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Community Programs

Over the past twelve months, our community programs teams supported over 4,736 people across northern NSW. We are proud of our teams for their continued support and resilience in navigating the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions while continuing to provide vital support to our local communities. Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) During the 2020-21 financial year, our SHS domestic and family violence services received funding for increased COVID-19 support. This funding provided an opportunity to hire our first technology-based caseworker to support women and children who could not access support outside of their homes. The ability to provide supports via technology was vital during times of stay-at-home and isolation health orders. This additional support ensured we could case manage, safety plan, deliver resources and link with other essential services for women and children who were otherwise unable to access these services. In keeping with the NSW Premier’s priority to halve rough sleeping by 2025, our SHS case managers supported and participated in the annual rough sleeper count across the district. We also provided case management and wrap-around support through the expanded District Assertive Outreach program and our Tweed Assertive Outreach pilot program. These housing-first programs provide essential skills for people who have experienced many episodes of homelessness and sleeping on the streets, to become better equipped at maintaining successful housing. During the year, our Ballina women’s refuge launched a campaign to raise much-needed funds. The refuge provides a safe place for over 130 women and children escaping domestic and family violence each year. It requires ongoing funding to deliver accommodation and vital domestic and family violence support services. In a bipartisan show of support, NSW MLC Catherine Cusack and MPs Tamara Smith and Janelle Saffin pitched in to help launch the fundraising campaign. Local comedian and refuge ambassador Mandy Nolan committed to holding a community fundraising event in October 2021. We recognise and thank all community members, local organisations and businesses for their continued support and fundraising efforts.

Child, Youth and Family In a year of increased pressure on youth, families and communities, our dedicated team continued to provide innovative solutions to assist families during hardship and lack of access to other services. Our Brighter Futures program achieved great success in assisting clients to access the NDIS. We worked with NSW Housing to relocate families to more suitable homes and continued to work and reengage with remote Aboriginal communities in our region. This financial year has seen the delivery and wrap up of a youth program funded as part of the Healthy Towns initiatives in the town of Casino. The project was a joint effort between multiple community services that established a group that delivered four vital and amazing programs in the Richmond Valley. These included youth leadership activities, a youth film festival, health and wellbeing activities, and cultural and reconciliation activities. The connections, cultural spaces created and skills developed for all youth that participated will have lasting positive effects in the community well into the future.

A big congratulations to all the youth group members and young people in the project, it was an amazing journey!

Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Alliance Momentum Collective is proud to be a part of a vital SHS Alliance that operates across many communities in the Clarence Valley and Richmond regions. The partnership is vital to our regions as it offers placed based specialist services for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence, as well as, culturally appropriate and safe services for Aboriginal people and their families. Our Alliance partners include: Women Up North, Clarence River Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services Inc., Northern Rivers Community Gateway, Casino Boolangle Local Aboriginal Land Council & Gurehlgam Corporation. Thank you again for another great year of partnership as we continue to make a difference to the lives of people in our communities.

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