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Twin Towns Shaping Outcomes In Early Childhood Intervention

Twin Towns Shaping Outcomes In Early Childhood Intervention

Posted on 09-Jul-2015

Twin Towns and its affiliated philanthropic association, the Twin Towns Services Community Foundation, continue their ongoing commitment to provide financial support on behalf of members to important local community organisations such as Shaping Outcomes.

Since inception in 1981, Shaping Outcomes at Tweed Heads, formerly known as Tweed Valley Early Childhood Intervention Service Inc, has been the beneficiary of funds from Twin Towns and the Twin Towns Services Community Foundation.

Over the years, Twin Towns has donated significantly to ensure this much-needed community organisation continues to maintain, enhance and expand services for local families with children from birth to six years who have developmental delays or disabilities.

Last year, Twin Towns donated $15,000 and Twin Towns Services Community Foundation donated $20,000.  This valued support was utilised by TVEI to assist families in the Tweed Shire who are in need of support for children with disabilities or developmental delays. Previous donations were utilised for managing the demand/waitlist program, which provided families with a Key Worker Specialist to ensure positive emotional support for the family, information and advice in navigating services and understanding professional terminology, provide opportunities to identify and address their individual needs as well as support in developing skills in advocating for the needs of their child.

The latest donation of $20,000 from the Twin Towns Community Foundation in June 2015 will enable the organisation to welcome an additional 20 local families, who have been on the Centre’s ever-growing waiting list and are desperately in need of support and assistance.

Community Relations Manager from Shaping Outcomes, Jackson Ross, said the $20,000 donation from Twin Towns would help his organisation provide more individualised early intervention programs that increase the abilities of children and build on their strengths.

“Shaping Outcomes assists children and their families through its promotion of lifelong learning, positive participation and family quality of life,” said Jackson.

“This donation means that our staff can now provide services to families who have been on our wait list for some time. These families will soon be empowered to make relevant adjustments to their current situation to optimise important developmental milestones.

“We offer families individualised service and programs designed to identify their child’s strengths, needs and goals. We also ensure they have access to any additional services they require to achieve these goals.
 “Shaping Outcomes thanks Twin Towns Community Foundation for its ongoing association, financial support and dedication to our crucial early childhood intervention service,” he said.

Shaping Outcomes offers access to therapists, educational programs, preschools, day care and transition-to-school programs. The Centre also provides parent-to-parent support services, ‘My Time’, a dads and grandfathers group, and Jarjums Playgroup for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Many local children and infants, along with their families, currently attend Shaping Outcomes which is located near the Tweed Heads Hospital.

Here, parents receive educational information and the tools they need to deal with the challenges that accompany development delays and disabilities. Without this service, many would have no support to help them understand the situation and improve quality of life and future learning potential for their child.

Chairman of the Twin Towns Community Foundation and Twin Towns Board Director, David Phillips, said the Club and the Foundation had a long term association with the Centre and it was gratifying to see the results achieved by this local community organisation.

“It is even more gratifying to know that Twin Towns has played an important role over so many years in enabling Shaping Outcomes to expand their services to meet the ever-increasing number of families that need their expert assistance and advice.

“There is a growing dependency within our local community, and others across Australia, to provide services that assist parents raising their children, and we are especially aware of the additional challenges facing parents of children with disabilities,” he said.

“If Twin Towns can assist Shaping Outcomes to increase the confidence and self-esteem of these children and provide platforms for learning and development that may otherwise have been out of reach, this is something all members of Twin Towns should be proud of,” said David.

“Without our members, there would be no Twin Towns! Without the support of Twin Towns, many of these community organisations would be unable to continue their significant work within the community or would be limited in their ability to expand or cope with the demands of our growing population,” he said.

Each year, Twin Towns Community Foundation receives an overwhelming number of requests for financial support from community organisations, charities, sporting and social club groups. Members of the Foundation meet on a regular basis to review and determine outcomes for all applications based on merit and value within the local community.

Over the past year, Twin Towns has fostered a spirit of community giving through its ClubGrants scheme as well as the Community Foundation. Recipients have included many community organisations, such as surf-lifesaving and sporting clubs, pre-schools and primary schools, youth services, Salvation Army appeals and Kids In Need, to name just a few.

 In 2014, Twin Towns grants totalled $1.4 million and the Twin Towns Services Community Fund contributed an additional $405,200 to financially support junior sport, charitable organisations and medical research.

In May this year, Twin Towns donated $10,000 via Rotary to relief work underway in Nepal. The money is currently being used by Rotary aid workers in the stricken country to buy tarpaulins, mattresses, medicines and other necessities to help families left homeless and traumatised by the event.

In March, Twin Towns donated $50,000 via Rotary to assist with relief work in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam caused widespread destruction in the island nation.

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