To fully understand the significant challenges the Community Services sector (Illawarra/Shoalhaven/Southern NSW) is currently facing, Community Industry Groupis 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.
CATEGORIES 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.
DONATING BOOKS We would love to accept your preloved books at the event from Thursday – Sunday. There will be a donation tent located outside the building.
ALL PROCEEDS TO LIFELINE 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.
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.
IMB Bank Community Foundation 2022 – Taking Applications
The IMB Bank Community Foundation is currently offering grant funding to community groups and charities – big and small – with applications open until 30th June 2022.
Since 1999, IMB Bank’s Community Foundation has allocated $11 million in funding to a diverse range of community groups including school, sporting, charity and volunteer organisations, with an overarching goal of improving outcomes for our local communities and the people living in them.
Grants have previously been allocated as seed funding to get a great idea off the ground, or as the means to expand an existing community project.
More about the IMB Bank Community Foundation can be found here.
Invitation to join Community Voice Network
My name is Jess Eggins, I am the Project Officer for the disability sector in the Community and Industry Engagement team from the NSW government.
I work in the Better Regulation Division (BRD) where we work across the regulatory bodies – including NSW Fair Trading and SafeWork NSW. Our focus is to reduce community harms for the consumer, and in the workplace.
I am writing to invite you to be part of the Community Voice network (CV-net). The aim is to reduce community harms, particularly those that are prominent in our most vulnerable communities, including people from multicultural backgrounds, people with disabilities, youth and Aboriginal communities.
This is beneficial so BRD can hear of the issues occurring from the community directly and we would also like to offer to be the local issues or escalation point to connect with the regulators if needed.
Through the CV-net we want to work with you to identify existing and emerging harms and develop workable solutions. Together we will broaden the reach of BRD harm minimisation programs and campaigns to educate and protect communities. The network will improve pathways for community feedback, and participation in the regulatory process.
Network membership for community groups and intermediaries is offered at two levels:
Informed Members are kept informed with news and information from across the three regulators that may be relevant for their communities or sector.
Members are encouraged to take part in polls, surveys, submissions etc, and to inform BRD of any risks or harms emerging in their sector.
Involved Members take a more active role, including contributing to the development of content and the delivery of harm minimisation initiatives
To take part in this initiative please refer to the Terms of Reference and Fact Sheet attached.
Please feel free to share the information within your network and other organisations you think would find the Community Voice Network beneficial especially organisations working with our multicultural communities, people with disabilities, youth and Aboriginal communities.
It is specifically designed to support eligible not-for-profit organisations, community groups, and associated volunteer-based organisations that responded to the impacts of COVID, including supporting community members affected by COVID isolation health orders with food and personal care delivery efforts. Groups must be based within NSW but outside the Sydney metropolitan area.
The aim of the program is to build resilience within communities to boost their preparedness for future impacts of COVID and other disasters. The Capacity Building Grants can support community projects that increase the capacity of community groups that are likely to:
Provide ongoing services to affected members of the community;
Build resilience within these communities; and/or
Build capacity for your community group or organisation to deliver services in communities to mitigate and respond to the pandemic and future disasters.
Applications for these Capacity Building grants are now being accepted and close 29 April 2022. Recipients will be announced in July 2022. There is more information about the program on FRRR’s website, including details about eligibility and what can be funded.
If your group isn’t eligible, but you know a group that might be, please feel free to pass on this email. Of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact FRRR on 1800 324 85 or at email@example.com.
The NSW Government is calling on sporting organisations to step up and serve some ace ideas for delivering mental health and wellbeing activities as part of a $2.8 million Mental Health Sports program.
Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said clubs can apply for grants of up to $150,000 from now until 6 March 2022 for activities that provide mental health, resilience and wellbeing benefits to individuals and groups across the State.
“As part of our COVID-19 mental health recovery package, we’re looking to our sporting clubs to inspire people to make their mental health and wellbeing a top priority in 2022,” Mrs Taylor said.
“These grants are intended to take conversations about mental health out of the clinic and into the clubhouse. We want people talking about how they’re going emotionally and mentally in a setting they are comfortable with.
“As well as being a fun recreational activity, exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins, distract from daily worries and is a great way to meet new friends or catch up with old ones, making it a fantastic remedy for maintaining a healthy mind and lifestyle.”
All NSW-based sports bodies are encouraged to apply, with the aim of ensuring a spread of funding and projects across the State. Grants will be available to clubs supporting both general populations and the following priority populations:
Culturally and linguistically diverse people
People with coexisting mental health, alcohol or other drug issues.
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the program builds on the success of the $1.1 million Mental Health Sport Fund in 2019-20.
“After a very tough two years we want to see people kicking goals both on and off the field and these sporting grants are a great way to do just that,” Mr Ayres said.
“Sporting clubs and associations are at the heart of local communities, helping to forge strong community ties and a strong sense of place. It makes sense they’re our partners in getting the mental health of NSW back on track.”
The $2.8 million NSW Mental Health Sports Fund is part of the $130 million COVID-19 mental health recovery package announced in October 2021.
Resilience NSW COVID Regional Community Support Program
Many regional community groups, not-for-profit organisations and other locally-based community health groups in regional NSW played a critical role in supporting their communities to navigate the impacts of COVID by delivering food and personal care hampers. In some cases, these groups are out of pocket from delivering those hampers.
Recognising this, the NSW Government has partnered with FRRR to create the Resilience NSW COVID Regional Community Support (CRCS) program. It is designed to support eligible not-for-profit organisations, community groups and associated volunteer-based organisations based in NSW, but outside the Sydney metropolitan area, that incurred expenses in delivering food and personal care items to individuals and families affected by COVID lockdowns.
The program will offer a contribution towards reimbursing expenses for eligible organisations, while a second stream (opening in March) will help build resilience within their communities to mitigate future pandemic events.
Applications for reimbursement open 31 January, and close 1 March.
Funds will be dispersed by the end of April.
Find out more about whether your group could be eligible. Applications close 1 March, 2022.
Afghan-Australian Community & Settlement Support grant program is now open!
Minimum amount of funding available is $20,000 per year (or $30,000 over 17 months).
Maximum amount of funding available is $250,000 per year (or $375,000 over 17 months).
The Afghan-Australian Community and Settlement Support grant program supports Afghan-Australian and other community and grassroot organisations undertaking critical work to welcome and support people recently evacuated from Afghanistan.
Through an open competitive process, the program provides grants to organisations to facilitate positive settlement outcomes for newly arrived Afghan people.
Two grant rounds will be held between November 2021 and June 2023. Grant round one is now open, and applications close on Thursday, 23 December 2021.
Join us at one of our information sessions as we answer questions about the application process, deadlines, and assessment criteria.
You have until 11:59pm Sunday 28 November 2021 to apply.
Attend the online forum – mark the date in your calendar
We’ll be holding an online forum to go through the guidelines and grant process with you, as well as give you the opportunity to ask questions. In addition, we’ll explain this grant in relation to other Support Fund grant streams, JobSaver, and the other government assistance that’s been available to charities and NFPs.
The 1-hour forum will be held at 12pm on Thursday 11 November 2021. Save the link to join the forum in your calendar.