Northern Rivers Social Change Collaboration

The Northern Rivers Social Change Collaboration brings community and government organisations together to work collectively to improve community wellbeing and attract and facilitate investment for positive social impact in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

The group was established in February 2015 as the Regional Social Plan Implementation Group to support and manage the implementation of the Northern Rivers Regional Social Plan launched in early 2014.

Membership started with Social Futures (SF), Regional Development Australia (RDA) Northern Rivers and other organisations that nominated as implementation partners for the plan before it was launched (CRANES, The Family Centre, Northern NSW Local Health District, North Coast Community Housing Company, North Coast NSW Medicare Local (now North Coast Primary Health Network), Nortec and Tursa.

The group is using a snowball method to identify and include additional organisations with interest and capacity to participate and contribute. Any organisation can nominate to join the Implementation Group. It now has 24 community and government organisations in its membership.

Read the Terms of Reference and Principles and Procedures NR Social Change Collaboration. The Collaboration identified the following strengths of our region we can build on collectively.

Diversity | Proactive community | Resourceful people | Region of choice | Capacity to influence | Strong networks

Opportunities for working collectively

The Regional Social Plan identifies 13 desired future outcomes along with potential measures, partners and strategies. The Collaboration considered the plan, along with information about changes and issues in the service delivery, funding and policy context in the region, to identify three key action areas as opportunities to focus its work.

Key action area 1: improving outcomes for children and young people

Our action in this area focuses on understanding how our services and service systems in the Northern Rivers are responding to what works for children and young people – to support them to reach their potential and be safe. We are at the beginning of a collective process to:

  • understand how children and young people across our region are faring on key indicators including child development (readiness for school) and numbers in out-of-home care, and why
  • consider existing evidence about what works and how we can offer better support
  • establish an engagement process or platform to identify what is working well and how we can respond to barriers and challenges and provide better support.

See Better Chances Forum.

We are aiming to draw together work of member organisations, other activities engaging with children, young people and families in the region, and service providers’ perspectives to consider how we can better support children and young people.

Key action area 2: a collective approach to domestic and family violence, including prevention

The Collaboration identified supporting a collective approach to domestic and family violence, including prevention, as an important opportunity for improving community wellbeing in the region. We will work with the Northern NSW Combined Domestic and Family Violence Forum to progress this work. The forum brings together representatives from the local domestic and family violence committees and regional services to focus on providing the best possible outcomes for women and families affected by domestic and family violence given the current resources available in Northern NSW.

Key action area 3: affordable housing investment and supply

In this action area, the Collaboration is working with the Northern Rivers Housing Forum Steering Group on activities to attract and facilitate investment in affordable housing in the Northern Rivers. This includes events and activities to encourage and support collaboration between housing providers, developers and investors, and sharing information about housing supply and demand highlighting housing risks, challenges and opportunities for vulnerable households and the whole community.

Collaboration principles for the Collaboration

The following principles guide how the Collaboration does its work.

• Acknowledge the tensions of working collectively in a competitive funding environment.

• Work to develop shared goals.

• Being clear and respectful about individual and shared intellectual property.

• Allow space for organisations to progress their own work.

• Communicate within and between member organisations.

• Be transparent about decisions and make information available to the community.

• Support shared measurement of impact.

• Promote access and participation – services, planning, design, delivery, community life.

• Understand and collectively influence positive systemic change.

• Pursue opportunities for strengths-based work and early intervention.

Member organisations – Northern Rivers Social Change Collaboration

Aboriginal Affairs, NSW Department of Education and Communities
Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Clarence River Women’s Refuge and Outreach Services Inc
Clarence Valley Council
Consortium of Neighbourhood Centres
CRANES Community Support Programs
FSG Australia
Interrelate
Local Community Services Association
Nortec
North Coast Community Housing Company
North Coast Primary Health Network
Social Futures
NSW Aboriginal Land Council
NSW Department of Education and Communities
NSW Department of Family and Community Services
Northern NSW Local Health District
OTCP (Formerly On Track Community Programs)
Rekindling the Spirit
The Family Centre
Transport for NSW
Tursa Employment & Training
Tweed Shire Council
YWCA

Acknowledgment: Social Futures acknowledges the funding contribution made by NSW Family and Community Services (FACS) through the Community Builders program, which contributed to the development of the Regional Social Plan and enables our organisation to continue to build capacity in the regional community services and health sector.

Sector Development

Sector Development

Ageing and Disability

Strengthening our Community Services Sector

Social Futures provides a range of services to support the Community Services Sector. We provide training for carers of people living with dementia and education programs to help improve the delivery of aged care services within our region. We also produce the monthly Ageing and Disability Digest with a wealth of knowledge about the news, services, programs, grants and assistance available within the sector.

Dementia Care Education Project

People diagnosed with dementia are specified as a special needs group in the Commonwealth HACC Program’s population target group.  Under this program carers are also provided with services to assist them in their caring role.  The Dementia Care Education Service Education and Training develops and delivers, in consultation and collaboration with service providers, information and education sessions to carers of people with dementia who reside within the Northern Rivers to reduce early or unnecessary admission into residential care.

Ageing and Disability Sector Support Project

The Social Futures Ageing and Disability Sector Support Project works collaboratively with the community service sector to build a strong cohesive community care system. It aims to improve the capacity of the Aged and Disability Services Sector to deliver quality services that respond to client needs.

Ageing and Disability Sector Support provides support to build the capacity and competency of the Commonwealth Home Support Program’s funded service providers to deliver Basic Maintenance, Support and Care Services through relevant and effective education and training and individual service support. Those services are provided timely and relevant information, advice and guidance on sectoral management, service system reforms and, where relevant, broader social policy issues. Initiate and promote co-operative collaborations and partnerships that facilitate the ongoing development of organisations funded under the Commonwealth HACC Program to be more efficient, effective, integrated and outcomes-focussed.

Better Chances Forum

Better Chances Forum

The Better Chances Forum was held at Lennox Head Community and Cultural Centre on 15 September 2016. The forum focused on prevention and early intervention, and working together to support better chances for children and young people in the Northern Rivers. It was hosted by the Northern Rivers Social Change Collaboration (previously known as the Northern Rivers Regional Social Plan Implementation Group) and the Far North Coast Family Referral Service (FRS). 180 people attended including workers from community, health, education and government organisations across the Northern Rivers.

The Better Chances Forum Steering Group

The Better Chances Forum Steering Group is now developing a work plan to help shape our collective work on improving outcomes for children and young people in Northern Rivers.

If you would like to stay informed or get involved in this work please contact [email protected] or 0438 005 798.

Community Sector Ball and Awards

Community Sector Ball and Awards

The annual Community Sector Ball and Awards Night has become a signature event on the Northern Rivers calendar. The Community Sector Ball and Awards night supports a sector which is responsible for employing 17% of the region’s workforce and which plays a vital role in ensuring the well-being of our community and shaping its future.

Social Futures in partnership with other community organisations has facilitated the Ball for the past five years. The event has been a great success, with more than 300 people attending last year and 53 award nominations.

Our next Community Sector Ball will be held in 2017 – we’re already getting excited! And we’re starting to plan!  So if you are interested in sponsoring the 2017 Ball, please contact Amanda Shoebridge at [email protected]we’d love to hear from you, because we want THIS Ball to be bigger and better than ever!

Sponsorship

2015 Sponors To become a sponsor in 2017 or for more information, please contact: Amanda Shoebridge Sector Ball and Award Event Co-ordinator Social Futures (Social Futures) PH: 0428 242675 Email: [email protected]

Program resources

Community Sector Ball and Awards

Photos

You can view all of the photos from the 2014 and 2015 Community Sector Ball and Awards nights on the Social Futures Flickr page: Just click here!

Ageing and Disability

LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care

Fact Sheet – Silver Rainbow FACT SHEET – LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care

Guide – As We Are: An Evidence Based Guide to Intersex and Inclusive Aged Care Services

Article – the unique issues facing our elders as they age: www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/lgbteol/pdf/unique_challenges.pdf

Report – The experiences and attitudes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults, ages 45-75 (American) www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/lgbteol/pdf/LGBT_OAMarketResearch_Rpt.pdf

Project – Seven songs for a long life – encouraging people to talk about end of life matters: www.dyingmatters.org/blog/seven-songs-long-life

Website – LGBT Ageing Resources Clearinghouse (American): http://asaging.org/lgbt_aging_resources_clearinghouse

Website – SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders) USA: www.sageusa.org/

Website – Senior Pride Network (Canada): www.seniorpridenetwork.com/

Document – Inclusive Services for LGBT Older Adults (American: 2012): www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/pdfs/NRC_guidebook.pdf

Films – Programs for the elderly – LGBT Seniors Films: www.programsforelderly.com/documentaries-gay.php

AIHW Disability Report – AIHW develops, collects, analyses and reports information on a broad range of health and welfare issues in Australia including disability: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-statistics/health-conditions-disability-deaths/disability/overview

Website – Younger onset dementia and the NDIS. Younger onset dementia key workers are ideally placed to support people with younger onset dementia in the NDIS. The program has been interacting with the NDIS since it was first trialed in 2013. https://www.dementia.org.au/services/younger-onset-dementia-and-the-ndis

Report – The aged care sector has experienced the impacts of significant changes in recent years. These changes range from the ageing of the Australian population and the corresponding ageing of the workforce: Future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce

Better Chances Forum

Download the Better Chances Forum Program 2016 for information about the sessions and presenter Bios.

Podcasts

Click the playlist below to listen to the presenters from the Better Chances Forum.

Presentations

Mary J0 McVeigh
Founder and CEO of CARA House and CARACARE

Paul Vevers & Kym Langil
Paul Vevers, Deputy Secretary Southern Cluster of Districts and Housing Sate-wide Services, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Kym Langil, Director Planning Contracts & Development Northern NSW, Department of Family and Community Services

Penny Dakin
General Manager – Policy & Strategic Development, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)

Mauritia Cavanough and Miriam O’Grady

Maurita Cavanough, Director of the Jarjum Centre and Miriam O’Grady, YWCA NSW

Gregor Macfie

Director of the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People

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Contact

Alex Lewers – Transport Development Project Officer, Development and Innovation, Social Futures (Mon-Thurs) P: 02 6620 1881 M: 0417 832 286

Northern Rivers Housing Forum

About the Northern Rivers Housing Forum

The Northern Rivers Housing Forum has been established to highlight housing issues and needs, identify challenges, and determine innovative and sustainable approaches to address these issues across the region. This regional forum also allows for ongoing discussion and dissemination of relevant information amongst key stakeholders, provides opportunity for partnerships and collaboration as well as research and policy development. The forum has representation from across the Northern Rivers region encompassing the interests of business, government, non-government and the broader community Membership is open to any entity or individual who supports the purpose of the Forum.  A core group (The Executive) meets every six weeks to drive the work of the Forum.  Forum events are held annually and updates provided regularly, which provide an opportunity for people to network with others who are involved in housing and homelessness, as well as learn more about and inform what is happening to improve the housing system in the region. The Social Futures has agreed to act as the contact point for the Northern Rivers Housing Forum. If you would like to join the Northern Rivers Housing Forum distribution list to receive important updates and emails about Northern Rivers housing issues please contact us. For more in-depth information, statistics, housing facts and resources, visit the Northern Rivers Housing Forum Website Northern Rivers Housing Forum

Presentation Homelessness Forum 2016

Presentation Homelessness Forum 2016

The Homelessness Forum 2016, being held on Thursday 21 July 9.30 – 3.30pm at Lennox Head, will be taking stock of Regional, State and Presented by the Northern Rivers Housing Forum with MC Tracy Howe, CEO of NCOSS, the program includes:

  • Key note address: Responses that work to address homelessness – Assoc Prof David MacKenzie (Swinburne University)
  • Measuring homelessness: Making the most of the ABS Census in the Northern Rivers – Gemma Luckett, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Q & A panel – Sharing knowledge on local responses – Panel members from key North Coast Agencies
  • Stories from the frontline – Speakers share their lived experience of homelessness

To register

Be Quick! Bookings close July 11 or until sold out. To register, click here:  https://www.trybooking.com/LTTD Thanks to: Northern-Rivers-Housing-Forum-Logo-153x55  FaCs logoNRSDC      NCCH-logo-small

Program resources

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Going Places

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Regional Social Plan Implementation Group
To download the Regional Social Plan and for more information, visit the website: www.regionalsocialplan.org.au For information please contact [email protected]
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