Saturday, June 21, 2014

Looking for men who knit - and men who want to learn!

Men, young and old, are encouraged to take part in the making of a knitted art installation of small knitted samplers on the theme of war and peace which will be sewn together to form a large wall hanging and displayed at The Goulburn Regional Art Gallery in April, 2015 as part of the Anzac Centenary. 

War & Peace The Men's Knitting Project
This 'men only' knitting project commemorates the soldiers who served in World War 1 and it also assists returned veterans who have been wounded, physically or psychologically, in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Men who register for the project are asked to make a direct small discretionary donation to 'Soldier On'.

Studies have shown that knitting both concentrates and relaxes the mind, releasing serotonin and endorphins, thus creating a meditative state of mind. It was used widely as ‘occupational therapy’ for servicemen after the First and Second World Wars.

This project seeks to engage men in a therapeutic and creative knitting project whether they are high school boys who would like to learn to knit or young and older men dealing with various life issues of loneliness, depression, stress, isolation or chronic pain – or men who just want to develop their creativity. 

Men can read much more about the project and the benefits of therapeutic knitting by going to the website where they can also register, print out the knitting instructions and watch short videos on learning how to knit. Knitting is an easy to learn skill and one that was developed by men centuries ago when they were Master Knitters.

More information can be obtained by contacting Kaye Healey, Coordinator at or mobile 0408 67 55 36. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Investing in Women Funding Program - Closes 30 June 2014

Women NSW is offering an exciting new funding opportunity for projects that lead to economic empowerment of women through training and employment in non-traditional trades.

Non-traditional trades are those with 25% or less participation of women. 
Up to $25,000 is available for partnership projects through a submission process. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Breaking point - Mental health services under strain on Monaro Article from Bombala Times

Is this common in any other rural district?

Read article here
TWENTY per cent of the patients Bombala doctor Emma Cunningham sees daily are battling depression or a mental illness. 
“I think depression and mental health issues are very common in our community and it often goes unrecognised and untreated.“I usually see 25 patients a day, of those five patients have some form of mental illness,” Dr Cunningham told the Bombala Times.
“It is definitely in our community whether people are aware of it or not, or choose to ignore it,” she said. 
In Australia 65 per cent of people with a mental illness do not access treatment and often there are serious problems in detection and access to treatment. 
Dr Cunningham said the challenge for Bombala patients  was access to specialist treatment for their illness. 
“Visits from psychologists who are essentially specialised doctors are far less frequent in our community,” she said. 
“Often we need to send patients to privately funded psychologists in Canberra and these sessions can cost approximately $120 a visit.
“There’s a fairly dire situation in Canberra with most psychologists having  their books closed due to the overwhelming amount of patients.”
Last month Dr Cunningham had a patient who needed to seek treatment with a counsellor based in Cooma but said the wait involved was not helpful to that patient whose illness affected their day-to-day functioning. 
“The earliest I could make an appointment for that patient was July because their services are so extended there,” she said. 
“It’s far too long for a patient to wait and at this stage in Bombala we have a counsellor or psychologist visit once a month or sometimes a fortnight. 
“I think ideally there needs to be more government funded programs and unfortunately a lot of those were pulled in November last year.” 
According to Lifeline, deaths from suicide in Australia are at 10-year peak and Australians are more likely to die by suicide than skin cancer, yet there is comparatively little known about the processes that lead to suicide and how and when to effectively intervene. 
Dr Cunningham suggests if community members are aware of anyone suffering mental illness or depression to open communication and encourage them to seek treatment. 
“For patients suffering depression there are a multiple of approaches we would need to take and long discussions on how their illness is affecting their lives,” she said. 
“Ideally we would also take a multi-disciplined approach towards treatment depending on how severe symptoms were. 
“I would advise that you also need to open the lines of communication with them as well and within the community, that’s very important.”

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Future Leaders Environment Award 2014 - nominations close 1 July 2014

The Future Leaders Environment Award recognises Year 12 students who have shown strong environmental leadership and initiative.

Australian secondary schools are invited to nominate Year 12 students for the Award. 

In 2014, the award winners will receive a Fellowship to participate in an Earthwatch Expedition in Australia.

Nominations should include detailed information about the student's environmental leadership activities. This should be in the form of a letter on school letterhead and include two references. 

Nominations close 1 July.

For more info on other future leaders awards such as:

Helen Handbury Leadership Award
Future Leaders Writing Prize
Future Leaders Future Justice Award
Future Leaders Photography Prize


Future Leaders Indigenous Awards 2015

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2014 Justice Awards - Nominations close 30 June 2014

Do you know someone who could be recognised for their work improving access to justice for the people of NSW? 

Established in 1999, the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW’s annual Justice Awards recognise the contributions that individuals and organisations have made to improving access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people.

The Foundation is seeking nominations from the public in four Award categories:

Nominations must address the 
selection criteria for the award and be submitted by the closing date, 5pm, Monday 30 June 2014.

Nominations can be submitted 
online or via email, fax or mail.

NSW Carers Awards

More than one in 10 people in NSW are carers.
Carers can be anyone including parents, partners, brothers, sisters, friends, sons or daughters. They provide unpaid support to those who need it because of a disability, mental illness, chronic health condition, dementia or ageing. 

The NSW Carers Awards acknowledge and celebrate the significant unpaid contribution carers make to the person (or people) they care for and to the community. 
A carer is not paid a wage or salary, although they may receive a pension or allowance for their caring role. Carers can be employed, at school and/or have a range of other commitments at the time they take on the role of caring. 

To complete the nomination process, please ensure you have the following: 
· Approval from your nominee to submit this nomination. The NSW Department of Family and Community Services takes privacy seriously. It is important that your nominee knows that their circumstances will be discussed, the referees will be contacted and contact details may be shared with NSW electorate offices, local councils and Carers NSW. 
· The correct contact details for your nominee. Nominees will be contacted prior to Carers Award selection panel meetings to confirm that the details of the nomination are correct. A current postal address and phone number are required. 
·  The name and contact details of at least one referee who has agreed to support your nomination. Referees need to have a clear understanding of the nominees caring role and cannot be related to the nominee. Suggestions for referees include representatives from carer support groups or local councils, employers, case-workers or other service providers who know the carer well. 

Nominations for the 2014 awards open on Monday 19 May and close on Monday 30 June. 
Office for Carers 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mudgee Readers’ Festival 2014

Mudgee Readers' Festival 
Date: Saturday 9th August - Sunday 10th August 2014
Location: Parklands Resort and Conference Centre, Mudgee NSW

Tickets start at just $10 per session for author or panel discussions. All 
bookings and tickets, including Saturday Literary Dinner and Sunday 
Literary Lunch, available at: 

Mudgee Region Tourism, 
84 Market Street, 
Mudgee NSW. 

Ph: (02) 6372 1020 or 1800 816 304, or online at: 

2014 Wellocal Ball

The Wellocal Ball is all about Wellington

The evening will be a celebration of locally produced food, an opportunity to meet with the local foodie community and all proceeds from the night go back into the Wellington community to support local projects and organizations through the SpringFest Community Grant Fund.

Guests at this years Wellocal Ball will enjoy a degustation meal prepared and served by local producers and chefs. You will have the chance to vote on the dishes presented and determine who will be crowned the 2014 Wellocal Farm to Fork Champion.

Sounds like a great evening

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Family Energy Rebate - closing Friday 13 June 2014

Don’t miss the deadline! Apply now for the Family Energy Rebate 
The deadline is fast approaching to apply for the 2013-2014 Family Energy Rebate, which gives eligible households with dependent children a rebate of up to $125 on their electricity bill. 

Check eligibility on the  website . It only takes two minutes to  apply online  with your Department of Human Services (DHS) customer reference number and a recent electricity bill, and applications begin processing immediately. 
You can also download a paper application form and submit it by email, fax or post. Applications must be received by 5pm Friday 13 June.