Dirty Laundry Day Project 2020

Dirty Laundry Day Project 2020

Today is White Ribbon Day. It is a day for difficult conversations. A day to talk about domestic and family violence, which is sadly inherent in our communities. We know that this kind of violence thrives in secrecy, so it is important to shed a light on it. To remove stigma and shame. To talk openly.

The Dirty Laundry Day Project first began in Casino NSW in 2009 and has been run in The Northern Rivers annually since.

The project was created to draw attention to Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) in the community, to give people experiencing abuse and violence a voice, and to take a strong community stance against violence. The name comes from the opportunity for people to air their dirty laundry – removing stigma and opening conversations in our communities.

A series of workshops are held with survivors of DFV which allow them a creative and cathartic opportunity to share their experience by painting messages on T-shirts.  Those T-shits are then displayed in public spaces with information and details for seeking help and assistance, to bring light to a topic we don’t talk about enough.

“For many survivors, even those closest to them don’t know about their experience because DFV is often hidden and flourishes in silence” said Social Futures CEO Tony Davies.

“The workshops are a safe way for people to express their feelings anonymously in a supported environment. Speaking out about their experiences is a very powerful way to reclaim their voice and regain an aspect of control”, Mr Davies said.

As the COVID-19 pandemic increases the pressure on families and relationships, in addition to winding back the supportive payments of Jobseeker and Jobkeeper, it is more important than ever to have conversations about domestic and family violence, and to refer people at risk of violence or at risk of offending, to the support they need.

As Brad Chilcott, Executive Director of White Ribbon Australia said, “a national conversation around gendered violence must become a personal campaign for change in the lives of all Australians.” It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to stand up and address domestic and family violence in our communities.

Dirty Laundry Day Exhibitions 2020

This year, The Dirty Laundry Day Project is being displayed in Queensland for the first time in locations throughout Brisbane, in partnership with Adderton: House and Heart of Mercy.

It is also being displayed across the Northern Rivers from Coolangatta to Grafton in partnership with Summerland Credit Union, and in Coffs Harbour in partnership with Warrina Womens Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services.

Show your support

You can show your support to stop violence in our community by donating to our White Ribbon fundraiser: https://bit.ly/2UvBABa

Or by donating direct to the Dirty Laundry Day Project via our website here: https://dirtylaundryday.org/

Watch our film clip

View our film clip with Social Futures CEO, Tony Davies and Summerland Credit Union CEO, John Williams here:  https://bit.ly/2UJ6QwI

Access help

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence, there is help available. We urge you to seek support.

Call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or Mensline on 1800 600 636. In an emergency call 000.

How reflective practice can improve our aged care sector

How reflective practice can improve our aged care sector

Social Futures recently made a submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recommending all aged care workers are given the opportunity to participate in Wellness and Reablement Reflective Practice in order to continuously improve the quality of the care they provide.

Wellness and Reablement approaches support older people to maximise their independence and remain in their homes for as long as they can. Embedding Wellness and Reablement within this sector is a key goal for both the government and the broader aged care sector.

While most aged care workers are aware of Wellness and Reablement principles, many have not received formal training in the approach and are unclear how it relates to their individual work. Reflective practice is an important tool to enable aged care workers to successfully apply Wellness and Reablement in their practice. It provides a space for staff to think about how they work and practically apply Wellness and Reablement approaches to a range of relevant service delivery modes. The practice emphasises the value of their contributions while safely challenging any biases and assumptions they may hold.

Since Social Futures first piloted the concept in 2018, we have facilitated fifteen Wellness and Reablement Reflective Practice sessions with aged care workers in the Northern Rivers region. These participants reported that reflective practice is far more effective at integrating Wellness and Reablement into their day-to-day work than a traditional information session. Importantly, reflective practice allows for continuous learning and reassessment of skills, critical in changing established ways of working.

Social Futures offers free Wellness and Reablement Reflective Practice sessions for community aged care service providers in the Northern Rivers to help embed this approach within their service framework. Email [email protected] for more information or to book a session.

Puberty, Sexuality and Relationships: Forum for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability

Family Planning is running FREE information sessions for parents and carers of children and young people with intellectual disability, at Wednesday 7 June 2017 at Alstonville Anglican Church or Thursday 8 June 2017 at Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre.

The transition from childhood to adulthood can be a difficult time for parents and carers of children with intellectual disability.

Find out how to support your child’s personal development and sexuality in a positive way in this two-hour information session.

Lismore Aboriginal Breast Screen Day

Lismore Aboriginal Breast Screen Day

Aboriginal women aged 40-74 from Lismore and surrounding communities are invited to a pampering day and Breast Screen yarn up, 10:30am—1pm on Friday 24 March at BreastScreen NSW, 29 Uralba St, Lismore.

Join in to yarn about:  Why Breast Screening is important, PLUS Enjoy pampering activities for mind and body.

There will be a limited number of screening appointment on the day, however future bookings can be made. Complimentary refreshments and lunch provided.

For more information please contact:

Teena Binge – 66207558 OR

Terri Jullums AMS – 6621 4366  OR

Mandy Eller—Breast Screen 13 20 50



NCPHN Substance Misuse Program: Expression of Interest

The North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) to participate in the 12 month Substance Misuse Program (SMP) from organisations on the NSW North Coast who provide case management services in a range of settings (e.g. Housing, Employment, Aboriginal Services, Refuges, Youth Services, Community Services).

The aim of the SMP is to improve the capacity of a broad range of health and community service providers to work with people who have substance misuse problems (particularly Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islanders) in addition to their presenting concerns (particularly mental health).

Successful applicants will have access to 12 months free training and monthly individual and group mentoring to support them to more effectively work with their clients.

Delivering services around COVID-19

Social Futures is committed to the continuation of delivering support services in a safe, practical and innovative way while navigating COVID-19.