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Thriving People | Strong Communities ... 31 August 2017


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NEW Youth Sexual Health Clinic in Lismore

A free, bulk billed, youth friendly sexual health service for 12-25 year olds will soon open its doors in Lismore. The headspace Sexual Health Clinic, run by The Lismore and Kyogle Family Planning Service, has been designed to make it easy as possible for young people to get the help they need.
The service will begin operating out of the headspace office in 2A Carrington Street Lismore on Thursday 3 August and thereafter every Thursday from 2pm-5pm.

Defiant Lives: The Rise and Fight of the Disability Rights Movement

If you missed its opening at the Sydney Film Festival, don’t despair! A screening of this award-nominated film will be held at Ballina Fair Cinemas, 11.30am on 14 August.
Supported by Social Future’s Far North Cost Ability Links, the screening will be followed by a Q&A session with some of Australia’s key disability rights activists.
Defiant Lives tells the story of the rise and triumph of the disability rights movement, featuring some of the most impressive activists you’ve never heard of.

Our Homeless Clean Up at Splendour

It’s not just the festival goers who will benefit from this year’s Splendour in the Grass Festival. Organisers this year encouraged punters not to throw away their unwanted camping gear, but to donate it to Social Futures so it can be distributed to our partner organisations who work with rough sleepers.
Volunteers from Social Futures Connecting Home Program and OTCP scoured Byron Parklands on Monday and managed to fill a truck with items which will be cleaned and donated to people in our region who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Lismore & Casino
Homelessness Connect Days

After the success of last year’s event in Lismore a number of services will once again be participating in Homelessness Connect Days, in Lismore at the Winsome Hotel on August 8 and at 63 Hickey Street in Casino on August 9. Both events run from 10am until 2pm.

On the day people can connect with homelessness service providers, housing staff, legal specialists, and other service providers.

Going Places: Join Our Transport Sharing Scheme!

Does your organisation have mini bus or people mover that could be rented to other community not-for-profit organisations? As part of the Transport Development Project, Social Futures is compiling a database of Northern Rivers organisations that have large vehicles available for not-for-profit organisations to rent on an at-cost or near-cost basis.

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Social Futures is a NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) Partner delivering the NDIS Local Area Coordination (LAC) Transition Services in your community. We have a number of positions available with the LAC service:

Casino Team Leader – Local Area Coordination

LAC Team Leaders will oversee the day to day operations of the LAC service including a high level of support and supervision to a team of people. Applications close: Wednesday 16 August 2017 C.O.B.

Clarence Team Leader – Local Area Coordination

LAC Team Leaders will oversee the day to day operations of the LAC service including a high level of support and supervision to a team of people. Applications close: Wednesday 16 August 2017 C.O.B.

Local Area Coordinator

Local Area Coordinators (LACS) will be committed to improving the lives of people with disability and will work directly with participants to facilitate choice and control over the services they receive. Ballina and Casino based; full time or part time positions available. Applications close: Wednesday 16 August 2017 C.O.B.

LAC Lived Experience

Local Area Coordinators (LACS) will be committed to improving the lives of people with disability and will work directly with participants to facilitate choice and control over the services they receive. LAC seeks to facilitate positive individual and social change by assisting people with disability to have valued and quality lives, enable families to remain an important and enduring support and for communities to become more welcoming and inclusive. Casino or Ballina locations; full time or part time positions available. Applications close: Wednesday 16 August 2017 C.O.B.

Administrator – Local Area Coordination

LAC Administrators will act as the organisation’s first point of contact for participants, families and carers as well as providing administrative, reception and scheduling supports to the Northern NSW Service Area staff. Tweed Heads location; part time - 3 days per week. Applications close: Wednesday 16 August 2017 C.O.B.

headspace – Aboriginal Youth Access Clinician

The purpose of the Aboriginal Youth Access Clinician (YAC) is to effectively engage, screen, provide timely assessments, arrange referrals to appropriate in-house services and facilitate pathways for young people to access focused health interventions. In arrangement with the Service Manager / Team Leader  the position will also provide brief therapeutic interventions, facilitate group work, coordinate care and follow ups for young people, aged between 12-25 years that contact or are referred to the headspace Centre. Full time position; Lismore based. Applications close: 14 August 2017.
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New report: Put people first to deliver affordable, reliable and clean energy

A new report out today calls on the Australian Government to put people first and end the deadlock on energy transition to ensure people on low-income and experiencing disadvantage have access to affordable, reliable and clean energy into the future.

Survey for Parents of Under 5s: Immunisation Campaign

Are you a parent or carer of young children? NSW Health wants your feedback about the ‘Save the Date to Vaccinate’ immunisation campaign.

New Autism and Neurodevelopment centre in Tweed Heads

The first Australian Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopment (AusCan) has recently opened in Tweed Heads.

Embrace Flexible Working or Flounder in the Future

An extensive body of research demonstrates the business benefits of flexible working, and yet flexible work and careers are not mainstreamed in most Australian workplaces and seem only to be available to a select few. In the face of globalisation, technology advancements and demographic shifts, Diversity Council Australia believes organisations need to rethink their approach to flexibility.

Draft Legislation to Protect Family Violence Victims from Cross-Examination By Alleged Perpetrators

The Attorney-General has released draft legislative amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 to ensure victims of family violence are protected from being personally cross-examined by their alleged perpetrators. Submissions can be lodged until 25 August 2017.

Tweed Draft Cultural Plan

Tweed Shire community members are invited to provide feedback on Council’s draft Cultural Plan, which is on public exhibition until 14 August 2017.

Strategic Grants: Grant Application Expertise

Strategic Grants is a provider of grant strategies and Grants Expertise Management Systems (GEMS) in Australia, working with non-profit organisations to build capacity to be ready to apply and able to win grants, through research, planning, project matching, policy and process development, writing and training.

Pro Bono Australia’s 2018 Guide to Giving

Pro Bono Australia’s 2018 Guide to Giving is now open and introduces an exciting collaboration with Good360, a charity that takes brand new, unsold goods from businesses and distributes them to charities and Not for Profits to help Australians in need.

Inquiry into Aged Care Quality Assessment: Protecting residents from abuse and poor practices

In June, the Senate referred to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report on the effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices. Submissions to the inquiry close 3 August 2017.

Welfare Reform Bill: Summary and Submissions Date

Submissions to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017 close 4 August 2017. A summary of measures proposed is listed, including drug testing of welfare recipients, removing exemptions for substance abuse, and amendments to compliance measures.
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Free Masterclass with US Expert on Breaking Poverty Cycle

A free masterclass will be held with Dr Michael McAfee at Ballina Lighthouse Surfclub on 4 August, 10am-2.30pm – sponsored by FAMS and NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

“Real Boy” movie screening in Tweed for Wear It Purple Day

COMPASS (Tweed/Southern Gold Coast LGBTIQAP+ Youth Network) is excited to present Real Boy, a beautiful new release film documenting three years of a young man’s gender affirmation journey. The film will be screened for Wear It Purple Day on Friday 25 August @ Hoyts Tweed City from 5-8pm, followed by an expert LGBTIQAP+ Awareness Panel “You Can Ask That”.

Register for Love Your Body Week 2017

Butterfly Foundation would love schools to join Australia’s largest positive body image initiative this September, Love Your Body Week 2017! Register by Friday 11 August for live webinar support.

Rivers Pulse Youth Event

FSG is holding a Rivers Pulse Youth Event on Saturday 12 August in Nesbitt Park, South Lismore, with the theme ‘Resist – Persist – Survive To Thrive Drug Free’.
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Murwillumbah Youth Centre: Free Breakfast & After School Activity Group

Murwillumbah Youth Centre runs a free Breakfast Club for school students on Thursday mornings and an After School Activity Group on Mondays for 11-18 year olds.

Trauma Informed or Family Violence Counselling

Women needing trauma informed generalist or domestic and family violence counselling can visit Lismore’s Women’s Health and Resource Centre for a subsidised appointment with an experienced Generalist Counsellor.

Community Disability Information Alliance

People with disabilities and their families/carers are invited to attend the Community Disability Information Alliance – Ballina (CDIA-Ballina), which meets the first Tuesday of each month, 10am-12pm at East Ballina Surf Club.

Community Disability Information Alliance starting Tweed group

The Community Disability Information Alliance is starting a CDIA-Kirra group for people in Tweed Shire/Coolangatta area on the third Tuesday of each month, starting 15 August, 10am-12noon at Kirra Hill Community Centre Meeting Activity Room.

Term 3 Parenting Programs

Resourcing Parents has released its Term 3 Northern NSW 2017 Parenting Programs Calendar for 17 July to 9 October.

Supported Decision Making Workshops

Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre Far North Coast is offering carers a free and interactive Supported Decision Making workshop, on four Mondays in four different locations: Monday July 24 Alstonville; Monday September 4 Maclean; Monday October 16 Tweed and Monday December 4 Casino.

Meals on Wheels Bush Tucker

Meals on Wheels Brunswick Valley has a new cultural bush tucker feed/meal service funded specifically for older Aboriginal people who live within the Byron Bay LGA.

Art and Creativity Workshops for Indigenous Women

A new free weekly Art and Creativity Workshop will be held at Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre on Wednesday starting 2 August, delivered in partnership with Janelle Randall Court and Tweed Coast Psychology. The workshops are for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women interested in exploring their personal growth through visual and creative arts.
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Petition to Pru Goward: Increase the number of beds for homeless young people

The Family Centre has a petition online for its Youth Homelessness Matters Campaign, advocating for additional accommodation for young people experiencing challenges with homelessness in the Tweed area.

Agape Outreach: Helping the Homeless and Needy in Tweed Shire

Agape Outreach Inc. now has a permanent venue at 8/6 Enterprise Ave, Sth Tweed Heads, serving the homeless and needy of the Tweed shire.
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Regional Cultural Fund

The Regional Cultural Fund has been established by the NSW Government to ensure regional NSW receives its fair share of arts and cultural infrastructure and the associated recreational and educational benefits. Expressions of interest close: Midnight (AEST), Monday 4 September 2017.

ANZ Seeds of Renewal

Through the Seeds of Renewal program, ANZ commits $250,000 which is distributed through grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations for projects that will help their community thrive.

Jetstar’s Flying Start Program

Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community. Tell them your project story and you could receive a $30,000 grant.
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Safeguarding Yourself – Recognising and Responding to Vicarious Trauma – Ballina

NCPHN is running this one-day interactive professional development training which explores the nature of vicarious trauma (VT) in Ballina on September 15, 9.00am-4.30pm.

Save the Date: MindFrame Training, Wednesday 23 August 2017

NCPHN has arranged for MindFrame to come to Northern NSW to present their training on Mental Illness & Suicide Prevention on Wednesday 23 August.

CASPA Training Sessions

CASPA has five separate training sessions relating to various youth health and mental wellbeing issues coming up in Lismore from September to the end of the year.

Uncovering the Shame: Responding to the Abuse of Aboriginal
Older People

The NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence Course is running a 2-day course for Aboriginal workers and community members on Responding to the Abuse of Aboriginal Older People in November 2017 in Tweed Heads. Closing Date: 4 October 2017.

Funded Training Place Available: Mental Health Training

The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) is the peak body for community Mental Health Services in NSW and a Registered Training Organisation. MHCC has been working with FACS to provide Smart and Skilled funded part qualification training, and have been successful in obtaining funding to provide training in Western Sydney, Dubbo and Lismore.

Free Professional Development DV-Alert Training

Lifeline Northern Rivers is offering a free accredited course in Domestic Violence Response Training (DV-alert) for health, allied health and community frontline workers who come in contact with people experiencing or at risk of domestic violence as part of their work. A two-day face-to-face DV-alert workshop for Community Sector Workers will be held at the Ballina Surf Club, Lighthouse Parade, East Ballina, 13-14 September 2017.

Strengths-Based Approaches to Difficult Conversations

Lighthouse Resources is running a two-day workshop to help with tricky conversations, with Strengths-Based Approaches to Difficult Conversations being held on 2-3 August in Brisbane.
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In House Carers: House, Car and Allowance on offer

A house, car, utilities and $120k allowance is being offered by CASPA for two “In House Carers” to parent a group of six siblings.

Community Development Officer

Jarjum Aboriginal Pre-School in Lismore is advertising for a Community Development Officer, 30hrs per week.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Counsellor, Northern Rivers Region

ACON is offering a great opportunity for an alcohol and other drugs counsellors to utilise their counselling skills to assist lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community members to manage, cut down or quit substance use. Applications close 23 August.

Other Employment Vacancies

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