
  • Expired red condoms

You(your service) will provide:

  • Creativity
  • Design
  • Construction

Some Inspo from previous years and Condom Couture from North Carolina:

Please reply to this EOI by Friday 8th February 2019 and the successful organisation will be advised week commencing 11th Feb when the mannequin, voucher and condoms will be delivered to your service to get started on the design and making of the outfit.

*The finished Condom Outfit will go on tour for approximately 10 weeks to community organisations acknowledging the makers provided that it is robust enough.

In an independent evaluation of the Condom Outfit in 2014 was proven to raise awareness of condom usage and encourage young people to visit sexual health clinics and GPs for testing. HARP intend to spark interest in and create an environment whereby Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) can be discussed, accepted and ultimately prevented without fear, myth, stigma or discrimination.  Such an open atmosphere will be a key to reducing the risk factors for STIs in the future.

Food Care Reopened

Great food items have arrived and ready to be snapped up at a great low price.

Food Care can be accessed by people from all walks of life.

  • You don’t need to hold a Centrelink card
  • You don’t have to be a low income earner
  • You can be someone that just wants to save on their grocery bills and that’s fine.


Come down and grab a bargain and meet the team over a cup of coffee.

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

Illawarra Centre for Enablement

The Illawarra Centre for Enablement (ICfE), is a new venture in the Illawarra to enable people personally and professionally and to raise civic engagement in the Illawarra.

Take a look at the Centre’s website

The Centre also has a facebook page

Join the Centre’s first Enablement program, Embrace Your Authentic Self, an intensive, one day transformational workshop to be held on 21 February at Gerringong for a maximum of 10 people.

Details of this program is at

Creating Synergy Drugs and Young People — Care • Collaboration • Compassion

6 – 7 June Wollongong

The Creating Synergy is a biennial conference that highlights a range of innovative work in prevention, early intervention, treatment and health promotion currently implemented by the health, welfare and education sectors to support people who use drugs or alcohol.

The 2019 conference  will showcase evidence-based best practice when working with young people. It will present updates on research and policy that underpin the work of alcohol and other drug clinicians, outreach workers, treatment officers, peer workers treatment concerned with minimising the harms of alcohol and other drug use among young people in our communities.

The conference boasts an amazing mix of excellent keynote and concurrent session speakers and presenters.

Creating Synergy 2019 will also feature two concurrent full day Pre-Conference Workshops on Wednesday 5 June

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the Thriving Adolescent- Dr Joe Ciarrochi

Creating Collaboration for Change- Dr Coralie Wales, Dr Kia Wallwork & Kerrie O’Leary

The Creating Synergy Committee welcomes you to join us in at the Creating Synergy Conference in June 2019.

Register or Submit an Abstract NOW

We look forward to supporting you and improving outcomes for young people who struggle with drugs or alcohol and their families.