Training workshops to strengthen Resilience and Leadership skills in volunteering – 1 October 2020

Training workshops to strengthen Resilience and Leadership skills in volunteering – 1 October 2020

On the occasion of our AGM, we are offering two free training workshops that will provide tools to help strengthen Resilience and Leadership skills in volunteering.

LEADERSHIP – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

This leadership program is designed to provide you with a clear understanding of a range of different styles of leadership suitable to volunteer leading, skills and knowledge that can be used to enhance and define your own leadership style.

You will learn about how to apply the different styles of leadership in a practical sense when leading your team. Tips and tools will be provided to enable skills and knowledge developed throughout the course to be applied to lead your volunteer team to success.

This topic is designed to provide you with training on:

  • Leadership as a concept
  • The different styles of leadership
  • How to build own leadership skills
  • Practical tools and tips for effective volunteer leadership

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Afternoon Tea from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm, followed by AGM.

RESILIENCE – 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm

This resilience program is designed to provide you with a clear understanding of a range of different types of resilience and the many contexts that resilience is required for. You will learn about personal resilience, community resilience and the scope of resilience in volunteering. You will learn important concepts relating to resilience and a range of practical methods for resilience building.

This topic is designed to provide you with training on:

  • What resilience is
  • The different types of resilience
  • How to build resilience
  • The importance of resilience
  • The different contexts that resilience can be applied

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The Leadership and Resilience workshops are presented by TAFE Queensland VETP project.

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Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Volunteering North Queensland Inc

2020 Annual General Meeting

Thursday 1 October 2020
3:30pm to 4:00pm
at
TAFE Queensland
Pimlico Campus, Cnr Hugh Street and Fulham Road,
D Block, Level 1, Room D1.03

2020 AGM will include the 
Presentation of 2019/2020 Annual Report and
Election of the 2020/2021 Management Committee

Agenda
Minutes
Nomination Form
Proxy Form

Afternoon Tea provided 

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Healthy Body and Active Mind, can Volunteering Help Seniors Achieve Both?

A healthy body and active mind are key goals for seniors as they head into retirement. After all, they have worked hard and now is the time to slow down and enjoy life. It’s time to do the things they have always wanted, like drive around Australia, spend more time seeing grandkids or taking up a new hobby.

The important question for seniors is; how do you maintain your physical and mental health as you age so you can have good quality of life and can do all the things you thought you would?

Well, researchers have put a lot of work into this and now they have some answers!

They have found volunteering is a great way of maintaining and improving physical and mental health.

A recent Harvard study found volunteering for 2 hours a week can reduce the risk of mortality and physical limitations. They rated their own health as better, as well as having higher optimism and purpose in life. Volunteering also reduced feelings of hopelessness and depressive symptoms.

Other studies have found a multitude of benefits including some you would not think of such as reduced risk of dementia and hip fractures.

Do you know what the best thing about volunteering is? You can get all these benefits from doing something you enjoy. From gardening to helping young people read, there is no shortage of ways to volunteer and they can all deliver the benefits above.

If you would like to start your volunteering story, search for opportunities at https://www.vnq.org.au/quick-search/#/  or call us on 47255990.

To read more about the benefits of volunteering, go to our article at https://www.vnq.org.au/physical-cognitive-health-benefits-of-volunteering/ and the Harvard article at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0749379720301380?dgcid=rss_sd_all

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A handy guide to getting started online to celebrate Seniors Week’s virtual events

A handy guide to getting started online to celebrate Seniors Week’s virtual events

Do you have a special senior in your life, or your organisation, who needs some help to get started online and build their digital skills?

Check out the great resource – “Helping you to access virtual Seniors Week events using your smartphone or tablet” – at https://qldseniorsweek.org.au/. This handy guide will step them through the process so they can join the many online activities.

With annual Seniors Week events being cancelled, there are some great virtual events being held to celebrate seniors and their contribution to our communities.

Search for these events at https://qldseniorsweek.org.au/ by arts, health & wellness, sport & recreation or the other categories listed, or search by city or date.

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Celebrating Queensland’s Seniors

Celebrating Queensland’s Seniors

If you’ve ever thought about volunteering but weren’t quite sure where to start, why not pop in to CIC and grab one of our flyers. What better way to celebrate our seniors, or celebrate as a senior, than to start your volunteer story?

The annual celebration of Queensland’s seniors, in this its 60th year, is going virtual. VNQ is marking Seniors Week, 15-23 August, with a pop-up display at the Community Information Centre, Flinders Street in the city.  Check out our display now until the end of August. 

Not a senior? We can connect you with some great volunteering opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our seniors.

Here’s a taste of some of the types of roles on offer:

  • Trishaw Riders
  • Pianist
  • Tech Support
  • Italian Speaking Alarm Tester
  • Café Assistant/Barista
  • Driving
  • Gardening
  • Reading
  • Entertainment…and more

With such a diverse range of roles available, there is sure to be something that will suit your interests and your availability

You can explore these opportunities at https://www.vnq.org.au/quick-search/#/

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Introducing our new Manager, Marie-Claude Brown

Introducing our new Manager, Marie-Claude Brown

We are excited to announce Marie-Claude Brown has come on board the VNQ team as our new Manager. 

Marie-Claude is well-known in Townsville for her advocacy as the CEO of Townsville Chamber, a position she held from 2009 to 2020.

In her work, Marie-Claude combines two visions: profitable businesses and strong communities.

With the community sector transitioning from a community services model dependent on public funding to a value-based business, Marie-Claude is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities this will present to continue to promote a North Queensland community rich in volunteers and volunteering.

After moving to Townsville with her Australian husband in 1997, Marie-Claude held roles in project management, stakeholder relations and community development for the corporate mining sector for 10 years.

During that time, she was seconded to the community of Townsville for a period of four years to deliver a World Health Organisation (WHO) program on injury prevention, in collaboration with the local community and the health sector. She has also worked for the State Government. Department of Local Government.

As the Townsville Chamber CEO from 2009 to 2020, she was the advocate for 200 businesses impacted by the redevelopment of Townsville’s CBD, a 2-year $56 Million infrastructure project. She helped re-build the Chamber from the inside out, overseeing all aspects of the business including financial viability, brand development, stakeholder relations, advocacy, media, and operations.

Marie-Claude has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, France, Belgium and Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude (‘With Great Distinction’), from San Jose State University in California, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Major in Community Development, Dean’s List, from James Cook University in Townsville.

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Recipients of the NQ Volunteer of the Year Awards 2020

Recipients of the NQ Volunteer of the Year Awards 2020

Congratulations to the recipients of the NQ Volunteer of the Year Awards 2020. The awards were announced at our virtual On The Couch with VNQ celebration on Thursday 21 May.

The 2020 award recipients are:

Heart of Volunteering – Liz Downes, Wildlife Queensland, North Queensland Conservation Council and James Cook University Library

For more than 40 years, Liz has been passionately volunteering her time, expertise and skill for a number of community organisations. Liz is an inspiration in the conservation realm, participating in difficult environmental and social issues. It’s Liz’ research and storytelling ability though, that has enabled the Special Collections at JCU Library to gain such a following through a regular radio series on ABC North Queensland called ‘White Gloves’. Liz’ gift in locating and revealing stories of historical significance, communicating through her entertaining blog posts (of which there are now over 60) has been instrumental in connecting our history to around 14,000 radio listeners.

Youth Volunteering Award – Sarah McDonnell, Burdekin Shire Council (Community Development)

Sarah has become the face of many organisations and her school not only as a volunteer, but as a leader laying the foundation for future generations. Sarah’s enthusiasm and attitude towards volunteering is what has enabled her to successfully complete multiple projects with the Burdekin Shire Youth Council and Ayr State High School Interact Club including helping write a youth bill decriminalising sex work, establishing her high schools recycling project, and assembling birthing kits to donate internationally to aid countries in need.

Volunteer Impact Award – Susanne Gardner, The Pyjama Foundation

Sue has directly and positively impacted more than 600 people through her various volunteering activities in the community. At The Pyjama Foundation, Sue visits and mentors children who are living in foster care, coordinates the resource library for the Pyjama Angels, provides knowledge and support to those working with young children, and assists with fundraisers and community events. She works tirelessly across many volunteering organizations like the Townsville Toy Library and the Probus Club of Townsville always putting her hand up to help, and in her spare time she also helps out at the blood bank and knits hospital garments for women who have mastectomies.

Volunteer Achievement Award – Kate Pemberton, ‘Kate’s Campaign for Change’

In 2017, aged 15, Kate started the grassroots movement ‘Kate’s Campaign for Change’ to donate care packages through local not-for-profit organisations that help in-need and at-risk locals in the community. Kate who has difficulty with movement and speech, and uses a wheelchair for mobility, has overcome many obstacles to fulfil her role as the ‘Campaign Ambassador.’ Kate spends many hours a week collecting donated items across the city, creating care packages, and delivering packages to organisations for distribution. Her campaign is now supported by over 700 campaigners who donate goods or cash for care packages and volunteer their time to assist in collecting and packing activities.

We will be sharing more of their stories in the coming weeks.

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NQ VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR VIRTUAL AWARDS 2020

NQ VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR VIRTUAL AWARDS 2020

We are excited to have you join us for our first virtual celebration of the North Queensland Volunteer of the Year Awards!

In these constantly changing times, it is more important than ever to recognise and acknowledge North Queensland’s volunteers. Join us from the comfort of your own home.  On The Couch with VNQ will honour our everyday heroes and share their inspiring stories. 

We are excited to announce our two special guests who will be joining us On The Couch.  

We are honoured to have well-known radio personality, Glen Mintern present the four 2020 NQ Volunteer of the Year awards. 
Special guest speaker, Dr Jo Lukins will be joining us On The Couch to share her wisdom. She will cover a variety of topics from resilience to the power of gratitude. 

Announcing the shortlisted nominees for the NQ Volunteer of the Year Awards 2020

Announcing the shortlisted nominees for the NQ Volunteer of the Year Awards 2020

We are excited to announce the shortlisted Nominees for the 2020 North Queensland Volunteer of the Year Awards. 

The recipients of the awards will be announced at our virtual On The Couch with VNQ celebration tonight at 7:00pm at https://www.vnq.org.au/nvw/

Youth Volunteering Award

  • Sarah McDonnell – Burdekin Shire Council (Community Development)
  • Claire Treagust – The Palliative Care Unit – THHS
  • Sean Foster – St Vincent de Paul Society QLD

Volunteer Impact Award

  • Susanne Gardner – The Pyjama Foundation
  • Ray Waters – NRL Cowboys House
  • Louise Marsden – Townsville Kennel Assoc & Thuringowa Kennel Club

Volunteer Achievement Award

  • Luke Ross – Conservation Volunteers Australia
  • Gerard Byrne – Small Business Recovery Centre
  • Kate Pemberton – ‘Kate’s Campaign for Change’

Heart of Volunteering Award

  • Erin Donnelly – The Oasis Townsville
  • Liz Downes – Wildlife Queensland, NQ Conservation Council & James Cook University Library
  • John Morton – Ozcare Villa Vincent

Congratulations to all award nominees on your nomination. You truly do live up to this years theme “Changing Communities. Changing Lives.”

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SPECIAL GUESTS JOINING US ‘ON THE COUCH’ AT THE NQ VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR VIRTUAL AWARDS

SPECIAL GUESTS JOINING US ‘ON THE COUCH’ AT THE NQ VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR VIRTUAL AWARDS

We are excited to announce our two special guests who will be joining us On The Couch for our virtual 2020 NQ Volunteer of the Year Awards.

We are honoured to have well-known radio personality, Glen Mintern present the four 2020 NQ Volunteer of the Year awards.

Special guest speaker, Dr Jo Lukins will be joining us On The Couch to share her wisdom. With a PhD in Psychology and over 25 years’ experience in her field, Dr Lukins is renowned for empowering individuals and organisations to realise their potential. She will cover a variety of topics from resilience to the power of gratitude.

‘On The Couch’ with VNQ will be streamed online at 7:00pm on the 21st May.

Be sure to register to receive our series of resources to ensure you get the most out of the event.

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