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The Logan Reporter, Friday 28th October, 2016

Funding from the Amanda Flynn Foundation will see The CLUB program delivered to three more schools across Logan until the middle of next year.

The CLUB (Communication, Learning, Understanding, and Belonging) works closely with vulnerable school children in Logan helping them to improve their mental health and wellbeing and develop their social and emotional skills.

It currently operates in five local primary schools: Eagleby, Harris Field, Woodridge North, Kingston and Browns Plains, funded through The Salvation Army.

With money from the grant, the program has started at Logan Village, Marsden and Waterford West State Schools.

The CLUB started four years ago and now sees 280 children per year. So far over 1000 children have participated in it.

Program manager Michael Carter said YFS wanted to extend it to other schools because of the need in Logan schools.

“It’s important to help young children to develop socially, learn about whom they are and how they relate and connect with others, whether it’s their peers or their family. The program gives them some tools to use not just now, but later on in life as well,” Mr Carter said.

“These are basically tools around being able to manage their internal world, their emotions and their thoughts. Children are never too young to start learning about who they are,” he added.

The CLUB usually runs an eight week Little Steps program for students in Prep to Year 3, and an eight week CLUB program for students in Years 4 to 6.