Can You Offer Safe Temporary Accommodation to a Young Person?

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Connecting You supports young people aged 12 to 15 at risk of homelessness. This includes providing accommodation in a safe home environment while supporting them to develop positive strategies and direction. Placements are for a maximum of 28 days at a time.

Connecting You has opportunities for family carers who:

  • Live in or near Lismore, Grafton or Tweed Heads
  • Have a spare room
  • Are interested in and respect young people
  • Are flexible, tolerant and understanding
  • Have time to spend time one on one
  • Want to make a difference
  • Don’t have young children at home
  • Own a comprehensively insured car

Ideally carers will have experience with young teenagers as a parent, teacher or in a similar role. You might have recently retired or be working from home.

Full training and support is offered for the right candidates. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

A generous tax-free retainer is offered.

Carers can be from any cultural or religious background, a couple or single, studying or retired.

If you think you have what it takes to be a family carer and give some respite and relief to a young person who needs it, get in touch today.

Connecting You is a program of Social Futures. For more information call Tracy Coop on (02) 6620 1800 or visit: www.socialfutures.org.au/family-carers

Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

Social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors are ineligible to list in the directory.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

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