13 YARN and 13 11 14 crisis support lines.

Lifeline South Coast is holding an information and Q&A session for people interested in joining the 13 YARN and 13 11 14 crisis support lines.

This information session is for our training course which will be held 16th to 26th May in Nowra.

Scholarships are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for this training course, and there is an opportunity for pathway to paid employment on 13 YARN, the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander crisis support service.

Information Session Details:

6pm 15th March via Zoom


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

Older People

FREE Older Person Mental Health First Aid Training

We invite you to register for FREE Older Person Mental Health First Aid Training in the Shoalhaven.  

The 12-hour (2 day) Older Person Mental Health First Aid course is for any interested adult, particularly those who work with, live with or care for older people, including neighbours, friends, families and carers.

You will learn how to assist a person aged 65+ who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence-based action plan. This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

If you would like to become an accredited Older Person Mental Health First Aider and also take up an additional opportunity to refine your new listening skills in a creative community setting then the Listen Share Learn program is for you!

LISTEN SHARE LEARN PROGRAM  is an innovative program, initiated and produced by Shoalhaven Health and Arts and Bomaderry Community Inc and funded through Australia Post and the Vinnies Bushfire Community Recovery Grants. 

It offers accredited Older Person Mental Health First Aid training with an additional opportunity to gain “ears-on” experience with older Shoalhaven residents in a series of creative community afternoon teas hosted in Bomaderry.

Registrations are now open for community members across the Shoalhaven to claim their spot in one of the free two-day Older Person Mental Health First Aid training courses. You can also take up the option to RSVP to become a Volunteer Community Listener at one or more of the creative community afternoon teas in Bomaderry between March and May, 2022.  Volunteer Community Listeners are supported in their listening role by a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Please note – You do not have to register as a Community Listener to be eligible for the FREE Older Person Mental Health First Aid Training. 

The Older Person Mental Health First Aid Training is delivered by Principal Master Mental Health First Aid Instructor Annette Tesoriero

OPMHFA Course 1.    Shoalhaven Heads Community Centre  Fridays 11 & 18 March, 2022  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/older-person-mental-health-first-aid-refine-your-listening-skills-tickets-240585516757

OPMHFA Course 2.    MIND the GaP Building Shoalhaven UOW Campus West Nowra  Tuesday 29 & Thursday 31 March, 2022 

All training workshops and community gatherings will be held in accordance with relevant NSW Health Regulations. 

Enquiries info@shaa.org.au or phone 0492 873 164

Older People

Health Program for Seniors

We are reaching out as we have an exciting opportunity to help the senior population in your community after what has been a very difficult 12 months. Active Seniors is launching a free 12 week health program to help seniors regain or improve their health, all from the safety and comfort of their home. We have partnered with NBN and The Ghan to offer participants an amazing prize.

On Monday 19th April 2021, Senior’s health experts Dr. Taylor Harrison and Suzy Oglesby are launching the new free 12 Week Health Program for Seniors.

The free program will guide Seniors week by week in creating healthy habits through;

  •  a weekly 30min online exercise class (no need for fancy equipment)
  •  a free E-book with 12 chapters on health topics including balance, nutrition, sleep, strength and more
  • a weekly question and answer session with Seniors health experts Dr. Taylor Harrison and Suzy Oglesby
  • Weekly articles on the relevant health topics
  • weekly health challenges with prizes and giveaways to participants 

A once in a lifetime prize!

To boost motivation, we have partnered with the Ghan and Indian Pacific and are offering the participant with the most inspiring health change over the 12 weeks a gold class cabin trip (single or twin share) on their choice of train. This includes accommodation, all meals and outings valued at up to AUD$8000, on a trip booked in 2022 (subject to availability).

We are very excited to start this program on the 19th of April 2021 and would appreciate your assistance in sharing the availability of the free program to older adults in your local community. For further information please see the flyer attached or visit the registration page at 12 week program sign up – Active Seniors.

Kiama Seniors Festival 2021

Friday, 16 April 2021 | 09:00 AM to Saturday, 24 April 2021 | 12:30 PMFront page of Seniors Festival Program 2021

The theme for the NSW Seniors Festival 2021 is ‘In our Nature’.

The largest seniors’ festival in the Southern Hemisphere has provided many ways for you to celebrate, with hundreds of free and heavily discounted events, workshops, and performances across the state.

The diverse range of experiences on offer will inspire you to be active, socialise, and share your skills and wisdom with your community.

The program is available from Council’s Administration Building, Kiama Leisure Centre, Kiama Library and Blue Haven.

It is also available online to view or download: Seniors Festival 2021 Program