Authors: On Track Community Programs Limited, QLD
Event: 2013 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: QLD
Award level: Special Judges Award: Mental Health Promotion Focus
Award category: Consumer Provided
Abstract: A jubilant committee of mental health consumers celebrated a job well done on the evening of Friday 5 October 2012. Months of planning had culminated in unprecedented success of the sixth Tweed Mental Health Awareness Family Fun Day, with over 2000 people attending a back-to-back program of entertainment, rides, performances, interactive activities and information for kids and adults alike. This year, auspiced by On Track Community Programs and with the support of over 40 local organisations, the Family Fun Day success was undeniably due to the unceasing enthusiasm and dedication of a group of mental health consumers who designed the program, sourced sponsorship, addressed venue and risk management issues, and enlisted stallholders - most of whom were also mental health consumers. Planned by consumers, provided by consumers, and successfully engaging with existing and new consumers, the Tweed Mental Health Awareness Family Fun Day had the whole community involved and aware. Description of Facility/Organisation: On Track is a growing and responsive community based organisation servicing the Far North and Mid North Coast regions of New South Wales and South East Queensland. Since the early 1990s, we have developed into a leading provider of support services for people experiencing mental illness, disability or employment and accommodation difficulties. Through our five Support Services Streams we provide assistance to more than 700 people each week. We are currently funded by 12 state and commonwealth government agencies and provide 41 support programs, employing around 280 people. Our vision “Connecting people to their communities” underpins the support and encouragement we provide to individuals to access stable accommodation, medical and health care, education and employment, social and recreational activities and, most importantly, a sense of hope and belonging. Our aim is to improve an individual’s quality of life by encouraging community participation, increased social inclusion and promoting independence.