Shine Women Kiama

SHINE WOMEN, is a Community based small group programme, for supporting, empowering and mentoring local women, to discover their worth and strength to make healthy life decisions.

Jeanine Maxwell, a qualified Social Worker, worked in Child and Family Welfare agencies, and Counselling, during her 40 year career, before retiring to Kiama.

In 2012, at the invitation of Kiama High School, Jeanine recruited, trained and facilitates a team of women to run ShineGirl for Year 8 girls selected by KHS, who are struggling with the pressures of adolescence.

ShineGirl is a Personal Development, Life Skills Programme.  The students love the programme, and the KHS staff say the girls who have completed the 9 week Course have increased confidence, and are more at ease socially. Kiama High School requested a similar programme for boys.  Jeanine recruited and trained a team of men to facilitate Strength in KHS, for Year 8 boys. It commenced this year, 2016.  Shine and Strength are supported financially by KHS P&C, Kiama Council, local Rotary and Lions Clubs.

SHINE WOMEN commences on Friday 14th October, 10-11.30am,

At Minnamurra Anglican Church Hall, 17 Railway Pde, Minnamurra

Sponsored by Kiama Anglican Church.

Registration required.


Further Information; contact Jeanine  0481 245 954.

Free Training March

Illawarra ForumIllawarra Forum have some great *FREE  training opportunities in March.

Availability in some sessions are now limited, bookings asap are advised.

Please note: In order to secure your booking, please print your confirmation ticket and bring it on the day, those that do not bring confirmation maybe asked to attend an alternative session if available.

Attendance Guarantee: A $50 cancellation fee will be charged if you or someone in your place does not attend the session and we have not been notified

Thursday 10th March at The Illawarra Forum

1x day -WH&S and Addressing Behaviours of Concern

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Facilitator: Adam Holstein MDS

Course Content:

  1. WH&S Requirements:
    • Identifying hazards
    • Hierarchy of control
    • Emergency Situations
    • Infection control
    • Use of personal protective equipment
    • Importance of near misses
    • Incident reporting
  2. Behaviours of concern:
    • Identifying behaviours of concern and how understanding the client can help our responses to the behaviour
    • How our attitude and self-control mechanisms function
    • Identify stressors and the emotions of clients and its impact on behaviours
    • Ensuring a person centered approach.

Tuesday 15th March at The Illawarra Forum

1x day-Workplace Change, ‘What’s so good about change anyway?’

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Facilitator: Michelle Lindau MDS

Course Content:

  • The basics of Change Management Theory
  • Exploring why change is so hard-Exploring the barriers
  • Getting past the fear, negativity and resistance-do people really ‘hate’ change?
  • Thinking about authorship-empowering others through change
  • How do we ‘invite’ others to the party?
  • How do we communicate change and build cohesion?
  • What has change got to do with continuous improvement?
  • How do we ‘imbed’ change into workplace culture?
  • Making it personal-how does this impact me and what is my response?

Tuesday 22nd March at The Illawarra Forum

1x day-Mentoring (in the Workplace)

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Facilitator Michelle Lindau MDS

Course Content:

  • What is mentoring?
  • The role of the mentor
  • What is needed to be an effective mentor?
  • Benefits of mentoring
  • Types of mentoring
  • How to implement a mentoring program in the workplace.

Tuesday 29th March at Anglicare Nowra 1-4pm | Limited places available!

3 hour information session- Improving Skills in Recognising and responding to the Abuse of Older People

For Frontline Workers

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Facilitator: Mary Ciantar NSW Elder Abuse Hotline and Resource Unit.

Info Session Content:

  • Explore the societal context of elder abuse and the rights of older people
  • Identify elder abuse types and signs
  • Examine the complexity of elder abuse, and barriers to recognising and reporting
  • Understand duty of care and appropriate action to take when elder abuse is disclosed, witnessed or suspected
  • Learn how to respond to reports of alleged abuse
  • Find out where to go for advice and assistance
  • Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance and a comprehensive Resource Pack to take away.

University of Wollongong | Youth Enagagement Program

We wish to engage young people in the Illawarra through a program teaching them how to DJ with the possibility of teaching them how to start their own business.

People aged 15-19 living in the Illawarra can participate.

Ideally we would like to get local community members to nominate marginalized young people to participate in the program, however it is open to everyone!

We will be selecting participants from the pool of applicants based on who stands to benefit the most from participating.

If you know anyone who stands to benefit from the program please nominate them; alternatively encourage them to register at

Participants can choose either to register themselves, or local community members can nominate people who they believe will benefit from the experience.

If you would like to know more about the program feel free to call Luke on 0450 390 176 or have a look at our: Website:


Kiama Youth Belonging Project | Now recruiting Mentors and Mentees

Kiama Municipal Council, in partnership with Kiama Community College, has received funding from the NSW Office of Communities to develop a unique, first-of-its-kind project that supports young people to be more involved in local decision making, and to influence what youth friendly events and activities happen throughout the Kiama Municipality.

The Kiama Youth Belonging Project has been designed to give local young people the skills and support they need to be involved in decision making with local community organisations such as local sports clubs, arts and cultural group, and others.

At its heart is the establishment of Mentor-Mentee partnerships between local young people and representatives of these community organisations.

The project is multi-faceted and will include an introductory leadership camp for Mentees and their Mentors to develop skills such as leadership, communication and team building; training for the Mentees in areas such as governance, advocacy, marketing, event management, fundraising, building an e-portfolio, and career guidance, which will be formally recognised in a Statement of Attainment; and training and support for the Mentor and their organisation to explore issues such as understanding youth behavior and culture, child protection. Practical training in using technology and social media to engage young people and to raise awareness of the organisation’s objectives and activities will also be provided where needed.

Following the fun and challenging camp, Mentees will work with a Mentor of their choice to learn and experience first-hand what is involved in leading a community organisation, including working together to plan and deliver an event or activity that reflects the key functions of that organisation.

If you are a local young person aged 12-24 years, or a member of a community organisation management committee, and would like to get involved or would like more information, please contact Bonnie at the Kiama Youth Centre on 4233 1276 Wednesdays or Thursdays, or email , or visit Council’s webpage for updates, or see flyers attached.

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