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Empowering Futures: Royal Far West’s Impact in Collinsville-Scottville

Recently, members of our Schools & Early Years services visited Collinsville, QLD, where the multidisciplinary team had the privilege of engaging with the local community and delivering much-needed services.

Building Strong Foundations Through Tailored Support and Ongoing Engagement

In Collinsville-Scottville, Royal Far West’s Schools & Early Years multidisciplinary team is at the forefront of providing essential services funded by Glencore. This initiative, part of a multi-year funding agreement, provides flexible supports tailored to the unique needs of the community. The paired towns of Collinsville and Scottville are among a group of three Queensland communities benefiting from this collaboration, receiving comprehensive assistance to address various challenges faced by children, families, and educators.

Our annual visits to Collinsville-Scottville are pivotal in delivering a wide range of services such early childhood screeners, assessments, in-person therapy sessions, parent consultations, and educator support. We also provide relatively informal observation and feedback sessions for early childhood centre staff, and more structured professional development opportunities. Following up with detailed reports, support suggestions, and referrals, we ensure recommendations are tailored to the needs of the individual child and their environment. With the security of longer-term funding, we can invest in ongoing support for some individual children, starting in Kindy, and smoothing their transition to primary school.

Recently, our dedicated team, comprising Karla Mulherrin, Speech Pathologist, Elizabeth Seaton, Occupational Therapist, and Hannah Norris, Psychologist, provided intensive in-community services in Collinsville-Scottville. This involved building relationships with children, families, and educators at C&K Collinsville-Scottville Kindy, Little Diggers Childcare Collinsville, and Collinsville State School. The team also introduced themselves and our services to the staff at Scottville State School and St John Bosco Catholic School Collinsville, laying the groundwork for further collaboration and support.

Acknowledging Our Supporters

None of our work would be possible without our funders’ generous support. We express our gratitude to Glencore, whose ongoing funding enables us to provide flexible supports to communities like Collinsville-Scottville. Their commitment to improving the lives of rural and remote children is invaluable, and we are honoured to partner with them.

Empowering Children, Strengthening Communities

Our work in communities such as Collinsville underscores the importance of early intervention and support in rural and remote areas. By identifying and addressing children’s needs from a young age, we can make a lasting impact on their development and well-being. Through our services, we aim to empower children to reach their full potential and, in turn, strengthen the communities in which they live.

 

Learn more about our Schools and Early Years Services or reach out to us directly. Together, we can create brighter futures for rural and remote children across Australia.

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