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Disability and Lifestyle Expo 2017

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Today, tomorrow and beyond

This expo will feature special guest speakers, a diverse range of stalls, information and entertainment, information and options available from service providers and other relevant agencies to help support parents and young people with a disability and other needs. Volunteering Sunshine Coast will be maintaining a booth at the expo.

Information available for:
• Students
• People with disabilities
• Teachers
• Parents
• Disability support workers
• Carers

When: Thursday 10 am – 2 pm, 31 August 2017
Where: TAFE Queensland, Mooloolaba campus, 34 Lady Musgrave Drive, Mountain Creek

Naomi Eggmolesse
Ph: 5457 1384
Paula Ingles
Ph: 0457 833 348

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Dementia Awareness Month

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September is Dementia Awareness Month, and in 2017 the theme is “You are not alone”.

Events will be held in the coming month to spread information and equip carers with necessary resources.

Are You a Carer?

Suncare Community Services is holding a workshop on Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Presented by Lorrae and Vince O’Rourke, the workshop will cover how dementia affects the lives of those with dementia and their carers, as well as the use of person centred care. Resources will be provided.

When: Thursday 10 am – 12 noon, 7 September 2017

Where: Caloundra Community Centre, 58A Queens St, Caloundra

Cost: Free for carers. Refreshments provided.

RSVP or for further info:
Ph: 1800 052 222

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World Dementia Day

The Sunshine Coast Dementia Network is holding an information day to raise awareness about dementia and memory loss. This is an opportunity to meet those in the dementia world and staff who work in the area. Information will be available from various organisations. Sue Downey, author of You Are Not Alone, and Vince O’Rourke, I Wish I Were a Leper are appearing as guest speakers.

Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided. Registration will be open from 1 September.

When: Thursday 10 am – 2 pm, 21 September 2017

Where: Nambour State College, Hungerford Hall, 1 Carroll St, Nambour

RSVP or for further info:

Text Lorrae on 0418 298 183 or leave a message on 5476 0642.

Parking is available. Disability parking is outside the hall.

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Technology Help

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Available Dates and Times

Beerwah Library: 25 Peachester Rd, Beerwah

Caloundra Library: 8 Omrah Ave, Caloundra

Coolum Library: 6 Park St, Coolum Beach

Kawana Library: 30 Nanyima St, Buddina

Maleny Library: 5 Coral St, Maleny

Maroochydore Library: 44 Sixth Ave, Maroochydore

Nambour Library: Currie St & Bury Street, Nambour


Other Information: Free events. Booking Essential

Contact: 5475 8989

Having problems using your digital device? Unsure of how to get the best out of your programs? Volunteers are available to work with you one-on-one in the library.

Topics vary and may include:
• Windows laptop (including 8 & 10)
• MacBook
• iPad/iPhone
• Android tablet
• Email
• Facebook
• Skype

Sessions are one hour long. You are welcome to bring your own device. Beginners welcome.

Contact library staff to book and confirm your topic (not all volunteers cover all topics).


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Proposed amendments to hurt mature-aged jobseekers


The Federal Government is considering amendments to the Social Security Act 1991 which would change the compliance requirements of job seekers aged 55-59. ‘Schedule 9’ of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017 requires people aged 55-59 dedicate a minimum 15 hours per fortnight to job search or other job-related activity, such as work for the dole. Currently, their mutual obligation to serve at least 30 hours per fortnight engaged in an approved activity may be fulfilled entirely through voluntary work.

Volunteering Australia has raised a number of concerns regarding this proposal:

  • Mature-aged workers are already a disadvantaged group, who face specific challenges in securing employment. This new compliance requirement will force them to spend considerable effort engaged in what is often fruitless job seeking. This time could be better spent in voluntary work, which provides professional development and a reliable pathway to employment.
  • This age group is an invaluable part of the volunteering sector, contributing a significant amount of time and energy to volunteer work. These changes would likely move people away from volunteer positions, having a detrimental effect on the sector.
  • Fewer mature-aged volunteers would affect the quality of services provided by volunteer involving organisations and volunteer support services, as well as their long-term financial viability and workforce capacity.

This proposal is a worrying sign that the government does not appreciate the value of volunteering to our communities and the prospects it provides jobseekers.

Read Volunteering Australia’s full response the the bill here.

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Positive Ageing Survey


The Sunshine Coast Council’s commitment to a strong, connected and vibrant older population was the focus of its Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Strategy 2011-2016. Looking forward, the council’s Community Planning and Development Branch will continue this work through the Positive Ageing Action Plan.

The Council is asking local seniors to have their say by completing a short survey. This survey will provide important insights that will shape council’s priorities for the future. Residents under 65 are also welcome to fill out the survey.

Find the survey here.

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Volunteer Value


Volunteering Australia’s research department recently placed the value of a volunteer’s time at $40.35/hr. This is based on the average hourly wage in Australia, as determined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

This wage value has increased from:

  • $24.09 in 2006
  • $28.99 in 2011
  • $34.89 in 2016
  • and is estimated to increase to $42.00 by 2021.

The Sunshine Coast’s 64,000 volunteers contributed between $162-324 billion to the local economy in 2014, along with $245 million in unpaid wages. That is higher than the Clean Technology
industry’s estimated economic contribution of $214 million on Sunshine Coast Council estimates.

The economic value of volunteering nationally has been placed at between $200-290 billion when accounting for factors such as lives saved, the financial worth of emotions and latest inflation rates. This would place the volunteering sector above mining, agriculture, defence and retail in terms of its economic impact.

Visit the ABS website for more information.


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