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September Edition

Minute With the CEO

Volunteering Sunshine Coast would like to express our sincere gratitude to the volunteers and rescue teams that worked tirelessly to protect the communities affected by the recent bushfires. Our hearts also go out to those who lost their homes in these terrible events.

Looking forward to October, we are excited to continue our technology learning sessions through the Be Connected program, so please come join us.

Also, we are happy to highlight Aus Living Support as our Member of the Month and the important work they do for those struggling with homelessness in the local region.

Until next month,


Member of the Month- Aus Living Support

Learn more below about this Sunshine Coast charity working to make a difference in the lives of those struggling with homelessness.

Member of the Month

Understanding the NDIS: Maroochydore

An introduction to the NDIS The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way to support Australians with disability, and make sure everyone has the support they need to enjoy an ordinary life.   

Carers Queensland is your NDIS Local Area Coordinator Partner in the Community. At this forum we will introduce you to the NDIS.  

Join us to find out:
  • About the NDIS eligibility criteria  
  • How to request access and what information to provide 
  • Examples of supports and services funded by the NDIS
  • Where to go for more information. 
Carers Queensland
Level 1, 43 Plaza Parade QLD 4558
Tuesday 22 October 2019
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Contact Us
To register for this session please contact your NDIS LAC Partner in the Community Carers Queensland on (07) 5409 3300 or email  

Connect with us on Facebook: @NDISSunshineCoastLACPITCCarersQueensland. 

Moving To Wellness Activities

Rounding out Mental Health Week 2019, the Moving to Wellness event in Maroochydore is offering a number of free activities, so come along for some fun and exercise.

Activities in the Cotton Tree Park:

  • Yoga
  • Drumming
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Dancercise
  • Animal Yoga
And much more. Come along and be a part of a fun morning. All are welcome. Wheelchair accessible. 

Date: Sunday October 13, 2019
Time: Meet at 8 am for a 9 am start
Where: Cotton Tree Park
Cost: Free

Lifeline Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST 11) 2-Day Workshop

Suicide is preventable. Anyone can make a difference.

Attend the award-winning ASIST workshop and learn to:
  • recognize people at risk of suicide,
  • talk to them, hear their stories, and understand their situations, then
  • help them stay safe with a life-affirming intervention.

The two-day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop is open to anyone 16 or older. Widely used by both professionals and the general public, ASIST offers something to every participant, no matter how experienced.

A certificate of attendance will be issued however, participants must complete the entire 2 days' training in full. It is important that no content be missed. It is strongly recommended to clear other commitments for the training day in advance.

Why take ASIST?
LIFE-SAVING: Anyone can experience thoughts of suicide. By giving participants the skills to help friends, family members, colleagues, and clients stay alive, ASIST supports suicide-safer communities.

TRUSTED: ASIST is the most widely used suicide intervention training workshop in the world. Over 100,000 people attend ASIST each year in more than 30 countries.

ENGAGING: ASIST is a dynamic, hands-on workshop that uses adult learning principles. It includes presentations, discussions, and audiovisuals, plus simulations to practice intervention skills.

PROVEN: ASIST works. A major 2013 study showed that the ASIST intervention process significantly reduces thoughts of suicide and helps people at risk feel more hopeful about living.

COST-EFFECTIVE: A 2015 RAND Corporation study found that for every $1 spent on the ASIST program in California, the state government would save $50 in medical expenses and associated costs.

When: 9 am Thursday, 24 October - 5 pm Friday, 25 October 2019
Where: United Synergies, 12-14 Ernest Street, Tewantin
Cost: $349 - $399

Register Here

Be Connected Workshop

Do you need help getting started online? Join our technology session and let us help you improve your internet confidence skills. Bring your own device if you like!

This training program is delivered as part of the Australian Government's national Be Connected initiative aimed at empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world.

When: 9 am - 12.30 pm, 16 October 2019
Where: Maroochydore Neighbourhood Centre, 2 Fifth Ave, Maroochydore
Contact: Ph- 5443 8256 Email-


Active@Home Project

Active@home is a joint initiative of Burnie Brae Ltd and the Brisbane North PHN Aged Care consortium that aims to assist older people to exercise regularly and safely in their own homes. 

This is a personal care worker led program that provides personal care workers with appropriate training to enable them to assist their clients in exercising at home. This approach has the potential to overcome some of the major barriers to exercise faced by older people including:
  • Accessing age-appropriate programs 
  • Cost and availability of travel to facilities
  • High costs of traditional program delivery.
The pilot program ran for 18 weeks and the improvement to participants' health was assessed through the Short Physical Performance Battery. Here are some highlights of the program's effectiveness:

You can find the full project report here

If you are part of an organisation interested in implementing the program, you can refer to this active@home checklist for the requirements to participate. 

Sunshine Coast Libraries MyTech Lifelong Learning Events

Sunshine Coast libraries are hosting a number of technology learning sessions for anyone interested in improving their knowledge and ability to use online applications. The available workshops include:
  • Instagram Basics
  • Youtube Basics
  • Managing Passwords
  • Smart Device Photography
  • Pinterest Basics
  • GumTree and eBay
  • Streaming TV
  • Online Grocery Shopping
  • Facebook Basics
For available times, and to book your place at a library near you, visit the Sunshine Coast Council website.
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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