Unitywater has spent the past decade supporting community groups across the region and in its 10th year of operation, has launched a new program to continue supporting those most vulnerable.
Through the Unitywater Community Program, the utility collaborates with community groups to tackle important issues such as domestic and family violence prevention, support for disadvantaged and vulnerable children, mental health, homelessness and environmental issues.
Executive manager customer and community, Katherine Gee, says Unitywater has helped many community groups over the past 10 years.
“We’re part of our communities and we’re committed to keeping them healthy, which goes beyond water and sewerage,” she says.
“Unitywater isn’t the expert when it comes to support services, so we help existing, experienced community organisations in the ways they need most.
“Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre is one of our partners and when they needed support to keep running their One Roof Project, we were ready to jump on board. I’m really proud of our work in our communities and our new program is set to help so many more in our region.”
Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre CEO Michael Henning says the One Roof Project provides meals and support services to vulnerable people all in one location.
“We have continued to offer this service at a reduced capacity during COVID-19, and we’re excited to start re-introducing more services back to the centre as Queensland Government restrictions continue to ease,” Mr Henning says. “The need for these services is greater than ever at these challenging times and we are certainly seeing an increase in demand.”
To officially launch the new community program, Unitywater and Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre hosted the Winter Hair and Care Night on August 7.
Community organisations worked in collaboration to deliver hot food, medical and support services, haircuts and essential items for people doing it tough this winter.
Unitywater’s community partners for this event included Sunny Street, OzHarvest, QuIHN, and Sodexo.
For more information on Unitywater’s community program, visit unitywater.com/community.