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Thriving People | Strong Communities ... 25 September 2017


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Social Futures says ‘I DO’

to Marriage Equality

As a social justice organisation Social Futures see Marriage Equality as one of human rights and equality for all and is actively supporting the Yes Campaign. The law, as it currently stands, is discriminatory and it is up to communities like ours to make sure that there is an overwhelming vote for YES.

We have collected images, stories and footage of just a sample of the many Social Futures staff who have volunteered to say why they are voting yes. In addition, a bunch of Social Futures staff took a stroll in the sunshine to support the Yes Campaigners stage a gloriously vibrant and fun pop-up postal demonstration outside Lismore Post Office in Conway Street in Lismore last Friday 22 September.

Over the upcoming weeks, we’re running a campaign on our website and Facebook Page encouraging people to use their vote. We have also uploaded ten 30-second films from just a small sample of our staff and participants, explaining why they’re voting YES. Go to to see the films.

2-day Maker Camp for 12-16 year olds

The Youth Connections Clubhouse is running Spark-Fun, a two-day holiday program on
5-6 October where participants will design, create and play with a Makey-Makey invention kit, connecting art, engineering, music and everything in-between to the internet of things.

Build a roaming doodle bot and learn how to code and drive intelligent robots PLUS get involved in art & tech activities galore!
Connect to Country
Art & Cultural Workshops

Following the success of our first “Connect to Country” art and cultural workshop for young Aboriginal people aged 12-25 – we have more!!
There are still 3 more free weekly workshops coming up in September and October at Lismore headspace.
  • Wednesday 27 September 2017 @ 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 4 October 2017 @ 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 11 October 2017 @ 3.30pm

headspace Sexual Health Clinic for Young People

The headspace Reproductive and Sexual Health Clinic is a free, bulk billed, youth friendly sexual health service for 12-25 year olds operating in Lismore.
The headspace Sexual Health Clinic has been designed to make it easy as possible for young people to get the help they need. It aims specifically to support young people to make positive choices about their reproductive and sexual health.
The service began operating out of the headspace office in 2A Carrington Street Lismore in August and is open every Thursday from 2pm-5pm.
The clinic runs in conjunction with Choices Reproductive and Sexual Health Clinic (Choices is the new name for the Lismore & Kyogle Family Planning Clinic).

Art/Social Group in Ballina

Ability Links has been able to achieve a dream for some wonderful people by starting an art/social group, being held fortnightly from Monday 25 September, 10.30am-12.30pm CWA Hall, 236 River St, Ballina (next to the RSL Club).
Selwyn and Vikki are volunteers running the group and they are very excited about having a safe place where people can come together to be creative, have a cuppa, meet people, and the best part, have fun!

Save the Date: Tweed / Cooly Diversity Walk: 28 October 2017

Come and join us to celebrate the wonderful diversity of our community, express your individuality and promote social inclusion, cohesion and LOVE at the inaugural DIVERSITY WALK! Kicking off at 11am on Saturday 28 October at 1 Bay St, Tweed Heads with a welcoming ceremony, the walk will start at 11.30am, heading up Wharf St to the Boundary St roundabout, and finishing at Chris Cunningham Park for a community BBQ and picnic with live music, art, and whatever YOU would like to bring to the table!
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Local Area Coordination Team Leader – Bathurst

This role will be responsible for acting as LAC Team Leader 3 days per week and  will oversee the day-to-day operations of the LAC service including a high level of support and supervision to a team of people. The remaining hours of this role will be in a Local Area Coordinator capacity.
Bathurst Location, Full Time Position - Part Time Case Managment / Part Time Team Leader
Applications close: Wednesday 4 October, 2017

EOI: Non-Executive Board Directors (voluntary positions)

Social Futures is seeking additional non-executive Directors to join our Board of Governance with skills in one or more of the following areas: community and human services, legal, financial, marketing and strategic planning at a senior level.
We welcome applicants from all walks of life to our diverse and inclusive workplace. Aboriginal people and those with lived experience in the program areas we work in are encouraged to apply.
Applications close: 5pm Wednesday 4 October 2017
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New figures reveal financial stress: ACOSS

Almost two-thirds of low-income households in Australia experienced financial stress in 2015/16, with half of households reliant on income support payments reporting four or more financial stress indicators.

NSW Trustee & Guardian: Plan Ahead Resources

The NSW Trustee & Guardian website has a calendar of dates they will be visiting regions to help people interested in planning ahead by making or updating their Will and Power of Attorney, plus information to enable Aboriginal people to make culturally appropriate planning ahead documents.

Psychotic Experiences in Healthy People Increases Suicide Risk

Having a psychotic experience doubles the risk of subsequent suicidal thoughts and behaviours, according to an international study led by QBI.
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Casino Family Support Open Day

Casino Family Support has relocated and is working at broadening and deepening its relationship with the Richmond Valley community. Join them for an Open Day on 26 September, 11.30am-1.30pm at their new premises at 73 North Street, Casino.

Australian Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopment Open Day

The Brain Mind and Memory Centre / Australian Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopment (AusCan) in Tweed Heads is having an open day on Wednesday 4 October from 2pm – 4pm.

Have Your Say on the Healthy Minds Reform

General practitioners, mental health practitioners, community service organisations, Local Health District staff, community members, consumers and carers interested in mental health reform are invited to join NCPHN for an important final consultation workshop: Wednesday 4 October 2017 at Southern Cross University Lismore.

Wellways Advocacy Forums

People living with mental health issues and disability unfairly face stigma, discrimination and social exclusion. Most of us want our communities to be more connected and inclusive, but don’t know where to start. Join Wellways in Lismore, Grafton or Tweed during Mental Health Month for a Community Advocacy Forum to meet other change makers and access information, resources and strategies for making a positive change in your community.

Waste to Art – free community workshops

Lismore City Council has joined with Real Artworks to present Waste to Art – a series of free community workshops where participants can create exciting artworks from reused and recycled materials. From puppetry and sculpture to street art and painting, the workshops offer people a chance to use their imagination and explore their creativity.

Community Engagement: Collaboration for Impact Conference and Workshop

An Innovation in Community Engagement – Collaboration for Impact Conference and Workshop will be held in November, with Australia’s leading community engagement practitioners converging for two days in Sydney, 13-14 November.

Youth Work Conference 2017

Youth Action’s upcoming Youth Work Conference on October 25-26 in Sydney is a rare opportunity for the youth sector to get together. It’s a time for connection, learning, celebration, and fun.

‘Share the Journey’: Mental Health Event in Lismore

Wellways and Openminds are delighted to be organising a ‘Share the journey’ event to help celebrate Mental Health Month this October, at Lismore City Hall on 20 October 9.30-3pm. The day will include theatre performances with a focus on mental health, as well as music, food and fun.

Peer Worker Breakfast

Wellways is organising an event during Mental Health Month to celebrate peer workers and the important role they play in our community. The Peer Worker Breakfast will be held at the Lismore City Hall, 8am-9.30am on Friday 20 October.

Hat Day Mental Health Event

The Rotary Club of Summerland Sunrise is holding a Hat Day on Friday 20 October in Lismore, with all proceeds going directly to research aimed at finding preventions, treatments and cure for depression, anxiety and a range of mental illnesses via Australian Rotary Health (

Care2Change Fun Day & Info Session

Care2Change is a group of young people with care experiences. They are inviting people to come along to Alstonville Showground on Friday 6 October from 11am-2pm for a day of fun and food, and to find out about who they are and what they do.

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The Family Centre Term 4 Course Program – Ballina and Byron Shires

The Family Centre has released its Term 4 Course Program of parenting sessions and playgroups for the Ballina and Byron Shires.

The Family Centre Term 4 Course Program – Tweed Shire

The Family Centre has released its Term 4 Course Program of parenting, relationship sessions and playgroups for the Tweed Shire.

Come ‘n Try Dragon Boat Paddling

As part of Dragons Abreast Australia (DAA)-October National Paddle Month, a ‘come ‘n try’ session will be held at Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head on Saturday 7 October, 2-4pm.

Active Seniors Exercise Program

A free Active Seniors workshop will be held at Lismore City Hall Fountain Room on  Friday 6 October, 2-3pm. The  workshop is part of a state wide initiative to encourage more people over 60 to exercise and remain active and engaged in their community.
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Free session on Mental Health First Aid

Wellways is offering a free session on Mental Health First Aid on Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 October at Social Futures Office, 256 Molesworth St, Lismore.

Meaningful Engagement professional development training

Lismore Communities for Children is running professional development training on Meaningful Engagement on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 October.

LOVE BiTES Facilitator Training

Expressions of interest are sought for those interested in training to be facilitators for the highly regarded “LOVE BiTES” respectful relationship program that has been facilitated in schools across Australia since 2003.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander DV-Alert training

Lifeline Broken Hill will be delivering the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander DV-Alert training in the Northern Rivers region early next year: Murwillumbah 8-9 March 2018 and Byron Bay 12-13 March 2018.

Google for Nonprofit Tools

Join ConnectingUp for an introduction to the Google for Nonprofit Tools including a deep dive into how to set up Google Ad Grants for your organisation. It’s on Monday 16 October, 9.45am – 4.30pm in Sydney.

Free Webinar: Supporting the Families of Veterans: Understanding the Impact of Veterans’ Mental Health on their Families

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network, on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is producing a free webinar series to support practitioners to better respond to the mental health needs of veterans. Webinar 6 is: Supporting the Families of Veterans: Understanding the Impact of Veterans’ Mental Health on their Families, on Thursday 5 October 2017.

Self Care Training

CASPA is running a training session on Self Care strategies and ways to respond to stress, on 5 October 1pm-4pm at CASPA’s premises at 17 Keen St, Lismore.

Understanding and Responding to Self Harm & Suicidal Ideation in Young People

CASPA is running a training session on 5 October relating to youth health and mental wellbeing: Understanding and Responding to Self Harm & Suicidal Ideation in Young People. It’s on 9am-12 noon at CASPA’s premises at 17 Keen St, Lismore.

Experiencing Compassionate Mind Training From The Inside Out

UCRH is running a workshop on Experiencing Compassionate Mind Training From The Inside Out at Byron Bay Community Centre on Monday 20 November.

Counselling Skills for the Accidental Counsellor

Dynamic Relationships is running a course on Counselling Skills for the Accidental Counsellor on Friday 29 September at Lismore Gateway Motel.

14-Hour Youth Mental Health First Aid & Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person

Do you want to learn the skills to help a person experiencing a Mental Health Problem or in a crisis situation? Safer Communities is running two Mental Health First Aid sessions in Federal Village (Byron Bay Hinterland) in November 2017.

Shared Stories, Shared Lives Foster Carer Training

Pathfinders will be holding Shared Stories, Shared Lives Foster Carer Training at the Social Futures Keen St Lismore office on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2017.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Training

Australian Childhood Foundation is offering training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy in November this year. DDP is a treatment approach to trauma, loss, and/ or other dysregulating experiences,based on principles derived from the theories and research of attachment, intersubjectivity, and trauma.
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Nimbin Youth Film Festival 2017

The Nimbin Youth Film Festival is on again and calling out for entries from our talented young filmmakers. All young people aged 0 – 24 years old are eligible to enter the competition and have their films shown on the big screen. There will be two sections in this year’s festival, the 0-18 years and 19-24 years, both with fantastic cash prizes to be won.
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Jarjum Centre Community Development Worker

Jarjum Centre has an exciting employment opportunity available for an Indigenous person who is passionate about community, culture, and Closing the Gap.

Family Development Worker positions

Brighter Futures is advertising for an Aboriginal identified Family Development Worker based in Lismore and an open position for a Family Development Worker based in Evans Head – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds are also encouraged to apply for this position. Applications close Friday 29 September 2017.


Other Employment Vacancies

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