The past year has had its challenges and not least the changing social and economic landscape of our regional communities.
The demand for our services is continuously growing with much of this increase in demand coming from people struggling with the cost of living, financial and housing stress and a significant increase in people reporting that they are at risk of becoming homeless. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t receive a call or drop-in from someone who has reached desperation point and has nowhere else to go.Working at Roseberry provides a constant reminder of why we are here – working towards our vision of creating a strong, vibrant, compassionate community, one kind deed at a time.We have recognized for quite a longtime that we have needed to expand our ability to be able to provide a safe space for people to drop in and get help and support as needed.The demands for our Dignity Hub services at Rollo St have tripled and we hope that our new (currently being built) Homeless Hub next to our head office will help us to be able to grow and expand these services. In the past year,we have focused heavily on growing our volunteer base and have implemented an online volunteer management system called EmpowerUp that will hopefully allow us to attract and onboard quality volunteers to help us continue to provide these frontline services.We are committed to our vision that every time we provide a service or support, we hope that they have been given an opportunity to lift themselves out of disadvantage and to create safe,vital, and resilient lives. Thank you to all of you in our community who have so generously donated your time, effort, goods,and services. We rely heavily on the compassion of others to help empower those who access our services. Your deliberate acts of kindness are helping to create a strong, vibrant, compassionate community.
WE’RE READY TO TAKE YOUR MUCH APPRECIATED DONATIONS FOR OUR ANNUAL2024 BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
This year, over 244 local children and young people, from preschool to high school age, were helped to get back to school with the gear they needed, thanks to your generosity again.We look forward to working with our generous community to ensure our students continue to get the right start to the 2024 year.All contributions to our Back to School Drive can be dropped off at our head office or our partner locations – REMAX Gold Gladstone (Mellemont St, WestGladstone) and The Greens Office (22 Herbert St, Gladstone Central).“It takes a village to raise children,and the Roseberry Qld team is to be commended on being part of the village and for the work that they have put in.I’m proud of all that’s been achieved, andI am excited for what we can do in the future.”Erin Robertson, RQ Board of Directors Chair.
Throughout the last 12 months, Roseberry Qld has assisted almost 8000 individuals to access support and services. These include:
80 families supported in relationship building
288 parents to access study and employment
1267 young people accessed mental health services
4416 bed nights provided at our shelters -Jack’s House & Roseberry House
2123 toiletry packs given out to homeless persons
310 at risk young people to get advice and referral into suitable services
4148 bed nights provided at our crisis accommodation
394 homeless people provided with food, amenities ,advice and referrals
•Beginning construction on our Housing and Homelessness Hub at 19 Dawson Road (completion expected in the first quarter of 2024).
•The partnership with The Shelter Collective in Rockhampton for new social housing accommodation and Dignity on Wheels.
•Our first Youth Arts Awards inRockhampton.
•Continuing the “Homeless Connect”,“Back to School” and “Adopt a Family”programs which have all seen strong partnerships with other like-minded community organisations
• Beneficiary of the GPC Port to Park Fun Run
•RQ were successful in an application to the Investing in Queensland Women Grants to run a series of workshops on healthy eating and body image.
•RQ signed up as an organisation supporter of theVoice to Parliament•Invested in our sites to ensure they were culturally safe, welcoming and accepting to all