Get involved in Community Based Suicide Prevention Project Tweed/Byron

The Family Centre has been engaged by North Coast Primary Health Network to facilitate the Tweed Byron Community Based Suicide Prevention Project and is keen to hear from those who would like to be involved. The project is part of the National Suicide Prevention Trial under the new National Suicide Prevention Strategy. 
The project will work with Tweed and Ballina communities to re-establish the Local Suicide Prevention Steering Committee and then to design and implement strategies to reduce the prevalence of suicide in those communities.
The Steering Committee will be building on existing collaboration between local health care providers, community services, schools, community groups and individuals with lived experience, to encourage ongoing local ownership of suicide prevention strategies. It will provide opportunities for community members and community organisations to have an active role in the development, implementation and evaluation of initiatives identified in the Steering Committee.
The Project Coordinator and is keen to hear from community members who are interested in being involved with the project – email [email protected]


Post expires at 2:46pm on Thursday November 15th, 2018

ACOSS launches Raise the Rate Campaign to increase Newstart payments

Regional communities would receive a multi-million dollar boost if government raised the rate of Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments through an increase in consumer spending, a new report by Deloitte has found.

ACOSS commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to model the economic impact of raising Newstart and related payments by $75 per week. 

Over 800,000 people, including parents, carers, people with disability, other people locked out of paid work and students are struggling daily to afford basic essentials like a roof over their head and food on their table.

People are having to make tough choices between eating a meal and paying a bill, buying shoes for their children and maintaining their health.

Newstart has not increased in real terms in 24 years, but the cost of essentials has drastically increased.

ACOSS says it is now time for government to Raise the Rate and is asking for your support!

Click here for more information and to read the full report.



Post expires at 1:47pm on Sunday December 2nd, 2018

Free dementia resource guide

Home Instead Senior Care is celebrating Dementia Awareness Month 2018 with promotion of their FREE Dementia Resource Guide, supporting families who are caring for a loved one at home.

Research has shown that people with dementia benefit significantly from remaining in the familiar surroundings of their home and community environment for as long as possible.

This guide supports families and carers, providing them with a better understanding of dementia, the various types, stages and progression of the disease. It shares a range of practical strategies, tools, techniques and activities to use when caring for a loved one living with dementia at home. 

Read more here.

Post expires at 10:25am on Sunday December 2nd, 2018

Council seeks Aboriginal Advisory Group members

Lismore Council is seeking passionate Aboriginal people to join its Aboriginal Advisory Group.

The Aboriginal Advisory Group provides advice and guidance to Council on a variety of issues, including projects or services that affect Aboriginal communities.

 The group meets quarterly and members discuss reports coming to Council that may affect Aboriginal people.

 If you are a proud and passionate Aboriginal person who resides in the Lismore LGA and who would like to make a difference locally, nominate today.

Download the EOI form.

For further information, phone Sandra Campbell on 1300 87 83 87. People can nominate at until 5pm, Wednesday 14 November 2018.

Post expires at 1:55pm on Wednesday November 14th, 2018

New guide to tendering offers practical insights from community organisations

A guide released by the Brotherhood of St Laurence offers practical suggestions for community service organisations interested in tendering for government services.

Many of the insights and suggestions were shared by practitioners of small and medium-size community organisations that offer support services for young people in their pathways to employment.

The quotes highlighted throughout the document come from interviews with six senior managers from small community organisations.

While this guide can be used by any community organisation, it aims particularly to reach smaller service providers, for which competitive tenders often impose higher barriers.

Download guide


Post expires at 12:10pm on Saturday November 17th, 2018

Lismore Disaster Dashboard provide one-stop website for emergency info

Lismore City Council has launched the Lismore Disaster Dashboard to help the community better access information during times of flood or natural disaster.

The Disaster Dashboard aggregates information from other emergency services including the Bureau of Meteorology and the SES, providing locals with an easy one-stop-shop they can use on their computer, tablet or smartphone.

“No new information is provided other than what is already out there via different agencies, but often people are stressed and on the move during a flood or other disaster, so this collates that information in one place,” Council’s Executive Director Infrastructure Services Gary Murphy said.

The Lismore Disaster Dashboard is one of many actions that are being rolled out progressively as part of the Lismore Flood Ready Project, which is a state-wide pilot funded by the Office of Emergency Management.

Other key actions in the Lismore Flood Ready Project include:

Council is developing a Community Recovery Hub model, which outlines how to provide a one-stop-shop for practical, moral and material support in recovery from a natural disaster. This is based on learnings from the March 2017 flood and the spontaneous volunteering effort spearheaded by the Helping Hands Hub. The model will include a guidelines for spontaneous volunteering that are being developed in partnership with the Northern Rivers Gateway.

Working with the local Emergency Management Committee to develop policy and processes for infrastructure repair and restoration of the natural environment in a timely manner.

Working with the Chamber of Commerce to develop a response and recovery database to assist businesses pre, during and post flood. This will include education for new business owners to ensure preparedness before a flood, support to manage and move stock during a flood, and post-flood support during clean-up.

Working with the SES and state government agencies to develop new education resources for business owners and homeowners on how to plan, prepare, respond and recover from a natural disaster.

Lismore City Council’s Acting Executive Director Sustainable Development Peter Jeuken said the Lismore Flood Ready Project action plan would be finalised by the end of the year and tested via an in-depth simulated disaster exercise conducted by the Office of Emergency Management.

“We can’t afford to become complacent, and this plan will help embed a program of education and responsiveness that will future-proof us against another major flood event,” he said.

To view the new Lismore Disaster Dashboard, go to

Post expires at 11:51am on Saturday November 17th, 2018

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.