Domestic and Family Violence Refuge Funding

The Department of Communities & Justice (DCJ) will be hosting a series of Regional Stakeholder Engagement sessions for the Core and Cluster Project.

The Core and Cluster project responds to the NSW Government announcement of $426.6 million over four years to deliver and operate new refuges to support women and children escaping domestic and family violence.

The Regional Stakeholder Engagement sessions will be held online at the following times:

  • South (Illawarra Shoalhaven District) – 14 June, 10:00am-11:30am
  • West (Murrumbidgee/Far West/Western NSW Districts) – 14 June, 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • Sydney (Metropolitan Districts) – 15 June, 10:00am-12pm
  • North (Hunter & Central Coast; Northern NSW; Mid North Coast & New England Districts) – 16 June, 10:00am-12pm.

Expressions of interest to participate in a session to be submitted via email to noting the session of interest.

Families and Children

Understanding Depression and Anxiety

Tips for carers for Navigating the Journey

Please join Layla Weiss and Toni Garretty from the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Mental Health service for an evidence-based education session.

Supporting someone with a diagnosis of depression and anxiety can be stressful, challenging, and overwhelming!

This workshop will provide you with knowledge and tools in supporting your person during the different stages of their illness, including some helpful communication strategies.

Wednesday 22nd June 2022
10am-3pm (Please arrive for 9:30am for a 10am start)
Port Kembla Golf Club, Golf Place Primbee

Registrations are essential!

Phone: (02) 4229 7254

Attendees will also receive coaching in developing a practical guide to implement during times of crisis to optimise your confidence and reduce risk for your person.

Stepping Forward Workshop

Stride Mental Health in collaboration with Family Drug Support, presents:
‘Stepping Forward’

  • Do you care for a loved one with a Mental Health concern?
  • Is someone in your family using drugs and/or alcohol?
  • Are you looking for practical down to earth information and support?

Please join us for a one-day program providing clear and practical information, a safe place to share and feel supported.

Friday 10th June 2022
(Please arrive from 10am for a 10:30am start)
Wests Unanderra, 1 Hargreaves St Unanderra

Registrations are essential!

Phone: (02) 4229 7254

Support Groups

Wednesday 1st June 2022
10am-12pm at Thirroul Community Centre
352/360 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Thirroul

Wollongong Evening
Wednesday 8th June 2022
5:30pm-7:30pm at Wollongong Stride Office
U2, 36-42 Auburn Street Wollongong

Thursday 23rd June 2022
1pm-3pm at Warilla Community Centre
69 Benaud Cres, Warilla (Guest Speaker)

Thursday 9th June 2022
10am-12pm at Nowra Stride Office
52a Worrigee St, Nowra

Friday 17th June 2022
10:30am-12:30pm at Ulladulla Civic Centre
Princes Highway, Ulladulla

Tuesday 28th June 2022
10am-12pm at Joyce Wheatley Community Centre
Terralong Street, Kiama

Eating Disorder Carers Support Group

A safe space to discuss your experiences of caring for someone with an eating disorder. Come and be support around specific challenges you face, focusing on your health, wellbeing, and

Wednesday 8th June 2022
9:30am-11:30am at the Wollongong Stride Office
U2, 36-42 Auburn St, Wollongong

Bernadette Robinson – The Songs of Judy Garland

Join Stride in experiencing the extraordinary life of Judy Garland at a performance of classical songs with quintessential Old Hollywood Glamour.

The songs of Judy Garland will be a moving, funny, and unique performance by Bernadette Robinson.

Monday 20th June 2022
10am – 12:30pm
(Please arrive by 10am for morning tea, followed by the performance beginning at 11am)
Merrigong Theatre Company, 32 Burelli Street, Wollongong

The performance running time is approximately 1hr 10mins (no interval)

Registrations are essential!

Phone: (02) 4229 7254

Men’s Week Carer Golf Day

Stride, in collaboration with ARAFMI invite male carers who care for a loved one with mental health concerns to attend a golf event and lunch, in recognition of Men’s Health Week.

The 2022 theme being, building healthy environments for Men and Boys.

Thursday 16th June 2022, 11:30am
Wollongong Golf Club, 151 Corrimal Street Wollongong

Registrations are essential!

Please email or call
(02) 4229 7254 to book.

Note: you may bring your own golf clubs if owned

Carers Walk and Talk

Join us for a relaxing walk and tea/coffee, at a range of different locations along the south coast, whilst enjoying the company of other carers and water views.

Tuesday 14th June 2022
9:30am-11:30am meeting at Levendi Café (beachfront)

Tuesday 7th June 2022
9:30am-11:30am meeting at Huskisson Wharf

Tuesday 21st June 2022
10am-12pm meeting at Kiama Lighthouse

Nowra Carer Education Sessions – Communication Skills for Carers

Refine and practice your ways of communicating with your loved ones, especially when the going is tough.

Presented and facilitated by Raewyn Proctor, Education and Support Worker from the Stride Wollongong Office.

Tuesday 21st June 2022 & Tuesday 28th June 2022
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Nowra Stride Office, 52a Worrigee Street Nowra
** Education sessions will include lunch


Because Your Care

Whatever a young person’s experience, they have a right to sexual and reproductive health education and it is often carers who are best placed to deliver this information.

The free ‘Because Your Care’ Online training Module(OLM) gives a great overview on many sexual health topics, with tips on how to start conversations and activities to help guide you and increase your knowledge.

If you are interested in the evolving conversation around embedding consent into the National School Curriculum, read the May 2022 blog from our colleagues at Caddyshack Project

 You can complete the OLM in your own time here:

If you would like any further information please contact or

Regional Youth Action Plan

The Office for Regional Youth (ORY) are developing a Regional Youth Action Plan to help young people live their best life across NSW.

They are conducting a survey to understand what the challenges are in regional NSW and it’s really important that they hear from you and the youth you are working with. This will guide ORYs priorities and budgets over the next four years.

Ensuring young people are accurately represented in the Action Plan is very important, and this is an opportunity to make a difference and make your voice heard.

Here is the link to the survey. It will take less than 6 minutes to complete.

We really appreciate you taking the time to be involved. Please share amongst your community, professional and social networks so we can gain a good understanding of our current environment. This information will be collated by NOUS and will be followed up with local interviews with selected agencies and youth groups in mid-June.  


Calling all people who work in the Disability sector across NSW  – including advocates, lawyers, counsellors, support workers and administration staff

YOUR CUP- a six-part online FREE seminar for people who work in the Disability Sector

From Wednesdays the 25 May 2022, 11am to 1pm each week

Learn and develop your:

  • Self-care, self-compassion, and easy mindfulness practices for busy workers
  • Boundary setting in both professional and personal lives
  • Understanding and preventing compassion fatigue and burn out

There is a limited number of online places capped at 10 people so book online now and don’t miss out

Step 1: Call 02- 4221 2000 or email book in for a

Step 2: Online pre groupwork-interview- ask questions and find out what to expect.

Step 3: Start attending the Free Online Group workshops


Also starting in May, On Tuesdays from 10 May 2022, for 2 weeks 11am to 1pm

Join us for a FREE two week social and self-care online group for people with a disability who love their pets

Feeling Great About Me

From June 2022, every Friday from the 3 June to 24 June, 11am to 1pm.

A FREE four-week online group for people living with disabilities, Feeling Great About Me- get the tools to have great relationships, manage emotions and improve self-care.

Please book in now, as there are limited places

P: 02 4221 2000


To view all of our Ability group workshops please see our website below:


Ability Groupwork (we are also open to collaborating on joint workshops with your organization)


M: 0423 880 249

Health and Wellbeing

Free Individual Therapy and Groups for Children, Young People and Adults.

The Clinic is staffed by final year Psychology/Clinical Psychology, Counselling/Psychotherapy and Social Work students on placement and offers a wide range of individual and group therapy options. Students are closely monitored and supervised by experienced senior clinicians and academics.

Services are delivered free- at no or very low cost (all fees waived currently in response to the pandemic).

Groups include Art for Happiness; Mindfulness; Compassionate Therapy; Social Anxiety and an International Students Wellbeing Group.

Referrals are accepted Australia wide, and services are delivered using Telehealth on Zoom. Face to face service is possible in some locations (Covid permitting).

We have clinic space in Sydney, and rooms in Byron Bay, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Clients and families from regional and remote areas are very welcome to access our free services using Telehealth.

People can self-refer to the Clinic or via a warm referral from your service.

GP/Medicare referral is not required, and the service is available to all people regardless of visa status. Refugees and International Students are very welcome.

The Clinic values diversity and work with First Nations, CALD and LGBTQ+ people.

Children, adults, and young people from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Backgrounds; Culturally or Linguistically Diverse; Queer and other communities are very welcome to make contact. People living with Disabilities are also very welcome at the Clinic

To book, refer, or for more information, visit The ACAP Psychology Clinic website; send us an email or call (02) 8236 8070.

If you would like to visit or talk about our services; please feel free to make contact, if you are part of an interagency network, we would be really happy to meet with you over zoom to discuss options for working together.

Older People

NSW Seniors Festival

The week of 25 March – 4 April is NSW Seniors Festival and our friends at allcare are hosting two FREE community events and they want everyone to come along and help them celebrate!

Movie Night – A Stitch in Time

Date: Friday, 1 April 2022

Venue: UniMovies, University Hall, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue

Time: 5.00 pm

RSVP: Bookings essential RSVP: by 30 March call 1300 377 074

Both events are FREE and are open to all ages. We’d love to see grandparents, parents, and kids attend!

For more information visit

Employment and Training

Certificate IV In Training & Assessment | TAE40116

New dates just scheduled. Don’t miss this funded training opportunity!

Are you a natural when it comes to teaching others and passionate about helping people to develop? Do you want to become a qualified Trainer-Assessor?

Certificate IV in Training & Assessment TAE40116 is the qualification required to become a Trainer-Assessor in our nationally accredited vocational training system.

The course will give you the skills to:

Design and develop learning programs

Plan assessment activities and processes

Assess individual/group competence

Commences: Tue 3 May 2022
Sessions:  Tue 5.20-9.20pm until 7 March 2023
Cost: Talk to us about your funding eligibility*

Call us on (02) 4232 1050 or click the link below to express your interest or to enrol.

*This training is subsidised by the NSW Govt for eligible participants. This program is fully funded under the Job Trainer initiative for eligible students. This also includes eligible students that may currently be employed.
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Certificate III In Individual Support | CHC33015

New dates just scheduled. Don’t miss this funded training opportunity!

Qualified aged-care workers are needed now and into the future to provide the support and quality of care required for our ageing population.

This course is the perfect entry point into this rewarding career. You will gain the skills required to operate effectively as a care worker, assistant in nursing in a residential aged care facility or as a community care worker.

On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) CHC33015

Commences: 20 June 2022
Duration: 27 weeks, Mon & Tue 9am-3.30pm
Location: Kiama
Cost: Talk to us about your funding eligibility*
Includes: 120 hours of work placement. Local options are available.

Contact us to register your interest.

For more information about the course or to enrol, please check out our website or call (02) 4232 1050

* This program is fully funded by the NSW Government under the Job Trainer initiative for eligible students. This also includes eligible students that may currently be employed. Job Trainer is an Australian Government Initiative.

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