National Families Week: help at hand when things get tough

This the North Coast Family Referral Service (FRS) is setting up a stall at shopping centres with free giveaways and information.

It’s National Families Week, an opportunity to reflect on the role families play in our communities and a great time to talk about the help and support that’s available when things aren’t going as well as we’d like.

“Life throws up lots of challenges and parenting isn’t easy” says Patrick Deegan, Manager of the Family Referral Service at Social Futures. “Sometimes parents don’t know where to go to get help, or even that help is available. We help families navigate the range of support services out there.”

FRS is a free, confidential service that links families to services and community resources to ensure that children and young people stay safe and well.

“At times parents are struggling, we’re here to help with all sorts of issues; and provide practical assistance. Like sorting out Centrelink payments, school fees and enrolments, or finding appropriate accommodation,” says Patrick.

Roadshow locations and times

  • Tuesday 15 May: Goonellabah Shopping Centre,outside Coles from11am – 2pm
  • Wednesday 16 May: Grafton Shopping World, outside Coles from11am – 2pm
  • Friday 18 May: Casino Shopping Centre, outside Coles from 11am – 2pm
  • Saturday 19 May: Murwillumbah Kinship Festival, Knox Park, Murwillumbah

Come and have a chat, call us on 1800 338 77 or email [email protected]

The North Coast Family Referral Service is managed by Social Futures as part of a statewide initiative funded by NSW Health.

Social Futures receives additional funding for homeless young people in the Northern Rivers

TODAY (28 March 2018) NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, the Hon. Pru Goward announced $1.15million for the Northern Youth Project over the next three years, which will provide crisis and transitional housing support for young people aged 16-24 in the Northern Rivers.

“We’re delighted with this news” said Tony Davies, CEO of Social Futures “it’s recognition that our Connecting Home Youth program has worked hard to help stabilise the number of homeless young people in our region over the past five years, at a time when data from the 2016 Census shows it has increased by more than 90% in some parts of the state during the same period.”
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Local school students are encouraging their peers to take the issue of youth homelessness into their own hands this Youth Homelessness Matters Day.

A group of Trinity Catholic College students are using the national campaign day on 18 April to mobilise and encourage friends and classmates to undertake their own fundraising events and initiatives to raise funds and awareness for local young people who are homeless. The funds, to be donated to The Connecting Home Youth program, will be used for emergency accommodation costs, living skills programs, and basic needs including food, clothing, medical and personal care items…  read more

Social Futures is a National Disability Insurance Scheme Partner delivering NDIS Local Area Coordination services in regional New South Wales during the transition period January 2017-June 2018.

We will support people with disability and their families to plan for the NDIS in advance of the roll out, which starts in many parts of regional NSW in July 2017.

To contact your nearest NDIS Local Area Coordinator call 1800 522 679 (1800 LAC NSW)

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