Free Employer Training to Make the Workplace More Inclusive

With one in five Australian adults experiencing mental health concerns every year, chances are one of your staff could be affected at some point. A free one-day workshop designed especially for managers and human resources staff will be held at South Grafton Ex Servicemens Club, 9.30am – 4.30pm on 23 March 2018.

The workshop will provide information and practical tools to maximise employee performance, strengthen workplace relationships and improve the wellbeing of your team.

The workshop is open to any employer wishing to make their workplace more inclusive and productive.

Employers can learn to support and manage staff affected by mental health challenges, leading to better outcomes for the workplace and the employee.

Research from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that employees recovering from mental health conditions:

  • are reliable and loyal,
  • take fewer sick days, and
  • improve the morale of everyone in their workplace.

See the flyer for full details.

Social Futures has engaged OnQ Human Resources to provide training for the Workplace Inclusion Network (WIN) Project.

The WIN Project is funded by NSW Health through the Mental Health Innovation Fund, which provides initiatives that improve mental health delivery and service outcomes in NSW.

Bookings essential: RSVP by 22 March. Contact Glenn Bailey M: 0418 832 495 E: [email protected]


Survival Skills Program for Young People who are Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness

Connecting Home’s Survival Skills program is a seven-week program for young people (16-24) who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It’s an awesome way for young people to connect with each other while developing independent living skills and cooking a healthy easy meal each week.

Week 1 starts on Tuesday 13 March, 3-6pm @ Lismore Workers Sports Club in Goonellabah.

See the poster for full details.

If you are working with any young people who might be interested, please get in touch with Neti or Brett on 0408 274 495.

Youth Response Case Manager – Grafton

  • Re-advertised – Grafton based position
  • Position available in Connecting Home Youth team
  • Part Time – 3 days per week

Social Futures works to achieve social justice for regional Australians by supporting individuals, families and communities to take control and live well. We work to create positive change in people’s lives and connected, resilient communities.

Social Futures is looking for a vibrant and energetic team member to join the dedicated and passionate Connecting Home Youth Team. The new enthusiastic Case Manager will deliver responsive services to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Grafton Region.

There is currently one position available (re-advertised) in Grafton, 3 days per week.

Social Futures is an equal opportunity employer, accredited by White Ribbon Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are encouraged to apply. Social Futures priorities child safety. Current Working With Children and National Police Check clearances are a condition of employment.

Applications close: 9am Monday 26th March, 2018

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For further information, please contact Niki Gill – Manager Connecting Home Youth – 0409 748 522






Surf for Mental Health Awareness on Fluro Friday!

Join headspace Tweed Heads on 2 March 6.30am (NSW time) at Kingscliff Beach for Fluro Friday! Everyone is welcome to wear fluro and take to the water to raise awareness and break the stigma against mental health. Breakfast is supplied so come and get some!

The day is being held in association with the Australian Longboard Surfing Open and Waves of Wellness.

The Australian Longboard Surfing Open is donating proceeds from the week-long event to headspace Tweed Heads for the second year running. Check out the full program here:

See the poster for details.

We’ll also be there on Sunday with the headspace stall so come and say hi and have a chat with us about mental health and young people!


Car Free Feb Day Of Action

Tuesday 27 February is the main day of action for Car Free Feb, where people are invited to take up the challenge and go car free for a day!

As part of the day, there will be a number of bus companies operating free services and we have a number of great prizes to give away including a $500 Flight Centre voucher.

To enter the competition, post a selfie going ‘car free’ to the Social Futures Facebook page or upload it at by midnight 28 February 2018.

To find out which bus service is best for you visit or  


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
Local Community Services Association
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

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.

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