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Suncare Community Services- October

BY: Joseph / 0 COMMENTS / CATEGORIES: Member of the Month

Suncare Community Services is a not-for-profit organisation which, over the last 45 years, has operated in communities across south-east and central Queensland with empathy and compassion.

Its core purpose is to provide home care services so their clients can maintain the independence of living in their own homes. Their wide ranging services and programs are delivered with one guiding vision:

Making people’s lives better

The aged care system is difficult to navigate at the best of times. However, Suncare can draw on decades of experience to assist you in ensuring that your needs are met through specialised services that take into account your specific needs.

Suncare Core Programs and Services

The Commonwealth Home Support Program offers entry-level support services that help senior Australians to maintain their ability to live independently. This program can help those in need of assistance with everyday activities such as grocery shopping, food preparation and household cleaning.

If you have more complex needs, a Home Care Package may be more appropriate. This option provides flexibility and allows you to take full control of the type of service provided, when and how it’s delivered and by whom.

View Suncare’s Home Care Package Brochure

Access to these programs is subject to a My Aged Care assessment. Suncare can help you navigate this process through their step-by-step guide.

Other programs Suncare provides include:

Short Term Restorative Care: A tailored packaged designed in collaboration with your GP. This eight week program aims to provide practical outcomes to improve health, wellbeing and ultimately a happier outlook on life.

Transition Care Program: Transition care programs are designed to maintain and improve physical or cognitive functioning during the first twelve weeks after returning home from hospital, enabling our customers to continue living independently in their homes, rather than entering residential care prematurely.

Maroochydore Community Centre: The Maroochydore Community Centre has been operating since 1987 and offers a multitude of events and activities as well as outings on the Suncare bus to the Coast’s natural beauty spots and attractions.

Active At Home: This is an exercise program delivered in the comfort of your own home that helps clients to regain mobility, regain strength and slow down the ageing process.

D Cafe: These dementia friendly events are held regularly at Rockhampton and Yeppoon and offer a chance for those living with dementia and their carers to socialise with others experiencing similar circumstances. Guest speakers are in attendance and can provide new information about carer support programs, they can also answer any questions which arise.

Murri Connections and Nandjimadji Art Groups: The Nandjimadji Art and Yarning Circle on the Sunshine Coast offers a creative and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their carers who are living with a mental illness or disability. The group meet weekly at the Maroochydore Community Centre.

Through traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art, the artists tell their story, connect with their culture and maintain spiritual strength.

Suncare Support Coordination Services

Suncare has developed a comprehensive Support Coordination Service through their extensive experience assisting those with complex needs. This positions Suncare as a uniquely qualified organisation to assist you with getting the most out of your NDIS plan.

View Suncare’s Support Coordination Services Brochure

Their deep understanding of their clients’ needs and vast experience in the sector has made Suncare a key provider of aged care in Queensland.

Get in touch to see how they could assist you.

Phone: 1800 786 227


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Aus Living Support- September

BY: Joseph / 0 COMMENTS / CATEGORIES: Member of the Month

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.



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-


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

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

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Parent 2 Parent Queensland- August

BY: Joseph / 0 COMMENTS / CATEGORIES: Member of the Month

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:


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Mary Valley Rattler- July

BY: Joseph / 0 COMMENTS / CATEGORIES: Member of the Month

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

See what’s on offer in the Mary Valley Rattler’s upcoming events.

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