$2.8 million in funding to strengthen families in Moreton Bay region

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The Morrison Government is supporting hundreds of families in the Moreton Bay region to build supportive and safe homes through counselling and educational programs.

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston was in Longman today to announce local service provider Encircle would receive more than $2.8 million over the next five years to deliver a range of family and parenting programs through neighbourhood outlets which supported about 860 people last year alone.

“The Morrison Government is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Queensland families by supporting them during difficult times,” said Minister Ruston.

“These programs are help to improve family communication, solve family problems and create a better functioning home environment.

“They can also assist people with issues of substance abuse, dealing with anger and emotional problems as well as overcoming past trauma.”

Minister Ruston and Member for Longman Terry Young met with representatives of Encircle and the Centre Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) in Caboolture today, as well as Bribie Island & District Neighbourhood Centre, who in partnership deliver the Strengthening Family Connections program.

Mr Young said these services were doing fantastic work supporting the Longman community.

“These organisations have a wealth of experience supporting individuals’, families’ and children’s’ wellbeing and development with extensive local knowledge of the Longman community,” Mr Young said.

“The Morrison Government will continue to deliver funding to community services to provide early intervention for at risk families to ensure they can achieve all of their aspirations.”

CADA chief executive Holly Brennan OAM said: “In this program, our experienced counsellors work with individuals, couples and families to help them improve their mental health and the wellbeing of the whole family. We are pleased to continue this important work.”

Encircle chief executive Chris Staines said this service was designed to tackle the different and complex challenges that families face.

“At Encircle, we are committed to supporting and enriching the Queensland community by enabling individuals and families to take informed control of their lives,” Mr Staines said.

This funding forms part of the Australian Government’s annual commitment of more than $290 million to a range of services delivering crucial early intervention support to families and children in need across Australia.

Visit the DSS website for more information about family and children programs funded through the Families and Children Activity.

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