Bank fund helps DS Community Services
DOUGLAS Shire Community Services Association benefited from the ANZ Bank’s Seeds of Renewal grant program yesterday when they received a weighty checque.
ANZ announced on Tuesday that the Douglas Shire Community Services Association would receive $3013 in funding from the program.
Seeds of Renewal provides grants of up to $10,000 for education and employment projects in regional communities of fewer than 15,000 people. The program is funded by ANZ and independently administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). The grant will fund a dedicated life and employability skills program for 20 i ndigenous and nonindigenous community members experiencing long term unemployment.
ANZ regional executive for Far North Queensland, Ross Matthews, said: ‘‘ We’re pleased to support the terrific work led by Douglas Shire Community Services Association in both enhancing local employability and contributing to family development.’’
Jill Bradley, community development officer, said ‘‘the funds will be used for a Life Skills Program for existing clients as well as clients from the youth centre. The life skills program will be three-hour training sessions, with topics such as cooking, nutrition, computer literacy, hygiene and general life skills. Since the Seeds of Renewal program was launched in 2003 ANZ has provided more than $3 million in grants to 635 communities.
SEEDS OF RENEWAL: Jill Bradley, Pat Carbis and ANZ’s Ross Matthews