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StandBy Response Service

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

Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back service: 1300 659 467



Australia's most extensive directory of community support services providing access to 242,055 health, welfare and community service records. There is currently over 4,600 services listed for the Northern NSW area.

Youth Programs

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Surviving adolesence together






Surviving Adolescence Together is a parenting course that aims to support parents/ carers through one of the greatest transitions a family must face. This course is designed to help you understand and respond proactively to the challenges of adolescence, and to help strengthen your relationship with your teenager.



COST: Free

DATES: Monday 30th March, Tuesday 7th April and Monday 13th April

TIME: 10.30am to 1pm

ADDRESS: Kentwell Community Center, 20 Bangalow Road, Ballina NSW 2478



Please call or email Steve or Monica, 9am-5pm Monday to Fridays.

Bookings are essential

Steve - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it w) 02 6686 4366 m) 0429 190 210

Monica - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it w) 02 6620 1849 m) 0417 026 585




Reconnect is an Early Intervention Youth Homelessness Prevention Program funded by the Australian Government under the auspices of the Northern Rivers Social Development Council. Reconnect operates across the Northern Rivers with case managers covering the Clarence, Richmond Valley, Lismore, Ballina, Tweed and Byron shires. Reconnect case managers work directly with vulnerable and at risk young people (aged 12-18) who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, as well as their families. The Northern Rivers Reconnect client group priorities include ATSI Communities, low socio-economic and people with complex and multiple needs. Assistance provided may include individual or family counselling, coaching, mentoring, mediation, the development of community supports, referral to other services and use of brokerage funds for specialised services or practical needs. Reconnect  also offers a variety of groups.  Our Case Workers will outreach where necessary.
The service is flexible in supporting family reconciliation, access to accommodation, employment, education, training, life skills and personal development. The emphasis is on advocacy, empowerment and safety.   On average the service takes on about 200 new clients per year, as well as maintaining ongoing client relationships.
The Northern Rivers Social Development Council Reconnect Service has five Case Managers conveniently located in offices in Lismore, Tweed Heads, Ballina and Grafton.

Click the following link to download a Reconnect brochure:


Getting it Together

The Getting it Together program provides intensive support and case management to 12-18 year olds with alcohol and/or other drug misuse issues. The program aims to reduce alcohol and other drug misuse and help young people find opportunities for positive change in their life by:

  • The creation of ongoing positive family and community relationships
  • Building self esteem , personal growth and life skills
  • Addressing personal issues and health problems
  • Education on the impacts of alcohol and other drugs (AoD)
  • Promoting harm minimisation and AoD misuse reduction
  • Connecting young people to specialist services where appropriate.

Those eligible for the Getting it Together program are 12-18 year olds with alcohol and/or other drug misuse or abuse issues and people who want information about alcohol and or other drugs.

NRSDC Youth Programs values client privacy and self determination, to find out more just give us a call.


Young People Leaving Care Program

The Young People Leaving Care (YPLC) program is funded by Family & Community Services (FACS) under the NSW North Coast Homelessness Action Plan. YPLC operates across the NSW North Coast (Mid North Coast and Far North Coast) and provides intensive case management support to young people who have previously been in out of home care and who are at risk of homelessness.

Juvenile Justice Program

The Juvenile Justice program is funded by the Attorney-General & Justice Department under the NSW North Coast Homelessness Action Plan. The program operates across the NSW North Coast and provides intensive case management support to assist young people who are involved in the juvenile justice system to find stable long-term accommodation.

These two programs will be provided to young people in all Local Government Areas spanning the Mid North Coast to the Far North Coast. SWITCH  provides Case Management services to young people aged 16 to 25 years who:

  • Are in OOHC or Foster/Kinship care and at risk of placement breakdown; or
  • Are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have previously been in a care placement.
  • Have previously been in a care placement and are involved with juvenile justice or adult corrections;
  • SWITCH will assist young people by respectfully supporting the plans they have for their lives, focusing on developing connectedness with family and community. Through collaborative relationships with other services and relevant networks, appropriate supports where identified will be developed.

SWITCH will focus on building capacity and supports for young people transitioning to independence through:

  • Client Focused Strengths Based case work planning
  • Work collaboratively to establish leaving care plans
  • Assistance in accessing & maintaining appropriate accommodation.
  • Support young person to connect with family, community and cultural heritage.
  • Access to education and training programs
  • Assistance through access to brokerage
  • Support young people to access/process the content of their care file.
  • Information, advocacy and Referral
  • Work collaboratively with services on identified areas of Community Development

All referrals: Far North Coast: Steve (66 27 3939); Mid North Coast: Michelle (65 63 1230).

Northern Rivers Youth Council

This project aims to provide a forum for young people to advocate on social issues affecting youth in the Northern Rivers region, by developing a representative council for young people. For more information, contact Project Officer Steve Smith on 6627 3939.

Youth Sector Development

The NRSDC Youth Sector Development Project aims to build capacity of youth services across the Northern Rivers to work more effectively with vulnerable and at risk young people.

Contacting NRSDC Youth Programs

For all NRSDC Youth Program contact details, click here.


Youth News

InRhythm Young People’s Support Group PDF Print E-mail

Northern Kids Care will be running an 8-week group for 12-17 yr olds - for young people who have a parent experiencing a mental health problem. Starting Thursday 12 March to 14 May (8 weeks excluding school holidays).

Support Group for Kids PDF Print E-mail

Just B Kids is a support group for children 5-7 years old who have a Parent with a Mental Health Issue. It starts in Lismore on Tuesday 9.30-11.30am, 10th March – 7th April (5 weeks) .

Byron Youth Council Applications Open PDF Print E-mail

Do you know a young person with some great ideas, or who is passionate about community, or who deserves to have an opportunity to rock the world? Please consider encouraging them to apply for Byron Shire Youth Council. 

Young Songwriters Competition PDF Print E-mail

As part of Lismore Youth Week, a Young Songwriters Competition is now open for entries from 12–25 year olds living in the Northern Rivers. Entries close 20th March 2015.

Skatepark etiquette and the unwritten rules PDF Print E-mail

Get to know the language Shred - Eshays - Yolo - Drop In 

 ‘He totally eshays the quarter’ - Often times skate park language and culture can be dumbfounding and sometimes intimidating and unfortunately, most of us have don’t have the time or resources to dedicate to properly understand the dynamics at these concrete playgrounds. Over the next few months, Jemima Key from Big Air School will be sharing her social findings on scooter, skate and BMX culture and skatepark etiquette from her experience at skateparks around Australia.

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