Dads in Distress Father's Day BBQ
Celebrating 10 Years of NILS
3-Dec-2019 - We are very proud that we have reached 10 years of providing NILS (No Interest Loan Scheme) to the community. Its been a great journey and we have been through many changes to the program. We thank the community, our partners, clients and Good Shepherd Micro-finance for their ongoing support as we look forward to the next 10 years.
We started back in 2009, by the end of June 2010 we had 40 loans to the value of $37,857. Now, in November 2019 we have 3,108 loans to the value of just over $2.9 million. The Scheme is very popular and has assisted many people to get back on the financial continuum.
For many people on low incomes, paying for essential goods and services is extremely difficult, and the effects of going without can be huge. Going without a computer can result in children being left behind at school which can affect their future employment, housing and financial stability; going without a fridge can mean that fresh food or essential medications cannot be stored leading to poor health outcomes.
Financial inclusion and especially micro-finance plays a key role in enabling strength-based community development that creates better connected and inclusive communities.
Annual General Meeting 2019
18-Sep-2019 - Today Gosford City Community & Information Ltd. the entity name for Community Support & Outreach Services Central Coast (Community SOS) held its Annual General Meeting. Our thanks goes to Herbert 'Bert' Walker (pictured) our retiring Chairman for his service. According to Bert, "When I commenced in the position four years ago we initiated a transformation that is now starting to deliver results......Our customers tell us that the quality of our work is good and getting better."
National Child Protection Week
1st to 7th September 2019
Community SOS Central Coast is supporting National Child Protection Week from Sunday the 1st of September to Saturday the 7th of September. This year's theme is children thrive when their parents are supported. More information can be found at the NAPCAN website.
For each day of National Child Protection Week we are featuring a brochure for parents and carers. See below.
Day #1 Listening to children - Features tips on interacting and communicating with children.
Day #2 Being a dad - Tips for men to develop effective parenting skills as their child grows.
Day #3 Listening to young people - Tips on how to understand and be a good listener to young people.
Day #4 The importance of play - Explains why play is so important in a child’s development and tips for parents on how to play with their child.
Day #5 30 Ways to boost a child’s confidence - Simple strategies to build a child’s self-esteem.
Day #6 Keeping children safe from sexual abuse - Outlines sexual abuse facts, offers tips on how to keep a child safe from sexual abuse & how to react if a child has experienced sexual abuse.
Day #7 Ways to support and encourage a child’s right to speak and be heard - Tips on supporting and encouraging children and young people’s voice.
The full library of brochures can be found here on the NAPCAN website.