A week of connections on the First Floods Anniversary

Written byChristine Tondorf
Published on06 Mar, 2023

Social Futures was proud to take part in the ‘Well-Being Hub’ at the Lismore Quad to support Northern Rivers people on the first anniversary of the historic floods on February 28.

The Hub, which ran until 4 March, hosted service providers, support services, activities and events. A range of healing and reflection activities were held.

Social Futures Homelessness and Housing Manager Cathy Serventy said staff from a number of Social Futures programs were at the hub, including workers from Connecting Home, Recovery Connect, Reconnect, Mijung Jarjums – Kids in Mind, Family Connect and Support and headspace.

“We did heart yarning – it’s a craft creating a small heart, but also gives people the chance to meet and talk in a relaxed, safe and supported space,” Ms Serventy said.

“We met a great many people and also made contact with people searching for the right support a year after being flood impacted. One year on, we are meeting people who have been going it alone for 12 months, but now feel that they have exhausted their resources, are very tired and would like some help.

“At our stall, we were able to let people know what programs are out there and how Social Futures can be of service. I speak on behalf of the team there when I say, it is always an honour to hear people’s stories and connect with community.”

Ms Serventy said it was also wonderful to see so many other service providers during the week. The Red Cross, Interrelate, Safe Haven, the Men and Family Centre, GROW, Lifeline, the Salvation Army, the Buttery, and NSW Health were also represented at the Hub.

Lismore City Mayor, Steve Krieg said the Hub provided a space for people to reflect on the year that was with support from professional services.

“Making sure we have as much support for the community as possible during this time is essential,” he said.

Mr Krieg said the Well-Being Hub was a critical part of the Opening Our Heart commemorations.