Festitalia – Italian Festival, Sun 9 Oct 2016


Sunday 9th October will showcase Queensland’s official Italian Festival “Festitalia”. From 11am – 5pm, Spencer Park at Newmarket will bring you “The passion of Italy” with authentic Italian wood-fired pizzas, pasta, international performers, traditional Italian dances, pizza acrobatics and pizza-making masterclasses, rides, Nonni’s pasta-making kitchen and ‘Italian Bubbles’ masterclasses! The festival will host various exhibitions as well as a talent competition and will not fall short on entertainment with Aria winning artist Cosima De Vito, MKR’s Luciano & Martino (AKA The Italianos) and Italian hit performers, Xpresso Duo.  The internationally acclaimed Sbandieratori Sansepolcro will also be performing. Tickets are on sale at www.festitalia.com.au .

Co.As.It. will be among the stallholders at the event, showing our support for the Italian Culture in Brisbane and our Italian community members. If you are interested in immersing yourself even further into the Italian culture, or perhaps just brushing up on your pronunciation, be sure to check out the The Italian Language Centre  (ILC), located right next to the park on Newbery Street.

Buon divertimento a tutti!


September is Dementia Awareness Month


Did you know that September is Dementia Awareness Month?
The theme this year is ” You are not alone” and it aims to highlight the supports and services available for people with dementia and their carers as well as encourage the general public to become more dementia aware.
To help generate dementia awareness Healthdirect Australia ( the national health information and advice service funded by the Australian Government) has published a page of informative and educational videos exploring dementia, its symptoms and effects, caring for someone with dementia and respite care. You can view these videos and help spread awareness by following the link below:

If you would like know more and support the fight against dementia you can also visit
Alzheimer’s Australia at https://www.fightdementia.org.au/about-dementia/resources/videos

Seniors Week – Health and Wellness Morning Tea

For Seniors Week this year Co.As.It. hosted their free Annual Community Engagements at their Social Activities Centres at Stafford Heights and Acacia Ridge. The two ‘Health and Wellness Morning Teas” which took place on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th August 2016 respectively, offered presentations, interactive Q&A’s and engaging demonstrations from professionals in various industries including nutrition, podiatry, tai chi, beauty andPicture1 fashion. Brisbane City Council and Australian Hearing also participated at the events with all the professionals offering insight into their many services and how these could improve not only your health but also your quality of life.
The Social Activities Centres provided a delicious morning tea for all guests and speakers, with freshly cooked muffins on arrival followed by deliciously prepared sandwiches and mini quiches mid morning. The events were highly informative  providing key facts as well as useful tips  that could be applied in daily life. The core Picture2theme of the day,  exploring the balance and connection between health and wellness and how it can be achieved with small changes and a proactive attitude, proved useful to many. Free hearing tests, beauty samples and cooking demonstrations added a great element of interaction for all guests.

Our Gold Coast Office had their own Celebrations for Seniors Week with a beautiful Luncheon at the Italo-Australian Club on Thursday 18th August 2016. Around 200 guests attended the event from all over the Gold Coast. Guests enjoyed great live entertainment, dancing and fabulous food. Many lucky winners took home a great raffle prize with more than 35 fantastic prizes donated by generous local businesses. A celebration luncheon truly enjoyed by all.

All our current and future events can be viewed in our Events page.


Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s Australia

On Sunday 19th June Co.As.It. participated in Gold Coast’s first ‘Memory Walk & Jog” organised by Alzheimer’s Australia to raise funds and awareness for dementia.
112modMore than 66,000 Queenslanders suffer from the disease and Co.As.It. was happy to show their support.  Over 20 staff members and their families participated in the 2.5km and 5km course, enjoying a great day out packed with entertainment and stunning ocean views.
If you would like to know more about dementia and Alzheimer’s Australia visit their website at qld.fightdementia.org.au  or to make a donation visit their fundraising page www.justgiving.com/alzheimers-australiaQld.


ACSA Awards

Co.As.It. Community Services has once again been recognised for outstanding service provision and innovative service delivery with a nomination to ACSA (Aged Care and Community Services Australia).
acsaACSA is the national peak body representing not-for-profit and faith-based providers of residential and community care, housing and support for people with a disability and their carers. These awards celebrate the outstanding efforts in the delivery of care to older Queenslanders and promote sharing of good practices and effective responses to community needs. On Thursday 2nd June 2016 the winners of the ACSA Queensland 2016 Aged Care Awards were announced and Co.As.It. was very proud to be one of the finalists.

From left: Maria Reggi, Director Dina Ranieri, Treasurer Tony Brown.

From left: Maria Reggi, Director Dina Ranieri, Treasurer Tony Brown.

Health and Wellness Morning Tea – August 2016

Co.As.It.’s “Health and Wellness Morning Tea”  will be taking place at our Social Activities Centres,
Wednesday 17 August at Stafford Heights and Thursday 18 August at Acacia Ridge.  The event is free and will go from 9.30am – 12.30pm. View the links below for all the details, RSVP by 08/08/16.

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Wednesday 17 August- Casa Serena, Stafford Height
Thursday 18 August – Casa Aurelia, Acacia Ridge

The Gold Coast will be having their own “Seniors Week” Celebration on Thursday 18 August. The event will be a Morning Tea and Lunch from 10am-2pm, and will include live music and raffles. View the link below for all the details. Tickets $15pp, RSVP by 08/08/16

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Seniors Week Celebration, Clear Island Waters.

International Women’s Day 2016

Co.As.It. Community Services celebrated International Women’s Day last Saturday 5 March 2016 with a jubilant morning tea event at the Victoria Park Golf Complex. Hosted by Damien Anthony Rossi and Kellie Alderman, the celebration brought together over 300 women, a testament to the unified support and praise shared within the community.

Distinguished guests including the Hon Grace Grace, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Continue reading

Join the celebration at our International Women’s Day Event – 5 March 2016

Once again Co.As.it. Community Services is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day. The “Morning Tea” event hosted by Media Personality/TV Presenter Damien Anthony Rossi and  Beauty & Fashion writer/ Stylist Kellie Alderman, will take place at The Victoria Park Golf Complex, Brisbane on Saturday 5 March 2016, from 10.30am to 2.30pm. This year the event will be in support of the Fight Against Domestic Violence encouraging and promoting awareness and affective action. Continue reading

Annual Community Concert 2015

lions denOur Annual Community Concert was held last Saturday 14 November at the Multicultural Community Centre in Newmarket. With over 400 community members in attendance as well dinstinguished guests including  The Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and the Italian Vice Consul for Qld and NT, Dott. Luigi Ficara, the event successfully  delivered on its promise,  presenting an evening of great entertainment, laughs and scrumptious nibbles. “Platters to Popera and Pavarotti”  showcased some amazing performances with guests delighted to sing along to some of the  more popular Popera Classics. The evening concluded in style with a grand finale performance followed by refreshments. Continue reading

CO.AS.IT. attends Hesta Aged Care Awards Ceremony 2015


Hesta Award Ceremony 2015

From upper left: Treasurer Tony Brown, Anna Muscio, Maria Reggi, Silvana Stebel, Assistant Director Tanina Softa. From lower left: Director Dina Ranieri, Nella Alba, Sharon Smith.

Hesta Finalist AwardAs a finalist in the Outstanding Organisation category in this year’s Hesta Aged Care Awards,  Co.As.It. was excited to attend the awards ceremony dinner in Canberra on the 27th August.  Although it was not our turn to share in the winning prize, we were proud to receive a trophy in recognition of the outstanding achievement in developing the “Because we care – A humanistic approach” program.