Introduction to Supported Decision Making – free one day workshop – Tweed Heads

Introduction to Supported Decision Making – free one day workshop – Tweed Heads

In coordination with Social Futures, the NSW Public Guardian is offering free tailored workshops in northern NSW for disability services staff to promote the decision making rights of people with disability.

This training will:

  • Be suitable for Team Leaders, Ability Linkers, Local Area Coordinators and Key Workers
  • Cover building the ability of people with disability to make their own decisions
  • Be considered in the context of the NDIS
  • Focus on effective steps and strategies for providing support for decision making
  • Discuss dilemmas and tensions, as well as strategies to address these
  • Be run over one full day
  • Offer additional train-the-trainer component for those wanting to take this approach further within their organisation

To register for this event you will need to print and fill out the attached registration form and email it to To discuss you participation, you can also call Social Futures Training Program Coordinator on 0439 137 207.

Trainer Profile: Carolyn Smith works for the NSW Public Guardian in the Information and Support Team. She has worked in the disability sector for 20 years, has a background in education and is a strong advocate for upholding the rights of people with disabilities. Carolyn has been working on the supported decision making project for 2 years and has trained hundreds of sector staff on the supported decision making framework.

The venue for this event in Tweed Heads is yet to be confirmed. We will advise participants as soon as this information is available.

Free Information Session – Improving Skills in Recognising and Responding to the Abuse of Older People (2 hours)

Did you know it is estimated that only 1 in 5 cases of elder abuse are reported?

Who is this training for? Anyone working or studying to work in the human and community services sector including: community and personal care workers; allied health workers; nurses; social housing workers; emergency services workers; family violence workers; case managers; assessment officers; volunteers; and managers.

What will this workshop do? In this session participants will:

  • Explore the societal context of elder abuse and the rights of older people
  • Identify elder abuse types and signs
  • Examine the complexity of elder abuse and barriers to recognising and reporting
  • Understand duty of care and appropriate action to take when elder abuse is disclosed, witnessed or suspected
  • Learn how to respond to reports of alleged abuse
  • Find out where to go for advice and assistance

Who is facilitating this event? Lisa Cook, Social Futures Ageing and Disability Officer

To Register: Please select the number of places you wish to reserve in the RSVP section below and complete the registration form. You will need to provide your name, post code, email address and contact number. Social Futures will be in touch to confirm your participation. To discuss you participation, you can call Social Futures Training Program Coordinator on 0439 137 207.

BIG ART MONTAGE: Art, Photoshop & Film  Production Workshop for 14-16 year olds

BIG ART MONTAGE: Art, Photoshop & Film Production Workshop for 14-16 year olds

WHAT?The Clubhouse BIG ART MONTAGE Holiday Program Flyer

FOR 14-16 year olds
Learn key Photoshop and film editing techniques in the production of a short stop-motion film while creating a large collaborative art montage on public display in the Lismore Quadrangle.


23-25 January 2018
9.00am – 5.00pm each day


The Youth Connections Clubhouse, Ground Floor Northern Rivers Conservatorium: 152 Keen Street, Lismore.

Twelve places only, bookings essential

Cost / $225 per participant

Enrolments close 15 January 2018
Enquiries Dusty 0428 599 157

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:

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

For further information: please contact Karen Ford 0407 396 459

Behaviour Intervention Training (2 Days) – Changing Habits and Reaching Targets (CHART)

Target Audience: CHART is based on the guiding principle that reducing a young person’s offending behaviour is the prime focus of youth justice intervention. It is designed to support consistent and improved interventions to reduce the risk of reoffending and as such, CHART training specficially targets anyone who works directly with young people at risk of long-term involvement in the criminial justice system.

About the course and CHART program: Through this course participants will be trained to use the CHART program in their everyday work.

CHART is an offending-behaviour change program designed to work with the needs of offending youth justice clients. The program is designed to help young people to:

  • understand the values and beliefs that underpin their offending behaviour
  • re-examine their motivation
  • re-evaluate the potential consequences of their actions
  • develop problem solving and consequential thinking skills
  • develop skills to find new directions.

CHART is not just a program but is also a way of working. The program is evidence-based and informed by research on effective correctional programming. Research suggests that offending-focused programs work best when they involve action, participation, skills training and discussion linked to these activities and CHART includes all of these elements in every session.

CHART has five aims:

  • to provide an evidence-based practical resource for working one-to-one with young people
  • to provide a program that is directly relevant to key criminogenic needs and is designed for sequential, structured, offending-focused, one-to-one work
  • to use a problem-solving framework of assessment, objective setting, action (learning and practice) and evaluation as the key change process.
  • to provide a user-friendly program that recognises young people’s rights and responsibilities, and which can be used in an anti-discriminatory way.
  • to be a portable resource for use with young people when in the community and in custody.

Facilitator: Liz Yazbek, Social Futures Team Leader – Youth on Track and Michelle Larkin, Youth on Track Youth and Family worker

Liz Yazbek is Social Futures’ Team Leader for the Youth on Track Program in Grafton. Liz has 25 years’ experience working in the youth and family sector including as a case worker with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) and more recently as a child and family case worker and family dispute resolution worker with Youth on Track. She is a trained trainer in CHART and holds a Graduate Diploma in adult education. Social Futures’ Michelle Larkin will co-facilitate the workshop. Michelle is also a youth and family worker with Social Futures’ Youth on Track in Grafton, a former FACS staff member and a specialist expertise in indigenous case work.

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. No more registrations will be taken.

If you are interested in attending a future workshop on this subject, please contact Social Futures Training Coordinator on

Red Cross Campaign to Fight Loneliness this Christmas

Australian Red Cross is launching the ‘Season of Belonging’ campaign, calling on Australians to reach out to each other to prevent loneliness this festive season.
A new survey has found one in four of us, or 5.6m people, are lonely almost all of the time or on a regular basis.

Australian Red Cross CEO, Judy Slatyer said, “We’re launching the Season of Belonging because we believe nobody should be alone and isolated this Christmas.”
“Loneliness doesn’t have to be a constant part of so many lives – all it takes is one person to reach out and brighten up a person’s life with one of our easy steps,” she added.

  • Meet your neighbours
  • Volunteer
  • Say hello to someone new in your neighbourhood
  • Check on someone who may be in trouble
  • Be kind on social media

“During the festive season and every day, we support thousands of people who are lonely and socially isolated, through programs such as regular phone calls, driving patients to hospital and visiting people in their homes.

“Even a simple phone call or an invitation to Christmas dinner can make the world of difference to someone who is isolated,” she concluded

Be part of the Season of Belonging or make a donation at or by phoning 1800 733 276 (RED CROSS).


Webinar: How to effectively advocate on behalf of your cause

A free 60-minute session on 13 December at 2pm will provide an in-depth exploration of your rights when advocating on behalf of your cause.

Pro Bono Australia, in collaboration with the Human Rights Law Centre, is launching a new report, Civil Voices, which researched the state of not-for-profit advocacy. Based on the findings of Civil Voices, this webinar will provide unique insights into how to overcome the real and perceived fears not-for-profit organisations face when advocating. 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
2:00pm – 3:00pm (AEDT)

Can’t make the date?
Register and receive the post webinar pack, including video recordings

Attend for free!

Online event
Access details are sent via email after registration

Sign-up now

Nortec Tweed Christmas Market Day

The Nortec Christmas Elves have been busy preparing their last Market Day for 2017, with a free community event to be held in Tweed on Thursday 14 December 2017, 11.00am–1.00pm.

What better way to celebrate than having a Christmas Market Day! The day will include a Free Sausage Sizzle, Food Hampers, Gifts for the Kids and pre-loved clothing.

See the flyer for full details: Nortec Tweed Christmas Market Day Flyer


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Scholarships

University of Sydney’s Poche Centre For Indigenous Health is offering scholarship courses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across NSW in 2018.

The courses offered are:

  • Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • Certificate IV in Oral Health Promotion
  • Certificate IV in Radiography
  • Certificate III in Health Service Assistance
  • Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
  • Cert IV Mental Health, specializing in AOD*

*(ONLY available for residents in Nepean Blue Mountains area)

These scholarships are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across NSW and they provide:

  • Course Fees
  • Laptop and Study Materials
  • Meals
  • Travel and Accommodation

These courses will run in Sydney in block mode with compulsory work placement requirements between each block of study. Please note that you are required to have full vaccinations (or at least started the process before applying).  To apply, contact Poche Centre For Indigenous Health  on 02 9114 1117 or email:

Life After Sexual Abuse: Expert Presentation

CASPA is presenting a keynote presentation by John Saunders, author and survivor of childhood sexual abuse, followed by a Q&A session with experts and clinicians available to answer audience questions., in Lismore on Tuesday 12 December 2017.

It is a unique opportunity for health sector professionals and members of the community to engage in a conversation about stigma, trauma and how we can better meet the needs of survivors in our communities. 

Below is the link to the booking page with further info:   

Date & Time

  • Tuesday 12 December 2017
  • 5.30pm – 8.30pm AEDT


  • Star Court Theatre
  • 126 Molesworth Street
  • Lismore NSW 2480


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