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QFCC sponsorship to build organisational capacity

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The QFCC has provided sponsorship to the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) to award $5,000 scholarships to two organisations to help build their organisational capacity.

Congratulations to Young People Ahead Youth and Community Services Inc and Wujal Wujal Justice Group.

How were the applicants assessed?

QCOSS assessed the 133 applicants to consider how the funds would be used, and the benefit to both the organisation and their community. Preference was given to applications showing:

  • a positive effect on the organisation, workers and community
  • benefit to a large geographical area or number of people
  • long term benefit; and/or
  • the ability to replicate a plan in another area or region.

How will the winners use their funds?

Young People Ahead Youth and Community Services Inc (YPA) – Mount Isa

YPA is the largest youth organisation located in Mount Isa supporting young people aged 12 – 25 years. YPA works with other organisations and government agencies to ensure the best outcomes for clients and their families are achieved in a holistic framework.

YPA plans to use their scholarship on integrated case management training workshops. This invitation will be open to the vast north-west region potentially benefitting up to more than 50 organisations and 200 workers in the region.

Hayley Hogan, a Resource Officer at YPA describes integrated case management as a holistic, sector-wide responsibility.

“Often, our clients present with more than one challenge. We want to make sure workers in our region are able to identify issues and challenges that other organisations might be best placed to support. We need to invest in our workplace practice, and to work better together.

We are grateful to the QFCC and QCOSS for investing in our vision for the Mount Isa and greater region. We are positive about the benefits this training will deliver to our clients.”

Wujal Wujal Justice Group – Wujal, Wujal

The Wujal Wujal Justice Group delivers Healing on Country, a program aimed at reducing offending behaviour in the Wujal Wujal community. As part of this, they are developing an adventure-based learning program for both disengaged youth at risk and future leaders of the community.

The program is based on the principles of experiential learning and gives young people the opportunity to engage with their elders; reconnect with culture and country; and learn more about the values of respect, team work, responsibility, compassion and self-worth.

The scholarship will assist the community-controlled organisation to build the capacity of their local Indigenous support workers for them to deliver the adventure-based program independently. For example, gaining a Certificate III in outdoor recreation.

Strengthening our sector

The QFCC’s sponsorship provided an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to strengthening the child and family support sector.

Andrea Lauchs, QFCC Assistant Commissioner Advocacy, Policy and Sector Development announced the sponsorship at the QCOSS state conference themed, “Everything is possible”.