Bushfire Resilience Project
for Regional NSW

Become a Mental Health Support Leader for bushfire affected Australians

The trauma of the Black Summer bushfires is still fresh for many communities in NSW, and the healing is far from over. As part of a new project to support rural Australians in bushfire-affected areas throughout our state, we’re currently recruiting community leaders to run a series of mental wellbeing and resilience workshops.

If you’re a community leader in NSW, we’re inviting you to take part in our free training workshop, which will help you make a difference in the lives of your fellow community members.

We’re looking for community leaders in regional NSW

We’re currently looking for community leaders and frontline workers who are regularly engaged with the following groups:

  • Youth (4-25 years)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Farm residents
  • Older people (65 years and over

For example, if you work or volunteer at the likes of a youth centre, sporting organisation, YWCA or YMCA branch, PCYC branch, retirement village, senior citizens club, Probus Club, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community group, farm residents’ association, Country Womens Association branch, local Scouts NSW branch – we'd love to hear from you.

Specifically, we’re looking for individuals who live or work in one of the following local government areas:

Glen Innes Severn | Mid Coast | Tenterfield | Armidale | Walcha | Uralla | Cessnock | Singleton | Upper Hunter | Gwydir | Tamworth | Central Coast | Dungog | Inverell | Lake Macquarie | Narrabri

Gain new professional skills, and help those around you

During our free 2-day training workshop, delivered online or face-to-face depending on your location, you'll learn the skills you need to become a Mental Health Support Leader in your community.

You’ll learn about trauma and resilience, and gain the knowledge and resources to enable you to run your own community workshops and events.

After your training, you will:

  • Have a working knowledge of trauma
  • Understand the effects of trauma on individuals and communities
  • Understand the definition, meaning and importance of building resilience
  • Have a range of ideas to support community workshops and events
  • Have practical supports and a roadmap to deliver bespoke community events to build wider community resilience, connection, and support.


After your training is complete

We’ll be supporting you and our other new Mental Health Support Leaders to run a series of online workshops and community events within your local area between January and June 2022.

These workshops will be aimed at helping the people around you develop coping mechanisms and support networks, to help them work through trauma and mental health challenges.


This is a free program.



Register your interest by 31 October 2021

If you’re interested in becoming one of our Mental Health Support Leaders, please contact our Bushfire Resilience project lead, Philip Turner, for more information and to register your interest.

Mobile: 0422 545 361

Email: philipt@ransw.org.au

Do you know someone who would make a great Mental Health Support Leader for bushfire affected communities? We’d love to hear from them! Please pass this information along to them, and encourage them to get in touch.

Contact Us

Check out our latest resources

Read Now