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September Volunteer Opportunities

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Assistant Curator– Eumundi

Research Assistant/Admin Assistant– Eumundi

Food Server, Barista and Raffle Ticket Sellers– Noosaville

Caloundra Lighthouse Tour Guides– Caloundra

Personal Gardening Support Volunteer– Buderim

Community Visitor Sunshine Coast– Birtinya

Community Visitors Scheme– Birtinya, Raceview, North Lakes

Sponsorship and Fundraising Coordinator– Maroochydore

Dance Instructor– Maroochydore

Receptionist– Maroochydore

Cashier Operator– Caloundra

Retail Assistant– Caloundra

Workshop Volunteers– Gympie

Volunteer Drivers– Birtinya

Hand Pampering Guru– Buderim

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Aus Living Support- September

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Homelessness affects one in 200 people in Australia. The reasons people experience homelessness are numerous and complex and are associated with issues such as family breakdown, mental illness and financial difficulty. Young people are in particular danger of experiencing homelessness because of difficulties in securing long-term accommodation and are disproportionately affected by poverty and the lack of affordable housing.

Aus Living Support Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to combating the rising issue of homelessness on the Sunshine Coast. The statistics on homelessness in Australia illustrate the necessity of their work:

Locally, 1600 people will sleep rough tonight on the Sunshine Coast;

Australian Bureau of Statistics published in 2016 that 116,427 people are homeless or living rough Australia wide;

Distressingly, 250 Australians are turned away from Homelessness services due to lack of housing;

195,000 Australians are on social housing wait lists;

2017-2018 over 288,000 Australians sought assistance about homelessness.

With respect to the ages affected, as per the 2016 census:

60% of homeless people were aged under 35 years.

42% of the increase of homelessness were 25 to 34 year age group ( up 32% from 2011 ).

The number of homeless people 55 years and over has steadily increased over the last three census.

People aged between 65 and 74 years experiencing homelessness increased to 27 persons per 10,000 people.

Homelessness is a difficult and growing area of need. However, Aus Living Support Ltd is well placed to assist. The charity is made up of four dedicated members with a combined 45 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. Each member has worked directly on the issues facing the homeless and low income earners.

Their core purpose:

– To find solutions to help alleviate homelessness and provide rent affordability in local areas of the Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Noosa.

– Create long term aid for clients.

– Enable clients to change their life in a positive way that will allow them to better integrate with normal living.

– Use every available resource to give clients the specific tools and skills needed to advance their wellbeing.

– Help clients through high standard relief and life skills education.

– Provide a safe environment for clients to re-establish their life

Aus Living Support Ltd are a passionate group with ambitious goals. Their projects include:

Low Rent Housing Units

Low rent Housing units, single and double bedroom. Units will be in a single complex. Our housing units will be temporary accommodation for those that are currently homeless or those that are at risk of becoming homeless. Considered as short to medium term. It is with these units we will help to begin the journey to a new life for the people that come to us.

 

Rent Supplement Scheme

After the stay in our low rent units we endeavour to offer longer term rental supplement. This aid will allow people the dignity of living within local neighbourhoods. Another step to a new life.

Drop-in Centre

Sometimes people just need a break from the hardships of life on the streets. Our drop-in centre(s) will offer a much needed respite with a functioning kitchen stocked with prepared food. Take away hampers can be given to those that do not like to stay. A laundry and shower facilities will be available. Initial drop in centre will be mobile.

 

Op-Shops

Opening shops will allow us to raise our own funds. The shops will provide access to clothing and household items for those in need.

click here for more information- auslivingsupport.org/op-shops

Fundraising

We are raising funds for these projects and more to help your local community. If you would like to help you can donate here – auslivingsupport.org.au/donate

Volunteering Opportunity

If you would like to help out, Aus Living Support will be holding a sausage sizzle to raise much needed funds.
They will require a skilled barista, food servers at the sauage sizzle and raffle ticket sellers.
10 people are required across two shifts:
5 people from 8 am – 12 pm
5 people from 12 pm – 4 pm
When: Wednesday 11 December
Where: Bunnings Noosaville, Eumundi Noosa Road &, Gateway Dr, Noosaville
Contact Volunteering Sunshine Coast to get involved:
Ph- 5443 8256
Email- admin@volunteeringsc.org.au

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Queensland Fires 2019 Appeal

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Sunshine Coast Council appreciates the generous offers of assistance from the community to volunteer and donate goods and funds.

Council and Emergency services on-the-ground are currently assessing needs and are working with the necessary organisations to deliver critical and immediate support, as well as longer recovery support to re-establish homes and help communities recover.

The community’s needs are our first priority. The staff and volunteers currently working on-the-ground are highly skilled and trained. At this time, additional volunteers are not needed.

If you would like to offer assistance, please refer to the following information:

Volunteer

Sunshine Coast Council asks residents to please direct their offers to volunteer to Volunteering Queensland’s EV CREW online registration portal. To register your interest in volunteering please visit: https://emergencyvolunteering.com.au and Volunteering Queensland will contact you if your assistance is required. 

Donations and funds

Council requests that residents wishing to donate to please register their donations through GIVIT, as unregistered donations are impacting emergency and support services on the ground.

GIVIT is the QLD Government’s official disaster charity donations partner. Residents are encouraged to register their donations through their online ‘Queensland Fires 2019 Appeal’ to best coordinate on-the-ground assistance to affected communities.

Please visit givit.org.au/disasters to donate funds, goods or services.

 

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Parent 2 Parent Queensland- August

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Parent 2 Parent is the perfect example of what can be achieved with a clear vision and the determination to make a difference.

Today, Parent 2 Parent works with people with a disability and their families across Queensland, delivering a range of services. However, its history can be traced back to a discussion over coffee between parents concerned about the lack of support for parents of kids with a disability.

After receiving a small grant, they formed a committee and Parent 2 Parent Queensland (P2P) was brought into existence.

Their list of services have progressively increased over the years and now, under the NDIS, P2P empowers those living with a disability to plan for their future and successfully navigate the NDIS.

Their primary services are:

NDIS Plan Management

P2P is an established NDIA registered plan manager that employs staff with bookkeeping and accounting qualifications that will help you make the most of your NDIS funding. The benefits of having P2P as your financial plan manager include:

  • Independent- run by people just like you, who have been fighting for the NDIS and other advancements for people with a disability and their families for over 20 years
  • Experienced – with 15 years managing state based self directed funding
  • Collaborative and Innovative – let’s think outside the box together to make the most of your funds
  • Supportive – while there are things they are restricted from doing, when people are in trouble, they will dig deep to make sure you are connected and back up and running
  • More than just the NDIS – P2P needs your support to ensure their services continue to develop beyond the NDIS. Choose P2P if you want your invoices paid, and to contribute to better outcomes for our people and communities.
Support Coordination

P2P offers independent support coordination and has 20 years of experience collaborating with people living with a disability as they go through life transitions. P2P can help you realise your NDIS funding plan by connecting you with your local community and accessing the necessary material supports and services.

P2P’s Support Coordinators have lived experience, qualifications and relevant expertise that enable them to provide their clients with the highest possible service.

Funding for Financial Plan Management and Support Coordination is paid by the NDIS on top of your funding.  You need to ask for it at your NDIS planning meeting.

To book your pre-planning session, call 1800 777 723.

Futures Planning With PATH

P.A.T.H stands for Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope.

  • It is a globally recognised visual person-centred planning and goal setting tool developed by Marsha Forest, Jack Pearpoint and John O’Brien
  • It uses graphics to map out a vision of a desirable future for an individual or a group of people.
  • A person who cannot read, can be assured their goals for the future are correctly expressed
  • It helps participants and their supporters focused in NDIS planning and implementing plans

The benefits of completing a PATH with P2P are:

  • It is an effective tool to help problem solve complex situations that need effective intervention. Especially if previous tools have not worked.
  • P2P works together with all parties in the best interest of the person with a disability [who is the primary focus] and support the primary carer.
  • P2P is a good neutral person for all parties concerned
P2P Housing

P2P Housing was born as a proactive solution to meet the growing housing needs for NDIS participants and families.

Working directly with participants and other consultants, P2P Housing assists you in finding the right pathway for you to achieve the outcomes of the built environment that best suits you and your goals of independence and the way you want to live.

P2P Housing Services

  • Home Modifications
  • NDIS Housing Plans
  • Accessible Homes
  • Design and Drafting Services
  • Contract Administration and Client Liaison
  • Project Management and Support
  • Independent LHA (Livable Housing Australia) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) design and assessments
P2P Professional Services

As winners of the Sunshine Coast Business of the Year Award for Social Enterprise, P2P takes great pride in assisting other organisations with their growth and development and have assisted people with disabilities, carers and innovative support workers to develop their ideas into social enterprises.

They provide the opportunity for any person with a disability a chance to bring an idea that doesn’t fit into ‘traditional’ models to life. Become an active member of P2P and contact them to discover how they can assist you in auspicing and project managing your own projects.

If you would like to get involved in Parent 2 Parent’s important work, they have a number of volunteer positions available:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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August Volunteer Opportunities

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Personal Gardening Support Volunteer– Buderim

Community Visitor Sunshine Coast– Birtinya

Community Visitors Scheme– Birtinya, Raceview, North Lakes

Sponsorship and Fundraising Coordinator– Maroochydore

Dance Instructor– Maroochydore

Receptionist– Maroochydore

Cashier Operator– Caloundra

Retail Assistant– Caloundra

Workshop Volunteers– Gympie

Volunteer Drivers– Birtinya

Hand Pampering Guru– Buderim

Caloundra Lighthouse Tour Guides– Caloundra

Pet Therapy- Tending to Chickens– Buderim

Assistant Curator/Research Assistant/Admin Assistant– Eumundi

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Parent 2 Parent Volunteer Opportunities

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Administration Assistant Short Term

Position Description:

We are looking for an Admin Assistant/Receptionist with a great attitude to assist with answering the phones and ensuring a consistent message is given to callers. They will be required to take good quality notes of the purpose of the call and assure the caller that their call is important and they will be provided with the assistance they require.

A generic script will be provided for when answering the phone and training will be provided on the use of P2P’s message recording system.

Core Duties:

  • Answer phone calls with a consistent message
  • Record messages in our customer management system and set actions for team members
  • Work in cohesion and collaboration with all team members
  • Manage time effectively

Requirements:

  • Be approachable, positive and respectful, and sensitive to the challenges participants may be experiencing from time to time.
  • Work autonomously where required and take direction from management where required
  • A good telephone manner.
  • An ability to answer the phone and be able to take clear instructions/messages and keep a record of clients information including telephone and email details.
  • Computer skills (able to record messages in a database).
  • Previous reception roles would be of benefit, but not essential.
  • Demonstrated experience in a busy office environment would be of benefit.
  • Able to remain focused with many distractions.
  • Able to address immediate call while keeping good records of previous call.
  • Good attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
  • A great attitude and a big heart!
  • Yellow card which will be organised if necessary.

Time Required: 1 – 2 days a week. Hours flexible. Can work around school hours if necessary. (9;30 am – 2:30 pm).

Training: Provided on site

Contact:

Ph- 5443 8256

Email- admin@volunteeringsc.org.au

 

Assistant Social Media Content Curator

Position Description: This position will focus on sourcing stories and writing articles regarding our amazing volunteers who give tirelessly of themselves as parents/carers and, in many other diverse roles, where they have a significant impact on society both socially and economically often known as the unsung heroes.

These stories/articles would be promoted through social media and appear on our Facebook page, P2P website and Instagram.

This position is an opportunity for a parent of a person with a disability looking to gain experience to enter/re-enter the workforce.

Core duties:

  • Source stories from our P2P family/network
  • Write articles with suitable content/size for social media facebook/website/Instagram
  • Create photos and images that can be downloaded onto social media pages
  • Create short video clips for social media including introducing staff / promoting our work
  • Write short stories/articles that make an impact and are emotive
  • Seek consent that photos/articles can be promoted externally
  • Keep electronic files of each of the stories/articles and create a Story Board Folder in P2P hard drive with the intent of a possible book being published in the future
  • Manage time effectively

Requirements:

  • Have social media experience or be currently studying online marketing
  • Have proficient computer skills
  • Be approachable, positive and respectful, and sensitive to the challenges participants may be experiencing from time to time
  • Work autonomously where required and take direction from management where required
  • A friendly and calm manner
  • An ability to ask questions that will enable authentic and powerful stories to be shared
  • Preferably a lived experience in working with people with disabilities
  • Demonstrated experience in a busy office environment would be of benefit, but not essential
  • Video editing
  • A great attitude and a big heart!
  • Meet all current criminal screening criteria and adhere to all current and future legislative requirements
  • A National Police Check and Blue Card are required

Contact:

Ph- 5443 8256

Email- admin@volunteeringsc.org.au

 

Volunteer Receptionist

Position Description:

We are looking to develop a team of receptionists who can cover five days a week from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm in a job share arrangement.

They will be required to assist with answering the phones and ensuring a consistent message is given to callers. They will be required to take good quality notes covering the purpose of the call and assure the caller that their call is important and they will be provided with the assistance they require.

A generic script will be provided for when answering the phone and training will be provided on the use of P2Ps message recording system.

Core Duties:

  • Answer phone calls with a consistent message
  • Record messages in our customer management system and set actions for team members
  • Work in cohesion and collaboration with all team members
  • Manage time effectively

Requirements:

  • Work autonomously where required and take direction from management where required
  • A good telephone manner.
  • An ability to answer the phone and be able to take clear instructions/messages and keep a record of clients information including telephone and email details.
  • Computer skills (able to record messages in a database).
  • Previous reception roles would be of benefit, but not essential.
  • Demonstrated experience in a busy office environment would be of benefit.
  • Able to remain focused with many distractions.
  • Able to address immediate call while keeping good records of previous call.
  • Good attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
  • A great attitude and a big heart!
  • A National Police Check is required

Time Required:  A team to cover 5 days a week from 9 am – 3 pm. Days and hours negotiable

Contact:

Ph- 5443 8256

Email- admin@volunteeringsc.org.au

 

Volunteer Teacher/Tutor

Position Description: The Teacher/tutor will be required to help a family with the tuition of a 13 year old boy who is undertaking a flexible learning program in-home, due to individualised learning and social needs. Focusing on literacy, numeracy and helping the student complete tasks and assignments. You will aid the young boy in developing their confidence and with social interaction.

Requirements:

  • You will require a Blue Card and a National Police Check.
  • Experience in teaching or tutoring students, including retired teachers, teacher aids, educational assistants and other relevant volunteers who have appropriate work and/or life experience.

Time Required: 2 x 1.5 to 2 hours weekdays. Days and times flexible and negotiated with family

Contact:

Ph- 5443 8256

Email- admin@volunteeringsc.org.au

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July Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer Driver– Buderim

Volunteer Cook– Buderim

Cotton Tree Markets Admin Support Officer– Maroochydore

Retail Assistants

Hospice Personal Carer– Doonan

Hospice Support Volunteer– Doonan

Lifestyle Activities Volunteer– Kilcoy

Lifestyle Volunteer Bus Driver– Kilcoy

Gardening and Grounds Maintenance– Noosa

Onsite Information Officer– Eumundi

Adiministration Assistant– Eumundi

Reception Assistant– Maroochydore

Set-Up Superstar– Buddina

Event Volunteer Support Person– Bokarina

Activities Support – Craft– Buderim

Library Helper– Noosa

Gardening and Grounds Maintenance– Noosa

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Mary Valley Rattler- July

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The Mary Valley Rattler has a history stretching back over a century, to a time when our local region was just beginning to grow. With the discovery of gold by James Nash in 1867, the Gympie and Mary Valley region underwent rapid development. Railway lines were laid to supply the area as it grew in importance, and the Rattler served the region for the better part of a century.

In the 1990s, having been superseded in its original purpose, the Mary Valley Rattler entered a new phase. The Mary Valley Heritage Railway was formed in 1996 and became custodians of the Mary Valley Line. Under their guidance, this iconic piece of Queensland history became an important tourist attraction showcasing the beauty of the Mary Valley. On 23 May 1998, The Rattler began operations again, carrying over 33,000 passengers annually until operations were ceased in 2012.

Gympie Station, circa 1930

However, there remained a deep commitment to keeping this beloved attraction alive. In 2014, under the newly formed Rattler Railway Company, the case for bringing back the Mary Valley Rattler was renewed. A funding arrangement between the Gympie Regional Council and the Queensland Government brought the dream to fruition and the Rattler made its triumphant return towards the end of 2018.

The Rattler Railway Company has an impressive fleet of locomotives in its care. The centrepiece of this collection, though, must be their C17 class locomotive 802. Its long journey through the years brought it to Gympie where the Mary Valley Heritage Railway lovingly restored it to its former glory. It is now back on the tracks more than 80 years after its construction.

One other C17 class locomotive, Number 967, is waiting to make its return after a titanic effort to bring it back to working order in the Rattler Railway Company workshop. The Welcome Back Run C17 No. 967 will take place on 31 August 2019. This historic event must not be missed. Click here for more information.

See more about Locomotive 967’s restoration

With the Rattler back in operation since 2018, its services have never been better. To give you a taste of what’s on offer, book yourself into The DeguSTATION Train on Thursday 8 August.

Book your ticket

Enjoy the culinary delights served up by local chefs Matt Golinski, Mark Johnson and James Barnden who will create your 5-course degustation journey served at the heritage stations of Amamoor, Dagun and Gympie aboard the Rattler steam train as you journey through the gorgeous Mary Valley.

The event will exhibit the splendours of our local produce as local volunteers serve and share stories of the region and the Mary Valley Rattler line.

The Mary Valley Rattler benefits greatly from the hard work of its passionate volunteers. If you would like to join this exciting enterprise steeped in Queensland history, take a look at what volunteer opportunities they have on offer.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Mary Valley Rattler Volunteer Opportunities

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Guest Experience Volunteers

Position Description

Are you a people person or know someone that is?

The Mary Valley Rattler is getting back on track and is going to be much more than a train ride. We are currently recruiting for guest experience volunteers interested in contributing to an unforgettable living heritage experience for our guests.

This is a hands-on opportunity to have some real fun with the Rattler. There’s an endless range of ways the guest experience can be enhanced at the Rattler.

Ready to make history both for the Rattler and our passengers? Some of the positions available:

  • Hosts
  • Special Events Team Members
  • Storytellers
  • Retail Attendants
  • Hospitality Attendants

Requirements

Passionate about delivering professional customer service and care

Great sense of humour Engaging and responsive to guest needs

Ability to work with children, mature age and adults from all walks of life

Safety conscious and compliant

Energetic and passionate for the success of the guest’s experience

Training: Successful applicants will be provided with a full induction and training program

Time Required: As required

Contact:

Ph- 5443 8256

Email- admin@volunteeringsc.org.au

 

Retail Attendant

Position Description:

Retail attendants provide excellent customer service to our guests of the Mary Valley Rattler gift shop & tour desk. They work within a service focused team at the Historic Gympie Station.

Requirements:

  • Customer Service focused
  • Team Players
  • Keen to learn & share information with guests
  • Good Communication skills including oral, phone & written
  • Basic computer skills. Eg emails & database
  • Willingness to contribute to community
  • Willingness to follow directions/instructions
  • Willingness to undergo basic training
  • Blue Card Required
  • Retail experience desirable but not essential
  • Enjoy interacting with a broad cross section of the community

Training: SARC (Safely Access the Rail Corridor), First Aid

Time Required:  Minimum 2 hours per day. No minimum days per week/month. Operating days are Wed – Sun from 8:30 am to 3 pm.

Contact:

Ph- 5443 8256

Email- admin@volunteeringsc.org.au

 

On-Board Attendant

Position Description

Join the journey on the Mary Valley Rattler as it winds its way through the scenic Mary Valley. Volunteers will be focused on the guest experience, customer service, safety monitoring & messaging and general journey information.

  • Punching tickets
  • Assisting passengers with boarding & disembarking
  • Safety monitoring
  • Making sure people stay behind the white line on the platforms, ensuring guests stay within the confines of the train during the journey
  • Communicating with the train driver & crew
  • Communicating with other On-Board attendants throughout the journey
  • Assisting with guest movement through the carriages, at destination stations where required
  • General daily cleaning of the carriage you are responsible for
  • Managing & maintaining a small carriage kit that includes on-board collateral.

Requirements:

  • Blue card required
  • Must be confident and outgoing and willing to learn basic information about the train and the journey
  • Must be able to commit to the shifts that they sign up for
  • Must be willing to undergo basic training
  • Knowledge of the train journey and destination stations/townships
  • Be willing to learn basic historical information about the Rattler
  • Be armed with interesting facts to entertain during the journey

Training: SARC (Safely Access the Rail Corridor), First Aid, Safety Training

Time Required:  Morning And Afternoon shifts available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Minimum 5 hour shift.

Contact:

Ph- 5443 8256

Email- admin@volunteeringsc.org.au

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June Volunteer Opportunities

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Select the volunteer title to view information on the position.

Delivery Assistant Nambour

Administration Assistant Nambour

Kitchen Assistant Nambour

Delivery Driver Nambour

Community Visitor Scheme Nambour

Experienced Cook Buderim

Retail Assistant Beerwah

Volunteer Driver Buderim

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