e-News 8 August 2013

23 August 2013

In this issue:

Shelter NSW Workshop – Future of Public Housing in the Inner City

A workshop for community organizations on the changes in the housing market in the inner city, the role of public housing in providing affordable and secure housing in the inner city, and challenges for the future of public housing (and other affordable-rental housing) in the inner city.

When       9:30am – midday, Tuesday 8 October 2013

Where     Southern Function Room

Level 4, Town Hall House

456 Kent Street

Sydney (behind Sydney Town Hall)

Places are limited, so please register in advance with Shelter NSW by emailing craig@shelternsw.org.au or ringing 92675733 ext.11

2014 NSW Seniors Week Grants Program

Applications for the 2014 NSW Seniors Week Grants are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 6 September 2013.

Volunteers, local government and community organisations that plan to hold events during 2014 NSW Seniors Week are invited to apply.

NSW Seniors Week Grants are provided through Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) to support the development and organisation of local NSW Seniors Week projects.

NSW Seniors Week will be held from 15 – 23 March 2014.

Activities and events that align with the initiatives of the NSW Ageing Strategy will be highly regarded. The NSW Ageing Strategy can be viewed here.

For further information, or to apply, visit the NSW Seniors Week website.

Stars of PCYC – City of Sydney

You are invited to the “Stars of PCYC” Main Event which will be held on Saturday 28th September 2013 (kicking off at 7pm) at the Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW.

This will be the second year that the City of Sydney PCYC have organised a Talent Quest for young people and it will an opportunity for some of Sydney’s brightest to showcase their talents. Please spread the word and let people know that they can pre-book by emailing the club with details. There are only 300 seats available so don’t take too long to decide…

Auditions will be held over the next few weeks, and the PCYC needs you to encourage as many young people to enter as possible. There will be awesome prizes for competitors and those supporting in the crowd!

If you know any young people who would want to enter this talent quest, please tell them asap!

If you need more information, do not hesitate to visit the Facebook page – The Stars of PCYC

Auditions     Saturday 17th and 24th August

Main Event    Saturday 28th September

For registration forms and Terms and Conditions of Entry contact Khai Ngo by email khaingo@pcycnsw.org.au or by phone 02 9360 5835 .

Housing NSW HSC Youth Scholarship 2014
Applications for the 2014 round of the Housing NSW Youth Scholarship Program are now open and will close at 5pm 16 August 2013.

The Housing NSW HSC Youth Scholarship Program assists eligible young people living in social housing or on the NSW Housing Register to complete their HSC or TAFE equivalent. Two hundred scholarships are on offer, each one consists of a one off payment of $2,000 which is administered by the school or TAFE College on behalf of the student. The funds can be used to purchase items or services which help the student complete the HSC or TAFE equivalent and can include:

  • Text books, workbooks, study guides and stationery
  • Specialist equipment (e.g: art, music or photographic materials)
  • Course costs, excursions, study camps, sport
  • Home computer or laptop (if not received previously from the school/TAFE)
  • Computer software and printer
  • Private tutoring or coaching

Any NSW high school or TAFE college student who meets the following criteria can apply. A student who has previously been awarded a Housing NSW Youth Scholarship cannot apply again.

Students must be:

  • Living in social housing in NSW (public housing, Aboriginal housing, community housing), living in crisis accommodation or on the NSW Housing Register
  • Studying in Year 11 or 12 at a NSW high school or TAFE college for the HSC or TAFE equivalent in 2014
  • Aged 25 years or under on 1 December 2014
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Not earning an income higher than the NSW social housing eligibility limits (if earning an income)
More information and application forms and guidelines can be found on the Housing NSW website , by email to youthscholarships@facs.nsw.gov.au or by phone on 1300 468 746 (Housing NSW Contact Centre).

‘Approaching a Corporate Donor’ Workshop

Inner Sydney Regional Council for Social Development invites you to attend a free Approaching a Corporate Donor Workshop facilitated by Keith Whelan, the Grants Guy.

This workshop is the ideal for anyone interested in finding out more about attaining a Corporate Donor for their Organisation– how to attract them and keep them!

Current developments in this sector will be discussed as well as examples provided of how it has been used in Australia and how it is relevant to you. The following subject matter will be discussed:

• Understanding the attitudes behind Corporate Giving
• Finding the right Partner
• Discovering where a CEO’s heart lies
• Approaching a Corporate Donor
• Putting together your presentation
• Following up in a businesslike way

The workshop is free, though we do ask participant organisations, if possible, to become members of Inner Sydney Regional Council (if they are not so already) at a cost of $22.

To RSVP, please email Char Jones at char.jones@innersydneyrcsd.org.au or call 9698 7461.

Wesley LifeForce Suicide Memorial Day

Wesley Mission invites you to the Wesley LifeForce Suicide Memorial Day.

When    12pm Thursday 12th September

Where   Northern Boardwalk, Sydney Opera House

The service provides an opportunity to those who have lost a loved one to suicide to reflect, remember and to come together in a spirit of comfort and hope. Many people who have lost someone to suicide are unaware of the support available to them. The day provides a chance to share with others who understand something of their journey and to connect with counsellors, who will be available after the service.

Guests are able to place a photo of their loved one, with a personal message, on the wall of remembrance. They will also have the opportunity to cast a flower into Sydney Harbour as a gesture of love and remembrance.

Those unable to attend the day can share their photos and stories on the online Wesley LifeForce Memorial Wall. For more information about the day and the online wall, visit the Wesley LifeForce website.

Milkcrate Theatre presents Full Circle

Milk Crate Theatre’s upcoming show, Full Circle is a free and interactive community show that is taking place at the Wayside Chapel on 21st August at 2pm (there is a free afternoon tea following the show) and Newtown Neighbourhood Centre on 23rd Aug at 2pm (there is a free BBQ beforehand).

Ruth has recently moved into her very own apartment. The sense of home and stability that she experiences with this move is hugely meaningful to her. After an incident involving a pair of scissors and an altered state of reality, Ruth finds herself locked out of her apartment, with nowhere to go.

Full Circle deals with the issue of homelessness and link between this and mental illness. The stories told in Full Circle have been generated by the Milk Crate Theatre Ensemble, a group of artists who have the lived experience of homelessness or social marginalisation. During the show, Milk Crate Theatre invites audience up out of their seat to take an active role in contributing thoughts and ideas to the issues presented in the show.

To RSVP please email kate@milkcratetheatre.com or call 02 9331 0555

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Information Day

An information day for anyone concerned about their memory and carers of people living with dementia.

Drop in between 10am and 2pm to speak to friendly staff who will answer your questions.

When    10am – 2pm Wednesday 28 August

Where   Randwick Town Hall – 90 Avoca Street  Randwick

Find out about:

  • memory loss and ageing
  • how exercise can keep your brain healthy
  • how to reduce the risk of developing dementia
  • local dementia services and support programs
Please note: The information day is not a presentation and there may be short waiting

periods to speak to staff.

Bookings required on 9399 0972 or by emailing frida.kitas@randwick.nsw.gov.au.

On-Line Service Directory

Inner Sydney Regional Council is continuing in the process of creating an extensive online directory of community services in the Eastern Suburbs and Inner City. The map is very easy to read and navigate and will list each organisations details and services.

In order to make it as comprehensive as we can, we need to know the details of your organisation, the type of organisation you are e.g. mental health, aged care, neighbourhood centre and a brief description of your services, and a website if you have one.

Please email your information to Saskia at Saskia.cheney@innersydneyrcsd.org.au. Saskia will then send you the link to the map, so you can check you are happy with the information inputted before the directory goes live.

Quote of the Week

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

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