YFS celebrates new plans, new premises and 32 years of service

Next Tuesday 25th of October, marks a triple celebration for YFS.

Starting at 3:30 pm, Logan based support services organisation will celebrate the opening of new premises, officially launch its Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and hold its 32nd Annual General Meeting.

The events will be held at YFS’ new premises in conjunction with other activities prepared for the day, including a smoking ceremony and a performance from Mabel Park State School students.

The new building is located at 372 Kingston Road in Slacks Creek and houses YFS’ ParentsNext and Money Smart programs as well as the Logan and District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for elders.

YFS CEO Cath Bartolo said leading design studio Architectus had donated their services to design a family friendly space for these services.

Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen will officially open the premises on behalf of the Federal Minister for Employment Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash.

YFS will also launch its new plan to improve its focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was developed by YFS’ Reconciliation Working Group and outlines focus areas for staff and programs within the organisation to engage in reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people and communities.

Ms Bartolo said the plan’s focus areas include relationships, respect, opportunities, tracking progress and reporting.

“The RAP increases the focus on engaging YFS staff, restates our commitment to closing the gap in Logan and guides our reconciliation work over the next two years,” Ms Bartolo said.

Following the launch, the Annual General Meeting will formally commence at 4.45 pm.

Ms Bartolo said the meeting provides a great opportunity for YFS to share with stakeholders and the broader community its work with people in Logan and surrounds to build independence and participation.

“We’re very proud of our achievements during the last year. Our purpose is to deliver services designed to promote independence and citizenship; we want to make sure our efforts make a significant difference,” Ms Bartolo said.