I'm thrilled to announce that Volunteering Sunshine Coast was selected to receive a grant for a new training course that will help us contribute to a strong and sustainable not-for-profit sector. Thank you to Community Sector Banking and Bendigo Bank for their support.
The Noosa Triathlon is upon us and anyone who wants to help out at the event on 2 and 3 November will be very welcome. It promises to be a great time.
I am also happy to shine a spotlight on our Member of the Month for October, Suncare Community Services. The support they offer our elderly and those living with a disability or mental illness is invaluable. Learn more about what they do below.
Until next month,
Member of the Month- Suncare Community Services
Our Member of the Month for October is a not-for-profit who has been working help senior Australians maintain their independence for decades. Read more about Suncare and the services they offer.
How can we play our part to protect the human rights of all members of our community?
Discuss this topic at a community conversation hosted by the Queensland Human Rights Commission and the Sunshine Coast Art of Hosting community.
From January 2020, Queensland will increase protection of human rights through the introduction of the Human Rights Act 2019.
This community conversation will focus on human rights and how we can all play our part in protecting the rights of everyone in our community.
It is open to anyone with an interest in human rights.
Date: Friday 15 November 2019 Time: 9 am for a 9.30 am start. Session will run to 2.30 pm (lunch will be provided) Cost: Free of charge Venue: Churches of Christ Hall, 211 Parklands Blvd, Little Mountain
Connect With Your Community for Suicide Prevention on the Sunshine Coast
As a member of the Alliance for Suicide Prevention, we are happy to deliver information regarding a new initiative developed jointly by the University of the Sunshine Coast and Alliance for Suicide Prevention Sunshine Coast:
The Alliance for Suicide Prevention - Sunshine Coast is excited to announce our upcoming release of a digital tool for suicide prevention. The platform aims to connect persons at risk of suicide and their supporters to services and resources specific for the Sunshine Coast.
iHelp can be used to seek support for yourself or on behalf of someone else to provide personalised mental health support recommendations based on chosen demographics and location. It will be available as a web-based platform and as a downloadable app via the Apple Store and Google Play.
The digital tool uses the Community Information Exchangeto source information about the organisations that offer professional and community-based mental health and suicide prevention support in our region. It's important that the information provided is up-to-date and accurate to help people find services when they need them most.
Our goal is for iHelp to be a region-specific hub of information to encourage people to seek help and reach out. We all have a part to play in suicide prevention so please register your organisation to be displayed in iHelp.
WATCH: iHelp is a digital tool to provide support and service information for suicide prevention for our Sunshine Coast region
Become a Team Leader of Spontaneous Disaster Volunteers
Help to make it happen and volunteer to be ready - just in case.
Volunteering Sunshine Coast has partnered with the Sunshine Coast Council to support our community when disaster strikes, through the Spontaneous Disaster Volunteer Management Program which is a part of the recovery phase.
If you would like to become an emergency response volunteer this is how you could help.
Following a disaster, here are some ways to help the recovery effort:
Lead a small team of volunteers
Clear debris from homes, building and grounds
Use any technical skills you may have
Assist in the evacuation centre or a community centre
What you can expect after you join:
Feel rewarded by helping your community when it needs it the most
Training and information from time to time
We are seeking expressions from volunteers who are interested in becoming a Team Leader of a small group of volunteers. If successful you will be provided with free 2 day training workshops and supply of personal protective equipment
What's expected of you: To be respectful and gracious to others and be willing to work in a team environment through supervising volunteers.
Start Date: 30/11/2019 End Date: 30/11/2020
Full Name: Mathew
Work Phone: 07 5443 8256
In partnership with Sunshine Coast Council and Volunteering Queensland.
Community Sector Banking Grant
We recently received a grant for $25,000 as part of the Community Sector Banking Social Investment Grants Program.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Community Sector Banking and Bendigo Bank for supporting us in our endeavours.
This funding will assist the creation of a new training program to upskill Volunteering Sunshine Coast volunteers and the community organisation staff we work with. This initiative will help us realise our vision for a robust and sustainable not-for-profit sector on the Sunshine Coast.