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Proud to champion inclusion

It is our great honour to be supporting the 2019 Business DisABILITY Awards as an Event Partner.
The recent launch at new sponsor Toowoomba Toyota's showroom was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with our fellow partners and meet the new sponsors.
Nominations and entries are now open and we encourage you to nominate a person, community group or business who is helping to create more inclusive workplaces and communities. Nominate here
Tickets to the Gala Awards on 12 September are now on sale. It was a fabulous event last year and tickets sold out. Avoid disappointment and get your tickets here
We can't wait to see who will be recognised for their contribution this year.

P plate pride

Nicole is the latest graduate of our youth driving program.

Our young residents at The Haven are supported to complete their 100 hours of supervised driving and professional driving lessons so they can obtain their drivers licence. Thank you to Col (pictured) from Complete Drving Toowoomba who provides discounted lessons and to Golden Harvest Roadhouse who supplies fuel. And we can't forget our amazing mentor drivers. Congratulations Nicole...happy and safe driving!

A generous step

Thanks to a big-hearted donation, our Stepping Stone Cottage is sporting a new 'skirt'.

We are delighted with the new palings around our Stepping Stone Cottage - the icing on the cake for our renovated cottage. We are extremely grateful to Dugald Hamilton at 23Legal who donated $2000 for the purchase of timber and supplies. Then his wonderful father, Gus, volunteered to install the palings. Special thanks to Heath Bellette for his contribution to the project also.

Homelessness Week

Our staff are stepping up to support an important cause this week.

They'll be joining many other community members as part of The Base Services Homeless for a Week sleep-out. The event coincides with Homeslessness Week which aims to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions. Our staff is on a mission to raise $4000. If you can help them, please donate here

Seniors Week

This month we're taking part in Seniors Week celebrations.

Don't miss these events:

Seniors Movie Morning
Screening A Dog's Journey
Wed 21 August
Free morning tea by YellowBridge from 10am. Movie commences 10.30am

Toowoomba Seniors Week Expo
Thurs 22 August
Berghofer Recreation Centre, Baker Street

Book launch

We are very excited to be ready to launch our latest book project with you that promotes senior inclusion.

Wise Humans of the Downs features photos and stories of 30 seniors from across the Darling Downs. Students from St Mary's College helped to gather the stories, which have been compiled in a beautiful photo display book. It will be launched during Senior Weeks and we look forward to sharing it with you.
The project is supported by the Queensland Government's age-friendly community grants program.

Donations needed

Our Collectables op shop needs donations. Can you help us?

If you're downsizing, reducing or decluttering, please consider donating your quality, pre-loved items to our boutique op shop. Our stocks are low and we'd be very grateful for your help. You can drop donations to us as 2 Station Street, or we can collect large items from you. Phone us on 4632 8030 to arrange a pick-up. Thank you.

CEO's Comment

Penny Hamilton, Chief Executive

Everyone needs time to rest, relax and recharge their batteries. However much you enjoy your job (paid or unpaid), it is good for you to get away, take a rest and have a change of scenery.

When you consider the growing list of work that must be completed on the job, annual leave can often be far from a relaxing thought. However, with all work and no play, the capacity for innovative thinking and effective problem solving can rapidly take a dive. You might think that working late and not taking time off means you will get more work done, but research has actually found that when working longer hours, employees aren’t as creative and find it hard to maintain the same intensity level in their work. So, by working yourself too hard, it could actually be detrimental to the quality of your work
I am such a strong advocate for taking annual leave, leaving your work routine and getting away from it all. And it doesn't just apply to the paid workforce, volunteers need a break too. If you've been avoiding taking leave, let me convince you to think again and … take a break.
Eight hours-plus work a day for 40 years of your life is going to have just one result and it’s not good. Periodically we humans need a rest. So take your time to rest and recharge your batteries. When you are in the work mind your brain is focused on your ‘to do list’ and rarely do you actually have time to be creative. When you are on leave you actually do get the time to think, often from a new perspective. It is important to understand that time away from your work can indeed be beneficial for you personally and professionally.
Despite some people thinking those who work instead of taking leave are the most dedicated it’s not actually true. They are at risk of stagnation which affects our enthusiasm and productivity. And believe it or not, any business or group will actually carry on without you.
Convinced? I hope so. If not, there is one more piece of advice that a wise person gave to me many years ago … taking leave gives everyone else a break from you! No matter how great your working relationships are with your peers, it is always good to give them some space when you are not around. They will be thankful and will wholeheartedly embrace your return.
So, forget the old work ethic that longer hours mean dedication and higher productivity. There is so much to do and see in the world, which just isn’t going to happen from the confines of your work or volunteer space. Take a break and experience new things. I can guarantee you won’t regret it.

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