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Hobart Human Library

The Hobart Human Library is a library just like any other – except the books are real, living people!

Human libraries are used around the world as a simple way for people to build empathy and face their prejudices.
They do this by providing a comfortable space for people to speak informally with a ‘book’ who has encountered prejudice or stereotyping because of their culture, religion, refugee background, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability.

The goal of a human library is always to promote and increase the understanding and acceptance of difference between members of a community. Human libraries are about two-way listening and learning.

The Hobart Human Library are looking for more people to become human books – if this sounds like something of interest to you, check out the Hobart Human Library website here and their Facebook page here.

2016 TasCOSS Conference

TasCOSS’s biennial conference brings together Tasmania’s community services sector to think, learn, challenge and lead on issues that affect our families, communities, workplaces and government.

This year’s theme, Everyone a Leader, invokes the need for citizen-led change in our State to stop the cycle of doing things over and over the same way without achieving real change.

Change that is led within and by our communities will create a difference in the lives and futures of all Tasmanians.

The 2016 TasCOSS Conference will be held on 23 & 24 November at the Blundstone Oval Arena Function Centre. Register now for Early Bird prices. To register, click here.

Flourish – Board Member Required

Flourish is currently seeking an enthusiastic director who can contribute to the Board of Governance. All directors serve in a voluntary capacity. Flourish seeks a well-balanced Board with skills in strategy, governance and financial management, community engagement, fund-raising and marketing.

We are seeking experienced individuals who possesses broad general Director’s skills, and who can bring experience in areas such as, finance, legal and industrial relations. Flourish is also specifically seeking expressions of interest from people with previous Chair or CEO experience.

The board meetings bi-monthly and has an annual general meeting (usually held in Campbelltown). Board meetings are either face-to-face or via teleconference.

More information about Flourish can be found on our website, flourishtas.org.au

For more information about this position or to lodge your Expression of Interest, please contact Flourish Chair, Harry Wilsdon on 0458 920 315 or hwilsdon[at]bigpond.net.au or Flourish Vice Chair, Amanda Street on 0417 604 125 or street.amanda1[at]gmail.com

Expressions of Interest close on Friday 17 June 2016.

A Conversation With Mental Health Services

A conversation with Mental Health Services will be held on Thursday the 12th May (tomorrow!) at Eureka Clubhouse in Moonah.

Please find time in your busy schedules to attend this meeting to get an update on Mental Health Services’ South and to put forward any of your ideas and feedback.

Morning tea is provided and free parking is available on the surrounding streets.

Download a copy of the flyer for this event here.

Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Tasmania 2016-2020

Suicide is a significant issue in Tasmania and across the nation. Every life lost to suicide comes at a high personal cost to families, friends and communities.

On Friday 11 March 2016, the Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson released the Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Tasmania 2016-2020. You can download a copy of the full document here.

2016 Tasmanian LIFE Awards

The Tasmanian LIFE Awards are in recognition of life-affirming work in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

Do you know a person, service, organisation or business that has made a difference to the lives of people and communities impacted by suicide in Tasmania? Nominations are invited in the following categories:

Outstanding Contribution LIFE Award, Communities in Action for Suicide Prevention LIFE Award and Best Practice in Suicide Prevention in a Workplace LIFE Award.

For more information including nomination forms and guidelines, visit the LIFE Awards website here.

Nominations close on April 27th, 2016.

2 Day Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers a way of interacting with a person that is collaborative, empathic, respectful and compassionate. It can help to resolve ambivalence about change, evoke a person’s internal resources and strengthen commitment to change.

As a key guiding principle, MI supports a person’s autonomy and honours them as the expert in their own lives.

This two-day workshop will provide an overview of the values and process of MI and introduce the opportunities to practice some of the approaches and skills.

This workshop is suitable for people with no previous experience, however participants with prior exposure to MI will have a chance to deepen their skills through coaching and feedback within a supportive environment. The workshop is designed to be accessible, interactive and practical.

The 2 day workshops will be held in Launceston, Brighton and Ulverstone. For further information, download a copy of the event flyers here, or contact the workshop facilitator Matthew Spicer by email at matthew.spicer[at]poschange.net  (matthew.spicer[at]poschange.net)   or call 0428 597 284.

NDIS – Hobart – Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Consultation Sessions

Have your say on Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC).

Would you like to learn more about ILC? ILC is an important part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). ILC will connect people with disability, their families and carers to the wider community. NDIS have developed an action plan for ILC (ILC Commissioning Framework) and are asking for your feedback. They would like to talk more to people with disability, their families and carers, as well as people who work in the sector about our ideas and the ILC Commissioning Framework.

Hobart ILC consultation session for organisations and providers

Venue: Derwent Entertainment Centre, The Astley Room, 618 Brooker Highway, Glenorchy, Hobart

Date: Thursday the 31st of March, 10am until 2pm

RSVP: If you would like to attend a face-to-face session please register on the NDIS website on the TAS events page http://www.ndis.gov.au/news/events/tas

If you require assistance to register please contact the ILC mailbox ilc[at]ndis.gov.au  (ilc[at]ndis.gov.au)  

Please note that this consultation is free. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Launceston Youth Makers Market

Cornerstone Youth Services, Headspace Launceston, West Tamar Council, Migrant Resource Centre and YMCA are holding Launceston Youth Makers Market on Saturday, April 13th from 4PM – 6PM at Kings Bridge Function Centre.

The Market will feature local crafters and community groups, food, drink, and live music.

Schools and community services are encouraged to book a table for their students/members to use as a fundraiser. Stalls will be free for all stall holders and they are welcome to keep any money made on the day. Stalls can be shared between multiple people upon request. Buskers are also invited to join in.

Registrations are open for 12-25 year olds and will close on April 4th. To register or for more information, visit the event Facebook page or email afilgate[at]csys.com.au  (afilgate[at]csys.com.au)  .

Partners in Recovery Conference – Person Centred Practice in a Changing Environment

Partners In Recovery (PiR) Tasmania’s Person Centred Practice in a Changing Environment Conference is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together to consider how person centered practice can remain the focus as the mental health sector undergoes major reform. It is an opportunity to hear from internationally renowned local, state and national speakers involved in the reform at individual and systems levels, who have experiences across a range of needs and responses.

This free Conference also aims to respond to the needs of, and build capacity with, people with mental illness, their families, services and communities.

People living with mental illness, families and friends, community members who care, community groups, policy makers, service providers (from across a range of service responses including disability, housing, alcohol and drug) and anyone with an interest in mental health and wellbeing are invited to attend.

The Partners in Recovery Tasmanian Conference will be held at the Door of Hope, Launceston on the 27th and 28th of April 2016. For more information, click here.