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May Edition

Minute With the CEO

Volunteering Sunshine Coast had the distinct pleasure of hosting the Coast's volunteers at a morning tea held in their honour. Thank you to all who came and contributed to making it a wonderful day.

I would also like to recognise that 27 May marked the beginning of National Reconciliation Week 2019. This year, Reconciliation Australia's chosen theme points to the need for us to acknowledge our past so we can move forward together. 

Until next month,


National Volunteer Week 2019

On 21 May Volunteering Sunshine Coast, in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council, held a morning tea and entertainment to say thank you for the hard work of our volunteers.

It was a wonderful day with a great atmosphere as we came together to celebrate our vibrant volunteer community.

Check out some of our photos of the day below:

National Reconciliation Week 2019

As Nat
ional Volunteer Week comes to a close, National Reconciliation Week begins. National Reconciliation Week is held 27 May to 3 June every year to commemorate two significant dates on Australia's journey of reconciliation: the landmark 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

This year's theme is: "Grounded in Truth, Walk Together With Courage". This theme sends a powerful message that for our diverse nation to move toward a unifed future, we must come to terms with our history and engage with each other constructively.

Learn more about National Reconciliation Week at:

Carers Queensland Connecting You to the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is here and Carers Queensland is the NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community for the Sunshine Coast and Gympie region.
Our role is to help the community understand how to apply for the NDIS and facilitate the planning process for participants. We also work with people who don’t use the NDIS to help connect them with mainstream support in their area. In addition we have a role to play in helping build a more accessible and inclusive community where people with disability are welcomed and valued.
Carers Queensland’s Maroochydore office runs workshops and drop-in sessions in local communities to help people understand the NDIS, learn how to access the scheme and guide them through the planning process. The sessions are free for the general public and are held weekly.
Contact Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for more information about our information sessions or to learn more about making your business or community group more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities.

Volunteering Sunshine Coast Opportunities

Volunteering Sunshine Coast is searching for some talented individuals to join our team. If you are passionate about helping your community, we're looking for you.

We have a number of different opportunities available from training to media/marketing to fundraising and more.

Check out the positions

Nambour Winter Jazz Festival Volunteering

The Nambour Winter Jazz Festival is one of the most exciting music events on the Sunshine Coast and they are on the lookout for volunteers.

The festival is in need of volunteers to handle a number of responsibilities on 20 and 21 July:

  • Help set up the venues
  • Assist patrons and performers
  • Serve as door person(s) at the four venues
  • Work at the ticketing desk
  • Help pack up at the end of the day

Orientation and training at C-Square’s Switch Cafe, 10:00 am -12:00 pm on 13 July.

Volunteers are welcome to attend any of the gigs during their rostered breaks. As you could imagine, this is an extremely popular volunteering opportunity, so don't miss out!

If you are interested, contact Volunteering Sunshine Coast:

Ph- 5443 8256

Suicide Awareness Information Sessions

The Alliance For Suicide Prevention Sunshine Coast is an integrated network of community-based groups and organisations who are passionate about the prevention of suicide.

The Alliance has a number of information and training sessions coming up over the next two weeks. Check them out here

Compassionate Community Conversation

Join the conversation around fostering compassion in your local community. Compassionate communities offer networks of support for community members who are experiencing loss, ageing, dying and grief.

Everyone is invited including, but not limited to, carers, people who have experience with loss, ageing, dying and/ or grief, local council staff, health and community professionals, community groups, organisations and supports, local elders, seniors, religious and cultural groups, business owners, teachers, children with elderly parents.

You will receive information and participate in discussion about compassionate communities, including: how to become a more compassionate neighbour, what community services and supports are currently available and explore what a compassionate community would look like in your neighbourhood.


IN ADDITION: Prior to each morning tea, Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ) will be holding focus groups for consumers on “What matters to you in relation to ageing, end-of-life care and dying”. These focus groups will run from 9.00 am - 10.00 am. Please visit the HCQ website for further information:

RSVP or call 07 3145 0329 between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

When: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm, 18 June 2019
Where: 'The Mail Room'- Twin Waters Golf Club, 151 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters

Community Forum

What will it take to create safe, supportive spaces for people thinking of, and planning, suicide?

Join this community forum to explore this question and contribute ideas about an alternative to emergency departments and hospital admission for people and their loved ones experiencing this scenario.

Why join this conversation?
Currently, many people experiencing social crisis and thinking of suicide present at hospital emergency rooms. Whilst hospitals play a part, this is not always the most suitable or helpful option under these circumstances. As a result, people with thoughts of suicide and their loved ones can be left feeling overwhelmed, exposed, vulnerable and unsafe.

Who should come?
Anyone interested in creating a safer space for people thinking of suicide to access support including people with lived experience of suicide, family and community members, relevant service providers or agencies and peer workers.

What we hope to achieve?
  • To establish whether there is a need for a new Sunshine Coast service (a home-like environment) to support and care for people experiencing a suicide-related crisis and their families or significant others.
  • To seek initial thoughts and ideas about what such a service would look and feel like. 
Your input will contribute to the development of a proposal for consideration by a Steering Committee.

Merilyn Keene Coordinator - Suicide Prevention in Communities Reference Group - Hinterland and Sunshine Coast
Ph: 0437 986 633

When: 5.30 pm - 8.30 pm Tuesday, 4 June 2019
Where: Kawana Forest Meeting Place, 60 Woodlands Blvd, Meridan Planes 

Register Here
Volunteering Opportunities
Contact Volunteering Sunshine Coast to register your interest:
Ph: 5443 8256
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Ph: 5443 8256
Mob: 0410 437 977 / 0410 437 237

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