The COOEE Indigenous Elders, Youth and Family Resource Centre was established as a community response to deal with the emerging social issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and at-risk youth in the Redland Shire. Elders and non-Indigenous service providers were concerned about the increasing number of at-risk Indigenous families, many of which were single-parent families isolated from family or community support. Their access to resources and services was compounded by the limited presence of culturally-effective and community-based services in the area. Elders and community services collaborated to establish the COOEE Centre at Capalaba.
COOEE participants developed strategies to cope with the increasing social problems Indigenous families and youth encounter.
Partnerships between Griffith University, COOEE and the Aboriginal Education Clinic clearly demonstrate successful strategies for developing partnerships, and for working collaboratively with other organisations such as Civic Solutions—a not-for-profit corporation with programs to address the education, training and employment options for Indigenous Australians.