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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
P.A.T.H stands for Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope.
The benefits of completing a PATH with P2P are:
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
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:Read More
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.
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
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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.
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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.
Time Required: A team to cover 5 days a week from 9 am – 3 pm. Days and hours negotiable
Ph- 5443 8256
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.
Time Required: 2 x 1.5 to 2 hours weekdays. Days and times flexible and negotiated with family
Ph- 5443 8256
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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.
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.
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.
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.
See what’s on offer in the Mary Valley Rattler’s upcoming events.Read More
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:
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
Ph- 5443 8256
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.
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.
Ph- 5443 8256
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.
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.
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