2015 NSW Carers Awards

NSW Government says thank you to carers

Nominations are open for the 2015 NSW Carers Awards, which will recognise up to 55 individuals and organisations, plus 10 Highly Commended recipients, across NSW this year.

You can nominate individual unpaid carers who provide exceptional ongoing support to someone who needs it because of disability, chronic illness, mental ill-health, dementia or frail age and organisations that go above and beyond to support carers for a NSW Carers Award.

One in ten people in NSW are carers. They are ordinary people like your neighbours, colleagues, friends and family members and they face challenges and rewards as a result of their caring role.

With this in mind, who do you know who you’d like to see recognised with a NSW Carers Award during Carers Week this year?

You can help to show your appreciation for carers by promoting these awards through your community and networks. Posters and brochures can be obtained by contacting the Carers Awards Project Manager on 02 8753 9408 or carers-awards@facs.nsw.gov.au.

The support that carers provide to people enables them to live independent lives and is fundamental to family life and our community wellbeing. If you need any more convincing about why carers are important, it has been estimated that it would cost more than $40 billion to replace the hours of care provided by Australian carers.

Nominations are open until 29 June 2015. To be eligible, individual carers must not be paid for their caring role although they may receive a pension or government allowance (eg Carer Payment or Allowance).

For further information or to nominate a carer or organisation you know, please visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au/carersawards

2015-05-02 21_11_06-Questacon Transport Assistance Programme - Microsoft Word - __RemoteQuestacon recently opened a subsidised transport programme to support eligible disadvantaged groups to visit our Centre in Parkes, Canberra through our equity of access initiative.

The Questacon Transport Assistance Programme provides opportunity for disadvantaged groups to develop their interest in science and technology by visiting Questacon. We encourage groups to enjoy other national attractions on the day of their visit, noting any associated costs are not covered by the programme.

The QTAP covers the cost of coach hire or petrol for group travel to visit the Centre and is available each Financial Year until funds are exhausted. Openings are now available for groups to book for the period up to 30 June 2016. Questacon will reimburse the travel cost for an eligible group upon receipt of their travel invoice following their visit to the Centre. Eligible groups will also be entitled to reduced admission price at $7.50 per participant.
To be eligible, groups must be associated with a not-for-profit organisation and reside in proximity to Canberra suitable for day travel to Questacon. Groups may include members from diverse backgrounds that include:
•    Immigrants or refugees
•    Vulnerable or disadvantaged persons
•    Mental or physical disability
•    Aged care
•    Other disadvantaged groups deemed eligible by Questacon.

For more information please contact the QTAP Coordinator, Luke Hartley, on 02 6270 2893 or at group.bookings@questacon.edu.au.

Judi Hubner
Manager, Client and Workforce Strategy
T: 02 6270 2909
E: judi.hubner@questacon.edu.au
Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
A Division of the Commonwealth Department of Industry and Science
King Edward Terrace Canberra
PO Box 5322 Kingston ACT 2604 Australia

http://www.questacon.edu.au

OneFACS Service Centre | Expression of Interest

I am writing with the exciting news that the OneFACS Service Centre expression of interest (EOI) for all non-government organisations in the Illawarra Shoalhaven District is now open and accessible via the Community Builders website.

In June 2015, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) Illawarra Shoalhaven District (ISD) will deliver a state of the art OneFACS Service Centre in Coniston.

The aim of the Centre is to provide an integrated and innovative space where non-government organisations (NGOs) and government agencies can work together to break the cycle of disadvantage for local clients. Through the co-location of the three FACS agencies (Community Services; Ageing, Disability and Home Care; and, Housing NSW) and local human service providers, it is envisaged that the Centre will create collaborative and coordinated responses to endemic social issues in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

To realise these aims, ISD is seeking NGOs who can provide support in the following areas:

  • people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness;
  • people suffering from financial hardship or joblessness, or those at risk;
  • people affected by domestic or family violence;
  • people with disabilities;
  • people with mental illness;
  • people with substance misuse issues;
  • children and youth at risk
  • families at risk; or,
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

All information and documentation regarding the EOI process, including the application form and applicant guide is available on the Community Builders website from 9am Monday,16 March until 2pm on Monday, 13 April 2015. Please note that any applications sent after this time will not be assessed. You DO NOT need to login into the website to complete your application, simply click on the relevant link to the application form.

When completing your application please make sure all the information requested is provided as incomplete applications may not be assessed. Please do not send any attachments with your application as they will not be assessed.

For information regarding your application please email Michael Tyrpenou via michael.tyrpenou@facs.nsw.gov.au

OneFACS Service Centre | Expression of Interest

I am writing with the exciting news that the OneFACS Service Centre expression of interest (EOI) for all non-government organisations in the Illawarra Shoalhaven District is now open and accessible via the Community Builders website.

In June 2015, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) Illawarra Shoalhaven District (ISD) will deliver a state of the art OneFACS Service Centre in Coniston.

The aim of the Centre is to provide an integrated and innovative space where non-government organisations (NGOs) and government agencies can work together to break the cycle of disadvantage for local clients. Through the co-location of the three FACS agencies (Community Services; Ageing, Disability and Home Care; and, Housing NSW) and local human service providers, it is envisaged that the Centre will create collaborative and coordinated responses to endemic social issues in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

To realise these aims, ISD is seeking NGOs who can provide support in the following areas:

  • people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness;
  • people suffering from financial hardship or joblessness, or those at risk;
  • people affected by domestic or family violence;
  • people with disabilities;
  • people with mental illness;
  • people with substance misuse issues;
  • children and youth at risk
  • families at risk; or,
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

All information and documentation regarding the EOI process, including the application form and applicant guide is available on the Community Builders website from 9am Monday,16 March until 2pm on Monday, 13 April 2015. Please note that any applications sent after this time will not be assessed. You DO NOT need to login into the website to complete your application, simply click on the relevant link to the application form.

When completing your application please make sure all the information requested is provided as incomplete applications may not be assessed. Please do not send any attachments with your application as they will not be assessed.

For information regarding your application please email Michael Tyrpenou via michael.tyrpenou@facs.nsw.gov.au

Sport and Recreation Disability Grant

The Sport and Recreation Disability Grant is now open (closing date 2 April 2015). Funding has been provided through Lifetime Care and Support Authority (LTCSA)

Projects will need to demonstrate the legacy the project will leave and must start on or after 1 June 2015

  • People and Equipment – projects are capped at $35,000 (up to $10,000 for people aspects and $25,000 for equipment)
  • Facility and Technology – projects are capped at $75,000.

Further details on our web http://www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/grants/srd.asp

Community Services Work

TAFE NSW ILLAWARRA INSTITUTE SHELLHARBOUR CAMPUS

Are you interested in gaining or updating your qualifications in community services?

At Shellharbour TAFE we currently have vacancies in all our courses,

  • CHC40708 Certificate IV in Community Services Work
  • CHC50612 Diploma of Community Services Work
  • CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability
  • CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work
  • CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work

We have flexible programs that suit both learners new to the field and workers with years of experience wishing to gain qualifications. All of our programs provide on-the-job experience in local agencies, opportunities for project based learning and transition arrangements to relevant Degrees in higher education.

For more information please contact | http://www.illawarra.tafensw.edu.au/

Joanne Pollard
Acting Head Teacher, Community Services

TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute, Shellharbour Campus, 11 College Ave Oak Flats 2529;

PO Box 78 Shellharbour City Centre  NSW 2529

P 02 4295 2228 | VOIP 78228 | F 02 42952228 | E Joanne.Pollard@det.nsw.edu.au | www.illawarra.tafensw.edu.au