COVID and Young People

Youth voices, COVID-19 video competition for high school students 

This is a particularly challenging time for our communities including children and young people. Children and young people are more connected to media/social media than any other age group and often find it hard to make sense of all the COVID-19 messages that they’re exposed to.

The Prevention Education and Research Unit (PERU) in partnership with the School of Population Health, UNSW are running the Youth Voices COVID-19 Video Competition for high school students in Western Sydney.

The competition was launched Monday August 23rd and is closing 5.00pm Friday 17th September (please see flyer at bottom of this email for easy sharable details) 

This competition was developed after conversations with schools about the difficulty in running external workshops for students during lockdown, and the need for innovative strategies to both disseminate COVID-19 health and wellbeing information, and encourage student engagement, leadership and voice.

Students are invited to submit a short video addressing one of three topic areas:

1. COVID-19 Vaccinations: encouraging people to protect themselves

2. Looking after your wellbeing during the pandemic

3. Tackling COVID-19 misinformation and myths

Click the link below for all competition details:

The competition is key to ensuring that adolescents are supported, acknowledged and empowered to have a voice in this pandemic. This is a challenging time for our community and it is important that we support young people. I encourage you to share this opportunity with the young people in your networks, so that they will have an opportunity participate.

Thank you for supporting this initiative and for empowering young people to lead the charge in protecting themselves and their communities throughout this pandemic.

Food and Housing | COVID | Employment and Training

Since the beginning of the lockdown in Sydney, community service organisations have reported a huge surge in demand from people experiencing financial distress. While the Federal Government has extended support to some through the Covid Disaster Payment, most people struggling to get by on the lowest incomes have been excluded. People receiving income support cannot get disaster payments if they didn’t lose paid work because of the lockdown. At the same time, they cannot get paid work because of the lockdown. People are trapped in poverty as a result. 

Community organisations are doing all they can to help. But we urgently need to lift income support payments so people on the lowest incomes are not trapped in poverty. That’s why the Australian Council of Social Service, the NSW Council of Social Service and the City of Sydney are hosting an online forum about the impact of lockdowns on people on the lowest incomes. 

The speakers will include:

  • Uncle Allan Murray, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council – Welcome to Country
  • Ms Katherine McKernan, CEO, Homelessness NSW
  • Ms Ashlee Donohue, Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Women’s Centre
  • Ms Frances Rush OAM, CEO, Asylum Seekers’ Centre
  • Michael Shreenan, Executive Officer, Counterpoint Community Services

Personal experiences from community members will also be shared.

Register now to Join us for this important discussion. 

Date: Wednesday 1 September 2021 

Time: 12:30pm to 2:30pm

See more information and RSVP on EventBrite


How we’ll rebound from this pandemic with Communities in Control

In a normal year, Our Community would already have hosted Australia’s best and biggest annual community sector event, back in May. But 2020 is no normal year.

Communities in Control will take place online on 16-17 November, with virtual conference technology so good you’ll be able to taste the mints. Experience the buzz and share in the feel-good vibes that Communities in Control is renowned for: meet other delegates at random, join a break-out session, chat, check out the exhibits, and tune into a line-up of speakers who’ll open you to new ideas and leave you hopeful and inspired.

With the theme Connection, Creativity, Community: Finding Hope in a Climate of Crisis, Communities in Control is the elixir you need right now. Tickets are $250 (inc GST) for both days – less if you bring friends.


Community Industry Group wants to hear from the people of Australia

Community Industry Group is conducting a survey to gain an understanding of how people keep connected when they’re struggling on insufficient income.

The impacts of social isolation have become a major concern since restrictions have been put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. But for many people living on low-incomes, such as those with part time or casual positions, or people receiving income support payments like JobSeeker, it can be difficult to participate in social activities. Clothing, food or ticket prices can be out of reach for many people and even having friends over for dinner can be outside of the budget.

We want to hear from as many people as possible. Attached is a poster for your centre or organisation to print and put up on the noticeboard to encourage visitors to take part.

It is anonymous and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete

Take your AGM online without the strife

Annual General Meetings are essential business for not-for-profits.

But COVID-19 means that this year, more organisations than ever will be going “virtual” with their AGM.

Whether you’ve held yours already or you’re among the thousands of community groups and not-for-profits taking advantage of a time extension, our latest help sheet contains free, practical advice to keep your organisation ticking.

Covering the twin themes of good governance and good technology, our AGMs help sheet covers:

  • AGM essentials and how to prepare for a successful meeting
  • Choosing a tech platform
  • Setting up your virtual AGM
  • Notifying members
  • Conducting a trial run and hosting the meeting
  • Sharing documents and screens
  • Voting
  • Meeting security
  • A case study from a first-time “Zoomer” organisation
  • Extra online resources

READ MORE: How to make your online AGM a success 


Damn Good Advice on Creating a COVID-19-Safe Workplace: A guide for NFP boards and managers

Not-for-profits are currently facing down one of the most challenging times in the past century. If your organisation is going to survive this pandemic, you’ll need some “damn good advice”.

 Download our free 44-page guide here 

About the guide

As Australia tackles COVID-19, some parts of the country have been able to “flatten the curve”. For not-for-profits in those areas, that means trying to imagine what a return to the office – or the service centre, the refuge, the op shop, the place of worship, the koala sanctuary – might look like.

The second wave of infections in Victoria and hot spots elsewhere are a stark reminder that until a vaccine is available, returning to the workplace does not mean returning to normal.

This comprehensive guide sets out the steps your organisation needs to take when you’re thinking of bringing your people – your staff, managers and volunteers – back to their usual workplace. Included are template checklists you can tailor that cover:

  • Building modifications
  • Policies and practices
  • Events and meetings
  • Dealing with the public
  • Incident procedures