Community Industry Group is the peak body working for community services and organisations in South East NSW. It supports community organisations, promotes expertise and innovation, fosters industry development and pursues social justice in the region. Its membership consists of organisations and individuals that provide community services.

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AGM 2019 Invitation

September 12, 2019

Community Industry Group invites members, supporters and students to our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 7 November 2019, 9:30 for a 10am start at Shellharbour Civic Centre. Everyone is welcome but only financial members are eligible to vote at the AGM. Please contact the office at to check if your membership is current. Special Guest Speaker: Mark Isaacs We last heard from Mark in 2015 about his time in Naru and his book ‘The Undesirables’. His latest book is The Kabul Peace House about a community of peace activists in Afghanistan. For a printable version of the invitation click here. To confirm your attendance click here.

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Consultation workshop – A secure home for all

September 4, 2019

Illawarra Consultation Forum – Shelter NSW Shelter NSW has identified five key elements that could underpin a system to deliver on our vision of A secure home for all. Everyone deserves a secure home to call their own. A diverse and integrated system provides a variety of options. All tenures provide dignity, stability and affordability. Cities, neighbourhoods and homes are built for diversity and inclusion. Communities are supported and engaged through change. Shelter NSW has developed a discussion paper to prompt conversations and engagement to build a coherent and persuasive set of messages that are informed by Shelter NSW members and stakeholders. Community Industry Group is partnering with Shelter NSW to seek the input of organisations in the Illawarra region. We want to hear what a secure home for all means to you. Friday 27 September 2019, 9.30am-12.30pm (morning tea included), Southern Youth & Family Services, 25 Lake Entrance Road, […]

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Discussion Group – Adequacy of Newstart and related payments

September 3, 2019

The Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs has announced an Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia. Details of the Inquiry, including the Terms of Reference are available here. Many of the clients and community members seeking supports from local community service organisations are living on payments such as Newstart and Youthstart. These payments are inadequate to help people get through tough times and into suitable employment. Our members report increasing levels of demand for supports for basic needs such as food and housing, and increasing levels of desperation in those people who are trying to survive on income which, by definition, puts them under the poverty line. The rate of Newstart has not been increased for 25 years, while the cost of living, especially housing and energy costs, has gone through the roof. Community […]

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Upcoming Training & Events

Aboriginal Employment Recruitment and Retention Toolkit Training- September

This training is for Managers and Human Resources personnel in the Community Services Industry. ATTRACT RECOGNISE VALUE is a comprehensive and practical employment toolkit for those in the community services sector seeking to increase the employment opportunities for Aboriginal people. The ATTRACT RECOGNISE VALUE toolkit includes:• A copy of the Aboriginal Employment Recruitment and Retention Pilot Report• Fact Sheets• Training Workbook• Cultural Survey• Welcome/Acknowledgement to Country Fact Sheet and wallet cards• USB with electronic copies of relevant documents Upon completion of the training participants will have a clear idea of how their organisation can develop meaningful engagement with Aboriginal Communities, improve recruitment and retention strategies for potential Aboriginal employees and create a culturally respectful, appropriate and safe working environment for Aboriginal people.  CATERING: Please advise us at time of booking of any specific dietary requirements. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: Please advise us at time of booking if you have any specific needs e.g. for visual, hearing or mobility impairments. PAYMENT: Payment is by credit card  OR you can request an invoice but you will not be able to attend until the invoice is paid. CAN’T MAKE IT? If you are unable to attend the seminar a substitute for your place is welcome to attend. NO REFUND  if less than 3 working days notice given.           
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Foundation for Trauma Informed Care and Practice

This training uses current research to provide a basic understanding of trauma, trauma dynamics and the core principles of trauma-informed practice, a strengths-based approach vital for every person working in health, human and legal services. By participating in this professional development training, attendees will: Develop understanding of the types, prevalence, neurobiology and impacts of trauma Use a trauma-informed lens to reframe challenging emotions and behaviours as adaptive responses to trauma Using case studies, apply the principles of trauma-informed practice in your role to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery of people with complex trauma Trainer:  Blue Knot Foundation - National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma REGISTRATION:  Please arrive at 8:45AM CATERING: Please advise at time of booking of any specific dietary requirements. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: Please advise at time of booking if you have any specific needs e.g. for visual, hearing or mobility impairments. CAN’T MAKE IT? If you are unable to attend the session, a substitute for your place is welcome to attend. The full fee will be charged if you or someone in your place does not attend the session and we have not been given notice as specified below. REFUNDS: If the registered participant is unable to attend a minimum of 3 days’ notice is required to receive a full refund. If the registered participant provides less than 3 days’ notice a refund of 50% of course cost will be refunded. If the session is cancelled, a full refund will be paid in full. DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD? Choose the PAY BY INVOICE payment option for Bank Transfer payment.           
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Dementia Awareness

The presentation is in four parts with time for reflection and discussion.• The first part is an overview of dementia and its prevalence in the Australian community.• The second section looks more closely at how dementia can impact on an individual particularly how it may impact our senses.• The third section looks at getting a diagnosis, the risk factors and some strategies you can employ to minimise your chances ofdeveloping dementia, and things you may be able to do to mitigate its impact.• The final section looks at what you can do to help support someone with dementia and how to become a dementia Friend.• Questions are encouraged from participants to ensure you gain a practical understanding of the lived experience of dementia.   ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: Please advise us at time of booking if you have any specific needs e.g. for visual, hearing or mobility impairments. CAN’T MAKE IT? If you are unable to attend the session a substitute for your place is welcome to attend.        
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