Read the latest from Volunteering Sunshine Coast
August 2020

Minute With the CEO

I know we are all tired of hearing about COVID-19 by now. However, we must remain vigilant to ensure the situation in Australia doesn't deteriorate further. To that end, we would like to highlight the latest information from the Queensland Government that is now available in multiple languages. There are also resources available to assist organisations arrange more flexible working arrangements during this time. 

It is also critical that we take extra care of those most vulnerable in our community. The MiCare community visiting scheme is a program that seeks to reduce the isolation often felt by the elderly. With social distancing policies in place, we need to find ways to remain connected. See more information on the program below.

Until next month,


MiCare Community Visiting Scheme

MiCare is an aged care and community services provider focusing on the needs of people from a range of backgrounds. Their Community Visiting Scheme supports volunteer visits to provide friendship and companionship to older people.

Visits are available to anyone who:

  • receives government-funded residential aged care or home care packages;
  • are socially isolated.

It focuses on the needs of older people at higher risk of feeling isolated, including the special needs groups under the Aged Care Act 1997.

While visits are ordinarily face to face, due to COVID-19, face to face visits are currently on hold. The focus is instead on virtual visiting, which includes phone calls, video chats and sending letters and cards.

Visit the MiCare website for more information.

Legal Aid Queensland Podcast

Legal Aid Queensland is encouraging people to learn to recognise the signs of financial control, one of the more subtle forms of domestic and family violence.

Like all forms of domestic violence, financial control happens across all ages, genders, suburbs, social and cultural groups.

Legal Aid Queensland has created a new podcast, "Law For All", in which consumer law advocates Paul Holmes and Loretta Kreet put financial financial control in the spotlight.

For more information on the podcast, visit:

COVID-19 Employer Resource Kit

Many organisations will have procedures in place to accommodate flexible work arrangements. The Australian Council of Social Service has compiled a resource kit for employers to supplement these policies. Take a look below:

Working Arrangements During the COVID-19 Pandemic- Employer Resource Kit

QLD Government COVID-19 Updates


Stay informed about the latest developments from the Queensland Government regarding COVID-19, which are now being translated into 16 different languages.

National Meals on Wheels Day

Volunteering Sunshine Coast would like to give a big thank you to the Coastal Caring Clowns who popped into Nambour Meals on Wheels to spread some cheer in celebration of National Meals on Wheels Day.

National Meals on Wheels Day is held on the last Wednesday of August to recognise the important contribution the tens of thousands of Meals on Wheels volunteers make across Australia. Marty Hunt MP for Nicklin also dropped by to join the fun. 

Cross Cultural Relationship Workshop

Join Ana Boskovic from AB Couselling for a cross cultural relationship workshop for women that will cover:
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Advantages
  • Information and support
  • Expectations (family/community etc)
When: 9.30 am - 12 noon, Monday 7 September
Where: Nambour Community Centre

Numbers are limited so booking is essential.

To RSVP, email or call Linda / Ana on 5441 4600 / 0402 128 978.

COVID safe event. Morning tea will be provided. 

Changes to the Blue Card System

Changes have been made to the blue card system effective as of 31 August 2020. 

These changes affect applicants, card holders and organisations.

Important: If you had a paid blue card application in progress when the new laws started, you can continue working while your application is assessed.

The changes include:

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