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 ūüôā

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

Please register on Eventbrite for the meeting – here is the link!

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.

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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.


Illawarra Interagency Annual Networking Event

9am to 12pm РWed 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:
‚ÄėYou provided an environment conducive to deeper connections and genuine working relationships.’
‚ÄėIt was great to learn about different thinking styles and valuing unique¬†perspectives to resolve¬†problems‚Äô

Further information: | (02) 4221 6091

Young People

Mission Australia Youth Survey

This survey is Australia‚Äôs largest online youth survey, providing a platform for young people aged 15 to 19 to ‚Äėspeak up‚Äô 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


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‚Äôt 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 ‚Äď

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‚Äôs 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 Phone or Text 0459 898 302


Shellharbour Community Facilities Needs Study and Strategy 2021-2030

Shellharbour City Council is working with the Institute of Public Policy and Governance (University of Technology, Sydney) to develop a Community Facilities Needs Study and Strategy, 2021-2030. This will guide the future provision, management and activation of Council owned and/or managed community facilities. We would like to hear about your experience as well as your ideas and suggestions. Please visit Let’s Chat Shellharbour for more information and details on how to provide your feedback.

Funding and Resources

Stockland CARE Grants 2021

Applications are now open.


Do you, your friends or family belong to a local community organisation that could achieve even more with some extra funding? Perhaps you help run a busy community program that could use a little extra money to get your initiative or event off the ground?

As part of our ongoing commitment to help shape our vibrant communities, you could be eligible to apply for funding for a one-off $1,000 grant in recognition of your group’s contribution to your local community.

Like you, we care deeply about people and the planet, so we’re supporting programs that focus on areas of health and wellbeing, education, community connection or the local environment.

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm (AEDT) on Friday 12 March 2021. 

To check your eligibility visit our page and review our Terms and Conditions and FAQs for details.


Education and Employment

Kiama Communtiy College

2021 Courses Starting This Month For Job Seekers and Career Development…

2021 is here, and we’re ready for a great year ahead.¬†We are pleased to offer an array of¬†subsidised¬†courses¬†commencing this term at our Kiama and Shoalhaven campuses that may be suitable for your clients.

We have listed a range of courses starting from this month for job seekers, careers, school leavers or clients wanting to get back into the workforce. We provide small class sizes, great trainers, individual attention and access to a Student Support Officer to assist with study/life needs to help students complete their course, and to support them in seeking employment.

We look forward to working together to help your clients achieve their employment goals.

From the team at KCC
Subsidies & Fee-Free Scholarships are available for all courses below, for eligible students*


Cert III in Business BSB30115 – 26 WEEKS

Cert I in Information, Digital Media & Technology ICT10115

Microsoft Office At Your Level (Accredited Skill Set)

Computerised Bookkeeping using MYOB (Accredited Skill Set)

Cert III in Fitness SIS30315

Cert III in Outdoor Leadership SIS30619

Cert IV in Beauty Therapy SHB40115

Adult Literacy for Students with Support Needs

Improve your Reading and Writing




Cert IV in Training & Assessment TAE40116 – 12 Months


Cert IV in Leadership & Management – 12 Months

Cert III in Accounts Administration FNS30317 – 26 WEEKS

*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 and click on Enrolment then NSW Smart and Skilled or phone the Community College on 02 4232 1050.

We provide a wide range of nationally recognised  vocational qualifications.

Kiama Community College’s student, Cassandra O’Carroll, was recently announced National Runner Up of the SBAT National Award 2020 having previously been awarded NSW School-Based Apprentice Trainee (SBAT) of the Year and acknowledged by our local MP Gareth Ward in NSW Parliament.

Cassandra has been undertaking her School-based Traineeship in the threatened species section of the environmental services department of Shoalhaven City Council since 2019, while completing a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management School-Based Traineeship with HVTC and Kiama Community College. 

During the devastating 2019/20 bushfires, Cassandra was able to apply the scientific skills she had learnt at Kiama Community College and helped injured wildlife.

Cassandra deeply values the mentorship she has received from her colleagues. She is expanding her knowledge of the local environment and the challenges it currently faces so she can help to protect it.

Cassandra volunteers with National Parks Wildlife Services, was a speaker at climate rallies, and is a member of the Youth Voice group who promote positive change in their communities.

Shoalhaven Community College was proud to celebrate our student Chelsea Haydon being announced as Illawarra and South East NSW Regional Apprentice of the Year in the category of Hairdressing.

We provide the largest Hair and Beauty training facilities locally, and offer a fully equipped, simulated salon with top brand products.

Our highly qualified and skilled trainers specialise in the latest training packages and provide personalised and individually focussed support and training for any level of experience. For your convenience we offer flexible study options including: one day per week, block release, flexible distance education, or work-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Please let us know what suits your salon. We currently have subsidised* places available for new and existing Apprentices and Trainees.

Our courses at Shoalhaven Community College’s Hair and Beauty School offer hands-on training to small groups. We also run short evening courses to suit individuals wanting to upgrade their skills. 

We currently have places available for new and existing Apprentices and Trainees under the Government’s Smart & Skilled funding scheme.


Our VET qualifications in administration, business, accounting and information technology provide access to opportunities for workplace entry and transition as well as skill and career development. Business and Accounting students are supported to ensure that they successfully pathway to employment or further studies in accordance with their personal goals. Certificate IV courses are perfect for those school leavers looking to gain entry to University.



We offer fantastic vocational career pathways including qualifications in fitness and outdoor leadership with experience and supportive trainers.


Certificate IV in Training & Assessment TAE40116 focuses on student outcomes and helping students become great trainers, and is the qualification required to become a trainer-assessor in our nation’s accredited vocational training system. 

This qualification will provide the skills to design and deliver accredited training and assess competency, as a workplace based trainer-assessor or operating in a classroom or online environment.


When students study with us, they’ll receive the same qualification and government subsidies provided by TAFEs and other RTOs approved under the NSW Government‚Äôs Smart¬†and Skilled program,¬†that can open up opportunities for future employability and employment.

PLUS they will also benefit from small class sizes, individual attention and access to a Student Support Officer who will assist with their study/life needs and support them in seeking work placement and employment. 

As your local Registered Training Organisation (RTO) overseen by the Australian Government, we have provided a wide range of nationally recognised vocational qualifications to more than 3,000 students in our community. Our vocational qualifications assist students to upskill or gain their first job and are recognised by employers across the country. That’s the Community College difference!