By Tanya O'Shea, IMPACT Community Services Managing Director
Visiting numerous service providers and community groups to provide paperwork or documentation can be difficult, especially for families who may struggle with transport, child care options or long working hours.
Being a community organisation, IMPACT hears the challenges of the Bundaberg people and does its best to assist those facing difficult circumstances.
We have heard many people find it challenging to complete these simple yet time consuming tasks of visiting numerous service providers, which is why we’ve been working hard to find a solution.
IMPACT’s Support Services team is constantly on the front foot trying to make life easier for our community members and have established a Community Hub for multiple organisations to meet in the one location.
Held at IMPACT’s Bundaberg head office at 108 Bargara Rd, which conveniently has a bus stop just out front, community members will have the ability to speak with a number of community organisations, seek free financial and legal advice, get assistance in completing forms, gain access to print, scan or copy documents, and have them certified.
The services in attendance will work collaboratively to make it as easy as possible for people to access services and gain the help and support that they need.
People may also be introduced to valuable services they weren’t previously aware of, providing the wrap around support that IMPACT prides itself by.
It’s innovative and forward thinking ideas like this that make IMPACT what it is; a leading service and support provider in the Bundaberg community that cares for the wellbeing of its people.
The Community Hub will host its first meet on Thursday May 6, and continue on the first Thursday of each month following.
So far in attendance will be Wellways, Wide Bay Sexual Health, B Transformed Health & Fitness, Central Queensland Indigenous Development, Step Up Step Down service, a free legal service, Meals on Wheels, Carers Gateway, the Department of Housing, a Justice of the Peace to witness documents, and two financial counsellors, one from Uniting Care and the other from the Salvation Army.
We hope to expand the Community Hub to offer even more services into the future, so spread the word and get involved as we strive to improve lives in the Bundaberg region.