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How to Reduce Electricity Usage to Save on Your Bills

Making small changes to your electricity usage can help reduce your electricity bill and it is good for the environment too.  ...

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National Disability Scheme (NDIS) and important changes to Transport

For people with disability, transport is changing through the National Disability Insurance Scheme. These changes are a contentious issue, with many participants of the NDIS outrages at these changes, ultimately having a negative impact on their lives – not what any of us were expecting from the NDIS. ...

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Commonwealth Continuity of Support Program (CoS)

The Commonwealth Continuity of Support Program (CoS) is a specialist disability service for older people. ...

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Switched on Seniors – Public Sessions

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The laws around electricity pricing have changed. Energy retailers in Southeast Queensland can now decide how much to charge customers for their electricity. This could bring changes to the way electricity is charged on existing contracts however, this competitive pricing also brings new opportunities to reduce energy bills.

To help understand these changes, COTA Queensland is hosting three public sessions on the Gold Coast

At this interactive, hour long session, participants will be provided with information to:

  • better understand their
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Getting to know Jane Holloway, Project Support Volunteer 

Jane Halloway

Since December 2015 Jane has been a valued member of the COTA Queensland team, as a Project Support Volunteer, assisting our Community Education program.

You may have spoken to her if your group has booked a Peer Education session.

While we know Jane pretty well, we wanted to share a bit more about her with you.

Can you play an instrument or speak any other languages?
No, none of these.  I love music and support the Queensland Medical Orchestra and Read the rest

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NDIS – Gaps in Mental Health

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Over the past few months, there have been emerging reports of concerns people with mental illness will fall through potential gaps with the NDIS.  According to some reports, more than 100,000 people living with mental illness could be left without support as money from a number of federal programs is rolled into the $22 billion scheme.

Some community-based, recovery-oriented programs have been scheduled to cease, leading to potentially significant consequences.

As a number of people living with moderate and/or episodic … Read the rest

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Commonwealth Continuity of Support Program (CoS)

The Commonwealth Continuity of Support Program (CoS) is a specialist disability service for older people.  This new program has been established to ensure that older people with disability currently receiving state funded disability services, but are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), be provided with ongoing support – they do not have to access aged care supports or services should they choose not to.

Through the Continuity of Support Program, people will be supported to achieve similar … Read the rest

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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Update

The NDIS continues rolling out across Queensland for people with disability living in Mackay, Isaac and the Whitsundays.

The number of people receiving disability support in Queensland is forecast to grow from 48,000 to 91,000 by 2019 – an increase of more than 90 %.

In Mackay alone, the number is forecast to grow from 1,400 people to 3,100 people by 2019 – an increase of more than 100 %!

The NDIS will also boost the Queensland economy by $2.5 … Read the rest

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Strengthening Communities Volunteer Grants 2016  

Applications for Volunteer Grants will be opening shortly. 

These grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers. They provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers. They are part of the Government’s work to support the volunteers who help disadvantaged Australian communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.

The Community Grants Hub, on behalf of the Department of Social Services (DSS), will shortly be inviting organisations and individuals … Read the rest

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Become a Peer Educator with COTA today!

 

There are still places available for seniors who would like to volunteer their time and skill to deliver interactive information sessions for your peers.

COTA Queensland is expanding the network of volunteer Peer Educators in southeast Queensland to join the Community Education team. COTA Peer Educators facilitate interactive learning sessions with seniors on active ageing, planning and wellbeing.

“Volunteering as a Peer Educator for the past two years with COTA Queensland has been a wonderful and worthwhile experience for me”,

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