The Chinchilla Family Support Centre would like to say a very big thank you to QGC. We have been very fortunate in securing two grants from the QGC Sustainable Communities Fund, initially in Round 5 for our IT Upgrade Project, and then again in Round 6 for our Professional Development Accessibility Project.
The IT Upgrade Project will enable us to streamline the collection, management and sharing of information at the centre, increasing our efficiency and capacity to provide more effective and timely services to clients. Upgrades to our IT systems will also enable us to capture and report more holistic data, enhancing our sustainability and providing the vitally important evidence needed to advocate and foster increased support from governments and other funding bodies.
The IT Upgrade Project consists of three phases:
1. Customising and installing a back-end client relationship management database.
2. Developing a front-end public website, designed with clients' needs in mind, including a seamless integration with our database.
3. Purchasing and installing the necessary hardware to maximise accessibility and usability.
The Professional Development Accessibility Project will assist community service organisations to access training opportunities, locally here in the Western Downs.
Traditionally, accredited community service workshops are held no further west than Toowoomba or Ipswich, often leading to regional community service staff missing opportunities to attend. Research has shown that the barriers preventing regional staff from participating in professional development are significant and inevitably include cost (travel + accommodation + staff back-fill + workshop fees) and time (the more remote, the greater the distances and therefore increased travel time – for example, to travel to Brisbane from Miles for a two day workshop would require four days out of the office).
This Project will directly assist front-line community services within the Western Downs to access relevant and industry standard professional development opportunities by having them delivered here on the Western Downs. Ultimately the project will build the resilience and sustainability of our community services through better qualified staff who are able to deliver relevant services within best practice standards. It is also hoped to illustrate to workshop providers and trainers that there is a viable market for training provision west of the Great Divide.
The Professional Development Accessibility Project will deliver a series of nine workshops throughout the year, the first being delivered on the 14th March 2014. For brochures and registration forms please refer to the Projects page.