ACON’s Trans Health Equity team welcome all trans and gender diverse people and all Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander trans people in NSW to be a part of Trans Vitality, a peer-education and trans empowerment program.

Across four workshops, you’ll work with peer facilitators and fellow trans community to learn about resilience, community care, trans histories, and futures whilst working together to make a space for connection. 

Workshop Details:

Online Workshops open to all trans community across NSW

  • Every Tuesday night from 28 March – 18 April, 6-8:30pm

Online workshops for Sistergirls, Brotherboys and trans mob

  • Every Thursday night from 20 April – 11 May, 6-8:30pm

Please fill out an expression of interest here and the team will be in contact.

Or visit Transhub for trainings, workshops and registration link here and our Trans Vitality toolkit for great community resources here.

Unpacking the Complexity of Hoarding Disorder and Severe Domestic Squalor

Community Industry Group in partnership with Inside Out Recovery will be holding a 2-day training session in April focusing on the complexity of both hoarding and squalor. The aim is to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of these disorders and how to support or diagnose the presence of hoarding and squalor. The training provides front line workers, psychologists, GPs, housing providers, NDIS LACS and planners, real estate agents, and others with an in-depth understanding of these disorders and how to support or diagnose the presence of hoarding and squalor.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand Hoarding Disorder (HD) and Severe Domestic Squalor (SDS) from a holistic framework.
  • Understand the behaviours, psychology, and emotional attachments that underpin these disorders.
  • Effectively identify the presence of Hoarding Disorder (HD) and Severe Domestic Squalor (SDS).
  • Identify appropriate intervention strategies – what works and what doesn’t?
  • Effectively use assessment tools to inform work practices.

Please register using the link below….

Unpacking the Complexity of Hoarding Disorder and Severe Domestic Squalor Tickets, Mon 03/04/2023 at 9:30 am | Eventbrite

State election candidate forum

Anna Brown, CEO of Equality Australia, will be moderating the forum, with The Hon. Brad Hazzard, the Hon. Penny Sharpe MLC, Jenny Leong and Alex Greenwich coming along to speak to us about the commitments to the health and human rights of our communities that they are taking to the next election.

Please REGISTER HERE to let us know you can attend in person, or via the online livestream, and submit any questions you would like us to pose to the panelists on your behalf.

Community Industry Group “Temperature Check” Survey

To fully understand the significant challenges the Community Services sector (Illawarra/Shoalhaven/Southern NSW) is currently facing, Community Industry Group is conducting a ‘Temperature Check’ (key issue survey) to find out what issues are most concerning to you/your organisation/community and what supports may be needed.

The survey can be found using the link below…

Any concerns, please call Chris Racar at CIG on 42 56 4333

Carer Gateway Service Provider Open Day

Join the Carer Gateway team
for brunch and find out more
about programs and services
that carers can access.

– Tailored Support Packages
– Coaching Services
– Counselling
– Emergency Respite
– Peer Support
– Young Carers Programs

Plus a Q&A session with the
team members and carers.

Thursday 16th
March 2023
Time: 9:00am-11:30am
Where: Wollongong Town Hall, Kembla St, Wollongong NSW 2500

To register, go to:


Friday, 9 December 2022 – 12:00pm

Nominate NOW(Opens in a new window)

Shellharbour City Council is calling on the community to make a nomination for the 2023 Shellharbour City Community Awards. 

This year Council has expanded the Community Awards to include: 

  • Australia Day Citizen of the Year 
  • Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year (under 25) 
  • Contribution to the Arts 
  • Environmental Warrior of the Year 
  • Young Environmental Warrior of the Year 
  • Sports Star of the Year  (separate Nomination Form(Opens in a new window))

These awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contribution that individuals, communities and businesses make in Shellharbour.  The awards aim to recognise their success and achievements which contribute to making Shellharbour a better community.

Important Dates 

Nominations Open: Monday 3 October 2022 
Nominations Close: Friday 9 December 2022

Fund Raising and Community

It’s our biggest ever Big Book Fair!

Our next Book Fair will be running from Thursday, 20th to Sunday 23rd at the Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley.
On Thursday, 20th October at 5pm, access is restricted to subscribers of our Book Lovers List.

Admission to the VIP opening night is $10, ensuring you get the first chance to peruse and purchase what’s on offer. 

Thursday, 20 October – 5:00pm – 9:00pm (VIP Opening Night)
Friday, 21 October – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, 22 October – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, 23 October – 9:00am to 4:00pm

Sign up to our Book Lovers List for access to Opening Night. 

The books are divided into over 50 categories including:
Children’s, fiction (paperback, hardcover, romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror), hobbies (cooking, gardening, sport), sciences (science, economics, education), arts (biographies, history, Australiana, travel, religion, psychology) and old books such as old and interested or something special.

We would love to accept your preloved books at the event from Thursday – Sunday. There will be a donation tent located outside the building.

Lifeline South Coast’s Big Book Fair is the largest second-hand book sale in NSW and the biggest fundraising event that supports Lifeline South Coast’s crisis support and suicide prevention services in the Illawarra and South Coast.

Further information:

  • The Something Special Book list is available via the following link. Please click here to download the lists of collectable books available at the Book Fair.
  • Please bring your Carry Bags with you.
  • Donations of pre-loved books can be donated at book fair, there will be a donation tent located outside. We only accept books in good condition due to the high cost of recycling.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Lifeline’s Book Fairs, every purchase helps Lifeline continue to provide crisis support and suicide prevention services to the local community.

Community and Connection

Get Online Week

Inclusee are proud to partner with The Good Things Foundation for Get Online Week 2022 from 17 – 23 October.

Get Online Week is an Australia-wide digital inclusion campaign supporting thousands of people to get online safely and confidently. The week-long, annual campaign supports people to improve their digital skills and close the digital divide.

Being digitally included means having affordable access to the internet and the skills and confidence to use it safely. Inclusee offer free Samsung tablets on loan, including sim cards, to empower our older Australians with the tools they need to get connected to our virtual community.

This year’s Get Online Week theme, Try One Thing, encourages people to explore the possibilities of the internet.

We have a jam-packed schedule of events for anyone to join in, including E-Safety, Trivia, Watercolour Painting, and Meditation. I’ve attached the timetable which we encourage you to share with your networks. Get Online Week is open to people over 18 who are interested in volunteering too.

This is the link to register for Inclusee events.

Register for Get Online Week 2022 – Inclusee