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Welcome to Our Spring Newsletter



We have welcomed many new team members and participants to the Brothers Community over the past few months which has been incredible.


The Brothers network is growing rapidly and our dream of changing lives for the better is coming true every day.


As a team, we couldn't be happier, and… it's finally spring! Our favorite time of the year! The sun is shining and so are we. Let the sunscreen flow and the ice cream challenges begin.


OUR NEWS




We have been busy attending expos over the past few months in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.


Source Kids Expo is a real favorite for us and it was awesome to see so many friendly faces from last year.


We were reminded how valuable Brothers is by the amazing feedback we received for the work we do and the values we share.





We met some incredible families and co-workers. We got to see what a wonderful world of support there is here in Queensland.


We really are so blessed to be of service in a world that so needs and appreciates our care.


Baby Brother of the Month


Our team members Harry and Tori are awaiting their second baby any day now.


Tori will be off on maternity leave and Rani will be taking over her role. We wish Tori all the best and welcome Rani to the team.


We are all very excited for the baby's arrival and the money is on a brother so watch this space ;)


Website Refresh


Our website has recently undergone some changes and additions, you can now keep an eye on our event planner page and keep your diary updated with Brother Events.






Brother of the Month

Mark Johnston


Since joining Brothers at the end of June, Mark has made a huge impact on the lives of the individuals he works with and has quickly become a greatly valued member of the Brothers team.


Mark is enthusiastic, passionate, and very motivating. We constantly receive amazing feedback about Mark from the families of those we support.


Great Job Mark, thank you!






OUR SEPTEMBER FOCUS


Here at Brothers, we are passionate about child safety, child protection is always forefront in our minds and our hearts.


Queensland Child Protection Week runs from the 3rd to the 9th of September and this will be a huge focus for us.


One of the key pillars of Child Protection Week is raising awareness. It's not just about acknowledging the issue of child abuse; it's about equipping individuals, families, and communities with the knowledge and tools needed to prevent it.


Child Protection Week encourages everyone to reflect on their role in creating a protective environment and to learn how they can contribute to child safety. In a world full of challenges, it's our duty to protect the vulnerable and empower the young.


As we celebrate Queensland Child Protection Week, let's reaffirm our commitment to creating a brighter future for all children, where their rights, safety, and well-being are paramount.


Child Protection Week focuses attention on child protection being everyone’s business and ensuring that communities across Queensland take responsibility for children being protected and experiencing well-being.


We will be running a free community event to raise awareness for child protection.


Details:


Brothers Community Event

Supporting QLD Child Protection Week


Saturday, 9th of September

9 am - 12 pm

Kalinga Park

Address: 150 Park Ave, Wooloowin QLD 4030


Enjoy a fun morning with Brothers Support Network as we raise awareness that everyone is responsible for child protection.


Free Breakfast BBQ

Fun games and activities


Come join us for a morning of family fun and community awareness of Child Protection Week.


Our Family Fun Morning is a free event designed for members of the community to come and connect together and enjoy a range of activities, food, and games.


Our event aims to raise awareness about the importance of child protection within our community.


We believe that it’s essential to raise awareness and educate our community that child protection is everyone’s business and to create a safe space where everyone feels comfortable speaking up if they suspect that a child or young adult may be at risk.


We will share important information and helpful resources regarding child safety during the morning.


Bring your family and friends along for a morning of fun-packed activities, and let’s work together to create a safer community for our children and young adults.


Queensland Child Protection Week Key Messages;


Child protection is everyone’s business. The responsibility lies with adults in keeping children safe from harm. All members of society need to play a part in ensuring children are nurtured and safe.

  • Adults are essential to ensure children’s safety and well-being.

  • Listening to children and young people is the number one indicator in assisting their safety and well-being.

  • Children and young people are honest. They are unlikely to lie about abuse. They are more likely to stay quiet about abuse or harm than to speak up (especially if they know their abuser).

  • Mean or cruel words harm children and young people.

  • Understanding why people harm children and young people is essential in helping to prevent child abuse.

  • The corruption of children and young people by being forced into acts against their will, including illegal activity harms children and young people

  • Being ignored, going hungry, and feeling and/or being treated as invisible harms children and young people.

  • Seeing or directly experiencing domestic and family violence harms children and young people.

  • Being physically, verbally, sexually, or emotionally abused harms children and young people.

  • Not having health, educational, and other developmental needs met harms children and young people.

  • Being groomed for sexual abuse harms children and young people.

  • Being forced to do something that feels ‘wrong’ harms children and young people.

  • Being forced into situations that feel unsafe harms children and young people.

  • Being forced to be with people (even those who are ‘known’ and ‘loved’) who feel unsafe harms children and young people.

  • Being forced to be with people who children or young people have stated have abused them, harms children and young people.

  • Not being heard when they speak about abuse or trauma harms children and young people.

  • Being removed from their home and/or family causes trauma and loss and harms children and young people.

  • Knowing they have no voice to speak of how they feel and what they have experienced in terms of their safety and well-being harms children and young people.

  • Being without the right to make decisions in their life such as where they live, who they visit, and where they spend time harms children and young people.

  • Caring for children and keeping them safe is a shared responsibility.


Hope to see many of you on the 9th,


The Brothers Team

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