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Blue Care says jump up and join in

Blue Care is encouraging people to “Jump Up and Join In” with healthy ageing activities in their communities, as part of Blue Care Awareness Week 2011 from June 13 – 19. Blue Care Executive Director Robyn Batten said the “Jump Up and Join In” theme aims to encourage people to learn more about options for active, healthy ageing. “With Australia’s ...

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Moderator’s Medals recognise community service

SINCE 1999, the Queensland Synod has recognised the wonderful work of volunteers through the Moderator’s Community Service Medal. The Moderator’s Medal is presented to individuals who have contributed in an outstanding way to the Uniting Church’s mission in community services. The search is now on for nominations for the 2011 Moderator’s Community Service Medal. Nominees must be volunteers, past or ...

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At-risk youth finds new goal

AFTER GROWING up in a violent family and moving in and out of foster care, at the age of 14 all Tina (not her real name) wanted was a house to live in with her brother and sister. Now, she has her sights set on bigger things. She wants to work with at risk youth. “I’m doing my diploma in ...

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Hospital gives back

SOVANNA KAK, a 15-year-old Cambodian girl, faced a life of pain caused by a large tumour on the right side of her jaw until the Rotary Oceanic Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) asked The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane for assistance. In March the hospital’s Maxiofacial Surgeon, Dr John Arvier, removed a large benign tumour from Ms Kak’s jaw which was ...

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2011 Budget – UnitingCare says Labor found its mojo

UnitingCare Australia welcomed the 2011 Federal Budget and says it’s a carefully crafted, considered effort that will help people trapped on welfare find jobs and a more secure financial future. National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the winner this year with a $2.2 billion package is mental health. With $1.5 billion in new money the Government has delivered in spades ...

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New faces on UnitingCare Board

THE BOARD of UnitingCare Queensland has appointed two new members – former Queensland Synod Moderator, Rev Dr David Pitman and Scenic Rim Regional Council CEO, Mr Craig Barke. UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross said, “These new Board members will bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and personal qualities that will enable them to provide valuable input to the work we ...

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Blue Care ‘leg’ club opens

BLUE CARE Springwood Community Care Leg Club celebrated its opening during Wound Awareness Week (28 March – 3 April). Blue Care Springwood Community Care Service Manager Alicia Wooding said the idea of the club was to create a social environment where clients can come together to have their wounds dressed, receive information about health and active leg care and also ...

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Cyclone affected graziers meet

GRAZIERS ROCKED by Cyclone Yasi – many of whom have barely left their properties since the natural disaster in February – met in April to fi nd out about services to help their recovery. The “Let’s Do Lunch” gathering as organised by Frontier Services and held at Lynd Junction, 186km from Georgetown, to provide support to the community which has ...

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High praise for child care

TWO OF Wesley Mission Brisbane’s child care services have been named State finalists for Children’s Service of the Year in the Australian Family Awards 2010-2011. The centres, Toowong Child Care Centre and Wesley Mission Brisbane Family Day Care, are two of the four State finalists. Wesley Mission Brisbane’s Child Care Manager, Dianne Holman, said they were committed to delivering “best ...

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Education and skills offer teenage mums and their children a brighter future

UnitingCare Australia supports the Federal Government’s goal, announced today, to roll out a series of initiatives in targeted areas aimed at skilling up teenage parents on welfare and ultimately preparing them for jobs. But National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the compliance measures that accompany the initiative are disappointing. “While we strongly support the principle of reducing the risk of ...

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