Zac’s change of scenery pays off

Zac’s change of scenery pays off

When Zac Oatley moved to Yamba on NSW's North Coast with his family two years ago it was the start of a new life in more ways than one. Not only was it a change of scenery from his native Queensland, it was also the start of his National Disability Insurance Scheme...

Budget underwhelming for Northern Rivers residents

Budget underwhelming for Northern Rivers residents

Social Futures CEO Tony Davies has welcomed the Federal Budget announcement that $527.9 million has been set aside for the proposed Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People With a Disability – but says there is little else to celebrate...

Katy blossoms as independence grows

Katy blossoms as independence grows

Katy is the apple of her parents' eye but they don't shy away from the tough times they have experienced in raising her.   Now 30 years old, Katy has a significant intellectual disability and other medical issues and has required 24/7 care for her entire life....

Nathan’s night of nights

Nathan’s night of nights

Nathan Johnston is a born performer and artist. Raised and still living with his family in NSW's Tweed Heads region, he has always loved acting, painting and singing.   Since leaving school 10 years ago he’s taken his talent to the next level, and with the...

Jacqui overcomes the odds

Jacqui overcomes the odds

Jacqui and her father Don (pictured here with LAC Cindy at left) have overcome the sorts of odds that would have defeated most people many times over – and still come up smiling.   The story begins in 1980 when, as a 15 year old, Jacqui was a passenger in a car...

Housing Crisis: NEW STUDY SHOWS ONE MILLION HOMES NEEDED

Housing Crisis: NEW STUDY SHOWS ONE MILLION HOMES NEEDED

New national research backs the Northern Rivers community’s call to address the housing crisis in our region, where over 12,000 households are experiencing rental stress and more than 3,000 households are on the social housing waitlist. The research is contained in a...

$11.5K Prizes for young songwriters

$11.5K Prizes for young songwriters

Entrants in the Lismore Young Songwriters Competition this year are in the running to win $11,500 of prizes. Deb Hall from one of the organising partners Social Futures hopes young people will be encouraged to enter and help fire up their musical careers. “Our two top...

So many plusses to Northern Rivers buses

So many plusses to Northern Rivers buses

A local bus devotee is on a quest to change people’s perception about catching public transport just in time for #CarFreeFeb. Ballina local, Jacqueline Alinaitwe has been catching the new Ballina – Byron – Lismore commuter bus since the trial route began in December...

Free bus travel on 28 February!

Free bus travel on 28 February!

Northern Rivers residents are invited to try alternatives to car travel next week. Seven local bus companies are giving passengers FREE BUS TRAVEL on Thursday 28 February. “In regional areas, we often we jump in the car and drive where we need to go without thinking"...

Roger steals the show

Roger steals the show

The first words out of Roger’s mouth each morning when he wakes up are ‘Tuesday’ and ‘Thursday’, because he’s hoping it is a day he can go to the Vivability day program that he loves. He can access the program with funding in his National Disability Insurance Scheme...

Clubhouse seeking volunteers

Clubhouse seeking volunteers

Do you want to inspire young people?  We are on the lookout for energetic people to teach, encourage and inspire our members. If you have skills and interests in fields like: Engineering, Robotics, Coding, Electronics, Science, Technology or Maths - the Lismore...

Christmas and New Year office closures

Christmas and New Year office closures

Please note our offices will be closed on the following days over the Christmas and New Year period Ballina, Bathurst, Broken Hill, Casino, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Kyogle and Parkes Monday 24 December - Friday 4 January Byron Bay Monday 24 December - Tuesday 1 January...

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...

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...

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.