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

Community and Connection

Free Help Sessions

Tech and Tea Go

Corrimal Library

14 and 28 September

Free Dropin Sessions – to book ring us or the library 4227 8179

Albion Park Library

14 September and every 2nd Wednesday

10.00am -11:30am

Woonona Bulli RSL, Princes Highway Woonona

Weekly on Thursdays 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Fairy Meadow Community Centre, Guest Park

Weekly on Fridays 10.00am – 11.30am

Unanderra Community Centre, Cnr Princes Highway and Factory Rd

Weekly on Mondays 1.30 – 3.00pm,

!!!  Please Note there will be no Sessions in the week of 19 to 23 September because of disruption of the bike races

TAFE NSW Community Connections Morning Tea

You are invited to our inaugural Community Connections Morning Tea.  

Connect with the TAFE NSW team, local education partners, industry and your local community. Network with like-minded individuals in the training and education space.

We look forward to hosting this special morning tea on our campus grounds at TAFE NSW Wollongong.  This will be an opportunity to find out more about what is happening with TAFE NSW in the Illawarra and explore ways to collaborate in supporting our local community.

Date and time

Friday 16 September 2022

10:30 am – 11:30 am AEST

Optional Campus Tour of TAFE NSW Wollongong at 11.30 am.


TAFE NSW – Wollongong, Foleys Lane, Wollongong NSW 2500


Community Encouragment Video

A huge thank you and congratulations to the Kiama Community College for putting together this wonderful Community Encouragement Video in celebration of the collective resilience and creativity of our community and the sector at large. 

Thank you to the amazing featured organisations, and to all our wonderful services and organisations of the Illawarra who provide such amazing support to our community.

Included in the video are:  

  • Green Connect
  • SENTRAL Youth Services Kiama
  • Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre
  • Flourish New Outlook
  • SCARF Refugee Support
  • Headspace (IPS Program)
  • Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
  • Kiama and Shoalhaven Community Colleges

Community and Connection

Joyful Project submissions now open for Wollongong City Council

We’re inviting all people of the Illawarra to submit your happy photo snaps and share with us what brings you joy!

This Christmas we’re planning to fill the outdoor exhibition blocks in Crown Street Mall with as many photos of your happy faces as possible for The Joyful Project.

Selected photos will be on display over the 2021-2022 summer period.

Each photo needs to show joy. It could be close-ups of you and your family with smiling faces, or pulling funny faces, or you (or someone else)

doing something that brings joy, like jumping on the trampoline, a family celebration, or dancing in your kitchen!

Entries close midnight, Sunday 19 September 2021.

How to enter

Take a photo of what brings you joy! If you’re using a phone camera, make sure it’s set to the highest image quality. Your photo can be up to 20 MB file size.

Write a short message (up to 280 characters) that explains what brings you joy during tough times. Think about when you feel happiest, or how you can bring joy to others.

Try to follow the format: “(Activity) at (location) brings me great joy!”

Read the project Terms and Conditions

Use the button below, go to the online form. Fill in your details, upload your photo and your message of joy!

Enter The Joyful Project


Telstra Payphones are Free

In a statement, Telstra’s CEO Andrew Penn stated:

“Since mobiles became nearly universal, a lot of Australians might not give them much thought. Until there’s a natural disaster. Until you’re in vulnerable circumstances, homeless or fleeing domestic violence.

That’s why I decided it’s time to make payphones free. Because even in the age of the smartphone they play such a critical role in our community, particularly in times of need”

For more information, the news release can be found at

You can find a searchable map with all Telstra payphones by following this link:


Loneliness – What we can do 

Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia was experiencing a loneliness epidemic.
It still is.
The risk of increased loneliness and social isolation at this time is concerning. While it is vital we adhere to physical distancing and other public health rules, we also need to prioritise maintaining healthy social connections and relationships, as this is so important to good mental and physical health.

Are they really OK? Ask them today.

R U OK?Day is next month on Thursday 9 September.

Do you know how the people in your world are really going?

Life’s ups and downs happen to all of us. So chances are someone you know might be struggling. Your genuine support can make a difference whatever they are facing, big or small. 

Don’t wait until someone’s visibly distressed or in crisis. Make a moment meaningful and ask them how they’re really going. 

Are they really OK? Ask them today. Your conversation could change a life. 

R U OK? has developed FREE resources to help you encourage everyone in your school, workplace and community to think about who in their world might need to be asked how they’re really going and how to make a moment meaningful by asking “are you OK?”

Camping for a cause 

Time for Kids Camp Out is a long weekend of camping fun!

Whether under the stars or in your very own living room, you are invited to Camp Out with your team this October! From now until Camp Out, you can help raise funds to enrich the lives of South Australian kids.

Time for Kids match children with volunteer families and individuals who willingly give their time, care and support. These relationships and supports complement children’s existing family structures.

Time for Kids has matched and assisted more than 5000 children and their families since 1960.
Camping for a cause is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Register online and set a fundraising goal. Decide where you want to Camp Out on 2-4 October 2021.

2. Get sponsored. In the lead-up to October, ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you/your team.

3. Camp Out! Over the long weekend, pitch a tent, complete challenges and have fun! Upload photos to your fundraising page and share on social media with #TimeforKidsCampOut2021.
Help raise funds for the Time for Kids program that truly changes kids’ lives.
Register today! 

Home life during the pandemic  

Sixteen months since public health restrictions were introduced in Australia, and twelve months since Relationships Australia completed our “COVID-19 and its effects on relationships” series, we re-introduced our monthly survey to explore the ongoing effects COVID-19 is having on people’s home life. The key findings are shown above and you can read the full report here.

Relationships Australia is also proud to be continuing its association with the University of Worcester and Relate in the United Kingdom, and Griffith University Australia, in an independent international long-term research study exploring the impact the pandemic is having on families and relationships.

Phase 2 of this important study is now live, and we encourage all Australians to add their voice, by completing the survey, here.

You can also read about some of the preliminary findings from Phase 1, including some of the different ways the impacts have been felt internationally in our latest blog here.

Coping with COVID-19  

During a period of high stress and pressure for many families, couples and individuals it can be hard to know what to do. Here are a few resources to help.
Relationships Australia Western Australia has developed some resources which may help guide you through this difficult time.
Relationships Australia Victoria also has easy-to-read resources and tip sheets developed specifically to help you navigate the challenges you might be facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our friends at Ending Loneliness Together have compiled ‘10 tips to Staying Connected in Lockdown’. 

More days to connect … from a distance or virtually

There are good (and often important!) reasons to connect every single day.

Here are a few to help get you started. And remember, every day is neighbour day!
August 15-23                     National Science Week
August 16-22                     Keep Australia Beautiful Week
August 21-27                     Book Week
August 25                          National Meals on Wheels Day
August 29 – 4 Sep             Legacy Week
September 1-30                Dementia Awareness Month
September 1-30                Liptember [women’s health care month]
September 1-30                Foster Care Month
September 1-30                Social September
September 2-8                  National Landcare Week
September 5                     Father’s Day
September 5-11                National Child Protection Week
September 6-8                  Rosh Hashanah
September 6-10                Women’s Health Week
September 7                     Threatened Species Day
September 9                     R U OK?Day
September 10                   World Suicide Prevention Day
September 15-16              Yom Kippur – Jewish day of atonement
September 17                   Australian Citizenship Day
September 17-19              Clean up the World Weekend
September 19                   Talk like a Pirate Day