Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Neighbourhood centres

Neighbourhood centres are a universal point of access for members of the community. Each centre responds in a unique way to promote the social connectedness of people living in the local community.

Neighbourhood centres are accessed by a wide cross-section of the community, including people who are marginalised or have significant needs.

The Queensland Government is implementing a number of initiatives designed to enhance the effectiveness of neighbourhood centres.

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Community Connect

The Queensland Government commenced a trial of the placement of Community Connect workers in high need communities to facilitate support and referrals for individuals and families to specialist services, with a particular focus on those affected by domestic and family violence from January 2017.

How do they help?

Community Connect workers assist individuals and families and, in particular, those experiencing domestic and family violence, by facilitating access to services and supports.

As a dedicated resource, these workers respond quickly and effectively, and arrange emergency assistance if required. This additional support frees up neighbourhood centre staff and volunteers to focus on the delivery of funded community activities.

Community Connect workers work closely with local specialist services and develop networks across the region for advocacy, referrals and assistance.

How much funding is available?

$3 million was allocated for the trial which commenced in January 2017.

Participating neighbourhood centres receive $110,000 per year to employ an experienced worker who understands the needs of the local community.

An additional $15,000 per year was also allocated to each participating service for brokerage to help individuals and families to access services and support.

Where are they located?

The 12 Community Connect workers are located at:

Blackall, Monto, Bowen and Upper Ross (Townsville), Chinchilla, Gatton, Eagleby, Nerang, Gympie, Manoora-Mooroobool, Mossman, and Darra.

Extension of Community Connect

Community Connect has been extended to 30 June 2019 for services with an additional $687,500 in one-off funding. The extension of the Community Connect Trial will continue to boost the provision of social services in Queensland.

Thriving Queensland Communities grants