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Soon Australia will vote for change to our Marriage Laws to allow same sex marriage. As an organisation, Social Futures is proud to exclaim our strong support for marriage equality – we are committed to a diverse and inclusive country.

 

Australia is standing on the precipice of what may be a watershed moment in our history. A moment where, we hope Australia will join every other major English speaking democracy to make marriage equality a reality for all Australians.

Unfortunately the process to reach this end may be a difficult one for those directly impacted. The ongoing debate on marriage equality, has been divisive and has created segregation, distress and anxiety for many. ACON has released a guide with some practical tips on staying strong and resilient during this time. You can download it here: Staying Strong Tips

We encourage everyone who supports marriage equality to ensure they are registered to vote and to vote yes. And please encourage your friends, relatives and contacts to do the same. Because, to quote the Beatles, love is all we need.

Register to vote here: http://www.aec.gov.au/

The homeless clean up at Splendour

A HUGE thanks to our friends from Splendour in the Grass who donated tents, camping gear and other items left behind by weary festival goers after an awesome weekend at the Byron Parklands. We collected tons of great gear that will be given to rough sleepers in the Byron (Northern Rivers) region.

 

  • More than 50 tents (in amazing condition)
  • Brand new sheets, pillows, sleeping bags and blankets
  • Camping chairs and tables
  • Brand new gumboots (multiple pairs!)
  • Blow-up mattresses

The fact that so much of the linen was still brand new, in packaging, may be a testament to the fact there was not a lot of sleeping during the three days of this classic North Coast music festival!

Thanks to our friends at OTCP, we filled a truck with items that have been taken to Ballina for cleaning and sorting. Once processed, they will be transported to The Winsome Hotel in Lismore for distribution to people in need.

So once again – Thank you Splendour in the Grass! Thank you OTCP!  And thank you Festival goers!

See a link to the story in the Northern Star HERE

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Report finds NDIS on track

A report release by Citi Australia has found that the NDIS is “largely on track.” In fact, the economic benefits of the program are significant. In monetary terms the benefits of the NDIS program through job creation alone have been estimated between $18 to $23 billion.

It is anticipated that the NDIS scheme will require 70,000 new disability support workers, and will enable between 25,000 and 40,000 full time equivalent jobs for people with disabilities and 34,000 full time equivalent jobs for careers.

You can read the Pro Bono article here: 

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Homelessness event connects community

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

When? August 8 @ the Winsome Hotel, Lismore  from 10am to 2pm  &  August 9 @ 63 Hickey St, Casino from 10am to 2pm

What can you do? Please bring along anyone you are working with who is homeless, at risk of homelessness, or experiencing rental stress.

Feel like giving something extra? We are also asking for donations from staff within our great network of local organisations.

What do people need? NEW socks and undies, razors, towels, blankets, warm jackets and non-perishable food items.

Donations for the price of a suspended /pay it forward coffee (suggested at $3.00 per coffee) will also be gratefully accepted. We will use the money donated to pay forward coffees from the Coffee Cart in Casino and Lismore.

If you have any goods, coffee donations or general enquires please contact Lance Schema on [email protected] or 02 6620 1868 for assistance.

 

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Social Futures is a National Disability Insurance Scheme Partner delivering NDIS Local Area Coordination services in regional New South Wales during the transition period January 2017-June 2018.

We will support people with disability and their families to plan for the NDIS in advance of the roll out, which starts in many parts of regional NSW in July 2017.

  • Click HERE for more information about our Local Area Coordination services.
  • Click HERE for current employment opportunities.

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