Network Development Program

Connecting kids, families and community

What does the Network Development Project do?

The Network Development Project helps to improve the lives of children living with a disability by helping to build capacity, foster creativity, engage   social inclusion for families with children who are living with a disability.

We can help children to:

  • Build upon their abilities and interests
  • Make new connections and fully engage with their community
  • Link themselves and their families with people, services or activities to relieve isolation and stress.

The Project aims to:

  • Build the self-advocacy skills and capacity of children with disability and their parents, enabling them to identify and access a range of formal and informal supports
  • Create opportunities for families to access these support networks; linking people to existing organisations, services or groups which will support their needs.
  • Design and deliver a series of capacity building events, in collaboration with partner programs
  • Increase the resilience of families and children with disability; reducing stress and isolation experienced by children and families.
  • Build community awareness and capacity to allow for inclusion of people of all abilities in community spaces, places and activities.

Who can apply for assistance?

This service is accessible to all families living in Ballina, Lismore, Casino or Kyogle who have a child aged 0-15 years with any kind of disability. A formal diagnosis is not required.

What if my child is over 15 years old?

Teenagers and people over the age of 15 years can access similar support through the Ability Links Program. Click here for more information.

The Network Development Project supports children with a disability aged 0-15 and their families to build social networks in their communities.


Abby Nguyen is the Network Development Project Officer.
0419 661 306

About the Network Development Project

Social Futures Network Development Project is funded by NSW Family and Community Services Ageing Disability and Homecare. NSW government

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