Since opening our first centre in 1988, Act for Kids has grown to a team of over 200 professionals and 18 centres to support families subject to abuse and neglect. Thanks to our exceptional community support and generous corporate sponsors we now have two new centres in Gympie and Ipswich.
Both centres provide an Integrated Therapy Service to help children and young people overcome their experiences through therapeutic support, and counselling for families with a range of challenges.
With the help of funding support from United Project Partners, Act for Kids has opened its first centre in Gympie late last year. Cr Rae Gâté, Acting Mayor of Gympie Regional Council, officially opened the new centre on 2 February 2015 and the team are already working with many local families.
In addition, Act for Kids has started operating the Family and Child Connect in Gympie as part of the Queensland Governments Stronger Families initiative. The community-based intake and referral service will better support local families to care for and protect their children at home by connecting them to the services they need.
The new Act for Kids centre in Ipswich was officially opened on 3 February 2015 by Mayor Paul Pisasale. With the help of funding support from corporate sponsors, Budget Direct and Subway® Restaurants, Act for Kids opened its doors in January 2015.
Budget Direct has had a long association with Act for Kids and we are thrilled our fundraising has enabled a new centre to be opened at Ipswich.
Act for Kids work in preventing and treating child abuse and neglect in Australia really resonates with our staff, and we look forward to increasing our participation and support this year, said Ram Kangatharan, CEO and Managing Director of Budget Direct.
Act for Kids CEO, Dr Neil Carrington, said what Act for Kids has been able to achieve as a charity organisation wouldnt be possible with the support of generous and passionate supporters.
Through the goodwill of our sponsors we are able to fund new services so that we can fill the gaps in social needs, boost local service delivery and help reduce the number of children entering out-of-home care, Dr Neil Carrington said.