Tweed is first cab off the rank for transport information day

Tweed is first cab off the rank for transport information day

a Surfside bus onboards a passenger in Tweed

Image courtesy Surfside Buslines

Tweed residents are invited to have their transport questions answered at Tweed City Shopping Centre on 28 February from 9am-2pm.

Tony Davies, CEO of Social Futures who is presenting the day in partnership with transport operators and Tweed Council says invites Tweed residents to come and find out about the local public and community transport options.

“While regional areas do experience transport disadvantage in comparison to urban areas, there are options available. Information days like these are a great opportunity to find out about the services that are out there,” Mr Davies said.

“Days like these also provide a valuable chance to speak to the community about their transport needs which can feed into future planning for the region.”

For information on public transport in the Tweed visit goingplaces.org.au

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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 (NDIS) plan.

Roger is now on his second plan and going from strength to strength. His family couldn’t be happier.

Roger’s parents, John and Esme, care for their 50-year-old son who was born with Down Syndrome and a bowel deformity.

 “Before we were introduced to the NDIS Roger spent all of his time with us. We took him on as many outings as we could but he didn’t want to be active, he was too unwell,” Esme says.

“It was also very draining on us to try and find him activities to do and being older people, we were slowing down.”

Joining the NDIS

Roger, John and Esme were introduced to the NDIS through Gemma Nixon, an occupational therapist at Integrity Therapy Services in Blayney, and then through Social Futures which delivers the NDIS in Western NSW as a Partner in the Community.

Roger’s Local Area Coordinator (LAC), Eliza, helped him access the scheme, gathered information around Roger’s goals, supported the family into the NDIS pathway, explained Roger’s first plan and empowered the family to take control of Roger’s care.

“Eliza was fantastic, very professional and fully explained the program. We could ring at any time to get information. The communication process has been a major plus for us and Eliza was always able to point us in the right direction,” John says.

Making community connections

“The change in Roger is incredible.  It is now easier to get him out of bed on the mornings he has his day program in Bathurst, he’s very excited. He’s made connections in the community. We’ll be walking down the street and everyone will be waving and saying hello to Roger.”

“When Roger gets dropped back home from the day program he doesn’t want to come back inside, he wants to get back in the car and do it all over again,” Esme says.

“Roger has made such an impact on another person at the day program that one day when Roger was unable to attend, his friend picked his picture off the wall and put it on the chair next to him so he wouldn’t miss out.”

Boosting his confidence

As part of the day program, the group was invited to perform at the Bathurst Eisteddfod.

“Roger loves singing and dancing and he went up on that stage so confidently, normally he would be so nervous. It was the confidence that he showed that amazed us, it’s been tremendously boosted because of the NDIS this last six months,” Esme says.

“Even though Roger is very fortunate to have the support of his extended family, it is so good that  he now has the support of a network of other people to care for him and it’s so important for us to get him involved in the community. The NDIS has taken a lot of strain and worry off us for when we won’t be able to look after Roger by ourselves anymore.”

“Thank goodness for the NDIS. We are just so happy.”

John and Esme

Roger's parents

Roger’s NDIS supports have helped him:

  • Spend more time in the community and build meaningful connections
  • Access programs that suit his needs
  • Reduce pressure on his ageing parents and let them choose providers that work for the whole family  
  • Increase his confidence and become more active

Social Futures is a National Disability Insurance Scheme Partner in the Community.
Our Local Area Coordination services connect participants to the NDIS in regional New South Wales.

To contact your nearest LAC call 1800 522 679

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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 Clubhouse wants to hear from you!

Up to ten supported volunteer mentor positions are available where you can gain great experience teaching and working with young people. Volunteer times are also recognised by Centrelink.

About The Clubhouse

Part of an International Network of almost 100 Clubhouses in 19 countries worldwide, our Lismore based Clubhouse is the ONLY Clubhouse in regional Australia and one of only four in the country.

The Clubhouse delivers a free safe and creative after school space for young people, where mentors work to help them to explore their own ideas, develop skills, and build confidence through the use of technology.

Our Clubhouse encourages young people to think more positively and ambitiously about their futures. It has a positive impact upon attitudes to school, furthering education, and studying STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Music).

We want our young people to reach their potential – can you help us?

You can commit to as little as 3 hours a week for six months as a Clubhouse Mentor (or by arrangement).

Benefits of Mentoring

  • The opportunity to explore your interests in a cutting edge environment
  • The opportunity to help young people build skills and confidence
  • Experience teaching and working with young people
  • Orientation to the Computer Clubhouse
  • Training as needed while mentoring

Contact us today!

If you are 19 years or older contact our Clubhouse Coordinator today on 0428 599 157 to discuss how you can help to inspire our next generation.

Young Songwriters Competition now open for entries!

Young Songwriters Competition now open for entries!

2019 banner featuring teenage girl singingThe ninth Lismore Young Songwriters Competition is now open for entries from 12-25 year old Northern Rivers residents.

Deb Hall from Social Futures – one of the organising committee says the competition is an incredible avenue for regional young songwriters to showcase their song writing and performing talents.

“There are fantastic prizes up for grabs aimed to help young musicians get a leg up in their music career, including professional studio recording time” Ms Hall said. “Selected finalists also get the chance to perform to a live audience when they battle it out for prizes at the Finalist’s Showcase at Southern Cross University on Friday 12 April.”

GO TO THE MAIN PAGE FOR DETAILS OF HOW TO ENTER

Cultural Competence Program – helping organisations benefit from cultural diversity and inclusion

Cultural Competence Program – helping organisations benefit from cultural diversity and inclusion

CPPE-learning: three hour course
Participation cost to access the e-learning through Social Futures is $35

In this course participants will learn that cultural diversity and inclusion is good for workplace well-being as well as making business sense. The course includes a great selection of multimedia learning content including 75 short films, animations and interactive activities, including real people telling real stories. Participants will gain practical skills (including verbal and non-verbal communication) and cultural specific knowledge for use at work and in everyday life. Course topics include:

  • Diversity Works – the business case for investing in diversity
  • Cultural Differences and Similarities
  • Practical Cultural Competence
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Cross Cultural Communication
  • Cultural Adaptation
  • Australia by the Numbers

Social Futures has licensed a number of copies of the Cultural Competence e-learning Program. To sign up, email [email protected] or telephone 0439 137 207

Upon confirmation of your registration and payment, you will be provided a link to the e-.earning program together with password, which you can change once you log-in to the course. There is no obligation to complete the course in one sitting. Do it when you have the time and pick up where you last left. Although not mandatory, it is recommended that you do the modules chronologically. 

The course has been developed by SBS, Multicultural NSW, and International Education Services to address the needs of multicultural Australia. For additional reading / learning the course also points you towards The Cultural Atlas, a great online resource about a range of cultures in Australia including: Business Culture; Etiquette, Do’s and Do Not’s; Greetings and Communication; Religion; Core Concepts; and Demographic Statistics.

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Twelfth day of Christmas: a lovely Christmas dinner

Twelfth day of Christmas: a lovely Christmas dinner

Christmas turkey and cartoon pudding

Food glorious food! And drink of course.

For many people, Christmas is a time to indulge. Put thoughts of dieting away until the New Year’s resolution comes into play! Who will you be sharing your Christmas meals with?


 

Connecting Home 12 days of Christmas 2018 appeal

$300 of $10,000 raised

12 Days image of front doorCan you help someone local
this Christmas time?

All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Your receipt will be sent to you after your donation is received.

Choose the amount you would like to give from the options below, or choose your own amount.

$
Make this donation a gift for someone special

Gift recipient Details

Personal Info

Terms

Donation Total: $30.00

Eleventh day of Christmas: gifts under the tree

Eleventh day of Christmas: gifts under the tree

Christmas gifts with little santa

Have you got a few gifts under your tree?

Whether or not you’ve wrapped them, you know who’s getting what – and who’s been naughty and nice. What if you couldn’t afford anything at all for your kids this year?


 

Connecting Home 12 days of Christmas 2018 appeal

$300 of $10,000 raised

12 Days image of front doorCan you help someone local
this Christmas time?

All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Your receipt will be sent to you after your donation is received.

Choose the amount you would like to give from the options below, or choose your own amount.

$
Make this donation a gift for someone special

Gift recipient Details

Personal Info

Terms

Donation Total: $30.00

Tenth day of Christmas: Christmas parties

Tenth day of Christmas: Christmas parties

christmas party table

Got that little black dress ready?

Work party, the P&C party, the kids end of year school parties, oh and the one at the cricket club… it’s a never ending whirlwind. Some people won’t get invited to any parties this year. Spare a thought for how they will have their social needs met.

Ninth day of Christmas: lighten up!

Ninth day of Christmas: lighten up!

christmas lights

Christmas lights give the festive season that bit of extra twinkle!

But energy to run them costs a lot and many people are struggling with their power bills for the basics this year.


 

Connecting Home 12 days of Christmas 2018 appeal

$300 of $10,000 raised

12 Days image of front doorCan you help someone local
this Christmas time?

All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Your receipt will be sent to you after your donation is received.

Choose the amount you would like to give from the options below, or choose your own amount.

$
Make this donation a gift for someone special

Gift recipient Details

Personal Info

Terms

Donation Total: $30.00

Christmas and New Year office closures

Christmas and New Year office closures

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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

Grafton Tuesday 25 – Friday 28 December and New Year’s Day 

Lismore

Keen Street and Molesworth Street offices
Tuesday 25 – Thursday 27 December and New Year’s Day

Choices Reproductive and Sexual Health Clinic
Thursday 27 December

Clubhouse (152 Keen Street)
Closed for the school holidays. Open for workshops on 22 and 24 January 2019
Reopens Monday 29 January 2019

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Tuesday 25 – Friday 28 December and New Year’s Day

Kyogle Monday 24 December – Friday 4 January and New Year’s Day

Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah Monday 24 December – Tuesday 1 January

Orange Monday 24 December – Tuesday 1 January

Tweed Heads

NDIS LAC 71-71 Wharf Street
Monday 24 December – Tuesday 1 January

headspace Tweed Heads
Office will be closed Tuesday 25 December – Friday 4 January

If you are experiencing homelessness call: Link 2 Home 1800 152 152 (24/7)
In an emergency, Ability Links participants should contact Robert Baldwin 0400 127 514
In other emergencies, please see our URGENT HELP page.

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