(02) 6620 1800 [email protected]

New App Map Promotes Wellness and Reablement

In order to support frontline staff to provide innovative solutions for clients, Your Side Australia have created an ‘App Map’ with a list of smart device applications. These apps can be utilised by staff, clients, carers and family to support reablement and wellness, and assist with daily living tasks. App Map includes 12 smart device applications for frontline workers to share with clients, carers or family members. These applications are designed to assist with daily tasks. As a result, we can create enjoyable experiences for those who have additional needs or complex needs.


The NSW Government is seeking feedback from the public regarding the new regulatory framework for short-term rental accommodation (STRA).  The framework intends to ensure that communities both enjoy the benefits and manage adverse impacts of STRA.

The Department of Customer Service and Department of Planning, Industry and Environment welcomes feedback from the community and interested stakeholders on the draft framework, including the mandatory code of conduct.

To familiarise yourself with important elements of the issue, there are key documents available via the planning portal. Resources include drafts of the code of conduct and Fair Trading Amendment Regulation.

To voice your perspective on the draft Code, draft amendment regulations and STRA property registration,  submit your feedback here by 11 September 2019.

Seeking volunteers and donations for Homeless Connect

Seeking volunteers and donations for Homeless Connect

Homeless Connect is a special day which links people experiencing homelessness to services, support and essential items they need. It is also a day where people in the community can come along, connect and show a little love to others who are doing it tough, increasing compassion and understanding of homelessness.

Local service providers including housing, Legal Aid, Centrelink and community sector groups will be on the ground at the Homeless Connect Days to provide practical support. Free clothing, food, entertainment and haircuts will also be on offer with organisers also calling for allied health professionals to donate their time at the event.

“We would love to be able to offer health treatments like osteopathy, acupuncture, massage and dental checks – treatments that people who are struggling to survive day-to-day would never usually be able to afford,” Organiser and Social Futures Outreach Worker, David Kyd said.

“We are also seeking donations from the public for new items such as socks, underwear, plain t-shirts (men’s, women’s and children’s in all sizes) and personal care items, or money to purchase a coffee in advance for someone attending on the day.”

If you can offer professional services at the Homeless Connect Day, or have items to donate, please contact David Kyd via email to [email protected]

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Be a Mentor! Help Senior Citizens Use Computers

If you are tech savvy, know how to use a computer, tablet or mobile phone and know how to access the internet, you could be a digital mentor for seniors in your community.

Northern Rivers Community Gateway free training sessions in Ballina, Casino and Lismore will give you the skills to be a digital mentor for seniors, supporting them to to use computers, mobile devices, get online and be connected.

It’s fun, free, and you can do it in a day. We’ll even provide free morning tea and lunch.

For more information, call Edith on 02 6621 7397 or email [email protected]

Please click the link below to view the flyer.

Are you brave enough to enter THE CORRIDOR OF DOOM?

Are you brave enough to enter THE CORRIDOR OF DOOM?

Do you dare to enter The Clubhouse’s CORRIDOR OF DOOM? The dark and haunted dungeon, deep in the bowels of the Conservatorium, will resound with the tones of resident DJs and interactive, haunted art… but if you enter…will you ever escape?

DARK SCIENCE is a new freaky festival of fun taking over The Quad, Lismore for two nights after dark on Fri 16 and Sat 17 August. Set during science week, DARK SCIENCE is a free event celebrating the intersection between provocative art, performance and the sciences – for adults!

There will be a MONSTER line up of performances over the weekend, from sword swallowing daredevils to electrified flame shooting chairs, dance, art, music and science gone wrong.

Come along for kooky, wacky, weird and wonderful fun.

Check out the Dark Science Program here

5 – 10pm, 16 – 17 August 2019, The Quad Lismore.

Mentors Needed as Club Popularity Swells

Mentors Needed as Club Popularity Swells

The Clubhouse in Lismore operated by Social Futures, is calling for more mentors as its popularity grows. The Clubhouse is a creative, safe, out of school space where young people, 12-18 years, can explore new ideas, develop skills and build their confidence.

Lismore is the only town in regional Australia to have its own Clubhouse.

The Clubhouse model is very effective at engaging young people with STEM (Science, Technology, English and Mathematics) subjects but The Clubhouse isn’t just about computers; it is about meeting and working with other people, discovery and expressing ideas.

The role of the mentor is really important. Mentors pass on their skills and knowledge and they support Clubhouse members to follow their creativity, research their interests and discover and develop new skills.

If you enjoy working with young people, are 19 years and over and have skills or interests in robotics, coding, electronics, creative arts, animation, music, film or computer science – Social Futures wants to hear from you!

Mentors can commit to as little as 3 hours a week for six months. Social Futures is a Centrelink approved volunteer organisation meaning time volunteered can be claimed if you are on Newstart or a similar allowance.

To register your interest as a mentor contact [email protected]

The Parent Trail: A FREE 10 Week Creative Art Course for Parents

The Parent Trail: A FREE 10 Week Creative Art Course for Parents

The Parent Trail is a FREE 10 week Creative Therapies group for parents wishing to improve their wellbeing and mental health.

Designed especially for parents, participants will be taken through a series of art activities, to assist them to explore issues, build confidence in their parenting skills, find ways to talk to their families about mental health,and create individual “parent trail first aid kits” to promote family safety and wellbeing.

The Parent Trail will be facilitated by Pip Rose and Terese Waters from Social Futures.

Where: Women Up North, 40 Wyrallah Rd, Lismore
When: Mondays – 14 Oct – 16 Dec 2019
10:00am – 12:30pm
Cost: FREE! Morning tea provided

RSVP by 6 Sep 2019.

For information please call Pip Rose on 0427 010 496.

Outcomes of the 2018 CHSP Wellness and Reablement Report

In late 2018, CHSP service providers in all states and territories (except in Victoria) were required to report on the implementation of wellness and reablement approaches in their service delivery. The 2018 wellness and reablement report has allowed the department to gain a greater understanding of what is working well, what issues were identified by service providers and the level of support and information required by service providers to enable them to embed wellness and reablement approaches. The outcomes of the wellness and reablement report is available on the department’s website. Requirements for the 2019 wellness and reablement report, due on 31 October 2019, are being determined by the department and service providers will be advised when they have been finalised.

My Community Project – Vote for your local projects now

My Community Project – Vote for your local projects now

Voting opens on 15 July 2019 and closes on 15 August.

My Community Project funds projects in each NSW electorate to help improve the wellbeing of people and communities. Successful projects will be determined through a public vote and the projects that receive the most support will receive funding. Up to $260,000 is available for each electorate. My Community Project is made possible by the NSW Generations Fund.

Coming Up: Trauma Adventure Therapy Training

Coming Up: Trauma Adventure Therapy Training

There will be a two-day Trauma Focused Adventure Therapy training at Griffith University on 24 and 25 October 2019. This instruction is designed for therapist, youth workers, behaviour support teachers, youth support coordinators, chaplains and others who work with young people.

The training is two full days and costs $295 per person plus GST. The fee includes a comprehensive pdf e-book. Participants are responsible for accommodation and meals are bring your own.

Adventure as therapy is engaging, targeted and is found to be a highly effective therapeutic process. It works by targeting the parts of the brain that help regulate the physical body as well as the emotions.

Participants get to experience others as helpers, problem solvers and companions. Activity is presented at a rate that is not overwhelming. It helps to build confidence and is an active form of therapy that can helps connect with the natural environment.

For more information and to find out how to book Trauma Focused Adventure Therapy click here.