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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

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Suicide Call Back service: 1300 659 467


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The Australian Service Excellence Standards are quality standards for Community Services developed for the sector by the sector.   

The Australian Service Excellence Standards (ASES) star is a nationally recognised accreditation symbol that marks NRSDC’s achievement in

quality improvement in service outcomes and demonstrates our pride in service quality to our clients and staff.


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Youth Programs

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Surviving adolesence together


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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: Tuesday 26th May, Tuesday 2nd June and Tuesday 9th June 2015

TIME: 10.30am to 1pm

ADDRESS: Byron Community Center, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay, NSW



Please call or email Steve 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




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.


Care 2 Change

  • Care2Change, represents a unique initiative of the Northern RIG, in direct partnership with TPO, Ngunya Jarjum and the Northern Rivers Social Development Council, to increase the voice of young people in OOHC Reform.
  • The aim of the group is to ‘make positive changes and find solutions for young people in OOHC’ by bringing ‘young people together to voice their opinions and to share their care experiences, so they can stand together and stand up for all young people in OOHC’ to ‘make ‘being in care’ happier, healthier and safer.’
  • The group is aimed at young people aged 14-25, who are in care, have left care, or who spend a lot of time with young people in care.

For further information contact Jen Parke - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 0431 206689


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.


Links to Learning

Links to Learning is a targeted program implemented by the NSW Department of Education and Communities to improve outcomes for young people and focuses on effective transitions for at risk young people. Links to Learning supports young people aged 12 to 24 years who experience barriers to participating in mainstream education or training and who are at risk of disengaging from education. Young people who access Links to Learning are provided with learning opportunities and support services to assist them remain in or re-engage with education or training or transition to employment.Links to Learning is a creative, practical & dynamic program, facilitating vocational education courses, including hospitality, for young people aged 15-24yr who are at-risk, &/or early school leavers, &/or unemployed.

Our courses (10-20 wks) facilitate Information Literacy, Wellbeing & Resilience, as well as specialised Vocational Skills. Our courses are designed to meet participants diverse needs & aspirations to re-engage young people & increase employability &/or education pathways.

Young People engaged in a Links to Learning course experience opportunities to access accredited learning supported by dedicated & experienced youth workers within a safe, creative & learner-centred environment. Links to Learning youth workers provide one on one case management, advocacy, referral & support for young people engaged in our courses.

Links to Learning works collaboratively with community partners to ‘Link’ young people with locally delivered, accredited learning opportunities such as TAFE and the YWCA, Goonellabah.

Young people participate in a mindfulness program, and share a meal. Interagency workers attend & discuss topics such as: substance use, mental health, sexual health. Weekly group work activities are designed to develop the following interpersonal, learning & work skills: self-esteem, teamwork, communication, information literacy, goal setting, and resume & interview skills.

Youth Connections will be offering the opportunity in 2014 for up to 10 young people from each of the three High Schools (Kadina High, Richmond River High and Nimbin Central) to join the (10-20) week program and to attend for one full day per week during the school terms.

For more information, please contact our Links to Learning Coordinator, Jen Stockdale e: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 02 6620 1856.


Contacting NRSDC Youth Programs

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Youth News

Young Archie Competition PDF Print E-mail

To coincide with the ARCHIBALD PRIZE 2015 Tweed Council is holding a Young Archie competition​. Budding artists between the ages of 13 – 18 will be invited to submit a portrait for the Young Archie competition, as part of family-focused activities for the Archibald Prize 2015: Regional Tour at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah. Entries close December 11.

Computer Clubhouse Seeks Mentors PDF Print E-mail

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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.

Indigenous Youth Mobilty Program -Closing the Gap PDF Print E-mail

Are you an Indigenous young person and want to gain a qualification and further your career? Indigenous hostels are for young Indigenous people from remote areas who wish to study at TAFE or University or do a traineeship or an apprenticeship through the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program.  pdfClosing_the_Gap__Youth_Mobility_Program.pdf   

Youth Homelessness Matters Day PDF Print E-mail

They may not immediately appear to be homeless, but those kids sleeping on a friend's couch "for a few nights" may not have any real alternative. They probably haven't left the family home for the fun of it. Many will be escaping domestic violence, neglect, parental drug or alcohol abuse, or child abuse. The Northern Rivers has the second highest number of homeless people in NSW, and nearly half of them are children or young adults.

In a local contribution to a national campaign aimed at raising public awareness of this problem, the Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC), in partnership with Youth Connections North Coast and St Joseph's Youth Service Tweed Heads, will be holding events and activities leading up to Youth Homelessness Matters Day on April 9, 2014.



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