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It's not always easy to find the right transport services to get you around Ballina Shire, or to know if any transport concessions are available to you. On Thursday 28 February, a Transport Information Stall will be held at Ballina Fair Shopping Centre from 9am till 2pm and representatives from local transport providers will be there to answer any and all transport-related questions.
Families of children with disability from birth to eight years old are invited to take part in an innovative new study about belonging in the Tweed Shire. The Belonging Project explores what it means to feel included and connected in the Tweed Shire community and researcher Danielle Notara is calling for participants to get involved and talk about their experiences of living in a regional community. By interviewing children with disability and their families and using a combination of drawing, play and photography, researchers aim to find out from the children which areas of our communities are more inclusive than others.
If you know of someone who works in a community services organisation on the North Coast of NSW who deserves to be recognised for their dedication to making the world a better place to live in, nominate them now for one of the 2012 Community Sector Ball Awards categories. The closing date for the 2012 Community Sector Ball Award nominations has been extended until October 26, but don't wait until the last minute to send in your nominations, there are some great prizes for the winners! Categories include: Most Inspirational, Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, In the Line of Fire, Centre of the Universe, Community Group or Team and Private Sector Partner.
This year, a new award has been created to allow the North Coast community to vote for a volunteer nominated in this year's Above and Beyond the Call of Duty award category. The Northern Star's People's Choice - Volunteer of the Year Award gives everyone a chance to vote for a community sector volunteer who works tirelessly to make the world a better place by keeping our community organisations running.
Winning awards doesn't come easily to some people, especially to someone who calls themself a 'shy, retiring' type. For Darlene Cook, financial administrator of Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre (NRCLC), winning an award at last year's inaugural Community Sector Ball and Awards Night came as a "bit of a shock".
While Darlene says she doesn't like being the centre of attention, her workmates at NRCLC nominated her for the 'Centre of The Universe' award - an award that recognises the huge contribution the ‘quiet achievers’ behind the scenes make to the community services sector. With nominations now open for the 2012 Community Sector Ball Awards, Darlene wants to encourage people to start thinking about a community service worker they would like to see nominated for one of the 2012 Community Sector Ball Awards, especially the quiet achievers.
Graduates set to change the future of mental health services
25 North Coast students that have taken part in the innovative Lived Experience Project are set to graduate with a Certificate IV in Community Services and Mental Health in an inspiring ceremony scheduled to be held on Thursday 16th August 2012 at the Byron Bay Community Centre. All students have a lived experience of mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Eating Disorder and all of them have completed the long hard journey of re-entering education and completing work experience placements to ensure they are able to make the transition into employment as peer workers in mental health and community services. For some of the students it has been more than 23 years since they have been in a classroom and for others it has been more than 20 years since they had a job. The Lived Experience Project prioritises the social inclusion of people with mental illness and intends to celebrate the student’s achievements in study and work with a keynote address by mental health academic and visionary for change – Anthony Stratford from MIND Australia.