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The StandBy Response Service is a community-based postvention program delivered by Northern Rivers Social Development Council providing 24-hour response to friends, families, associates and communities bereaved by suicide. Suicide is a time of immense crisis and the tragedy of suicide loss can create trauma, deeply affecting individuals, families and entire communities. In many cases those bereaved do not know where to turn for help or how to find supports that may already exist. The Standby Response Service provides a reliable single point of service coordination and contact, offering respect, understanding and support for the health and well being of people bereaved by suicide, Call 0417 119298 - 24 hours 7 days per week

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Welcome to the website of the Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC), a community-based not-for-profit organisation that promotes fairness and social inclusion in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. Our vision, simply put is ...together in a fair community. NRSDC supports the most vulnerable people in our community and strengthens communities by providing opportunities and services to alleviate disadvantage, engaging in advocacy and promotion, informing and educating people, organisations and government as well as encouraging partnerships, research and planning for future needs.


Latest News

Have Your Say on Social Housing

The NSW Government is inviting your views about the future of the NSW social housing system by responding to its Social Housing Issues Paper.

NRSDC CEO Tony Davies encourages people to put forward their views, saying it is an opportunity to grow the stock of social housing in the Northern Rivers region, which has one of the lowest rates in the state.

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Season’s Greetings from NRSDC!

NRSDC would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and all the best over the holiday season and into the New Year. A big thank you goes out to all the people and services across the region who have continued to make vital contributions to the Northern Rivers community in the past year.

CEO Tony Davies said it must be acknowledged that 2014 has been a year of upheaval in the community services sector, with many programs being re-funded and more to come in 2015.

“The reforms have covered every area, from housing and homelessness, domestic violence, disability services, aged care, health and Aboriginal programs,” Mr Davies said.

“But really what we need to keep our mind on is what is best for the community – making sure that what we do, what the government does and what funding does is in the best interests of the community.

“We need to do our best to remain strong and listen to what service providers need. And we need to make sure we keep putting the message to government and leaders about investing in programs that build capacity in our region and promote participation at all levels.”

Despite the challenges of the past year and into 2015, he encourages the community services sector to look forward and maintain their focus on why we are all here - to make a real difference for our community.

 
Grafton Training Program

Dr Kati Jacobs will be running training programs in Grafton early in the new year on topics such as leadership, trauma and dealing with difficult people.

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Belonging Project Art Exhibition

The inaugural “Belonging” art exhibition was held from December 1-5, showcasing artworks produced at four separate art workshops for kids 0-8 years old that were held throughout 2014.

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With over 60 visitors through the week, the exhibition showcased all the kids’ artworks as well as giving tips and hints on how businesses and people in the local community can be more inclusive with how they interact with kids of all abilities and their families.

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Aged Care Courses

The following courses in Aged Care funding, support and delivery are scheduled for Ballina this February and March 2015. 

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Working With Men Affected By Violence

A training program on Working With Men Affected By Violence will be held at the Comfort Inn Centrepoint, Lismore, on February 27, 2015 9.00 am – 4pm.

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Mandatory Reporter Guide Upgrade

The sixth edition of the Mandatory Reporter Guide (MRG) has been published with updated content that has been endorsed by the members of the Keep Them Safe Senior Officers Group, including FACS.

The enhancements make the tool more comprehensive and easier to understand and use.

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Manage Your Board and Committee Obligations Online!

The team at CommitteeManager.com have recently launched two new versions of their Board / Committee management web application designed specifically for the Community Sector.  A free version has been released offering an array of functionality for a single Board or Committee.  Alternatively manage 3 committees with 10 times the data allowance for a heavily discounted $199 per annum.

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Tools for Success Scholarships Program

Place and Estate Management in Programs and Service Design is currently implementing and evaluating three demonstration projects to support social housing tenants into education and employment. Second round applications open on 5 January 2015 and close on 27 February 2015.

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Calling For An End to the Issue of Disability and Abuse

On Monday 24 November Four Corners aired “In Our Care”, an investigate report on the sexual abuse of people living with disability at Victoria’s largest disability service provider, Yooralla.

JFA Purple Orange, along with a number of other organisations, advocates and politicians, expressed deep concern and anger with the shortcomings of institutionalised services and the urgent need for change.

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North Coast Seniors Health & Lifestyle Expo 2015

Organisers have released the prospectus for the North Coast Seniors Health & Lifestyle Expo 2015 and are inviting groups to participate.

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Comprehensive Health Care Info Service

The Primary Health Care research and information service provides some interesting and up-to-date info on everything from PTSD, integrated care, research on mental illness stigma impacts to access to health care.

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