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.


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.


We strive for fairness and justice


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


We accept and value the diversity of women and their children


We treat ourselves and others with compassion, generosity and consideration


We speak and act on our convictions despite adversity


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

Mon - Thur

Therapeutic trauma informed counselling

Please make enquiries by calling us on 6621 9800


may 2024

Mindful Healing – Ballina

6 week program
Wednesdays 9:30am – 11am 



The Shark Cage Group Program

8 week program
Wednesdays 10am – 1pm 



Creative Compassion

9:30am to 2pm – BALLINA

Please join us to learn the art of creative self-compassion. This one
day workshop will look at ways of showing ourselves self compassion
through mindfulness and art.


april 24

Strong Foundations Women’s Yoga

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



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


march 2024

Mindful Healing – Kyogle

6 week program
Wednesdays 9:30am – 12pm 


FEB 2024

Mindful Healing – Wardell

6 week program
Thursdays 9:30am – 12pm 


FEB 24

Strong Foundations Women’s Yoga

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


Watch this space

Womens Weekly Wellbeing

1:30pm – 3pm for six weeks

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

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