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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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Shining the Light on Electricity Market Changes

COTA is now offering free Switched on Communities information sessions for seniors’ clubs and groups. 

Did you know that the laws around electricity pricing have changed and 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 QLD Peer Educators will be delivering … Read the rest

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Your Wellbeing, Your Plan – Book now for 2017

Most of us wish to age well. A core part of this is considering your wellbeing. Research informs us even the smallest change to daily activities can have a large impact on your wellbeing.

Wellbeing, enablement, active ageing, wellness, person-centred care and so forth are terms we are hearing more often when talking about ageing and aged care services. COTA is offering free information sessions delivered by Peer Educators to breakdown this terminology and provide tools for you to identify … Read the rest

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Help available to find better electricity deals for those in need

Vulnerable electricity consumers in South-East Queensland now have access to a range of assistance programs to help them to shop around and save on their electricity bill thanks to funding from electricity retailer AGL.

Minister for Energy Mark Bailey said that as part of the transition to a deregulated retail electricity price market in South-East Queensland, electricity retailer AGL has provided $500,000 of funding through its Switched On Communities program to eight organisations, including COTA Queensland, to support vulnerable … Read the rest

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Peer Educators trained and ready to roll!

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COTA Peer Educators are now trained to deliver a new information session topic and ready to start sharing it with their communities. The new information session titled Your Wellbeing, Your Plan is a new, free interactive information session for older Queenslanders. The session will include discussion of the possibilities and advantages of staying well as you aged and options for increasing your wellbeing, including accessing aged care services if need be. Peer Educators are able to deliver sessions for seniors … Read the rest

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