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COMMUNITY LEADERS Dear Community Leaders, Welcome to a new year and our second edition of the Community Leaders newsletter. With the new year brings new ideas and you will find in this newsletter a Q and A section where you can send in questions your organisation may need help with. As well, due to an overwhelming positive response we received from our first newsletter, we have decided there will now be bi-monthly editions.

This ensures that you receive up to date information on all the wonderful activities and events happening in the community. It also provides further opportunities for sharing stories. If you have something you would like to share or promote, or if there are any topics you would like us to cover in future issues please email Sharon Moore,

SOME HELPFUL INFORMATION Community Group Support Resources Most community organisations recently held their annual general meetings and you may now have volunteers taking on new positions. If you would like some information to assist with your committee or board, Council has a number of resources to help.

Click on the following links to access some helpful videos that Council and Community Compass developed to support our local community organisations.

Or come along to the free information sessions in early February Council is running several free information sessions for community members to be guided on the various Council Community Grant and Sponsorship programs with information on guidelines, eligibility and timeframes. A session focusing specifically on Social and Creative Enterprise is also scheduled for Wednesday 6 February with two options.

Tuesday 5 February

Wyong Administration Building, 2 Hely St, Wyong

2.00 – 4.00pm 5.30 – 7:00pm

Community Grants and Sponsorship Information Session Community Grants and Sponsorship Information Session

Wednesday 6 February

Smart Work Hub, 28 William St, Gosford (Imperial Centre)

12:00 – 2:30pm 5:30 – 8.00pm

Social and Creative Enterprise Program Information Session Social and Creative Enterprise Program Information Session

Thursday 7 February

Erina Centre Meeting Space (next to Erina Library) Erina Fair:

2.00 – 4.00pm 5.30 – 7:00pm

Community Grants and Sponsorship Information Session Community Grants and Sponsorship Information Session

Taking your idea from concept to fruition The importance of team roles in financial management Budgeting The Treasures role Financial Reports Alternatively, you can access these directly by clicking on the YouTube icon on Council’s website

Community Grants and Sponsorship Program Round 2 of Council’s Community Grants and Sponsorship Funding will be open from 14 January until 28 February 2019! Programs include: - Sponsorship - Community Support Grants - Community Events and Place Activation Grants - Community Infrastructure Grants

- Community Development Grants - Social and Creative Enterprise Grants - Heritage Grants

Find out more: Got a question? Contact our friendly grants and sponsorship team members: Matthew Potter (Grants) T: 02 4350 5360 E:

Janine Crawford (Sponsorship) R: 02 4350 5705 E:

Media and Marketing Workshops Over 60 community leaders attended the two workshops on Media and Marketing in November. Thank you to everyone that sent in feedback with all of it being overwhelmingly positive. Some of the comments included: “The workshop was well run and very informative.” “This Central Coast Council session directly met the needs of community organisations to better understand the process, benefits, and pitfalls of marketing.” If you would like to learn more about Media and Marketing, or other valuable information for your organisation, click here to access a range of free online courses.



Is there a specific question on community organisations you would like an answer to or maybe you have a problem you’re not sure how to deal with?

Council is excited to now have a new Youth Action Team called Y4Y

Whatever question your organisation has, you can guarantee that there will be many organisations having the same problems so we would love you to send in your question and we will print it in the next newsletter with some helpful advice.

Youth Leadership

It might be a legal question, a question about volunteers and what your requirements are, maybe about your board and rules of the board or maybe it’s a question on promoting your organisation.

This ‘Q and A Dashboard’ initiative to provide support to local groups and organisations is a partnership with:

Central Coast Community Council, Community Compass Volunteering Central Coast.

The team comprises of a diverse mix of young people ranging from 14 to 22 years who will represent the Coast’s youth for the next 15 months. The new team will help ‘make it happen’ for young people by advocating, advising and acting on youth issues. The team

will help develop Council’s youth strategy, run a youth forum and develop other events, resources or activities for young people. Team members will attend a leadership camp in January and will participate in ongoing skills development to assist them in their role.

Ignite Business Launchpad Do you know any school aged students that would like to start their own business?Council is partnering with illuminate Education to deliver the IGNITE Business Launchpad for school-aged students across the region to kick-start their own business idea while still in school. The aim of this project is to develop entrepreneurial skills and link young people

Council adopts “Including You” tent to make events more accessible and inclusive to the business industry on the Central Coast Young people will get access to a business boot camp delivered by award-winning entrepreneur Adam Mostogl as well as an opportunity to present their idea at a gala pitch night to be in the running to be selected for twelve months of mentoring from business champions in the region.

Go to to find out more or register for this exciting opportunity.

Council’s newly adopted ‘Including You’ tent was implemented at the ‘Light up the Lake’ event on Saturday 10 November and attracted over 100 people. An initiative of Ability Links Hunter Central Coast to promote the participation of people living with a disability at community events, it also supports elderly people, parents with prams and others with limited mobility. The tent’s implementation delivers on one of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan items under Liveable Com-

munities to make Council-hosted events more accessible and inclusive. A range of free to hire sensory, vision, mobility and communication aids and supports is available, plus a ‘safe space’ for retreat to improve the level of enjoyment and the length of time people living with disabilities are able to attend at events. The tent was well received and requests made for it to be at future events. Some of the verbatim comments included:

“This is beautiful. It’s really good you guys have this. This is so needed.” (Occupational Therapist) “This is our first event in many years as crowds and noise is difficult for our son. A tent like this gives him a chance to enjoy normal activities. A quiet place to reset is so important for a childlike Liam. Thank you!” (Mother of a son with Autism) The ‘Including You’ accessibility tent will run at the following events: Saturday 26 January 2019 Saturday 16 March 2019

Australia Day, Woy Woy Flavours by the Sea, Memorial Park, The Entrance

Gosford Smart Work Hub Do you want to work closer to home? The Gosford Smart Work Hub offers a fully flexible environment for business people; entrepreneurs and other like-minded individuals to network, create and do business – right in the heart of the CBD. The Hub has a variety of formal and informal working areas, lounges and café-type seating. There are various meeting rooms available, accommodating everything from events up to 80 people, to board meetings for up to 10 people, including video conferencing facilities.

There is high speed NBN internet with access through Wi-Fi and Ethernet ports as well as video conferencing facilities including Skype. With a monthly membership, the Hub is accessible from 6am to 10pm, 7 days a week. With a casual membership, the Hub is accessible 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday. Right now, you can book a free trial week Contact 4304 7230 or email smartworkhub@centralcoast. to book your free trial week.

COMMUNITY NEWS Volunteering Central Coast Suicide Prevention Central Coast Suicide Prevention Central Coast was formed in 2016 to develop a community response to suicide deaths on the Central Coast. The first successful initiative was to tender for funding from the Black Dog Institute to implement the LifeSpan project. LifeSpan is a new integrative approach to suicide prevention. It integrates nine strategies that have strong evidence for suicide prevention into one community led approach. Lifespan is about the community working together to prevent suicides. The Central Coast is only one of four sites in NSW to trial this approach. More information on Lifespan or Suicide Prevention Central Coast can be found here. You can help prevent suicide by supporting this new initiative. Your contribution will make a difference. Estimates suggest this new approach may be able to prevent 20 percent of suicide deaths and 30 percent of suicide attempts.

LifeSpan wants you to be involved. You and your organisation, can contribute in many ways, including by building suicide prevention skills and knowledge through training. Sign up to Question Persuade and Refer’s (QPR) free on-line training today QPR Training. This is an online tool that anyone can access. It takes about an hour and will help you recognise warning signs for suicide, how to start a conversation and help others in need. At the end of the training, you will receive a ‘Certificate of Course Completion’. At the moment this can be accessed for free for anyone – normally $10 Learn to save a life and access QPR training here.

International Day of Celebration for Volunteering was 5 December. The United Nations designated International Volunteer Day (IVD) is a unique chance for volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities across the world! Volunteering is at the centre of Australia’s national identity, with 5.8million Australians – or 31 percent of the population – engaging in formal volunteering in recent years. Here on the Central Coast 46,000 people formally volunteer (designated roles that are formally recruited to) locally every year. Many more people are helping out their local communities on an informal or spontaneous basis, lending a hand at school fetes, the sausage sizzle at the local community sports club or helping out a neighbour by mowing their lawn or giving them a lift to the shops. Volunteers bring a whole different level of quality to the activities and services they support; Volunteering Australia defines volunteering as “Time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain” and it’s all about good will and the benefits that individual volunteers can bring to the services and causes they support. I call volunteers the ‘icing on the cake’ – it’s a real treat for me to be working with my organisations’ own volunteers every day who assist us to help everyone on the Central Coast find the right volunteering role for them.

We have established an Events Volunteering program for those who want to help out at local events, offering training and referral to these events. This sort of volunteering is great for people who don’t have a great deal of time on a regular basis but that would like to volunteer – especially young people who are an increasingly seeking volunteering roles and are limited by school hours and responsibilities, or people that work full time during the week but have weekends free. We are always looking for projects for local businesses that support their staff to volunteer either as a team on a particular work day or throughout the year on an individual basis, sharing their professional skills with a local charitable organisation. You can volunteer for as little as 10 minutes a day or many hours a week, for one organisation or several – it’s up to you. VCC can assist you to find the right role for you. VCC’s motto is ‘Helping People, changing lives’ and that is as much about the lives of people who volunteer as the lives of the people they assist by volunteering. To find out more about the volunteering opportunities near you go to

At Volunteering Central Coast (VCC), we often support people to find volunteering roles that are able to meet their Centrelink mutual obligations through formal volunteering, mature aged job seekers have a wealth of skills but can benefit from current workplace experience and a reference from a volunteer’s supervisor are great on a resume. I love being able to introduce the benefits of volunteering to people who may have never considered volunteering before. A lot of people have volunteered without considering it formal volunteering, it’s just a part of being helpful in their local neighbourhood and have so many skills and experience to bring to the workplace. At VCC we assist all sorts of people find the right role for them, usually in their local neighbourhood, and support our member organisations to develop the art of creating a meaningful volunteer role. Recently we found a gardening role for someone that was living in their car and who joked that they could volunteer anywhere as they would just park up in the suburb on their volunteering day! We are always looking for new and different ways for people to volunteer to respond to the needs of community organisations looking for volunteers and for the general public wanting to volunteer.

Fiona Morrison - Executive Officer Volunteering Central Coast

For further information please contact:

Sharon Moore P: 4325 8906 E: Community Partnerships Unit