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Equipping parents with emotional intelligent parenting approach

Coast Community Connections will be hosting a five-session parenting program called Tuning in to Teens. Presented by Uniting’s Reconnecting Parents and Adolescent Team (RAPT) this program is designed for parents of adolescents aged between 10 and 18 years with sessions to be held every Thursday from 18 October to 15 November 2018 at the Peninsula Community Centre.  

The Tuning in to Teens program aims to equip parents with the skills to take a more emotionally intelligent approach to parenting, as well as giving parents the knowledge to help their teens develop emotional intelligence for themselves.

The sessions will teach parents valuable emotional coaching skills allowing them to develop a better understanding of their teen as well as help their teen learn to effectively manage their emotions and deal with conflict.

Appointment of new CEO

Local not-for-profit organisation, Coast Community Connections has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Davis.
 
Mr Davis brings a wealth of knowledge, as well as invaluable organisation-specific experience to the role. He has over 30 years’ experience working across all levels of business, government and community, including almost four years in executive positions at Coast Community Connections.
 
Mr Davis joined the organisation in 2015 and has held several key leadership roles including General Manager of Business and ICT, Company Secretary and Public Officer overseeing Coast Community Connections’ finance department. During this time, he successfully led the organisation through several major reforms including the addition of subsidiary company Coast Services Group Limited.
 
Prior to his time at Coast Community Connections, Mr Davis accrued over 20 years’ experience in the technology, services and retail sectors, founding and developing many innovative companies and working with corporate, government and end-user clients.

New BASC service at Umina Beach

  
Coast Community Connections is opening a new Before and After School Care Service at Umina Beach Public School, commencing 15 October 2018.
 
The new Before and After School Care Service at Umina Beach will be the fourth location added to Coast Community Connections offering, with children’s care services already operating in Point Clare, Gosford and Woy Woy.
 
Located at Umina Beach Public School, the new care service will be available every weekday from 6:30am to 9:00am and 3:00pm to 6:30pm. Children will be supervised by qualified educators who organise a variety of activities to ensure children get the most out of their time.
 

65 students trained in Mental Health First Aid Course

Following a $20,000 grant from the Department of Family and Community Services, Coast Community Connections’ Evolution Youth Service has successfully provided Teen Mental Health First Aid (TMHFA) training to 65 young leaders across the Central Coast.

The three and a half-hour TMHFA course, delivered in two sessions, was developed in response to research indicating that young people prefer to share their mental health issues with peers.

Seven local schools participated in the program that was delivered to students in years 10 to 12, with the course teaching participants how to provide mental health first aid to their friends.

Key course topics included awareness of disorders associated with anxiety, eating, depression, drugs and alcohol, bullying or abuse, as well as education relating to the relationship between feelings and behaviours for someone with suicidal thoughts or those considering self-harm.