The Illawarra Forum is the peak body working for community services and organisations in the Illawarra and the Shoalhaven. 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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Translation Interpreting Services

October 31, 2017
Translating Interpreting Services NDIS participants can now access fee-free interpreting through Translating Interpreting Services (TIS) National to implement funded supports in their NDIS plan. This includes all activities that are associated with the implementation of funded supports delivered by NDIS registered service providers. Individuals from non-English speaking backgrounds are just as likely to be living with a disability when compared to the mainstream population, yet are far less likely to engage with disability specific services. The NDIA is working to address the numerous access barriers to the NDIS for people from NESB; providing fee-free interpreting services is a significant change that will improve outcomes for individuals in our community. The Illawarra Forum’s Multicultural Policy and Project Officer, Mikaela Belling, is able to provide individualized support to your organisation to register with TIS National, receive training on interpreter use, or develop internal procedures to guide staff in the effective use of [...]
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Transport Disability Incentives and Subsidies Review

October 31, 2017
Transport Disability Incentives and Subsidies Review 2017 Transport for NSW Transport Disability Incentives and Subsidies Review 2017 is now open for public consultation. The purpose of the review is to make recommendations on the future operation of the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme and the incentives provided to Wheelchair Accessible Taxi operators and drivers to provide services to customers with a disability. The public consultation provides for written submissions to be received by Transport for NSW up until 30 November 2017. You can read more about the review and discussion paper here. The Illawarra Forum will be providing a submission, and is holding a consultation session with community and industry on Wednesday 15 November 2017. Please register your attendance by booking here. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend the session but would like to provide comments for consideration by the Illawarra Forum, please contact Karen Kirk-Torresan at kkirktorresan@illawarraforum.org.au.
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Upcoming Training & Events

Good Governance - Training Session @ Nowra

23/11/2017
This training provides a great foundation for understanding a board's role and responsibilities under the NSW Associations Incorpoation Act 2009. At the end of the trining you will: Understand your legal and financial responsibilities Learn about your role on the board in your organisation Explore areas of conflict Develop skills in creating a more effective and efficient board Sarah Gadd is the Policy and Projects Officer – Workforce Development at the Illawarra Forum. She comes to the forum with over 10 years’ experience in community services. The first half of her career as a youth worker with young people in a range of areas including accommodation and case management. The second half working in policy and strategic roles in education and youth accommodation. Morning tea will be provided. FPlease click here for a printable version. 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 course is cancelled, a full refund will be paid in full. CATERING: Please advise us at time of booking of any specific dietary requirements. TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Please advise us at time of booking if you have any specific training needs e.g. for visual, hearing or mobility impairments. DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD? Use the Promotional Code INVOICEME for Bank Transfer payment.           
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Fabulous Finances - Finance for Board Members @ Nowra

23/11/2017
Did you know that the not-for-profit sector has the highest rate of fraud of any industry? One of the most important elements of governance is to ensure a full understanding of their financial position, and effectively manage the risks related to finance. This session will provide board members with the skills to read financial reports, assist with budgeting, and ensure key risk and fraud prevention policies are in place. Bring along examples of of your organisation's financial reports. At the end of the training you will: • Develop skills in reading financial statements. • Understand key financial ratios. • Be able to develop budgets. • Understand and reduce financial risk and fraud. Your facilitator will be Sarah Wilson - Operations Manager at the Illawarra Forum Sarah has over 14 years working in the social enterprise and community services sectors both in the UK and Australia. This work has spanned vocational training, neighbourhood centres, employment services and business support services. Sarah has also served on a number of not for profit boards. Her expertise is, in particular working in and with small to medium NGO’s to become more effective and efficient in the work they do and with the communities they serve. Sarah holds a degree in Accounting and Management and is currently undertaking the Leadership Illawarra Program. Afternoon tea will be provided. Click here for a printable version. CAN’T MAKE IT? If you are unable to attend your nominated course a substitute for your place is welcome to attend. The full training 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 course is cancelled, a full refund will be paid in full. CATERING: Please advise us at time of booking of any specific dietary requirements. TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Please advise us at time of booking if you have any specific training needs e.g. for visual, hearing or mobility impairments. DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD? Use the Promotional Code INVOICEME for Bank Transfer payment.           
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