Curlew Cove Children and Family Place has won the Early Years Award category in the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards for the work it does helping mums, bubs and parents stay happy and connected on isolated Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
Based on Macleay Island, the CFP provides free transport, peer-mentoring and parenting support on five of the islands, ensuring optimal health and wellbeing.
Due to the location and transport logistics of a five-island offshore community, access to normal mainland intervention services for health and wellbeing is limited.
The CFP focuses on children to eight, providing free services including pop-up therapy clinics for pediatric occupational, speech and psychology therapy, and a children's health nurse.
CFP coordinator Amy Fernando said it was humbling to be acknowledged for the work supporting families.
"Thank you to the children and families we work with, inspiring us to continue our work everyday," she said.
Open Minds chief executive Paula Mayson said entries for the awards were of a high calibre.
"This awards ceremony is a great way to end Queensland Mental Health Week and take time to really stop and focus our attention to some inspirational achievers in the mental health sector.
"It's a great way to acknowledge those working so hard to really make a difference in the lives of those with mental illness."
This year, the CFP has hosted free parenting skills workshops for families in partnership with Benevolent Society and The Centre for Women and Co.
The CFP also host mums and bubs yoga courses to encourage new mothers to get active while bonding with their babies and other mothers within the community.
It offers a wellbeing open day each week, facilitated by two community early childhood educators who use a multi-disciplinary approach to support island children and families.
Curlew Cove Children and Family Place is at facebook.com/curlewcovecfp/
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