Read the latest from Volunteering Sunshine Coast
February Edition

Minute With the CEO

Our hearts go out to the residents of Townsville who have suffered greatly from recent flooding. The community is currently undertaking the task of rebuilding in the aftermath of this natural disaster, but they need all the help they can get. The Sunshine Coast has a strong culture of volunteering, and anyone interested in helping out is urged to visit the Volunteering North Queensland website

We are also excited to announce a raffle for a family holiday to the Gold Coast, so read on to see how you can participate for your chance to win!

Local organisations should also note that the Sunshine Coast Council is accepting applications for major grants until 18 March. Information on that is available on the
council website.

Until next month,


Healthy Sunshine Coast Community Yoga

A new partnership between Yoga NRG and Mindfulness Training Australia, Sunshine Coast surfer charity The Board Meeting and council's Healthy Sunshine Coast program will provide free community yoga classes at Nambour to support families with children living with a disability. 

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said new classes were constantly being added to council’s popular Healthy Sunshine Coast program.

“Since the launch of our health and wellbeing initiative in 2016 more than 20,000 people have taken up the opportunity to join in one of the many free or low cost classes delivered across the Coast by accredited trainers such as Yoga NRG,” Cr McKay said.

“I’m proud to announce new community yoga classes delivered by Yoga NRG will be held twice a week at Nambour on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9.30am.

“With the popularity of the program growing it is really making a difference by aiming to be Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, creative.”

The Board Meeting chairman Mark Skinner said the charity was often looking for partnerships with local service providers to offer support and vital services to the region’s many families in need.

“We have teamed up Yoga NRG to deliver free yoga under council’s Healthy Sunshine Coast program, to families registered with our organisation who are supporting children with special needs,” he said.

“I would like to thank our partners for their support – Sunshine Coast Council by providing the venue and Yoga NRG for opening these classes up to the broader public at a low cost of $5.”

Yoga NRG and Mindfulness Training Australia director Tammy Williams said they were proud to be involved in this important initiative given the inspirational evidence that mindfulness-based yoga not only gets people moving, it empowers people.

“The qualities that are cultivated on the yoga mat not only improve our physicality but our mentality,” Ms Williams said.

“It’s a great way for the community to receive subsidised yoga by high quality Yoga NRG teachers who are passionate about their community health and development.

“The profits will be put back into the program so the classes can continue at low cost for the broader community and for free to families registered with The Board Meeting.

“Our yoga classes foster community connection, social inclusion while providing a healthy life.”

Check out the available sessions on the Yoga NRG website.

Post Disaster Volunteering

Recovery efforts are currently underway in the wake of the floods in Townsville. To support this recovery, Volunteering North Queensland is putting out the call for volunteers to help out and get local businesses and residents on their feet. If you're interested in getting involved, visit:

Sunshine Coast Council Major Grants

The Sunshine Coast Council is now accepting applications for major grants. Council values engaged, resilient and inclusive communities that embrace diversity. The Major Grants Program supports not-for-profit organisations to deliver one-off projects, events and activities with broad community benefit. Applications must align to a specific grant category as detailed in the guidelines:

Community Grants Guidelines 

If you are a local group with a vision for a special project, visit the Sunshine Coast Council website for more information. The current round ends 18 March 2019.

WIN a Gold Coast Family Holiday

Volunteering Sunshine Coast is excited to announce that we are holding a raffle fundraiser with a family holiday to the Gold Coast up for grabs! 

The lucky winner will receive great prizes including:
  • Two (2) nights accommodation at Sea World Resort & Water Park on the Gold Coast for two (2) adults and two (2) children in a Resort Double Room. Can be used over the School holidays*
  • One (1) day entry to Sea World for two (2) adults and two (2) children
  • $100 credit for food and beverage at Sea World Resort & Water Park
  • $100 Caltex Cash Card
Valued at $1,000

Tickets are $2.00 each and are available to purchase from:

Volunteering Sunshine Coast Office 
17/1 Newspaper Place, Maroochydore

Riba Kai
1/14 Newspaper Place, Maroochydore

If you would like to pick up a book of tickets to sell yourself, they are available from the VSC office. 

Please contact us at 5443 8256 for any enquiries. 

Don't miss out on your chance to win!

*It is available for use over the Australian School Holidays for a surcharge of $50 per night for Shoulder Season or $200 per night for High Season.

Nambour Community Centre- A Place of Difference

In 2018, the Nambour Community Centre was honoured with a community mural that embodies the idea of 'a place for everyone'. What that idea entails has been reflected upon deeply by Carey Shaw who, after 4.5 years in social worker roles, is the Nambour Community Centre's new Manager. Carey has a passion for community centres as "the creators of conditions within the community that foster social connection, positive social change and justice".

Her wide ranging objectives in her new role include, in her words:

As manager, my aspiration is to develop a placed based support for gender violence in our community; explore options to develop an identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community worker position at NCC; and explore ways in which the centre can support local youth, youth identified needs and challenges, and for youth to have a voice and effective advocacy in the Nambour community.

The NCC is looking to increase its community membership which is currently $5.00 per year ($2.00 concession). If you are looking for ways to participate in the community, the Nambour Community Centre is the ideal place to start. In Carey's inspiring words:

We all have something of value to contribute (when we are doing well, and when we are not, it never changes); and uplifting contribution and participation looks different for different people.  I look forward to meeting many new community members in my role as manager and hearing about the opportunities there are in this community.

Visit the NCC website:

Moving Forward Workshop- Options After Better Start

Do you care for a child under 12 years old?

Do you need help preparing for your child’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The Moving Forward Workshop will provide an opportunity for you and your child to prepare for the transition to the NDIS. You will learn about NDIS planning, the importance of goal setting, and how to access reasonable and necessary supports for your child and your family.

This workshop is funded by Carers Australia.

When: 9.00 am - 12.00 pm, Thursday 21 March
Where: Carers Queensland Maroochydore office Level 1, 43 Plaza Pde, Maroochydore

Morning tea will be provided.

RSVP by Friday 11 March

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Vanessa Lynn (Better Start Officer) by phone on 07 5376 1300 or email

Inspire Youth Forum- Year Three

The Inspire Youth Forum is in its third year, and has a new line up of speakers dedicated to providing young people aged 12-25 with the tools to make the most of their potential. 

Each speaker will be followed by table talk to engage in conversation towards creating a better future.

The speakers include National and International superstars such as: Kim McKosker, Yvette Adams, Nicole Gibson, Samara Welbourne, Carren Smith and Vickie Magic.

Activity facilitators David Hendrey and Melinda Bingley. 

When: 08.45 am - 12.15 pm, 4 May 2019
Where: Maroochy RSL, 105 Memorial Ave, Maroochydore
Cost: Young people and volunteers FREE, adults $20

There will be great prizes to be won on the day, so book your place at
Volunteering Opportunities
Contact Volunteering Sunshine Coast to register your interest:
Ph: 5443 8256
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