“GO PURPLE” is the international colour for epilepsy and we are encouraging all Queenslanders to wear purple on Monday 26 March 2018. Purple Day is celebrated throughout the world to dispel the myths surrounding epilepsy by raising awareness in a positive way.

Saturday 25 November 2017 has been designated as “Orange Day” by the UN to raise awareness against violence towards women and girls. The overarching theme of ‘Orange Day’ is “Leave No One Behind: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls”. Orange being a vibrant and optimistic colour it represents a future free of violence.

Brisbane Bayside State College student, Raelene has completed the CHC24015 Certificate II in Active volunteering through our Students as Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI).

Pine Rivers Special School student, Lauren has completed the CHC24015 Certificate II in Active volunteering through our Students as Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI).

Anti-Poverty Week starts on Sunday 15 to Saturday 21 October 2017 coinciding with the UN’s annual International Anti-Poverty Day on Tuesday 17 October 2017.

Our thoughts are currently with Central Queensland (Gladstone Regional Council Area) who are experiencing flooding in their area. There have been no calls for spontaneous volunteers at this time.

National Student Volunteer Week (NSVW) will be held on 14-20 August 2017. The week promotes and celebrates student volunteering and will see a wide variety of events, activities, forums and awareness-raising campaigns led by higher education providers and schools nationwide. Events include volunteer expos, lunchtime panels, student volunteer of the year awards, blood drives, cupcake days, greening projects and video presentations!

Australia nationally recognises Harmony Day on Wednesday 21 March 2018 to celebrate our cultural diversity and it also coincides with the United Nations ‘International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’.

International Migrants Day is an international day observed for taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world. On 4 December 2000, the United Nations appointed 18 December to be officially appointed as International Migrants Day and celebrated annually.

'Leave no woman behind' International Women’s Day is globally recognised to celebrate the amazing acts of courage and determination by ordinary women in their country and communities. The 2018 theme is ‘Leave no woman behind’acknowledges the essential role women play in humanitarian and natural disaster response.

Poor mental health in the workplace is currently costing Australian businesses $11 billion a year as revealed by researchers at the University of Tasmania. With approximately 45% of Australians experiencing some sort of mental health issue in their lifetime, it is likely that at some point, every worker will be affected by mental illness, either directly or indirectly.

It’s time to get out and about and know your neighbours! Sunday 25 March 2018 is recognised as ‘Neighbour Day’ and the theme is“The Importance of a Supportive Neighbourhood for Children and Young People”.

‘Pay It Forward’ and what does it mean – an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor.

As part of their Pirlirrpa Education Program, St James College recently held a Pirlirrpa Open Day & Volunteer Expo on the 8th August 2017. The stalls were run by students enrolled at Pirlirrpa (St James College) currently undertaking a CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering through Volunteering Queensland's Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI).

Earlier in the year, Volunteering Queensland was involved in the 2013 Positive Ageing Journey Event and Expo. The Expo included an opportunity for a facilitator to present on social media and the ageing population, a topic that touches us all in many ways. With social media on the rise and technology developing at an amazing speed, having a training tool that is user friendly to all age groups is very important. Delivering a professional presentation to an audience who has a critical need to understand social media terminology and developing a resource for today’s society created a lot of interest here at Volunteering Queensland.

Sunday 3 September is the start of Queensland Child Protection Week (3-9 September 2017), and it is an opportunity for us all in the community to connect and think about how we can work together to keep all children safe and feeling protected. 

Sunday 8 October 2017 is the start of Queensland Mental Health Week.  The purpose of the week is to promote and raise awareness of mental health issues, wellbeing and an understating of what it means to people living with mental illness.

In partnership with Volunteering Queensland (RTO #6020), Queensland Secondary Schools, Special Schools and Alternate Training Programs can offer their Year 11 and 12 students the chance to undertake a nationally recognised Certificate I, II or III in Active Volunteering through the Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI). Brittany is one of the students completing a CHC24015 Certificate II in Active volunteering.

Kelsey is a Year 11 student from Murrumba State Secondary College and volunteers with Riding for the Disabled at Pine Rivers. She has been enjoying horse riding since she was three years old, so when the school offered her the optional elective of a CHC34015 Certificate III in Active volunteering (SAAVI), she happily accepted. Kelsey saw this as an opportunity to combine her passion for horse riding with giving back to her community and following in her mother’s footsteps as a volunteer for Riding for the Disabled.

Centenary High School Year 12 student Ben is completing a CHC34015 Certificate III in Active volunteering through our Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI). Ben has clocked up hundreds of volunteering hours helping out a variety of causes at every opportunity including on holidays, weekends, and when he has a spare lesson at school.

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