Welcome to your Community Gateway

Community Gateway is an externally accredited, registered charity formed in 1976.

For 50 years, we have operated as Lismore’s neighbourhood centre, providing grass-roots welfare support and capacity building services for disadvantaged people and communities.

Our services now extend from Lismore to Northern New South Wales, and more broadly across the state.

Featured services

First Step emergency relief

A broad range of services and supports to help people get through periods of financial crisis.

Financial counselling

Take control of your finances with confidential, one-on-one guidance and support from our qualified, specialist financial counsellors.

Rainbow Region Kids

Affordable, high quality before school care, after school care and vacation care for school-aged children throughout the Northern Rivers region.

No Interest Loans (NILs)

No interest loans up to $2000 with no fees for people on a low income.

Choices reproductive and sexual health

Confidential and inclusive reproductive and sexual health services.

Tomorrow Ready

Building volunteer skills, knowledge, confidence and networks to strengthen disaster resilience in Northern NSW communities.

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From 5pm Friday 22 December 2023, until 9am Monday 8 January 2024, we will be closed for the summer break. But while we’re away, there are several alternative support services that can be contacted:Emergency relief- The Winsome Soup Kitchen 02 6622 4055- Caring is Sharing / Five Loaves 0447 575 686- Salvation Army 02 8775 7988Housing- Link2Home1800 152 152- Social Futures 1800 048 310- Aboriginal Homelessness & Prevention Services 1300 355 305- NCAT 1300 006 228NILs- Good Shepard 136 457Domestic Violence Help- My Momentum 1300 355 305- Women Up North 02 6621 7730- DV Hotline 1800 656 463Mental health- Mental Health Access Line 1800 011 511- Lifeline 13 11 14- Kids Helpline 1800 551 800- MensLine Australia 1300 789 978- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 469 ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is World Aids Day. On this day we acknowledge all the lives lost to HIV AIDS. And we celebrate all the people who have cared for HIV AIDS affected loved ones, patients, fought in HIV advocacy, and developed medications for prevention and treatment.Did you know that PeP and PreP treatments have been revolutionary in preventing the transmission of HIV? For more info on these medications and different ways to take them, visit endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/prep/We are proud to provide reproductive and sexual health services through our Choices clinic, and to support LGBTQIA+ people in Northern NSW. If you think you may be at risk of HIV transmission, make a confidential, bulk-billed appointment to speak with one of our friendly, inclusive GPs. To book, call 6621 7397 or visit nrcg.org.au/choices#nrcg #lismorensw #northernnsw #choicesclinic #WorldAIDSDay #WorldAIDSDay #HIVPrevention ... See MoreSee Less
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Flood season is just around the corner. In this video, the amazing Liz Ellis AO talks about her experience as a flood volunteer, why Tomorrow Ready is important, and how to receive free training to ensure our communities meet the next disaster with skills and know-how – including teamwork, leadership, safety and supporting vulnerable people.Get prepared for flood season and register for your free training now: nrcg.org.au/get-prepared-for-disaster-season-now/. Call us 6621 7397 for more info.#nrcg #nrcg #lismorensw #northernnsw #tomorrowready #tomorrowready #nswvolunteer #volunteerNSW #volunteerNSW #nswdisasterresilience Liz Ellis ... See MoreSee Less
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Brighten up the holidays for a local family this Christmas by donating a present before 12 December.There are many disadvantaged families in our communities that are struggling to make ends meet. By donating a gift for them, you will spread some festive joy, bring some smiles to their faces and let them know they are not alone this Christmas.There are 20 families we're receiving gifts for this Christmas. You can see these families' members on our website nrcg.org.au. To donate a gift or two, call 6621 7397 or email hub@nrcg.org.au.#nrcg #lismorensw #northernnsw #adoptafamilyforchristmas ... See MoreSee Less
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Rainbow Region Kids is taking bookings for our summer school holiday Vacation Club. But get in quick! Limited spaces are available and they’re filling up fast.Now operating in Alstonville, Casino West, Evans Head, Kyogle, Lismore Public, Mullumbimby, Ocean Shores, Wardell and Wollongbar.We're fun, safe, educational, run by trained educators and externally accredited, assuring families of our safety and service quality. We're childcare subsidy approved, so families can receive government payments to cover the costs. Call 0429 640 075 or email rrkassist@nrcg.org.au. Read more details on our website nrcg.org.au/rrk#nrcg #northernnsw #RRK #rrk #rainbowregionkids #nswoshc #oshcnsw #nswschools #nswschoolholidays ... See MoreSee Less
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Join the Tomorrow Ready volunteer team now to receive free professional training, and free goodies like T-shirts, caps and water bottles. Read more and apply here: nrcg.org.au/tomorrow-ready/#nrcg #lismorensw #northernnsw #tomorrowready #tomorrowready #nswvolunteer #volunteerNSW #volunteerNSW #nswdisasterresilience @lizzylegsellis ... See MoreSee Less
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Join the Tomorrow Ready volunteer team now to receive free training, a free volunteer pack with lots of goodies, and the confidence to support your community, before, during and after a natural disaster. APPLY NOW and read more at nrcg.org.au/tomorrow-ready#nrcg #lismorensw #northernnsw #tomorrowready #volunteerNSW #volunteerNSW #disasterpreparedness #DisasterRiskReduction #disastermanagement #DisasterResponse ... See MoreSee Less
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In this clip, our Tomorrow Ready ambassador Liz Ellis AO talks about helping out during the devastating 2022 floods in Northern NSW, and how spontaneous volunteering can make a big difference to people's lives during a disaster. Read more about Tomorrow Ready and join the growing team on our website: nrcg.org.au/tomorrow-ready#nrcg #lismorensw #northernnsw #tomorrowready #tomorrowready #nswvolunteer #volunteerNSW #volunteerNSW #nswdisasterresilience Liz Ellis ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is World Children's Day. For nearly 70 years, this anniversary has celebrated and acknowledged children's rights all over the world, from all cultures and backgrounds.We care for the children in our communities. Our Rainbow Region Kids childcare services throughout Northern NSW are accredited through ACECQA, assuring families of our professionalism, quality and safety practices.Many of our free services are aimed at supporting children through disadvantage – we run supported playgroups for preschool children in Alstonville, Connecting Families case management for children and their families in Grafton, and child and adolescent trauma counselling in Lismore, Goonellabah and Ballina.We take children's safety seriously – our charter of commitment to child safety, and our quality systems ensure children's rights are respected and their voices are heard. Read more about our children's support services on our website: nrcg.org.au/popular-services/children/#ForEveryChild #ForEveryChild #nrcg #lismorensw #northernnsw #WorldChildrensDay #WorldChildrensDay #WorldChildrensDay2023 ... See MoreSee Less
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