The Community Focus Association has accomplished remarkable outcomes over its 21-year
history. Our organisation has always remained flexible, with capacity to grow organically to meet the needs of
our participants and be responsive to change within our community and service industry.
Our annual report affords us the opportunity to apprise our community of the co-productions and activities
that we have been involved with during the past year. These include, but are not exclusive to the following:
- Seniors Unleashed – Engaging with senior citizens to promote mental health and wellbeing; in
collaboration with the Sunshine Coast Council and initiated by the Queensland Mental Health
- Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Support Work – a training program for individuals with a lived
experience of mental illness, in partnership with TAFE East Coast and the Sunshine Coast Mental Health
and Addiction Service. The program is being evaluated by the University of Queensland.
- Peer Alliance Sunshine Coast – an employment register of trained peer support workers who are
available to undertake employment within the Sunshine Coast community. Our organisation continues
to manage this as part of an ongoing commitment to peer workforce opportunities. Services offered
include supervision, insurance cover, ongoing training and development opportunities and support
with work agreements and other legislative requirements.
- Peers Engaged to Encourage Resilience and Recovery (PETERR) – a collective of lived experience
practitioners, hosted by our organisation to cultivate a community of practice.
- Hearing Voices groups – open to anyone who hears voices, or has other sensory experiences. The
groups provide a safe space to share experiences of what it is like; offering different ways to make sense
of them, coping with them and to encourage peer support and social connectedness.
- Girl Power – a program for young girls to build confidence and a healthy body image while engaging in
good eating habits and exercise.
- Dual Diagnosis – a much needed response to participants who experience both mental health and
addiction issues; applying the principles of wellness and recovery action planning (WRAP) to promote
sustainable change. Offered in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Mental Health and Addiction
In addition to the above activities, which developed during the past year, the organisation continues to present
the programs that have achieved positive outcomes and are consistently in demand from participants and the
community. We are eagerly looking forward to 2018 and the opportunities and challenges that it presents.
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