REGIONAL EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAM

 

• Funded by the Federal Department of Social Services under the Financial Wellbeing and capability program
• Commenced 2015
• Mid-Richmond Neighbourhood Centre is the CONC Lead Agency for this Program
 
Emergency Relief is available at the following CONC Neighbourhood Centres:
•Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre
•Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre
•Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre
•Kyogle Together Inc. / Kyogle Youth Action
•Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre and
•New School of Arts Neighbourhood House Inc. South Grafton
 
 

History:

Mullumbimby, Mid Richmond and Nimbin all historically had ER occurring in their Centres, through individualised funding from Department of Social Services.

•The Regional Emergency Relief Coordinator has since supported the establishment and implementation of ER at Kyogle, South Grafton and Pottsville. Along with the transition from individualised service delivery to regional case co-ordination for Mid Richmond, Mullumbimby and Nimbin.
 
CONC is providing ER through a Case Coordination model along with provision of material aid to ease financial crisis. It has a major focus on assisted referral to address underlying issues impacting on the individuals and/or families financial resources. Some outlets also provide additional group activities such as community meals and community pantries. All outlets have additional wrap around services to enhance outcomes for ER clients.
 
Partnerships with Others:
• The Nappy Collective
• Share the Dignity
• Domestic and Family Violence Petrol Voucher project
• Backpack Bed by Swags for homeless
• Telstra
• NSW Department of Industry, Resource & Energy- EAPA vouchers
• Northern Rivers Violence Prevention Network- MATE empowering communities preventing violence facilitator