Sexual Health

For some time, the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people in the Out of Home Care (OOHC) sector have been overlooked and not addressed due to complexities that can arise when discussing sexual health with youth who may have experiences of trauma.

In partnership with NSW Health, Yfoundations is proud to deliver a new FREE online training module, targeting foster carers, those working in the OOHC sector, and those with interest in trauma informed sexual health conversations. The development of “Because you care: fostering conversations about sexual and reproductive health” involved extensiveconsultation with key agencies in both the trauma and out of home care sectors. Click here to try out our new and FREE training.

CaddyShack Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Caddyshack Awards!

The Caddyshack Awards have been running since 2015 to recognise & acknowledge individuals & services that make a contribution to the sexual health and well-being of our communities. Winners will receive the iconic banana on a stand with an engraved plaque and some Caddyshack merch.

Four awards are available!

  • Nominations close Friday 22nd October 2021.
  • Winners will be announced  2nd November 2021.  

HIV 101 Webinar

Registrations are now open for the HIV 101 Webinar, Thursday 11th November at 2pm for 90 minutes.

Please join Josef Garrington, the Regional Outreach Community Health Promotion Officer from ACON and Naomi Viret, Sexual Health Promotion Officer from Caddyshack Project to unpack HIV. They will be covering testing, treatment, Pre Exposure Prophylactic (PrEP) & Post Exposure Prophylactic (PEP).

When you register, you will have the opportunity to ask a question to the presenters. Your details will remain anonymous in the webinar.

Food and Housing

Food Fairness Illawarra

We each have a role to play when it comes to our food: the food we choose and the way we consume it affect our health and that of our planet. From local food businesses to government, farmers, food waste fighters, academia and consumers of all ages.

As a community, we need to come together to transform our food system!

Since 2016, we have come together to celebrate Fair Food Week and World Food Day at our annual Connecting over Fair Food event.

While we have had to postpone this amazing community building event from October to 18th February 2022, we are inviting each and every one of you to virtually share with us your connection to fair food!


I have been invited to share my connection to fair food to celebrate #WorldFood Day and #Fair FoodWeek with @Food Fairness Illawarra.

My ….. (connection to Fair Food > think fair, local and sustainable e.g. your community garden, you and your veggie patch, cooking, dinner with the household, your favourite local producer or produce)

I am inviting @…, @…. and @… to share their connection to food!
#connectingoverfairfood #foodfairness 


All entries will go into the draw for one of the six $50 vouchers to your favourite local producer or food business (e.g. Pines Gelato, My Pantry Store, Green Connect, Darkes Forest or Flametree Community Food Co-Op)

Winners will be drawn on World Food Day, 16 October 2021, so keep an eye on our socials!

COVID and Young People

Youth voices, COVID-19 video competition for high school students 

This is a particularly challenging time for our communities including children and young people. Children and young people are more connected to media/social media than any other age group and often find it hard to make sense of all the COVID-19 messages that they’re exposed to.

The Prevention Education and Research Unit (PERU) in partnership with the School of Population Health, UNSW are running the Youth Voices COVID-19 Video Competition for high school students in Western Sydney.

The competition was launched Monday August 23rd and is closing 5.00pm Friday 17th September (please see flyer at bottom of this email for easy sharable details) 

This competition was developed after conversations with schools about the difficulty in running external workshops for students during lockdown, and the need for innovative strategies to both disseminate COVID-19 health and wellbeing information, and encourage student engagement, leadership and voice.

Students are invited to submit a short video addressing one of three topic areas:

1. COVID-19 Vaccinations: encouraging people to protect themselves

2. Looking after your wellbeing during the pandemic

3. Tackling COVID-19 misinformation and myths

Click the link below for all competition details:

The competition is key to ensuring that adolescents are supported, acknowledged and empowered to have a voice in this pandemic. This is a challenging time for our community and it is important that we support young people. I encourage you to share this opportunity with the young people in your networks, so that they will have an opportunity participate.

Thank you for supporting this initiative and for empowering young people to lead the charge in protecting themselves and their communities throughout this pandemic.


Ability Groupwork

All these groups are online and FREE:

Groups include:

  • 24/7 LOVE – Care for Carers; Wed 22nd Sept – Wed 10rd Nov, 11-12:30pm
  • Feeling GREAT About ME – for people living with disability & for people caring for somebody living with disability; Mon 18th Oct – Mon 22nd Nov, 5:45-7:15pm
  • Sex, Love & Dating for All Men (Cis and Trans) & Non-Binary People; Tues 2nd Nov – Tues 7th Dec, 11-12:30pm
  • Sex, Love & Dating for All Women (Cis and Trans) & Non-Binary People; Tues 2nd Nov – Tues 7th Dec, 11-12:30pm

Employment and Training

Kiama Community College  

The Kiama Community Collage has a range of subsidised courses that may be useful for you and/or your teams.

Please see below and let me know if you’d like any further information, or contact Sarah Cimino directly.

Microsoft Excel: BSBTEC302 Design and Produce Spreadsheets^*Friday 1 October

Microsoft Word & Publisher: BSBTEC301 Design and Produce Business Documents^*Wednesday 22 September

Use Remote Communication Tools: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Instant Messaging and more*Thursday 7 October

Digital workplace skills for beginners^*Wednesday 22 September