Jobs focus of services

Albert & Logan News, November 3, 2016

Services to help parents return to the workforce and make wise financial decisions are coming to Slacks Creek.

The new YFS centre on Kingston Rd will house the ParentsNext and Money Smart programs, as well as the Logan and District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation.

Chief executive Cath Bartolo said demand for YFS services had increased in the 2015- 16 financial year, with more than 10,000 people seeking help. Homelessness, money trouble and domestic violence were among the most common issues.

“YFS is uniquely placed to help the most vulnerable people and we have the capacity to make real change in their lives,” she said.

“Last year, we built on our ability to help people put the foundations in place by introducing an employment preparation service, ParentsNext, and remodelling our financial capability and counselling services.”

ParentsNext assists people who have struggled to regain employment after starting a family through goal setting and skill development.

YFS has also launched a new Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan to help close the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.