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Federal funds help build life skills.



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MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Bruce Scott MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MARANOA

16 July 2002

Federal funds help build life skills

A program to help people in the Stanthorpe and Wallangarra areas develop life skills and become more active in the community has received Federal Government funding of more than $4,900.

Federal National Party Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott, said the program, Discover Your Personal Best, would be delivered to around 60 participants in eight two-and-a-half hour sessions.

“The project will focus on disadvantaged members of the community and will include young mothers and isolated and disconnected people,” Mr Scott said.

“Participants will be encouraged to share their personal experiences and knowledge and to support each other within the group.

“The need for the project was identified through focus groups and meetings held by the local hospital, allied health workers and community support groups,” he said.

Mr Scott said the project would focus on individual and group activities that deal with building self-confidence, self-reliance, relationships management and goal setting.

“It is hoped that participants will improve their coping and personal relationships skills and through sharing opportunities and knowledge be able to participate more fully in community life,” Mr Scott said.

“The project has been funded under the Federal Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy, which focuses on projects that assist in early intervention, parenting, family and relationship support.

“The Strategy is an example of what can be achieved when government and the community work together.

“It is also testimony to the Federal Government’s commitment to creating and maintaining strong, supportive communities.”

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