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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.
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
w) 02 6686 4366 m) 0429 190 210
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.
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 -
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:
or 02 6620 1856.
Contacting NRSDC Youth Programs
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