Sector Development

Ageing and Disability

Strengthening our Community Services Sector

Social Futures provides a range of services to support the Community Services Sector. We provide training for carers of people living with dementia and education programs to help improve the delivery of aged care services within our region. We also produce the monthly Ageing and Disability Digest with a wealth of knowledge about the news, services, programs, grants and assistance available within the sector.

Dementia Care Education Project

People diagnosed with dementia are specified as a special needs group in the Commonwealth HACC Program’s population target group.  Under this program carers are also provided with services to assist them in their caring role.  The Dementia Care Education Service Education and Training develops and delivers, in consultation and collaboration with service providers, information and education sessions to carers of people with dementia who reside within the Northern Rivers to reduce early or unnecessary admission into residential care.

Ageing and Disability Sector Support Project

The Social Futures Ageing and Disability Sector Support Project works collaboratively with the community service sector to build a strong cohesive community care system. It aims to improve the capacity of the Aged and Disability Services Sector to deliver quality services that respond to client needs.

Ageing and Disability Sector Support provides support to build the capacity and competency of the Commonwealth Home Support Program’s funded service providers to deliver Basic Maintenance, Support and Care Services through relevant and effective education and training and individual service support. Those services are provided timely and relevant information, advice and guidance on sectoral management, service system reforms and, where relevant, broader social policy issues. Initiate and promote co-operative collaborations and partnerships that facilitate the ongoing development of organisations funded under the Commonwealth HACC Program to be more efficient, effective, integrated and outcomes-focussed.

Better Chances Forum

Better Chances Forum

The Better Chances Forum was held at Lennox Head Community and Cultural Centre on 15 September 2016. The forum focused on prevention and early intervention, and working together to support better chances for children and young people in the Northern Rivers. It was hosted by the Northern Rivers Social Change Collaboration (previously known as the Northern Rivers Regional Social Plan Implementation Group) and the Far North Coast Family Referral Service (FRS). 180 people attended including workers from community, health, education and government organisations across the Northern Rivers.

The Better Chances Forum Steering Group

The Better Chances Forum Steering Group is now developing a work plan to help shape our collective work on improving outcomes for children and young people in Northern Rivers.

If you would like to stay informed or get involved in this work please contact [email protected] or 0438 005 798.

Community Sector Ball and Awards

Community Sector Ball and Awards

The annual Community Sector Ball and Awards Night has become a signature event on the Northern Rivers calendar. The Community Sector Ball and Awards night supports a sector which is responsible for employing 17% of the region’s workforce and which plays a vital role in ensuring the well-being of our community and shaping its future.

Social Futures in partnership with other community organisations has facilitated the Ball for the past five years. The event has been a great success, with more than 300 people attending last year and 53 award nominations.

Our next Community Sector Ball will be held in 2017 – we’re already getting excited! And we’re starting to plan!  So if you are interested in sponsoring the 2017 Ball, please contact Amanda Shoebridge at [email protected]we’d love to hear from you, because we want THIS Ball to be bigger and better than ever!


2015 Sponors To become a sponsor in 2017 or for more information, please contact: Amanda Shoebridge Sector Ball and Award Event Co-ordinator Social Futures (Social Futures) PH: 0428 242675 Email: [email protected]

Program resources

Community Sector Ball and Awards


You can view all of the photos from the 2014 and 2015 Community Sector Ball and Awards nights on the Social Futures Flickr page: Just click here!

Ageing and Disability

LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care

Fact Sheet – Silver Rainbow FACT SHEET – LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care

Guide – As We Are: An Evidence Based Guide to Intersex and Inclusive Aged Care Services

Article – the unique issues facing our elders as they age:

Report – The experiences and attitudes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults, ages 45-75 (American)

Project – Seven songs for a long life – encouraging people to talk about end of life matters:

Website – LGBT Ageing Resources Clearinghouse (American):

Website – SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders) USA:

Website – Senior Pride Network (Canada):

Document – Inclusive Services for LGBT Older Adults (American: 2012):

Films – Programs for the elderly – LGBT Seniors Films:

AIHW Disability Report – AIHW develops, collects, analyses and reports information on a broad range of health and welfare issues in Australia including disability:

Website – Younger onset dementia and the NDIS. Younger onset dementia key workers are ideally placed to support people with younger onset dementia in the NDIS. The program has been interacting with the NDIS since it was first trialed in 2013.

Report – The aged care sector has experienced the impacts of significant changes in recent years. These changes range from the ageing of the Australian population and the corresponding ageing of the workforce: Future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce

Better Chances Forum

Download the Better Chances Forum Program 2016 for information about the sessions and presenter Bios.


Click the playlist below to listen to the presenters from the Better Chances Forum.


Mary J0 McVeigh
Founder and CEO of CARA House and CARACARE

Paul Vevers & Kym Langil
Paul Vevers, Deputy Secretary Southern Cluster of Districts and Housing Sate-wide Services, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Kym Langil, Director Planning Contracts & Development Northern NSW, Department of Family and Community Services

Penny Dakin
General Manager – Policy & Strategic Development, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)

Mauritia Cavanough and Miriam O’Grady

Maurita Cavanough, Director of the Jarjum Centre and Miriam O’Grady, YWCA NSW

Gregor Macfie

Director of the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People

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