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August Edition

Minute With the CEO

Our new Member of the Month, Parent 2 Parent Queensland, has been an important force for good in the lives of people with a disability for many years. From humble beginnings, they have grown into a dynamic organisation that offers a variety of services. Read more about them below.

It was our great pleasure to welcome the Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson MP, to the office earlier this month. Her ongoing support of the Coast's volunteers is an example to be emulated. We all thank her greatly for giving us her time.

We're also happy to share some photos of the I Age Well Lifestyle Expo and the Healthy Ageing Partnership Seniors Week Morning Tea that were held in August. Both were wonderful events, and congratulations to the organisers for their efforts. We are also looking forward excitedly to the Sunshine Coast Disability Expo that will be taking place 5 September, which is the premier event for disability care. 

Until next month,


Member of the Month-
Parent 2 Parent Queensland

For this edition's Member of the Month, we would like to introduce an organisation that has been working collaboratively with people living with a disability and their carers for decades. 

Their work helps those with a disability to plan for the future and secure their independence.

Find out more

Dementia Awareness Month Events

September is Dementia Awareness Month and Sunshine Coast Dementia Network is holding a number of events over the coming weeks:

Towards a Spirituality of Caring

Care for self and others is a universal imperative.  
How does spirituality enhance the caring role?  
How does the caring role lead to spirituality? 

Vince O’Rourke will speak from his personal experiences of caring for his first wife, Margaret, who died as a result of young onset Alzheimer’s disease.  He wrote the book, I Wish I Were A Leper, about their journey. Vince was the Director of Catholic Education (Archdiocese of Brisbane) and holds Masters in Theology and Philosophy.  With his current wife, Lorrae, they share their home for family carer respite and facilitate the Sunshine Coast Dementia Network. 

All welcomed to this free event to reflect on caring in dementia month. Morning tea provided. Parking adjacent to the Ryan Room & Church Grounds via Reilly Rd.

Where: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Community Centre, 177 Currie Street, Nambour
When: 9.30 am registration, 10.00 am start 
Saturday 7 September 

RSVP Thursday 5 September: 
Email; Ph 5441 1034

International Dementia Day

Join us for the festivities, food and fun at FESTURI. 

Join us in reflecting about the gift of life, that we can share in the love and care of people with dementia. Look for the Dementia Information Stall and Workshop.

When: 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday 21 September
Where: Cotton Tree Park, The Esplanade, Maroochydore

Dementia Matters. You Matter

Free conference. A time to learn, to share, to network, to reflect, to enjoy.

Lectures, practical workshops and panels: on dementia, prevention, law, advocacy, abuse, communication, behaviour, loss and grief, family carer’s role, daily tips, medications, young onset dementia. Dementia service displays.

Peter Porcellini, Special Counsel, crhlaw;
Tanya Dave, Gerontologist, I Age Well;  
Dr Sam Hutson, Geriatrician;
Doris Zagdanski, Training Manager, InvoCare;
Julian Porter, Lawyer, Suncoast Community Legal Service;  
Ben O’Rourke, Lola Mashado, Relationships Australia Qld;
Kath Kelly, Carers Qld;
Rob Cross, Suncare;
Jodi Peel, Alzheimer’s Queensland;  
Vince O’Rourke, Carers Outlook;  
Vicki Doolan, Age-u-cate; Darkness Bright            
Katrina Thurgar, OzCare;
Melissa Farley, LifeTec  and many others. 

BYO food or buy from a stall. Morning tea provided.
Registrations: By Monday 23 September-; 0418 298 183

When: 10 am - 3 pm (register 9.30 am), Thursday 26 September
Where: TAFE QLD, 34 Lady Musgrave Drive, Mountain Creek

Sunshine Coast Disability Expo 2019

This is truly a unique event aimed at bringing the disability community together to celebrate life, age, empower, learn, share and experience the latest technologies. Along with ample exhibits, attendees will be able to attend a variety of FREE workshops.

  • Exhibitors covered include:-
  • Employment & Education
  • Post School Options
  • Advocacy
  • Social Activities & Recreation
  • Transport & Vehicles
  • Independent Living Services & Products
  • Assistance Products
  • Support Services
  • Heath & Fitness

"Everything disability under the one roof"

When: 9.30 am - 4 pm, Thursday 5 September
Where: Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina

I Age Well Lifestyle Expo/HAP Seniors Week Morning Tea Photos

Volunteering Sunshine Coast was very happy to attend the Healthy Ageing Partnership Seniors Week High Tea and the I Age Well Lifestyle Expo this month. Both events were a great success and a lot of fun for all attendees. Here are some pictures from the events. 

Fiona Simpson MP at the Office

Earlier this month we had the distinct pleasure of welcoming the Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson MP, at the Volunteering Sunshine Coast office. 

It was wonderful to have her show her support for volunteering on the Sunshine Coast. 

Here are some photos of the day:

Migrant Learn to Swim and Beach Safe Program

Spending time at the beach and taking part in water-based activities are very popular on the Sunshine Coast. Everyone should have the chance to enjoy our wonderful lifestyle.

Migrant residents of the Sunshine Coast are invited to attend the following FREE learn to swim and beach safety awareness sessions:

Migrants Take the Plunge

Two 10 week learn to swim programs for migrant women, men and children over 10 years taking place at Nambour and Caloundra Aquatic Centres. Sessions start in September 2019 and February 2020.

Women Take the Plunge

Two 10 week learn to swim programs designed specifically for migrant women, taking place at Goodlife Community Centre, Buderim. Sessions start in September 2019 and February 2020.

Surf Lifesaving QLD On the Same Wave Beach Safe Program

Learn beach safety awareness with trained lifeguards each month from  September 2019 through to April 2020, at Mooloolaba.

Participants must commit to the full 10 weeks of the program. Please submit your expression of interest on council’s website, email or phone 5475 7272 for more information.
Volunteering Opportunities
Contact Volunteering Sunshine Coast to register your interest:
Ph: 5443 8256
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