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Logan youth to benefit from $20,000 charity boost

Published: 26 October 2018

Logan youth to benefit from $20,000 charity boost
City of Logan Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley, City of Logan Mayor's Charity Trust chair Paul Venus and Robert Gray, the chair of Aunties and Uncles Queensland.

A unique intervention program for vulnerable and socially-isolated children will deliver more services in Logan following a $20,000 donation from the City of Logan Mayor’s Charity Trust.

The Aunties and Uncles Queensland charity links children, referred by social workers, community groups, government agencies or self-referrals with an adult volunteer ‘auntie’ or ‘uncle’ for mentorship.

City of Logan Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said the mentoring provided by the charity helps build the resilience, life skills and self-worth of the children in the program.

“Aunties and Uncles Queensland have been operating in Logan for more than 25 years and do a fantastic job,” Cr Dalley said.

“However the demand for their services keeps growing year on year, and that means the current waitlist for the service has been closed for three years due to lack of funding.

“The City of Logan Mayor’s Charity Trust donation of $20,000 will help cut the waitlist and make a real positive difference for children in Logan.”

There are currently seven children in Logan linked with the service, with a further 15 children on the waitlist.

The program’s aunties and uncles are from all walks of life and are able to provide a safe place for a child.

Program co-ordinators carefully match the auntie and/or uncle to a child who they will meet at least two days each month, for a minimum of 12 months and have the ability to offer each child time, attention, care, stability, guidance and the benefits of an extended family.

Complex circumstances exist for each child and their family, including exposure to domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol addiction, social and economic disadvantage, physical and mental health concerns, cultural differences creating barriers to community integration and limited or non-existent family support systems.

The service is provided free of charge to families.

“Being a small, self-funded charity, every dollar is critical,” said Robert Gray, chair of Aunties and Uncles.

“The support from the City of Logan Mayor’s Charity Trust will go a long way to enabling us to provide a much needed lifeline to families in Logan that really need our support.”

City of Logan Mayor's Charity Trust chair Paul Venus said the Trust had been set up to raise and distribute charitable funding in Logan with a transparent, community-led approach.

“It’s pleasing to now start delivering funds from the Trust to an organisation like Aunties and Uncles Queensland,” Mr Venus said.

“They’re a very worthwhile charity whose work will directly benefit the Logan community.”

Charities interested in applying for funding from the City of Logan Mayor’s Charity Trust can contact secretary Susan Hucknall on SusanHucknall@logan.qld.gov.au for eligibility criteria and an application form.