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September 2020 Edition

Minute With the CEO

Hello everyone! I hope you are all keeping safe. I'd like to reiterate to any organisations in need of COVID-19 related volunteer assistance, that the Queensland Government's Care Army is here to help. You can find information in this newsletter on how to engage them. 

There are also some exciting events coming up in October that you may like to check out as well as opportunities for free training in infection control through our partners at Daisy Learning. 

Until next month,


Thank You To Festuri

A big thank you from the Volunteering Sunshine Coast team to Festuri for their wonderful $500 donation. Their generosity is much appreciated.

Festuri is an organisation dedicated to promoting an inclusive community through an annual celebration of the Sunshine Coast's cultural diversity.

Visit their website to learn more about their important work.

SCRAN Screening of Saint Judy 

Sunshine Coast Refugee Action Network is hosting a special screening of Saint Judy. 

Saint Judy tells the inspirational true story of immigration attorney Judy Wood and her fight that changed American asylum law forever. 

In her first case, Judy represents a woman forced to flee her home country after being persecuted by the Taliban for opening a school for girls. While juggling her life as a single mother, Judy fights tenacious battles in and out of court, not only saving her client's life, but changing the Law of Asylum in the United States. 

This case has saved the lives of thousands of other persecuted women around the world. Saint Judy tells the story of a remarkable woman who overcame tremendous odds, and reminds us how one person can change the world.

This film is rated PG-13.

Buy tickets by emailing

Funds raised will support refugees on the Sunshine Coast.

SCRAN is a network of refugee advocacy groups, including Noosa Welcomes Refugees, Welcome to Maleny and Amnesty International Sunshine Coast.

When: 5.30 pm, Tuesday 13 October
Where: Majestic Cinemas, Nambour
Cost: Tickets- $15

Coolum Women's Shed- Take Time Out For A Day Retreat

Date & Time: Tuesday 20 October 2020, 9.45am – 3.00pm
Venue: Coolum Women’s Shed 26 Research St Coolum
 Cost$25 (M) $35 (NM) includes morning tea and light lunch.
Bookings please register online:
(Limited Places)
Guest Speakers:
Leonie Barnes - A day in the life of a Humanitarian Aid Worker
(specializing in landmine clearance)
Sue Pope - Time to Meditate
Fuschia Collard - Talking native plants
Game time – Find your inner child.
Let’s Make Mocktails. 
Further information contact:
Deilia Murray 0406 567715 and Leonne Deighton 0431 351166.
Come and participate in our Day Retreat of fun activities and workshops.

Queensland Care Army

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Queensland Government has mobilised the 'Care Army', a group of everyday Queenslanders who want to help older and vulnerable people living in the community who may not have a wide circle of friends, family or neighbours who can support them during the pandemic. 

The primary focus of the Care Army is social connection and lending a helping hand to supply essential services such as the delivery of groceries and medicines for Queensland’s seniors and most vulnerable.

If you are affiliated with an organisation in need of volunteers or want to find out more about how Care Army volunteers can work in your organisation or with your teams across Queensland, Townsville or Cairns communities and surrounds, please contact one of the following and a friendly member of the team will take you through the process of engaging a Care Army Volunteer.

Queensland Wide
Volunteering Queensland- 3002 7600

North Queensland
Youth with a Mission in Townsville Association Inc.- 4771 2133

Far North Queensland
Far North Queensland Volunteers Inc.- 4041 7400

Refer to the following resources for information on engaging Care Army volunteers:

Information for organisations requesting volunteers for the COVID-19 response

Insurance for organisations involving volunteers

Health and Safety for Care Army volunteers

Daisy Learning Infection Control Skill Sets

Daisy Learning is a registered training organisation committed to exemplary care for people receiving, Ageing, Home and Community or Disability Support by providing the best possible training, resulting in students who become proficient, considerate and inspired support workers.

To this end, Daisy Learning is delivering four nationally recognised infection control skill sets free of charge to eligible participants working in health, retail, food handling and transport and logistics.

Visit their website for more information, and to apply: 

'Keeping Well at Home During COVID-19' Webinar Recording

The Older Persons Advocacy Network hosted a free webinar on 'Keeping Well at Home During COVID-19'. The edited recording is now available. You can access it here.

OPAN hopes the webinar provided you with useful and practical information about the ways you can keep safe and well at home during this difficult time, including proper nutrition, mental health, and physical exercise.

Don't forget you can call their COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 237 981 if you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 and aged care.

If you have a moment, OPAN would love to hear your feedback on the webinar. Taking a few minutes to
complete this quick survey to send your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. 

If you have any questions, please submit them through the OPAN website:

Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance Business Mentoring

Do you need a business sounding board? If you have answered 'yes', this is an event for you. Registrations are mandatory.

Save the date for a #speedmentoring session this October 28!

Sunshine Coast Business Mentor program are running a FREE “Speed Mentoring” evening, where there will be a short presentation on the program and answers to some of your questions in an open business forum. After this, the mentors will be on hand to meet and greet, and discuss your business in a little more detail should you wish.

3 months of free business mentoring is being offered for any business owner who decides to sign up on the night (Normal annual fee of $200).

Register now as numbers are limited!

Where: To be announced

When: October 28, 6pm-7:30pm

Register here

Volunteering Opportunities
Contact Volunteering Sunshine Coast to register your interest:
Ph: 5443 8256
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