Hopelink's new co-ordinator has big plans
NEW hope has arrived at Gladstone's Hopelink in the form of new coordinator, Andrew Crighton.
Andrew is no stranger to the Gladstone community after moving here with his wife and three kids in 2001 from Rockhampton.
Mr Crighton said he had been working throughout the region since then and had a wealth of knowledge to share.
"I've done a lot of work with Gladstone state high when I was the chaplain there," he said.
"My teaching background will surely help with the coordinating and training role I'm now undertaking."
And while he's only been in the role for four weeks, he's got big plans for the future of the organisation.
"We have a ton of staff and volunteers who are well equipped, but I'd like to do more training with them," he said.
"And I've got some community projects that I'm looking to introduce in a matter of weeks."
Mr Crighton said one thing he had noticed about Gladstone was that there was a need for more money management advice.
"Yes the community connect groups are great, but money is the cause of a lot of stress and relationship breakdowns, so we're working on ways we can better help," he said.
"I've decided to dedicate two days a week on creating these new programs for people.
"I'm constantly asking how can we do life better? And this will help."
Hopelink's new outlook will mean that the organisation will work with people on a holistic level, encompassing spiritual and real skill aspects.
Mr Crighton said even if you weren't part of the congregation, Hopelink was always open for anyone.
Hopelink was established with the support from Churches of Christ in Queensland and the church-connect grants program in 2010.
Current programs include Mentoring Mums, Playlink, Teen Tribe, an exercise group, inSight Men's circle and counselling.