Upcoming Training: Prosocial Modelling & Collaborative Family Work

Social Futures is planning a professional development workshop on Prosocial Modelling and Collaborative Family Problem Solving: Effective practice with involuntary clients, 31 July-2 August in Grafton.

Pro-social modelling is an approach to the supervision/case management of involuntary clients, which has been shown in numerous research studies to be related to improved outcomes for  clients. In particular, reductions in re-offending by as much as 50 percent have been seen among  offenders supervised using pro-social modeling principles.

Details coming soon!

LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence Training

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Interagency will be delivering a full day training in Lismore to increase the capacity of local services to address the needs of LGBTIQ people, including sistergirls and brotherboys, regarding their experiences of domestic and family violence. It’s on Thursday September 14 at Lismore Community Legal Centre.

At the LGBTIQ DFV Interagency meeting at Tweed Heads in August 2016, a key recommendation was to conduct a training day to assist local services to better meets the needs of their LGBTIQ clients

All workers who want to increase their confidence and competence in servicing their LGBTIQ clients in accessing domestic and family violence services and support are encouraged to attend this innovative training.

Register at: trybooking.com/PKYH

Training Details:
Venue: Lismore Community Legal Centre, 16 Carrington Street
Date: Thursday September 14, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Cost:  $80 (professionals)
$30 (students)

Lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. See the flyer: Colouring Your Service_Diversity Access and DFV_A4_
If you would like more information about the training or if you’d like to register please contact Edda Lampis at [email protected]



2017 NSW Grandparents Day Event Grants Open

This year NSW Grandparents Day will be held on Sunday 29 October 2017. To help you celebrate Department of Family and Community Services NSW has $200,000 in grant funding available.

The funding is for community organisations and groups, schools, childcare centres, and local government to host activities for grandparents and other older people to enjoy with their families and communities.

Applications open Monday 5 June at 9am and close Friday 14 July 2017 at 5pm.

Find out more

2018 Evergreen Program: ATO Careers for Indigenous Australians

The Australian Taxation Office is currently looking for Indigenous Australians to start an exciting career within the organisation as a part of its Evergreen Program. Applications are open until 13 July 2017, with a commencement date of early 2018.

The Program is open only to Indigenous Australians. It is a development program that will build your skills and knowledge through structured training and development. The program will challenge you through a variety of work placements where you will deal with clients, analyse taxpayer needs, assess the integrity of taxpayer accounts and perform administrative duties.

Successful applicants will be employed at the APS2 level with a starting salary of over $50,000. Participants who successfully complete the 18 month program (including a 12 month probation period) will be offered permanent employment and may be advanced to the next classification level (APS3) with a pay increase.

2018 ATO Evergreen Program Flyer

For details visit the Evergreen program website.

Accessible Seating for Lismore Lantern Parade

Lismore City Council is calling on people with mobility issues to book their spot in the Accessible Seating Area for the Lismore Lantern Parade finale on Saturday, 24 June.

The Lantern Parade finale at Oakes Oval is the culmination of the annual parade, and includes pyrotechnics, lanterns, entertainment and fireworks. There are also a variety of food vans on site called the Winter Warmers, who sell hot meals to raise money for local charities.

Council’s Accessible Seating Area at Oakes Oval includes front row seating for the finale and blankets and heaters to keep people warm. An accessible toilet is close by and access to the area is via the Dawson Street entrance, where a drop-off area will be clearly marked.

Interested people are required to purchase a ‘general admission’ ticket for the finale and book a spot in the Accessible Seating Area with Council. These people are invited to bring a carer/support person, free of charge, who will be seated next to them.

Other family or friends need to hold a paid general admission ticket and will be seated in the grandstand behind the Accessible Seating Area.

Ticket s can be booked online at www.lanternparade.com.


Go4Fun Healthy Lifestyle Program

Go4Fun programs are being run in Tweed Heads and Goonellabah for next term, starting after the July school holidays. Go4Fun is a FREE healthy lifestyle program for children who are aged between 6.5 -13 and are above their ideal weight.

The program delivers sustained improvements in families’ eating habits, activity levels, self-esteem and overall health, while being lots of FUN too! Go4Fun has an emphasis on practical, fun learning. Kids play games and make new friends. We focus on healthy lifestyle and positive self-esteem. Go4Fun runs once a week for 10 weeks.

In Term 3 2017 programs will be run in Goonellabah and Tweed Heads, one afternoon per week, from 4-6pm, starting after the July school holidays.

Families can self-enrol by calling 02 6620 7502, 1800 780 900, or via the Go4Fun website at www.go4fun.com.au.


Lismore NAIDOC celebrations

Don’t forget to head along to the Lismore NAIDOC celebrations – the Lismore Council’s annual event being held at the Showgrounds on Thursday 29 June.

Social Futures will be providing assistance for the Elders space (as we have done for several years now), plus we’ll have a stall promoting our programs and running activities for young people including making kites, clay and bubbles.

The NAIDOC theme this year is “Our Languages Matter” and people of all ages are invited to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at the annual NAIDOC Celebration Day in a day of learning, sharing, fun and friendship.
The NAIDOC Celebration Day runs from 10am to 2.30pm with a whole bunch of activities throughout the day.

See the Council’s Facebook page for full details.

Heartfelt House Open Day

Heartfelt House (HFH) is holding its Open Day on Saturday 24 June from 10am to 12noon at 301 Lismore Road, Wollongbar. Everyone is welcome to come along and meet the Board and staff, learn about its program and seminars and enjoy morning tea in the beautiful gardens.

Special info sessions will be given by HFH’s CEO Kate at 10.30am and 11.30am.

Heartfelt House Incorporated is a not for profit organisation supporting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their families and friends.

Click to see the invite: HFH Open Day Saturday 24 June 2017

Invitation: NSW Women’s Strategy workshop in Lismore

Minister for Women Tanya Davies invites interested people to attend the Lismore consultation workshop to develop the NSW Women’s Strategy, on Wednesday, 28 June at Southern Cross University.

The Strategy seeks to improve the status of women by establishing a framework to improve the economic, social and physical wellbeing of women in NSW.

The workshop is an opportunity for interested members of the community, representatives from government and non-government organisations, and local businesses, to contribute ideas and expertise to a whole-of-government, whole-of-community approach that will focus on practical solutions.

Workshop details:

Date: Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Time: 11.00am – 2.00pm (light refreshments will be provided)
Venue: Zest Function Centre, Southern Cross University, 1 Military Road, East Lismore
RSVP: Please click the link below to RSVP by COB Monday, 26 June.


For more information or if you have any questions please contact Gemma Worboys on 02 9248 0839 or [email protected].


Expression of Interest: Counsellor Employment Opportunities

Rekindling The Spirit is now accepting resumes and cover letters as an expression of interest for the following temporary positions working in the Lismore LGA: 1 Female Counsellor and 1 Male Counsellor – Full time for 6 months.

There is the opportunity of longer term employment for the right person.

Responsibilities include:

  • Facilitating Therapeutic groups
  • Providing one on one counselling
  • Conducting evidence based assessments
  • Data input
  • Liaising with other services
  • Assisting with group and individual transport.

See the job description for more details: 15.06.17 F&M Counsellors



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