READY TO HELP: The team from Open Minds in Ipswich celebrate the opening of their new branch on East St.
READY TO HELP: The team from Open Minds in Ipswich celebrate the opening of their new branch on East St. Rob Williams

Move allows agency to expand services

IF Centrelink clients with a disability need help finding employment, assistance is literally just down the road.

At least now it is, following the official opening of the recently relocated Open Minds centre in Ipswich Central.

The organisation provides community-based support to people who live with mental illness, disability or acquired brain injury throughout south-east Queensland.

For about five years, the Open Mind's Ipswich centre has operated out of an office on Nicholas St.

Its relocation to a larger site in East St however, has allowed the organisation to take advantage of neighbouring service providers, such as headspace, and expand its programs.

CEO of Open Minds Kris Sargeant said the centre had used the extra space to establish a disability and employment service to add to its personal helpers and mentors program.

"It's a good location in terms of being close to other service providers," she said. "We also wanted to be just up the road from Centrelink.

"This way people who visit Centrelink and need some extra help getting a job can be directed down the road to us."

For more information about Open Minds, visit openminds.org.au or phone 3280 5777.



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