Reclink Connect, Caboolture

Reclink Connect, Caboolture



Reclink brought community groups together to raise awareness for its program, Reclink Connect.

In response to the COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing safety measures, Reclink Australia has launched the Reclink Connect program.

This new program is based upon the Reclink Australia traditions of socially engaging those most vulnerable in our community and is designed to keep the community as connected and engaged as possible during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Queensland Member of Parliament for Morayfield and Police Minister, Mark Ryan expressed support for the initiative.

“And the wonderful thing about our community is we’ve got great organisations in every corner,” Mr Ryan said in the video above.

“And what Reclink Connect is all about, is connecting those organisations with other activities, with clients in the community, with people in need.

“And ensuring that people can live healthy, active lives.

“So, this is an important initiative.

“Reclink’s doing great work, but also a shout out to all the organisations that they’ve partnered with to deliver those great services,” Mr Ryan concluded.

Reclink Queensland State Manager, Steve Hutchinson talked about how the program came about.

“Look Scotty (Caboolture – 4510TV), Reclink Australia, being a national organisation with a focus on social inclusion, we’ve had to really adapt what we do,” the manager explained.

“And part of changing our service model, and we’ve introduced six new components, all under a new facet of our community organisation called Reclink Connect.

“And it’s about connecting the community who are all self isolating, who are all experiencing time spent at home, and time inactive.”

Websites for Further Information:

https://www.reclink.org/

https://www.lutheranservices.org.au/youth-and-family/our-locations/intercept-at-caboolture/

https://www.liveslivedwell.org.au/caboolture-recovery-residential-service/

Reclink Connect, Caboolture Video Transcript:

Scott Lachmund:
Joining us today with the Reclink Australia, Mark Ryan member for Morayfield. Good day Mark.

Mark Ryan:
Good day Scotty. Good to see you mate.

Scott Lachmund:
Same with you. I know you’re a terribly busy man, but you always make time to get out into the community and your electorate. Tell us about your involvement here today with the Reclink Australia.

Mark Ryan:
Yeah, well Reclink Australia is a great community organisation. And the wonderful thing about our community is we’ve got great organisations in every corner. And what Reclink Connect is all about, is connecting those organisations with other activities, with clients in the community, with people in need. And ensuring that people can live healthy, active lives. So this is an important initiative. Reclink’s doing great work, but also a shout out to all the organisations that they’ve partnered with to deliver those great services.

Scott Lachmund:
And from a government perspective, these are the sort of things that, I guess can I say taxpayers? and people in the community, want to see these resources getting filtered back into our community. And particularly relationships like this, where they are networking. They are coming together in uncertain times and unusual times of COVID. It just brings back home, that sense of community and networking, and particularly your funding from the government is a big help Mark.

Mark Ryan:
Yeah, no it’s a good point because I think people want to know that there’s a safety net in place, so that if they ever fall on tough times there’s someone there to help them. And that’s why the government funds organisations like Reclink Australia, and the other partner organisations, because they provide that safety net. People doing it tough, people who might be disengaged, they can be supported through this funding from the government.

Scott Lachmund:
Today, for the record, 8th of May, 2020, restrictions are easing. There’s obviously a forward plan with government over the next fortnights, months, six weeks ahead. How do you see that panning out at the moment Mark?

Mark Ryan:
Yeah, well today the National Cabinet’s meeting about the plan moving forward. And look, big shout out to everyone. The reason why we’re seeing such good results in Queensland particularly, but also more broadly in Australia, is because everyone knows we’re in this together.

Mark Ryan:
And yes, it has been inconvenient to have these restrictions. And yes, people have had to change the way that they’re doing. And sadly, some people have lost their jobs. But it’s important that we keep everyone safe. And by having these restrictions in place, we’ve actually saved lives. You only have to look to United States and parts of Europe, and see what happens when you’re not serious about the restrictions.

Mark Ryan:
So we do have to ease these restrictions gently and responsibly, because if you ease them too quickly, you can have a bigger problem. So we’re really encouraged by everyone’s cooperation, and we’re just saying to people, “Just hang in there. We’re going to get there, and we’re going to get there quicker than other countries, because everyone’s done the right thing.”

Scott Lachmund:
Spot on. Mark Ryan, member from Morayfield, always supporting the community, and community organisations like Reclink Australia. Good on you Mark.

Mark Ryan:
Thanks Scotty. All the best.

Scott Lachmund:
Hi Scott Lachmund for 4510TV. Today viewers on our programme, we’re down Centenary Lakes at Caboolture, with me, Steve Hutchinson, state manager for Reclink Australia. How are you going Steve?

Steve Hutchinson:
Good, Scotty. How are you?

Scott Lachmund:
Good mate, and we’re keeping our distance. It’s in the midst of COVID-19, but a great story for our community to share. What are you doing down here today mate?

Steve Hutchinson:
Look Scotty, Reclink Australia, being a national organisation with a focus on social inclusion, we’ve had to really adapt what we do. And part of changing our service model, and we’ve introduced six new components, all under a new facet of our community organisation called Reclink Connect. And it’s about connecting the community who are all self isolating, who are all experiencing time spent at home, and time inactive.

Steve Hutchinson:
Whereas they could normally come to our group based programmes, and be active, and play footy, or tennis, or cricket, or whatever. We’re not able to do that at the moment. So what we’re doing as part of Reclink Connect is our Sports Share programme. And Sports Share is all about getting sports equipment out into the community, targeting those that are most vulnerable, and marginalised to get them active.

Scott Lachmund:
Excellent, and as restrictions ease, the promotion of you giving away some of the sporting equipment and so forth, hopefully get out and enjoy some sun, and get out of that isolation. But I think it’s really great that connecting with other companies and resources in the community. Run through a few of those partnerships mate.

Steve Hutchinson:
Look we’ve got over almost 60 community organisations that we work with just in Queensland. Well over 500 around Australia. In here in Caboolture, we work with organisations like Multicap, which is a disability organisation. Or Mylestones, which does disability employment. So Mylestones will be here today. Lives Lived Well, which is a organisation that assists people with substance use issues.

Steve Hutchinson:
Intercept, which is a youth support agency, assisting young people and their families to reconnect. And young people to engage in schooling, or re-engage in education. So we work with people experiencing disadvantage across the gamut of complex and challenging life issues.

Scott Lachmund:
With Reclink Australia, I’ll get it right. Reclink Australia also some support from the government, which we’ll see today with the Honourable Mark Ryan MP from Morayfield. He’ll be down here shortly. We’ll get him on camera. How can people get in touch with you after they’ve seen this promotion?

Steve Hutchinson:
Oh look, and we really encourage any community support. Donations, volunteers, we are funded federally through the department of health, and we’re funded also to run a programme called Street Games. So we’ve got purpose-built trailers that we take into parks and public space to activate public space for anyone to come and enjoy outdoor activity.

Steve Hutchinson:
So you can jump on our website, www.reclink.org. And my contact details are there under the Queensland page. And I’m more than happy to have a chat with anyone about, let’s activate programmes in the Caboolture, in the Moreton Bay region, and look at how we can do that as a broader community. I guess what I’ve seen Scotty, in the last few weeks, and it’s been really refreshing, is people getting out and about and they’ve missed it so much. So when restrictions have eased, they’ve just been out in the sun in droves. And let’s take that energy, and take that community spirit, and invest it into the people that need it the most.

Scott Lachmund:
Most definitely. Great initiative. We’ll have some other overlay footage in a moment, and some links to those resources that Steve’s talked about. Steve Hutchinson, Reclink Australia.

Steve Hutchinson:
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Scott Lachmund:
Nice one mate, and all the best with your programme.

Steve Hutchinson:
Thanks.

Scott Lachmund:
And we’re with Catherine from Intercept at Caboolture. How are you going Catherine?

Catherine White:
Good, thank you.

Scott Lachmund:
Can you tell us a little bit about your organisation?

Catherine White:
So Intercept supports young people who are 10 to 25 across the Moreton Bay region. And we have a range of programmes, we provide in school support, alternative education, support for young people who might be homeless, also specialised youth disability support. We run a range of boot programmes for young people, and also parent programmes as well.

Scott Lachmund:
Excellent. Now today, Reclink Australia, a great initiative, giving out some active sports equipment, and so forth, for those less fortunate. What do you think about the work they’re doing?

Catherine White:
Look, I mean Reclink providing us with these packs today is fantastic. Particularly during the COVID situation, it will give our families and young people something proactive to do, but also opportunities to connect as a family.

Scott Lachmund:
And with Intercept Caboolture, how can people get in touch with you?

Catherine White:
So if you want to contact our service to learn more, you can contact us directly by walking into our service on Bertha Street, or giving us a call on 54281684.

Scott Lachmund:
Another organisation involved here today with Reclink Australia is Lives Lived Well. With me, Grace, how are you going?

Grace Thomson:
Good. How are you Scotty?

Scott Lachmund:
Very good. Now Grace tell us a little bit about Lives Lived Well.

Grace Thomson:
Well Lives Lived Well is a alcohol and other drug support organisation. We also do mental health services. Yeah, so we support people in the community who are facing substance use issues, as well as mental health concerns.

Scott Lachmund:
And your organisation, obviously it’s a great thing that Reclink Australia are doing, providing the sports equipment and outdoors gear. How did you get involved, and network with them?

Grace Thomson:
Just through simple stakeholder networking really. Reclink approached us, offered us a membership. We took it on board because we think it’s a great initiative to allow our clients to be able to access sporting opportunities, or health benefits, that they might not have accessed in the community before.

Scott Lachmund:
If someone’s looking for support like yourself, whereabouts are you located? And how can they get in touch?

Grace Thomson:
Well, look where everywhere around Queensland, including in New South Wales. But there’s certainly support available in Morayfield and Caboolture locally, and you’re more than welcome to call our 1300 number, which is on our website at liveslivedwell.org.au.

Scott Lachmund:
Thanks Grace, and just a great initiative that Reclink are doing.

Grace Thomson:
No worries. Thanks Scotty.

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