Thursday, April 19, 2012

donate generously together we can help Australia′s homeless

The Factory is looking for your support

Dear partners,

We are writing to ask for your support of the factory’s involvement in the Vinnie’s CEO Sleep out campaign.
Our Executive officer Michael Shreenan along with one of our Board Members Laura Kelly will be partaking in the event to raise money forthis worthy cause.
As charity ourselves, we understand the importance of fund-raising for causes and projects, and we strongly believe this cause is worthy of everyone’s support.
Vinnies CEO Sleep out is a national annual event that encourages Australian business leaders to Rise to the Challenge of homelessness by sleeping out for one night to raise awareness about homelessness. 2012 Vinnies CEO Sleep out is on the 21st June. CEOs and Managing Directors receive sponsorship from employees, colleagues, friends and family. The funds raised go to support Vinnies homeless initiatives across Australia.
With only nine weeks until the 2012 Vinnie’s CEO Sleep out, the first snap of cold and rain has arrived as a teaser!
Did you know that over 105,000 men, women, and children sleep out across Australia each night?
The Factory receives many enquiries from Homeless people and those that are at risk of homelessness and relies on assistance form larger organisations such as Vinnies to provide support and assistance in these cases.
Our EO also has some experience of being homeless himself in his younger years and therefore knows all too well about the struggles that Homeless people face day in and day out.
We would encourage you where possible to show you support by donating to the cause online by clicking the following link.
Or if you are a CEO yourself why not join Mike in ‘Rising to the challenge’ ?
So please show your support and donate generously together we can help Australia′s homeless

From all at The Factory Team


Bike riding is an enjoyable and sustainable transport option. That’s why more and more people are taking up bike riding on Sydney’s growing bicycle network.
The City’s Cycle Strategy and Action Plan 2007-2017 aims to provide a safe and convenient bicycle network, to connect neighbouring Council areas and other bicycle networks.

We are working to link the CBD with Green Square and beyond as part of this network. With 22,000 new jobs and 40,000 new residents projected by 2030, Green Square will become Sydney’s fastest growing area. The bicycle link will better connect Green Square, and residents in Waterloo, Alexandria and Redfern with the city centre and provide a congestion free option for commuters.

As part of this link, the City is proposing a new bi-directional separated cycleway on George Street in Redfern; and in Allen Street, Mandible Street and Short Street in Waterloo.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Over 30 Community Events & Activities Dates for - May- Redfern Waterloo

April 2012                

Last Friday of the month informal gathering

This informal gathering is for all volunteers, community workers, reps and all those ones interested in Redfern-Waterloo projects and activities. We will meet at Alexandria Hotel at 1.00pm is a great way of having a good chat with someone or speak-out about something. It’s always fun, we can eat and drink. We will be there on:
Next gathering: 27th of April 2012 

Come and Join us!

Alexandria Hotel is on 35 Henderson Road, Alexandria NSW 2015

For more information contact Edith Olivares on 9698 9569, or at

Groundswell meetings on 2012 

When: 2nd Friday of the month

Time: 10.00am

Where: The Factory Community Centre, 67 Raglan Street, Waterloo NSW 2017

 Next meeting: Friday 11th May 2012

 A Pint of View  - Youth Alcohol Forum

Redfern Waterloo Community Drug Action Team together with Weave Youth Family Community invites you to A Youth Alcohol Forum where you get a say on what you think are the issues around alcohol abuse and young people. This is a chance to voice your ideas and strategies around what you think could help reduce youth alcohol abuse.

 Free Pizza, Snacks and giveaways. 

 When: 3rd May 2012 
Where: Weave Art Centre – 231 Wilson St Eveleigh

Time: 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Cost: Free

 For more information contact the Weave Dual Diagnosis Team on Ph: 9519 5466 

Looking for a job!  

 Aboriginal Family Advisor

Sydney City Family Relationship Centre

Part time/Full time

This is an exciting new opportunity for an Aboriginal worker to join Relationships Australia’s Sydney City Family Relationship Centre in the role of Aboriginal Family Advisor. This position can either be part time or full time and this will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

 Sydney City FRC works with families to support family relationships and assist families in conflict. This new Family Advisor position will:

• Provide intake assessments and case management

• Assist the Centre develop culturally appropriate practices

• Assist the Centre to connect with local Aboriginal communities

This new position will initially be offered under a 12 month contract to be reviewed at the end of the first year. Sydney City FRC is committed to long term work with the Aboriginal community. 


Please note this is an Aboriginal Identified Position: In accordance with Section 14 (d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act,

1977, Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification.

Please obtain an information pack for the position from the Relationships Australia NSW website at

or contact Lee at 

Details of how to apply for this position is available in the information pack. 

For more information, call: Sheree Freeburn, Aboriginal Service Specialist on (M) 0405 593 977 or Marie Mooney, Community Development Specialist on (M) 0435 883 176

Women's Self Defence Class 

The Ultimo Community Centre will be hosting a 2 hour  self defence class for women over 55. 

 The course will be delivered by internationally known  self defence teacher Penny Gulliver, Director of the 'Self Protection Consultancy'

Come along, learn some skills and keep safe! 

 Bookings essential.

When:Thursday 10th May 2012 

Where: Ultimo Community Centre, 40 william Henry Street, Ultimo 

Time: 1pm – 3pm

 For more information contact  Natalie Niamh Wright, Community Information Officer, Over 55 Services on 02 9265 9489 or by email on

Over 55 Services Interagency Meetings 

 The dates for the Over 55 Services Interagency meetings organised by the City of Sydney for the rest of the year are as follows:

Thursday 7th June

Thursday 2nd August 

Thursday 4th October 

Thursday 6th December 

Where: Cliff Noble Centre, Cnr. Renwick and Suttor St, Alexandria between

Time: 2.00 – 4.00 pm

For more information contact  Natalie Niamh Wright, Community Information Officer, Over 55 Services on 02 9265 9489

Waterloo Wellbeing & Safety Action Group (WWSAG) 

The dates for the WSAG meetings will the second Wednesday of each month starting on February:

Wednesday 9th May

Wednesday 13th June 

Wednesday 11th July 

Wednesday 8th August 

Wednesday 12th September   

Wednesday 10th October 

Wednesday  14th November 

  Where: The Factory Community Centre, 67 Raglan St. Waterloo NSW 2017

Time: 2.00pm 

For more information contact Edith on 9698 9569, or at or Dominic on 9265 9954 or

Waterloo Safety Audit - Come along and be part of making your neighbourhood a safe place.

 Come along and be part of the Waterloo Community Safety Audit.  All you need to do is show up and be ready to tell us what you think could make your area safer.

Wed 2 May - Matavai & Turunga buildings

Meeting Point: Outside Matavai Building

Time: – 4.30pm

Wed 16 May - Phillip, Morehead, Elizabeth, Wellington & Pitt Street (11th Precinct & Waterloo east Precinct )

Meeting Point: The Factory Community Centre, 67 Raglan Street

Time: – 4.30pm

 For more information contact Edith on 9698 9569, or at 

Waterloo & Redfern Events Action Group 

The dates for the Events Action Group meetings will the First Wednesday of each month starting on March with a break in July and August . 

Wednesday 2nd May

Wednesday 6th June 

Wednesday 5th September   

Wednesday 3rd October 

Wednesday 7th November

Wednesday 5th December 

Where: Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden Street, Alexandria NSW 2015

Time: 2.00pm

 For more information contact Bill on 9319 4073, or at

LEEAG (Learning, Employment, Enterprises Action Group) 

 This action group will be meeting on the second Thursday every two months with the last meeting of the year occurring in November. 

Where: The Factory Community Centre

Time: 2.00pm

Next meetings:

Thursday 14th June

Thursday 09th August

Thursday 11th October

Thursday 15th November 

For more information contact Edith Olivares on 9698 9569, or at

Reaching Employment Workshops 

LEEAG and UNSW SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise)  will provide 3 pre-employment workshops that will assist community members in being "job ready" to enter the workforce. The workshops will include topics such as how to write a cover letter, addressing selection criteria, interview skills and others. 

Registration is not obligatory and everyone is invited to attend. 

 Thursday 10 May – Find & Apply for a Job 

Thursday 17 May – Prepare for a Job Interview 

Thursday 24 May – Keeping a Job 

Where: The Factory Community Centre, 67 Raglan Street Waterloo NSW 2017

Time: 2pm-4pm

For more information contact Edith Olivares on 9698 9569, or at

Free 3-Day Hip Hop Workshop 

Banton Brothers Entertainment with the support from Save-A-Mate (SAM) are offering you the chance to take part in a free 3-day music workshops.

 Learn how to record and master your own music, whilst learning about drugs and how to take care of your mates.

Spots are LIMITED, so if you’re keen and want to record with the best then, Contact Josh NOW!

 When: 17th-19th of April 

Where: Sydney City

Cost: Free

 For more information contact Joshua on 0447 871 584, or at