Bank fund helps DS Com­mu­nity Ser­vices

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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

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