Event 190201: Roma Toy Library – Launching in February 2019

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Event 190201: Roma Toy Library – Launching in February 2019

Roma Toy Library

 

The Roma Toy Library, will be launching in Feb 2019, offering families of all income levels free access to a library of high-quality educational toys on loan to children aged 0-5 years.

We are volunteer-based and funded through donations, and we are looking for a few items to help us finalise the launch. If you can help source any of the following, we would be so grateful!

  1. A laminating machine and laminating pouches
  2. Plastic storage crates of all sizes
  3. Poster display board or bulletin board on wheels (see image below for example; a whiteboard on wheels would also work)

We also accept donations of good used toys, ranging from wooden toys to outdoor gross motor toys. Categories include sand play, water play, musical play, pretend play, pretend play (eg animal figurines, doll houses, dress up clothes, pretend food), outdoor gross motor play (eg tricycles, see-saws, skipping rope), fine motor play (eg threading wooden beads, wooden blocks), play with words (eg finger puppets, themed puzzles).

General guidelines for donated toys:

  1. Favour natural materials where possible. These are often more durable than plastic and provide a more varied tactile experience for children.
  2. Toys must durable enough (i.e. of high enough quality) to withstand repeated use by multiple families over the years.
  3. Favour toys that are ‘passive’ and allow the child to play actively. This means usually avoiding electronic or battery-operated toys.

Monetary donations can also be made at https://www.gofundme.com/roma-toy-library.

If you can help with any of the above, we would be so grateful! Please contact Nat Cooksley on 0448177797 or on the Roma Toy Library Facebook page.

 


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Queensland Government Rebate and Concessions – Electricity

Do you, or does someone you know, have a valid concession card which could give you access to a $340 electricity rebate? Phone your electricity retailer to see if you are eligible.

Assistance is also available if you are finding it difficult to pay your energy bills. To check what assistance you may be able to access, contact your energy retailer.

For more information about rebates and concessions visit: Smart Savings Concessions


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Gateway to Training – Community Hub – 57 Bungil Street

Gateway to Training provides pre-employment support to improve work readiness for 15-21 year olds and help them into work and education.

Phone: 4671 2258

Mobile: 0456 009 749

Wepage: Roma Office


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Safe Connections Program

Safe Connections
Introduction to Safe Connections

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has approved funding of $1.5 Million per annum until March 2021 for Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld Ltd to operate the new “Safe Connections” program to help community organisations better support people experiencing domestic and family violence and sexual violence across south west Queensland.

From July 2018 “Safe Connections” domestic and family violence program will be offered in Charleville, Cunnamulla, Roma and St George and surrounding districts providing practical support, referral, home safety and court support.

Safe Connections will also provide counselling and support to women and children affected by domestic violence. It will also provide court-based support and information to aggrieved and respondents who attend court for domestic and family violence matters.

Safe Connections will be providing direct support services as well as working closely with local well established service providers to ensure that a strong multi-agency response to issues of domestic and family violence and sexual violence is provided.

Safe Connections will be sub-contracting private counsellor/psychologist to provide therapeutic interventions to adults and children experiencing domestic violence.

Safe Connections will work with the victims and the perpetrators to ensure a holistic approach to addressing domestic and family violence issues in South West Queensland.

A strong partnership between government and non-government organisations, and the commitment of the community as–a-whole is needed to make a real and sustained progress in preventing domestic and family violence.

 Domestic and Family Violence Support Practitioner (DFVSP)

The DFV Support Practitioners will be the first point of contact for victims who require domestic and family violence or sexual violence support. This will include providing direct support services as well as working closely with local service providers to ensure a strong multi-agency response to domestic and family violence and sexual violence is provided.

The DFV Support Practitioners will be central to a client’s journey through the service system acting as service navigators and key conduits for information sharing.

The DFVSP will ensure the following service responses are provided:

  • High quality, timely crisis responses, including risk assessment and addressing the immediate safety and support needs of victims including facilitating access to medical attention, emergency housing and other essential support services.
  • Specialist case management and advocacy support to meet the ongoing safety and support needs of victims. This could  include such activities as:
  • assistance to apply for a Domestic Violence Order
  • facilitating referrals to other relevant services to meet the support needs of the client (e.g. parenting support, housing, financial counselling)
  • organising safety upgrades for victims who can remain safely in the home
  • facilitating access to subcontractors for therapeutic counselling interventions
  • Immediate practical and emotional support for acute sexual assault including assistance for forensic medical examinations and reporting to the police.
  • Culturally appropriate interventions to perpetrators of violence based on local need and ongoing safety and risk assessments.
  • Information and support to victims (aggrieved) and perpetrators (respondents) at Roma, Cunnamulla, Charleville and St George Magistrate courts.  Due to the very low number of DVO applications at Quilpieand Mitchell courts it will not be necessary for DFVSP to be physically present at these locations. However, DFVSP will be expected to have relationships with police in that area, and where requested or required telephone or skype support will be provided.

To support direct service delivery, the DFV Support Practitioner role will also be required to:

  • Develop strong working relationships with key referral agencies such as the DVConnect Womensline(state wide domestic violence crisis service for women), Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health, Women’s Shelters and other relevant stakeholders providing service responses to people affected by domestic and family violence and sexual violence.
  • Lead the establishment and ongoing operation of the local working groups.
  • Ensure information provided by clients is appropriately recorded and securely stored to ensure privacy is maintained.
  • Ensure that the Safe Connections program is delivered in a high quality, professional and ethical manner.
  • Develop and hold a framework that values relationships and reflects the principles of inclusion, respect, participation and transparency.
  • Engage effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders to promote the Safe Connections program and develop partnerships within the South West region.
  • Ensure the compliance and delivery of reporting requirements as per the respective program funding agreements including ongoing communication with the designated funding body representatives.
  • Engage with Indigenous families, developing an understanding of the specialised cultural needs.
  • Research, develop and build on existing programs and associated training in ways that that are flexible, creative and which reflect the continually developing needs of families
  • As a member of the greater Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld Ltd (LDDSWQL) team, facilitate the achievement of LDDSWQL philosophy, mission, strategy and its annual goals and objectives.

 

Support Practitioner –    Ruth Moran

M: 0448 003 760

E: rmoran@lifelinedarlingdowns.org.au

 


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Drug Arm – Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service

DRUG ARM Australasia is a specialist, non-Government, AOD agency, based upon Christian principles.
The Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service (DATS) enables people to access professional support face-to-face or via telephone. This service offers individuals assistance in addressing any issues relating to their own use of alcohol and other drugs.
You might use DATS if you:
 feel you need to talk to someone about what’s going on in your life
 could use some support while clarifying your goals and future direction
 are worried about your mental health or feeling down or stressed
 would like information and education about alcohol and other drugs
 are feeling isolated or alone and want to increase your support networks
 want to reduce your drug and/or alcohol use
What service is provided?
The Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service (DATS Program) is a comprehensive and structured outpatient alcohol and other drug treatment service for individuals with multiple and complex needs. The service delivers intensive clinical support for people 18 years and over who require ongoing treatment to overcome, or manage harms associated with alcohol and other drugs. The program provides assessment, case management, case formulation, counselling, detox support, psycho-education, social skills training, relapse prevention, and referral strategies. The program is delivered in a welcoming, non-judgmental and confidential environment. Client participation in the DATS program is voluntary.
A DATS episode involves interventions over 12 weekly one hour sessions. Clients seeking support can be seen for up to four consecutive episodes, approximately one year of continued treatment. As the program is voluntary, clients may choose to withdraw before the completion of 12 sessions.
Who provides the service?
A qualified clinical worker will deliver the program sessions. Drug ARM staff are trained in up-to-date counselling practices and techniques. All of the staff are supported by DRUG ARM Australasia to engage in ongoing professional development and supervision. DRUG ARM Australasia is committed to continuous improvement and the provision of effective services.
Feedback and complaints
Periodically workers will ask you questions about how you rate your session. You can also give feedback using a client feedback form and ask at any time about our grievance procedure.

Address: 61 McDowall Street Roma

Email: FatimaS@hoa.drugarm.com.au

Website: Drug Arm Australasia

 


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