Bayside Initiatives Group and Curlew Cove Children and Family Place up for Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards

MACLEAY ORGANISATION: Curlew Cove Child and Family Place on Macleay Island supports young children and their families to stay mentally well and socially connected.
MACLEAY ORGANISATION: Curlew Cove Child and Family Place on Macleay Island supports young children and their families to stay mentally well and socially connected.

BAYSIDE Initiatives Group and Macleay Island-based Curlew Cove Children and Family Place have been named as finalists for state-wide mental health awards.

Capalaba's BIG organisation, which recently merged with Brook Red to become BIG Red has been operating in the Redlands for about 20 years.

It is a finalist in the Workplace Award for small and medium enterprises category of the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards.

BIG - a peer-support community managed and operated by people with lived experiences - offers peer support, advocacy and participation in social networks and community events. The organisation offers groups, workshops, activities and one-on-one support with peer workers to help people on their recovery journey.

Curlew Cove supports young children and their families to stay mentally well and socially connected. The organisation provides free transport, peer mentoring and parenting support on Southern Moreton Bay Islands, where access to mainland intervention services was limited.

REPRESENTATIVES: BIG Red co-ordinator Samuel Walker with Brook Red general manager Eschleigh Balzamo. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

REPRESENTATIVES: BIG Red co-ordinator Samuel Walker with Brook Red general manager Eschleigh Balzamo. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

The CFP's services include pop-up therapy clinics for children aged up to eight in occupational and speech therapy and psychology and an on-site children's health nurse. Run by early childhood educators, CFP hosts free parenting skills workshops and yoga courses.

The CFP is one of three organisations shortlisted as a finalist in the early years category.

The winners will be announced at a breakfast ceremony on Friday at the Brisbane City Hall.

Open Minds marketing manager and event organiser Dana Cole said the awards provided those in the mental health sector, as well as families, carers, and those with lived experiences, with well-deserved accolades and acknowledgement.

"Being shortlisted as a finalist in itself is testament to the hard work and dedication these people and organisations have demonstrated towards improving the lives of people with mental illness," Ms Cole said.

"We are pleased to have once again received more nominations this year than ever before, and we look forward to this event continuing to grow in reputation and prestige."

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