Community support and connection is never more important than in the aftermath of a disaster. The strength and resilience shown by communities following the devastating floods in Southeast Queensland and New South Wales this year is no exception.
On the frontline to support people in their time of need was CASPA Services, a not-for-profit charity and leading child welfare and care services provider. Following the first flood in Lismore, CASPA opened its doors to set up a wellbeing hub for the whole community. The hub allowed CASPA to work with key organisations in the region whose premises were severely impacted to offer them space to continue helping the community.
CASPA provided these support services to the community and its members while itself being directly impacted by the floods. Two CASPA offices, a maintenance shed, training facilities, and nine residential care and semi-independent living (SIL) homes were damaged in the disaster.
Beyond the property damage, however, was the impact on CASPA’s workforce. Many of the foster carers’ and team members’ homes were either completely inundated or severely impacted by floodwaters, with a number of these properties again affected in the second flood one month later.