Helping those who need it most
NEW Horizons has increased its office space to provide extra services to the Tweed community.
The extra space was acquired after the non-profit organisation got the nod to host the Australian Government’s Indigenous Community Support Service (ICSS) for the region
The organisation, which began work in Tweed Heads in 2006, previously shared office space with the Tweed Family Centre.
The new premises, at 14 Amber Street, were officially launched yesterday by Tweed MP Geoff Provest.
Mr Provest said the more help offered to people who needed it, the better.
“We have many issues on the Tweed, including unemployment and mental illness. These are real issues and we should invest in those issues,” he told the Tweed Daily News.
ICSS case manager Katrina Sims said her job was to help indigenous people link up with the services that could help them best.
She said the new premises provide Aboriginal people with all the tools they need to fill out paperwork and other official documents in the one place.
“For people who don’t have transport, going back and forth, that can take all day, especially if they use public transport.”
Ms Sims said she had recently helped a person released from jail who had nowhere to live.
She spent four-and-a-half hours with the ex-prisoner, getting his paperwork in order.
He admitted to her if she hadn’t have helped, he would not have done it, and therefore breached his parole and ended up back in prison.
New Horizons is also using the extra space to run more courses, including art therapy run by Andrew Harris.
Mr Harris, who himself is battling mental illness, is using knowledge gained from his Bachelor Of Fine Arts to help others in his situation.