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:
Get paid while earning your Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management, Hospitality or Business. Running since 2017, this program won Best Community Training Initiative of the Year at the Qld Training Awards 2018, and has only continued to improve.
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.
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.
Come and have a feed at the Bay Islands Golf Club on Macleay, where the Running Wild team prepare a range of fresh meals. Open for lunches Wednesdays-Sundays, dinners Thursdays-Saturdays, and now Sunday brunch and Saturday home deliveries.
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.
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.