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Celebrating 40 years

2 April 2019

Contact acknowledges the dedication and foresight of those that have played a part in establishing Contact’s strong foundations, growth and consolidation.

With optimism, Contact faces the future and in 2019 we look forward to celebrating 40 years of achievements helping to address the impacts of isolation for children, families and communities.

Hello 2019

25 January 2019

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Contact acknowledges the dedication and foresight of those that have played a part in establishing Contact’s strong foundations, growth and consolidation.

With optimism, Contact faces the future and in 2019 we look forward to celebrating 40 years of achievements helping to address the impacts of isolation for children, families and communities.

Goodbye 2018

10 January 2019

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Whilst embracing new possibilities, Contact’s priority in 2018 remains focused upon helping to address the impacts of isolation for regional, rural and remote children families and communities.

We express our most sincere thanks and gratitude to all that have contributed and assisted Contact throughout 2018 to achieve its core roles within the community.

All at Contact wish you a safe and happy festive season and look forward to continuing links in the coming year.

Paroo Childrens' Mobile and Contact Partnership

28 December 2018

Contact and Paroo Contact Children’s Mobile (PCCM) are delighted to announce that we have entered into a formal partnership arrangement to explore in northwest NSW and southwest Queensland region, funding and service delivery actions to sustain PCCM into the future and best meet child and family requirements.

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17 December 2018

Recognising Volunteers

11 December 2018

Recognising Volunteers

Contact deeply values and respects that volunteers across Australia make immeasurable contributions towards strengthening our communities.

In NSW, the Premier's Volunteer Recognition Program recognises these efforts. This program was launched in 2015, and since then more than 13,000 volunteers have been recognised across NSW.

We encourage you to recognise the importance of Volunteers contributions within your community.

To find out more click here go to the Centre for Volunteering

Paroo Contact Children's Mobile & Contact

11 December 2018

Paroo Contact Children’s Mobile and Contact joined forces to support the successful Enngonia CWA Fashion Day on 21/10 with families attending from throughout the region.

Paroo Mobile representative provided children’s activities during the day and time was spent with families undertaking a range of child and family related service gaps appraisals.

Hello 2018

11 December 2018

Goodbye 2017 Hello 2018

The end of 2017 marks Contact’s 38th year of working in urban, rural and remote communities with parents, carers, child and family service agencies and Governments to relieve disadvantage and isolation regardless of race, creed or religion.

Throughout Contact’s history, changing child, family and community needs and funding has required redefinition of organisational programs. Our strength has been that the organisation has remained true to its charter and Contact continues to work towards building our future and strategic priorities and the directions.
In 2018 Contact’s vision remains that isolated children, families and communities, irrespective of their locality and circumstances, have access to education, supports, information and services to best meet their needs.
Contact’s recent AGM provided a forum to share the organisations impressive record of achievements and initiatives covering from urban Sydney to rural and remote areas of NSW and the Northern Territory and highlighting the importance of many valued partnerships that enhance our role within the community.
Contact is proud of its many achievements during 2017 and has a clear direction for the future.

National Families Week

11 December 2018

Stronger Families, Stronger Communities

Celebrating families in your community!

National Families Week is held every year between 15 and 21 May. Over a hundred thousand people get involved in hundreds of community events during Families Week in Australia’s biggest celebration of families in all their diversity.

Contact invites you to plan a community event in National Families Week to celebrate the important and vital role that families play. National Families Week is an initiative of Families Australia. Would you like some resources or ideas on how to get involved or your ready to register an event? Press here

Annual Meeting of Australia’s National Coalition Child Safety and Wellbeing

11 December 2018

Annual Meeting of Australia’s National Coalition Child Safety and Wellbeing

Contact is a member of the National Coalition Child Safety and Wellbeing a group of 200 non-government organisations and researchers committed to improving child safety and wellbeing in Australia.

Recently Contact attended the annual meeting of this Coalition in Canberra as an important part of the policy development and consultation for the Fourth Action Plan (2018-2020). The Fourth Action plan is part of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children and current planning is that the draft Fourth Action Plan will be considered for adoption by the Community Service Ministers in the second half of 2018. For more information: www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/nation_framework_protecting_children.pdf.

National Reconciliation Week

11 December 2018

National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June

Contact pays respect to the Elders past, present and emerging, as they hold the wisdom, memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the nation.

National Reconciliation Week (27 May until 3 June 2018) encourages all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories and to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation.

Greater understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures can develop an enriched appreciation of Australia’s cultural heritage and reconciliation.

This National Reconciliation Week, learn more about the Australian story www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week

Support for new parents and babies in NSW

11 December 2018

Support for new parents and babies in NSW

Contact recently provided evidence within the NSW Legislative Assembly Committee on Community Services inquiry processes for parents and their new babies in NSW.

Our evidence to this inquiry specifically focused on Contact’s 39 year history of working within isolated contexts and the critical importance of recognising the unique needs of rural and remote areas

We applaud the NSW Government’s commitment to improve physical and mental health and child protection outcomes for families with new babies and look forward to the resulting Legislative Assembly Committee on Community Services inquiry findings and recommendations. To learn more

www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/news/Pages/New-inquiry-by-Community-Services-Committee.aspx

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

11 December 2018

Information about Infant Mental Health for parents.

  • What does good mental health look like?
  • Helping your baby become secure and confident
  • What would babies tell us if they had words?
  • What experiences can harm you baby's mental health?

Contact in Central Australia

11 December 2018

Contact in Central Australia

Contact recently facilitated a range of activities in Central Australia with Megan Mitchell, National Children’s Commissioner and Dr Susan Nicolson, Director of Children’s Rights from the Australian Human Rights Commission.

We spent time with BushMob representatives in Alice Springs and then in partnership with Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation, travelled to the Utopia Homelands to meet with the Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation Board, children, families, community members and agencies in many different Homeland communities.

These visits were designed to enable an ability to consult and listen to the views of children and young people, families, community members and agencies to inform the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child about Australia’s progress of implementing Children’s Rights.

Celebrate NAIDOC Week – 8 July to 15 July 2018

11 December 2018

Celebrate NAIDOC Week – 8 July to 15 July

The theme for NAIDOC Week in 2018 - Because of Her, We Can! - acknowledges the active and significant roles that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women play at community, local, state and national levels.

They are our mothers, our elders, our grandmothers, our aunties, our sisters, our daughters, our friends, our colleagues, our guiders and our supporters.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women achievements, their voice, their unwavering passion give us strength, have empowered past generations and paved the way for generations to come.

Because of her, we can!

To learn more go to NAIDOC Week

Fairfax and Contact

11 December 2018

Tim Fairfax Foundation

Contact had the special privilege of attending the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 10th Anniversary functionat the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation supports Australian charitable organisations and initiatives aimed at addressing the particular needs of communities in rural, remote and regional areas within Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Contact has been involved with the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation from inception and acknowledges with our deepest appreciation, the generosity and commitment of the Tim Fairfax family to isolated, rural and remote communities.

COUNTRY KIDS in CAPTIALS

11 December 2018

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Contact attended the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia 47th Annual Federal Conference “COUNTRY KIDS in CAPTIALS- Access to Education” in Canberra.

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association was established in 1971 and continues to advocate for equity in access for all children in rural and remote areas of Australia. To learn more about ICPA https://www.icpa.com.au/events

Cages Foundation

11 December 2018

Contact is delighted to announce CAGES Foundation funding support which will enable a dedicated Fieldworker role to work within defined areas of north-west NSW. Community development approaches will be utilised to complement and support existing child and family services. The Fieldworker will act as a catalyst to link people together and, as appropriate, to develop new opportunities to meet identified child service gaps or needs in the region. To learn more about CAGES Foundation click here http://cagesfoundation.org/

Treasurers’ Awards

11 December 2018

Contact was delighted to recently attend the celebratory evening recognising the amazing work of Australia’s not-for-profit and community treasurers’ at the 2018 Commonwealth Bank Not for Profit Treasurers’ Awards.

Contact’s Treasurer, Rosemary Chung, was a nominee and the event provided a wonderful opportunity to join fellow community treasurers and Not-for-profit staff as well as the executive management team from the Commonwealth Bank and Our Community. Presentations were also made at the event by Susan Pascoe AM, Chair, Community Directors’ Council and former Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) and David Locke, Chief Ombudsman and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) and former Assistant Commissioner of the ACNC

BushMob & Contact

11 December 2018

BushMob Aboriginal Corporation and Contact have welcomed the opportunity to begin to develop programs in the Northern Territory for young people referred to BushMob programs to further support their capacity for safe and effective parenting. In appreciation, BushMob and Contact acknowledge funding through the CAGES Foundation.

AGM @Dubbo

11 December 2018

News November 6 2018

Contact spent time in Dubbo last week. A full day Board Meeting was also conducted with Board Members travelling from Sydney, Bourke, Dubbo and Angeldool regions. Opportunities to meet with representatives from Western NSW Local Health District, Family and Community Services and community members during this time were valued and appreciated.

Contact and Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation

11 December 2018

Last week (14 November 2019) Contact and Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation valued the opportunity to spend time in Canberra meeting with Government representatives to discuss unmet child and family service delivery gaps within the Utopian Homelands.

Annual General Meeting / Welcome to new Board Members

11 December 2018

Annual General Meeting / Welcome to new Board Members

Contact held its AGM this week, proudly reflecting upon our many achievements during a review of the 2017/2018 year - a time of actively planning for the future and making it happen.

Congratulations to the incoming 2018/ 2019 Contact Board who represent a diverse range of specialist areas such as accountancy and auditing skills, aboriginal, disabilities, education health, government policy, rural and remote communities and groups. In 2018 Contact’s core roles, values and purpose within the community remain to help to address the impacts of isolation for children, families and communities.

Contact acknowledges the dedication and foresight of those that have played a part in establishing Contact’s strong foundations, growth and consolidation and faces the future with optimism.

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