Children's Advocate Welcomed

3 December 2014



Contact Inc. which runs programs for isolated children, families and communities in New South Wales and the Northern Territory, has welcomed the appointment of a NSW Advocate for Children and Young People.

Contact President, Barbara Wellesley AM, said Mr Andrew Johnson came to the position with a clear plan to help young people aged pre birth to 24 years.

“At Contact, we assist families with young children in isolated and often poor and disadvantaged communities (a list of our current projects follows). Mr Johnson, as the current Acting General Secretary of Child Fund Alliance based in New York, has vowed to develop a whole of government strategic plan with the NGO sector”, Barbara said.

“We look forward to putting our 35 years of experience to good use through consultation with the Advocate, and expect the process will result in a cohesive and sustainable plan for assisting the State’s children, young people and their families”.

“Contact’s aim is to build community social capital in isolated and regional areas, strengthen existing services and communities, including through training, in order that they may influence their own environment, and to boost confidence and competencies for the benefit of children and their families. Our current projects, which are designed to overcome the isolation of remote communities, include:

  • Rural CONNECT, funded by Department of Education through Children’s Services Central, offers additional resourcing supports for remote children’s services;
  • NT based Contact Children’s Mobile, funded by Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Yulgilbar Foundation and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet;
  • The launch of the ‘Who To Contact’ Directory, funded by the Aussie Farmers Foundation, which provides listed services at the touch of a mouse;
  • The ANZ Bank/ Seeds for Renewal through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is enabling the development of child /family service directories for Nyngan and Warren as part of the Building Links project funded by Department of Social Services;
  • The Forbes Skilling Children’s Services project funded through Barrick Cowal.

“We have also been involved in a partnership pilot project with the NSW Mobile Children’s Services Association and greatly welcomed a grant during the year from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, for the Central Australian based Contact Children’s Mobile”.

“Our overall aim is to reach isolated children and families and provide content and delivery in a variety of formats and ways that train local people and suit the uniqueness of each community”.

For further information, contact: CEO Sue Kingwill on 02 9212 5588 or 0458 9251 4

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