News Tag: Mentor

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Service Coordinators in Queensland

Today we wrote to Care Coordinators operating in Queensland, to tell them about our platform and service, our pilot test and to offer services worth $1,500 to any of their members who are interested in becoming a pilot tester.

If you know of anyone who might be interested, encourage to email Gary Allen at [email protected] or to phone 0419 653 028.

Since making a limited start, we have posted 17 resources including 08 Enabled Discussion Sheets.

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A new small grant application

Over the weekend, we lodged an application for a small grant. This is a community grant scheme, offered by the Moreton Bay Regional Council. 

If we were successful, this money would be used to help fund our engagement with Griffith University. The work being done by the University includes developing micro-courses for members of the platform, as well as professional development for our mentors. 

It is only a small grant and success is by no means likely, but the input of funding could be very helpful for the development of the platform and its future.

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Finance policy

Yesterday, we drafted our finance plan.  This covered:

1. Billing for services;
2. Overhead saving and use;
3. Honoraria for office-bearers;
4. The purchasing plan;
5. Authorisations; and
6. Reporting and auditing…

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Excitement comes after a disappointment

After yesterday’s disappointing news, we received a terrific input of money this morning.  I hope to be able to share some details about that soon.

So some work commenced today:

Coding the other sections of the platform.
Producing the introducing video inspired by our logo.
Production of a comprehensive marketing plan.
Recording a message to go with our telephone message bank.

To say we are excited to have this work underway would be a MASSIVE understatement.   All of sudden, what felt like an impossible musing, is starting to become a reality.

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A great week

This week:

We confirmed our eligibility for a Gaming Community Benefit Fund grant and Moreton Community grant – both of which will be judged in November 2020 and would cover our immediate non-Fiverr needs;

Checked in with Fiverr and hopefully, we should hear next week if they are willing to pitch in to help with Fiverr credits – which would cover our platform build, animation and marketing plan needs;

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Ways in which can help: How mentoring will work

Our plan is mentoring would be by two or more people who would provide mentoring to mentees (see below).  As much as possible mentors and mentees will be matched on the basis of skills/expertise and needs.

Mentees are clients who have bought mentoring credits (see below), have credits and need some assistance.


The mentors are:

(i) A practitioner who lives with a disability (e.g. a business person) or a member of the Board; and 

(ii) A content expert.

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World Spine Day

Today is World Spine Day.  Chronic illnesses of the spine and traumatic injuries to the spine can be debilitating and impact upon every facet of daily life.

But it doesn’t have to limit capacity, contribution, passion or potential.

Too often it can be associated with isolation, blocked participation and wasted opportunity.

Sadly it can be the attitudes, disregard and labelling that can be the worst source of disability…