‘My Place’ Family Day Care: 2016 Children’s Graduation & Christmas Party

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‘My Place’ Family Day Care Manager Sandi Herbert officiated the event with a welcome speech:

“The Children’s Graduation Party is an ongoing tradition at ‘My Place’ Family Day Care. We are sad to say goodbye to our children who would be leaving our service for Prep next year, but at the same time we are incredibly honoured to have watched them grow over the years under our care.”

‘My Place’ Family Day Care Educational Leader Kathy Angus proceeded to announce the names of every graduating child who got onstage to receive a formal certificate and a little gift. We had a total of 30 graduating children this year.

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Overall, both children and adults thoroughly enjoyed the highly entertaining performance.3We also had a special guest all the way from North Pole!

Later, we had a Meet-the-Santa session as each child queued up and received a special gift from Santa Claus. It also provided a good photography opportunity.

Meanwhile, a healthy and delicious morning tea was enjoyed by all.

“We couldn’t be happier with today’s event. We would like to thank all our Parents, Guardians and Families who took their time off on this Friday morning to witness this significant milestone at the Children’s Graduation. Fabulous Lemon Drops did an amazing job entertaining the crowd – it was like a Wiggles concert. Everyone was also dressed in their best festive clothes. Today is definitely one of the best events we’ve had this year,” said ‘My Place’ Family Day Care Manager Sandi Herbert.

We would like to thank everyone again for making today’s event a great success.

To become an Educator or enrol your child at ‘My Place’ Family Day Care, please visit our website (http://myplacefdc.org.au/find-child-care/), call (07) 3372 1711 or e-mail FDCadmin@ich.org.au.

Community Support Program: Free Thursday English Class

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On Thursday 1st December 2016, Inala Community House’s Free Thursday English Class had an end-of-the-year celebration with our students and volunteer tutors.

We offer Free English Class every Thursday 10am-12pm at Inala Community House (38 Sittella St., Inala). We welcome English learners of all ages, levels and backgrounds to come and learn how to speak, listen and write better English. We also welcome volunteers to join our team.

More importantly, we focus on the needs of migrants and refugees who have just arrived in Australia, as well as those who have been in Australia for years but still experience difficulty in navigating or accessing government services, education or employment.

One of our students is 47-year-old Mamay from Ethiopia who arrived in Australia in May 2016:

“I have been experiencing difficulty to secure a job in Australia due to my limited English skills. Thus I have been coming to free Thursday English Classes at Inala Community House for two months and counting. I can finally read and write better now. I will try to job-hunt again next year, probably in the cleaning industry,”said Mamay.

“I have been volunteering at Inala Community House’s Free Thursday English Class for a few months now. I work part-time as an occupational therapist. I also volunteer at Romero Centre to teach refugees. The best thing about volunteering is watching the students engage better and improve their English abilities,” said one of our volunteer tutors Clara Chan.

Another volunteer tutor is 72-year-old Musnarti Dickinson who enjoyed teaching at our English Class every Thursday.

“It is a challenge to maintain students’ interest in learning English. However teaching is a highly rewarding experience and I am happy to dedicate my time in volunteering to make life more meaningful,” said Musnarti.

“The English Classes have been going really well. Currently we have two groups based on skill levels: beginner and intermediate. We have had increase in student numbers due to positive word-of-mouth recommendations. We thank everyone for their support, especially two of our most loyal volunteers Mus and Clara. We look forward to expanding our class by offering mock interview sessions to help our students in increasing employability,”said Coordinator Anushka Abeyewardene.

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Please note that the Free Thursday English Class is now closed until next year. We would like to wish everyone happy holidays and a bigger and better English Class in 2017!

To become a student or volunteer tutor at Free Thursday English Class, please contact info@ich.org.au or call (07) 3372 1711 today!

50 & Better Acacia Ridge: 2017 Planning Meeting

Inala Community House’s 50 & Better Healthy Ageing Program: Acacia Ridge is dedicated to seniors aged 50 and over. We offer various social, recreational and educational activities to improve the overall health and wellbeing of senior members within the local community.

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On Wednesday 23rd November 2016, Inala Community House’s 50 & Better Healthy Ageing Program (Acacia Ridge) held an official ‘2017 Planning Meeting’ with our senior participants.

The 2017 Planning Meeting was dedicated to reflect on past year’s events and plan for 2017 program activities to better serve all participants’ needs. The Meeting also served as an open, respectful and positive platform for all participants to be able to raise and discuss various issues such as:

  • More Program events such as BBQ sessions and gatherings
  • More day tours to local museums, zoos and more
  • A participants’ gathering once in every three months
  • A newly revised Program newsletter to more effectively communicate latest announcements and events once in every two months
  • More new activities to attract senior male members such as playing pool, darts and indoor bowls
  • Greater local advertising to recruit more Program participants

The Meeting was also open to new ideas, suggestions and feedback for all involved.

“It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to participate in this 2017 Planning Meeting. Thank you to Inala Community House team for always actively communicating with us participants to improve our experiences and quality of life in general,” said Sonia Cardell, an active 50 & Better Healthy Ageing Program (Acacia Ridge) member for 5 years and counting.

“I have recently stepped into this role as 50 & Better Healthy Ageing Program (Acacia Ridge) Coordinator and I couldn’t be more pleased. Thank you to all our wonderful members for your active participation and Inala Community House for the support across the years,” said 50 & Better Healthy Ageing Program (Acacia Ridge) Coordinator Larissa Vaiomanu.

Finally, we thank all our participants who invested in their valued time and participation in this 2017 Planning Meeting. We look forward to a bigger and better Program next year!

To join our healthy ageing program, please contact us: info@ich.org.au | (07) 3372 1711. Drop-in anytime between Monday-Thursday 8.30am-2pm at our Acacia Ridge centre (29 Chardean Street, Acacia Ridge Queensland).

Our website: http://www.ich.org.au/service-areas/community-engagement/50-better-acacia-ridge

50 & Better Acacia Ridge: Free Council Cabs Info Session

Inala Community House’s 50 & Better Healthy Ageing Program: Acacia Ridge is dedicated to seniors aged 50 and over. We offer various social, recreational and educational activities to improve the overall health and wellbeing of senior members within the local community.

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On Tuesday 15th November 2016, Inala Community House’s 50 & Better Healthy Ageing Program (Acacia Ridge) organised a ‘Free Council Cabs Information Session’ for our members.

During the Information Session, Anna from Brisbane City Council formally introduced Council Cabs (https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-transport/public-transport/special-taxi-services/council-cabs) – a shared taxi service at scheduled times that transports client from home to local shopping centres. Each one-way trip costs between $1 and $3.

You can use Council Cabs if you are:

  • over 60 years old, or
  • mobility impaired, or
  • a Pensioner Concession Card or Centrelink Seniors Card holder

All Council Cabs now honour the Queensland Government Companion Card (https://www.qld.gov.au/disability/out-and-about/companion-card). You may be accompanied by a carer or a child under your care.

Find out if your suburb is serviced here: https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-transport/public-transport/special-taxi-services/council-cabs/council-cabs-service-schedule. For any enquiries or feedback about Council Cabs, please contact the Council on (07) 3403 8888 or your local Councillor (https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/about-council/governance-strategy/councillors-wards).

Besides the Council Cabs service, Anna also shared about a wide variety of Brisbane City Council programs and events available for seniors (https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on/audience/seniors-events).

The information session was then followed by a Q&A session.

“This information session was really informative and useful. Even though most of us still drive around independently, Council Cabs is a great alternative that we may need in future,” said Norma Friend, one of our many satisfied 50 & Better Acacia Ridge members.

“We are very grateful for Anna to conduct a free information session that has greatly benefited our senior members. We look forward to having more future collaborations with Brisbane City Council and other government services,” said our Program Coordinator Larissa Vaiomanu.

Anna had previously conducted information sessions at our other healthy ageing program Skylarkers as well. Transportation is a key issue for our senior members to continue enjoy independence, convenience and social interaction without relying on family and friends.

To join our healthy ageing program, please contact us: info@ich.org.au | (07) 3372 1711. Drop-in anytime between Monday-Thursday 8.30am-2pm at our Acacia Ridge centre (29 Chardean Street, Acacia Ridge Queensland).

Our website: http://www.ich.org.au/service-areas/community-engagement/50-better-acacia-ridge

2016 ICH Homework Club’s End of Year Party

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On 8th November 2016, Inala Community House (ICH) Homework Club organised an “End of Year Party” to celebrate the success of the club this year with students, volunteer tutors and ICH team.

For over 5 years, our ICH Homework Club runs every Tuesday 3.15-4.45pm during school terms at 20 Skylark Street Inala. It is a free service open to all. ICH Homework Club aims to provide homework or project assistance to students, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, under the guidance of volunteer tutors.

By offering more learning opportunities outside of school hours, ICH Homework Club can improve the learning success of students and positively influence educational and personal outcomes. We always welcome new students and volunteer tutors as no referral is needed to join us.

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For the “End of Year Party”, food, drinks and games were provided. The children enjoyed colouring, decorating the Christmas tree and played fun games like “Pin the Nose on Rudolph”.

ICH Community Engagement Services Manager Haley Kiata said in her opening speech:

“Thank you everyone for attending today’s celebration with us. We celebrate a successful year of ICH Homework Club with our ICH team, volunteer tutors, students and students’ families who have supported us continuously. A special ‘thank you’ to staff member Anushka as the coordinator of ICH Homework Club.”

ICH Managing Director also greeted the crowd:

“I would like to thank all the children for joining ICH Homework Club and wish you all great success in your future. Also thank you to St. John’s Anglican College for encouraging your students to volunteer with us and service the community. ICH Homework Club has had many successful stories of students who joined us and made it through to university level. We want to help our students grow and reach their maximum potential regardless of their backgrounds.”

St. John’s Anglican College Deputy Head of College and Pastoral Care Robern Hinchliffe said:

“We are proud of all the hard work done by our student volunteers. Volunteering is a meaningful experience for students to learn and teach at the same time. We would continue to support and encourage our students to volunteer at ICH Homework Club in future.”

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Presents were distributed to all ICH Homework Club students, volunteer tutors and staff members.

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“I like coming to ICH Homework Club for helping my studies, especially math which is my toughest subject,” said 10-year-old Arsema Halefom from Durack Primary School. Her mother Tsega is a single mother with 5 children from Eritrea who have been living in Australia since 2014.

At ICH Homework Club, our volunteer tutors come from a range of backgrounds including students and retired people who are matched with students to assist with their homework and assignments.

“I have been volunteering at ICH Homework Club this year teaching any subject required. It is a highly rewarding experience helping others in need,” said 16-year-old Grace Sellars, one of St. John’s Anglican College student volunteers.

“I live independently in Inala and have been joining ICH Healthy Aging Program Skylarkers for over 10 years. My hobbies are jewellery-making, exercising and now volunteering at ICH Homework Club too. I previously worked as a teacher for over 25 years and it was my biggest passion. I used to teach all kinds of subjects like English, history, music and more. Volunteering here keeps me in touch with the children,” said 87-year-old Joan Langley. We thank her for her active support and participation in various ICH programs.

Lastly we would like to wish everyone happy holidays and a bigger and better ICH Homework Club next year!

To become a student or volunteer tutor at ICH Homework Club, please contact info@ich.org.au or call (07) 3372 1711 today!

2016 ICH Community Cup

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On 29th and 30th October 2016, Inala Community House (ICH) held its first ICH Community Cup at C.J. Greenfield Park.

ICH Community Cup is a two-day volleyball charity tournament with the main aim of raising awareness and funds for our upcoming Project Mentor. Project Mentor is a mentoring program to connect youths at risk with trained volunteer mentors who can offer support, advice and guidance. Project Mentor fosters one-to-one relationship where the mentor is closely focused on the young person’s growth and development.

Project Mentor is part of ICH Family Services http://www.ich.org.au/service-areas/family-services/.

Over the past weekend, ICH Community Cup was successfully held as a family-friendly, community-focused public event that welcomed participants of all ages and backgrounds. We had 15 competing registered teams for the volleyball tournament, with a total of over 200 people attending the two-day event.

ICH Community Cup was divided into two components: the conventional volleyball game and tri-ball, also known as three-way volleyball for special bonus rounds.

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The event provided a great opportunity for every team to showcase their skills regardless of age, skill level and background.

Sportsmanship was notably evident on our two youngest competing teams: All Stars and All Stars 2 from Multicultural Sports Club of Access Community Services (http://www.accesscommunity.com.au/multicultural-sports-club) – which aims to promote social inclusion for young people (15-25 aged) from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

“We work with refugees and aim to engage them with the community through sport, which leads to positive outcomes including future employment. Our volleyball program is an award-winning program. ICH Community Cup was these girls’ first external event from our weekly training.

Prior to the Cup, it had been quite informal and focused on skill-building as many of these girls had never played sport before. They all had an amazing time and gained valuable skills over the weekend. Some were disheartened by the competition’s loss but as a whole they were keen to participate in more events. In future, we hope to do some fundraising to get team uniforms too,” said Sports and Recreation Officer/Coach Janelle Kirby from Access Community Services.

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ICH Community Services Manager Haley Kiata and her family showed their support for the first ever ICH Community Cup.

During the prize-giving ceremony, ICH Community Cup Event Organiser Ty Gillum expressed his gratitude:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors and volunteers – without them, this event wouldn’t be possible. So, a big thank you, especially to our biggest sponsor Brisbane Force FC for the wonderful venue. Also, congratulations to our winning teams and we hope that everyone had a good time. As a non-profit organisation, please continue to show ICH your support in future.”

ICH Community Engagement Services Manager Haley Kiata also highlighted the importance of community events like ICH Community Cup:

“ICH Community Cup provides a wonderful opportunity for the local community to come together and enjoy a competitive fun weekend. It helps to promote active healthy living for all, while raising awareness and funds for the upcoming Project Mentor. We look forward to next year’s Cup!”

This was followed by a speech from Griffith Social Sport Coordinator Fred Fredericksen:

“Griffith University Social Sport is pleased to support such a great non-profit event like ICH Community Cup. We look forward to continuing our support next year. ICH Community Cup is a powerful example of community connectedness and a vibrant inclusive sporting culture in Inala and surrounding areas.”

ICH Institutional Support Manager Josh Cullen proceeded to award every winner of ICH Community Cup:

1st Prize: One Season of Griffith Social Sport Volleyball (valued at $750) and $600 Cash – Winner: VolleyHood (1)

2nd Prize: 50% Off One Season of TRL Ipswich (valued at $480) and $250 Cash – Winner: 77 Spikers

3rd Prize: $150 Cash – Winner: Spider

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1st prize winning team VolleyHood and family.

“Congratulations on ICH for successfully organising its first ever ICH Community Cup. At the end of the day, we are all here to support Project Mentor and the community, regardless of the prize or money. Our team is humbled and blessed by the win,” said VolleyHood’s representative Eden Laulu Faumina.

ICH would like to sincerely thank:

Sponsoring, Supporting and Partner Organisations: Brisbane Force FC, Griffith University Social Sport, TRL Ipswich, Just Us Signs, Kennards Hire, Premier Awards, Struddys Sports

Volunteers (A-Z): Alana Brown, Amanda Krebs, Barbara Stonehouse, Budi Mandagow, Darryl Gillum, Drew Wharton, Ebony Malone, Harrison Ide, James Clayton, Janet Cullen, Joshua Cullen, Jon Paul, Joshua Mauger, Katya Menzies, Korey Daniells, Lindsie McCaroll, Mahala Jones, Nicholas Loo, Siobhan McKay, Tahnee Storey, Tiffany Leong, Ross Paul, Ty Gillum, Zoe Hodson

In conclusion, ICH Community Cup was a great success in uniting individuals of various backgrounds and raising awareness about our upcoming Project Mentor.

50 & Better: Acacia Ridge’s Morning Tea with Graham Perrett

Inala Community House’s 50 & Better Healthy Ageing Program: Acacia Ridge is dedicated to seniors aged 50 and over. We offer various social, recreational and educational activities to improve overall health and wellbeing of senior members within the local community.

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On Tuesday 25th October 2016, 50 & Better Healthy Ageing Program: Acacia Ridge held a special “Morning Tea session with Graham Perrett (Moreton MP)” at our centre from 10-11.30am.

The event was well-attended by many local senior members. It started off with a formal welcome of Mr. Perrett by our Community Engagement Services Manager Haley Kiata.

“For the first time ever, we are incredibly honoured to invite Mr. Graham Perrett for a special meet and greet session with local senior members. This provides a great opportunity for them to continue actively participating in local matters, exchange views and build long-term meaningful relationships with key politicians,” said Ms. Kiata.

Mr. Perrett also expressed his gratitude for the invite:

“Thank you for the invitation to be present today. It is my pleasure and I look forward in continuing my support for your healthy ageing program within the community,” he said in his welcoming speech.

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From left to right: Program Coordinator Larissa, Program Member Esther Knowles, Moreton MP Mr. Graham Perrett and Program Manager Haley Kiata

All of our senior members were pleased to meet with Mr. Perrett. Throughout the meet and greet session, Mr. Perrett answered all members’ enquiries and discussed key issues impacting our local community.

We also organised a complete centre visit with Mr. Perrett to introduce our centre facilities and regular activities that significantly benefitted local senior members for many years.

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On behalf of our program, a lovely member Rosemary also gifted Mr. Perrett a handmade Christmas tree which he graciously accepted to be displayed in his office.

Finally, a healthy and delicious morning tea was enjoyed by all to conclude the event.

To join our healthy ageing program, please contact us: info@ich.org.au | (07) 3372 1711. Drop-in anytime between Monday-Thursday 8.30am-2pm at our Acacia Ridge centre (29 Chardean Street, Acacia Ridge Queensland).

Our website: http://www.ich.org.au/service-areas/community-engagement/50-better-acacia-ridge

‘My Place’ Family Day Care: ‘Find Child Care’ & ‘Educator Portal’

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‘My Place’ Family Day Care (http://myplacefdc.org.au/) is one of the leading child care providers in Queensland. Our mission is to provide high quality and affordable child care for all ages in the caring homes of our registered qualified Educators.

What sets us apart from other child care providers is that we are a not-for-profit community-based organisation that genuinely cares for sustainable growth for our children, families and community as a whole. Our service continues to grow across Brisbane, Ipswich, Laidley and more to suit your child care needs.

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FOR PARENTS – FIND CHILD CARE

We have recently launched our newest and biggest website feature – ‘Find Child Care’. This makes it easier and quicker for parents to find the best care that you and your family need.

  • Step 1: Go to ‘My Place’ Family Day Care website’s ‘Find Care’ tab (http://myplacefdc.org.au/find-child-care)
  • Step 2: Enter the ‘Suburb/Postcode’, ‘Available Days’ and ‘Care Type’ to find your ideal Educator.
  • Step 3: View Educator’s profile to learn more about every Educator’s unique introduction, cost per hour, features, contact details etc.
  • Step 4: Click ‘Enquire Now’ and submit your interest! Alternatively, you can call the Educator straightaway or call our service (07) 3372 1711
  • Step 5: Once you are ready, enrol with us! http://myplacefdc.org.au/enrol-your-child/

We have over one hundred of registered professional Educators from various backgrounds to accommodate your every child care need. Come enrol with us today!

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FOR EDUCATORS – EDUCATOR PORTAL

As seen from the powerful new ‘Find Care’ feature highlighted above, ‘My Place’ Family Day Care offers both existing and new Educators a whole new world of opportunities – to advertise your vacancies and grow your business with us!

We will take care of your account with us (via ‘Educator Login’) and help you to reach more families in Queensland than ever before. Our website is steadily gaining more traffic as we help you to attract, inform and establish contact with prospective parents.

Find out how to become an Educator (http://myplacefdc.org.au/become-an-educator), or contact us FDCadmin@ich.org.au (07) 3372 1711 today!

2016 ICH AGM & Dinner

On Monday 10th October 2016, Inala Community House (ICH) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and dinner at Blue Fin Fishing Club.

For the event, ICH formally invited all its members, life members, associates, managers and a special VIP guest Charles Strunk (Councillor for Forest Lake Ward). All members of the public were also welcome to present their views and actively participate in the AGM.

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In the ICH President’s Address speech, Janet Cullen said:

The year 2015-16 has been one of continuing the reforms started during the previous year.  Change always brings challenges, but also brings opportunities.  One of the most notable changes was the renovation of the hall and offices at 38 Sittella Street, Inala, which was opened on the same day as our AGM in 2015.

Despite all the changes and challenges of 2015-16, ICH was able to make a very small surplus, as reported in the annual accounts.  This is a testimony to the hard work and diligence of the management team and the staff led by Managing Director, Ross Paul, ensuring that cost savings have been made and that expenditure has been effectively controlled whilst meeting client needs and meeting or exceeding performance targets set by Government funders.

2016 is the 50th year of ICH and we will celebrate service to the community over this period on a number of occasions.  We will celebrate at the AGM and various others events will be held to engage with the community and recognise what has been achieved and what can be achieved in the next 50 years. We are looking to engage a new generation of community volunteers and supporters to consolidate our future, while building on the past. We look forward to your active participation in our celebrations and in what we plan to achieve going forward.

On behalf of the Board I thank our supporters, clients and staff for all that you do in supporting and strengthening our community. You have made such a difference in this community and we honour that contribution and respect all that you do.  Our community would be so much poorer without your support and participation.

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ICH Managing Director Ross Paul presented an Operational Report for 2015-2016 year. He said:

I would like to recognise the efforts of the Board, managers and staff in improving and extending the range of services and programs operated by ICH. Despite all the changes during 2014-15 and 2015-16, ICH was able to record a small surplus for the year.

I look forward to the continuing growth of ICH as we look to build on the last 50 years to reach and support whole new generations in the communities which we serve.

Mr. Paul also presented a few key achievements of ICH during the past year:

  • Had an average of 105 ‘My Place’ Family Day Care educators supporting 599 children from 451 families, providing an average of 13,316 hours of care per week
  • Approved 64 applications for children with special needs to access 3,345 hours of care
  • Supported 56 families with intensive support through the Family Intervention Service
  • Provided 167 children with a foster care placement amongst our 48 carer families
  • Provided case management and support to 225 clients through the Acacia and Skylarkers 50 and Better Programs
  • Provided 200 food and/or hygiene parcels to the most vulnerable and baby support packages to 65 at risk mothers
  • Supported 252 eligible migrants to access the settlement services they needed – a number of which have become self-sufficient and not on welfare

Mr. Charles Strunk was invited to conduct the “Elections of Officers” for 2016-2017 Board of Directors.

Inala Community House is celebrating its 50th milestone anniversary this year. Our community has great respect for ICH as a non-profit community-focused organisation. It is my honour to be here tonight,” said Mr. Strunk.

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Mr. Strunk also presented a gift of appreciation for president Janet Cullen for her 20 years of leadership at ICH.

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Congratulations to 2016-2017 ICH Board of Directors who were successfully elected:

President – Janet Cullen

Vice President – Jerome Nyandwi

Secretary – Irene Clarke

Treasurer – Ann Bailey

Committee Member – Carmel McIntosh

Managing Director – Ross Paul

Full Annual Reports are available for public via our ICH website: http://www.ich.org.au/learn-about-us-inala-community-house/annual-report

More photos of the AGM & Dinner are on our ICH Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ICHAustralia/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1054887927962939

Should you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact us info@ich.org.au or call (07) 3372 1711.

Review for Queensland’s Blue Card System and Foster Care Services (News)

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At Inala Community House, our Western Districts Out of Home Care team (http://www.ich.org.au/service-areas/family-services/out-of-home-care) offers foster and kinship service under Queensland’s Child Protection system. The team provides out-of-home care placements for children and young people aged 0-17 with moderate-to-high support needs.

On Sunday 25th September 2016, the Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a comprehensive review of the Blue Card system and Foster Care services. An expert panel was appointed to conduct the review with the independent Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) (www.qfcc.qld.gov.au) to keep Queensland children safe.

“In relation to foster care services we will look at the processes for assessing and approving foster carers. This current examination of Blue Card and Foster Care services is about making sure that two large parts of the child protection system, which are absolutely critical to the foundation of children’s safety are the best they humanly can be. It is part of a continuous improvement process because we need to make sure Queensland children are more than safe and this process aims to do just that,” said Principal Commissioner of QFCC, Cheryl Vardon.

The review comes in response to the tragic circumstances involving 12-year-old Tialeigh Palmer and the arrests made in relation to her death. (Read more about the news: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/tiahleigh-palmer-case-foster-father-charged-with-murder-brother-charged-with-incest-20160921-grlja1.html)

While it is uncertain at this that what the changes will be or how they may impact on the Child Protection system, be assured that there will be comprehensive consultation with both Foster Carers and Foster Care Agencies. We have no doubt that any changes will be in the best interest of the children and young people we all share a strong commitment to protecting and caring for on a daily basis.

“I know the vast majority of foster and kinship carers are caring committed people, who open their homes and hearts to our most vulnerable children when they cannot live at home. I regularly meet with foster carers and young people and I am constantly reassured by the stories I hear of great people doing a great job,” said Principal Commissioner of QFCC, Cheryl Vardon.

Inala Community House looks forward to working closely together with all our service staff and community involved during this time of change to make this a stronger Foster Carer system for all involved.

Should you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact us info@ich.org.au or call (07) 3372 1711.