We are on the lookout for energetic people to teach, encourage and inspire our members.
If you have skills and interests in fields like: Engineering, Robotics, Coding, Electronics, Science, Technology or Maths – the Lismore Clubhouse wants to hear from you!
Up to ten supported volunteer mentor positions are available where you can gain great experience teaching and working with young people. Volunteer times are also recognised by Centrelink.
About The Clubhouse
Part of an International Network of almost 100 Clubhouses in 19 countries worldwide, our Lismore based Clubhouse is the ONLY Clubhouse in regional Australia and one of only four in the country.
The Clubhouse delivers a free safe and creative after school space for young people, where mentors work to help them to explore their own ideas, develop skills, and build confidence through the use of technology.
Our Clubhouse encourages young people to think more positively and ambitiously about their futures. It has a positive impact upon attitudes to school, furthering education, and studying STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Music).
We want our young people to reach their potential – can you help us?
You can commit to as little as 3 hours a week for six months as a Clubhouse Mentor (or by arrangement).
Benefits of Mentoring
The opportunity to explore your interests in a cutting edge environment
The opportunity to help young people build skills and confidence
Experience teaching and working with young people
Orientation to the Computer Clubhouse
Training as needed while mentoring
Contact us today!
If you are 19 years or older contact our Clubhouse Coordinator today on 0428 599 157 to discuss how you can help to inspire our next generation.
For Ability Links participants Mike Smith and Mathew Daymond, dreams came true on the first weekend in November when they were able to attend the prestigious Artstate 2018 Bathurst with the support of Ability Links Far North Coast (FNC).
The two men are artists with Lismore-based arts company RealArtWorks.Inc. Mike is a musician and songwriter who has been blind since birth, while Mathew is a visual artist and lives with schizophrenia. Both also have an intellectual disability, and both are passionate advocates for their community.
Artstate is a four-year project by Regional Arts NSW to shine a light on excellence in regional arts across the State. The Bathurst event was attended by arts practitioners, government bodies and people engaged in the creative industries across Australia, and showcased the best creative works that regional NSW has to offer.
Over the past two years Mike and Mat have co-led creative initiatives that were a direct response to the March 2017 floods that devastated Lismore. Working with RealArtWorks.Inc, Lismore City Council and Ability Links, the artists were part of ARCH (Arts Recovery Community Hub), facilitating free creative workshops for the community.
They helped develop ‘The Art of Doing Business’ in Lismore, a Creative Lismore and Lismore City Council initiative to reactivate flood-affected CBD shop spaces. Both were also key driving forces behind ‘The Overtopping Performance’, a series of community narratives about recovery and resilience that engaged over 100 local creatives and many more Ability Links participants.
Using their individual National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding packages, the artists have been able to develop their practice and be supported to travel and present their work outside their home on the Far North Coast.
Their presentation, ‘Creating Community Post-Disaster’, was flagged by Accessible Arts NSW as one of its three top picks for Artstate 2018. Mike and Mat were also the only artists with intellectual disability chosen to present at this year’s conference.
Mike on the left and Mathew (wearing glasses) on the right
Using an innovative technique of spoken word and braille, the men co-led sessions and presented the attendees with a poem (see below) that captured the discussions that happened in the room and that were particularly focused on the drought.
“It’s important for people to see and hear people with disability,” Mike says. “Many people still think people with disability can’t do things and they need to be helped to be better.
“But we can show you how we can help YOU build a better world, to be better people and to work together. Telling people’s stories through my music is a way we can understand each other and learn to be a better community of people.”
Both artists used the Artstate opportunity to meet and connect with other creatives and are currently working on a project that will be based in the NSW Central Tablelands, working with drought-affected farmers to tell their stories about community resilience.
Ability Links FNC is happy to support these men who are leading from the front, creating true social change through their practice.
The latest Rental Affordability Index (RAI), released on Thursday, found while rental prices have improved marginally in some cities, these gains have not flowed through to low-income households struggling to make ends meet.
Ellen Witte from SGS Economics and Planning – which prepared the RAI along with National Shelter, Community Sector Banking, and the Brotherhood of St Laurence – said she was particularly worried about single parents with children.
“There are 110,000 single-parent, low-income households out there living in rental stress and 82 per cent of those households are single mothers,” Witte said.
“The majority earn $41,600 per annum or less. In Sydney they would be paying about 70 per cent of income on rent, which is clearly unsustainable.”
Single mother Melissa Jones has lived in a Horizon Housing NRAS property on the Gold Coast for the past four years raising three children aged four, seven and 15.
She said she fled Hobart to escape a violent ex-partner and relies on the disability pension to get by.
Jones told Pro Bono News she feared the loss of NRAS subsidies would force her family onto the streets.
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