Family Hub to offer support

YOUNG families are set to receive a helping hand after the new Lowood Neighbourhood Family Hub officially opened last week.

Family and Community Worker, Deborah Oehlman said she wants to make sure the Lowood Community know the facility is not a drop in centre.

“It's set up to assist local families,” she said.

“We are set up here to provide an access point for referrals or access to information for issues such as parenting.

“We aren't a youth service, but that being said young people should still come in if they need support or assistance.

Ms Oehlman said the Family Hub could be looked at as great place to start if you need help.

“Hubs like this are popping up and it looks like it is the new model for addressing the various social needs that are specific to rural townships,” she said.

She said she encourages locals to come in no matter what they might need.

“Say someone needs rental assistance, we could help with that,” she said.

“We have formed relationships with the various organisations that can help with this. We can put people in touch with the right people.”

Ms Oehlman said she welcomes all age groups to the centre but knows young parents will more than likely be the most common visitors.

“I think we will see a lot of young parents in the early development stage,” she said.

With Deborah Oehlman and Karen Angel on staff at the Hub, the Lowood community is in good hands.

“We have lots of different experience between us,” Ms Oehlman said

“Now we need to progress and start doing what we are here for.”

The Lowood Neighbourhood Family Hub was jointly funded by the Department of Communities and Education Queensland.

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