“Women generating social good through sustainable business opportunities”

Our symbol, the Powerful Owl

We have historically worked in the area of family and domestic violence dating back over 30 years.

Until recently, we were known as Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services, auspicing the Lismore Women and Children’s Refuge and Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre.

However, given the changing political and funding climates, we are now reconfiguring to launch social enterprise initiatives to meet our vision.


Our Purpose

  • To deliver initiatives that meet the needs of women and young people in the community inclusive of religious or cultural background, socio-economic status, age, sexual preference and ability.
  • To advocate for the rights of women and young people through lobbying and influencing of decision makers.
  • To alleviate the suffering of women and young people in the Northern Rivers via the provision of initiatives to meet its vision.
  • To engage in such initiatives as the Association considers necessary or desirable to achieve its purpose.

Now and the Future

We are currently exploring and developing social enterprise ideas in the Lismore area.  Our thinking was kick started in 2016 by a Visioning Day, which brought together Board of Management members, staff and association members to workshop the possibilities and directions for our organisation.  As a result of this day a number of ideas have been developed.


In 2018, we are now in the process of working to provide a range of services including:  micro-financing for business women, social connection for women in the community and affordable housing options for older women.  We aim to meet the needs of the local region and provide employment and training opportunities to women.  We are also open to new ideas!


To begin, we recently purchased a house in Lismore that will provide affordable accommodation to 3 women over the age of 50 years. This house will shortly be tenanted (December 2018) and we will then move our attention to developing a hub of women’s social enterprise in another space that we have also purchased. 


Watch this space!


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has”.

– Margaret Mead

Our People

BOARD –  Jen Ireland, Susi St Julian, Cindy Taylor, Jill McCall, Christine Minkov, Kersty Horton, Ruth Rosenhek.

CFO – Julia Melland

We’d love to hear from you

We are based in Lismore, NSW

contact us
0459 362 357

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