Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming assistant minister for Children and Families, Dr David Gillespie to tour Roseberry Community Service and Communities for Children as part of the Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd.
Dr Gillespie and I were very pleased to announce the commitment of up to $1.025 Million over five years to Roseberry’s Reconnect service to help young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. The Reconnect service helps vulnerable young people stabilise their lives and remain connected to their families.
I congratulate the passionate and caring team at Roseberry Community Service for their commitment and dedication in supporting hundreds of young people and their families across our diverse community.
During our Communities for Children visit to the “Big Blue House” on Toolooa Street we met with hard-working members of the Communities for Children team. We had a roundtable discussion with numerous representatives from the community providing a fantastic opportunity to sit and discuss the issues faced by key partners helping to improve outcomes for children and families in the region.
Communities for Children receives federal funding as a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates a range of programs targeted at parents and children ranging from building resilience to managing difficult behaviour.
Our Government is providing $1.9 Million funding from 2014-5 to 2018-19 to support initiatives like 123 Magic and Emotion Coaching for carers and parents, the Play 2 Learn – which supports structured learning activities, and Wings which supports early-years educators, are providing crucial support to many local families.