Karen Gerrade, Helen Hansen and Deborah Sear at the first Communities for Children meeting at The Smith Family.
Karen Gerrade, Helen Hansen and Deborah Sear at the first Communities for Children meeting at The Smith Family. Allan Reinikka

Service unites groups

DEBORAH Sear is working with The Smith Family in Rockhampton to ensure local support organisations work as a team for the community's good, not isolated from one another.

The government action leader joined The Smith Family's Helen Hansen and Karen Gerrade at the first meeting of the Communities for Children program at The Smith Family's office yesterday.

Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore said their work was driving long-lasting change in the way their local organisations worked together.

The Smith Family general manager in Queensland, Stephen Vines, said that the launch of the service would help ensure that parents had the support they needed to build a better future for their children.

Mr Vines said 20 community and government stakeholders attended the meeting.

"(The) program focuses on providing prevention and early intervention programs for families with young children, to ensure that those families who most need support services can be reached," he said.



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