Centacare has two senior vacancies Emerald and Rockhampton

1)      We are recruiting for a Fulltime Senior Coordinator – Communitiesbased in Emerald.

The recruitment for this new role is being handled by Employment Office. It will be on the following websites:

2)      We are recruiting for a Fulltime Senior Practitioner (Practice Coordinator)  based in Rockhampton.

The recruitment for this new role is being handled by Employment Office. It will be on the following websites:

We are currently accepting all applications online. Please visit out website www.centacare.net to apply to any role that best suits your profile.

UNIQUE Care-Taker Opportunity with Red Cross

You might not know that Red Cross operates a Wellbeing Centre in Rockhampton, straight across from the Rockhampton Hospital at 1 Canning Street. Individuals accessing medical treatment, and their families, stay at the Centre for periods from overnight to ongoing with the support of Red Cross volunteers.

Red Cross is seeking new volunteers as both live-in and relief Care-takers. Free accommodation and utilities are provided in exchange for Care-taker responsibilities.

For more information, please contact Aaron Holt by phone on 0427 049 885 or via email aoholt@redcross.org.au.

Red Cross understands that people need more than basic survival mechanisms, they need to be nurtured and emotionally supported. They need their dignity. Red Cross is there for people in need, regardless of nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. We are impartial, neutral and independent. The Wellbeing Centre is an important support to people, operated in conjunction with the Rockhampton Branch of the Australian Red Cross.

Aaron Holt
Community Development Officer
1 Canning Street, ROCKHAMPTON Q 4700
Tel +61 7 4922 8056 | Mobile +61 (0) 427 049 885| Fax +61 7 4922 5439 | Email aoholt@redcross.org.au

NILS – No Interest Loans Scheme for Rockhampton

Indigenous Financial Inclusion – Central Queensland NILS Program

A $1.8 million pilot program to expand the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) into remote Indigenous communities was launched in the beginning of April 2013.

Good Shepherd Microfinance has been funded by the Australian Government to focus on four priority areas – one of these areas being Rockhampton. Which will enable people on low incomes access safe, affordable and no interest loans. Good Shepherd Microfinance has partnered with community organisations to deliver this expansion of NILS over the next two years. Banana Shire Support Centre in Biloela has partnered with Central Queensland Financial Counselling Service to deliver NILS in the Rockhampton Area.

The pilot program was important to Good Shepherd Microfinance’s strategic aims of being community-led and reaching large numbers of people to ensure people on low incomes had options for access to safe, fair and affordable credit, alongside credit reform, rather than rely on short-term, high-cost payday loans.

In 2012, the total value of loans to people on low incomes under the NILS program was $18.1 million – a five million dollar increase on the previous year. One in four of these borrowers identify as Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders.

The NILS program was established over 30 years by the Good Shepherd Sisters to provide no interest loans of up to $1,2000 to families and individuals to buy essential household items such as fridges, washing machines and beds. The program is one of a suite of people-centred, affordable financial programs offered by Good Shepherd Microfinance for people on low incomes at different financial stages of their lives.

The NILS expansion is part of an $18 million program by the Australian Government to support microfinance initiatives.

Would you like to apply for NILS®?

Contact your local NILS® program – Stacey Chamberlain,
CQNILS at Central Queensland Financial Counselling Service.
27 East Street, Rockhampton
07 4922 5924
0408 075 386

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