NCOSS morning with Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald – ‘Addressing Deep and Persistent Disadvantage’

NCOSS will host Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald at 10am on 23 November in Woolloomooloo, Sydney, for a discussion on Addressing Deep and Persistent Disadvantage and answer questions from its members.

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald is a member of the Australian Productivity Commission and has led inquiries and studies into key areas of public policy including early childhood, older Australians, health, parental leave and the Not-for Profit Sector.

Read more about the event and how to register HERE.

Post expires at 3:08pm on Friday November 23rd, 2018

Book launch for 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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Adopt Change Permanency Conference

Save the Date for the Australian Commitment to Permanency Conference for Children and Young People on Monday 26 November 2018, 11.30am-12.45pm at Australian Parliament House, Canberra.

Adopt Change believe that every child has the right to grow up in a safe, nurturing and permanent family home, and that all families need the appropriate supports for children to thrive.

As part of National Adoption Awareness Month, hear updates from Adopt Change; Hon Michelle Landry MP; and Julia Banks MP on outcomes of the National Inquiry into Local Adoption.

Visit Adopt Change for more info.

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Police Recruitment Career Day in Tweed

A Police Recruitment Career Day will be held at Tweed Heads PCYC, 1-3pm on Monday 26 November 2018, offering people of all backgrounds a great way to see the career options available and take a first-hand look at what it’s like to be a police officer.

The NSW Police Force encourages people from all backgrounds to apply. Those with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural and language skills are valued highly. Local police officers, Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers and officers from the Police Recruitment Branch will be there at the Police Recruitment Career Day.

Call 1800 222 222 for more details.

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In My Skin theatre production tackles racism

Racism and prejudice were issues that young people in the community requested Byron Youth Theatre (BYT) to tackle in their next production. In My Skin employs the use of image projection, dramatic stylised scenes, dance and music to take the audience into a world where no cultural practices exist.

What happens though when selected recruits revisit The Past? will they uphold the decisions the “government” has made to rid the world of racism and prejudice or will they discover what they have lost in the New World Order?

Funded by Country Art Support Program Regional Arts NSW and supported by Byron Council, BYT have conducted research, consulted organisations such as Multicultural Byron Bay, North Coast Settlement Service, Refugee Council of Australia and Reconciliation Australia, interviewed local indigenous and non indigenous community members, shared their personal stories and experiences through facilitated sessions to create a dynamic, powerful and thought provoking production which will tour schools in late November with two public performances:

Byron Theatre Nov 21 : Tickets via link or at door
Drill Hall Mullumbimby : Nov 24: Tickets at the door


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March Against Violence Casino: 8 November

March Against Violence Casino: 8 November

Join the March Against Violence in Casino 8 November, 10.15am meeting in Graham Place (next to the Council Chambers). 

Richmond Valley has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in NSW, and those statistics are only reported incidents. Many more go un- or under-reported. 

People often think of domestic and family violence (DFV) as physical abuse, but there are many other forms less easily recognised that include:

  • emotional, financial, verbal, spiritual and cultural abuse
  • sexualised and psychological violence
  • stalking and harassment
  • isolation and post-separation violence. 

The Casino March Against Violence will raise awareness and create a visual message to community members to say “we will not stand by and tolerate it anymore; we are willing to speak out and condemn domestic and family violence in all its forms”. 

Following the march, a community BBQ and information stalls will be available to provide service information and assistance for those affected by Domestic and Family Violence. 

All our community – women, men, children, school students, businesses, community services and local government – are invited to stand together. As a community we MUST come together to say that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. The violence has to stop.

More information: Maureen Gill, CASPA Family Supports Casino on 6662 6792 or just turn up on the day.

Supported by the Social Futures Far North Coast Family Referral Service

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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.