empowering women & their children 

northern rivers women & children’s services inc. (norwacs)

Our services support the diverse women and their children in the Northern Rivers community to be well, safe, strong and empowered to thrive.

NORWACS’ services are provided by women to women throughout their life cycle therefore, ‘women’ includes women and girls of all ages. Women are considered to be all those who experience or have experienced oppression as women, including cisgender, transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people, and all those who identify as women. Self-definition is at the discretion of the individual.

About our Organisation

Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services Incorporated (NORWACS) is a feminist, community-based charity that provides health and wellbeing services for the diversity of women and their children, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.

Our services recognise and challenge the effects of sex-role stereotyping and gender discrimination on women’s health and wellbeing. We work to empower women to determine their individual health needs and to make and access evidence informed choices.

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre
WORTH: Women’s Outreach Trauma Health Service
Heartfelt House: Support for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse
WISE: Women in Social Enterprise

Our Patron

We are proud and honoured to have the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO KC as our regal patron. 

Our values

Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services Inc is committed to the achievement of a society in which all relationships are free from abuse, and embraces the feminist principles of self-determination, empowerment and freedom of choice for all women and children.

EQUITY

We strive for fairness and justice

INTEGRITY

We are honest, sincere and do what we say we will do

respect

We accept and value the diversity of women and their children

kindness

We treat ourselves and others with compassion, generosity and consideration

courage

We speak and act on our convictions despite adversity

sustainability

We are committed to the preservation of our human, social, economic and environmental resources

Respect to First Nations people

Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services Inc acknowledge the people of the Bundjalung Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work today. We pay respect to their elders past and present and emerging leaders, as well as all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. This country was never ceded and always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

We endorse the ‘Uluru Statement From the Heart’ to call for the establishment of a ‘First Nations Voice’ in the Australian Constitution and a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise a process of ‘agreement-making’ and ‘truth telling’ between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our Top Priorities

The NORWACS Strategic Framework 2023-2028 sets out the priorities and objective of the organisation and can be accessed here.

Upcoming Events

6

march 2024

Mindful Healing – Kyogle

6 week program
Wednesdays 9:30am – 12pm 

29

FEB 2024

Mindful Healing – Wardell

6 week program
Thursdays 9:30am – 12pm 

21

FEB 24

The Shark Cage Group Program

8 week program
Wednesdays 10am – 1pm 

6

FEB 24

Strong Foundations Women’s Yoga

Running during NSW Government School Terms
Tuesdays 9:30am – 11:30am 

TBA

watch this space for 2024

Nourish Northern Rivers

Learn how to make healthy meals using pantry staples and gain an understanding of how to attend to your wellbeing during challenging times

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Womens Weekly Wellbeing

1:30pm – 3pm for six weeks

  • co creating an emotionally safe & nurturing space
  • connect, share and build wellbeing skills

Tue Wed

Therapeutic trauma informed counselling

Please make enquiries by calling us on 6621 9800

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