In 2012, Act for Kids was awarded $3.4million from the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) and $600,000 from Queensland Governments Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services towards the $4.6million development of the Act for Kids Child and Family Centre of Excellence on $600,000 land donated by James Cook University.
The centre is now well under construction at the James Cook University Campus in Townsville and is expected to open early next year. The building’s foundation and many of the underground utilities are in place, and the structure is coming out of the ground. Hutchinson Builders is the main contractor for the facility, helping to develop the sustainable building skills of local construction workers.
The centre is on track to be the first of its kind in the region, pushing the boundaries of sustainable design and leading future service development. The centre will provide a family friendly environment for Act for Kids integrated therapeutic support for children and families, our unique Early Education Program kindy, and extensive research and tertiary course development that will improve best-practice across the child protection sector.
Act for Kids CEO, Dr Neil Carrington, said: Its exciting to see our vision for the regions most advanced therapeutic centre become a reality.
Not only will the centre be a family friendly facility for community use, it will also enable us to increase the capacity and capability of the human services sector in the region, create safer home environments for children, increase community awareness of childrens needs and provide better access for Indigenous children and families to culturally appropriate support.
For further information, visit https://actforkids.com.au/centre-of-excellence.html
Cubby house raffle
Want to help us complete the Act for Kids Child and Family Centre of Excellence? You can purchase tickets in the cubby house raffle (drawn 14 December). Built in partnership by Stockland and Tec NQ with support from leading suppliers (Hyne Timbers, James Hardie and Bunnings), these are no ordinary cubby houses. The cubbies are on display and at the close of the Stockland North Shore display village they will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Act for Kids Child and Family Centre of Excellence.
Act for Kids Christine OFlynn said the cubby house raffle provides an opportunity for the broader community to become involved with our fundraising efforts so that we can help young children who have experienced abuse and neglect, lead happy and fulfilling lives.
Raffle tickets are $5 each. You can purchase your raffle tickets over the phone on 07 4779 0611. The raffle will be drawn on Saturday 14 December