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Social Futures opens its new Lismore office for a community in need of face-to-face support

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Social Futures opens its new Lismore office for a community in need of face-to-face support

The not-for-profit organisation, Social Futures, which delivers more than 20 community programs, has opened its new office in Lismore where participants can visit in person and Social Futures can provide face-to-face support.

Social Futures CEO Tony Davies said his organisation delivers a diversity of programs, such as: homelessness supports, headspace youth mental health services, family and youth assistance and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“Social Futures has been here for the Northern Rivers community through the pandemic and after the twin-flooding disasters. We’ve had staff in the field working from mobile vans. We never wavered in our support of this region,” Mr Davies said.

“We know that people here are much in need of human contact, and that is why we are delighted to announce that we have a new office in Lismore in the existing building at 29 Molesworth Street.

“The new refurbished space means we can bring back 120 staff into Lismore’s Central Business District to meet face-to-face with community members in need of support.

“Having our own office again is important to the recovery of this area – Social Futures is determined to be there for Lismore. We want to see people in person.

“And by coming back into the CBD we are committing to the future of our region. There will be an extra 120 people visiting the CBD every week – buying lunch, shopping and enjoying Lismore’s cultural spaces.”

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren Jones said having a physical presence in Lismore will continue to allow Social Futures to play an integral part in the recovery for those affected by the floods.

“We are all working towards ensuring vulnerable residents have access to the services they need and are sufficiently supported as they rebuild their homes and their lives,” Mrs Maclaren Jones said.
Acting CEO of headspace Julia Smith said it was important young people in Lismore have access to in-person mental health support during the recovery phase.

“headspace is grateful to have a new space where we can continue our important work of supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing,” Ms Smith said.

“The time after a natural disaster is potentially very challenging for young people, and it’s important young people and their families in Lismore know they can seek support at headspace – when and where they need it most.”

Acting National Disability Insurance Agency CEO Dr Lisa Studdert said it is vital to increase the accessibility of support available to people with a disability, both on a day-to-day basis andin the event of future emergencies.

“Social Futures was an important element of the emergency response in Lismore, assisting people with disability displaced from their homes, and working with Resilience NSW to provide
information and support across 15 flood recovery centres,” Dr Studdert said.

“The presence of services, such as Social Futures, helps disaster impacted participants to access essential disability related supports and facilitate repairs to damaged homes, vehicles, assistive technology and workplaces.”

Prior to February 28, Social Futures had five offices in Lismore, with four severely impacted by the floods.

The new Social Futures office in the existing Westlawn Building, 29 Molesworth Street, is four metres above the February flooding peak.

The new building will be fully accessible to people with a disability with an occupational therapist being consulted for the refurbishment.

Across northern New South Wales and in south-east Queensland, Social Futures works with more than 20,000 participants.

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

Lismore Area Libraries are offering an extensive range of fantastic school holiday activities. April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

As part of the 2024 Lismore Youth Week, we are offering:

Acting workshop with Neighbours star Madeleine West, for ages 12-24.

Film workshop with an award-winning writer-director, also for ages 12-24.

Locals aged 12-24 are encouraged to book for these free sessions here: https://lismore-events.bookable.net.au/

For younger ages, there are almost too many options. So why not just book in for the whole lot? Children are invited to:

Learn about ANZAC history and make some poppies to decorate our window.

Make a jar terrarium to take care of and watch grow over the holidays.

Use the extensive collection of Lego the library owns at two open play sessions.

And so much more craft, games and fun!

ALL events are FREE, but bookings are required. The full list of events can be viewed here: https://events.humanitix.com/tours/school-holiday-activities-at-lismore-area-libraries

 

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Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant program spurs growth in affordable housing

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Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant program spurs growth in affordable housing

 

Since its inception in July 2023, Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant initiative has garnered significant interest, with 28 applications received for the construction of new units and dwellings meeting the Affordable Housing criteria. This program, supported by a dedicated fund of $1.2 million, operates on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis, aiming to invigorate the development of affordable housing options within the community.

Under the Housing Grant program, eligible projects can receive $15,000 per new dwelling, spanning across six distinct categories:

  1. Secondary dwellings,
  2. First home buyers undertaking new construction,
  3. Relocation of flood-affected dwellings within Lismore LGA,
  4. Construction of new dwellings within Lismore LGA by recipients of a buyback from the NSW Reconstruction Authority,
  5. Housing built by Community Housing Providers (CHP) or Indigenous Community Housing Organisations (ICHO), and
  6. Multi-dwelling housing projects developed under agreements to be managed by a CHP for affordable rental purposes for a minimum of 15 years.

Eber Butron, Council’s Chief Community Officer, expressed optimism seeing individuals accessing the grants to bolster new housing endeavours. He emphasised the collaborative effort needed from all levels of government to combat the housing crisis, with Council leveraging funds from a Federal Government program earmarked for affordable housing initiatives.

Mr. Butron highlighted Council’s array of initiatives aimed at stimulating affordable and diverse housing options, including discounts and deferrals of developer contributions and a partnership with Landcom to develop over 50 dwellings on Council-owned land. He underscored Council’s commitment outlined in the Affordable and Diverse Housing Strategy adopted in 2023, which delineates actionable steps and collaborations to augment housing stock for underserved target groups.

The Federal Government’s Building Better Regional Cities program funds the Housing Grants, with 80 grants to be disbursed on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis until the allocated funds are fully utilised.

Interested parties can access a Fact Sheet outlining the program’s criteria and application process on Council’s website here.

 

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Lismore City Council Empowers Youth with Dynamic Workshops During 2024 Youth Week

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Lismore City Council Empowers Youth with Dynamic Workshops During 2024 Youth Week

 

Lismore City Council is fully engaged in the upcoming 2024 Youth Week, committed to fostering creativity and empowerment among our younger residents through an array of dynamic workshops.

Scheduled from Tuesday, April 16th to Saturday, April 20th, this year’s Youth Week boasts an inspiring lineup of activities tailored for individuals aged 12 to 24. Participants can anticipate a platform for self-expression, skill development, and meaningful connections with like-minded peers who share their passions.

The event offers a diverse range of workshops, each designed to unlock creativity and cultivate empowerment. From delving into the fundamentals of film writing and production to exploring the vibrant realm of digital art, storytelling, and natural crafts with renowned artists, there’s something for every young enthusiast. Notable artist Chris Lego will lead a captivating exploration of zines from around the globe, providing a unique avenue for artistic expression.

Mykaela Baillie, Lismore City Council’s Quad Placemaking Officer, emphasized the significance of this initiative in providing a supportive environment for youth to express themselves and contribute to their community. The overarching theme, “Express. Empower. Get loud!”, underscores the importance of celebrating individuality and fostering a sense of unity among young people across NSW.

Since its inception in 1989, Youth Week has evolved into a nationwide celebration, engaging thousands of young Australians annually. It serves as a platform for youth engagement and empowerment, offering opportunities for personal growth and community involvement.

The 2024 Youth Week program includes a variety of engaging workshops:

  • Quad Offsite: On Country Forest and Forage
    Location: Namabunda Farm, 112 Whites Avenue, Alstonville
    Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 April, 10am – 3pm
    Discover the wonders of our local ecosystem as you forage for native foods and fibres and participate in the restoration of Youngman Creek’s Big Scrub rainforest.
  • Collage Club
    Location:
    Goonellabah Library, 27 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah
    Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 April, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
    The Collage Club is an ongoing community engagement and creative recovery program. It is a free, accessible program that enables the community to get together and enjoy the process of making collages in a supportive environment.
  • Quad Offsite: Jarjums on Paper
    Location:
    Amarina Aboriginal Artist Run Initiative, Shop 1/126 Molesworth Street, Lismore
    Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 10am – 1pm
    Explore the rich world of digital art, storytelling, and natural crafts with renowned artists in a series of drop-in workshops.
  • Screenwriting and Film Workshop
    Location:
    Lismore Library Meeting Room, 44 Carrington Street, Lismore
    Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 10am – 11am
    Dive into the basics of film writing and production, guided by an acclaimed filmmaker and writer.
  • Zine Making Workshop (2-day workshop)
    Location:
    Elevator ARI, 3 Rural Street, Lismore
    Dates: Thursday, 18 April and Saturday, 20 April, 1pm – 5pm
    Create and explore zines from around the globe with artist Chris Lego in this immersive two-day workshop.
  • Acting Workshop with Madeleine West
    Location:
    Goonellabah Library, 27 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah
    Date and Time: Thursday, 18 April, 10am-11am

These workshops encompass a range of creative disciplines, providing participants with valuable skills and experiences. For further information on Lismore Youth Week activities, visit here.

 

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