'We want a future where we no longer need to exist'
ABOUT 200 people gathered at a vibrant Lismore City Hall that was decked out with balloons, displays, live music and an expo, to celebrate Northern Rivers Social Development Council's name change.
The social justice organisation, now called Social Futures, has served the Northern Rivers for more than 40 years.
CEO Tony Davis said while there's now a new name and logo, it will stay largely the same.
"What we want to create is a strong community full of thriving people,” he said.
"That was our vision back in 1974, and that's still where we are.”
He said they decided on a name change to make it easier to understand, and to better represent the organisation's core purpose.
"The name Social Futures embodies what we do and that which is at the very heart of our work - social relationships,” Mr Davis said.
"Social Futures is about the relationships we create, the networks we develop and the energy we invest into our community.”
Mr Davis said what the organisation really wants is no more need for the organisation and the sector as a whole.
"We want a future where we no longer need to exist ... because everyone has safe and affordable housing, families thrive, and people with disabilities are included and valued for their contribution,” he said.
Social futures has grown in the past two years by more than 150% to currently have a workforce of 125 employees, delivering 25 programs and services and supporting more than 5276 people each year.
Mr Davis said the organisation was the second largest employer of community services in the region.