Re­gion gath­ers for fam­i­lies

St Ge­orge plays its part

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE - Mar­guerite Cud­dihy Mar­guerite.Cud­dihy @west­ern­starnews.com

GOOLBURRI Abo­rig­i­nal Health Ad­vance­ment Com­pany’s re­gional St Ge­orge Of­fice hosted col­leagues from Toowoomba, Roma, Cun­na­mulla, Charleville and Goondi­windi as part of their Fam­ily Well­be­ing Ser­vice and Child Pro­tec­tion Week 2017 pro­gram on Mon­day.

The Fam­ily Well­be­ing Pro­gram fo­cuses on the in­ten­sive fam­ily sup­port of our Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Fam­i­lies through peo­ple shar­ing their sto­ries, dis­cussing the im­por­tance of their re­la­tion­ships and iden­ti­fy­ing goals for the fu­ture, to en­sure that they stay to­gether on Coun­try.

Na­tional Child Pro­tec­tion Week 2017 in­vites all Aus­tralians to play their part to pro­mote the safety and well­be­ing of our children, young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies.

NAPCAN’s cam­paign aims to pro­vide com­mu­ni­ties, fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als with prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion on how to ‘Play your Part’ and to em­bed pri­mary preven­tion mes­sages into so­cial dis­course. It also pro­vides a plat­form for com­mu­ni­ties to be em­pow­ered, re­sourced and mo­bilised to take ac­tion at a lo­cal level.

At­ten­dants lis­tened to Goolburri Abo­rig­i­nal Health Ad­vance­ment Com­pany CEO Lizzie Adams of Toowoomba and Matthew Lupi, Re­gional Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties, Child Safety and Dis­abil­i­ties, Ip­swich who shared talks on how best to pro­vide sup­port to fam­i­lies through­out our com­mu­ni­ties.

South-west Fam­ily Well­be­ing Pro­gram Leader Anne Lee said the Ser­vice providers, Agen­cies and Part­ners in­clud­ing Balonne Shire Coun­cil­lors and El­ders at­tended the roll-out of the pro­gram, that co­in­cided with Na­tional Child Pro­tec­tion Week 2017.

“It was re­ally suc­cess­ful and we were so de­lighted with the day,” Ms Lee said.

“It was ex­cit­ing to have such a great cross-sec­tion of com­mu­nity mem­bers, agen­cies and ser­vice providers.”

Goolburri Fam­ily Well­be­ing Ser­vice prides it­self in con­nect­ing with fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties and em­ploys lo­cal peo­ple to work with fam­i­lies and car­ers to keep children safe and fam­i­lies to­gether.

PHOTO: MAXINE HICKS

PLAY YOUR PART: Ser­vice providers from across the re­gion met in St Ge­orge for Child Pro­tec­tion Week.

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