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

Financial capability workshops

Free workshops to help financially disadvantaged people in Northern NSW make smarter money choices.

No Interest Loans (NILs)

No interest loans up to $1500 with no fees for people on a low income.

First Step emergency relief

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

Rainbow Region Kids

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

Community Visitors Scheme

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

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Preparations for Christmas have begun! Students created their own wreath for the front door. Made from a coat hanger, plastic bags, and a bit of ribbon to finish it off. How creative are they! ... See MoreSee Less
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Only 10 days until Summer Holidays begin!Students have been making the most of their time at Before and After School Care crafting, constructing and climbing. What will they get up to in their final weeks? ... See MoreSee Less
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Hey parents – check out our Summer Vacation Club program, with over 4 weeks packed full of fun, safe and educational activities for school-aged kids over the summer break. Featuring Christmas crafts, cooking, dress-ups, games, Lego, experiments, discos, rainbows and more, it's sure to keep your kids engaged and out of the house. Book now to reserve your place – call 66217397 or email rrkassist@nrcg.org.au. Read more on our website: nrcg.org.au/summer-2022-23-vacation-club-is-open-for-bookings/#nswschools #nswschoolholidays #alstonville #casinonsw #kyogle #lismorensw #oceanshoresnsw #wollongbar #nswoshc #nrcg #rainbowregionkids ... See MoreSee Less
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30 November 2022

Northern Rivers Community Gateway
This is a shout out to all enthusiastic community minded people in the Ballina/Byron area. Did you know there are many lonely and isolated seniors living in our community? By volunteering with the Community Visitors Scheme, for as little as one hour per fortnight, you can make a massive difference in an older persons life. We would love to hear from you if you're looking to give back, please contact kahnquinlan@nrcg.org.au or call 0427 558 126 for more information.We connect isolated and lonely seniors with people in the community for friendship, outings, and fun! It's not just the seniors who gain from this program, our volunteers do too, with lasting genuine friendships formed, and a lifetime of knowledge shared.The program is run by the local charity Northern Rivers Community Gateway, and funded by the Federal Government. It has been in operation for thirty years now and is growing all the time. Often communities are drifting further apart and locals know each other less and less, this program aims to address that, and form bonds and community connections for everyone involved.Be it playing scrabble, listening to stories, going out for a cuppa or a walk, the Community Visitors Scheme can be a rewarding opportunity for people who wish to give something back to our seniors.So don't delay, give us a call, message, or send an email. We have other volunteer opportunities too, including the reverse of this program, where older people teach children forgotten skills!Thanks for reading and we hope you are having#northernrivers #ballina #byron #Lennox #volunteerNSW #volunteerNSW #nrcg #northernriversnsw #Communityvisitorsscheme #communityvisitors #northernrivers ... See MoreSee Less
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We’re seeking Rainbow Region Kids casual childcare assistant coordinators and childcare educators for vacation care, before school care and after school care in Alstonville, Casino, Kyogle, Lismore, Ocean Shores and Wollongbar. For more info, call Brooke on 0439 771 791 or email brookehunter@nrcg.org.au#OSHC #oosh #northernnsw #nswschools #oshcwork ... See MoreSee Less
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28 November 2022

Northern Rivers Community Gateway
We were excited to attended Lismore High School’s wellbeing expo recently and make a presentation to their year 10 students, raising awareness of high cost credit and keeping safe online. There were musical performances, guest speakers, competitions and opportunities for students to connect with a range of local support service providers. If you'd like a presentation at your school, email reneebailey@nrcg.org.au or call 0400 943 157. #FinancialCapability #financialcapability #studentwellbeing #lismorensw #northernnsw #nswschools #staysafeonline #buynowpaylater ... See MoreSee Less
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University of Queensland would like to hear from people in our communities that were affected by recent flooding. Details below.UQ wants to understand the mental health effects of the February 2022 Northern NSW and South-East Queensland floods, in the hopes of informing and improving how governments and communities respond.This study takes approximately 20-minutes to complete, and must be done on a desktop or laptop computer.If you were affected by the floods and want to take part, click on the following link to complete the survey, and go in the draw to win one of five $50 Coles or Myer gift cards: bit.ly/3pIMLpz ... See MoreSee Less
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17 November 2022

Northern Rivers Community Gateway
These amazing humans from our Helping Hands team popped into our temporary community hub today to pick up some donations – beanies to go to the maternity and cancer wards at Lismore Base Hospital, and men's shirts and dolls to the Koori Kitchen in Lismore. #giveback #donate #lismorefloods2022 #lismoreflood #lismorensw #nswfloods #nswfloods #nswfloodrecovery #nswcommunitysupport #lismorehelpinghands #koorikitchen ... 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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