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Increase your retirement income and entitlements

Increase your retirement income and entitlements

National Seniors Australia has a sponsored story from one of their partners Retirement Essentials sharing tips for ways that may improve your Aged Pension entitlements. A free eligibility calculator is also provided to help you consider how small changes can affect your entitlements. Full details are in the link.


Push to fix home care price gouging

Push to fix home care price gouging

Push to fix home care price gouging

Australians desperately want more home care and they expect more to be announced in the Budget. But they also want an end to the high management fees and price gouging by inefficient providers.

Last week, Rebekah Sharkie, member for Mayo in South Australia, rose in question time to ask the government what it was doing to stop price gouging in home care.

She noted the example of a couple who had 25% of their home care package sucked up in management fees and went on to claim some constituents reported management fees of up to 45% – resulting in little money for actual care.  The full story can be found in the link below.


Information about the COVID -19 Vaccines.

Information about the COVID -19 Vaccines.

The Australian Government has an information and communication resource for aged care providers, their workers and residents and their family about the COVID -19 vaccines. To learn more about the role out of the vaccine and to keep you informed and assist you in your decision-making process follow the links below.


And the COVID -19 vaccine aged care readiness toolkit which includes a checklist for facilities to work through in preparing for the vaccination clinic.


20 years on from the Olympics, he’s passing on more than a love of the game

20 years on from the Olympics, he’s passing on more than a love of the game

At 19, David Johnson’s life took a dramatic turn when a friend pulled up in his dad’s new car. 

“I told mum I’d be going for a quick ride, I’d be back in five minutes,” David, known as DJ recalls. “I came home twelve months later, minus a bit.” The ‘bit’ DJ is referring to is his leg. 

“It was dumb. We were going too fast, racing another car.”  

Fast forward 31 years and DJ has three World Cups, two Silver World Cups, two Bronze World Cups and an Olympic silver medal after representing Australia in wheelchair tennis around the globe, including at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.  

Today, DJ has found a new way to pass on not just his love of tennis, but also his message of inclusion and belonging for people of all abilities.      

DJ works for Social Futures as a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Local Area Coordinator and supports others to access and understand the NDIS, and to get the most out of their NDIS plan.  

“It is like winning the lotto,” he said. “I get up in the morning and look forward to coming to work, to getting out and making a difference, and doing something meaningful. This job has changed my world. I’m so happy.”  

It’s the inclusion awareness program he delivers to schools, Sports Ability, which really gets DJ excited. 

Sports Ability teaches children how to play games and include everybody. It also showcases specific Paralympic games and various wheelchair sports, including wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair AFL.  

Programs aimed at young people, like Sports Ability, have been shown to foster inclusion, increase awareness and improve attitudes toward disability.  

“I don’t just impart pro tips for sports – though I do throw them in too! We also talk about disability, about my experiences and about the achievements of people with disability as well as some of the challenges. 

“I encourage all the young people I talk to, to ask questions and to be curious – through asking questions comes understanding, and through understanding comes inclusion.  

“Sports Ability is all about inclusion so maybe if these young people have a friend who has a disability, they can modify the game, or choose another to include everyone from the start.”  

DJ said we have come a long way, but more education is needed. 

“Children learn so much from speaking with someone who has a disability. They can find out all the things they’ve been able to achieve in their lives, and not be so quick to judge and make generalisations when they next see or meet people with a disability.   

“My kids don’t look at people with disability any different. They’ve always been around them. 

“When we’re out sometimes my kids will say, ‘Dad! They’re all looking! Why are they looking at you?’ I say, ‘it’s ‘cos I’m good looking!’” DJ said with a laugh. 

Sports Ability is a free program being delivered to schools in Northern NSW. 

If your school is interested in participating in the Sports Ability program, contact Social Futures on 1800 522 679.   

This program is funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and delivered by Social Futures.  

Social Futures is a social justice organisation delivering Local Area Coordination services for the NDIS across more than 50% of regional NSW. It also delivers inclusion awareness programs, including Sports Ability for schools.  

To talk to a Local Area Coordinator about the NDIS, or to find out how your school can take part in inclusion awareness programs, email [email protected] or call our LAC Hotline on 1800 522 679 (Mon-Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm).    

Social Futures is challenging stereotypes about disability in  Central Coast schools

Social Futures is challenging stereotypes about disability in Central Coast schools

‘Different on the Outside, Same on the Inside’ is a free program for primary school aged children aimed at breaking down misconceptions and social barriers and encouraging awareness and inclusion for people with disability. 

This program is facilitated by Social Futures Local Area Coordinator for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Maree Jenner.

As a person of short stature, Maree engages young people and speaks to her own experience of difference and the challenges she faced “growing up little” in a world built for average height people. 

“I am so passionate about this program because I have a physical disability. I am different,” says Maree.

“It is such a good opportunity to go in and talk to children because they notice things, they are learning, and the earlier you talk to young people, the better.

“Young people have questions about disability, they are curious about differences. They want to know why that is, and to understand.

“Having contact with me and becoming familiar with disability helps to remove awkwardness. Through this program we support young people to feel comfortable with difference and open avenues toward understanding and respect.” 

Maree says children with disability, whether physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, or sensory, are at increased risk of being bullied, which can result in poor mental health, anxiety, depression and even suicide. 

“Sadly, bullying happens frequently in our country, but often it occurs as a result of ignorance and misunderstanding, and this program wants to rectify that,” she explains. 

National President of Short Statured People of Australia, Sam Millard says he supports Maree and the work she’s about to embark on.  

“The work Social Futures will do through this program will give short statured people, of all ages, a greater opportunity to participate freely in the community without feelings of isolation and angst that a lack of understanding can cause,” he says.

“We also hope the focus on school-aged children will allow us to continue to tackle the complex issue of bullying together as an organisation and as a community.”

Central Coast Member for Parliament, Leisl Tesch, is also enthusiastic about the program.

“As a wheelchair user and a Member of Parliament, I expect to be included in all aspects of our community, and I’m determined to help Social Futures to make inclusion for all a reality across the Central Coast and beyond,” says Leisl.

If your Central Coast primary school is interested in participating in the Different on the Outside, Same on the Inside program, contact Social Futures on 1800 522 679. 

This program is funded through the NDIS and delivered by Social Futures

Rental Lists for the Northern Rivers Week Commencing 22.02.2021

Rental Lists for the Northern Rivers Week Commencing 22.02.2021

Click the links below to view the latest rental vacancy lists for The Northern Rivers region, including Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina, Grafton and Casino.

If you or somebody you know is homeless, or is at risk of becoming homeless, contact Link2Home 1800 152 152 for 24 hour emergency support.

If you are living from Tweed Heads to Grafton, you can contact Connecting Home on 1800 048 310 between 9 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday or email [email protected]

Who’s hiring? – February 2021

Who’s hiring? – February 2021

Looking for work?  Check out the flyer below for some options. 


Opportunity Pathways is a free employment and training program for people receiving social housing assistance.
We work with you to create a plan based on your situation and goals. If you want help on your journey to enter into
the workforce, contact us today.

t: 02 6620 1800

e: [email protected]

w: socialfutures.org.au/opportunity-pathways


Vacancy: Centre Manager – headspace Grafton

Vacancy: Centre Manager – headspace Grafton

The Centre Manager leads, develops, implements, oversees and manages the operations, and the future growth and development of headspace Grafton.

A snapshot of position information is below:

  • Full time position (38 hours per week)
  • Available for immediate start, this position is subject to ongoing funding
  • Location – headspace Grafton

To Apply


Before you submit your application, please contact us at [email protected] for a Position Description.  Your application must include:

  • an outline of your claims to the position demonstrating how you meet each of the essential and desirable criteria listed on the Position Description
  • your current resume detailing your skills, qualifications and experience, and including two referees

Email your complete application to [email protected]

Enquiries to:  Shelley Rowe, CEO on (02) 6652 8111 or 02 6652 1878

Closing Date for Applications: 9am Tuesday 2 March 2021


Rainbow Cultures – online LGBTQIA+ multicultural directory online launch Feb 18

Rainbow Cultures – online LGBTQIA+ multicultural directory online launch Feb 18

Rainbow Cultures is a new online directory for LGBTQIA+ multicultural community groups and services in NSW. It was developed in collaboration between ACON and community members from ANTRA (Australia and New Zealand Tongzhi Rainbow Alliance) and ConversAsians/SocialisAsians, and expanded on Advance Diversity Service’s existing multicultural LGBTQ support directory.

For multicultural LGBTQ+ communities, and especially those from migrant backgrounds who are new to Australia, it’s important that they are able to connect with groups and services that understand the intersections of their cultural, linguistic, sexuality and gender diversity, and empower them to have a strong sense of belonging and community connectedness. We’re hoping an online directory like Rainbow Cultures is one of the many steps in providing this for our multicultural LGBTQ+ communities. Rainbow Cultures is also an ongoing project where the directory will be constantly updated alongside community volunteers.

We’d like to extend the invite to you all to come along to our launch event which is happening next Thursday 18 February, 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

You can register your attendance here.

If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to get in touch at [email protected].

Rainbow Cultures can be found at Online Launch

Position Vacant – Community Hub Coordinator

Position Vacant – Community Hub Coordinator

The New School of Arts Neighbourhood House Inc. is seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced individuals for the following position:

Coordinator – Clarence Valley Community Hubs

  • Permanent Part-time, 28 hours per week
  • SCHCADS Award (2010) Level 4 from $36.62 per hour
  • Based in South Grafton and working across locations in the Clarence Valley including Baryulgil, Grafton, Maclean & Yamba.

All applicants are required to address the questions in the application package. To obtain an application package please contact Skye Sear at [email protected] or on 02 6640 3800

Applications close 6.00pm, Monday 1st March 2021