Welcome to Running Wild

Running Wild is a Southern Moreton Bay Islands based not-for-profit, focused on providing social services for our community. We exist to support individuals and other local organisations, together helping to create a positive community for all.

Tired of hearing negative talk about young people on the islands – “haven’t they got anything better to do”, “why don’t they go fishing or something” and “in my day”, Running Wild was founded in 2013 to highlight a positive youth profile in our community.

Since then, programs have expanded to support families, the long-term unemployed, and other people in need, through direct programs as well as the creation of social enterprises designed to build a circular economy for our islands. We believe we achieve our best results working with other community organisations to make change happen together.

Our programs include:

Work Skills Traineeships

Running since 2017, this program won Best Community Training Initiative of the Year at the Queensland Training Awards 2018. We don’t have any rounds open currently, but keep an eye on our website or Facebook for news of upcoming application dates.

Working with young people

More than 250 young people have taken part in school holiday or creative arts programs, or youth mentoring. This increases positive participation in the community, changing negative profiles, and allows us to link individuals and families to specialist supports.

Containers for Change

We are the CoEx local provider for the 10c container exchange, and run the Container Refund Points on Macleay and Russell as a social enterprise, creating jobs and volunteer work on the islands, whilst facilitating nearly $200,000 in a circular economy.

Wild Goat Hospitality

Our hospitality team are currently running $5 dinners for the community at the Progress Hall on Macleay every Tuesday evening, Tuck Shop Tucker delivery lunches Thursdays and Fridays, and offer catering for events and functions. For more info contact 0475 911 300, or follow us on Facebook.

Conservation Cadetships

We are establishing a new social enterprise offering inclusive ecotourism experiences. People with disabilities from across the islands will be recruited for a paid, 20-week cadetship to design and pilot these experiences, whilst also working on essential conservation projects.

Creative Arts Program

Our creative arts program hit a new high in 2021, with a group of young people writing and producing a play about their island experiences. Mentored by our Youth Workers, and some of Queensland’s top performing arts talent, the Curlew Wars premiered in February.