Employment and Training

Computerised Bookkeeping using MYOB (Short Course)

27 July Start

This introductory skillset is for people who wish to understand and use commercial accounting tools and packages to support the financial area within a small office environment.

This skillset provides an excellent pathway to the Certificate III in Accounts Administration. Course runs 1 session per week.

On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a statement of attainment from Certificate III in Accounts Administration FNS30317 in the following units:

  • ICTICT208 Operate accounting applications
  • BSBFIA302 Process payroll

Students will have access to great support and the opportunity to undertake work placement.

Subsidies & Fee-Free Scholarships are available for eligible students*

  OTHER BUSINESS & ACCOUNTING COURSES IN JULY – OCTOBER:

Microsoft Office – At Your Level (Short Course)

Certificate III in Accounts Administration FNS30317


SUBSIDY INFORMATION
*Subsidies and fee free scholarships are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements. The training is subsidised by the NSW Government. If you would like more information on Smart and Skilled please refer to our website or phone the Community College on 02 4232 1050.


Wollongong Flexi Learning Centre (FLC)

Wollongong Flexi Learning Centre (FLC) in Towradgi, is a co-educational secondary school, registered with NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) to provide courses to young people from Year 7-10. Our school has a strong focus on providing individualised programs of study that respond to the unique talents and needs of each young person. This includes having youth worker support in each class. We work with young people who are vulnerable and experience a complexity of interrelated needs.

Participation and retention are key elements in the philosophy of Wollongong. We offer a free inclusive and non-discriminating learning community to young people, who for a variety of reasons, are disenfranchised from mainstream education. We understand that young people often first and foremost need to learn how to be and how to be with other people.

Young people are enrolled from both genders, from a variety of language, cultural and religious backgrounds, with particular sensitivity to Indigenous culture, and from backgrounds of socio-economic disadvantage.

We offer daily bus runs to collect young people from the neighbouring Shellharbour LGA, and Albion Park, about 20km south of the campus. We also provide free meals (three times a day), and can assist with clothing, opal cards, trade certs, work experience, and employment/further training pathways.

We provide a holistic learning experience that addresses the social needs of young people, and promotes their emotional, cognitive, spiritual and academic development. Learning programs are developed with the intention to:

• Empower young people to take personal responsibility for their learning

• Support young people to become independent learners

• Address deficits or gaps in literacy and numeracy

• Develop in young people the skills of twenty first century learners including collaboration, innovation and knowledge creation

• Recognise and celebrate the skills and knowledge of young people,

• Enable young people to experience challenges within a safe and supportive learning environment

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact our Head of Campus, Atesh Maharaj on Ph: 02 4201 1900 / 0407 381 345 or Email: atesh.maharaj@ereafsn.edu.au


Disability

24/7 LOVE

Support, connection and care for carers

A FREE 6-week on-line group for people who care for a loved one living with disabilities.

DATES:  Wed 30th June – Wed 4th August, 11-12:30PM – ON-LINE.

Through supportive discussion and guided activities this course covers:

  • Developing a self-care practice you can do even when you’re flat-chat;
  • Self-compassion – i.e. how to become your own best friend;
  • Developing and nurturing healthy relationships;
  • Setting boundaries;
  • Growing your self-esteem;
  • Managing overwhelming emotions;
  • Moving through grief and loss;
  • Connecting with helpful services and people.

Prior to the group starting, our facilitators will invite participants to an individual on-line session. 

The purpose of this initial individual session is to:

  • gain an understanding of each participant’s specific interests and needs;
  • give participants the opportunity to ask any questions they may have, and
  • solve any technical issues around accessing an on-line group that may present for some participants. 

Facilitated by Relationships Australia group workers who live and work in mixed ability communities.

For more information, please contact Alicia (Al), Ability Groupwork Team Leader, at Relationships Australia, Illawarra Centre:  02 4221 2000 or via email illawarra@ransw.org.au


Sex, Love & Dating

For Men (Cis and Trans) and Non-Binary People living with a disability

This FREE 4-WEEK ON-LINE course offers practical support and learning around having respectful, safe, and fun relationships, on-line and off, with people we are attracted to.

DATES:  Monday 19th July – Monday 9th August, 11-1230pm.  ON-LINE.

Topics include:

Week 1:  Me, Myself & I – The Most Important Relationship I’ll Ever Have!

  • In this first week we’ll talk self-esteem, and strategies for developing a self-care practice that is enjoyable & nurturing.

Week 2:  I Really Like Them!  What Now?

  • In this second week we’ll be talking communication and healthy relationship styles, and the steps involved in asking that special someone out on a date (or more dates)! 

Week 3:  Hooking Up Safely:  Understanding Consent & Boundaries

  •  In this third week we’ll be talking about intimacy and sex on-line and off-line, and what we need to do to stay safe, and keep other people safe.

Week 4:  The Whole Package! 

In this final week, we’ll reflect on the key learnings from the last three weeks, and role-play some of the strategies we’ve discussed around healthy relationship styles and hooking up safely.  We’ll also discuss and refer to helpful services, apps, and products that support people living with disabilities to live their best dating life.

Prior to the group starting, our facilitators will invite participants to an individual on-line session. 

The purpose of this initial individual session is to:

  • gain an understanding of each participant’s specific interests and needs;
  • give participants the opportunity to ask any questions they may have, and
  • solve any technical issues around accessing an on-line group that may present for some participants. 

Facilitated by Relationships Australia group workers who live and work in mixed ability communities.

For more information, please contact Alicia (Al), Ability Groupwork Team Leader, at Relationships Australia, Illawarra Centre:  02 4221 2000 or via email illawarra@ransw.org.au


Sex, Love & Dating

For Women (Cis and Trans) and Non-Binary People living with a disability

This FREE 4-WEEK ON-LINE course offers practical support and learning around having respectful, safe and fun relationships, on-line and off, with people we are attracted to. 

DATES:  Tuesday 20th July – Tuesday 10th August, 11-1230pm.  ON-LINE.

Topics include:

Week 1:  Me, Myself & I – The Most Important Relationship I’ll Ever Have!

  • In this first week we’ll talk self-esteem – and strategies for developing a self-care practice that is enjoyable & nurturing.

Week 2:  I Really Like Them!  What Now?

  • In this second week we’ll be talking communication and healthy relationship styles, and the steps involved in asking that special someone out on a date (or more dates)! 

Week 3:  Hooking Up Safely:  Understanding Consent & Boundaries

  •  In this third week we’ll be talking intimacy and sex on-line and off-line, and what we need to do to stay safe, and to keep other people safe.

Week 4:  The Whole Package! 

  • In this final week, we’ll reflect on the greatest hits (key learnings) from the last three weeks, and role-play some of the strategies we’ve discussed around healthy relationship styles and hooking up safely.  We’ll also discuss and refer to helpful services, apps, and products that support people living with disabilities to live their best dating life.

Prior to the group starting, our facilitators will invite participants to an individual on-line session. 

The purpose of this initial individual session is to:

  • gain an understanding of each participant’s specific interests and needs;
  • give participants the opportunity to ask any questions they may have, and
  • solve any technical issues around accessing an on-line group that may present for some participants. 

Facilitated by Relationships Australia group workers who live and work in mixed ability communities.

For more information, please contact Alicia (Al), Ability Groupwork Team Leader, at Relationships Australia, Illawarra Centre:  02 4221 2000 or via email illawarra@ransw.org.au


Feeling GREAT About ME

A FREE 8-Week ON-LINE group for people living with disabilities

Dates:  Monday 18th Oct – Monday 6th Dec, 5:45pm – 7:17pm.  ON-LINE.

Feeling GREAT About ME is a nurturing, fun and practical 8-week educational on-line group tailored specifically to participants’ individual needs. 

Feeling GREAT About ME brings together core concepts from Relationships Australia’s long-running Relationship Education Program, such as Healthy Relationships, Self-Esteem, and Managing Strong Emotions, with a playful and gentle approach tailored specifically to the interest-areas of the group’s participants. 

Content includes:

  • Developing fun and relaxing self-care tools that are right for us
  • Growing our self-esteem
  • Boundary setting and keeping ourselves safe in relationship
  • Dealing with feelings of sadness and loneliness
  • Learning about and practicing “I Matter / You Matter” styles of relating
  • Managing overwhelming feelings
  • Relationships after group: staying connected with helpful services and people

Prior to the group starting, our facilitators will invite participants to an individual on-line session. 

The purpose of this initial individual session is to:

  • gain an understanding of each participant’s specific interests and needs;
  • give participants the opportunity to ask any questions they may have, and
  • solve any technical issues around accessing an on-line group that may present for some participants. 

Facilitated by Relationships Australia group workers who live and work in mixed ability communities.

For more information, please contact Alicia (Al), Ability Groupwork Team Leader, at Relationships Australia, Illawarra Centre:  02 4221 2000 or via email illawarra@ransw.org.au


Community


COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES

MAY MEETING IS ON!

We are continuing on our Compassionate Communities venture to bring Death Cafes to the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and should be so happy and proud with all that we have achieved!

As a project group, we have completed Death Cafe events across the Local Health District and discussed ‘Death, Dying and End of Life’ with so many wonderful people!

We have taken Death conversations to the beach, to the Birth and Deaths Bar and been involved in public presentations and conversations about our project with groups such as the Illawarra Interagency, Parsons Funerals and the Community Industry Group Expo on More End of Life issues as well as talking with individual health professionals about our project. Radio interviews have also helped to increase our community engagement and local profile.

There are so many questions for us to ask ourselves such as :

  • How can we take our conversations into relationship with our aging community members?
  • Perhaps in aged care facilities?
  • How can we further engage with the men in our communities?
  • How can we open the space to teenagers and adolescents?
  • What other projects or areas of interest do you feel our communities would benefit from?

With the project approaching its final month of formal operation and support from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, where do you see our project going in the months ahead?

Please join us, bring a friend and come and share your thoughts with us.

We look forward to seeing you!

Next Meeting – SUNDAY 16 MAY 2021 from 3pm to 5pm

Please register here in Eventbrite for the meeting Joyce Wheatley Centre at 107 Terralong St, Kiama. You are welcome to bring a mug to save on recycling and landfill and a small plate of something to share 🙂

Next Meeting – SUNDAY 16 MAY 2021 from 3pm-5pm

Please register on Eventbrite for the meeting – here is the link! 
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/154060542229

Sunday  16 MAY 2021
3:00 – 5:00pm
Joyce Wheatley Centre 
107 Terralong St, Kiama

Click to Register

Facebook Group

If you haven’t already, please join our Facebook group – Compassionate Communities Illawarra-Shoalhaven. The group is private so only the people in the group can see the posts and comments. Anyone interested in joining ComCom is able to join.

Visit Facebook Group


Illawarra Interagency Meeting

The Illawarra Interagency provides a forum for community organisations to build relationships, learn new skills and work collaboratively to improve outcomes for the Illawarra community. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in supporting the well-being of people who live, work or play in the Illawarra Region.

MEETING NOTIFICATION SUBSCRIBE: http://eepurl.com/bm_BUT

Illawarra Interagency Annual Networking Event

9am to 12pm – Wed 28 April 2021
Shellharbour Civic Centre

76 Cygnet Ave, Shellharbour City Centre 

Register Now


We’re returning to the Civic Centre!

Our online meetings have been extremely successful so we’ll continue to hold some this year, but for this event, we think it’s time to see each other in person.

This is the Illawarra community sector’s
annual opportunity to:

  • Meet other community organisations in the Illawarra
  • Showcase your organisation to the group with our mini-presentations
  • Connect and build relationships with peers in the sector you work in
  • Advise on your upcoming events or projects
  • Participate in a Collaboration Workshop with the opportunity to work on new project ideas
  • Share flyers and pamphlets on our Expo Table

Register Now

Also, register your interest to:

  • Offer a mini-presentation for a new event or project
  • Offer an idea for a project/program to workshop in our Collaboration activity.

Feedback from past events:
‘You provided an environment conducive to deeper connections and genuine working relationships.’
‘It was great to learn about different thinking styles and valuing unique perspectives to resolve problems’
 
Enquiries: illawarrainteragency@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au

Further information: www.illawarrainteragency.com illawarrainteragency@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au | (02) 4221 6091

Young People

Mission Australia Youth Survey

This survey is Australia’s largest online youth survey, providing a platform for young people aged 15 to 19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them.

The survey closes on 9th August 2021, with results to be analysed and released before the end of the year.

Click here to go the survey or cut and paste the URL https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6015042/Youth-Survey-2021


Community

If you only do one thing as a result of this newsletter, read the Communities in Control conference program, because this May we’re going to show how community groups can take charge with the theme: “Think Bigger: Fix Everything”. Too ambitious? We think not. There are 600,000 community organisations in this country. That’s some serious clout.  

Australians can cope with big problems. We’ve just done it. Our COVID-19 response showed we could halve poverty and homelessness. Why stop there?

After more than 20 years helping not-for-profits, we’re confident the community sector has the leaders, the knowledge and the connections to step up. This year you can be in the room, or join us virtually for our  most inspirational and mind-expanding event yet. The top talent includes:

  • Senator Penny Wong, delivering the Joan Kirner Social Justice Oration 
  • Burns survivor and athlete Turia Pitt, who reveals what it takes to defy expectations and rebuild your life 
  • Uncle Jack Charles, a Stolen Generation survivor and accomplished actor who overcame his demons to become a respected activist and mentor
  • Chart-topping ‘voice of a generation’ Mitch Tambo with a live performance
  • Award winning investigative journalist Jess Hill, whose chilling book See What You Made Me Do highlights our domestic violence crisis 
  • NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, who will use his vast experience as a government and third sector expert to predict our future.

That’s just six of 17 presenters in a two-day event that’s overflowing with inspiration designed to steer the world in the right direction. Be energised for action by a line-up that tackles leadership, gender, equality, activism, smarter thinking, economics, poetry, and the power of persuasion. 

Pore over the program and you’ll see why we’re raring to go with this year’s event, Monday-Tuesday, May 17-18. Here’s a quick snapshot of CIC 2020, but don’t forget this year, you can join us in person or online. Book now! 


Food and Housing

Free Financial Literacy Program for your Clients

Wesley Mission is pleased to advise that we have funding to deliver Wesley Missions, In Charge of My Money Program to prevent gambling harm by providing early intervention awareness.

We have Wesley In Charge of My Money contextualised to Youth, Domestic Violence Clients, Clients experience Drug & Alcohol Addiction (to The Energy Literacy component) shows clients how to read energy bills, reduce costs, avoid bill shock, and where to get financial assistance and support if they can’t pay their bills. 

Wesley Mission’s in Charge of My Money Program is an interactive Financial Literacy program designed to provide knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to make informed and effective money management decisions. This course is useful in providing information about good money management and encourages participants to take charge of their money, the program will also assist participants in how they think about money by giving them the tools to achieve financial objectivity and to create good money habits for the future.

Facilitators will also discuss debt traps such as payday loans, credit cards, and where people can get safe support. We discuss wrap around services such as Wesley Financial Counseling & Emergency Relief Funding. 

We can hold this on site at any community location within Sydney, Illawarra Central Coast and Newcastle and Hunter .

The session runs in the following session times:

  • 3 x 1 hour over 3 weeks
  • 2 x 1.5 hours over 2 weeks
  • 1 x 3 hours

If your organisation is interested in having Wesley Mission deliver this program, please contact: Tammy Lobb – tammy.lobb@wesleymission.org.au


Health and Wellbeing

Whether your client is thinking about quitting, ready to quit or would like some information, the free Quit Smoking Clinics can provide support. 

The service includes:

  • Brief advice to stop smoking 
  • An assessment of the smoker’s interest in quitting 
  • Sample of Nicotine Replacement Therapy where appropriate 
  • Provide self-help material
  • Offer follow-up visits at the clinic or referral to external support such as Quitline 
  • Offer referral to text messaging service

Email referrals to Janet.Jackson@health.nsw.gov.au Phone or Text 0459 898 302