There are many benefits to volunteering in your local community, and for our Wynnum Lifestyle participants, Alicia and Jacinta, they love lending a helping hand to those that need it most by volunteering at the Redlands Community Centre in Capalaba.
Alicia and Jacinta kindly volunteer their time every Friday at the Centre, where they pack emergency relief packages full of basic meal necessities, and also restock shelves and complete a variety of other tasks.
These Emergency Relief Packages are just one way the Redlands Community Centre provides support to those that need it most. They also provide a number of valuable ‘one-stop-shop’ community focused services which assist people experiencing a crisis in a way that maintains dignity and encourages self-reliance.
Not only have Alicia and Jacinta contributed to a worthy community cause, but together they have developed excellent team work skills, expanded their social group and learnt various skills they can utilise in day to day life.
“It’s fun packing bags and I like talking to all the staff members there” says Alicia.
A Thank you Morning Tea recently held by local charity group Care Kits for Kids Qld Inc., brought together volunteers and local groups to acknowledge their support in helping children in need.
The event was held at The Christian Church in Carina, where volunteers and supporters were praised for their generous donations, all helping to provide comprehensive and free Care kits containing clothing, educational needs, toys, books, blankets and toiletries to children who need it, all year round across Queensland.
Myhorizon were just one of the many donors over the past year, contributing much needed packing space within their Wynnum Lifestyle Centre for the kits. Myhorizon’s participants were also eager to lend a hand, helping to collate and pack over 3000 kits in the past 16 months.
“We know first-hand the positive impact donations and local support has to a community project, and so we were delighted to be able to contribute to such an important cause. Having our participants also help out, gave them a new sense of purpose and confidence in their capabilities.” Said Rod Kennedy, Myhorizon’s Lifestyle Executive Manager.
One of the founding volunteers and President of Care Kits for Kids Qld Inc., Christine Rafter, is grateful to all the volunteers and donors who continue to support their endeavour.
“Throughout Covid-19 we have continued to provide our Care Kits, and this is only possible with our wonderful team, especially our volunteers who sort and pack the kits every week. We were able to pack and distribute 3,400 Care Kits, quilts, or special orders from Myhorizon’s Wynnum premises, offering practical needs, hope and love from our community to children in crisis or care. Thank you to Myhorizon for your support.” Said Christine.
(Photo 1 – L to R: Rod Kennedy – Myhorizon Lifestyle Executive Manager; Christine Rafter – President Care Kits for Kids Qld; Di Farmer – Minister for Employment and Small Business of Queensland at the Thank you Morning Tea.
Photo 2 – Community Donations included in the Care Kits for Kids)
Myhorizon officially opened their refurbished Lifestyle Centre on Adam street, Wynnum on Wednesday 21 November 2018, with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk performing the cutting of the ribbon and declaring the Centre Open.
The Opening event was a celebration of a community vision to provide an upgraded space for individuals with disability in the Wynnum Manly region.
The event was also attended by Councilor Peter Cumming, members of Wynnum, Manly & Districts Men’s Shed, Darling Point Special School, and many other local supporters of the Centre.
Executive Manager of Myhorizon’s Lifestyle division, Rod Kennedy, thanked those in the community that supported and contributed to the refurbishment project including Brisbane City Council.
“We were so pleased to be able to renovate this facility using funds generously provided by Brisbane City Council, allowing us to provide a fresher, safer and more inclusive space for our participants who access our services through their NDIS funding”. Said Rod.
“This building is not just a collection of walls and windows, but a place for individuals to participate in programs and activities that develop their skills, a place that gives them more opportunities to be empowered, and also a place they can socialise with peers.”
Some may remember the historic site as the old Wynnum Manly Leagues Bowls Club. The facility has since been converted and renovated into a positive space now visited by many individuals with disability who participate in Myhorizon’s day services.
“This is a place where our participants and their families can be a part of a connected community, one where everyone is accepted, valued and respected”, said Rod.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk also spoke to the values shared between Myhorizon and Brisbane City Council and the importance of such projects in the local community.
“It’s wonderful that Myhorizon are providing an opportunity for everybody in the Wynnum and district area to be more engaged in the community. We want to make sure that everybody can live their lives to the fullest, and facilities like this one are providing that opportunity”, said Lord Mayor Quirk.
Myhorizon employs over 200 passionate staff members across 11 different centres (located from Wynnum through to Tweed Heads) who actively work with over 2000 people with disability, from the earliest stages of life through to adulthood.
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