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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



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

Reconnect | Getting it Together | SWITCH programs | Young People Leaving Care | NRSDC Juvenile Justice  | NR Youth Council | Contact Youth Programs  Direct Service Delivery Role | Youth News



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.


The Northern Rivers Social Development Council and YP Space Mid-North Coast formed a partnership in response to the Homelessness Action Plan, to manage and deliver the SWITCH Case Management Programs.

SWITCH comprises two programs: Juvenile Justice and Young People Leaving Care (YPLC).

pdfNRSDC Switch brochure.pdf

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

Call For Entries: Archibald Prize 2014 Young Archie Competition PDF Print E-mail

Budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 are invited to submit a portrait for the Young Archie competition, as part of the Archibald Prize 2014 Regional Tour at Lismore Regional Gallery in 2015.

There are four age categories:  5-8 year olds; 9-12 year olds; 13-15 year olds; 16-18 year olds.

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.



Northern Rivers Youth Census results released PDF Print E-mail

The results of a youth census conducted by the Northern Rivers Youth Advisory Council (YAC) have been released. While the findings of the local youth census were similar to the results of Mission Australia’s national youth census, there were some marked differences. Although young people in this region also ranked body image and coping with stress as their top two concerns, local youth ranked the environment as their third highest issue of concern.

The Northern Rivers Youth Census was developed and conducted by the Northern Rivers YAC from September 28 – October 29, 2011, with support and facilitation from the Northern Rivers Social Development Council. Findings of the Youth Census were collated and analysed from November to January 2012, and are included in full in this report. Key findings from the report are listed below.

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