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     NRSDC e-News mid-July 2015

Addressing Affordable Housing - Tickets closing soon for the Northern Rivers Housing Conference – Thursday 6 August 2015, Lennox Head - NSW

Tickets are closing on 31st July for the Everybody Needs a Home: Affordable Housing Conference. Attendees will get the chance to hear from a wide spectrum of speakers including Prof Hal Pawson from the University of NSW who will be speaking on housing policy and financing affordable housing development, Mr Ken Marchingo, the CEO of Haven Home Safe, Bendigo, who will address ways to increase housing supply in a regional area and Adam Bennett-Smith, CEO of Koho who will introduce new ideas about flexible and affordable housing design. Tickets are just $25.00 - for bookings and further information click here

NCOSS wants to hear from you: ideas for reducing poverty and disadvantage in NSW

The NCOSS Pre-Budget Submission is an opportunity to highlight some of the most widespread issues the state faces and identify practical solutions the NSW Government could implement to address them.  During July and August NCOSS will hold a series of community and member consultations around the state to help identify five recommendations that will feature in the NCOSS 2016 Pre-Budget Submission to the NSW Government.

If you are a representative from the community services, a Not For Profit or an NGO NCOSS wants to hear your vision for a better community and what steps you think will have maximum impact for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. Your help will be central to identifying reoccurring themes and priorities.
NCOSS are also inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services in the Northern Rivers to a session to talk about specific issues in your communities for consideration in the NCOSS Pre-Budget Submission.
Details: NCOSS Pre-Budget Submission & Campaign Consultation
Date: 17 August 2015     Time:    General PBS Consultation 10:30-2:00 including lunch
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services PBS Consultation 2:00-4:00 including afternoon tea
Venue: Lismore Gateway Motel, 99 Ballina Road, Lismore
RSVP: to  by 5 August

NCOSS Cost of Living Report Released

NCOSS has launched their annual Cost of Living Report. This Report provides a detailed snapshot of the effect that cost of living pressures are having on NSW families, particularly those doing it tough. You can read the report here:

G Click Exhibition Opening Tonight!

Soon we’ll have the chance to view Goonellabah through a new lens.  A group of talented young photographers will soon exhibit work at the Lismore Regional Gallery in an exhibition called ‘G-Click’ which will open at the Lismore Regional Gallery at 6pm, 17th July.

G-Click aims to explore and to provide understanding of other people’s sense of place through photography. The Northern Rivers Development Council and the Lismore Art Gallery joined forces for this project which involved Links to Learning participants. The Links to Learning program is a school support program run by Northern Rivers Social Development Council which works with young people to improve their engagement with education.

The G Click Exhibition was created by Year 8 and 9 students from Nimbin Central School, Lismore High School, Richmond River High School and Kadina High School and will  run until 4th September 2015. All are welcome to support the exhibition opening on Friday 17th July at 6pm.

Young NAIDOC helps kids realise their dreams

This years Young NAIDOC celebration hosted by the Northern Rivers Social Development Council / Youth Connections was an incredible success with more than 40 young people involved in a range of workshops focused on building positive self image, sharing cultural performances and supporting personal growth. Click here to read the ABC story and see some photos from the day.

Free Hospitality Training for Young People

YWCA is offering FREE training in Hospitality for young people aged 17-24, with a 15-week course staring on August 6. Read more...

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Mandalla Women's Art Group

Come along for an enjoyable afternoon of making and creating mandalas with other women. Materials will be provided and this is a free art group with water colour paints and paper provided. The course will run for 8 weeks, starting July 23. Venue: 110 Magellan St, Lismore (building behind Lismore library)  Date: 23rd July Time: 1pm to 3pm.

For more information and registration, call Mark on 0437 996 486 or email

Stepping Stones supports families with special needs

Supermarket meltdowns? Mealtime tantrums? Bedtime battles? When you’re the parent or caregiver of a child with a disability, sometimes life can be extra challenging.

That’s why the Stepping Stones Triple P Project is currently offering parents in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales free parenting support. Stepping Stones Triple P gives you tips and strategies to manage the big and small problems of family life. It helps encourage behaviour you like, cope with stress and teach your child new skills. Click here to book free parenting support.

Bringing Up Great Kids Parenting Group

For: Families with children 0-12 years old.
Where: 143 Laurel Avenue, Lismore.
When: Thursdays July 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27 and September 3 (7 sessions) from 10am to 12:30pm.
What: The ‘Bringing Up Great Kids’ Program works by promoting and supporting respectful, caring and nurturing relationships between parents and their children. Parents are encouraged to become more reflective and mindful in their parenting approach, helping to strengthen family relationships.

Triple P Parenting Group

For: parents/carers of children 2-12 years old.
Where: 143 Laurel Avenue, Lismore.
When: Tuesdays July 21, 28, Aug 4, 11 and 18 (5 sessions), 10am to 12:30pm
What: Triple P offers positive and proven parenting strategies to help build good relationships in your family and deal with difficult behaviours in your children.

Creative Women’s Circle

Commonwealth Respite Carers and Carelink and RealArtWorks. Inc have 10 places for women carers registered with Commonwealth Respite and Carelink to do a fabulous 5-week course in Lismore for FREE! It starts July 27 in Magellan St, Lismore.  Read more...

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New Transport Infoline for Regional NSW

On 28 June 2015, Digital Customer Information Services released a new version of the website. People in regional NSW, including the Northern Rivers, can now go to to plan short and long distance travel with the online trip planner.

The enhanced version of the website incorporates regional data into the website enabling all the existing website functionality to be extended to the Regions for trains, coaches, buses, ferries and light rail. The implementation was successful and the enhanced website is now live.

Sign Up for Northern Rivers Carpool

Northern Rivers Carpool is Australia’s first government-funded regional carpooling initiative. Designed to link compatible drivers and passengers via the web, Northern Rivers Carpool provides a free, online service for anyone who wants to save money, meet new people and reduce their carbon footprint while traveling to work or study. Read more...

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Sustainable Housing for Life Design Competition Now Open

The 2015 Sustainable Housing for Life Design Competition is now open to residents, architects, designers and young people in the Northern Rivers.

Lismore City Council and its partner organisations are celebrating Sustainable House Day 2015 with a competition to find the most desirable and sustainable modular home that is adaptable for people at different stages of life.  Read more...

Homelessness NSW Seminar

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW in partnership with Homelessness NSW is hosting a seminar to raise awareness of dementia and cognitive decline among those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It aims to highlight the vulnerabilities of this population in terms of risk of dementia and increase understanding of homelessness amongst aged care service providers from residential, community and health sectors. Read more...

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Local Aboriginal Artists Encouraged to Apply for Government Fellowship

Local Aboriginal artists are encouraged to apply for the 2015 NSW Government Aboriginal Arts Fellowship. The $30,000 fellowship will support an Aboriginal artist to showcase their work and expand their skills. Read more...

Young carer bursary program

The Commonwealth Government will provide an additional 150 bursaries to help young carers further their education. These will be allocated from the applications already received for the 2015 academic year. Applications will open for the 2016 academic year in September this year. Read more...

Youth Scholarships Available

The NSW Government is offering $1500 Scholarships to young people doing Year 11 or 12 in 2016 and who are in social housing. Applications close 31 July 2015. Read more...

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NCOSS: NSW Budget Overlooks Those in Need

Social housing boost welcome but people with disability, families escaping DV overlooked:  This year’s NSW Budget takes great strides towards tackling some of the key issues affecting people experiencing disadvantage and poverty, but leaves some of those most in need of support behind according to the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS). Read more...

NSW Budget: Northern Rivers Allocations

The 2015-16 NSW State Budget was released Tuesday 23 June 2015 by the Treasurer The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian. In the Northern Rivers direct funding will boost health services with funds also allocated to a new correctional facility in Grafton and planning for a new Ballina High School. Read more...

You can still feed into the National Disability Advocacy Framework Review

The Federal Government has announced they will undertake a review of the National Disability Advocacy Framework. The Federal Government is asking for people’s views about how the Framework should operate in the future. People have until 24 July to make a submission. To help with this, the Federal Government has released a discussion paper (see the link below). Read more...

Financing Affordable Housing

Financing affordable housing is very topical in the media currently. Below are links to two reports by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Report about financing rental housing through institutional investment.

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Training Alert: Reflective Practice Supervision Skills for Managers

This workshop is designed for managers or supervisors working in the Human Services sector who are supervising teams. It’s on Tuesday 28 July in Goonellabah, 9.30am – 4.00pm. Read more...

Hoarding and Squalor

A half day information session on Wednesday 5th August, 9 - 12.30pm which will take a comprehensive look at the topic of Hoarding and Squalor using up to date industry information, and an introductory discussion on effective working practices. Read more...

Communicating Mindfully in Conflict and Difficult Situations

Difficult behaviour and conflict situations arise in many workplace sectors, in particular within the social & community services and health sectors. In this workshop, you will learn to identify and to manage situations of conflict and different behavioural styles through increasing your skills to build a positive atmosphere using open and honest communication and the practice of mindfulness. Read more...

Through Young Black Eyes Train the Trainer Workshop

SNAICC (Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care) is offering a two-day train-the-trainer workshop as an introduction to using the Through Young Black Eyes Workshop Kit when working in the context of family violence with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Read more...

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Free training: Certificate II Rural Operations

Here’s an incredible opportunity for young people to gain experience and skills in farming, horticulture, bush regeneration. YWCA is offering free training for 16-24 year olds in an 18-week course starting 21st July. An information day will be held Tues 14th July, 10am @ YWCA, Goonellabah. Read more...

Supporting our Aboriginal youth: Identifying & understanding domestic violence

Aboriginal young people are likely to be affected by being exposed to and witnessing domestic and family violence. The nature of the Aboriginal family environment means that young Aboriginal people have greater exposure to the impacts of trans-generational trauma including family violence and domestic violence. These experiences can set up an attitude of acceptable and normalised behaviours resulting in unhealthy relationships, greater exposure to the legal system, AOD problems, identity issues and low self-esteem and confidence.

This 3 day course provides opportunities to consider young peoples' experience of domestic and family violence and to explore a variety of ways to respond to these issues. It also considers the emerging area of young people displaying violent behaviour towards their parents.

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Northern Rivers Housing Conference – Thursday 6 August 2015, Lennox Head - NSW

The conference theme is housing supply and asks the question "how can we work together to  increase the opportunities for every member of our community to have a home"  Read more...

Brain Injury Workshop

Brain Injury Association (BIA) NSW is piloting a ‘new-style’ one day workshop for people living with a brain injury and/or for people who are the Carer or friend of someone with a brain injury. ‘Come and Connect’ with them at Ballina on Thursday 30th July 2015 at the University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) Education Training Room, Ballina Read more...

Disability Services Ball

The RED Ravens, in conjunction with RED Inc., are hosting a Disability Sector Ball, Friday 17 July, 7pm at the Lismore Workers Club.  Read more...

Being Home 2025 Conference

Community Options Australia’s Being Home 2025 Conference will be held on 14th & 15th September 2015 in Sydney.

The event is focused on how you and your community can succeed to help people be and stay at home.

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Vacancy: Connecting Home Case Manager

Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC) are looking for a vibrant motivated person to join the Connecting Home team. If you are committed to supporting vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and would like to work within a wonderful, supportive, warm team environment - this could be the job for you. Read more...

Vacancy: Administrative Support Officer

Lismore Communities for Children is seeking an Administrative Support Officer. The Administrative Support Officer (ASO) is an integral element of the Communities for Children Programme and wider YWCA NSW Northern Rivers’ community services team. Applications close 9am Monday 20th July 2015. Read more...

Vacancy: Care Coordinator/Counsellor, ACON Northern Rivers

Through care coordination and counselling services, ACON helps clients with multiple and/or complex needs to address a range of health issues including HIV, mental health, family and domestic violence, and substance use. Applications close 5pm Monday, 20 July 2015. Read more...

Vacancy: Indigenous Case Manager

The Disability and Aged Information Service Inc (DAISI) currently has vacant position for an Indigenous Case Manager.  We are currently seeking a highly motivated experienced Case Manager to work within the Northern Rivers area. The Case Manager will assist people with disability to build individualised plans which meet their needs and aspirations. Read more...

Other Employment Vacancies

Jobs in the social and community services sector are also advertised on the following websites:


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