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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Highlights on Mental Health

October 17, 2017
Highlights on Mental Health Illawarra Forum were pleased to support the Highlights on Mental Health fundraising lunch held last Friday at Centro CBD as part of Mental Health Month. The audience were treated to a fantastic range of speakers including David Burroughs who challenged the audience to reframe their understanding of mental health, and the importance of everyone being proactive in the workplace to support each other. The most recent findings from the University of Wollongong were showcased including their work on repurposing other drugs. Angry Anderson also told his story, highlighting how early childhood trauma and experiences affected his mental health journey. Illawarra Forum was proud to provide a silent auction item of a Mental Health First Aid training session for the highest bidder to support understanding and action within the workplace which raised over $1000. All proceeds from the day went to Highlights for Mental Health. If you [...]
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NDS provides NDIS Special Briefing in Kiama

October 17, 2017
NDS provides NDIS Special Briefing in Kiama National Disability Services (NDS) delivered an engaging and insightful seminar on the current NDIS climate on Monday 9 October at the Sebel Harbourside in Kiama, hosted by Illawarra Forum. NDS provided local disability service providers and their board members with evidence based information regarding NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework, pricing and workforce development. The speakers provided useful and practical presentations surrounding the complexities and opportunities facing disability service providers as NDIS implementation continues across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions. For more information please contact Karen Kirk-Torresan, Policy & Project Officer Disability Services, Illawarra Forum on kkirktorresan@illawarraforum.org.au.
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Upcoming Training & Events

Towards a Culture of Wellness and Reablement – the Illawarra/Shoalhaven way!

25/10/2017
Just what does "wellness and reablement” REALLY mean? How is it different to all the other buzz words of the moment?? What is expected of us as service providers in delivering wellness and reablement? How do I know if I’m already doing it? What do I need to do differently? What does Government expect? Let’s Do It Our Way – The Illawarra/Shoalhaven Way! Let’s talk about what we know we already do really well… Let’s talk about how we can lead the way…. Let’s get informed… Let’s get inspired! Join us along with your Commonwealth Department of Health State Office and your local Regional Assessment Services for this important workshop on 25th October 2017 Morning tea and lunch will be provided.  For printable information click here. 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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Customer Service in the NDIS Landscape

26/10/2017
In the NDIS consumer driven market, customer service skills are now an essential requirement for frontline staff, administration, reception and team leaders. At the end of the training you will: Know the importance of customer service Know who your customers are and how to communicate effectively with them Understand quality customer service Become proficient in the soft skills of customer service Adam Holstein from Macarthur Disability Service will be your facillitator. Adam has worked for more than 16 years in the community sector. In that time he has held a number of roles including Youth Worker at a drop-in service, Case Manager for ADHC, Job Support Officer, Employer Engagement Officer as well as Senior Support Worker and Team Leader in Day programs. His qualifications   include a Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work), Diploma of Disability, Cert IV Training & Assessment and Cert IV Frontline Management. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Please 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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