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Do you have any equipment that you no longer use? Do you want to support people with special needs in communities throughout Queensland, Tonga, PNG and Sri Lanka? Why not donate your old equipment to LIONS Aid and Relief Centre to give it a new lease on life and help those in need. Visit the website for more information.

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Are you ready for the NDIS?

YFS NDIS Get Ready Project is here to help people to get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This is a free service for people with a disability and their carers, operating across the Logan, Redlands & Gold Coast areas. Providing information through home visits or community forums. Visit their website for more information.


Getting Queenslanders with disability ready for the NDIS

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Merger of The Spot Community Services with FSG Australia



Seniors back elderly abuse laws

SENIORS are backing a coroner’s call for the creation of a new criminal offence to punish carers who neglect the elderly, in the wake of the death of 88-year-old Cynthia Thoresen.

As revealed by The Australian yesterday, the elderly woman died in a Brisbane hospital after being left bedridden, covered in faeces and screaming in pain from an undiagnosed broken leg for at least three weeks by her carer daughter.    Read the full article here.. __________________________________________________________________________

House of Reps passes NDIS bill

The House of Representatives has passed legislation to set up the Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The bill, which will allow the scheme to be launched from July, passed with the support of all MPs. Disability Reform Minister Jenny Macklin broke down as she wound up her speech on the bill.  Full story here.. ___________________________________________________________________________

My Future My Life Workshop


Miraa House Open Day

Met with Amy and the Team at Miraa House at Seventeen Mile Rocks yesterday.   What a wonderful atmosphere they have created to provide a safe learning environment for young women between the ages of 18 – 30 with an intellectual disability. click here to read more. ____________________________________________________________________

New Branding for Flexible Support

Last week, they unveiled a new brand strategy and visual identity that not only better encapsulates who they are and why they exist, but will make it easier for them to explain the positive impact they have in our community. It is important to know that their mission, vision and values remain the same.   In fact, they are more important that ever and can be reflected in their new tagline “We give but never give up”.   This is a brand promise that Flexible Living has always adhered to and will continue to do so each and every day.   It is the promise they make to their clients, their funding bodies, the community and to themselves. the new branding helps them do a better job of telling their story, explaining the depth of their services and most importantly it will help strengthen the voice behind the way they continue to advocate for their clients and their families. Flixible Living is in fact part of a family of organisations that for more than 30 years have been working to support and enhance the quality of life of many Australinas.   This family of organisation is called the Community Services Group. * Flexible Living ( Elderly Support and Volunteering Service) * Ability Care (Disability Services) * Foundations Care ( Relationship, Therapeutic Services and Out-of-Home Care) * Community Services Australia ( Business consultancy for Community based organisations, Family relationship Centre).

The Mental Health Information Line has extended services from 9:00am to 7:00pm, Monday – Friday.

The Mental Health Information Line utilises Queensland’s most comprehensive mental health service directory. Our professionally trained team of consultants strive to raise awareness of mental illness and to promote positive mental health connections in your community. The Mental Health Information Line provides information and referrals on mental health related services in Queensland; service types include support groups, men’s services, respite, child and youth services and many more. We can discuss with you how a referral to a particular service might assist you or a loved one, we also have a range of information packs available on mental illnesses and mental wellbeing which we can send via email attachments or postal. If we can’t find something in your area then we will let you know where the nearest appropriate service is located. Contact us to find out how services in the community can either help you, your family or your friends. You can call the Mental Health Information Line on 1300 729 686 for the cost of a local call. _________________________________________________________________

New Online Support Service increasing access to professional support for Queenslanders!

A new and exciting free online video support service is being rolled out across Queensland to better serve the needs of all Queenslanders and particularly remote and rural communities. This service, staffed by Clinicians qualified to provide longer term counselling and therapeutic intervention, enables people to remotely access professional support via online video to assist in addressing any issues that may be affecting mental health and quality of life. By providing free and accessible professional support from outside of the person’s usual community, the Online Support Service aims to increase the participation of people who delay accessing mental health support due to a lack of economic or social convenience or who have concerns regarding a lack of anonymity in smaller communities. The main aim is improving access and equity of services for these people and regions. People might use the Online Support Service if they:

  • feel they need to talk to someone about what’s going on in their life
  • could use some support while clarifying their goals and future direction
  • are worried about their mental health or feeling down or stressed
  • are feeling isolated or alone
  • want to reduce their drug and/or alcohol use
  • are concerned about a friend or family member

The Online Support Service is appointment based, via online video. However, if online video is not accessible, support may also be available by telephone. The service is individualised and therefore more able to meet the needs of the person referred, with no limit on the amount of sessions available. Referral into this service is via the Mental Health Information Line on 1300 729 686. Please call this number if you would like more information or to access referral. _____________________________________________________________


Cleveland Court Support Service

The Court Support initiative provides court based risk assessment, information and support to people who experience domestic and family violence and who attend a Magistrates Court for a domestic and family violence matter. Funding of up to $41,649 per annum is available to provide a domestic and family violence court support service at the Cleveland Magistrates Court. The Funding Information Paper and Submission Form are available on the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services web site at, or from your local regional office. The contact officer for this Funding Information Paper is Bob Helyar, Senior Resource Officer, Logan and Redland CCSQ Service Centre on 3884 7820. _____________________________________________________________

Finally a fair go for the community’s forgotten people

  • by: Craig Wallace         From: The Australian
  • September 05, 2012 12:00
AT present, disability support in Australia is like a lottery; there is no entitlement to the most basic care, support, housing, aids, therapies and equipment. The present system is capable of producing extraordinary and perverse outcomes, where two people with the same disability are treated completely differently. __________________________________________________________ 2012 Creative Futures Recognition Awards.

Do you know someone who has made a difference in the lives of people with autism and their families?  Has a teacher, therapist, social worker, school or business gone above and beyond the call to raise autism awareness, raise funds, increase

understanding or demonstrate personal achievement? Autism Queensland recognises there are many individuals and organisations that make significant contributions in our community and are calling for nominations for the 2012 Creative Futures Recognition Awards. The awards are an annual, Queensland-wide search to recognise the individual contributions of people living with autism as well as the parents, carers, schools and employers who support them. Creative Futures highlights the services and supports that are essential to addressing the complex problems associated with autism, a lifelong disability which requires varying levels of intervention and support throughout a person’s life. Nominations are currently open and must be received by 5.00pm on Friday 28 September 2012.  The awards will be presented at a morning tea on Friday 26 October 2012 at Government House, Brisbane by invitation only. Autism Queensland will present awards in seven categories. For more information and a nomination form please visit _________________________________________________________________

UnitingCare Community Vacation Care Program

UnitingCare Community Vacation Care Program operates from 8am – 5pm from:

  • Beenleigh Special School – Mt Warren Blvd, Mt Warren Park
  • Nursery Road State Special School – Nursery Rd, Mt Gravatt West
  • Mitchelton Special School – Kedron Ave, Mitchelton

girl readingTo participate in the Vacation Care program, your child must be of school age 5-18 years and have a diagnosed disability. Our policy of inclusion endeavors to understand and provide for the individual needs of your child. Depending on your child’s support needs we may require your cooperation and assistance to meet your child’s needs. The service will do their best to incorporate all children however are unable to jeopardise the safety of the child or other children and staff. If through consultation an acceptable level of safety cannot be provided the parent/carer will be requested to make other suitable arrangements.   More information here… __________________________________________________________

Warm Face, Warm Hands, Warm Feet, Blanket & sensible shoe winter appeal.

If you ave any sensible shoes or blankets that you no longer require, drop them off at your nearest Metropolitan Funerals & you can help make this winter a little bit easier for someone else. All shoes and blankets will be given to Brisbane & Logan’s disadvantaged and homeless people who rely on help from Cummunity Friends.  For more details or to find out how you can help contact Mark from Community Friends on 0418 754 900 or Metropolitan Funerals on 3209 3555 Drop off 8am to 4.30pm at your nearest location. ________________________________________________________________

Do you want to be hidden away when you’re old?

Aged care. It’s not a very sexy topic. In fact many of us are so unwilling to consider elderly life, a successful architect in the sector has received death threats from residents opposed to the building of nursing homes in their neighbourhoods.   read more.. _____________________________________________________________

Bendigo to get $10.5 million disability accommodation boost

From the Minister for Community Services

Bendigo community service providers Golden City Support Services and St Luke’s Anglicare will create new supported accommodation places for people living with a disability following the announcement of $10.5 million in funding from the Victorian Coalition Government.   full article.. ______________________________________________________________

Continence aid recycling wins business award

An innovative Australian company establishing a recycling service for ‘absorbent hygiene products’, including incontinence products from aged care services, has won a major international business award.    The new Australian recycling company, Relivit, is licensing and commercialising technology for the full recycling of absorbent hygiene product (AHP) waste including disposable nappies, feminine hygiene products and adult continence aids.  Full article… ______________________________________________________________

Getting to the heart of the matter on stroke

A silent killer is stalking many families across Australia, taking victims with little notice while driving a black-hole in the country’s health budget. But a simple pulse check may be enough to detect this harmful and costly condition.    Every year, as many as three million people across the world will have a stroke attributable to abnormal heartbeats called atrial.  read more… ______________________________________________________________

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