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Journey of Recovery 
For many people the small things in life can feel like huge hurdles, and asking for help can be overwhelmingly scary. But when you take a leap of faith and ask for help you don’t often look back. Read about Sally's recovery here ... 
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Minister Visits
We were very pleased to have The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Disability Services, visit in early April.
The Assistant Minister values the insight and advice that local organisations can
provide and so invited us, along with other service providers to a round table discussion. Talks outlined ways to address a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by people with disability. At the same time, the Assistant Minister was looking for advice on opportunities that the Australian Government can provide in helping to meet those challenges. 
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drumMuster Success
Our recycling centre has recently helped reach a significant milestone under the drumMUSTER program, when they recycled its 500,000th drum. Bundaberg Regional Council released this article ...
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New Course - Aged Care 
Would you like to get work in the Aged Care sector? First you need to obtain your Certificate III in Individual Support - Ageing. We are taking enrolments for the next course which commences Monday May 23.
The nationally recognised course is delivered over 17 weeks and during this time you will be fully supported by our qualified trainer.
An information session will be held on Monday May 16 at 9.30am. Please register your expression of interest, by contacting IMPACT on 4153 4233 or mail@impact.org.au 
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Meet our new Team 
We welcome Nicole (left) and Barry (right) to the IMPACT team in our new Rockhampton office. They will be helping to facilitate the new ParentsNext program. Mark (centre) is helping to establish IMPACT 
as a new provider in the Rockhampton area. Nicole brings an 18 year nursing background, and for the last 7 years she has been working within the Youth and Disability Services. Barry has 35 years working within Community and Employment Services. 
ParentsNext is a new employment initiative to help parents prepare for work for when their youngest child starts school. If you'd like to know more about the program please call 1800 179 223 or contact us via our website www.impact.org.au 
 
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Stanton Stands Out 
Stanton is a Client Support Officer with our Disability Employment Services and it's great to hear that local businesses are valuing his company as much as we do. Fresh Fields Bakery recently took
to our Facebook page to tell us how much they enjoy a visit from Stanton.
"A big thank you to Stanton, who has been a big help over the last year with the staff and apprentices we have put on through IMPACT. We really appreciate his visits. He always brings a smile to our faces when he waltzes into the shop." 
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Youth Homelessness Matters 
What does homelessness look like? How do people become homeless? Can it affect you? Where do you go for help? These are the questions we asked of more than 200 youth when we opened up discussions
around homelessness. Large cardboard houses were then decorated in their interpretation of what is a Safe, Secure and Suitable home, or unsafe, insecure or unsuitable home. The Youth Homelessness Matters Day committee including IMPACT, Bundaberg Regional Council Youth Development Office, Max Employment, Salvation Army Youth Refuge and Youth Justice, then went on to share the display at community events around the region.
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Xtreme Changes 
The Skilling Queenslanders for Work Youth Skills program is already making Xtreme changes in the lives of our clients. We asked a few participants what they thought about coming to the IMPACT. 
What does Xtreme Turnabout mean to you?
1: Helps get people on the right track
2: To change my life around 
3: To turn my life around and achieve something in life
Do you like coming to the program and why?
1: Yes, the staff are nice and it’s an enjoyable program. It helps people interact with others. Easier to learn new skills from them. 
2: Yes because they help you get a job. I feel great in this program
3: Yes I like coming because I feel like I am achieving something
Xtreme Turnabout looks to work with 15 to 19 year olds, who are subject to court orders or bail, to gain nationally recognised qualifications, training and life skills.
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Strong Not Tough
Strong not Tough is a group program for adults that can help build personal strength, confidence and resilience. During March some of our participants took part and were recently awarded their certificates. 
Throughout our lives we can experience many challenging situations and some of these challenges can catch us off guard and cause feelings of anxiety and an inability to cope. The good news is that anybody at any age can develop positive coping skills. Strong not Tough is delivered by the Family and Relationship Services, UnitingCare Community. 
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