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WILLING AND ABLE
Volunteering North Queensland Inc.
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Telephone: (07) 4725 5990
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Welcome to another info filled edition of Willing and Able for 2014! In this issue, we have details of training opportunities and conferences, as well as information on two organisations, changes to privacy laws and the ACNC's reminder notice for 2013 Annual Information Statements. We also provide details of some volunteer opportunities and some links for some great resources, including a list of child-safe online search engines. Want more? My editorial for this issue concerns Facebook's recent changes to how it includes items on your newsfeed (page 7) and don't miss the two special events listed on page 8. All this and more, inside!
So why not sit down, put up your feet and relax over this issue of Wiling and Able!
Credit where credit is due. Most of the information on the website and in this newsletter wouldn't be possible without the help of all the organisations who send VNQ information about special events or new resources that they want known. Thank you, all!
A special thanks to everyone who contributed articles especially written for this issue.
"When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity."
"My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger."
Volunteer Managers Network Meeting & Training Session
Here are the details for the next Volunteer Managers Network Meeting & Training Sessions.
Please RSVP to:
VNQ's Networking meetings are held bi-monthly and are a great opportunity for people in the community sector to meet each other, network and share their experiences, knowledge and learning. Attendees can suggest topics for discussion, guests or issues.
For more information, please contact VNQ on:
Updating Contact Details
If your organisation changes contact details or postal address, please let VNQ know, so we can update our records and keep in contact with you. Thank you.
To update details, contact VNQ on:
The National Standards for best practice in management of volunteers is available for free download from the Volunteering Australia Website.
As we move into the second half of 2014 I would like to thank all our members and friends for helping to contribute to the previous six months' successes.
This is our first newsletter since National Volunteers Week in May, so I would like to step back in time to review our 25th anniversary Celebration of the week.
As has become traditional, we again partnered with our members and friends. I am proud to say that this year some 20 groups and over 75 volunteers joined us for a special Volunteer Managers Network Meeting and/or the Community Morning Tea for volunteers. The Army Museum hosted the event at Jezzine Barracks. Julie Fraser of Diversicare was guest presenter at the Volunteer Managers Meeting and Jay from NQ Dry Tropics made his inaugural appearance as MC. 5 volunteering organisations contributed to the morning tea. Thank you to all those who helped make this a true community event for community, by community.
We also thank the Townsville City Council for the grant for catering assistance through the Mayor's Discretionary Fund.
Congratulations to the 87 volunteers who were nominated for Certificates of Appreciation. You are a shining example of the power of volunteers to make a difference in our community and change the world.
We anticipate further shared community celebrations in the future. But events like this are only made possible through a sprit of sharing and we welcome new members and partners for future events.
Last but not least, a heartfelt thanks to VNQ volunteers, to all our team, and friends who made the day a success.
I would like to remind you that memberships are due at the end of the financial year. Thank you for your support over the past year, it is much valued and we look forward to continuing to work with you.
If you would like to become a member of VNQ or need to discuss your existing membership needs please feel free to contact us. We are only a phone call away.
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
Core 2014 Training Program
Community Skilling Series
Management Committee Essentials
Sponsorship & Fundraising
More details & training will be announced through the year on VNQ's Website - Training page.
Bookings Essential - limited places
For details or bookings contact:
Italian Language Course
The Dante Alighieri Society are running an Italian language course and an additional Beginners class.
Course starts: July 14 - 7:00pm-9:00pm
Additional Beginners Class
For more details, or to enrol, contact:
or visit the website at:
Self Advocacy Workshop
July 01 - August 05
For full details contact:
Anti Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ)
Introduction to the Anti-Discrimination Act
Introduction to the Anti Discrimination Act
For more details contact ADCQ on:
Gold Coast Conferences
23rd International Association for Volunteer Effort - World Volunteer Conference
The official program is now online at:
VNQ have a wide range of opportunities for volunteers. Here are a few of them.
Chamber Music Festival
Volunteers are needed to help with a wide range of tasks for the Chamber Music Festival, including:
Volunteers will be offered complimentary tickets to festival events & concerts, a uniform, invitations to VIP & special events & a thank you celebration
Townsville Triathlon Festival
Want to help at the Townsville Triathlon Festival? They need volunteers to help with:
Volunteer shop assistants are needed to help man a port kiosk selling goods to port workers & visiting seafarers. Morning, evening & afternoon shifts are available. Duties include:
Volunteer Lead Tenants
Singles & couples are urgently needed by a church group to help young people transition from foster & residential care to living independently.
Volunteer Lead Tenants live in the same house & act as role models to the young people in their care.
Hospital Volunteers are needed to help with a wide range of tasks, including:
If you can think of other ways that you could help the hospital, they would also be keen to talk with you.
Drivers are needed to take people to & from social and medical appointments etc, using company cars or bus. Drivers licence required. Bus driver's license is desirable.
A volunteer driver is also urgently needed to drive an aged care facility utility with picnic equipment to & from outing venues. Includes helping to set up & supporting residents to have an enjoyable outing.
Learning Links is a register of people who are willing to share their skills with others. This is a friendly, relaxed way to learn one-on-one or in a small group, at little or no cost for the learner. Volunteers work from one of Townsville's libraries at nominated times.
If anything listed has interested you, please contact us for more details at:
Volunteering North Queensland
If you're on Facebook, why not look up VNQ, make a comment or add yourself to VNQ's friends list?
Don't forget VNQ's website is filled with information and links to all sorts of valuable resources.
Updated weekly - Special Events Page
Updated every issue - Newsletter Page
Updated recently - Training Page
CIC - Three Directories
Townsville's Community Information Centre (CIC) has released three directories, including their annual Community Directory and two new local directories.
The Community Directory lists over 2000 community, government, arts, sport and cultural organisations in Townsville. It includes listings for groups as well as local service organisations.
The NQ Arts Directory is an online resource that lists those involved in creative industries throughout the Townsville, Palm Island, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook region and aims to promote and connect creative or artistic people, arts-based businesses and organisations.
The Learning Townsville Directory is another online resource. It lists learning providers in Townsville, both formal and informal, so people have improved access to learning opportunities, whatever their ages or training/learning needs.
All three directories are available on the Townsville City Council website through a special link:
The CIC can also deliver presentations to your staff or clients about using these directories. To book a presentation, or for more details, or to submit an article into a directory, contact the CIC on:
Ph: 4771 4230 or
The North Queensland Combined Women's Legal Service recently launched a new community legal information website called Ask Nola.
The aim of this website is to improve access to legal information and assistance for isolated, vulnerable or disadvantaged women. The website provides free legal information so community service providers in rural, regional or remote areas will be better able to assist women in their communities.
Ask Nola includes information on:
Ask Nola also hosts series of webinars (online seminars).
Property Settlement Series
Kid-Safe Search Engines
Children often need to use online search engines for school reports or homework. However, many of those search engines return results including websites that aren't intended for kids.
Here are a few search engines or online portals that are safe for children to use.
Comlink is a not-for-profit community group that has been providing transport and care solutions for Queenslanders since 1987. They first opened on the Sunshine Coast where they provide more than 100,000 passenger trips per year and offer Social Support and Centre Based Day Care services.
Recently they obtained extra Federal funding to open an office in Townsville to help meet the identified Australia wide need for transport services. Comlink is committed to providing their services to local residents to ensure access to vital facilities in the community such as hospitals, doctors and shopping centres.
To do this they need the help of the community. They are currently recruiting volunteers who are keen to lend a hand, as they are looking for a Townsville focus to help the Townsville community. They are particularly looking for car and bus drivers to drive their clientele for them. They are also looking for volunteer helpers to assist those with slightly higher support needs.
If you are interested please contact
Do you have a child aged 6 or under with Autism or language/developmental delays?
Play Connect runs sessions of stimulating indoor and outdoor activities including child centred art, music, construction and much more. Activities are play based and specifically suited to the needs of children with ASD or language and development delays.
Children don't have to have a diagnosis of autism confirmed by a doctor to attend. The sessions are free of charge and siblings are welcome.
INFO FROM AROUND THE SECTOR
Changes to Privacy Laws
Privacy laws changed on March 12 this year. The changes include a new set of Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) which detail how the private sector and Government agencies must handle people's personal information, as well as credit card details.
The new laws make it easier for people to find out who has their personal details, where they got them from and how they will be used, as well as being able to request access to personal information being held or request changes to such information.
For more details of the changes and an information fact sheet on the changes to the privacy laws, visit the website for The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) at:
Registering Non-Profits as Charities
The ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission) has been sending out reminder notices to Non-Profit organisations for them to send in their 2013 Annual Information Statement or other info.
If you're unsure why your organisation has received one, it could be one of around 4000 organisations automatically registered with the ACNC due to information from by the Australian Tax Office.
If the ATO has endorsed your organisation as a charity in the past, it could now be listed on the ACNC register, making it a 'registered charity' and meaning that your organisation must submit your 2013 Annual Information Statement to the ACNC.
The ACNC register is freely available to the public.
MyPost Concession Account
Did you know that Australia Post offer a concession on postage stamps for eligible people?
Full details, including the eligibility criteria and the application form, are available on the website.
Bombo the Wonder Dog
VNQ are supporting our volunteer Suzi Vincent's fundraising venture to raise money for Legacy by selling the delightful children's book her husband, Tony, created during the last weeks of his life.
Tony died from metastatic melanoma originating from naval service during the Vietnam War. As a side affect, in the last six weeks of his life, he experienced heightened creativity due to changes in the brain: so began the adventures of Bombo the Wonder Dog.
Bombo, who resembles the family dog, is a very smart black dog. He has the kind of adventures that children and the young at heart dream of. Among other things he goes on a secret mission in nuclear submarine, a train trip in New South Wales and a plane ride over Antarctica - with 10% discount for other dogs!
Suzi and her children have lovely memories of this special time with Tony as he entertained them daily with Bombo's adventures. They are hoping to share some of them with you whilst at the same time supporting Legacy.
Bombo the Wonder Dog is a lovely story with many forms of transport throughout the book as they were Tony's (and Bombo's) passion. The book also carries a strong theme about caring for others and making people happy. It is suitable for boys and girls from pre-school age to lower primary school level, but everyone will enjoy it.
The book is beautifully illustrated in high gloss.
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If you've liked VNQ on Facebook but haven't been seeing any posts from us lately, it could be due to Facebook recently changing their newsfeed settings.
Posts from every group or person that you follow, or any of your friends, no longer automatically appear in your Facebook newsfeed. Instead, Facebook now determines who or what appears on your newsfeed, based on whether or not you tend to like or comment on that group, person or friend's posts.
To make sure that you're seeing posts from the ones you really want to see them from, be sure to like or comment on their posts from time to time. You don't have to do it for every post. Just one now and then is enough to keep someone visible on your newsfeed.
If you suspect you've been missing someone's posts, go to their page and check. If you're right, then liking or commenting on a post will get them showing up in your newsfeed again. You can also use Notifications to check and follow group posts. For organisations like VNQ, Follow will show their posts in newsfeeds.
See you all next issue!
MORE INSPIRING QUOTES
"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity."
"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."
"Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement."
"Believe you can and you're halfway there."
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Cancer Council Cent Sale Fundraiser
Fundraiser for The Cancer Council.
Lucky door prize, raffles, tombola, afternoon tea & drinks available.
For enquires or to donate goods or services contact:
Townsville Astronomy Club
Wednesday evenings - from 6:30pm
Disclaimer: Whilst every care has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, VNQ takes no responsibility for any error, omission or other mistake. Information is correct as of the date of printing. Contact organisations concerned for further details.