23 April 2010 - TasCOSS - Tasmanian Council of Social Service Home

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23 April 2010 - TasCOSS - Tasmanian Council of Social Service Home

     TasCOSS e-news

Welcome to the 26 February 2010 edition of TasCOSS e-news.

    You have received the TasCOSS e-news because you are on our mailing list but do you know if your organisation is a TasCOSS member? To find out more about TasCOSS membership click here



    TasCOSS Toolkit for Managers Workshops: Making a difference - Results Based Accountability, May 17 & 18

    Record Keeping TasCOSS Fact Sheet


    Volunteering Tasmania is taking a snapshot of volunteering in Tasmania in 2010

    Vinnies CEO Sleepout

    Strengthening Community Organisations Workshops - May

    National Careers and Employment Roadshow, June 9 and 10

    FREE Computers for Young People in Out of Home Care

    Collaboration Workshop: Co-occurring Complex Needs Require Collaborative Expertise, May 14

    National Foster Carers Conference, "Connected" We Move Forward, 27th - 29th August 2010

    2nd International ‘Art Of Good Health And Wellbeing’ Arts And Health Conference

    4th Australasian Orientation and Mobility Conference (AMC2010) 24-26 Nov 2010

    National Rural/Regional Law and Justice Conference, 19-21 November, 2010

    International Youth Mental Health Conference, Melbourne on July 29th and 30th, 2010

    Self-Abuse Finally Ends... An Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Self Abuse; and, ‘Real Talk’ A workshop of hope & support for carers, family & friends

    Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Community Grant closes 2 May 2010

    Newman’s Own Foundation Grants – 28 May 2010

    Nonprofit Marketing Impact: The Two Keys to Gaining Traction

    Tax Update: Fringe benefits tax (FBT) return 2010

    Tax Update: Key superannuation rates and thresholds

    Tax Update: Tax concession charities - frequently asked questions


    This service is provided free of charge for TasCOSS member organisations.


    TasCOSS Toolkit for Managers Workshops: Making a difference - Results Based Accountability, May 17 & 18

    TasCOSS presents this workshop to give you tools to ensure that your community, organisation or program are creating real change in peoples lives and that you have the data to convince your stakeholders and funders that you are ‘Making a Difference’. The workshop will provide an introduction to Results Based Accountability? (RBA) presented by Sue Richards, CEO of NSW Family Services Inc., whose organisation has supported many family service organisations in NSW to implement RBA over the last three years. Anglicare Tasmania will also share their experiences using RBA.

    When and Where:

    Launceston thMonday May 17, 9:30am 3:30pm

    Tram Shed Function Centre, 4 Invermay Road, Inveresk

    Hobart thTuesday May 18, 9:30am 3:30pm

Baha'i Centre of Learning, 1 Tasman Hwy, Hobart

    Cost: The price per person is discounted for organisations with more than one participant.

    TasCOSS Members $95 (GST incl) or $80 per person for more than one

    Non-Members $110 (GST incl) or $98 per person for more than one

    This workshop is heavily discounted. The normal cost would be around $175 per person.

Registration: Register online at by COB Friday, May 7th.

    Download the flyer here:

If you have problems with the online registration, or need more information:

    Contact Tim Tabart

    P: 03 6231 0755


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Record Keeping TasCOSS Fact Sheet

    TasCOSS has produced a Fact Sheet that sets out a number of issues to be considered with regard to client records in particular, as well as some general strategies for record management. The Fact Sheet addresses

    Statutory and Contractual requirements; Privacy; Historical records; and Destruction of records.

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    Volunteering Tasmania is taking a snapshot of volunteering in Tasmania in 2010

    Volunteering Tasmania is gathering information to create the State of Volunteering Report: Tasmania 2010.

    This report will present a snapshot of volunteering within Tasmania who is volunteering, what they are doing and how they are supported.

    Our research includes surveys for three target groups:

    1. current volunteers (anyone who has undertaken volunteering within the previous 12 months);

    2. people who aren’t currently volunteering; and

    3. organisations involving volunteers (organisations, programs, groups, clubs, brigades and events that

    involve volunteers in their work or services).

    We are seeking your help to distribute our surveys as widely as possible amongst your volunteers, your

    organisation, and your community.

    Visit our website to complete the surveys!

    The success of our State of Volunteering Report rests on getting the whole sector involved. We need you, as

    representatives of Tasmania’s volunteer network to encourage participation as widely as possible so…

    **Please forward this notice through your organisation and networks. Wherever possible we are encouraging people to do the surveys online.

    However, we do not want to exclude those who do not have easy access to the internet, so we have created

    PDF versions of each of the three surveys which can be printed and handed out to participants as needed. Please mail or fax any completed hardcopy surveys to:


    57D Brisbane St


    Fax: 03 6234 4113

    If you have any questions about the Report or the surveys, please contact

    Meg: or

    Lisa: or

    Ph 6231 5550, 1800 677 895

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Vinnies CEO Sleepout

    Rise to the challenge! On Thursday 17 June 2010 the Vinnies CEO Sleepout takes place in capital cities across Australia. The event challenges business and community leaders to experience homelessness first-hand for one night, raise important money, and with fresh insight go on to effect change in social opinions on this serious issue. All money raised goes directly towards the ongoing provision of Vinnies' homeless services across the country. We encourage not-for-profit CEO's to get involved in this event and to challenge the 'corporates' to raise funds.

    The Melbourne event is a combined Victorian/Tasmanian event. Tasmanian CEOs are invited to sleepout in Melbourne and the money they raise will go towards homeless services in Tasmania.

    Click here for more info

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Strengthening Community Organisations Workshops May

    In 2009 the State Government announced the Strengthening Community Organisations fund to provide opportunities for non-government organisations to gain skills and tools to remain strong throughout the global financial crisis, and to respond effectively to ongoing reforms which are changing the nature of how we receive funding.

    On behalf of the sector, Anglicare Tasmania was successful in gaining funding for a set of workshops designed to explore the legal, accounting, workforce and communications needs of NGOs, with a particular focus on what skills and tools those organisations may need to respond effectively to the growing need to form formal partnerships and work together to achieve efficiencies.

    The sessions will include four presentations (over four Mondays 5.15pm to 7.15pm), with an opportunity for organisations to engage in facilitated discussions with the presenters, and informal conversations with each other about opportunities for collaboration. Each organisation would select one Manager or Executive Officer, and one Board Member to attend. Wine and cheese will be provided.

    The final two workshop series’ start on 3rd May and 31st May and enrolments close 2 weeks prior to the

    commencement of each series. We are still taking enrolments for the upcoming series commencing 3rd May. If you would like more information or wish to enrol in these sessions, please contact Zoe Dale at Anglicare on

    (03) 62 133 534 or

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National Careers and Employment Roadshow, June 9 and 10

    Discover your pathway to employment and training opportunities by attending a FREE National Careers and Employment Roadshow in June. Brought to you by the Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council. Come along to the National Careers and Employment Roadshow showcasing the latest resources for job seekers, Job Services Providers, Apprenticeship Centres, RTOs, HR professionals, career advisers and parents to find information on pathways to employment and training opportunities within the Community Services and Health industries.

    All are welcome to attend including people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature aged job seekers.

Hobart: 9 June, 12:00-2:00pm

    Mercure Hobart, Terrace Room

    156 Bathurst St, Hobart

Launceston: 10 June, 9:00 11:00am

     Venue to be decided.

    Find out more or register online today.

    Phone Isabel Osuna-Gatty on 02 9270 6634 or Mob: 0408 678 064

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FREE Computers for Young People in Out of Home Care

    CREATE Foundation have some ex-Departmental desktop computers to give away to Young People living in out of home care. These computers are in AWESOME condition, however they do not have an operating system or any software on them.

    If you are interested in grabbing one of these computers, please contact CREATE on 6223 7749. First in, best served. Limit of one computer per household. Must be able to collect from 260 Macquarie Street, HOBART.

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    Collaboration Workshop: Co-occurring Complex Needs Require Collaborative Expertise, May 14 This free workshop is designed for practitioners operating at different levels or in multidisciplinary teams across the Tasmanian community services sector. This includes team leaders, managers, project officers and practitioners in the mental health, alcohol & other drugs, justice and housing sectors. Workshop Themes and activit