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Thriving People | Strong Communities ... 10 April 2017


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Flood Resources on our Website!

Find all the latest updates and information on support available on the Social Futures website at our April 2017 Northern NSW Flood Resources page.

If you are in need of support or are looking to lend a hand in the community, you can find a list of resources as well as up-to-date information on our service operations.

The page contains Quick Links to information on Service Availability, Housing Support, Financial Support, Goods and Services, How to Help, Recovery Services Contact List; and Lismore City Council Flood Information.

We Need Your Support!

We have launched a Social Futures Flood Appeal – funds will be directed to Connecting Home, headspace and The Clubhouse.
The flood event on the 31st of March has had a devastating impact on our organisation and the wider community.
With buildings inundated with water across the Lismore CBD our ability to deliver crucial services has been severely impacted. Our youth services, headspace and The Lismore Clubhouse, have both suffered significant equipment loss, while we are seeing greater need with our homelessness service Connecting Home.
We would greatly appreciate donations to enable us to get headspace, The Lismore Clubhouse and Connecting Home services operating and supporting our community as soon as possible.
Although we did have insurance we are unable to claim as the disaster is classified “An act of God ‘ and not covered under normal insurance conditions. As such, any financial donations are very gratefully received.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible and receipts are provided. Please scroll below to find out more about making a donation.
We would be hugely grateful if you could send this link far and wide through your networks.

New Date for Young Songwriters Finalists Showcase

After being postponed due to the recent flood event, the Lismore Young Songwriters Finalists Showcase is back with a new date: April 20, starting 6pm at The Deck Bar at Southern Cross University.
Come along and hear the best of Lismore's young musical talent battle it out for Young Songwriter of the Year!
Free entry, all ages welcome.

Public Transport Information Roadshows across the Northern Rivers

Have you got a burning question about public transport in the Northern Rivers? You’re in luck! From April until June, Social Futures, in collaboration with local transport providers, will be hosting transport information days across the region.
The roadshow will take in:
  • Kyogle – Wednesday 12 April | Venue: Kyogle IGA | Time: 9 – 2pm
  • Lismore – Thursday 13 April | Venue: Lismore Shopping Square (Out the front of Woolworths) | Time: 9 – 2pm
  • Murwillumbah – Thursday 27 April | Venue: Sunnyside Mall | Time: 9 – 2pm
  • Ballina – Thursday 4 May | Venue: River Street | Time: 9 – 2pm
  • Casino – Tuesday 30 May | Venue: Casino Community Centre | Time: 9 – 2pm
  • Mullumbimby – Thursday 15 June | Venue: Mullumbimby IGA |  Time: 9-1pm

Young guns pitch in for Tweed headspace community clean-up!

The headspace Youth Advisory Group initiated their own community clean-up in Murwillumbah and Chinderah following the devastating floods in that region. Check out the article and pics on their facebook page:

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Free Nurtured Hearts training for parents of children with additional needs
The Belonging Project is running free training for carers and parents of children with additional needs, in Brunswick Heads on Thursday 18 May and Grafton on Saturday 3 June.
Help to change the way your child sees themselves through the Nurtured Hearts Approach with Monica Barnes.

Crossing Cultures Workshop: Responding to diversity in community care (FREE)
Tweed Heads, April 11 @ 1pm-4pm: The crossing cultures workshop provides an opportunity to look through the diversity lens and question how cultural diversity affects us, not only in the work place but in our own everyday lives.

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Lismore 2017 NAIDOC Event: Stall bookings

Lismore City Council is in the process of getting its 2017 NAIDOC event organised, to be held on Thursday 29 June, 10am-2pm.

Grafton headspace update

A headspace centre will soon be established in Grafton. North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) has responsibility for establishing the Grafton headspace centre including selecting the agency that will operate the centre, and liaising with the community, including young people and their families, to ensure the service best meets local needs.

Charities Send Govt Message to #FixFundraising

Australia’s charity fundraising regulations “are a mess” costing the sector tens of millions of dollars in lost productivity according to an open letter presented to the prime minister, premiers and chief minister and signed by more than 150 charities, Pro Bono News reports.

Calling all NFP Chairs and Non-Executive Directors: Survey on NFPs

Australian Scholarships foundation is supporting Good Foundations’ major research project, undertaken in partnership with PwC Australia, to further define and assess the key elements that make a not-for-profit organisation “well-run”, with a particular focus this year on leadership and governance. Good Foundations and ASF value your input and invite you to participate in the research by completing a short survey.

Study: Grief of Adolescents after the Death of a Relative or Friend

The School of Psychiatry of the University of New South Wales, with the support of the Anika Foundation for Research in Adolescent Depression and Suicide, is conducting the second phase of its study on adolescents who have experienced the death of a relative or a friend.

No Interest Loans (NILS) amount increased

The Northern Rivers Community Gateway have increased the loan limit for NILS loan from $1200 to $2000 ( for the next 3 months) for eligible community members who are affected by the recent floods.

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NEW DATE! NDIS Information session – Grafton

The new date for the rescheduled “What Is The NDIS” session in Grafton is Wednesday 12 April 2017, 12.30-2pm at Grafton Services Club.

ACOSS Post-Budget Breakfast

The countdown is on to the ACOSS Post-Budget Breakfast and tickets are already selling fast. The event is on 7.30am-10am Monday 15 May and will focus on this year’s Budget and key community services sector issues.

Low Vision Open Day in Ballina

Quantum RLV will present the latest technology developments for people with low vision and blindness, at a Low Vision Awareness Seminar at Ballina RSL Club on Thursday 11 May 2017.

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Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre Post-Flood Support

The Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre is open for women wishing to come in for emotional support post the devastating flooding that has occurred in the community.

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ACOSS: Treasurer Clears Path Towards National Housing Affordability Policy: Will It Be The Right One?

ACOSS has welcomed the breaking of a long silence on national housing affordability policy, and the Treasurer’s commitment to making affordability for people with low incomes and homeless people a priority. It’s vital that the Government now chooses the right path to housing reform, ACOSS says.

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Mental Health Reform – Innovation Fund Round 2

A funding pool of up to $1.5M is available for the Innovation Fund Round 2 of Mental Health Reform and the tender process is now open for applications. It closes 9 May 2017 at 10am.

Commonwealth NAIDOC Funding

Commonwealth NAIDOC Funding is now available through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The NAIDOC local grant round opened Monday 27 March and closes on 27 April at 4pm AEST.

Annual Community Grant Scheme now open

The Annual Community Grant Scheme (ACGS) is now open for applications. Council has extended the deadline for applications by 2 weeks to Friday 19 May.

Smart Tech Funding

Up to $5 million in funding is up for grabs to support smart tech projects for communities. The Federal Government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program provides funding to support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges to improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns.
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 5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Program

In June, the University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) is extending its Compassionate Lismore initiative into a North Coast Compassion Initiative, and is offering a 5-day Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program at a special North Coast price of $150 off.

Webinar: Getting Digital Right

Pro Bono Australia is holding a webinar on growth and online empowerment for social enterprises, charities and not for profits – 12 April at 2pm.

Introduction to Narrative Practice

Lighthouse Resources  is running a two-day workshop Introduction to Narrative Practice on 10-11 May 2017 in Runcorn, Qld.

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Aboriginal Youth Yarn Ups – Casino and Goonellabah

Aboriginal Youth Yarn Ups are coming up in Casino (Thursday 13 April) and Goonellabah (Monday 24 April).

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Youth Worker

Kyogle Together is currently seeking a Youth Worker to join the team at Kyogle Youth Action. In conjunction with the Youth Services Coordinator, the primary purpose of the Kyogle Youth Action Youth Worker is to support and advocate for the young people of Kyogle, particularly disadvantaged young people.

Other Employment Vacancies

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