Employment and Training

This nationally recognised qualification will provide you with skills and knowledge to build your career opportunities. You will gain practical skills to prepare for a range of business and administration roles.

Topics covered include:

  • customer service
  • popular software applications
  • preparing business documents and business correspondence
  • workplace technology and communication.

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

With small class sizes, student support and subsidies for eligible students, there’s never been a better time to study. Contact us to discuss your requirements and your funding eligibility.

For further details, please visit our website here or call us on 02 4232 1050

*This training is subsidised by the NSW Govt. for eligible participants.This training is fee-free for eligible students under the Job Trainer program.

Health and Wellbeing

Lifeline’s Out of the Shadows Walk

Create hope this World Suicide Prevention Day.

Join us as we as we walk at sunrise to raise awareness, remember those lost to suicide, and support those who are impacted and continue to struggle with suicide.

Saturday, 10 September

This year’s Out of the Shadows Walk is a very special event for us as we have hoped to hold this event in-person for a number of years – and now we finally can!
Most importantly we will be walking in solidarity to support those impacted by suicide; working together to create change and bring suicide out of the darkness and into the light.

Together we can make a difference and send a message of hope to those who are struggling. 

When: 5:45AM, Saturday 10 September 
Where: Wollongong Lighthouse, Flagstaff Hill

Following the walk, we will host a short ceremony to remember those who have been lost to suicide, and share stories of hope. We will have a Lifeline Wellbeing Tent with Ambassadors available, as well as a light breakfast. 

This is a free event for the community. Please click the link below for more information and resources to share. 


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 SHSProgram@facs.nsw.gov.au 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!

Email: familyandcarer@stride.com.au
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!

Email: familyandcarer@stride.com.au
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!

Email: familyandcarer@stride.com.au
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 familyandcarer@stride.com.au 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 https://www.caddyshackproject.com/caddyshackblog

 You can complete the OLM in your own time here:


If you would like any further information please contact

Naomi.Viret@health.nsw.gov.au or Jason.VanRitten@health.nsw.gov.au

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.