S&K Interagency Alert – 18 April 2013

Free Music at Shellharbour Library

Do you love music? Well did you know that by being a member of Shellharbour City Libraries, you get FREE access to Freegal Music!

Freegal Music is the Sony Music catalogue and by being a library member you can download three tracks per week. How great is that! Best of all, it’s yours to keep forever (or until you decide to delete it)…

Below is Freegal’s latest newsletter for you check out. If you’re not a library member, don’t panic because joining is so simple. Please feel free to contact any of our branches and we’d be only to happy to sign you up!

You can access freegal from the library website at www.shellharbour.nsw.gov.au/libraries

Volunteer Grants Funding Opens

Community organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding of up to $5,000 through  The Grants can be used to buy much needed equipment or to assist volunteers with fuel costs, training courses and compulsory background checks.

Applications for Volunteer Grants 2013 are open online until April 24 5pm AEST.

TITLE: Volunteer Grants funding opens | Social Inclusion
PORTFOLIO: Prime Minister and Cabinet
URL: http://www.socialinclusion.gov.au/news/volunteer-grants-funding-opens

The Talk

We have a few places left at The Talk on Tuesday 14th May Worrigee House Nowra.

This workshop provides participants with current information on sexual health including HIV, STIs and healthy relationships.

It has been designed for people working in the voluntary, youth and community sector who deal with sexual health issues, or who have a general interest in the area.

To register please click on the link on the attached flyer. Flyer The Talk Nowra 13

Changes in opening hours of some Department of Human Services Offices in the Illawarra

The Department of Human Services is making changes to the operating hours of some service centres in order to provide more efficient and consistent service delivery for citizens across the country.

From 29 April 2013, the Department will commence aligning hours from 8.30am to 4.30pm in most service centres that do not already operate with these hours. Corrimal Centrelink Service Centre , Dapto Centrelink Service Centre and the Shellharbour Centrelink Service Centre’s opening hours will change to 8.30am – 4.30pm on 29 April 2013. These opening hours will align with Wollongong (Centrelink and Medicare) and Warrawong (Centrelink and Medicare) Service Centres which currently open between 8.30am and 4.30pm. Shellharbour Medicare Service Centre will still open between 9am and 5pm.

The Department has implemented a number of ways that people can do their Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business without the need to attend a service centre. Many of these alternatives are available 24/7. Alternative service options include self service channels such as (mobile apps, internet and Interactive Voice Response). Customers can also call one of the Department’s Smart Centres where they can talk to a staff member for the cost of a local call. The Department has also implemented a “place in queue” call back system where you can choose to receive a return call rather than waiting on the phone.

Please contact me if you would like any further information or if you have any questions.
Gail Roland, Department of Human Services
A/g Region Manager Illawarra, Southern NSW
42514462  0403 296 840


Shellharbour Council Community Development Team Changes

Shellharbour Council advises of some changes to its Community Development (CD) Team over the coming weeks.

From today, Community Planner, Nicole Collins will be acting in the position of Manager Community Development for a period of 6 weeks.

Karen Fuller from Council’s Youth Services Team will also be working with the CD team for 6 weeks on a diverse range of community development projects. Karen will be working on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Nicole or the team on 4221 6170 if you have any questions.

S&K Interagency Alert – 11 Oct 2012

Illawarra Forum News

Illawarra Forum has recently moved to the new address of 106b Industrial Road, Oak Flats

They are currently seeking members – please see attached membership form Illawarra Forum Membership 2012

The Forum’s Annual General Meeting is on 9th November, and it would be preferable to have membership nomination forms back well before this date.

Positive Parenting Seminars

10am-12noon Fridays, November 9 – 23 (3 sessions)

2012 Term 4 seminars

LOVEBiTES Facilitator Training

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre would like to invite community workers and service providers to attend. LOVEBiTES is a respectful relationship education program that focusses on the development of respectful relationships and violence prevention for 14-16 year olds. It aims to break inter-generational cycles of domestic and family violence and the increasing rates of sexual assault, but supporting young people to develop respectful relationships. Young people develop the skills to identify what a safe, equal and health relationship is, develop respectful conflict resolution skills and problem-solving skills and find support services in their community if they need help (please see attached ‘Community Handout’)

LOVEBiTES was developed by NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) in partnership with community organisations and teaching staff, based on best practise standards.  It has been stringently evaluated. The program includes a one-day workshop usually run in, but not restricted to, a school-setting, and designed to suit NSW Department of Education’s PDHPE curriculum.

 When:  Thursday 15th and Friday 16th November, 9.00am to 4.30pm

Where: Black Diamond Room, Thirroul District Community Centre & Library, 352-358 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul

For more information please contact:

Belinda Fabrianesi

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre

Phone: 42 556 815

Email: belindaf@womenshealthcentre.com.au

RSVP:  By giving your name, position, organisation, contact detail before 22nd OctoberPLEASE NOTE: There is no cost to attend this training, but places are limited. This is a two day training session and participants are required to attend both days.

LOVEBiTES Facilitator Training

Love Bites Community Handout

Ready Set Go Cooking

ReadySetGo_CookingDL_ECTARC version – Nowra

ReadySetGo_CookingDL_ECTARC version – Warilla

Fun Fridays

Lake Illawarra PCYC is proud to announce a new program starting this Friday evening called Fun Friday’s!!

It is a free activity for primary school aged children between the ages of 5 and 12. It will run from 6pm until 8pm each Friday throughout term 4. Places are limited so please book your child’s place beforehand by phoning the club on 4296 4448. Children must be a member of the club to participate in this program.

Fun Fridays Brochure