President and CEO Report - Annual Report 2019/20
We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we work, walk and live, the Wulgurukaba and Bindal people. We pay our respects to the past and present elders and emerging leaders.
We are incredibly proud of the achievements of Althea Projects over the past 12 months and the ongoing commitment of all management and staff as they support people in our community. Althea Projects has trusted genuine partnerships with our funding bodies and other supporters, which is resulting in positive outcomes across the organisation.
Our highlights this year include:
- Implementing our continuity plans across all services that adequately ensured all programs adjusted and adapted service delivery to enable us to deliver all services throughout the COVID19 health crisis;
- Across all services we have supported 2608 people and delivered 16,921 hours of service delivery;
- With determination and resilience, Wee Care seamlessly adapted to alternative premises, post 2019 floods;
- Following the full refurbishment and renovation of the Wee Care property, the successful relocation back to the premises in November 2019, to a building that is now a state of the art and modern premises that continues to provide crisis and emergency support to children 0-11, while supporting their families;
- Our new Reconciliation Action Plan was endorsed in April 2020, embracing our commitment to advance reconciliation;
- The Shared Family Care Program exceeded funded outputs, and has secured additional funding. This has enabled us to implement new positions and trial innovative and creative support for foster and kinship carers through the introduction of an Intensive Family Case Worker and Kinship Family Case Worker;
- A review of the Townsville Drop In Centre (TDIC) by an external consultant Dr. Sharon McCallum, unequivocally confirmed that the facility and services provided by the Centre are vital to the health and safety of people who are homeless in our city area and, without our service, these people would experience greater difficulties, with broader impacts to the community;
- Through seed funding from Department of Housing and Public Works, Dignity First Funding, TDIC has established our long-awaited social enterprise, Morehead Meals. This has resulted in our industrial kitchen being licenced and our ability to expand our capacity to provide meals to the most vulnerable people in our community;
- After more than two years of advocacy, TDIC homelessness service received additional funding to deliver Mobile and Outreach support services, which more than doubled resources and our capacity to support people who are vulnerable in our community;
- After a number of years, Wee Care delivering the First Steps service again in February. This has led to reflection on the service model and future opportunities for Wee Care to support families who are vulnerable in our community;
- Administering over $6,000 as part of our Reconciliation Grants to 11 recipients;
The coming 12 months provides great optimism and opportunities throughout Althea Projects. After postponing strategic planning earlier in the year due to COVID19, we will commence our planning in August 2020.
Our other big plan is to relocate SFC and Corporate office to a central location which will have great benefits to the management, staff and clients of Althea Projects.
We would like to thank all our Management Committee members, managers, staff and volunteers for their tremendous efforts, as well as all our government agencies, stakeholders and supporters who help us to make a difference in the lives of people in our community.
Our achievements are only possible due to the ongoing support by our funding bodies and supporters. I would like to take the opportunity to thank our government funding partners:
- Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women
- Queensland Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors
- Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works
- Australian Government Department of Health
- Australian Government Department of Social Services
- Townsville City Council
I want to make special mention to key supporters who have provided very important and significant financial support to us during 2019 / 2020:
- Armi’s IGA Supermarket and the associated annual “Armi’s IGA Charity Golf Day”
- Bunnings Fairfield
- Jam and Bridgewater restaurants
- MYER Townsville and the MYER Community Foundation
- Pickerings Auto Group
- Rotary Australia World Community Service
- Rotary Clubs across Townsville
- Zambrero Restaurants
- Grill’d Townsville
Finally, a number of incredible individuals who raised money and donated to us. You are our Althea Angels who keep our local families strong, connected and protected. Every dollar donated goes back into our services and makes a significant difference to the well-being of individuals, children and families in our community. Thank you.
Paula La Rosa