Hello all. For this edition of the newsletter, we are introducing a new section showcasing a Member of the Month. Our inaugural Member of the Month is the Mary Valley Rattler. The story of this Queensland icon is fascinating. There are also plenty of volunteering opportunities if you would like to join them.
Seniors Week is also being celebrated next month from 17-25 August. Check out some of the events taking place highlighting the importance of caring for our seniors.
Until next month,
Member of the Month- Mary Valley Rattler
Learn the story of this famous piece of Queensland history.
The Palaszczuk Government has added 15 more crimes to the list of disqualifying offences when applying for a Blue Card, as part of its overhaul of Queensland’s working with children check system.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 passed by the Queensland Parliament today was the first in a series of sweeping reforms to the system.
“Blue Cards are one of a range of measures in place across government to protect children,” she said.
“After its comprehensive review of the Blue Card System, the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) found our State has one of the strongest working with children check systems in Australia.
“The Palaszczuk Government has been strengthening the system since the QFCC handed down its 81 recommendations.”
Mrs D’Ath said the legislation also delivered on the Government’s election commitment to implement a ‘No Card, No Start’ system, ensuring the framework needed.
“This means applicants will not be able to commence paid employment while their Blue Card application is pending, reducing the risk to children and further strengthening Queensland’s robust Blue Card System,” she said.
“We are injecting $17 million over the next three years into modernizing the Blue Card System.
“One in six Queensland adults hold a Blue Card and more than 32,000 organizations are part of the Blue Card System. It is vital to ensure that users are ready for the changes when they go live in early 2020.
“No Card, No Start will bring paid employees into line with volunteers and business operators and will prevent someone from employing a person in child-related employment unless the person holds a working with children clearance and the employer has notified the chief executive about the employment or proposed employment of the person.
“To emphasize the significant responsibility that employers have as the gatekeepers of child-related employment, increased penalties will be imposed against an employer who engages an employee without a working with children clearance, if an aggravating circumstance applies. Someone who starts or continues in regulated employment without a Blue Card could face a five year jail term, in certain circumstances.
The changes to the disqualification framework are expected to commence on July 1, 2019.
The Healthy Ageing Partnership are proud to announce this year's seniors morning tea will be held Thursday 22 August.
Come along and enjoy a celebration for all seniors in the region.
Enjoy a morning of socialising, entertainment and a delicious assortment of treats for morning tea.
Don't forget to tell your friends and mark it on your calendar.
When: 9.30 am - 12 noon, Thursday 22 August Where: Maroochy RSL, 105 Memorial Ave, Maroochydore Cost: $12.50 pp includes a delicious morning tea and entertainment.
Groups For Health and Wellbeing
Who are 60 years and older (or 50 years and older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
Who would like to improve their connections and relationships with others
Who are not experiencing major difficulties with cognitive functioning (i.e., thinking abilities) or have any safety concerns.
This is a research program that assists people in becoming more socially connected.
WHAT WILL THIS COURSE COVER?
This group program runs weekly for 4 weeks plus 1 booster session, with each session lasting up to 2 hours (group size is 5-8 people per group)
Group members will be invited to complete research surveys and interviews
The group sessions will:
Provide knowledge, skills and confidence for people to increase social connections and build relationships
Enhance people's skills to reconnect and make the most out of existing groups and relationships
Use the group as a platform for people to build new social connections.
Contact Yuan Cao for more information:
Phone: 07 3423 6937
Interested clients can contact Yuan directly. Practitioners can also contact Yuan to discuss suitability of the program for your clients.
Seeing Seniors Expo
Celebrating the wisdom, contribution and diversity found in Queensland’s senior community. This free event will connect you with the education and resources you need to age well.
The event will include:
Understanding the NDIS
Information about home care packages
The importance of good nutrition and movement
Maintaining positive mental health
Lucky door prizes and raffles
Free refreshments and lunch
When: 9.00 am - 1.30 pm, Friday 23 August 2019 Where: Millwell Road Community Centre, 11 Millwell Rd E, Maroochydore
Bookings essential. Phone ComLink to secure your place:
Ph- (07) 5390 1289
I Age Well Lifestyle Expo
The theme for 2019:
LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST ON THE SUNSHINE COAST
The I Age Well Lifestyle Expo will present a lifestyle expo to the over 55s with an emphasis on pizzazz, fun and health. Along with live entertainment and delicious food, there will be a range of exhibits covering:
Health and wellness
Recreation and fitness
Employment and education
Financial and retirement planning
Clothing, fashion and accessories
Independent living services and products
Holistic living options
There will also be workshops held during the event covering topics on:
When: 9.30 am - 2.30 pm, Wednesday 21 August 2019 Where: Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina Cost: Free
The expo also has a variety of volunteer positions available:
2 Registration Desk Volunteers – Check in and checkout exhibitor guests
3 Seminar Desk Volunteers – Check in and check out exhibitor guests of seminars
3 Fashion Parade Meet & Greet Volunteers – Be available to direct all guests and exhibitors of the fashion parade
2 Exhibitor Support Volunteers – Direct guests into the right areas
2 Water / Stands Volunteers – Support exhibitors with replenishing waters and offers of support in the stands.
Contact Volunteering Sunshine Coast if you would like to help out:
Ph- 5443 8256
Women's Lifestyle Expo Photos
We had a great time at this year's Women's Lifestyle Expo. Thank you to everyone who came out and to the whole team at the Women's Lifestyle Expo that continue to put on a great event year after year.