In this special place-based edition of focal point we are profiling Jason Reid. Jason has supported a number of communities throughout Queensland by adopting a person-centred approach and an attitude that relationships are vital to building strong communities.
Jason now works in Rockhampton as the Regional Manager in Central Queensland for UnitingCare’s Child and Family Services.
Queensland communities have been supported by UnitingCare for many years.
“UnitingCare Queensland is one of Queensland’s leading non-government service providers. As the health and community service provider of the Uniting Church we have supported Queensland communities for over 100 years. Our 15,000 staff and 9,000 volunteers care for and support people from all walks of life, including older people, people with a disability, children, families and Indigenous people.”
The UnitingCare vision and mission is clear.
As an expression of the Mission of the Uniting Church, we are here to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities as we:
Reach out to people in need
Speak out for fairness and justice
Care with compassion, innovation and wisdom.
Jason’s personal vision for Queensland is to, “Have services working together in an integrated way that gives the child/family every chance of being all they can be.”
He believes in the notion that connected community is a healthy community.
“No matter what issue the community or an individual face, if they are connected in their community they will either be able to find a solution; find someone who knows where to find the solution; or find someone who knows someone who knows where to find the solution. Relationship is key.
“It is our responsibility to know who is vulnerable in our community and if there is a crisis or if we haven’t seen them for a while, just check in and say hi. It’s the way I remember community growing up.”
At Jason’s core lies a community development practitioner.
“This drives me to look for opportunities everyday to support others to be all they can by applying my skills, ability and talent to whatever my hands find to do. In a regionally focused role, there is always an opportunity to support an individual, community or team to find solutions to the issues they face.”
“Seriously, the best part of my job is working with a passionate and committed group of professionals who are focused on making a difference in the communities we serve………and being able to do this in Central Queensland. I moved to Central Queensland 12 months ago and every day I appreciate the opportunity to work, live and play in such a beautiful and diverse part of Queensland.”
You can find out more about UnitingCare Queensland here