The state government has extended funding for services under the Queensland Community Support Scheme (QCSS) for an additional 12 months.
The QCSS has been pledged an additional $ 6.3 million in funding to provide its services for an additional year.
Under the program, Queenslanders who are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will still have access to minor disability, chronic health, or mental illness support.
A Queensland woman named Mary-Anne shared her experience of the support she received from the QCSS with a service provider who visits her for two hours every 14 days to help with household chores and connection with the community.
After a fall at home that resulted in a fractured pelvis and a six-week recovery in the hospital, Mary-Anne realized that simple home chores like vacuuming and wiping put a strain on her back. When she reached out to the program for help, Mary-Anne was assigned the assistant Celeste.
“Celeste is a great help with computers. I always have a list of things she can help me with when she arrives, ”said Mary-Anne.
In a statement released on Friday, Community and Housing Minister Leeanne Enoch said the funding would provide security and stability for people in need of protection.
“During the pandemic, the services provided under the program are helping those in need to conduct regular daily activities and participate in their community,” Enoch said.
“Essential home support such as personal hygiene, cleaning, meal preparation and connecting to the community through shopping aids, participation in social activities and attending medical appointments are just some of the essential services QCSS provides.”
The minister added that the funding was part of the government’s plan for economic and community recovery from COVID-19. The state government’s commitment increases the total investment in the program to $ 37.8 million.
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An additional $ 420,438 funding extension for the next 12 months will ensure QCSS services reach isolated First Nations communities in remote parts of the state.
“In total, the government allocated more than $ 125 million to a variety of community services across the state over the past fiscal year,” said Enoch.
“We strive to fund quality community services for the elderly, people with disabilities, families, young people and vulnerable Queenslanders.”
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