Stay connected and learn new skills with our Computer Technology Classes. The new course will begin next year, Thursday 19 January 2017. Every Thursday you’ll have the opportunity to learn valuable computer skills that you’ll be able to apply in your everyday life. If you feel you don’t know much about computers, or maybe you would like to pick up some new skills and navigate with a bit more ease, make sure to book your place by contacting reception on 3262 5755. Taking a weekly course is a great way to stay mentally active, while also socialising and remaining connected within the community.
Click on the flyer below for further details.
Start date: 19 January 2017
Location: Italian Language Centre, 42 Newbery Street, NEWMARKET
Time: Thursday, 10.00am -12.00pm
Cost: $5 per class
To book: Contact Co.As.It. on 3262 5755
* PLEASE NOTE: Computer classes now run every Friday, starting from 26 May 2017
Co.As.It.’s annual community concert will be taking place on Saturday 3 December 2016 at the Diverciti Centre at Newmarket. This years’ concert “A Night on Broadway – With an Italian Twist!” presents the ultimate excitement, passion and intensity of Popera in a sensational showcase with Popera Classics performing a dazzling cornucopia of Broadway blockbusters and classics from the world of opera, musical theatre and modern Popera Classics. “A Night on Broadway – With An Italian Twist!” promises something for everyone with magnificent musical performances from a selection of Broadway’s biggest blockbusters including; Jekyll & Hyde, West Side Story, Wicked, Rent, Cats, Evita, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera. Our Italian Twist will also take us on a journey of soaring arias, classics and hits such as; Libiamo Nel Caliti, La Donna e Mobile, Volare and The Prayer culminating in a moving finale and homage to the late great Luciano Pavarotti. Book your tickets today by contacting Co.As.It. on 3262 5755.
Event: Annual Community Concert “A Night on Broadway – With and Italian Twist!”
Time and Date: Saturday 3 December 2016, 2.30pm – 6.00pm
Where: Diverciti Centre/Multicultural Community Centre, 23 Foster St, Newmarket
Tickets: $15 (includes refreshments: spumante and panettone)
To book contact Co.As.It. on 3262 5755
Co.As.It. Community Services is proud to present, with the cooperation of the National Archives Australia, “L’Ultimo Saluto” (The Last Goodbye) Italian migration exhibition. Share the history and experiences of this vibrant group through photographs which portray the vivid hopes and visions of a displaced generation, one that has now left an indelible presence in Queensland’s way of life.‘L’ultimo Saluto” will be a photographic record of the experiences of Italian migrants through the period of mass migration and will include documents relating to prisoners of war, internment, recruitment of workers for the sugar cane industry and proxy brides.
Co.As.It. will also be presenting a second exhibition, “Proxy Brides” which will showcase one girl’s journey to her new husband in Australia. In the 1950’s it was not uncommon to marry a man or woman by proxy one had not met. A unique insight into the lives of many Italian migrants who took the journey across oceans for a new start.
Both exhibitions will be showcased at Festitalia – Italian Festival on Sunday 9 October 2016 at Spencer park, 42 Newbery St, Newmarket, 11am -5pm. The exhibit will be displayed inside the Italian Language Centre.
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!
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
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 and 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 theme 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.
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.
More 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.
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).
ACSA 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.
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.
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
Seniors Week Celebration, Clear Island Waters.
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