Illawarra Interagency October 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.

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Illawarra Interagency | Online Meeting

2.00pm to 4.00pm

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Topic | Domestic and Family Violence in the Illawarra

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During the Covid19 pandemic, our communities saw a rise in reported cases of Domestic and Family Violence. In line with our series of meetings this year to support our community sector during challenging times, we have themed our October meeting accordingly.

Join us and a panel of expert local service providers, to discuss the current state of Domestic and Family Violence in the Illawarra. We will explore some of the recent challenges in our region and discuss ways in which we can move forward together to address this important topic.

The meeting will be held via ZOOM call and can be accessed by your computer, tablet or phone.

Please share this invitation with your colleagues.

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Please be aware that conversations such as these can be triggering. Look after your mental health and seek help if needed. Lifeline: 13 11 14

Further information: | (02) 4221 6091

Men and Boys

The Man Walk is now walking in your area! 

The Man Walk Australia is a not-for-profit association which promotes and supports men’s physical, social and mental wellbeing. 

The Man Walk is a simple concept designed to strengthen communities, build social capital and combat isolation. We do this by connecting men to walk, talk and support in a positive and inclusive environment. There is no judgement, pressure or expectations. Simply turn up when you feel like it, walk with a group of like-minded blokes, and be a part of The Man Walk community.  

We are passionate about supporting Men’s health and wellbeing and we want to spread the word throughout your community. Help us to connect men, strengthen communities and combat social isolation throughout Australia.

Man Walks currently in your local area:

Location: Albion Park Rail

Starting Point: Bakers Delight Carpark

Start Time: 6:00pm

Duration: 45 – 60mins

Days: Wednesday

For more information about The Man Walk, or to start a new Man Walk in your location:


Womxn and Girls

We want to hear from women and non-binary people over the age of 18 to participate in the we YWCA Speak Survey

We want to hear from YOU! We are inviting women and non-binary people in all their diversity over the age of 18 to participate in YWCA’s first We Speak survey, a collaboration with Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology(BEST)at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

We Speak explores women’s lived experiences of leadership, civic engagement, housing and economic security and health, to inform postgraduate research, policy and advocacy, and programs and services for women.  

We know that leadership isn’t just about CEO positions or being on a board or in politics. It’s also about values, behaviours, communities and the leadership you live.

Economic security isn’t just about having a job. It’s also about underemployment, income support and whether the money you do earn allows you to keep up with rising costs of living.

We know that housing security isn’t just about having a roof over your head. It’s also about whether your home is safe, secure, affordable and appropriate for your needs.

We need to hear from you, to help shape policy, advocacy and programs that value the experiences of women and non-binary people in all their diversity.

This short but important online survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. When you fill in the survey you will also have the chance to share in a $1000 total prize pool (10 x $100 vouchers) by opting in and providing contact details prior to 5 September 2020.

Click HERE or copy and paste the URL to start the survey.

Open to all States in Australia.

Health and WellBeing

Seeking Expressions of Interest for Consumer Representatives Southern Illawarra Hospitals Group

How would you design a Health Centre?

ACON is exploring options for a Centre that would provide specialist health care for people in our communities.

We want to make sure that people are at the heart of this service. No matter where you live in NSW we want to ensure that you can access this service through in-person appointments or via telehealth.

We’d like to hear from you. We invite you to please share your thoughts on what good health care looks like for you.

Click here to have your say in the design of the potential Health Centre.

Link to copy & paste if that’s easier:

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How we’ll rebound from this pandemic with Communities in Control

In a normal year, Our Community would already have hosted Australia’s best and biggest annual community sector event, back in May. But 2020 is no normal year.

Communities in Control will take place online on 16-17 November, with virtual conference technology so good you’ll be able to taste the mints. Experience the buzz and share in the feel-good vibes that Communities in Control is renowned for: meet other delegates at random, join a break-out session, chat, check out the exhibits, and tune into a line-up of speakers who’ll open you to new ideas and leave you hopeful and inspired.

With the theme Connection, Creativity, Community: Finding Hope in a Climate of Crisis, Communities in Control is the elixir you need right now. Tickets are $250 (inc GST) for both days – less if you bring friends.


Community Industry Group wants to hear from the people of Australia

Community Industry Group is conducting a survey to gain an understanding of how people keep connected when they’re struggling on insufficient income.

The impacts of social isolation have become a major concern since restrictions have been put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. But for many people living on low-incomes, such as those with part time or casual positions, or people receiving income support payments like JobSeeker, it can be difficult to participate in social activities. Clothing, food or ticket prices can be out of reach for many people and even having friends over for dinner can be outside of the budget.

We want to hear from as many people as possible. Attached is a poster for your centre or organisation to print and put up on the noticeboard to encourage visitors to take part.

It is anonymous and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete

Take your AGM online without the strife

Annual General Meetings are essential business for not-for-profits.

But COVID-19 means that this year, more organisations than ever will be going “virtual” with their AGM.

Whether you’ve held yours already or you’re among the thousands of community groups and not-for-profits taking advantage of a time extension, our latest help sheet contains free, practical advice to keep your organisation ticking.

Covering the twin themes of good governance and good technology, our AGMs help sheet covers:

  • AGM essentials and how to prepare for a successful meeting
  • Choosing a tech platform
  • Setting up your virtual AGM
  • Notifying members
  • Conducting a trial run and hosting the meeting
  • Sharing documents and screens
  • Voting
  • Meeting security
  • A case study from a first-time “Zoomer” organisation
  • Extra online resources

READ MORE: How to make your online AGM a success 


I’m delighted to share some upcoming events with you, Trans Pride in a Pandemic, a four-part online forum series for trans and gender diverse people and our allies.

Developed in partnership by ACON and Trans Pride Australia with funding support by the City of Sydney. Every forum is free and all speakers are paid. Register for one, some or all forums.

Forums will take place on a Thursday between 6-7pm and include:

  1. Trans Resilience :: Coming out of COVID-19 – 10 September
  1. Trans Rights :: Protection and Justice – 24 September
  1. Femme Queen, Faafafine, Bakla :: Decolonising the T with Bhenji Ra – 8 October
  1. Gender Euphoria :: A New Narrative – 29 October

Facebook event:

Registration page:  


The Digital Peer Support survey gathers information about how LGBTQ+ young people support each other and themselves through digital and social media. It also explores how these practices relate to mental health and wellbeing. This survey is part of a larger study that aims to inform Australian mental health policy through evidence of LGBTQ+ young people’s mental health experiences and peer support practices.

To participate in this survey, you must be:

  • based in Australia;
  • aged 16-25 years; and
  • part of the LGBTQ+ community (I use this acronym because it’s recognisable, but as the + suggests, this includes a wide range of gender and sexual identities).

Who’s doing this research?

My name’s Paul Byron and this is part of my postdoctoral research project undertaken at the University of Technology Sydney. I have a history of researching digital and social media, along with LGBTQ+ young people’s wellbeing and peer support. You can read more about my research on my UTS staff profile.

About the survey

The survey is anonymous and participation is voluntary. You will not be asked to share your name or provide any information that reveals your identity. The survey has been approved by the UTS Human Research Ethics Committee (Ref: ETH20-5087).

The survey can be found at

Keep track of research findings

If you want to receive updates about the research project and its findings, you can subscribe to the research blog.

Other opportunities to get involved

I also plan to interview LGBTQ+ young people (aged 16-25) between December 2020 and March 2021. Interviews will follow up on key findings from this survey, and participants will receive a gift card for their participation. Interviews will be conducted online. If you wish to register for an interview, please fill out the short form at the end of the survey. If you would like to be interviewed without doing the survey, please subscribe to the research blog to receive a future announcement about this.

Funding and Resources

New Grant Finder

Please be advised that the Community Industry Group (CIG), with the support of Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ), has launched a Grant Finder to provide the sector with a comprehensive list of grant and funding opportunities. This free service means you will keep up to date on all new regional funding opportunities.

Register to receive emailed alerts for new grants, save your favourites and access tips to help you apply for grants.

The site also lists available Grant Writers if you require additional help.

We hope that this resource helps you better navigate the diversity in the funding landscape.

Each year Shellharbour Council provides funding to assist local sporting, cultural, educational, health, welfare and other groups who have a demonstrated community need. This funding is also available to meet requests for ‘in lieu’ or ‘in kind’ contributions.

The first round of donations for the 2020/2021 financial year is now open. Applications can be made by completing and returning the attached application form by 4.30pm Friday 16th October 2020 to

More information on this funding can be found on our website I have also attached our policy for your reference.

Please note that the total value of donation in any one financial year to any one organisation may not exceed $2,000.  In addition to this, latest Annual Financial Statements must be provided for all requests over $1,000 to enable the request to be considered. 

If you have any questions, please contact Community Connections on 4221 6007.


Help is Here

You may have seen the  Help is Here  campaign advertising over the past couple of months. It’s a campaign from the Department of Social Services to ensure all Australians affected by domestic and family violence and abuse know where to seek help, when they need it.

The Prime Minister announced the campaign on 29 March this year, to support Australians experiencing domestic and family violence due to the fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic.

The advertising, which will run nationally until the end of September 2020, directs audiences to national telephone and online counselling services 1800RESPECT and MensLine Australia, as well as relevant state and territory services – and aims to reassure those affected by domestic violence that their experiences are not acceptable, and that help is available.

Help spread the word

The stakeholder materials page on the Department of Social Services website also has a selection of materials you are welcome to use, including:

  • television commercials, including Indigenous and Auslan versions
  • posters in various sizes
  • a web tile and banner
  • bumper stickers and window decals
  • social media content, including static images and 6 and 15 second videos.

Sexual Health

Click HERE to get your free bag of 144 condoms for your service from Play Safe Pro.

 Or copy and paste the URL

Has a sexual health related topic come up amongst clients at your service?

  • Would you like to have up to date information on sexual health?
  • Want to know how to access free condoms and sexual health resources?
  • Would you like to be part of the Condom Dispenser Project?

We are offering 30-45 minute Get Frisky Not Risky as part of your team meeting,  planning day or scheduled sexual health session via Zoom. We can cover topics such as chlamydia, contraception & referrals.

Sessions are presented by Naomi Viret & Kaitlyn Middleton, Health Education Officers from the and are available on Tuesdays Wednesdays & Thursdays. 

See what other people say about our health education sessions.

Email or Kaitlyn. to book in!