Communify Qld and New Farm Neighbourhood centre to join forces in July
Communify Qld, a multi-service community care provider serving Brisbane’s inner north and west since 1976, and New Farm Neighbourhood Centre (NFNC), operating since 1986 will merge operations on 1 July 2014.
This merger promises to bring, improved community service delivery across Brisbane’s Inner-northern suburbs. It also provides operational efficiencies to both organisations, an important factor in supporting the work of frontline staff.
Communify Qld President Carolyn Mason said “It makes sense for our two organisations, who have always collaborated closely, to join together to better serve our communities. Together we will be better placed to respond to the needs of vulnerable people and provide much needed support. The merger strengthens foundations for the future for both New Farm Neighbourhood Centre and Communify.”
“The decision to proceed with the merger was made after many months of negotiation, consultation and careful consideration. We are pleased that after undertaking appropriate due diligence, including consultation with key members and stakeholders, that both our management committees and members have approved the merger. ” Ms Mason said.
The members and management committee of New Farm Neighbourhood Centre recognised the benefits that could be realised by partnering with a complementary organisation. These benefits include growth of service offering, sustainability though diversity and strengthening the Centre’s capacity to support the local community into the future.
“In seeking a merger partner the management committee sought an organisation that held similar values, and that would add value to the existing New Farm Neighbourhood Centre services and provide benefits to our client.” said Kent Maddock, NFNC Management Committee President.
New Farm Neighbourhood Centre has worked for over 28 years to support a socially just, inclusive and diverse inner-city community.
Located in Brunswick St opposite beautiful New Farm Park the Neighbourhood Centre has provided a place for people to meet, to join activities and to tap into support services such as HART4000 (Homeless Assessment and Referral Team). New Farm Neighbourhood Centre also hosts a Patron program. Since 2010 this successful program has fostered a group of local community members who generously support the work of the centre.
About Communify Qld
Communify Qld is a long-standing community organisation located in Bardon that provides a broad range of activities and services to support the community of the inner north-west of Brisbane.
With 100 staff and over 270 volunteers, Communify has grown over its 38 year history to become an important Neighbourhood Centre and place for residents to seek support for the challenges that life can present.
Communify Qld is currently changing its structure from an incorporated association to a Company Limited by guarantee to take effect on 1 July 2014. NFNC will become a part of this new identity that will be called Communify Qld. The new Communify Qld board will be formed from members of both of the existing boards.