Category: General News

  • Redland’s Outstanding Volunteers

    Volunteers play a vital role in our community. The ‘Celebration of Volunteers’ puts a focus on the giving spirit and culture of the Redlands community.

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  • Star's volunteering program leads to employment for Arran Hansen

    THREE years ago STAR Community Services put a plan in place to engage people with disabilities in volunteering through Volunteering Redlands. The program supported Arran Hansen to get paid employment.

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  • A Review of the Suzanne Stays Oxygen Apartments

    Report on the Suzanne Stays Oxygen Apartments, wheelchair friendly unit, Leichardt St, Spring Hill, Brisbane, inspected February, 2021 

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  • STAR Singalong to celebrate International Day of People with Disability

    STAR Singalong to celebrate International Day of People with Disability 2020.

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  • STAR Origin Story: Social Activities

    As STAR’s Transport business grew, many clients asked about other activities and ways to meet their friends throughout the community. There was a growing interest in social activities and domestic support.

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  • STAR Tech: Seniors Thriving During Lockdown

    During the COVID-19 lock-down, the STAR Tech program has helped the participants to stay connected with their family and friends, guiding them to learn new skills, making this period of time less stressful.

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  • STAR making a difference

    STAR has been supporting vulnerable members of our community since 1996. A range of Aged Care services are available for clients like Les.

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  • STAR News July 2020

    STAR Newsletter July 2020 is now available.

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  • STAR supports vulnerable Redlanders

    STAR Community Service, supported by the Redland City Council COVID-19 Community Organisations Support Grant, is delivering groceries and medication to vulnerable members of the Redlands community. In a streamlined system, the groceries and medication are paid for by the resident and then delivered to their home for free.  

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  • STAR working with Southern Moreton Bay Island Champions

    STAR Community Service working with Southern Moreton Bay Island Champions.
    Siobhan Hessing Disaster Planning and Operation Redland City Council, Lennie Jackson SMBI Community Champion, Clare Barker SES Local Controller and Community Resilience Coordinator Redland City Council, Marie Dalton SMBI Community Champion, Hilton Travis SMBI Community Champion and Mairead Nothling STAR Community Services met to hand over the laptop and mobile phone donated by Redland Foundation. Equipment like this is a basic need during emergencies, so we extend sincere thanks to Redlands Foundation for their generosity.

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  • STAR gets a helping hand from Federal funding

    Thanks to a federal funding grant, STAR can upgrade its Volunteering Redlands computer and support the costs associated with First Aid training for our amazing Redland volunteers. 

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  • STAR Spotlight: Doug Tearle

    The service STAR offers enables the older members of our community the ability to remain independent in their own home.  Meeting these community members and chatting with them during our trips, Doug finds very interesting.  Doug says, “So many clients have lived through difficult times but still share a smile and a joke with you.  Our clients appreciate the service STAR provides for them.”

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  • STAR Spotlight: Wieber Vlasveld

    A couple of years ago, Wieber started as a Volunteer Driver for STAR. Wieber says, “I really enjoy helping our clients. They are like my brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, aunties, grandfathers and grandmothers to me. We have great conversations. STAR client’s include a great variety of people each with their individual stories.”

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  • STAR Spotlight: Shelia Bradshaw

    Shelia is one of the longer serving Contact Centre Volunteers. STAR values her support for the organisation and the many clients, colleagues and community members she supports.

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  • STAR Spotlight: Wayne Scott

    Wayne says, “I thoroughly enjoy my volunteer driving as it gives me great satisfaction in the knowledge that I am helping others to achieve their goals and meet their needs, in a safe environment, with someone they can trust.”

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  • STAR Spotlight: Rob Spencer

    STAR is honoured to have Rob Spencer as the Chair of STAR Community Services. Rob joined in 2004 when the Board was newly formed. As STAR grew in size and community involvement, Rob became Chairperson of Board of Directors. STAR’s business model was always about using volunteers and the board ensured that development continued. This thinking has helped, STAR connect with a great group of volunteers throughout the community. Rob believes, “When we consider the number of volunteers who have been with STAR for well over fifteen years, it says a lot about the values, culture, management and focus of the organisation.”

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  • Thank you STAR Staff and Volunteers

    Thank you to the AMAZING STAR Team. COVID-19 has disrupted our way of life, yet every day STAR staff and volunteers work hard to ensure clients are cared for. Each member of the STAR team has demonstrated their dedication to giving the highest standard of care to our  clients. Keeping each client safe in this unprecedented time.

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  • Older Queenslanders embracing new tech

    Queensland's mature-aged residents are embracing technology to stay connected amid the state's coronavirus restrictions, enforced to keep them safe during the global pandemic.

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  • STAR vehicles fitted with bacteria-fighting device

    STAR Community Service vehicles have been fitted with antibacterial devices as the organisation takes precautions to keep drivers and elderly clients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • STAR Tech helps elderly while in COVID-19 isolation

    STAR Community Services is encouraging elderly people to stay connected with loved ones while in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through the STAR Tech training program, elderly participants are being taught how to maintain social connections with friends and family during the current period of physical divide. 

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  • STAR ringing clients to keep vulnerable Redlanders safe

    STAR Community Services is keeping an eye on vulnerable members of the Redlands community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • STAR is Here to Help

    COVID-19 has disrupted our way of life and there is a lot of uncertainty as to how that will impact on STAR clients.

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  • STAR News March 2020

    Read or download STAR News March 2020.

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  • STAR Community Services continues to work in the community

    STAR Community Services is supporting more than 8,500 vulnerable disabled and elderly people in your community.  The STAR cars are the latest update, with every car being fitted with an...

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  • STAR Community Services is Seeking Your Expression of Interest

    With the  COVID-19 present in our community, STAR community services is doing everything to ensure that our most vulnerable clients are looked after and assist them to go on with...

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  • STAR teaches seniors to use technology

    STAR Community Services has launched a program teaching Redlands seniors how to use technology independently and build healthy social networks.

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  • STAR-CODI MERGER

    With STAR Community Services, Ipswich residents are enjoying convenient, affordable and more efficient community transport services. In July 2017, the two iconic community transport organisations STAR and CODI merged, forming a stronger efficient transport solution for Ipswich residents.

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  • International Day of People with Disability

    International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year.
    IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

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  • Support Across The Generations

    Brisbane (22 November 2019). STAR is holding its first Christmas Appeal to help combat isolation in the Redlands community. Redlands College students jumped into action to start collecting gifts. “Christmas is a time of giving and we all thought it would be wonderful to be able to give to elderly people who are on their own. Everyone was very excited to be a part of supporting others in the community, especially at this time of year” said Redland College’s 2020 School Captain, Lilly Dawson.

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  • International Men's Day

    In celebration of International Men's Day, we would like to honor one of our STAR clients, Robert McNabb. Robert's story is all too common with many men. They know something is wrong, but are reluctant to ask for help because it shows the real emotions affecting everyone as we age. This story is for every father, uncle, grandfather, male friend or neighbour. May this story inspire you to reach out and connect to the men around you.

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  • STAR Tech

    STAR Tech is an initiative to support the elderly in using technology in their daily lives, to build new social connections and engage with their community.

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  • Review of SuzanneStays Accommodation by STAR Client

    Thank you to SuzanneStays for donating one week accommodation at Riverplace Apartment in Brisbane as a prize for participants in the upcoming Care Expo and Brisbane Disability Expo. One of STAR’s clients, Heather Coombes, reviewed the apartment.  

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  • STAR Annual General Meeting 2019

    STAR AGM is on 21 September 2019.

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  • Towards an Age Friendly Queensland

    Around the world, people are getting together and taking concrete actions to make their communities better places to grow old.

    STAR recently participated in the Age-friendly Community Workshop - Playing Your Part Redlands.

    We asked some of our community leaders what does an Age Friendly Community mean?

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  • Benefits of Volunteering for Seniors

    As a community organisation with over 150 volunteers, STAR truly values the contribution of its volunteers.  

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  • Ipswich Team Awarded for Excellence in Community Engagement

    On Friday, October 26 at the Frank McGreevy Goodna RSL Function Centre, STAR won the IPSWICH DISTRICT COMMUNITY SAFETY CRIME PREVENTION AWARDS 2018, in the Community Engagement Category.

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  • Singalong a good excuse to get out and enjoy great company

    IPSWICH'S elderly and those with disabilities enjoyed a day full of music, melodies and dance in a community singalong organised by STAR Community Services in partnership with the Alchemy Street Choir at the W.G. Hayden Humanities Centre

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  • Community Sing-Along to fight Social Isolation

    Ipswich’s elderly and those with disabilities are invited to a community Sing-Along to help battle loneliness and build social connections. The musical event is organised by STAR Community Services in partnership with the Alchemy Street Choir on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the WG Hayden Humanities Centre in Ipswich.

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  • STAR Finalist in National Aged Care Awards

    STAR  is one of the top 4 aged care providers in the national 2018 HESTA Aged Care Awards,  Outstanding Organisation award category. 

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  • Volunteers Star on Women's Day

    Today's International Women's Day will be a time for volunteers from STAR Community Services to get together and focus on the year ahead. 

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  • Female Volunteers the 'backbone' of community service

    STAR Community Services is honouring its female volunteers on International Women's Day.

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  • Donation from Lions Club of Redland Bay-Victoria Point.

    STAR graciously accepted $500 donation from Lions Club of Redland Bay-Victoria Point.

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  • STAR in News- Ipswich Lunch Club

    STAR Lunch Club for Ipswich Seniors- Social Gathering Good for the Soul.

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  • Walk your way to health

    Walking is an easy and free way to get mobility, independence and good health as an elder. So, if your worried about your health and independence in old age it might be time to put your walking shoes on. Read more.

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  • Loneliness- a Growing Problem Amongst Aussie Seniors

    The elderly are experiencing loneliness and isolation, due to loss of mobility, lack of transport and living away from family.  Read on for some tips on combating loneliness. 

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  • Redlands seniors have community support to fight loneliness

    While aging is an inevitable part of life, loneliness need not be part of it. STAR volunteers provide companionship care to Redlands seniors.

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  • STAR in News- services at STAR offer ray of light

    Logan's seniors can tap into STAR Aged Care Services to live in their own homes for longer.

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  • STAR In News- Here's how you can help Ipswich's elderly

    STAR is seeking more volunteers to support the elderly. Read more.

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  • Ipswich Families Clear up Confusion About Transition to NDIS

    Brisbane (4 May 2017). Ipswich residents had a chance on Thursday, to clear up their concerns regarding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), ahead of the Scheme roll out on...

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  • Top Tips to Make the Most of Your Home Care Package

    Confused about recent Aged Care reforms? Based on the feedback from the community and clients, we have compiled a list of top tips to help you make the most of your government funded Home Care Package. 

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  • STAR In News- Law Study Continued with Help from STAR

    A story on one of STAR's inspirational clients, achieving life goals against all odds. Published in Senior News (Brisbane Edition) April 2017.

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  • STAR In News- MCOW Community Conversation

    An important Redlands Community Conversation to benefit those with Disabilities. Article published in Redland City Bulletin.

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  • What are Aussie Seniors Doing Online?

    Australians over 65 are increasingly getting on board with the digital world. The ACMA 2016 report provides an insight into how exactly are we using the internet.

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  • STAR In News- In Home Help for Redlands Seniors

    Most older Australians want to stay in their own homes as long as they can, staying as independent as possible and making their own decisions about their lifestyle, health and wellbeing. With a bit of help around the house or with meals and transport, many Redlands Seniors are able to stay independently in their own homes. Published in Seniors Lifestyle Bayside April/May 2017 Edition

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  • Top Five Tips for Seniors to Stay Healthy and Active

    When the elderly live away from family, whether in their own home or a retirement community, they often face limited mobility and reduced access to social activities. Lack of company may cause feeling of social isolation, affecting their health and emotional wellbeing. Here are top five tips to help you stay on top of your health. 

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  • Introducing STAR Care Qld

    STAR Care Qld is our new range of Care Services- offering in-home care including assistance with domestic cleaning, supported shopping, companionship, respite and other services.

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