Welcome to your Community Gateway

Community Gateway is an externally accredited, registered charity formed in 1976. We provide welfare and community capacity building programs for disadvantaged people and communities. Our services extend to the Far North Coast, New England, Mid North Coast and across NSW.

Featured services

Community Visitors Scheme

Regular companionship for older people living alone at home or in residential aged care.

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 $1500 with no fees for people on a low income.

Be Connected

One-on-one guidance for seniors on how to use computers and mobile devices, with an experienced and friendly tutor.

First Step emergency relief

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

NSW flood recovery volunteer recruitment

Resources to help organisations in the Northern Rivers region to get the flood relief volunteers they need.

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This week is Refugee Week, running from 19-25 June and is coordinated by the Refugee Council of Australia. The theme is "healing". It is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of human connection and community, in learning from each other and building stronger communities through healing. We are proud to have been supporting vulnerable people from all walks of life for nearly 50 years. Our social inclusion services, such as volunteering programs and community hubs, support many whose culture or language is not commonplace, building connections, confidence and skills. So this week we'd like to celebrate the diversity of culture and language in our communities, and acknowledge those amongst us who are disadvantaged because of them. We’re happy you’re here. refugeeweek.org.auRefugee Council of Australia (RCOA) #refugeeweekau #refugeeweek #RefugeeWeek #northernnsw ... See MoreSee Less
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You’re invited to attend a free Community Visitors Scheme morning or afternoon tea and information session on either 28 June or 5 July 2022. Join us for a cuppa and something to eat, meet our friendly team and discover how Community Gateway delivers the Community Visitors Scheme, which helps to create new social connections for older people in our communities. If you work in residential aged care, are an older person looking for more company in your life, or would like to become a volunteer visitor, these events are for you. Both events are absolutely free to attend and held at Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre, 50 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah NSW 2480. Afternoon tea – Tuesday 28 June 2022, 1:30pm to 3:30pmMorning tea – Tuesday 5 July 2022, 10am to 12 noon RSVP by emailing fiona@nrcg.org.au to let us know which date you'd like to attend and if you have any dietary requirements. We're looking forward to meeting you. #communityvisitor #communityvisitorsscheme #nswagedcare #agedcare #brightensomeonesday #volunteer #volunteerNSW ... See MoreSee Less
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Free Online Training for Volunteer ManagersIf COVID has taught us one thing, it’s that traditional volunteer program design has left us open to disruption, and that these programs do not work for everyone. The Centre for Volunteering are hosting training for Volunteer Managers addressing Volunteer Motivations through Virtual Volunteering on the 30th June at 12.30. It will explore how you can meet volunteer motivations by introducing Virtual Volunteering into your volunteer programs. To find out more or to register click the following linkwww.volunteering.com.au/event/addressing-volunteer-motivations-through-virtual-volunteering/ ... See MoreSee Less
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We recently received a visit from Cathy and Mark who bought donations all the way from Brisbane. A big thank you to Cathy and Mark, Woolworths in Kenmore Plaza and Op shops in Kenmore Hills and Red HillThese donations are directly supporting flood affected families and individuals in Northern NSW ... See MoreSee Less
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Hey parents and carers – did you know that you could get a $500 voucher for outside school hours childcare from Service NSW? This means you could get your kids into our upcoming Rainbow Region Kids winter Vacation Club for free. How good is that? Contact Service NSW for more details about the voucher. To enrol in our Vacation Club, email rrkassist@nrcg.org.au or call 02 6621 7397.#nswschools #oosh #OSHC #northernnsw ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). It is a day to raise awareness and voice opposition to the abuse of older people. Community Gateway is committed to social and financial inclusion and wellbeing for everyone. A number of our programs support the wellbeing of older people; who are highly valuable members of our communities.The Australian Human Rights Commission has produced a number of resources in 20 languages to empower communities to recognise elder abuse and where to seek help. Resources are available via this linkhumanrights.gov.au/about/news/elder-abuse-resources-available-20-languages#WEAAD2022 ... See MoreSee Less
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Our community hub supports people recovering from flood. At different times, we can provide food, clothes, kids' supplies, toiletries, bedding, and vouchers for supermarkets, chemists, fuel, assistance with energy bills, Telstra bills and white goods. We can connect you to free supports that include financial, mental health, homelessness (for First Nations Australians), family and more.Call ahead before you visit us to check your eligibility and make sure we have what you need. Call 6621 7397 or email hub@nrcg.org.au. #lismoreflood #nswfloods2022 ... See MoreSee Less
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If you want to get in touch with us, you can call, email or visit our premises throughout the Northern Rivers region. Visit our Contact page for more details.

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Community Gateway is a registered charity and QIP accredited, assessed against the Quality Improvement Council Health and Community Services 7th Edition Standards.


We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work and meet, and offer our respect to their elders, past, present and future.

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