RESQ Plus is a new joint venture between RAPAD Employment Services Queensland (RESQ) and our two Indigenous partners, Central West Aboriginal Corporation in Barcaldine and The MaraWay in Cairns.
Established in 2018, RESQ Plus builds on the work delivered by RESQ since 2013, strengthened by our new Indigenous partnerships.
With Indigenous ownership and Board representation, we’re able to keep growing our services and deliver real job outcomes for our Indigenous clients. Our training programs are targeted to ensure they align with the cultural aspirations of our job seekers.
Across western Queensland, the ongoing drought has seen populations decline in all communities. With people moving away from the area, community organisations have struggled to find volunteer support.
RESQ Plus has actively worked with our communities to identify the priority areas where assistance is required. Our job seekers have supported numerous events in towns throughout the region.
Visitors and residents see our job seekers actively undertaking supervised activities in each town—at showgrounds, pony clubs, museums, churches, schools, cultural sites of significance and town commons. Job seekers are seen assisting with beautification, renovation and general maintenance.
These activities help job seekers build skills, confidence and pride in their local community. And it’s through the reward and satisfaction of achieving results that they transition successfully into employment.
This year’s Annual Review highlights the success of the Community Development Program (CDP) delivered by RESQ Plus. We celebrate the program in moving job seekers into meaningful employment and contributing to the health of the local community.
I would like to acknowledge everyone who has contributed to the success of our work this financial year. We are deeply grateful to our partners in helping build strong, sustainable communities.
Chairman’s Message David Arnold, Chief Executive Officer of RAPAD, Chairman of RAPAD and RESQ.