We Won!

Last Friday night the Illawarra Interagency (Terri and Louise) were proud to win the small team Transformation and Reinvention section of the Community Industry Group, We Do Magic Awards for our work on the Illawarra Interagency.

It was a wonderful, fun night celebrating the amazing and wonderful work being done in our community services industry throughout the Illawarra (including Shoalhaven). We would like to congratulate everyone who were nominated, as well as the winners. We all do incredible work and it is important to take a breath and remember what we are achieving each and every day.

In regard to our work with the Illawarra Interegancy it is fulfilling to witness how the sector evolves, getting to know the amazing network of people, seeing new services emerge, the changes, challenges and how we all rise to meet them with the help of networking and tapping into the amazing brains-trust we have in this industry.

The bushfires and COVID were definitely a challenge we all faced, and through the Interagency we acknowledged this in 2020 with a focus on resilience and innovation. This sector is known for its ability to face challenges and deal with adversity, so with this as our backbone, we recollected and chose to see these challenges as opportunity. We researched technology and useful topics to not only see us through this period, but to also improve the way we convene our meetings.

We thank Shellharbour and Kiama Council’s for encouraging the Illawarra Interagency partnership which is so rewarding and successful. It’s amazing what you can achieve with trust, commitment and the sharing of resources and ideas.

We also acknowledge the amazing work of the Community Industry Group, their innovative – proactive approach to supporting our local sector and their passion for social justice has always been an inspiration. We are greatful for our award and the oppotunity to gather and enjoy a celebration of our amazing sector.




We are continuing on our Compassionate Communities venture to bring Death Cafes to the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and should be so happy and proud with all that we have achieved!

As a project group, we have completed Death Cafe events across the Local Health District and discussed ‘Death, Dying and End of Life’ with so many wonderful people!

We have taken Death conversations to the beach, to the Birth and Deaths Bar and been involved in public presentations and conversations about our project with groups such as the Illawarra Interagency, Parsons Funerals and the Community Industry Group Expo on More End of Life issues as well as talking with individual health professionals about our project. Radio interviews have also helped to increase our community engagement and local profile.

There are so many questions for us to ask ourselves such as :

  • How can we take our conversations into relationship with our aging community members?
  • Perhaps in aged care facilities?
  • How can we further engage with the men in our communities?
  • How can we open the space to teenagers and adolescents?
  • What other projects or areas of interest do you feel our communities would benefit from?

With the project approaching its final month of formal operation and support from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, where do you see our project going in the months ahead?

Please join us, bring a friend and come and share your thoughts with us.

We look forward to seeing you!

Next Meeting – SUNDAY 16 MAY 2021 from 3pm to 5pm

Please register here in Eventbrite for the meeting Joyce Wheatley Centre at 107 Terralong St, Kiama. You are welcome to bring a mug to save on recycling and landfill and a small plate of something to share 🙂

Next Meeting – SUNDAY 16 MAY 2021 from 3pm-5pm

Please register on Eventbrite for the meeting – here is the link! 

Sunday  16 MAY 2021
3:00 – 5:00pm
Joyce Wheatley Centre 
107 Terralong St, Kiama

Click to Register

Facebook Group

If you haven’t already, please join our Facebook group – Compassionate Communities Illawarra-Shoalhaven. The group is private so only the people in the group can see the posts and comments. Anyone interested in joining ComCom is able to join.

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Employment and training

Lifeline South Coast is pleased to be delivering a number of free awareness and training workshops to the Illawarra and South Coast community in May.

These sessions would normally cost participants but have been fully funded thanks to  number of a partnerships for a limited amount of time. 

If you previously enjoyed our training workshops and know someone who would enjoy our workshops, please forward this email to a friend.

To see the full training calendar, click here

Online Wollongong

Accidental Counsellor Foundations

🕒 13 May 9:30am–5:00pm
 📍  Wollongong
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QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer

🕒 14 May at 10:00am–1:00pm
 📍  Unanderra
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Accidental Counsellor Foundations

🕒 25 May 9:30am–5:00pm
 📍  Unanderra
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QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer

🕒 27 May at 10:00am–1:00pm
 📍  Unanderra
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QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer

🕒 27 May at 2:30pm–5:30pm
 📍  Unanderra
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🕒 17 May from 11:00am–1:00pm
 📍  Bowral
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QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer

🕒 18 May at 3:00pm–6:00pm
 📍  Braidwood
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Psychological First Aid

🕒 19 May at 9:30am–12:30pm
 📍  Braidwood
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DV-Alert (Indigenous)

🕒 19–20 May from 9:00am–4:30pm
 📍  Nowra
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Lake Conjola


🕒 26 May from 10:00am–12:00pm
 📍  Lake Conjola
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QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer

🕒 26 May at 1:30pm–4:30pm
 📍  Lake Conjola
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You are invited to our UoW Social Work Sunset Seminar series for 2021.

We will be hosting four seminars, two will be hosted on campus and two will be delivered on zoom. Seminars are free and open to all social work agencies; places are limited so RSVP early.

The first seminar is on 12th May details below.
Seminar 1
Title                  Cultural humility in social work practice
Date                 Wed 12th May
Time                 4pm
Location           Building 29, UOW Wollongong Campus (please RSVP via attached invite or link here)

Take note of future dates for your calendar. Further information will be sent out with RSVP link in June.
Seminar 2
Title                  Introducing students to mental health as a field of practice: Recovery, stepped care and health promotion
Date                 Wed 21st July
Time                 4pm
Location           Zoom 

Seminar 3
Title                  Trauma-informed framework practice
Date                 Wed 29h September
Time                 4pm
Location           Zoom 

Seminar 4
Title                  Getting theory back into practice
Date                 Wed 24th November
Time                 4pm
Location           Building 29, UOW Wollongong Campus

These topics respond to feedback from you about your interest about our research and teaching.


Every industry requires business professionals and this nationally recognised qualification will provide students with skills and knowledge to enhance employment prospects.

Students will gain practical skills to prepare for a range of business and administration roles.

Topics covered include: 
– customer service
– popular software applications
– preparing business documents and business correspondence
– workplace technology and communication.

Students will have access to great support and the opportunity to undertake work placement

Subsidies & Fee-Free Scholarships are available for eligible students*

Cert I In Information, Digital Media & Technology ICT0115
Cert IV in Leadership & Management BSB42015
Cert III in Accounts Administration FNS30317

Microsoft Office At Your Level (Accredited Skill Set)

*Subsidies and fee free scholarships are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements. The training is subsidised by the NSW Government. If you would like more information on Smart and Skilled please refer to our website or phone the Community College on 02 4232 1050.

Funding and Resources

Reduce Reuse Recycle Kiama is pleased to announce that due to the amazing efforts of its Kiama Boomerang Bag project that it is able to offer micro-grants up to the amount of $1500 to other local Not For Profit community groups or registered charities.

We are looking to support sustainability projects that are focused on reducing waste in the Kiama Municipality by encouraging people to work together, to educate and change the behaviours of residents and visitors towards waste.

We will also consider projects that that will improve the health and wellbeing of the local Kiama communities.

Application guidelines and form are available from the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Kiama website https://www.reduce-reuse-recycle-kiama.org/2021/03/29/grants-available-for-local-groups/

If you have a project but are not a registered charity or Not for Profit please do email us at admin@reduce-reuse-recycle-kiama.org and we may be able to incorporate your project within our remit.

Closes 14 May 2021

Sexual Health

You wouldn’t have toast without vegemite.

So why would you have casual sex without a condom?

*whatever kind of sex you’re having, condoms can be used on sex accessories, as an oral dam and /or on a penis or as stress relief

Click HERE to order 144 free condoms for your service from Play Safe Pro or find

your nearest free condoms in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven from Caddyshack Project.

Want an update on Sexual and Reproductive health? Why not book a free SHOE session!

A Sexual Health Outreach Education Session (SHOE) is designed to be a 30 minute update, helping staff to increase their

knowledge and skills around the topics of sexual and reproductive health.

Naomi Viret
Kaitlyn Middleton


Health Education Officers from Caddyshack Project will deliver the session either face to face or via Zoom.

SHOE sessions can include;

  • Overview of current sexual health services and projects across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions
  • Free training, resources and projects your service can be involved in
  • Increase capacity and reduce stigma
  • Find out about different STI’s  and contraception

We can also tailor a session to your service’s needs, please contact us to discuss any current issues or trends your service would like more information and support with.

To find out more or book a session contact:

Dolly Doctor answers the Top Ten

Registrations are now open for ‘Dolly Doctor answers the Top Ten’ webinar.

Wednesday 5th May 2021 at 10.00am for 60 minutes

Associate Professor Melissa Kang, also known as Dolly Doctor will answer the top ten most Google searched questions on sexual health. Melissa’s career has been devoted to the health and health care of adolescents and young adults. She is an academic, a clinician, and an advocate. Melissa’s research has taken a population health approach, with major projects exploring access to health care, health system navigation, young people’s sexuality and sexual health (particularly sexually transmitted infections).

We are thrilled to host Melissa who will be Zooming in with us for this webinar.

Register here or cut & paste the URL https://www.stickytickets.com.au/DTAWY

Youth Educating Peers

In late 2020 Youth Educating Peers (YEP) launched an open online survey for young people aged 12-25. This was advertised via a sponsored add on Facebook, and via YEP’s other social media pages on Instagram and TikTok. Promotional emails were sent to the youth sector. YEP’s Youth Reference Group was supported to complete the survey and the YRG was encouraged to promote the survey. Key findings of the 2020 YEP Youth Survey here or https://theyepproject.org.au/blog/2020yepsurveyfindings/

The International Student Health Hub includes questions you may have on Contraception & Pregnancy linking to accurate & reliable websites.

Find out more about contraception, pregnancy, abortion, caring for your breasts, cervical screening, cost & who to talk to.


Please share this months featured page to your network.

Want to know more about the Hub? Email us:

Maddison.Stratten@health.nsw.gov.au & Anju.Devkota@health.nsw.gov.au

On behalf of the Hub Advisory Group:

  • Belinda Meggitt
  • Helen Rogers
  • Limin Mao
  • Jennifer Farinella
  • Marty Janssen
  • Nusrat Jahan

Out of Home Care

The Out Of Home Care (OOHC) PlaySafe Program, is just one of many, that work towards improving sexual health outcomes for young people across NSW guided by the work of the State wide Sexually Transmitted Infections Programs Unit (STIPU).

Due to a likelihood of past trauma experiences, possible disrupted educational experiences and therefore less knowledge around sexual health and relationships, sexual Health needs should be considered through a trauma informed lens when

working with young people in the OOHC sector.

For these reasons, and to assist carers in increasing their knowledge around sexual health and their confidence in having these conversations with young people, a trauma informed training package was developed. The free online training module “Because you care: Fostering conversations about sexual and reproductive health” is now available at PlaySafe Pro.

Whilst targeted towards foster carers, the training is relevant to anyone interested in starting conversations around sexual and reproductive health, particularly with young people who may have had experiences of trauma.

The training takes approximately 90mins to complete and is made up of 3 modules which are self-paced and can be completed all together, or separately.

Topics covered include:

  • Sexually Transmissible Infections
  • Trauma informed care
  • Contraception
  • Conversation starters

At the completion of the 3 modules, participants receive a certificate of participation.

Young People

The online Youth Empowerment Tool (YET) is now live!

This online tool has been designed to empower young people to engage with health professionals

and to increase their knowledge around sexual and reproductive health.

The YET was launched in Youth Week April 2021 and features:

  • Stuff to know before you go-accessing a health professional, obtaining a Medicare card and bulk billing
  • Going for an STI test-what’s involved in going to a health professional for screening
  • Knowledge is Power- provides links to trusted and reliable websites

Scan the QR Code to go to the YET

Or visit https://www.caddyshackproject.com/

Illawarra Interagency Meeting

The Illawarra Interagency provides a forum for community organisations to build relationships, learn new skills and work collaboratively to improve outcomes for the Illawarra community. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in supporting the well-being of people who live, work or play in the Illawarra Region.


Illawarra Interagency Annual Networking Event

9am to 12pm – Wed 28 April 2021
Shellharbour Civic Centre

76 Cygnet Ave, Shellharbour City Centre 

Register Now

We’re returning to the Civic Centre!

Our online meetings have been extremely successful so we’ll continue to hold some this year, but for this event, we think it’s time to see each other in person.

This is the Illawarra community sector’s
annual opportunity to:

  • Meet other community organisations in the Illawarra
  • Showcase your organisation to the group with our mini-presentations
  • Connect and build relationships with peers in the sector you work in
  • Advise on your upcoming events or projects
  • Participate in a Collaboration Workshop with the opportunity to work on new project ideas
  • Share flyers and pamphlets on our Expo Table

Register Now

Also, register your interest to:

  • Offer a mini-presentation for a new event or project
  • Offer an idea for a project/program to workshop in our Collaboration activity.

Feedback from past events:
‘You provided an environment conducive to deeper connections and genuine working relationships.’
‘It was great to learn about different thinking styles and valuing unique perspectives to resolve problems’
Enquiries: illawarrainteragency@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au

Further information: www.illawarrainteragency.com illawarrainteragency@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au | (02) 4221 6091


The International Student Health Hub includes Safe Sex & Sexual Health questions linking to accurate & reliable websites.

Find out more about HIV, STIs, protection, testing & treatment.


Please share this months featured page to your network.

Want to know more about the Hub? Email us:

Maddison.Stratten@health.nsw.gov.au & Anju.Devkota@health.nsw.gov.au

Unconscious bias workshop.

Community Industry Group is excited to present Diversity Australia’s unconscious bias workshop.

This interactive workshop aims to build awareness of the value of diversity and inclusion from an organisational perspective and will explore ways to recognise and challenge unconscious biases that inhibit diversity progress.

The workshop includes a range of experiential activities to engage the hearts and minds of leaders. Leaders will learn about fundamental concepts of inclusion and exclusion, in-groups and out-groups, biases and stereotypes, in a positive and engaging way.