Our programs

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 catering for events and functions. Look out for us at the upcoming Tide Festival, and other events across the islands. For more info contact 0473 435 086, 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 were 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.

The Creative Arts Program at a Circus workshop

Working with young people

School Holiday Programs

Every school holidays, we run activities for young people on the islands. In the past these have included The Race Around the Island, Karragarra beach parties, movie and make your own pizza nights, arts and crafts days, and plenty of others.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page or check in to this page for news on our upcoming Winter 2022 Holiday Program.

All activities are free, led by Youth Workers, and designed for young people aged 10 and over.

Creative Arts Program

In 2021 we took our creative arts work to another level, and worked with a group of young people who wrote and produced a play about their experiences on the islands. They were mentored by our in-house Youth Workers, as well as some of the top performing arts talent from across Queensland.

The world-first performances of “The Curlew Wars” took place on February 13th, 2021. To find out about future performances to keep an eye out here or on our Facebook page.

Keen to get involved now, or know a young person who is?

We’re working the upcoming Tide Festival to create something unique. To find out more, go to our Facebook event or phone Julie “Chook” Larson on 0407 555 878. Young people aged 10-21 can get involved up until 5th September 2022 for the events running 23rd September – 3 October 2022.

All activities are supervised by qualified Youth Workers and staff or volunteers with Blue Cards, and participating is free.

Youth Mentoring

Many of our young people find themselves in situations where they need a bit of support from time to time. In providing meaningful activities for our young people we are able to provide a soft entry for young people to have a positive experience in meeting up with a professional for assistance. Often the first step to accessing support.

It is recognised that there are no funded professional youth support services based on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands to assist our youth. We are keen for this to change for the benefit of our whole community.

For more details please email us.

Kim Richards celebrates the islands’ one millionth container

Containers for Change

Containers for Change is now well established on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. Refund points are open as follows:

Things you need to know:

  • You must have a scheme ID (which you get from Containers for Change)
  • This allows you to be credited with your refund (we do not process cash)
  • Separate your eligible containers from any rubbish
  • Please remove all lids
  • Sort containers into groups if you can – glass, aluminium, clear plastic, coloured plastic, drinks poppers
  • You CAN crush your cans and plastic bottles as we count containers manually

If you would like to donate your refund to Running Wild, we would be very grateful, and all donations go towards island activities.

Keep up to date on Facebook for all the latest details.