Outreach Worker – Connecting Home – Tweed Heads

  • Based at Tweed Head, NSW
  • Part Time – 60 hours (8 days) per fortnight
  • SCHCADS – Level 4

If you are committed to supporting vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and want to work within an innovative, supportive, warm team environment – this is the role for you.

Our service provides an emphasis on quality, person-centred outcomes in a fast paced environment.

Social Futures is an equal opportunity employer, accredited by White Ribbon Australia. Social Futures priorities child safety. Current Working With Children and National Police Check clearances are a condition of employment.

People with personal lived experience of mental illness and recovery are strongly encouraged to apply. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are also encouraged to apply.

Position description: 20171214PDOutreach Worker_Connecting Home

Application Link: http://jobboards.adlogic.com.au/socialfutures/job-details/query/7210513

Applications close: 5pm Monday 8th January, 2018.

For further information: please contact Karen Ford 0407 396 459

Minister Presents Premier’s Award to Social Futures Ability Links NSW Program

Northern Rivers based Social Futures has received a Premier’s Award for improving government services with a special presentation made by NSW Minister for Disability Services, The Hon. Ray Williams.

Social Futures delivers the Ability Links program across Northern NSW and is the lead agency for the North West Alliance which delivers Ability Links across 87% of regional NSW.

North West Alliance Program Manager Valerie Thompson was on hand to receive the award and said it was recognition of all the wonderful work the Linkers do in our communities.

“Ability Links NSW is a fantastic program that supports people with disabilities to better access our communities and to tap into services that they otherwise might not have benefited from.”

“Ability Links fills in many of the gaps in regional communities, particularly around supporting people to connect to community and feel like they belong. The program also leads the way in supporting our communities to become more inclusive, which in the long term benefits us all.”

“Independent evaluation has shown that Ability Links NSW makes a significant contribution to our communities socially and economically, with a $3 return to communities for every $1 spent. It really is a win-win program.”

To date, Ability Links providers across New South Wales have supported more than 100,000 participants with the program model labelled “a winner” by Urbis Director of Economic and Social Advisory Alison Wallace, who was responsible for the three-year evaluation of the Ability Links NSW program.

“In 25 years of evaluating government initiatives, I have rarely come across a program that has achieved so much in such a short space of time.”

“People with disability, their families and carers highly value Ability Links and told us countless stories of the positive impact it has had. The evaluation clearly shows that people’s lives really are being changed,” she said.

 

Win a ticket, Save a life: Youth Suicide Prevention Theatre production

Byron Youth Theatre’s production about youth suicide prevention, Gone Tomorrow,  highlights the importance of watching out for such signs in our family and friends and assisting them to get the help and support they may need. StandBy Support Service has been involved in script development assistance and Rose Hogan will be talking after one of the upcoming performances.

BYT is offering ONE FREE TICKET TO EACH PERFORMANCE to the first people who contact Lisa by email : byronyouththeatre2481@gmail.com, subject: Win a ticket, Save a life.
Performances will be held at The Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby, on Saturday 9 December at 2pm and 6pm and Sunday 10 December 6pm.
Guest speakers Rose Hogan from StandBy support after suicide service (Saturday 2pm), Michelle Walter, trauma counsellor (Saturday 6pm) and local psychologist Peter Chown (Sunday 6pm) will give a brief talk and Q&A after each performance.  Information about local services will be available.
All parents with teenage children aged 15+ are encouraged to attend as well as community members, as youth suicide prevention is a key concern for all. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, but for many it’s the most difficult time of the year. Those experiencing mental illness can often find this time of year harder to bear.

BYT is grateful to Northern Rivers Community Foundation for funding this project as well as a Cunning Stunts donation.  The production has been supported by Byron Youth Service, headspace, StandBy support after suicide, WayAhead, Mental Health Association of NSW and local school counsellors.
For more information checkout the Facebook Event page 

New Commuter Bus Trial Connecting Lismore and Coast

Commuters to Lismore from Ballina, Lennox Head and Byron Bay are able to sit back and relax on their journey to work thanks to a new commuter bus trial that has started. The new service, which will be delivered by Blanch’s Bus Company, will run on a six-month trial.

Social Futures’ Transport Development Officer Alex Lewers said the trial was put forward by the Lismore Sustainable Transport Group and championed by Lismore MP Thomas George.

“This is a great win for commuters.”

“This will be a cheap and direct service taking in the major employers and education institutions at a time that will be convenient for commuting.”

The service will depart from Byron Bay and pick up at Lennox Head (Beachfront Bus Zone) at 7:40 and Ballina (Tamar Street) at 8am and arrive at the Lismore Transit Centre at 8:40am stopping at Lismore Base Hospital and Southern Cross University along the way. The return trip will depart Lismore Transit Centre at 5:15pm and follow the same route.

“The commuter bus will cost $6.60 for a single adult fare outside of Lismore with usual concessions applying. Regular commuters can also purchase an unlimited travel, daily pass for $12.00 or a weekly unlimited travel Freedom Pass for $36.00.”

“For five-day-a-week commuters the weekly pass equates to $3.60 per trip, that’s much cheaper than using the car for the same trip. What’s more, you can read a book, answer emails, catch up on Facebook and while you’re doing it save mileage on your car.”

“In addition to the commuter service, a new direct route from Lismore to Byron Bay and return will be available just in time for the summer holidays. This service will depart the Lismore Transit Centre at 8:40am every week day and return at 3:55pm.”

For more information and to view the timetable visit www.goingplaces.org.au/new-commuter-bus-service-lismore/ or contact Blanch’s Bus Company on (02) 6686 2144.

You’re Invited! White Ribbon Event and Dirty Laundry Day Project Kit Launch

Social Futures is holding a Dirty Laundry Day Project afternoon tea with the official Kit Launch and Exhibition, 3-5pm on Thursday 23 November at Social Futures’ Molesworth Street office in Lismore.

The afternoon tea will be provided, with the opportunity for men in our community to share a message about gender based violence as part of Social Futures White Ribbon campaign.

See the invite for details: Dirty Laundry Invitation POSTER II (1)

Please come along and join us on Thursday 23 November at 3pm!

 

Ability Links NSW Wins 2017 Premier’s Award for Improving Government Services

Ability Links NSW has been awarded a 2017 Premier’s Award for improving government services at a special ceremony in Sydney earlier this month.

Social Futures Executive Manager Katrina Luckie said the award recognised those who have worked on programs, initiatives, innovations or improvements that contribute to improving customer satisfaction with government services.

“This is an acknowledgment of Ability Links NSW staff’s commitment to providing great support for people with a disability in the community.

“Ability Links NSW is a truly unique program and our Linkers go above and beyond to support people with a disability reach their goals and dreams.”

“Every day our Linkers support people in the community to access services and make community connections as a part of reaching their goals. This all contributes to building better relationships with government services.”

Ability Links NSW is delivered by the North West Alliance across the 87% of regional NSW with Social Futures the lead agent for the Alliance and program provider across the Far North Coast.

To date, Ability Links NSW has supported more than 80,000 participants across NSW.

“The program model is a winner” according to Urbis Director of Economic and Social Advisory Alison Wallace, who was responsible for the three-year evaluation of the Ability Links NSW program.

“In 25 years of evaluating government initiatives, I have rarely come across a program that has achieved so much in such a short space of time.”

“People with disability, their families and carers highly value Ability Links and told us countless stories of the positive impact it has had. The evaluation clearly shows that people’s lives really are being changed,” she said.

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