Launch of support services for SMBI


Residents of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) will soon have local access to a range of support services with the launch of the SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub on Macleay Island.

A partnership initiative between Redland City Council and 10 community organisations, the service will be officially launched on Thursday 17 November.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the outreach service would improve the well-being of residents living on the Bay Islands, with plenty available for all ages and stages of life.

“The new SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub will offer a raft of services and activities both during times of crisis and for everyday life, including counselling, mental health support, activities for seniors, and emergency relief,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to attend the official opening to learn more about the range of services, programs and activities available – and enjoy the free sausage sizzle too.”

Organisations who will be part of the SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub include:

  • Working Against Violence Support Services (WAVSS)
  • Bay Islands Community Services (BICS)
  • Redland Community Centre (RCC)
  • Open Minds
  • FSG (Freedom, Social Justice, Growth)
  • Redland District Committee on the Ageing (RDCOTA)
  • Wellbeing Hub (Relationships Australia)
  • Bayside Initiatives Group (BIG)
  • YFS
  • Group 61

Bay Islands Councillor Mark Edwards said he was pleased island residents would soon have access to the same level of support as those on the mainland.

“This is fantastic for those who call our beautiful Bay Islands home,” he said.

Event details

SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub
When: Thursday 17 November 2016, 10am – 12 noon
Where: Macleay Island Community Hall, Cnr Southsea Terrace and High Central Road, Macleay Island.
Contact: 3409 4222.

More information about organisations and services provided by SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub:

Working Against Violence Support Services (WAVSS)
Individual and family counselling for women and their children who have previously witnessed or lived with domestic violence. Also provides crisis response  to women experiencing domestic violence , court assistance at both Cleveland and Wynnum Courts, and  free community information and training. Contact: 3286 7766

Bay Islands Community Services (BICS)
Provide a comprehensive range of innovative and quality programs, services and activities to support the aspirations of individuals within the community of the Southern Morton Bay Islands. Contact: 3409 4222

Redland Community Centre (RCC)
Supports the community with valuable ‘one stop shop’ community-focused services including emergency relief, family support and parenting programs/workshops, crisis and generalist counselling, plus events and courses.
Contact: 3245 2117 or info@redlandcommunitycentre.org

Open Minds
Works to enhance mental health and wellbeing by delivering a range of tailored options focused on the individual needs of each person. A registered NDIS provider.
Contact: 3896 4222

Freedom, Social Justice, Growth (FSG)
Providing a range of innovative, person-led mental health services to SMBI, including Partners in Recovery (PIR), Purposeful Peer Engagement (PPE) and Mental Health Carer Support.
Contact: 3213 7100

Redland District Committee on the Ageing (RDCOTA)
A community organisation which promotes the rights, interests and well-being of those over the age of 50 in Redland City. Provides information and referral service to seniors, their families and their carers, as well as one-on-one computer training.
Contact: 3488 0680

Well-being Hub
Through sharing and developing awareness, knowledge and skills for well-being, the Hub aims to support everyone in the community to experience positive mental health and well-being and to flourish. Run by Relationships Australia Qld.
Contact: Jan Elston 0447 002 408

Bayside Initiatives Group (BIG)
A peer-operated mental health service providing outreach on the islands through the Bay Islands Well-being Group, a lifestyle and social support group helping people to learn new coping strategies and reconnect to their communities.
Contact: 3390 1116 or 0499 747 000 or big.inc@bigpond.com

YFS
Delivers a range of services to those who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or want to improve their circumstance. YFS champions rights and responsibilities of clients taking up social, cultural and economic opportunities.
Contact: 3826 1500

Group 61
A voluntary organisation devoted to mental health that enables fullness of life through friendship with people affected by mental health issues.
Contact: 0421 129 253

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