Funds to sup­port Childers fam­i­lies

Isis Town and Country - - News - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

ISIS Child and Fam­ily Sup­port Ser­vice will use $39,500 in newly in­jected funds to con­cen­trate on de­liv­er­ing new, in­no­va­tive ser­vices.

Bur­nett MP Stephen Bennett an­nounced the funds ear­lier this week, and on Tues­day vis­ited the site.

Neigh­bour­hood and fam­ily sup­port co-or­di­na­tor De­bra Mur­phy ex­plained the role the ser­vice plays in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“We go to the com­mu­nity and ask what they need, then do what we can to pro­vide,” Ms Mur­phy said.

“This will go to­wards in­no­va­tive projects to work with vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies.

“Our role is to work with those fam­i­lies, as well as kids and lo­cal schools.”

Mr Bennett said the funds were a one-off pay­ment through the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment.

“Isis Child Care and Fam­ily Sup­port is one of 25 across Queens­land to re­ceive a share of $1 mil­lion in fund­ing to sup­port chil­dren and fam­i­lies through a wide range of early child­hood devel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said. “This one-off grant will as­sist the child care and fam­ily sup­port hub in sup­port­ing vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity.

“It’s great to see this lo­cal fa­cil­ity has been recog­nised and re­warded for the im­por­tant work they do, and will be able to con­tinue and build on the ser­vices they pro­vide.”

The Isis Child and Fam­ily Sup­port Ser­vice view the funds as the “com­mu­nity’s money”, and will now ask for in­put on how it should be used.

The ser­vice is funded by Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil and Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing, Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion and Care.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

WEL­COME FUNDS: Isis Child and Fam­ily Sup­port neigh­bour­hood and fam­ily sup­port co-or­di­na­tor De­bra Mur­phy and Bur­nett MP Stephen Bennett.

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