December/January Update
New iMAGE Laundry Update

Some fine weather throughout December and January meant construction of the New iMAGE Laundry site was full steam ahead.

IMPACT Chief Executive, Tanya O'Shea was a guest speaker at the Bundy 4 Breakfast 2017 event hosted by Bundaberg Regional Council and gave a run down of the expansion of the laundry and also explained the Theory of Change. Bundaberg Mayor, Jack Dempsey was also in attendance and commented on Tanya's presentation: 

"We know the significance of these projects in terms of mutual benefits and applaud your organisation's drive to expand its business.  I also note and appreciate the extremely positive work IMPACT does for those disadvantaged sectors of our society and strongly believe your organisation embodies the heart of our great region; its compassion and its willingness to help where needed."

The New iMAGE Laundry, once complete, will have the capacity to employ 25 people with a disability in the first five years and will be able to process up to 40 tonnes of laundry a month.

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Graduating Students Celebrate Success
On the 7th December, 39 Bundaberg job seekers earned a nationally recognised qualification complete with job readiness training and are keen to start new careers in community services or hospitality.

Manager for IMPACT Community Services Training Services, Bronwyn Quaile said 26 students attained a Certificate III in Individual Support (specialising in Home and Community or Disability) and another 13 completed a Certificate III in Hospitality.

“From the graduating classes, almost 75% of students have since become employed!  It is wonderful to see these projects are increasing the skills available to local employers and supporting participants towards a more productive future."

Skilling Queenslanders for Work funds skills development, training and job opportunities for unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government.

For further information or to inquire about our upcoming courses, phone IMPACT Community Services on 4153 4233 or visit our website below.

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IMPACT Community Choir Video

IMPACT Community Choir has had quite the publicity lately with their performances for Chamber of Commerce functions and also having the honour of entertaining Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk in September of 2017.

It was no surprise when they were approached by Associate Media who were interested in filming the choir both rehearsing and also performing for the Premier!

One of the staples for the choir is Katy Perry's 'Roar' and here it is....

Choir Video

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Skilling Queenslanders for Work Contracts Won

IMPACT was recently successful in gaining four contracts under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects.  This means we can continue to deliver the following programs:

- Community Work Skills - Community Work Skills assists disadvantaged Queenslanders to gain nationally recognised skills and qualifications up to a certificate III level.

- Work Skills Traineeships - Work Skills Traineeships funds paid work placements, for up to six months, on projects that benefit the boarder community while participants complete a Certificate I, Conservation and Land Management.

- Get Set for Work - Get Set for Work provides intensive employment and training assistance over a 12 month period to young, disengaged Queenslanders aged 15–19 years.

- Youth Skills - Youth Skills provides nationally recognised training and employment support for 15–24 year olds who are engaged with Youth Justice Services or Queensland Corrective Services

Community Visitors Scheme

IMPACT's Community Visitors Scheme is a valuable community volunteering opportunity that has been improving the lives of our isolated aged and is always looking for more members to join. 

The program has recently celebrated its 25th year of being in the Bundaberg region, but did you also know that we have volunteers in the Monto and Gayndah area?

Interested in volunteering?  Give Heather a call on 4153 4233

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Employment First Aid 

Since its inception in June of 2017, the EFA team have managed to welcome 178 clients with one to one support and continually engage with employers and employees alike

Employment First Aid is one of 40 initiatives under the Australian Government’s Empowering Youth program to assist young people find employment, overcome barriers and stay in work.  It also has a team of people which are able to assist employers in maintaining the right staff, so they are able to spend more time working on their business, rather than in it.

Employment First Aid covers Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

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Alowishus and Street Outreach Pay it Forward

Alowishus Delicious and IMPACT Community Services have once again been able to bring an element of normality to the lives of those most in need in the Bundaberg community.

It’s generosity from local organisations such as TAFE Queensland East Coast and Bundaberg Christian College, who by purchasing vouchers in the Pay it Forward scheme have allowed IMPACT’s Street Outreach Service to deliver another 214 vouchers to the homeless community with a total of 364 vouchers being donated to various organisations in the November/December period.

Pay It Forward Story
Hospitality Student Loves His Job

Our hospitality trainer, Jeff, drops by to see recent IMPACT graduate, Jordan and gets a personal tour from Head Brewmaster.  Jordan has been employed by The Bargara Brewing Company since July 2017 after completing his Certificate III in Hospitality.

Jordan is one of many students that has gone on to become gainfully employed after completion of his qualification.  If you need help in finding the right career path for you, give us a call on 4153 4233 today!

Pageant of Lights
IMPACT staff members and their families, clients & friends lined up at 4pm to deck out the Street Outreach van and trailer for this years Pageant of Lights event!  With over 30 people representing IMPACT, it was an amazing turnout and everyone came away with bigger and better ideas ready for next year!
IMPACT Christmas Concert
IMPACT Community Choir and participants of the SHINE program put on their very first annual Christmas Concert in front of an audience of 100 strong. 

The choir commenced proceedings with some Christmas favourites followed by SHINE showcasing their hard work throughout the year. This included dance routines, their own interpretation on 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' and educating the audience on the musical instruments they used throughout the year..
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