NSW Seniors Festival event grants

Applications for 2017 NSW Seniors Festival event grants are now open.

Applications close on Friday 2 September 2016 at 11pm.

The NSW Seniors Festival grants program funds events and activities across NSW that help seniors live active, healthy and socially connected lives.

Run by the Department of Family and Community Services, the program provides $200,000 in seed-funding for organisations to hold events for seniors during the annual NSW Seniors Festival.

How do I apply for a grant?

All applications must be submitted online via SmartyGrants.

Before you submit an application, please read the Grants Program objectives and the 2017 Program Terms and Conditions.

Funding TiersEach year, two funding categories are offered to ensure the program is both accessible and relevant to future applicants.

  • Tier 1 – up to $1,000 for small-scale community events
  • Tier 2 – $1001 – $5,000 for large-scale activities.

Tier 2 grants must be matched by at least 50% of your organisation’s own resources. This matched amount can include sponsorship, cash or in-kind contributions such as venue hire, catering and administration costs, and money spent by your own organisation.

If you have any questions about the NSW Seniors Festival grants program email the NSW Seniors Festival team or call the Seniors Information Service on 13 77 88 (cost of a local call within Australia).

IRT Foundation

IRT Foundation is once again offering local community groups and not-for-profit organisations the chance to receive between $1,000 and $20,000 of funding for initiatives that will make the Illawarra community more age-friendly.

Last year, IRT Foundation invested almost $150,000 in 20 community projects across IRT’s geographic footprint including NSW, the ACT and South-East Queensland.

“The grants enable IRT Foundation to support the community to deliver projects that help people to age positively. Last year we supported a wide variety of projects encompassing digital communication, health and wellbeing and the arts.” IRT Foundation Manager, Toby Dawson

This year we are seeking applications that address the age-friendly domains of:

  • civic participation and employment
  • respect and social inclusion
  • social participation

One example of the successful 2015 projects was Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation’s Capturing Culture project. The project fosters inter-generational inclusion by bringing children, youth and elders together to capture traditional stories and wisdom in creative art forms.

Click here to learn more about the project and see it in action.

What can you and your group do to make our community more age-friendly?

Online applications are invited by 20 April 2016. For more information and to apply, go to: www.irtfoundation.org.au/community-grants

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

Book here

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?’

Book here

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)

Book here

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

Book here

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.

Enhance your personal, professional and community’s wellbeing

The NTI Wellbeing Series is a collection of half day seminars designed to enhance your personal, professional and community’s wellbeing.  All are based on Buddhist philosophy, providing a range of evidence-based approaches and tools that can be directly applied to your everyday life and career.

Personal and professional development
Each seminar focuses on a specific area within health or the community – providing valuable information for professional development and enhancing your personal wellbeing.

Upcoming seminars


17 March 2016

Learn about the importance of leisure and recreation activities in a process termed ‘Brain-Training’.

Recent medical research has highlighted the ability of the brain in people of all ages to ‘change itself’ by growing and reforming through a process known as neuro-plasticity. Leisure and recreation activities are known to impact on this process. Learn how in this exciting seminar.


21 April 2016

This workshop is designed for those working in the aged care industry, or who are caring for older people in their home.

Workers in the Australian aged-care system are known to experience burnout, compassion fatigue and high levels of stress. Learn how to integrate mindfulness-based stress-reduction techniques into your daily life, and to use these methods to assist others.

Specialist teachers
Experienced and highly qualified educators – specially selected for their skill and knowledge in the unique subject area – share their knowledge.

A taste of the Health and Social Wellbeing Masters
NTI Wellbeing Series seminars will give participants a sample of the unique and powerful learning available in NTI’s Health and Social Wellbeing (HSW) postgraduate courses. Individual subjects within these courses are also ideal to study for professional development and/or personal interest.

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