Join Story Circle authors for book launch of suicide recovery stories

Join Story Circle authors and facilitators in celebrating the launch of a book of suicide recovery stories, on Wednesday 28 November, 2-4pm at the Lismore Art Gallery. A FREE hard copy is available for the first 80 organisations and mental health professionals who attend.

Would you like to understand more about suicide? Or do you work with people who are suicidal?

Don’t let suicide kill you: 9 stories of survival and recovery shares the stories of nine people who have come back from the brink of suicide. These stories were written during a Story Circle ─ an eight-week writing course in Lismore, facilitated by two authors and two mental health professionals.

See the flyer for full details.

This program is funded by North Coast Primary Health Network and auspiced by Byron Writers Festival. All enquiries to [email protected]

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Community invited to Namabunda Farm rejuvenation day

Bundjalung Tribal Society will be holding a community day at Namabunda Farm, Whites Lane, Alstonville on Saturday 24 November 2018.

Come along and enjoy a day of planting, learning and listening whilst helping to rejuvenate Namabunda Farm for the benefit of future generations.

TIME: From 9:30am

Don’t forget to wear proper footwear, bring a hat, sunscreen, gloves and water.

Lunch will be provided (Please RSVP for catering purposes). For further information and details please phone: 02 6621 6992.

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Child Protection legal advice sessions at parenting festivals

Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre will be running Child Protection Early Referral to Legal Advice sessions during the parenting festival in Grafton (28 November) and Yamba (26 November).

The sessions focus on the stages of the child protection intervention process and why it is important at each stage for families to seek legal advice and access to family and domestic violence services.

The facilitators include the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre Early Intervention Child Protection/Family law solicitor, the child protection solicitor from the Aboriginal Legal Service and the Clarence River Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Service and hopefully Clarence Valley WDVCAS.

The sessions will also focus on providing the tools to service providers to assist clients to overcome the barriers to seeking legal assistance.


Wednesday 28 November

10.30am –1pm

Grafton Library

Duke Street, Grafton



Monday 26 November

10.30am –1pm

Treelands Drive Community Centre

Treelands Drive, Yamba


For more information call Sarah on 6645 0254 or Karin on 6621 1000.

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Aboriginal artists invited to enter RAP cover competition

North Coast Primary Health Network is calling for local artworks to be featured on the cover and layout of North Coast Primary Health Network’s Reconciliation Action Plan. Entries close 5pm, 11 January 2019.

Entries are invited from all Aboriginal Nations between Tweed and Port Macquarie including; Bundjalung, Arakwal, Gumbaynggirr, Yaegl, Githabul, Birpai and Dunghutti and should explore what reconciliation and the health of our local community means to you, your family and community.

For more information please visit



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Housing crisis key election issue in Northern Rivers region

Northern Rivers community members, professionals and organisations have banded together to place the region’s housing crisis front-and-centre for politicians ahead of the NSW election in March, warning that it is now a “make or break” issue for voters. The momentum carries on from October’s Northern Rivers Housing Forum, attended by 120 people at Lennox Head.

Social Futures CEO Tony Davies said further delay was no longer an option for governments – with urgent increases in social and affordable housing options for the Northern Rivers needed.

“A significant proportion of our community is in severe housing stress — it’s no longer a problem affecting a small minority. People from all walks of life are struggling to cope with day-to-day living costs and are constantly walking on the edge of homelessness,” Mr Davies said.

“The election is just four months away and I encourage people to take this issue directly to their local members and candidates — write to them or make an appointment and let them know this is the issue that will influence your vote in March.”

The Northern Rivers Housing Forum heard the lack of affordable housing and disparity between rental costs and wages was a major contributor to the Northern Rivers having nearly 20% of the state’s rough sleepers.

The Northern Rivers Housing Forum is calling for direct action against its six key platforms What’s it going to take? Urgent housing actions for the Northern Rivers (Appendix 1).

Hope Haven Refuge Case Manager Susan Byrne said the accommodation crisis was impacting women and children fleeing domestic and family violence.

“In protecting themselves and their children from the perpetrator, they become homeless,” Ms Byrne said.

“Crisis accommodation is provided for up to six weeks, but the lack of safe long-term housing increases the likelihood of women returning to their abuser out of desperation for shelter,” she said.

Find out more about the Northern Rivers Housing Forum here:

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Feel Blue Touch Green events

Lismore City Council is running two events utilising green spaces and their impact on improving mental health: Lismore Botanic Gardens on Tuesday 20 November and Nightcap National Park on Tuesday 27 November 2018.

Each FREE event includes:

  • Bush skills with Lorinda Wood – Bush Regenerator, Supervisor and Support Worker
  • Nature wisdom and mindfulness with Ruth Rosenhek – Psychotherapist
  • A fresh, healthy vegetarian picnic lunch

Lismore Botanic Gardens on Tuesday, 20 November 10am to 2.30pm: Featuring a nature wisdom walk to the hoop pine forest, plant a tree and learn how to build a native bee hotel.

Nightcap National Park on Tuesday, 27 November 10am to 2.30pm: Featuring a mindful walk to Protestor’s Falls, investigate local plants through the senses and make native bush tea.

HART Services will provide bus transport from Lismore (pick-up locations given on registration). To register, contact Vanessa Tallon at Lismore City Council on 1300 87 83 87 by 1 November.

Leadership Development: Use Neuroscience to Take Your Performance to the Next Level

Could the latest from neuroscience give you the edge with managing yourself and senior team? Find out at a Pro Bono Australia executive webinar on Thursday 15 November 2018, 2pm-3pm (AEDT).

In this 60-minute webinar, expert presenter Elise Sernik from Leadership Space will guide you through three powerful tools to deepen your levels of self-understanding and improve your leadership skills. Elise will utilise insights from the field of neuroscience that you can immediately implement to better lead yourself, and the senior teams that make your for-good organisation thrive or falter.

You will leave this webinar with a comprehensive understanding of:

  • How you can understand yourself and your senior peers in a way that is easy, memorable and insightful
  • How to get the most out of your strengths, decision making, communication and stress responses
  • How relevant neuroscience language and concepts can be utilised to increase team effectiveness
  • How to apply learnings from the concepts covered to lead in a way that allows your for-good organisation to grow its impact

This interactive session is a valuable tool that will show you how you can use the incredible intelligence of neuroscience to adapt and thrive so that you’re making real gains in your professional satisfaction and effectiveness, and enabling your leadership teams to reach their full potential.

Get your ticket here

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Help! My Client has Problem Debts #1: How to navigate internal dispute resolution

Redfern Legal Centre will present a webinar on Tuesday 27 November 2018, 11am-12pm AEDT, to equip you with the skills to respond effectively and efficiently when your client needs help with debts.

It is common for people to bury their heads in the sand when debt collectors are chasing them for money and only get help when the debts have become unmanageable or there are threats of legal action.

This webinar will provide you with tips and tactics to resolve various types of debts directly with creditors such as utility providers and telcos, through their internal dispute resolution procedures.

Register here

Post expires at 4:00pm on Tuesday November 27th, 2018

14th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference

With the conference theme of ‘Enabling Positive Impact: Philanthropy, Accountability and Good Governance in the Third Sector’, the 14th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference will be held on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 November 2018 at The University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

ANZTSR is inspired by the strength, courage, and innovation shown by the Third Sector and celebrate its roots in social movements that have radically improved the lives of generations. Now it faces challenges where some governments seek to undermine solidarity and reduce the Third Sector to the role of a government agent as a service deliver.

In solidarity, ANZTSR celebrates the Third Sector identity as a strong and independent force that continues to fight for social justice.

The conference is being hosted by the School of Business and School of Law at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

More information and registration details

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Managing Conflicts & Disputes Webinar

Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit Law will present a webinar on Managing Conflicts & Disputes for NFPs, 20 November 2018, 12.45pm-2.00pm AEDT.

Conflicts and disputes are stressful events, and the success of your community group can depend on how effectively you manage them. In this webinar you’ll learn what the law requires you to do when a conflict or complaint arises.

The webinar will cover:

  • Common disputes involving members or board / committee members of NFP community organisations
  • How to follow the dispute resolution or grievance procedure in your organisation’s rules or constitution
  • When a member can be disciplined, and how to go about this
  • What to do if there is a dispute within the committee of management
  • Seeking assistance to deal with conflict or a dispute
  • Avoiding the escalation of disputes

More information and registration

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