Local non-profit organisation Phoenix House has had its good work recognised with a 2023 Queensland Day Award for Community Service.
Presented to the organisation early this week, the award celebrates the outstanding work of local volunteers and professionals who donate their time and services to support not for profit initiatives.
Originally formed in 1995, Phoenix House began as the Bundaberg Area Sexual Assault Service before expanding to provide additional services including general counselling, NDIS support, employee assistance, work cover and clinical supervision.
Phoenix House CEO Jason Scadden-Rushton said the award held immense significance for their organisation.
“It serves as validation and recognition for the staff and management committee’s dedication, hard work and positive impact on the community we serve,” he said.
“Moreover, the recognition inspires and motivates us to continue our work.”
Jason said he believed it was important to have awards like these to recognise community service organisations and bring attention to the work they do.
“It also raises awareness about [staff] initiatives, inspires others to get involved by volunteering or providing support and fosters a culture of community engagement,” he said.
“Furthermore, it also highlights the importance of social service, encouraging individuals, business and policy makers to invest in and priortise initiatives that contribute to the well-being of our local community.”
Receiving the award coincided with a new rebranding initiative for Phoenix House, which aims to reflect its evolution and commitment to community support.
“As we continue to evolve and embrace new opportunities to serve our community, it is crucial that we accurately represent who we are and where we are headed,” Jason said.
“Phoenix House now gives people of any age or gender access to mental health supports with a local team of highly qualified clinicians with diverse backgrounds.
“Each one has outstanding credentials and experience, and as a registered charity, we work hard to ensure their services remain either free of charge, or at a lower cost to the community.”
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