Issue 17.17 29 May 2017

Shelter SA: Invite to Meet Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter - 9 June 2017 (City)

Adrian Pisarski, the Executive Officer of National Shelter is coming to Adelaide in June to provide us with an update on all things housing policy and politics - all welcome but you must RSVP.

Lead to Succeed Conference - 15 and 16 June 2017 (City)

Volunteering SA&NT, along with Event Partner Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI), are proud to host the 'Lead to Succeed' Volunteering Conference in Adelaide. The two-day conference is targeted at volunteer managers, CEOs, Board Members and staff of volunteer-involving organisations, corporates, government departments and tertiary institutions who are involved in the volunteering sector, as well as anyone with an interest in volunteering and becoming a better leader.

Equal Opportunity Commission: Training Dates - July to December 2017

'Buried in Treasures' Hoarding Recovery Program - commencing 2 August 2017  south

Anti-Poverty Network SA: Will you sign our open letter

The Anti-Poverty Network SA are asking community, health, and welfare organisations, along with individuals (especially if you are on a welfare payment) to add their names to the open letter to the federal government? Their letter draws attention to the health impacts of very low welfare payments, changes to eligibility criteria for the Disability Support Pension, and Centrelink complex, stressful rules around medical certificates and exemptions, and has a number of demands.

If you would like to endorse the open letter, please contact them ASAP, as they are hoping to publicly launch it by the end of May, or very early June 2017.

Show and Ask App Tackles Workplace Bullying 

A new smartphone app is being developed to help tackle workplace bullying and equip employees with expert assistance at the touch of a button. 

Issue 16.17 22 May 2017

Shelter SA: Housing Matters - 16 May 2017

In this edition:
  • SA Media Release – SA A Sea of Red Rentals including the National Rental Affordability Index May 2017

Shelter SA Media Release - 17 May 2017

Working parents and pensioners can’t afford Adelaide’s sky high city rents.

MyGov Open House - 25 May 2017  north

Drop in to Surrey Downs Community Centre and have one of their volunteers help you navigate the MyGov website.

ASIC Financial Literacy Community of Practice - 26 May 2017

TOPIC: The future of disclosure: how can we make it work better for consumers?

Anti-Poverty Network: Upcoming Events

Northwestern Suburbs Branch Meeting, 11am, 65 St. Vincent Street, Port Adelaide - 25 May 2017
Speak-Out At Jobs Statewide Port Adelaide, 1pm, 152 Commercial Road, port Adelaide - 25 May 2017
Southern Suburbs Branch Meeting, Signatures Cafe, 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park - 26 May 2017
Northern Suburbs Branch Meeting, Twelve25 Youth Centre, 17 Wiltshire Street, Salisbury - 26 May 2017
Eastern Suburbs Branch Meeting, Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, corner Portrush Road and Parade, Beulah Park - 2 June 2017
South West Community Lunch And Meeting, 171 Sturt Street, City - 5 June 2017

Contact Anti-Poverty Network SA on their website, Facebook, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 0411 587 663.

Uniting Communities Belauh Park - LISP E-News - May 2017  east

Flyers for NILS, Orange Sky Laundry and Budget Counselling are available to download here.

Grants SA Western Region Workshop Promo - 28 June 2017  west

Reminder: Applications invited for Financial Literacy Australia Grants - closing 30 June 2017

Peak Bodies Say Government’s ‘Witch-hunt’ on Single Parents is ‘Archaic’

Australia's peak bodies for advocating for the rights of single mums have slammed the government's latest amendment to the single parent payment.

Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman data shows sharp increase in complaints

The latest report from the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman shows an increase of complaints about telecommunications services in the second half of last year.

The biggest issues reported by consumers were poor customer service, billing problems and faults. If you have a complaint, our tips can help you get a resolution.

Australians lost nearly $300 million to scams in 2016

This week is National Consumer Fraud Week, the theme is ‘Spot social media scams.’ To coincide with the week, the ACCC has launched its Targeting Scams report which showed record numbers of people reporting scams.

Privacy Awareness Week 2017

It’s also Privacy Awareness Week this week. This year, the theme is ‘Trust and Transparency.’ You can download the new Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey by following the headline link.

Watch out for fake Origin Energy bill scam email

Tens of thousands of Australians have been targeted by a fake Origin Energy email containing dangerous malware designed to infect the user’s system.

Issue 15.17 15 May 2017

City of Marion: Youth Grants - Opening 12 May 2017  south

The Youth Development team is excited to announce the 2017/18 Youth Development Grants open this Friday 12 May at  9am. They will be holding an information session on Monday the 15 May at 7pm at the Council Chambers. This is an opportunity to discuss your application and go through the guidelines and criteria. 

If you have any further questions relating to the grants please call Julie 7420 6461. For mor information please click here.

Invitation: ASIC Financial Literacy Community of Practice - 26 May 2017  (City)

TOPIC: The future of disclosure: how can we make it work better for consumers?

National Dental Foundation Referrals

Dental Rescue Days (DRD) Calendar
24 June - Semaphore - 1:30pm to 4:30pm
30 June - Rose Park- 1:30pm to 4:30pm
18 August - Glenelg - 8:00am to 1:00pm
25 August - Adelaide - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
20 October - West Lakes - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
17 November - Morphett Vale - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Clients will need to complete a current Medical History Form and a Patient Expectation Letter will need to be to provided to them. Ensure that clients complete all areas of the form to ensure accurate triaging for appointments. Please note on the medical history form which location is best suited for your client to access. Unfortunately, there is currently minimal opportunities for appointments in southern regions at this stage untill November, if your client is unable to travel please advise this.

Click here for the Charity Welcome Pack, please carefully read through mutual obligations and ensure that clients do not have the financial means to access dental care before referring. There is a Response form on the last page of the information, please complete and return to Dianne Travers at the National Dental Foundation if you have not already done so. Dianne will be in contact with all appointment details, once the appointments are finalised and confirmed. Please contact Dianne on 0408 505 948 with any enquiries.

HYPA: Geared2Drive  (City)

ShelterSA: Housing Matters - 10 May 2017

Federal Budget 2017

MarionLIFE: E-news - May 2017  south

Snapshot Dispels Welfare Myths

Australia’s “welfare blowout” is a myth, according to the Australian Council of Social Service which is calling for an end to media attacks on people who are unemployed. 

Article: Workplace Stress is Reaching Toxic Levels in Social Sector

A researcher looking at the high levels of work stress in the social sector has warned work stress and burnout are reaching “toxic” levels and is calling on the sector’s peak bodies to act. 

Issue 14.17 08 May 2017

Supporting Resilient Workers - 18 May 2017   east

It's Up 2 Me: Life Skills Suppport Groups - 19 May to 23 June 2017  west

These FREE sessions are facilitated to provide you with information, resources and skills to improve your everyday living in; cooking, cleaning, wellbeing, tenancy, Budget, Employment. You will also receive goodies and products as well as morning and afternoon tea for attending each session. You can also participate in making your own lunch in our cooking session. You will be able to take it away with you too, so come on and give it a try.

AGENDA: Western Community Connections - 24 May 2017  west

The focus for this meeting is Housing Affordability, and the speakers are from Housing SA and from two Community Housing providers, Westside Housing Association and Anglicare SA.

This meeting will follow a panel discussion format following brief presentations, so everyone attending the Forum will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns with the speakers. Tania Noonan from Westside Housing will facilitate the discussion.  Light lunch will be provided just prior to the meeting (12:30-1:00), please RSVP to Stephen on 8245 7148 for catering purposes. Likewise if you have any particular dietary requirements. 

Taxation 2017 at Findon Community Centre - FREE - 31 May 2017  west

Learn from the Community Education and Assistance Team from the ATO how to go about creating and linking a “myGov” account and lodging your tax return with “myTax”. An opportunity too for questions, answers and assistance. Call 8408 1310 for bookings.

Shelter SA:  DV prevention ‘Speed Geeking’ Workshop - 1 June 2017  (City)

The 2011 ABS Census determines that at 36.2%, domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness in Australia.  Shelter SA is currently hosting a University of Adelaide intern student  whose research project is prevention vs crisis management policy, legislation and service delivery in South Australia.  As part of the research, Shelter SA will be holding a free ½ day workshop to explore and emphasise the benefits of early intervention and DV prevention.  The ‘Speed Geeking’ workshop including morning tea will provide an opportunity to hear from keynote speakers and ambassadors about DV prevention strategies, initiatives and programs to help build a deeper understanding of early intervention and DV prevention and to share practical examples and ideas.

$2M Grants to Create Brighter Futures for Australians Westpac - closing 9 June 2017

Australians are being called on to get behind their communities and nominate a local not for profit to share in $2 million of grant funding to improve the lives of Australians experiencing disadvantage.

Catherine Helen Spence Scholarship - closing 17 July 2017

The Catherine Helen Spence Scholarship will be awarded again in 2017. This scholarship will support a woman to investigate social problems and/or undertake a study in the field of social sciences. Women aged 20 to 35 years who meet the SA residential criteria are eligible to apply. The scholarship, valued at $25,000, will be awarded based on the quality and relevance of the research proposal, and the eligibility criteria. 

Community of Practice - Presentation featuring Nathan Boyle

An interview with Nathan and the presentation slides from the last Community of Practice have been published on the National Financial Literacy website, these feature Nathan Boyle who outlined ASIC's work with Indigenous communities. The next Community of Practice will be on Friday 26 May 2017.

Sector Warns of Big Brother Welfare as Cashless Debit Cards Look to Expand

Speculation is mounting that the government could announce an extension of its controversial income support model, known as the cashless debit cards, in its 2017 budget. 

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