The NSW Government has issued 34 Natural Disaster Declarations to ensure immediate support reaches communities across the State affected by the floods and storms.
The declarations activate practical support for councils, communities, primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations
Please follow this link for information for flood affected communities and landholders from Regional Development Australia.
This year we are offering short courses and workshops in native bee keeping, painting, drawing, clay, Italian, Spanish, sustainable sewing – and much, much more. Ok you have the concept. All you need to do is pick one that speaks to you. Options are being updated regularly, please check back over the coming weeks for fresh options.
Please follow this link for the autumn short courses at ACE Community Colleges.
The Better Chances Forum (BCF) brings together people from organisations and groups across the Northern Rivers region of NSW to support better chances for Children and Young People and their families.
On Tuesday 16 March 2021, 19 members of (BCF) met at Ballina Surf Club to connect, share and reflect on ‘how we can support each other to understand and deliver responsive, accessible and collaborative support alongside children, young people and their families and community.’
This session followed on from a BCF reflection session held in November 2020.
BCF members stated some of the opportunities and challenges in delivering flexible and responsive services include:
Investment in networking throughout the Northern Rivers region
- Finding flexibility to network is a challenge (attached image) it is an investment in time and resources. However, when we do link up and see results and better outcomes for our families. Suggestions of using connection desks and piggie backing on each other
- Importance of regional networks. We service families that spread and move throughout the Northern Rivers region (especially post COVID). Interest in finding out what each other do regionally what are program guidelines are.
- Early intervention means early, let’s be flexible to hold families- not focus on what we can deliver through our contracts but how we can we work together to service a whole family.
Meet families where they are at
- Can we tap into where families are Eg, supermarkets and community events, to promote ourselves and provide flexible service delivery?
- Flexible programs require the sector to work flexibly, eg weekend work, out of hours. How can we build our workforce to adapt to this?
- Let’s be clear about what we can offer and what our responsibilities are so that families are held and understand the service they will receive.
- Building reciprocal relationships with services – so we know we can pick up the phone and know what is going to happen – consistency of service.
Knowing what services are available allows us to be flexible and responsive
- All participants stated they do not have enough understanding of what is available in our region. This affects how flexible we can be as we need to invest time in finding out where to go.
- Use https://askizzy.org.au/ as a place for services to promote and update their service details and use as a service directory (Ask Izzy is a mobile website that connects people who are in crisis with the services they need right now and nearby).
- Use the Community-hub hosted by Social Futures as a space to share service updates, events, and information sent to subscribers through an E-News service.
- Interest in an online discussion space for services. For example, somewhere where you can ask the sector about specific support that we need to connect families with.
For more information about Better Chances Forum visit our website
The Focus on New Fathers program is continuing to provide support to local dads in the Northern Rivers, with over 160 dads and dads-to-be enrolled so far.
A recent change to the program now means that dads will be able to sign up earlier. Fathers and co-parents can now enrol from the time their partner is 12 weeks pregnant (compared to 16 weeks into the pregnancy previously). This will allow fathers to hear of the service at booking in appointments, and to enrol straight away. The messages will still commence from 16 weeks.
The eligibility age to enrol in the program is 18.
To assist with raising awareness of the program and help fathers to sign up to the service there are a range of promotional materials including posters, flyers and postcards. If your organisation would like to obtain some of these materials in the coming weeks, please contact [email protected].
To find out more about Focus on New Fathers, or to sign up, visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/focus-on-new-fathers.
The women’s march was a huge success. Now comes the hard part: how to actually get something done.
The article written by Chris Wallace shares some of the political realities over the past weeks and where we need to go from here to see real change.
The full article can be found on this link
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]
The Grant Opportunity Guidelines for this emergency funding opportunity are available to download from GrantConnect. CHSP service providers who require urgent and immediate support are encouraged to complete an application form, available by emailing [email protected], outlining how you will use the additional funds to meet the objectives and intended outcomes of the grant round.
Please contact your Funding Arrangement Manager if you have any questions or email [email protected].
Community Grants Hub
Department of Social Services
The Department of Health recognises many CHSP service providers in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory are operating in communities currently experiencing severe wet weather and flooding events.
The Department expects all CHSP service providers to continue the safe delivery of home support services during this period and adhere to any advice or guidance provided by your local State/Territory Emergency Services. All CHSP service providers should have an emergency preparedness or risk management plan in place.
CHSP service providers are encouraged to remain in regular contact with their clients and must advise their Community Grants Hub Funding Arrangement Manager of any disruptions to normal service delivery at the earliest opportunity.
What support is available to providers during this period?
Full flexibility remains in place until 30 June 2021. These program provisions will enable CHSP service providers to re-distribute funding to service types and regions to better meet local demand. CHSP service providers who have fully allocated their 2020-21 base funding, may apply for Ad Hoc Funding to help respond to unforeseen circumstances.
Ten years after a groundbreaking study revealed record-high rates of FASD in outback Australia, researchers have returned to the Kimberley to see how the children are coping in adulthood.
Free disability and sexuality webinars that Family Planning NSW will be delivered over April and May 2021. The webinars are aimed at disability sector workers and provide participants with strategies and resources to build confidence and gain skills in how to proactively support people with intellectual disability in the area of relationships and sexuality.
Participants can choose to attend either the first three webinars only, Introduction to Sexuality and Disability, or six webinars in total to complete Sexuality Matters! Part A: provide rights-based sexuality supports. Participants of Sexuality Matters Part A have the opportunity to complete a nationally accredited unit of competency: CHCEDU003: Provide sexual and reproductive health information to clients, which can be used towards a vocational qualification in disability/community services.
The courses are funded by NSW Health for NSW workers and are free to attend.
Questions, Call Education Services on 02 8752 4300 (option 1) to speak to a member of our Schools and Community Sector education team or email [email protected].