Vital in-person support has returned to the Fraser Coast Deaf community with the re-opening of Deaf Services and the Deaf Society’s Kathleen Costello Centre.
After a temporary closure, the office space on Wilson Street will open for business on 18 August, providing face-to-face support to deaf and hard of hearing locals, along with a continuation of virtual services.
For Service Development and Information Facilitator Erin Turner, the re-opening is a chance to deliver much-needed personal services to locals.
“I’m so excited to be part of this re-opening, and to be able to provide support and awareness for the Deaf community,” Ms Turner said.
“I am looking forward to meeting the community, engaging with them and bringing them together.”
The Centre will offer face-to-face Community Access on Mondays and Wednesdays 1-4pm, a “walk-in” service to support community members to access government services, access technology, translate documents, organise Auslan interpreters and much more.
Support services will continue to be available virtually, Monday to Friday, 9:30-12pm and 1-4pm.
The Centre was bequeathed to Deaf Services and the Deaf Society in 1987 by local Deaf woman Kathleen Costello, and was officially opened on 15 September 1990, on what would have been Kathleen’s 100th birthday.
Much of the progress made towards original opening the Centre is thanks to the tireless work of the Wide Bay Deaf Society, formed in 1978.
Kathleen Costello Centre,
26 Wilson Street, Maryborough QLD 4650
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