Choices Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic remains open and our staff are working flexibly to continue to meet client needs while ensuring we keep our community safe.
We have implemented appointment triage measures to minimise the risk for both clients and staff. Our space is large enough to ensure adequate physical distancing can occur and we ask for your assistance in maintaining a minimum of 1.5 metres unless directed by your GP at your appointment.
While sometimes face-to–face appointments will be necessary, we encourage people to book a phone or Telehealth appointment where possible.
Things people might want to book a phone consult rather than come to the clinic for may include:
- contraceptive discussions
- initial consults for IUD or Contraceptive Implants (Implanon) insertion
- unplanned pregnancy counselling
- follow up appointments
- HRT and menopause discussions
We can help you decide what type of appointment you need when you call or we will get in contact when you book online.
Please note, as a sexual and reproductive health specific service, we do not see patients for the treatment of flu or respiratory symptoms.
Please book online at socialfutures.org.au/health-and-wellbeing/choices or call 02 6620 7660.
Please call ahead rather than dropping in during this time.
Now, more than ever, all members of our community require a safe refuge to keep themselves and their communities healthy.
All Social Futures essential services remain open to help the community. Our staff are working flexibly to continue to meet their needs while ensuring we keep our community safe. We remain committed to working with young people, adults and families who are at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness through our Connecting Home program.
Now more than ever our vulnerable young people will need their families and or a safe home. Connecting You (Homeless Youth Assistance Program – HYAP) will continue to support young people (aged 12-15) from Tweed Heads to Grafton who are having problems at home, or who are at risk of becoming homeless, to get connected with family, friends, work, school, and the community. Our Referrals to Connecting You come from the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).
To help minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19 we will primarily provide support over the phone with face to face appointments in exceptional circumstances only. If required to meet in person, we will practice physical distancing of at least 2 metres and will keep the meeting under 15 minutes.
If someone you know is experiencing or is at risk of homelessness, please call Connecting Home on 1800 048 310 (Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm).
Please note, many more people than usual are accessing our services at this time. If we can’t answer your call straight away, please leave a message with your number so we can return it as soon as possible.
If emergency help is needed, Link2Home is available 24 hours a day on 1800 152 152.
COVID-19 is creating feelings of uncertainty within the community. It is especially important at this time to look after your health and well-being. Social Futures programs remain open to support our communities.
The current situation with COVID-19 can be overwhelming and may cause extra stress and pressure on families and on children.
The support for, and safety of all families and children is important, so all of Social Futures essential services remain open to help you.
Social Futures runs a number of programs designed to support families and children, including the Family Referral Service, Elements Family and Relationships Program (10-24 years) and Mijung Jarjums Kids in Mind (0-18 years).
Please note we also deliver programs for young people including headspace Tweed and Lismore (12-25 years). See the post ‘Mental health and wellbeing programs for young people during COVID-19’ or visit our website www.socialfutures.org.au for further information.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on businesses and employment across the country and impacting the wellbeing of our communities.
All Social Futures essential services including our Opportunity Pathways program remain open. Our incredible staff are working flexibly to continue to meet our participants needs while ensuring we keep our community safe.
Opportunity Pathways supports people to access education, training and work opportunities with a view to reaching their employment and housing goals. The program is open to people 17 years or older who live in social housing, receive the Rent Choice Subsidy, or who are on the NSW Housing Register.
With the significant impacts on the economy, employment and housing support is more vital than ever. Our Opportunity Pathways program is moving to over the phone and online services. We will continue to take new referrals and support for our existing participants to meet their goals.
While many industries such as hospitality have been hit particularly hard by this crisis, there may be new opportunities in other areas of the economy. We are working with our partners to identify these new opportunities and build connections with employers to help our participants find work when it is available.
Visit www.socialfutures.org.au/opportunity-pathways to find out more. You can also call 02 6620 1800 or email [email protected]
For the time being the Winsome has had to reduce it’s activity for the safety of our friends and volunteers, due to the COVID-19 virus risk.
So starting today we are not opening our doors as we normally do. However, we are still providing a wonderful meal every day, and still looking out for the needs of some of Lismore’s most vulnerable people.
At 11.30am each day, we’re serving lunch from the side verandah, in takeaway containers; and ensuring people have some sandwiches for later in the day too.
Often a lot of people meet at the Winsome every day, and visitors often attend some of the several service providers such as doctors etc that usually operate from the premises. So we’re really sorry that because of the virus risk, we’ve had to wind down these opportunities.
The Winsome does have an ongoing need for support, and as usual the best gift is cash – as we support local businesses, and provide top quality food. You can donate here….