Co.As.It. Community Services was proud to be acknowledged as one of only four State Finalists in the Organisation Award on Thursday 14 March 2019 by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA). The award ceremony took place at The Star, Gold Coast and was proudly supported by HESTA & McCullough Robertson Lawyers. The ‘Excellence in Age Services Awards’ recognise the outstanding achievements of the age services industry and many rising stars from the age care industry in Queensland participated in the event.
The awards celebrate the passion and achievements of organisations, teams, and individuals in the service of older Australians. Co.As.It. Community Services was nominated on the strength of their initiative and innovation of recent programs. The most notable has been the ‘Adopt a Nonna or Nonno’ Volunteer Program that connects the wider community and alleviates the isolation and alienation of older people. People without grandparents have made inter-generational connections and older, isolated clients now have an injection of new friendships, companionship and social contact. The improvement made on the lives of older people is identical to the benefits derived from volunteer visits under the CVS (Community Visitors Scheme) program.
Co.As.It.’s Allied Health team members innovated the LASER Program (Library of Assistive Specialised Equipment Register), a free service where clients can trial medical aids, specialised equipment and other technology before purchasing. Medical aids and equipment are expensive and the team were very concerned about the number of gadgets and devices regularly abandoned by clients. Disadvantaged, they could not return the devices nor afford to re-purchase something else. The equipment is also available for short-term needs obviating an outright purchase. Clients have continually valued the initiative, making more informed decisions, empowering their right to choose well without risk and expense. The equipment is also available for short-term rehabilitation, obviating an outright purchase.
The award night was attended by Co.As.It.’s CEO Dina Ranieri, Tony Brown and Nella Alba. A framed certificate was awarded to Co.As.It. Community Services in recognition of their excellent achievements.
This year more than ever, we can #standtogether in support of Cultural Diversity. Enjoy a morning exploring different foods from different cultures at The Community Place Kalinga at the old Kalinga Bowls Club on Thursday March 21st for Harmony Day. Together with Co.As.It. Community Services, the morning is open to diverse communities and includes a sausage sizzle to kick things off. Our heritage of migration has provided us with a rich blend of cultures and the event provides an occasion to enjoy different nationalities, languages and food – all on offer to members of the public between 10am and 12pm. Please bring one of your favourite traditional dishes to share. As places are limited, reserve your spot by calling the Community Place on 07 3857 1152 or Co.As.It. Community Services on 07 3624 6100 by Wednesday 20/03/19. Address: 20 Clark Street, Woolowin. Fully Air Conditioned.
Co.As.It. Community Services announces its 7th Annual International Women’s Day event “Harmony & Delights” set for Saturday, March 9th, with its #BalanceForBetter “Morning Tea” gathering. This elegant event, honouring the tireless work of women in the social support and aged care industry, will be held from 10.30am to 2.30pm at the Marquee Room at Victoria Park Golf Complex in Herston, and will include an informational segment with very special guest speaker Marcus Pearce, Thought Leader on Exceptional Living, Leadership & Longevity Expert and CEO at The Wellness Couch.
The event aims to offer guests an approachable gathering to spend with friends, and learn some tips on resilience and well-being, while enjoying sumptuous food in a stunning event space surrounded by lush gardens and crowned with chandeliers. The menu includes a selection of GF options and delicious scones, quiches and eclairs, amongst many other delicacies.
Co.As.It. has chosen the day after the International Women’s Day as its yearly celebration of the tireless work of women do in the aged care segment. “We want to acknowledge the contribution of our care workers, the majority of whom are women, and the difference they make in so many people’s lives” says Dina Ranieri the CEO of Co.As.It. Community Services.
For the guests in attendance there is a swag of raffle prizes including jewellery pieces valued over $2K, on offer. Proceeds from the event go toward the Co.As.It. Dementia and Carer Support Program, a fully self-funded service developed for those in dire need of support.
The cost is $65/person. Guests must be 18 years or older, and reserve a spot before March 5th. Given the expertise of the speakers, the event is perfect for anyone seeking inspiration on health and wellbeing, and also welcomes those wanting an informal way to meet new friends during the first part of the event entitled “The Mingling Hour” when Prosecco, Bellini cocktails will be served.
Along with contacting the Marketing Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details and to reserve a ticket to the event, Co.As.It. is providing online purchasing of tickets which can be accessed from the Co.As.It. website.
Brisbane, QLD. February 12, 2019 – Co.As.It. Community Services announces its Computer and Technology Classes for over 65’s set to roll out on the Gold Coast commencing Friday 22 February. These FREE weekly lessons cover learning how to Skype, how to use FaceBook and how to set up a Smartphone among many other tips, will be held at the South Coast Office at 34 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island. The classes run between 3.00pm and 4.30pm every Friday and bookings are essential due to limited availability.
“The classes are a great way to learn and they are very social” says Alex Favali the Co.As.It. Community Support Officer who delivers the weekly lessons. For further information and bookings, email email@example.com or by call 07 5617 9500, yet another great initiative by Co.As.It. Community Services.
About Co.As.It. Community Services, headquartered in Brisbane, is a peak body within the Aged Care and Community Services industry. It has won a number of industry awards for high quality service delivery and excellence in care.
Our industrious facilitator Emanuela Febo took our “social outings” group to Stanthorpe on the 14th December for a 2 day trip. Our clients had been up early that morning as they had been instructed to do and had placed their baggage on the bus by 6.30 am so that the bus could start the trip on time.
Along the way everyone was so happy thinking of picking their own cherries with memories of fruit picking being shared amongst the group. After a pit stop for morning tea they proceeded for the final destination – Stanthorpe!
About 11.30 they arrived at the International Club at Stanthorpe where they met up with Fortunato and Frank the two musicians that were playing traditional Italian music and also met some Italian migrants. Bottles of red and white wine were soon placed on the tables as well as some antipasto followed by a large buffet of food. Most clients’ appetite had increased dramatically through the pure and fresh air of the country side. Typical Italian sweets were then served with fresh brewed coffee while Father Christmas came to each table giving everyone a Christmas present.
Then it was time to dance! The band played crowd favourites such as the tarantella, cha-cha-cha and other traditional Italian dances. To finish the day everyone headed off to the local pizzeria at night.
Next morning after breakfast they were off to the cherry farm. What a surprise to see the fruit trees full of cherries followed by free cherry picking and eating at the same time at no charge.
This was followed by a visit to the winery for wine tasting. Soon it was midday and once again time to eat. This time at another restaurant – there were cannelloni, arancini hot ham and chicken, vegetables and salads. Finally came the sweets, gelato cassata and coffee.
Glasses were charged and good wishes were exchanged for a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
With sunset approaching it was time to start the return to Brisbane . Their big smiles said it all! Yes they were two wonderful days in Stanthorpe.
Movies at the Chermside Library
As part of the CISS program, Co.As.It. is holding monthly movie matinees at the Chermside Library (375 Hamilton Road Chermside). The events are free and open to everyone interested in making new friends, catching up with old ones or simply enjoying few hours with some of Italy’s finest movies. The program may also be useful for those who are interested in improving their skills in Italian, as the brief talks about the movies and the movies themselves – are entirely in Italian.
Aug 14 – Un Americano a Roma (1954)
Sep 24 – Nuovo cinema paradiso (1988)
Oct 30 – Malena (2000)
Nov 26 – Sapore di mare (1983)
Co.As.It. Community Services is Celebrating 40 Years of operation from 1978 – 2018. According to our founder Cav. Uff. Fiorenza Jones OAM, Co. As. It. represents the vision and hard work of an extraordinary person. Join us at our prestigious Gala Dinner to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre using the stunning Southbank Parklands as the backdrop. Here we acknowledge our passion to service the Italian and wider community in the city of Brisbane.
Thanks to all who guests celebrated International Women’s Day on Saturday 10 March with a fabulous Morning Tea Event at Victoria Park.
The event was a great way to celebrate women and their many efforts in our community. The celebration was hosted by Channel 7 Presenter and Journalist, Rosanna Natoli. Each guest enjoyed a fashion parade, with a live runway show sponsored by Petrol Boutique – Paddington, raffle prizes and a lovely ‘girl’s day out’.
Event: International Women’s Day Morning Tea
Time and Date: Saturday 10 March 2018, 10.30am – 2.30pm
Where: Victoria Park Golf Complex, Herston Road, HERSTON