The John Villiers Trust Funding
JOHN VILLIERS SUPPORT FOR BUSHkids
Times change and with it so does BUSHkids. As the need for our services increased, we had steadily outgrown both our Warwick premises and the immediate grounds on which they stood. The space and resources required to provide assessment and treatment outgrew our Guy Street site and, as the need for our services in the Southern Downs region showed no signs of abating – indeed, is growing stronger – and our commitment to that community remained firm, it was clear that new premises were required.
When we set out to build the new Warwick centre on 191 Wood Street we wanted to create a welcoming family-friendly environment which supported contemporary service provision and enhanced the social capacity of the local community. Our new flagship Warwick Service Centre has exceeded expectations of clinical staff and stakeholders who were involved in its design. The Centre sets a new benchmark for BUSHkids in supporting collaborative, multidisciplinary and flexible work practices.
Well, the rest is history, thanks to the grant of $500,000 from The John Villiers Trust (JVT), a Melbourne-based organisation that represents the perpetual interests of central Queensland rural property owner and cattleman Mr John Villiers, who passed away in 2002. This very generous grant by the Trust towards our new Centre has made a vital difference to the urgent needs of kids and families across the Southern Downs.
The JVT Chairman of Trustees, Mr Darvell Hutchinson am, acknowledged a strong legacy of charitable interests by Mr Villiers, who had expressed ‘particular regard’ in his Will for the work of BUSHkids.