Social Futures is joining with St Vincent De Paul Society to mark Anti Poverty Week.  

Did you know that there is an estimated 20,000 children in the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast regions living in poverty?

It’s time to shine a light on child poverty.

Be sure to tune into NBN News and Prime News tonight to hear Tony Davies and Yvonne Wynen talk about child poverty in our region and what needs to be done.

You can hear Tony Davies speak to Jo Shoebridge on ABC radio here:



Want to know more? Or what you can do about Child Poverty? Go to

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.

To contact your nearest NDIS Local Area Coordinator call 1800 522 679 (1800 LAC NSW)

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Vote ‘YES!’ for Marriage Equality

  1. Look out for your ‘Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey’ in your letterbox
  2. Mark the YES box clearly with a tick or a cross. Do NOT write anything else on your form
  3. Post your vote AS SOON AS YOU CAN – preferably by 27 October.
    Votes received after 7 November will NOT BE COUNTED!

Click HERE for more information about the survey and how to vote

Here is why some of our staff have voted YES … see more videos like this HERE

Saying Yes for Lisa and Siggy

Lisa Cook has been in a long term relationship with her partner Siggy for twenty six years. They have six acres of paradise on the Northern Rivers hinterland which they are regenerating with native trees and are planning to build their new home, with studio space for Siggy to devote to her painting practice.

Lisa began work at Social Futures Strategy and Engagement team at the beginning of 2015 as Project Officer for Ageing and Disability. The issue of marriage equality directly affects Lisa and Siggy and they were gracious enough to make time to explain why. Click HERE for their story.


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Youth Homelessness Matters Community Forums Report

Over 80 people representing local community groups, businesses, schools, not-for profit and government organisations attended the Murwillumbah and Kingscliff forums hosted by The Family Centre during September. The forums were convened in response to the alarmingly high level of youth homelessness in the community.

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Dress to Express at Diversity Walk!

headspace Tweed Heads and the Compass LGBTIQAP+ Youth Network are hosting Tweed/ Coolangatta’s inaugural Diversity Walk on Saturday 28 October. The walk will celebrate the wonderful diversity of our community and promote social inclusion, cohesion and LOVE!

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Join this free video conference at the University Centre for Rural Health. The NSW Youth Health Forum "Family breakup: Supporting young people through separation and conflict" is being video streamed live across NSW from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

To join the free conference on 29 November 2017 RSVP
before the 20th November 2017 (or when capacity is reached)

Phone Summa Hicks, headspace Lismore, Community Engagement Coordinator on 02 6625 0200 or email
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Have a look at this great clip by Matt Stone. It was created as part of the State Inclusion Awareness Project and explains what inclusion is all about.

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It is Anti Poverty Week and we have joined forces with St Vincent De Paul to bring some light to child poverty in our area.

On the North Coast, every Local Government Area has a child poverty rate of about 20 per cent - that means one in every 5 children is living in poverty in our region.

Tony Davies (CEO Social Futures / President NCOSS) and Yvonne Wynen (North Coast President St Vincent De Paul) spoke to NBN News and Prime News today - keep a look out for them tonight!

Also, you can listen to Tony's ABC Radio Interview here:

#Antipovertyweek #NCOSS #1in7 #StVincentDePaul #Socialfutures #everychilddeservesahome #affordablehousing
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Today is the International Day of the Girl. To celebrate, we are sharing this awesome little video clip - "Like a Girl". Do take a look - it's worth it!

If you are interested in learning more about the needs and challenges girls face, as well as the creativity, drive and achievements of girls worldwide, go to:
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