Salvos legal are an award winning law firm with a difference. They provide quality commercial and property law advice on a paid basis. However, all of their fees (less expenses) fund their “legal aid” sister firm, Salvos Legal Humanitarium, which is a full service free law firm for the disadvantaged and marginalised. Both firms are owned by The Salvation Army.
Salvos Legal provide free advice once a month in five locations across Brisbane to help with matters involving the police, debt, neighbourhood disputes, centrelink matters, family law, housing, child safety as well as family migration.
Linda has been working for Jubilee Community Care, part-time for almost six years now. Linda loves working at Jubilee just as much as she loves being outdoors with her gorgeous German Shepherd…her husband is ok too, she jokes.
What do you love about working at Jubilee?
I love the variety! Every day there is always something new and different about my day. I also enjoy getting to know clients and at times being a special part of their lives. I always hope to make a difference.
What’s something that makes you smile?
If you didn’t laugh you’d cry. So I just go with the flow. Life’s short so enjoy everything you can!
What’s something you’ve learned working for Jubilee?
My clients often say “do it while you can!”; take that holiday, climb that mountain, treat yourself to something special now and then.
What do you like more, sweet or savoury?
Basically I love food. There isn’t much I don’t like, but chocolate is always good anytime.
Learn falls prevention strategies with Jubilee. “One out of five falls causes serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury and the risk increases as we get older,” states, Client Support Coordinator, Sandy Kelly. “Stay Standing is Australia’s first nationally quality accredited falls prevention program.” Stay Standing is an 8 week course designed to empower older people to continue living at home and focuses on strategies from medical professionals alongside a program of exercises.
The program is over 8 weeks and is held 4 times a year with the following focus:
Week 1: Assessment with Monique or Tim & home program of exercises to prevent falls
Last month, the Stay Standing Falls Prevention Program team were named runners up for the “2017 Excellence in Care” Team Awards. The awards night was held by Queensland Leading Age Services Australia (Queensland LASA) at Jupiters’ Casino to celebrate contributions towards the quality of life of older Australians. The Team award was hotly contested and representatives from Jubilee were proud to be recognised as finalists for our Stay Standing program.
In the five years since Jubilee Community Care started delivering the program, Stay Standing has helped more than 100 members of the community learn how to prevent falls. Sandy, Client Support Coordinator, Minky and Rossana (both Support Workers) are the team at the heart of this program. Together, they work tirelessly behind the scenes to organise and run the course. It’s a powerful program, run by wonderful people and after the awards night, we’re glad other people think so too!
The eight-week program is very popular, with graduates saying how much they enjoy the classes and can really see the results. It’s the first accredited falls prevention program in Australia and we work hard to make it accessible to anyone who wants to participate.
Why not experience it for yourself and give Sandy a call today? 07 3871 3220
Australia Day this year, saw Ray (pictured with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk) recognised with an Australia Day achievement award from the Brisbane City Council.
For over 25 years, Ray has tirelessly volunteered to record and promote awareness of the state of West Brisbane’s waterways. He’s reported to government bodies and held public presentations as well as mentoring other members of catchment groups in assessing water quality.
Ray is a very busy man but we caught up with him to ask him a few questions about his passion.
In his working career, Ray worked hard in land and catchment management in central Queensland. His area of expertise was in compiling the results of tests on local creeks and rivers into reports for company and industrial bodies. After retiring, Ray kept his passion alive with WaterWatch, a program that started up in the early 90s to protect local waterways across the country. Using his expertise, he was involved in designing the program for the local catchments of Western Brisbane. For the next 25 years, Ray collected data on Cubberla and Witton Creeks, analysing the results and providing reports to the relevant government bodies.
“It was a good opportunity to put on the shoes of the chemists of the company laboratories… I did this in my retirement to continue to promote public awareness that all changes, both beneficial and degrading, are reflected in the product of a catchment – the chemistry and quality of the water.”
For many people, a passion like this might be enough to fill the days but Ray is also a keen orienteer. He loves the sport, saying it combines thought, map reading and physical ability. Ray has competed across Australia and also in Europe, finding his way through the countryside with little more than a map and a compass. He’s also really good at it; Ray currently holds the Men’s 85 Australian Sprint Championship and the Queensland Championships in Bush and Sprint events. His love for adventure extends to his palate as well. As a member of the Probus club of Brisbane West, Ray regularly joins the Bushwhackers (a subgroup within the club) for culinary delights such as rabbit, crocodile or even camel! Photography is also one of Ray’s passions. While he doesn’t get to take as many photos as he used to, he enjoys helping the Probus club with their photos for records and newsletters.
Ray and his wife, Joy, are relatively new to the Jubilee family but are already loving it. “…we are so glad that we decided to join. The service and assistance we receive is excellent and has enabled us to relax in our own home.”
We’re happy to have such a vibrant member in our community as well, and can’t wait to catch up with him at an activity soon.
For anyone inspired by Ray, he says local catchment groups are always happy to have help. “There are many Groups along the local creeks that work tirelessly to eradicate weeds and pest shrubs that have infested the stream
environments. These groups will welcome any help by local interested helpers.” If you would like to find out more about how you could get involved, please visit the Brisbane Catchment Network online at www.brisbanecatchments.net.au