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January Edition

Minute With the CEO

Well, 2019 has arrived and we hope you all had a safe and happy new year.

The excitement has already begun with the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards being held on 25 January at which we were honoured to be nominated in the Community Group or Organisation category. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees who have all done so much for our community.

Be sure also to check out the grants information sessions being held 18 - 22 February 2019. The information provided will be invaluable to those community groups looking to fund their project ideas. 

All the best for the year ahead.

Until next month,

VSC 2018 Christmas party

During December the staff at Volunteering Sunshine Coast Celebrated our annual Christmas Party with a delicious Christmas lunch at the Kawana Hotel.

A big thank you to everyone who came. To those who could not attend due to other commitments, we sincerely appreciate your efforts in 2018. We would also like to thank Kawana Hotel's staff for organising an amazing day. We hope to see you all in 2019. 

2019 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards

The Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards were held on 25 January and VSC was honoured to be nominated in the Community Group or Organisation category. We are humbled to have been considered alongside such amazing organisations. Congratulations to the winner EndED; this was well-deserved recognition for the wonderful work they do and support they provide.

Grants Information Sessions


Does your community group have an exciting project idea that you want to get off the ground? If you would like to learn more about what grants are available and how to write a winning grant application, register for one of council’s grants information sessions.

Sessions are free and places are limited.

The next sessions will be held from 18 - 22 February 2019. 

The 1½ hour sessions cover:

  • Planning your project or event
  • Identifying the right funding sources for your project
  • How to tell your story succinctly
  • What is good supporting documentation
  • Understanding project budget

There will be opportunities for you to talk directly with Sunshine Coast Council grants officers and get their top ten tips for successful grant writing.

Visit the Sunshine Coast Council website for more information, and to book your place. 

Horizon Festival: Our People – Our Place

Your face and your story could be part of a public art project led by critically acclaimed artist Jody Haines to be featured during Horizon Festival 2019 on the Sunshine Coast.

Horizon Festival is calling for participants from across our healthy, smart, creative region to take part in the artwork titled Our People – Our Place which will combine portraiture, projection and sound, featuring the many faces and personal stories that make up our diverse local community.


  • Nominations close:  Mid-February 2019
  • Photoshoot and recording of stories: Late March / early April 2019
  • Festival dates: 23 August – 1 September, 2019

About the Artist

Jody Haines is a photo media artist who is based in Melbourne, Victoria. Through a collaborative and relational practice, Jody’s work explores how visual language can be applied through video and photography to deconstruct ideas of gender and race within the Australian context.

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Sunshine Coast Council Library Programs

Do you want to begin learning how to use the internet and various forms of social media as well as buying/selling eCommerce platforms such as ebay and Gumtree? Would you like to learn how to use your smart phone, Android and iOS devices to all of their capabilities? Join the Sunshine Coast Library staff in a series of group sessions to discover the basic skills every beginner needs with technology.

There are also getStarted courses available for digital camera and smart device photography and online streaming technology. Other courses in the library include how your gut effects your emotions, affordable housing, property investment, back yard buddies and helping native wildlife,  memoir writing, interior design, retiring successfully and much more.

Visit the
Sunshine Coast Library website for further information. 

A list of informational PDFs is available on the 
Volunteering Sunshine Coast website.

Charity Reputation Index Reveals High Levels of Public Trust in Sector

The Australian public’s level of trust in the charity sector remains high, according to the annual Charity Reputation Index.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service was named the country’s most reputable charity for the eighth year straight. The Global Reputation Institute (RI)’s latest charity index found while much of Australia’s corporate sector took a reputational hit in 2018, the public trust in charities remained strong.

Even the lowest ranked charities in Australia recorded stronger overall reputation scores than most of Australia’s corporations, when compared with RI’s Corporate Reputation Index released earlier last year. RI managing director Oliver Freedman said the charity sector continued to grow in reputational strength.

“We continue to hear about the erosion of trust among Australians for our major organisations. However, what our latest reputation research shows is that this does not apply to our charities which have managed to ride out a storm of mistrust and come out the other side as a stronger, more reputable sector,” Freedman said.

“In fact, the top 31 charities in this year’s Index have stronger reputations than the top ranked Australian corporations – [like] Air New Zealand, Toyota and Qantas – based on score alone.”

The findings contrast those of February’s Edelman Trust Barometer, which found trust in NGOs fell from 52 per cent in 2017 to 48 per cent this year.


Birdie's Tree: Natural disaster recovery resources.


The Queensland Government as well as Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service has a new toolkit for natural disaster recovery in Queensland aimed at young children and babies.

Birdie’s Tree is a natural disaster resource for natural disasters like storms, cyclones, floods or fire. These natural disasters can be very frightening and upsetting for babies and young children. Birdie's Tree is an example of how playing a therapeutic game or reading a story with a caring adult can help a young child work through 'scary experiences' and ‘big feelings’. There is also information for parents and carers on the Birdie's Tree website. Readers with babies and young children are welcomed to come and meet Birdie and Mr Frog!

For further information you can visit the Birdie's Tree website and gain the necessary knowledge to either support your own family or families that you work with within your volunteering or job capacity. There are also two useful PDF documents available for further information that may assist you or your team in using this resource. They are the Birdie's Tree postcard and the associated Birdie's Tree presentation on the benefits of using Birdie's Tree.

Volunteering Opportunities
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Ph: 5443 8256
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