2017-2018 Annual Report

2017-2018 Annual Report

At the Annual General Meeting in November 2018, the Social Futures Board presented the 2017-2018 Annual Report.

Some of the year’s highlights include:

  • Supporting 22,428 participants in regional NSW
  • Launching our Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Presenting Lived Experience Training to 254 participants across 20 events
  • Wrapping up the successful six year Belonging Project in a final report

Three ways to read the full Annual Report:

  1. Read the online version
  2. Download a low-res copy to your device
  3. Enter your name and address details to receive a printed copy
Help improve housing affordability this Christmas

Help improve housing affordability this Christmas

The Northern Rivers may be the holiday destination of choice for Christmas but for the thousands of people experiencing homelessness it is a region crying out for action.

Speaking about our current Housing Campaign, Social Futures chief executive Tony Davies says voters have the power to influence change and with the New South Wales state election in March, now is the time to act.

“The housing crisis on the Northern Rivers has really become a key issue for voters, and this region has a history of lifting its voice to campaign for important change. The Northern Rivers people have big hearts and they will vote accordingly,” said Mr Davies.

mum and kids at front door stock shotThe festive season isn’t so merry for many, according to North Coast Community Housing chief executive John McKenna who says anyone can find themselves homeless in the current housing crisis and this is the most challenging time of year for those without a home.

“The housing situation in our region is at crisis point.” Mr McKenna said. “Thousands of locals will be spending Christmas without a home, but there is something we can all do. By contacting your MPs and candidates now you are saying very clearly, everyone deserves a home, and this is what the Northern Rivers will be voting on.”

ACT NOW: Write to your local MP and candidates using our templates

DOWNLOAD: the full press release here

KidZ Space book launch: Share the Journey

KidZ Space book launch: Share the Journey

participants in the kidZ Space book making workshopOn Saturday 1 December, kids and families from KidZ Space gathered in Kyogle for the launch of a new book ‘Share the Journey’ they made in the school holidays, which has been professionally printed and shared with libraries too. (Photo courtesy: The Northern Star)

The workshop was run by the Mijung Jarjums Kids in Mind Program at Social Futures, in Collaboration with Elders from the Gugin Gudduba Local Aboriginal Land Council in the school holidays to make a book based on the theme ‘Share the Journey’ which was the theme of October’s Mental Health Awareness Month.

The project was funded by WayAhead – Mental Health Association NSW. 

Hanging violence out to dry

Hanging violence out to dry

On Wednesday 21 November 2018 Social Futures staff and stakeholders from NSW Health, NSW Police, Summerland Credit Union, Mission Australia and other community organisations, VIPs and business people attended the launch of the 2018 Dirty Laundry Day Project, outside the Computer Clubhouse in Keen Street, LISMORE.

The day marked the ninth year of the project, which aims to shine a light on domestic and family violence, something that’s all too common in our communities, but not talked about often enough. Once again, businesses in Lismore, Kyogle and Casino are devoting space in their shop windows to hang posters and t-shirts, bearing messages from people in our communities that have experienced domestic and family violence.

The campaign coincides with the UN initiative: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. The displays will be up until the 11 December and everyone is welcome to start a conversation and to know there is help available.

It’s never too late to say NO to domestic and family violence. Image of DLD poster

Download a poster here to display in your workplace or social club:

Read more about the project or register your interest to get involved next year by clicking this link.

The launch got some great media coverage

Here are some links to just a few of the stories

Download our media release for the event

Northern Rivers local: “Please make homelessness an election issue”

Northern Rivers local: “Please make homelessness an election issue”

Northern Rivers local Scott Butler at home

Scott Butler, at his [new] home

It can happen to anyone

56-year-old Northern Rivers local Scott Butler never thought he’d be homeless, but that’s where he found himself his landlady died and he fell ill. “The conditions imposed by the new owner made it impossible for me to stay. I was to undergo surgery but without somewhere to live that couldn’t go ahead … the reality is [homelessness] can happen to anyone…” he said.

The former school principal and IT Company manager told Social Futures politicians need to know homelessness could be a deciding issue in the Northern Rivers. “We need action, and we the voters are calling for it,” he said. “Without a home it’s very hard to work or to find employment. You’re constantly dealing with the anxiety of not knowing where you will be sleeping, if you will be safe, if you will eat. People can’t be expected to contribute to society under that kind of extreme stress.”

Not enough houses

Social Futures Chief Executive Tony Davies said the Northern Rivers was failing locals like Mr Butler and the housing situation is at crisis point. “Many organisations are helping people facing homelessness and currently we just don’t have housing to accommodate them.”

“There’s a massive shortfall right now in rental properties and fierce competition for the few that are vacant. In some parts of the region waiting lists for social housing exceed ten years. That is untenable.

“The state election is just months away and our community has placed this issue front and centre. Our vote is powerful and our voice is powerful. Together we can influence real change.”

Make a difference

“If you live in the Northern Rivers and want to make a difference, visit our Housing Crisis Campaign webpage Contact your local MP. Make sure this is the issue they hear loud and clear,” Mr Davies said.

Download the full press release here

Dirty Laundry Day Project 2018

Dirty Laundry Day Project 2018

2018 dirty laundry logoThe Dirty Laundry Day Project is a powerful community education campaign to raise awareness of domestic and family violence in our communities.

During the last nine years, the Dirty Laundry Day Project has provided a voice for hundreds of people who have experienced domestic violence. It has also engaged local businesses; community organisations; education bodies; our local police and health services. It has been promoted in the media and it’s success has been mentioned in the NSW Parliament. We believe it has truly shone a light on a difficult topic.

The project aims to:

  • dirty laundry day shirts on the lineRaise awareness and challenge long held beliefs in our communities about domestic and family violence.
  • Be a visible call for cultural change.
  • Enable conversations to begin in our communities
  • Provide an opportunity to hear the voices of those in our communities who have experienced domestic and family violence
  • Encourage community support for the safety and well being of children and create more cohesive communities
  • Send a strong message to perpetrators – as an early intervention strategy – that violence will not be tolerated in our communities.
  • Connect service providers, people who have experienced domestic violence and the wider community allowing through networking and information sharing.
  • Be a cathartic and empowering process for people who have experienced domestic and family violence.

dirty laundry day tshirts
Where can I find it?

In 2018, The Dirty Laundry Day Project will take place in Lismore, Kyogle, Casino and Western Sydney. If you would like to run The Dirty Laundry Day Project in your area, contact Amanda Shoebridge for more information.


Dirty Laundry Day and White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day 25 November and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (until 10 December) is the time we run The Dirty Laundry Day Project.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, up to 80% of women who have experienced intimate partner violence or sexual assault do not report it to the police. Participating locations hand Dirty Laundry Day t-shirts in their shop windows to raise awareness and start conversations about this challenging topic.

Watch videos of previous campaigns or click any thumbnail to see full size image

Thanks to our supporters and sponsors

The Dirty Laundry Day Project is grateful for the contributions and support of:

  • Casino Neighbourhood Centre
  • Jenny Dowell (OAM)
  • Lismore City Council
  • Lismore Domestic Violence Interagency
  • Men and Family Centre
  • Niki Gill – Founder of the Dirty Laundry Day Project
  • QBE Insurance Company
  • St Vincent De Paul Society
  • Women Up North

THANK-YOU all and the other staff, family and volunteers who make it possible.


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Social Futures is proud to be an accredited White Ribbon Workplace

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