Grant modernises youth service
THANKING Member for Gympie David Gibson yesterday, Cooloola Youth Service (CYS) manager Judy Brauer said the organisation was “really excited” to be able to update its “antiquated” data base.
Ms Bauer said the only reason CYS could upgrade was thanks to a grant from the Queensland Community Foundation, to which Mr Gibson alerted them.
The grant of $11,660 will be used for the purchase of a service record system from Infoxchange. Ms Bauer first saw the system at a conference and instantly recognised it as a way for CYS to save time.
When the funds are released in July, the program will take about two months to set up, including staff training, but then all the data will be streamlined and easily accessed.
Ms Bauer said the new data base would save her employees a lot of time as everything would be in one place and therefore save costs.
“Our employers will be able to spend more time (working) with young people,” she said.
Mr Gibson said the successful funding application showed how well CYS was regarded in the community.
“It's recognised that it (CYS) runs off the smell of an oily rag,” he said.
The grant is a great chance for the organisation, Mr Gibson said.
“While only $11,660 was invested in the organisation it will free up resources year on year,” he enthused.
“The benefits will flow on into years to come.
“It's nice to see them step into the 21st century. They've been operating in a 19th-century paradigm – this leap frogs them into the 21st century.”
Mr Gibson said it was a credit to CYS that it had competed against organisations across Queensland and won the funding.
“(This is) one of the upsides of the job. A lot can be quite negative, so it's nice to let organisations know what funding is available and even nicer to see them get that money.”