If you are looking for information about transport options in the Northern Rivers including bus routes, community and medical transport, taxi, coach and other services that operate in your area, visit goingplaces.org.au and download the transport guide for your region.
We have just updated the transport guides for the Ballina, Byron, Clarence, Kyogle, Lismore and Richmond regions to ensure they have the most up to date information about available services. There is also a guide available for Tweed provided by the Tweed Shire Council.
You can also use the link to the NSW Trip Planner to plan journeys using public transport.
This going places website is part of Social Futures Transport Development Project, a regional initiative funded by Transport for NSW, focused on reducing transport disadvantage and improving access to affordable transport options for residents of the Northern Rivers.
For Ability Links participants Mike Smith and Mathew Daymond, dreams came true on the first weekend in November when they were able to attend the prestigious Artstate 2018 Bathurst with the support of Ability Links Far North Coast (FNC).
The two men are artists with Lismore-based arts company RealArtWorks.Inc. Mike is a musician and songwriter who has been blind since birth, while Mathew is a visual artist and lives with schizophrenia. Both also have an intellectual disability, and both are passionate advocates for their community.
Artstate is a four-year project by Regional Arts NSW to shine a light on excellence in regional arts across the State. The Bathurst event was attended by arts practitioners, government bodies and people engaged in the creative industries across Australia, and showcased the best creative works that regional NSW has to offer.
Over the past two years Mike and Mat have co-led creative initiatives that were a direct response to the March 2017 floods that devastated Lismore. Working with RealArtWorks.Inc, Lismore City Council and Ability Links, the artists were part of ARCH (Arts Recovery Community Hub), facilitating free creative workshops for the community.
They helped develop ‘The Art of Doing Business’ in Lismore, a Creative Lismore and Lismore City Council initiative to reactivate flood-affected CBD shop spaces. Both were also key driving forces behind ‘The Overtopping Performance’, a series of community narratives about recovery and resilience that engaged over 100 local creatives and many more Ability Links participants.
Using their individual National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding packages, the artists have been able to develop their practice and be supported to travel and present their work outside their home on the Far North Coast.
Their presentation, ‘Creating Community Post-Disaster’, was flagged by Accessible Arts NSW as one of its three top picks for Artstate 2018. Mike and Mat were also the only artists with intellectual disability chosen to present at this year’s conference.
Mike on the left and Mathew (wearing glasses) on the right
Using an innovative technique of spoken word and braille, the men co-led sessions and presented the attendees with a poem (see below) that captured the discussions that happened in the room and that were particularly focused on the drought.
“It’s important for people to see and hear people with disability,” Mike says. “Many people still think people with disability can’t do things and they need to be helped to be better.
“But we can show you how we can help YOU build a better world, to be better people and to work together. Telling people’s stories through my music is a way we can understand each other and learn to be a better community of people.”
Both artists used the Artstate opportunity to meet and connect with other creatives and are currently working on a project that will be based in the NSW Central Tablelands, working with drought-affected farmers to tell their stories about community resilience.
Ability Links FNC is happy to support these men who are leading from the front, creating true social change through their practice.
Interrelate’s ‘Parents not Partners’ course provides information and support to separated parents, in order to focus on the needs and best interests of their children. The next course commences in October and runs for three consecutive Thursdays.
This is a three-session program for separated parents in conflict over their children. It is designed to improve emotional and developmental outcomes for children in separated families by:
raising parents’ awareness of the impact on their children of the ongoing conflict in their family
providing them with knowledge, tips and strategies to be able to focus on their children rather than on their issues or conflicts with the other parent.
Separated parents attend the course individually.
This course is run each Term. Cost: $150 full fee / $90 Concession rate (Pension card holders).
The next course commences in October and runs for three consecutive Thursdays (18 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov). Another course will commence on Thursday 29 November. Both held at Interrelate, 5 Anzac Close, Lismore.
Additionally, on-going case management and support for separated parents can be accessed through the Parenting Orders (Building Stronger Families) program at Interrelate. Please contact Don or Rebecca – 6623 2700.
Post expires at 1:13pm on Thursday November 29th, 2018
Mission Australia is offering free workshops on Communication for Carers (Grafton, 15 November) and Understanding the Carer Role (Yamba, 28 November) for mental health carers.
Communication for Carers
This workshop explores and practices the skills of effective communication, including interpreting and using non-verbal cues, as well as techniques for assertive communication.
It will also look at the benefits of good communication for relationships and our own wellbeing. There will be plenty of practical resources to take home.
Grafton: Thursday 15t November 10am-12pm, mental health carers support group CRANES Centre, 11 Kemp St, Grafton
Understanding the Carer Role
The purpose of this group is to offer carers a foundational understanding of their role. The role of the mental health carer is put into context along with some insight into the challenges, losses and gains. Boundaries will also be a focus, as carers are in a position of constantly giving and as a result can lose sight of who they are, their rights, and their sense of self. This course will also give carers the chance to meet others in a similar situation.
Yamba: Wednesday 28 November, 10am-1pm Treelands Community Centre, Treelands Drive, Yamba
For further info or to RSVP please contact Leanne Gilchrist, Education and Training Coordinator Ph: 66237403 Email: [email protected]
Post expires at 11:33am on Wednesday November 28th, 2018
A new program is looking for Peer Volunteers to work within The Way Back Suicide Prevention Service which is due to commence mid-August 2018.
‘The Way Back Support Service’ (The Way Back) is a beyondblue suicide prevention program targeting people discharged from hospital after trying to take their own lives.
‘The Way Back Support Service’ delivers one‐on‐one, non‐clinical care and practical support that people can relate to following a suicide attempt so they do not disengage with services they may require.
Support Coordinators deliver the service to help people stay safe and connected with their support networks and existing health and community services during a period of high risk and vulnerability. Since 2014, collectively the sites have received approximately 1,500 referrals.
The North Coast NSW Primary Health Network has commissioned New Horizons to deliver the service in the Lismore and Tweed Heads regions, who will work with Roses in the Ocean’s Lived Experience Peer Support volunteers.
They are seeking people with a lived experience of suicide, especially those who have experienced suicidal ideation, suicidal crisis or attempt, and those who have supported someone through a suicidal crisis. Successful applicants will complete the Roses in the Ocean Peer Support training program.
To express your interest in being involved in ‘The Way Back Support Service’ within the Lismore or Tweed regions please complete this online form.