Men?s shelter plans boosted

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE GLADSTONE Men's shelter looks set to get the boost it needs by joining forces with Gladstone's Roseberry Youth Services.

Under the plan, the Men's Shelter Committee will dissolve, with the seven committee members moving over to the Roseberry Youth Services committee.

Roseberry will then re-write its constitution to broaden its scope of work to include the men's shelter.

At present Roseberry specialises in youth services, but wants to expand to include all demographics in the community.

'We are looking to change our constitution so we can take over getting the men's shelter up and running,' said Roseberry Youth Services general manager Margaret Johnston.

Ms Johnston said there was currently no Gladstone-based community service providers for the community as a whole, something she felt was sorely needed.

The plan will give the men's shelter greater powers to seek financial backing through government and local organisations.

Gladstone Men's Shelter president Judy Whicker said the group would continue to source finances to secure the building of the shelter.

'We will amalgamate with Roseberry which will give us a firmer base to work from and their expertise in community services to work with,' Mrs Whicker said.

'We will then continue to look for the finances to help us build the shelter.'

Mrs Whicker said funding would also be sought to employ a local person to manage the project full-time.

Mrs Whicker said representatives of the Men's Shelter Committee also met with member for Hinkler Paul Neville recently to see if there were any federal government funds available.

Mrs Whicker called on others to support the project through monetary donations.

'We have some money sitting there, but still need more for it to proceed,' Mrs Whicker said.



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