NCOSS Sector e-News 5 August 2021

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Headshot Joanna Quilty resized with margins Dear Colleagues,


As we come towards the end of week 6 of lockdown in Greater Sydney, our thoughts are with those in the 8 LGAs who are facing the toughest restrictions - especially households who have lost work, are struggling on inadequate income support payments, living in overcrowded or precarious conditions, and/or dealing with other challenges. These circumstances can create a pressure cooker environment that impacts health, wellbeing, family relationships and a sense of safety and security (read the latest research by ACOSS: Locked out in Lockdown). We know that our frontline health and community service NGOs are doing an amazing job reaching out to the most vulnerable, stopping people falling through the cracks and finding ways to safely provide support during this difficult time – but that they too are feeling the effects of uncertainty, fatigue and too few resources for the task at hand.


So it was pleasing and commendable to see the NSW Treasurer heed our call for disaster payments to be made available for people on JobSeeker and Youth Allowance who have lost work hours. His public advocacy encouraging the Federal Government to step up and rectify this situation has paid off (read more here), making a big difference for households otherwise reduced to surviving on payments well below the poverty line. This should also lessen the load for community organisations inundated with requests for practical assistance such as food hampers and other essentials. Along with ACOSS and other advocates, we are now stepping up our call for those income support recipients (estimated to be 350,000 including 50,000 children) in Greater Sydney who are still missing out, as well as asylum seekers and temporary visa holders, to also have access to the disaster payment. It is unacceptable that those with the least remain left out, when we saw during the last lockdown the difference that adequate supports can make to lift the most vulnerable out of poverty.


This week is Homelessness Week. Across NSW, we are seeing the direct result of lack of investment in affordable and social housing exacerbating the current crisis as job loss, overcrowding, rising homelessness, migration to regional areas and other factors combine to create the perfect storm. But the evidence is in. We can end homelessness, we can build social housing to reverse dwindling supply and create jobs across the state, and we can provide vulnerable people and families with a sense of safety, security and the chance of a decent life. You will find a myriad of great resources on Homelessness NSW’s website to help you approach your local MP, talk to local media or take other action – this week and every week!


Finally, we know many are waiting to hear the results of Tranche 2 and 3 of the $50 million Social Sector Transformation Fund announced in last year’s State Budget. Details on the outcome of the Tranche 2 process can be found here and we are told by DCJ that information on successful proponents for Tranche 3 (which will fund information and advisory services, free of charge for small to medium social service NGOs to assist them grow capability, effectiveness and sustainability) will be available shortly. Given the fund is intended to be expended in 2021/22 – and many of you are eager to avail yourselves of the expertise that will be available at no cost - we will provide you with information as soon as we have it. In the meantime, organisations interested in receiving information about the SSTF Advisory and Information Service can register their interest by emailing the SSTF mailbox and nominating a service stream(s).


Stay safe everyone.


- Joanna Quilty, NCOSS CEO




More Spots Now Available:
NCOSS/DCJ 'Evidence Talks' Free Online Discussion Series

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In response to high demand, we have released additional spots for the upcoming NCOSS/DCJ 'Evidence Talks' Training. In this FREE online series, we will 'go back to basics' and relearn concepts around “evidence-informed practice”, from spotting quality evidence to revisiting Theory of Change. We will also learn more about the DCJ Evidence Portal in preparation for its expected launch in September/October.


Register today: NCOSS/DCJ 'Evidence Talks' Training.


Everybody’s Home – Build More Homes for Domestic Violence Survivors

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In the lead up to the Women’s Economic Safety Summit and throughout Homelessness Week NCOSS joins Everybody’s Home petition, calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to invest urgently in social housing to provide a safety net for women fleeing domestic violence.


Sign the petition calling on the Federal Government to take action now: Build more homes for domestic violence survivors.


COVID-19 Knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours in Greater Western Sydney

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The Sydney Health Literacy Lab, together with Local Health Districts, will soon present findings from a survey on people’s knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours regarding COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic on multicultural communities.


The seminar will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, 17 August 2021 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Register here.


Not-For-Profit Technology Donations & Discounts

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Australian not-for-profit and charity organisations can access a wide range of donated and heavily discounted technology products through Connecting Up.


Register your organisation free and receive up to 96% off RRP on brands such as Microsoft, Adobe, Amazon, Zoom, Lenovo, and Acer, along with access to weekly webinars and workshops designed for people working in the not-for-profit sector.


Click here to learn more.


NCOSS Training & Events for the Sector




NCOSS/DCJ 'Evidence Talks' online discussion series


ACWA - Centre for Community Training: Upcoming Short Courses 2021



AbSec Learning and Development Centre Trauma Informed Care Course



4th Financial Inclusion Conference – Roads to Resilience
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In Brief


Governance Institute of Australia's National Conference - The Conference is now set to run in a completely virtual format - with more than 45 speakers lined up for the event. For the large number who are currently experiencing the volatility of managing a business or steering an organisation through a lockdown, this is an opportunity to gain critical insights, strategies and new thinking to prepare not just for the year ahead, but for the next five years. Learn more and register here.


Mission Australia Youth Survey COVID Report 2020 - Young people who said COVID-19 was their biggest issue in 2020 were most concerned about the impact of the pandemic on their education, experience of isolation & mental health. Read more here: Young Voices of the Pandemic: Youth Survey COVID Report 2020.


New Report by AIFS - Alcohol-related harm in families and alcohol consumption during COVID-19 draws on the best available evidence on alcohol consumption during the restrictions related to COVID-19 and how this impacted families. The recording, PowerPoint slides, audio and transcript are available on the CFCA website.


Calls to local and national numbers, and mobile phones on Telstra’s public payphones are now free - Read why this is a game-changer for many vulnerable Australians who do not have access to mobile phones here.


Better Questions Online Workshops - 10, 12 & 26 August. Would you like to have better relationships, enable people to thrive and get better outcomes with everyone? Find out more about these communication skills workshops, including registration details.


NCOSS Community Cover - Have you reviewed your NFP insurance program recently? Check out NCOSS Community Cover.



Sector Professional Development


Not-for-Profit Finance Week Webinars - 9-13 August 2021

Not-for-Profit Finance Week, an initiative of Commonwealth Bank and Our Community, is a celebration of ideas, knowledge and financial capacity-building for the Australian not-for-profit sector. Free webinars during 9-13 August 2021 inlude: Questions your Not-for-Profit should be asking about finances; Cyber security and more.

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Grant Writing Workshop for Higher Value, More Complex Grants - 10 & 25 August 2021, Online

AEC Group, Regional Development Australia Sydney & Economic Development Australia
Grant Writing Workshop for Higher Value, More Complex Grants
10 August 2021, 10.00am-11.30am & 25 August 2021, 1.00pm-3.00pm

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The Pandemic: its Impact on People, & What We Can Do - 11 August 2021, Online

Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) & The Xfactor Collective
The Pandemic: its Impact on People, & What We Can Do
11 August 2021, 12.00pm-1.00pm

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Copywriting Storytelling Tactics for Not for profits - 11 August 2021, Online


Connecting Up
Copywriting Storytelling Tactics for Not for profits 
11 August 2021, 11.00am-12.30pm

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Boarding Houses Act Training - 26 August 2021, Online


Tenants Union of NSW
Boarding Houses Act Training
26 August 2021, 9.30am-4.00pm

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Sector News & Resources


Scanlon Foundation 2021 Community Grants

The Scanlon Foundation's 2021 Community Grants 2021 will support projects that demonstrate their contribution to social cohesion by addressing either of the following areas of focus: building pathways to employment; or increasing applied English literacy. 

Projects should consider the experience of migrants.

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Help Sheet: Cope Better with Demand

Not-for-profits in Australia face growing demands in the wake of the pandemic, so Our Community have come up with some pointers to help you cope. When it comes to demand, 52% of groups say they face greater calls for help than ever. Our Community's help sheet on coping with that kind of pressure aims to provide strategies to address that spike.

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Help Sheet: Tactics to Retain Volunteers

Not-for-profit organisations across Australia are experiencing a sharp decline in volunteering, according to Our Community’s recent "COVID-19 Community Sector Impact Survey". If you’re one of the 64% of not-for-profits experiencing a decline in volunteers, the bad news is compounded if you’re among the more than half of the nation's groups experiencing more demand.

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Impact of COVID-19 on NSW Residents: Mental Health Commission of NSW

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced every Australian to view their world differently. To better understand the mental health implications and health and social consequences of COVID-19 in NSW, the Mental Health Commission of NSW engaged Review Partners to develop and conduct the NSW COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Survey.

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Video of Online Seminar: Accessible Communication with People with Disability

The Department of Social Services recently partnered with communication and engagement specialists, The Social Deck, to host a free online seminar series about effective communication and engagement with people with disability. It addresses the need for governments and the private sector to provide information and communication in formats that do not discriminate.

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