ACHIEVEMENTS

Youth Outreach Program

  Commonwealth Funded via Indigenous Coordination Centre

1 July 2009 - 30 June 2011

 

Overview: to engage an outreach officer to assist vulnerable or disadvantaged young people to connect with the appropriate support services.

 

Outcome: An outreach officer was engaged and provided advice and support to clients to connect with the appropriate support agencies to assist with issues such as volatile substance misuse, youth justice issues, family violence and education.  

CQ Healing our Youth

Third Party Funded via Central Queensland Primary Care Partnership

Partnership Agreeement with the Capricornia Division of General Practice

25 August 2010 - 31 May 2011

 

Overview: to develop referrals and intake & assessment protocols for use in the community services area.  To establish a shared care pathway to provide the best results for clients and build a partnership arrangement with Mindframe.

 

Outcomes: Extensive research was conducted on services available across a variety of community service areas throughout Central Queensland. A brochure was produced that listed all the available services along with contact details and advice.  The YES brochure was produced and distributed with great success.

 

Youth Support Coordinator Initiative

State funded via Department of Communities

1 July 2011 - 31 December 2013

 

Overview: the YSCI supports young people aged 14-17 who are at risk or, or have recently disengaged from education and training.  The focus is on successfully reengaging young people to continue through the senior phase of learning eg. completion of Year 12 or equivalent.  There is also support for young people to transition into further areas of education, training and/or employment.  DCYSI hosted biannual events to assist young people with social inclusion and the benefits of peer support.

 

Outcome: From 1 January 2014, the YSCI program was no longer funded through community organisations but through schools who are then able to purchase assistance on an as needs basis.  DCYSI was successful in gaining acceptance onto the approved providers list and will continue to provide support services as necessary.

 

Youth Justice Program

State Funded via Department of Communities

1 July 2009 - 30 June 2012

Youth Support - Regional Crime Prevention Initiative

 

Overview: to strengthen the capacity for vunerable or disadvantaged young people aged 10-24 to participate fully in their communties, to integrate with peers, or the risk of engagement, in criminal or anti-social behaviour.

 

Outcome: Carpe Diem project provided young people with access to the Central Queensland University (CQU) gym a few time per week, free of charge.

This provided an outlet for stress, anger and frustration to be "worked out" in a safe and supportive environment. The participants were able to learn the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and exercise as well as gain a supportive peer network.  The Carpe Diem success has been able to continue within the Youth at Risk Initiative program.

Physical Activity Project Officer

State funded via Department of Health & Ageing

1 July 2007 - 30 September 2012

Health Promotion Initiative

 

Overview: PAPO was responsible for coordinating & delivering primary prevention physical activities to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities across Central Queensland. 

This was achieved through working with agencies such as Queensland Health, Education Queensland and Bidgerdii Aboriginal Medical Service to develop and monitor a range of strategies promoting healthy lifestyles for Indigenous peoples.  One of these strategies is the "Yimba Bira" Traditional Indigenous Games program which was delivered in primary schools in the Central Queensland region.

 

Another initiative used to promote healthy lifestyles is the "Rabbit Proof Fence 10,000 Steps Challenge". This challenge was designed to increase physical activity within the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community. Participants are required to wear pedometers while they attempt to walk 10,000 steps per day until they cover the distance from Moore River to Jigalong (Western Australia) which was the basis for the film "Rabbit Proof Fence".

 

Outcome: The success of this program within the community has seen DCYSI continue to deliver services under a self funded scheme.  The "Yimba Bira" Traditional Indigenous Games program received overwhelming support from local schools which enabled the program to be established as a fee for service program. 

 

 

Youth At Risk Initiative

State funded via Department of Communities

1 July 2012 - 30 June 2015 (Ceased 30 September 2014)

Crime Prevention Initiative

Superseded by the Regional Youth Support Service

 

Overview: The YARI was instroduced to improve services to vunerable young people aged 10-25 and work to target resources where they are needed most and simplify administration needs by:

  • promoting better integration of service delivery and stop duplication

  • reducing administrative red tape needed for services who are funded under more than one initiative

  • responding to highest priorities and meeting diverse needs

  • giving services the capability to report results and measure longer term trends including lower levels of offending and homelessness

  • working with human services systems including housing and homelessness, youth justice, child safety, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander services, family support and domestic & family violence services

  • continuing to improve service quality and innovation though evidence-based practice.

 

Outcome: Carpe Diem project provided young people with access to the Central Queensland University (CQU) gym a few time per week, free of charge.

This provided an outlet for stress, anger and frustration to be "worked out" in a safe and supportive environment. The participants were able to learn the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and exercise as well as gain a supportive peer network.  The Carpe Diem success was able to continue from the Youth Justice program through the Youth at Risk Initiative program and will now be offered by DCYSI as an organisational program able to be accessed by both DCYSI clients and external stakeholders.

 

YARI has now been combined with VSM to form the Regional Youth Support Service.

 

Learning Earning Active Places (LEAP)

State funded via Department of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Services

 

DCYSI received a number of small grants to assist in the delivery of the LEAP initiative.

 

Indigenous Awards Night - an annual event hosted by DCYSI to recognise the achievements of Indigenous young people both academically and in the sporting arena.  This event is largely sponsored by various community & business groups.  The LEAP funding assisted with the organisation and delivery of the 2012 Indigenous Awards Night.

Completion Date: 30 November 2012

 

Traditional Games - The "Yimba Bira" Traditional Indigenous Games was delivered by the PAPO and is an in demand project throughout a variety of schools within the Central Queensland region.  The LEAP funding assisted to engage a number of trainees to be supported and certified to deliver the program and ensure expansion of the project.

Completion Date: 30 September 2012

 

In School Support - will assist student in gaining White Card construction cards.  This will help with school based traineeships and the ability to gain work experience prior to finishing their schooling.  The LEAP funding provided funding for 10 students.

Completion Date: 30 September 2012

 

Top 30 Countdown - will provide specialist case management support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people on juvenile justice orders as a part of a 6 month program.  The LEAP funding will provide for 30 young people who meet the identified requirements.

Completion Date: 30 December 2013

 

Addressing Volatile Substance Misuse

State funded via Department of Communities

1 January 2011 - 30 June 2014

 

Overview: Provides a variety of services to young people aged between 12-17 in Rockhampton who are misusing, or are at risk of misusing, volatile substances.

The program takes a 4 pronged approach to provide holistic support to young people and their families to reduce the harm of VSM and to address the social issues that are closely associated with it.

These include:

  • Outreach services

  • Youth Support services

  • Case management

  • Diversionary activities

 

The Outreach service is a mobile unit that frequents VSM hotspots providing; on the spot needs assessment, first aid, rest & recovery from the effects of VSM and transport to a place of safety.  Operating 4 nights per week from 6pm to midnight.  Outreach also makes referrals to our Youth Support Services.

 

VSM also offers a range of group diversionary activities designed to enhance; Personal development, Community engagement, Health & wellbeing and Cultural identity.  Through a variety of real life activities our support workers provide strength-based support with a positive role model approach.  We offer personal support, life skills development, cultural enhancement, education & training support,  sport & recreation, introduction & referral to other support services.

 

Outcome: VSM has been combined with the YARI program and redeveloped as the Regional Youth Support Service.  Many of the activities will continue to be offered by DCYSI as an organisational program able to be accessed by both DCYSI clients and external stakeholders.

 

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