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Author Archives: Bonnie Johnson

  1. Support for Budget Increase in Aged and Early Education – But More Needed for Vulnerable Children and Families.

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    Community Services # 1 welcomes commitments by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg MP in the 2021-22 federal budget.

    Increasing the number of new Home Care Packages by 80,000 to help more Australians to live at home for as long as possible will make a substantial difference not only to the individuals these packages support, but to their families, carers and the broader community.

    Amanda Tobler Chief Executive Officer of Community Services#1 said “The Federal Government’s commitment to the Aged Care sector through an increase in the number of hours of support provided for individuals, and investment in quality and safety for all service providers will lead to better quality services for people who need them now and in the future.”

    Further to this, Community Services#1 supports the Government’s announcement of $2.3 billion to support Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Only through greater investment and understanding of people with, or at risk of, mental ill-health can we build a community that supports and enables people to reach their potential in life, have purpose and meaning, and contribute to the lives of others.

    Community Services#1 recently hosted The Hon Josh Frydenberg at one of our Early Education and Care Centres, who on behalf of the Morrison Government announced further investment of  $1.7 billion into early education and care.

    Community Services#1 welcomes the investment that will support better options for women on workforce participation and ongoing early education opportunities for children.

    Ms Tobler said” We are very pleased that the cap of $10,560 will be removed as this in particular impacts children’s education and continuity of learning, it’s a positive step in the right direction. While these measures are addressing the needs of families it is important to note that to benefit from this commitment, families will need to have more than one child aged 5 years or under in care and earn more than $180 000 per annum.”

    “We encourage the Morrison Government to look further into supporting low income families and families with vulnerable children to access high quality early education and care. Investment into recruiting, training and retaining the workforce to support the anticipated increase in demand for places in childcare centres is also a key issue currently impacting the sector.”

    More information about Community Services# 1 can be found at our website: www.communityservices1.org

    Media enquiries: 0417 499 346

  2. Your Side in partnership with Community Services #1 expand to Murrumbidgee

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    Your Side in partnership with Community Services #1 are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a contract for Out Of Hospital Care in regional NSW.

    An initiative of the NSW Ministry of Health, Out Of Hospital Care prevents avoidable hospital stays by delivering non clinical care such as cleaning, meals and transport.

    Our case managers will arrange short term packages of care for eligible people who can be safely and comfortably cared for at home instead of in hospital.

    Out of Hospital Care combines the ComPacks and SASH (Safe And Supported at Home) programs and adds a new, non-clinical End of Life care program. Patients can be referred from hospital at discharge or from community medical centres.

    Adding their expertise to the partnership are Violet, a social enterprise that aim to build resilience so that people are better prepared and supported as they care for a loved one at the last stage of life.

    “We look forward to supporting people in the Murrumbidgee to be safe in their own homes while they recover, or while they are supported in the last stages of life. Embarking on a new regional footprint is a positive step in our growth strategy. ” says Danielle Ballantine, CEO of Your Side.

    The Your Side and Community Services #1 partnership brings together two leading providers of home based support that deliver care for older Australians, people with a disability, their carers, and children and families.

    “We are delighted to serve the community in the area, and also to be hiring locals to deliver this essential service” said Amanda Tobler, CEO of Community Services #1.

    To see jobs available in the new program click here.

  3. Marlee Early Education and Care Centre Launch by Alicia Payne MP, Member for Canberra.

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    Community Services #1’s renamed Narrabundah Cottage Senior to Marlee Early Education and Care Centre on Thursday 1st April at 10.30 am. The centre was established in 1946 as a demountable and was officially opened on Saturday 22 September 1951, it was the first community facility built in Narrabundah and was in high demand.

    Marlee is an Indigenous name meaning elder tree, of which the centre has plenty of.

    Marlee Early Education and Care Centre is a specialised stand-alone preschool catering to children 3-5 years. Located in central Narrabundah in Nimbin Street and surrounded by trees the children’s play space is full of fascinating opportunities to explore.

    “At Marlee Early Education and Care Centre they focus on children being everyday learners, play is the work of children and the role as educators is to support and scaffold that learning with opportunities for children to be active, inquisitive learners”.


    “The Educators at Marlee Early Education and Care Centre recognise that children need specific skills to support their transition into school, they have a school readiness curriculum designed by our Early Childhood teacher.

    This program is founded on the core principles of early literacy, early numeracy, social and emotional development, self-regulation and resilience” said Amanda Tobler, CE0 at CS#1.

    Call 6126 4700 or email: enrolments@communityservices1.org to book a tour.

  4. Launch of the Wellbeing Hub

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    This Wellbeing Hub was launched on Monday 16 November by to Minister Stephen-Smith who helped plant a variety of seedlings for our Growing healthy kids program.

    The Wellbeing Hub aims to support children, young people and their families to enjoy physical and mental health, have strong social connections, participate in their communities and feel safe.

    It is both a physical space, and a virtual centre for services.

    You can access our services as an individual or organisation, so please contact us for more information on 612 4700.