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Feb 16
Direct Support Workers- Casual positions available

Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Services, a community based organisation, is seeking skilled Direct Support Workers who are passionate about providing direct support to frail aged and/or younger people with a disability within the community or within their own home to enable them to achieve their goals and aspirations.

To Apply: You must submit a written application addressing how you meet the essential and desirable criteria and resume including details of two referees to the Manager, 41 Worrigee St, Nowra 2541 or via email: info@sns.org.au 

See information pack available on the home page of our website www.sns.org.au for further details.

​Applications close on 2 March 2018


Feb 12
Call for Expressions of Interest for Women's Wellness Fund


Behind every woman stands a community ready to support her through tough times

 

The Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Festival Committee is excited to announce that we are seeking EOI's for the Women's Wellness Fund. In 2017 the Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Festival organizing committee launched the Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Fund to enable it to make an even bigger contribution to the Shoalhaven community. We are excited to announce that the committee has up to $5000 available to provide additional funds to local cancer or mental health support services who work with women. The Committee are therefore calling for Expressions of Interest from Shoalhaven-based organisations.

Successful applicants will be announced during the 2018 Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Festival which is set to take place on Thursday 15th March 2018 at Nowra Showground from 1-6pm. The Festival is free and all are invited to attend a fun filled day where many community services, businesses and entertainers come together connect with women to embrace life and build a resilient community.

For a copy of the guidelines and an Expression of Interest (EOI) form please email Judith at community@sns.org.au.

Since it's inception the festival has connected over 3000 women with important health information and services solely through a one day festival every year. The support fund was established to continue to support women throughout the year, well after the annual festival has passed.

It is still possible to donate to the fund. More funds means we can support more women in our community. https://www.givenow.com.au/donation/snswomenswellness/50

Feb 06
Community Champions Mental Health Training for Volunteers

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Feb 06
Exciting new space for community

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If you are a community group or organisation or a local business and looking for a space for your craft group, self-help group, activity, meeting or training course SNS's new Worrigee Street Neighbourhood Centre is just perfect.

The Centre has two large meeting spaces which can be turned into one single space as needed.  They are available for one off events or regular activities.

The rooms would be excellent for dance groups, choirs, yoga or art and craft groups as well as community or business meetings or training workshops.

Venue hire fees are very reasonable. SNS offer discounts to community services and community groups are asked to make a gold coin donation if they can afford it. 

 The new centre is at 41 Worrigee Street on the corner of Worrigee and Osborne Streets.

To discuss your venue needs email us at info@sns.org.au or call 4421 5077. 


Jan 09
Opening New Doors

After 22 years of searching Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Services (SNS) will open the doors of their new Nowra Offices on Monday 22nd January 2018.

Staff and volunteers have been busy for the last few months tidying up and painting the new Centre ready for the move in early January.

SNS provided services including the Neighbourhood Centre, My Aged Care and NDIS will all be provided from the new space. The Centre will also house other service providers including FOCAS and Illawarra Multicultural Services.  

The new Centre is much bigger and now SNS can offer the community two meeting rooms which can be turned into one large function space.

The Centre will continue to provide the community with access to computers and telephone, printing and photocopying, assistance completing forms, and information and referral.

The new centre is at 41 Worrigee Street on the corner of Worrigee and Osborne Streets.

 For more information please contact Maxine Edwards 4421 5077 or by email on info@sns.org.au

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Jan 03
Chance to share knowledge, food and culture

updated Make Healthy Normal flyer.pngThe Shoalhaven Anti-Poverty Committee (SAPC) is pleased to announce that, in partnership with Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Services, we will be working with Nowra East Pride and the Nowra East Primary School Permaculture Garden to foster community connections through our Make Healthy Normal project.

 

The project aims to bring together people from a diverse range of cultures to work with, and alongside, the children of the Nowra East Primary School and the residents of Nowra East in the Permaculture Garden. It will provide individuals with a great opportunity to share their own knowledge and learn from others as well as strengthen community ties.

 

"When communities are connected people are healthier, feel safer, local economies expand, businesses succeed, education grows, support systems become more efficient," SAPC Facilitator Judith Reardon said.

 

"We hope many people from the diverse cultures living in the Shoalhaven will come along to our first meeting to talk about how they might get involved in the Garden," Ms Reardon added.

 

The first meeting of the Make Healthy normal project will be held on Wednesday 17th January at 4.00pm at the Nowra East Primary School Permaculture Garden in Journal Street.

Members of the local multi-cultural community are invited to come along and talk about how they might help create a multicultural garden, become a guest cook for the children, contribute to a neighbourhood dinner or help at the monthly working bees.

 This project is funded by the NSW Government.

For more information contact Judith Reardon on 4422 1299/0412034074 or email community@sns.org.au  ​

Dec 20
Give Now and support local women's wellness


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The Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Festival Committee have launched the 2018 Give Now campaign for the Women's Wellness Fund established by the Committee in 2017.T

To make the Fund a more viable opportunity for local organisations the Committee have held over the $1650 raised in 2017 and have set a combined target for 2017-18 of $5000.

The Committee will be asking visitors to the 2018 Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Festival to have a say in how and to whom the funds will be distributed.

The Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Support Fund will be used to provide additional funds to local cancer and mental health support services who work with women. This additional money will provide more women with access to practical support for such things as accommodation costs, counselling and group support, emergency financial support and transport costs.  

Our 2017/18 Give Now Campaign aims to raise a total of $5000. Every dollar of that will be allocated to support women in the Shoalhaven who are living with cancer or mental health issues. 

The Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Support Fund is an initiative of the Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Festival Committee in response to financial burden women and their families face when they become unwell. 

Women who live in the Shoalhaven and are diagnosed with cancer or mental health issues often face additional financial hardship which threatens their family's viability and can lead to family break down and poverty. Women of the Shoalhaven often don't have access to support in their own town or community and have to travel long distances to and from the support services based in Nowra or even out of area to receive care.   

The Shoalhaven-based fund will provide opportunities for local services to offer outreach group support programs, additional counselling support or to help with travel and accommodation costs for their clients. This will ensure women are receiving the support they need in their own community and help keep families together.

Anyone can make a donation – big or small by visiting our Give Now campaign website at www.givenow.com.au/snswomenswellness

Whether its $5 or $500 every contribution counts to making a difference. 




Nov 30
Celebrating 40 years of belonging

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Thankyou to everyone who attended our recent AGM. The annual report is now available on our wesbite for review

Nov 29
Use It or Lose It

 Contributed by Associate Professor Robbie Collins Head of UOW Shoalhaven Campus

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Brian Sheppard is pictured in front of a painting called Boomerang University by a local Aboriginal artist who supported the development of the campus.

​ Research that tells us - use your mind or lose it! Many elders are using it at UOW Shoalhaven.

Some of those elders plan to be mature workers. Others are just inspiring those around them while keeping their minds active. And, of course, pursuing the interests of a lifetime in their senior years.

So, when Brian Sheppard started thinking about what he would be doing next year. He decided that he would continue studying at Uni. Brian used to be a carpenter. In his leisure time he was always fascinated by history. Especially Australian history. So he is studying history, and anything else that helps him understand how the world ticks. He loves having the help of the awesome Librarian at Shoalhaven Campus.

Brian says that Shoalhaven campus and University of Wollongong have offered him a whole set of new perspectives on life. Classes are interesting and shared with all ages which Brian says helps make the understanding better.

Click here to read more about Brian and access the Summer edition of Our Community News

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Nov 23
Nowra Neighbourhood Centre becomes the heart of the Nowra community

​Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Services (SNS) has been successful in securing an alternate space to operate the Nowra Neighbourhood Centre from and preparations are already underway to move into the new premise in January 2018. To make the space the heart of the community SNS would love to hear from the residents of Nowra. What activities would you like to attend at the Neighbourhood Centre? and How can the facility be improved to meet your needs?

 

To let us know all you have to do is either drop in to speak with us at 134 Kinghorne St Nowra or visit our website and fill in the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6JXDZWX

 

We are looking forward to hearing your replies. For further enquiries, you can contact either Maxine or Skye on 4421 5077.


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