Community events and groups

See the information below for the latest community events, groups, programs, and consultations taking place across South Eastern NSW:

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PROJECT ECHO TRAINING

Project ECHO connects health care professionals with subject matter experts, empowering them to provide best-practice care for their local communities. The next series of project ECHO training will cover adult intellectual disability mental health.

Through participation, healthcare professionals can develop confidence and specialised knowledge to deliver specialised mental health care to adults with intellectual disability within their own local communities. 

The free training runs from 21 April to 16 June. Find out more and register here.

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PHOENIX AUSTRALIA TRAUMA-RELATED TRAINING

Phoenix Australia is holding trauma-related training for emergency service and health care professionals in Batemans Bay. The workshops will help participants better support community members affected by the recent 2019-20 bushfires.

The training includes:

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BREAST SCREEN NSW MOBILE VAN HUSKISSON

The Breast Screen NSW mobile van will be visiting ‘Husky Sports, Huskisson’ from 6-30 April.

There is now another convenient location for women in the Shoalhaven, to book a free breast screen this April. A screen with BreastScreen NSW is only 20 minutes, and all radiographers are female. A GP referral is not required.

Booking is easy and can be done by calling 13 20 50 or online.

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HEARING VOICES FACILITATOR TRAINING

The Melissa Roberts Foundation is looking to support the Wollongong Self Help Group for Voice Hearers and is looking for people who would be interested in being trained as a group facilitator.

The training is free, funded by COORDINARE’s Community Grants. The MRF will be running multiple training sessions throughout South Eastern NSW.

Find out more and register by contacting Bruce Roberts at 0425 334 244 or by emailing info@melissarobertsfoundation.org.au

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RENEW EQUINE ACADEMY MORUYA

Renew Equine Academy based near Moruya is running evidence-based interactive 4-week programs to help youth create lasting change and resilience to face life’s challenges. Young people learn from horses in a way that involves them mentally, physically and emotionally.

Participants will strengthen leadership and communication skills, build self-awareness and self-confidence, build empathy, trust and compassion and embrace change.

For more info and to book click here!

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ALCOHOL AND DRUGS: ONE FAMILY'S STORY

Alcohol and Drugs: One Family's Story is a free interactive event held in Wollongong on 5 May. A panel of experts will discuss the impacts of alcohol and drugs, what families can do and what support is available for culturally and linguistically diverse people.

We can all help families by knowing where to get help. Everyone is welcome to attend, including community members, organisations and health services.

Find out more and register here.

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ISLHD QUIT SMOKING CLINICS

The ISLHD Quit Smoking Clinics offer FREE individualised support and advice for people looking to quit smoking.

Whether you’re thinking about quitting, ready to quit or would like more info, the Quit Smoking Clinic can provide you with support.

Clinic locations: Unanderra Community Centre from 9:30am - 12pm every Thursday / CHAIN Gwynneville from 9:30am - 12pm every Tuesday.

To make a booking call or text Janet on 0459 898 302.

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GIIYONG FESTIVAL

The Giiyong Festival is South East NSW first multi-art form festival celebrating traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture through dance, art, music, film, food, spoken word, workshops and cultural demonstrations.

Partners Twofold Aboriginal Corporation, Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council and South East Arts are pleased to be presenting Giiyong Festival again at Jigamy, just north of Eden NSW on October 9 2021 with more information to come!

For more info click here!

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PEER CO - CREATING A BEAUTIFUL LIFE GROUP

Supported by COORDINARE's strengthening local communities grants, PeerCo is running a creative recovery group in the Illawarra for women who want to increase their sense of wellbeing.

In this 8-week program peer workers share creative activities that help to shift our perspective, so we can get out of old ruts and experience life in new ways.

Women of all ages are welomce! The group's first meeting is on 9 April at Port Kembla. For more info click here or call Bridget on 0432 207 640.

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PEERCO - ON PAR FOR WELLNESS

PeerCo is running 'On Par for Wellness' a social golf group for men to support mental health and wellbeing.

The group meets every 3rd Thursday of each month at the Port Kembla Golf Club.

All levels of experience are welcome! For more info click here or you can also call 0413 891 190 or email brazshane@gmail.com

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NEWACCESS: FREE MENTAL HEALTH COACHING

A free mental health coaching program developed by Beyond Blue is now available in South Eastern NSW.

NewAccess, delivered in conjunction with Wellways and COORDINARE, is a six-session program offering practical advice on how to manage the pressures, worries, and stresses of life.

Find out more here.

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BROTHER TO BROTHER HOTLINE

Brother to Brother is Australia's FIRST 24-hour hotline assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men throughout COVID-19. Call 1800 435 799 for support.

The line is staffed by Aboriginal men, including Elders, to promote a culturally-safe service. The service was created by Dardi Munwurro: Strong Spirit, an organisation that delivers a range of family violence programs specifically targeting Aboriginal men. It aims to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma in Indigenous communities.

You can learn more by reading this article.

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NEW VIRTUAL PEER SUPPORT SERVICE

The eFriend online peer support service is now live, and free for anyone in need.

If you don't have someone you feel comfortable talking to, and you want to reach out to someone who will listen  a community of trained, specialist eFriend peers are available via video link or audio chat.

View this flyer for more information, or visit efriend.org.au.

Join 'Friends of COORDINARE' and choose to be part of future workshops, attend training and discussions or just receive information from time to time. It’s obligation-free, it's easy ... and it will help make a difference! Click here to register.