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With two new Indigenous trainees and an innovative new youth program on board, the Youth Services team from Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC) is moving to new premises at 117 Dawson Street, Lismore. (June 8, 2011)
The Northern Rivers Social Development Council welcomes the federal government's budget announcement that $1 billion will be allocated over the next four years towards the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. However, while there is strong support for the scheme and a commitment to piloting it from the current federal government, the scheme's implementation is not certain until it is passed into legislation.
A ground-breaking new project designed to educate people with a lived experience of mental illness and help them enter paid employment in the mental health sector is now underway and getting great results. The Lived Experience Project (LEP), an initiative of the Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC), currently has 29 participants across the Northern Rivers region preparing to become peer support workers while studying Certificate IV in Community Services at ACE North Coast.
Graduates set to change the future of mental health services
25 North Coast students that have taken part in the innovative Lived Experience Project are set to graduate with a Certificate IV in Community Services and Mental Health in an inspiring ceremony scheduled to be held on Thursday 16th August 2012 at the Byron Bay Community Centre. All students have a lived experience of mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Eating Disorder and all of them have completed the long hard journey of re-entering education and completing work experience placements to ensure they are able to make the transition into employment as peer workers in mental health and community services. For some of the students it has been more than 23 years since they have been in a classroom and for others it has been more than 20 years since they had a job. The Lived Experience Project prioritises the social inclusion of people with mental illness and intends to celebrate the student’s achievements in study and work with a keynote address by mental health academic and visionary for change – Anthony Stratford from MIND Australia.
This is a great opportunity to try public transport with a free bus ride sponsored by Northern Rivers Buslines to Lismore Square and back – including a free voucher for a coffee or boost juice sponsored by Lismore Square while you are there! You can also find out everything you ever wanted to know about transport services in and around the Lismore region.