This week is ‘National Carers Week’ (10-16 Oct)

Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental health condition, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged – anyone at any time can become a carer. This week we recognise and celebrate the 2.65 million carers in Australia who support others. …

Should loneliness be normal?

Forty-four per cent of Australian’s regularly feel loneliness, yet 48% are too embarrassed to admit it to others*. We need to remove the stigma and welcome the conversations. The Belong Club, a community development initiative, is still in its pilot stage of growing, learning, and understanding. What we know is that the role of community is fundamental to achieving increased …

Digital equity for all ages.

This year’s International Day of Older Persons theme couldn’t be more relevant: Digital equity for all ages.  COVID-19 has taught us all the importance of maintaining connection when in lockdown. For many, we can tap into a FaceTime call or join a Friday night quiz with friends. But for elders, this opportunity for connection can be impossible. And as the …

The pandemic on our mental health.

Our CEO Gary Jacobson recently weighed in on the pandemic and it’s impact on the mental health of individuals and the community at large in an article for Thinklocal.com.au. “Whether it’s carers of older people, those living alone, or those missing out on organised sport; all those people that weren’t at risk before are now at risk, and those who …

Why volunteer? Creating community in a disconnected world.

Written by Cate Archibald. From picking up and dropping off a load of shopping, to simply going for a stroll and a chat; community volunteers help in so many ways. CCNB has over 180 volunteers in the community providing everyday assistance to people with disabilities, the elderly and those going through mental health struggles.  Most importantly, in a world ravaged …

Decluttering 101

By Kristina Duke, Decluttering Diva What are you procrastinating??? Are you: folding a basket of laundry? Booking your Pap smear? De junking the junk drawer? Taking your charity items to the op shop? Organising your paperwork? Big or small tasks, we all procrastinate. Why? There are several reasons: We believe that the job is too big for now, so if we …

Do you know someone grieving at work?

By Susan Goldie, our End of Life Strategy National Lead 170,000 people die in Australia every year, leaving grieving family and friends behind. That means that easily 1,000,000 workers or more can be affected by the death of someone close to them.  And that doesn’t even consider all those workers who are supporting someone they love leading up to death. That adds up to …

6 ways to stay well during lockdown (according to experts)

COVID-19 and its lockdowns have been hard for everyone. In fact, one in five Aussies report feeling high or very high levels of psychological distress linked to the pandemic, with women, young people and those with a disability worse affected. It’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed, isolated, and anxious at a time like this but it’s important to make sure …

Dying to Know Day webinar

Dying to Know Day is an important day to reflect, discuss or prepare for a loved one’s, even your own end of life experience. The day endeavours to breathe life into the end of life conversation – to empower us to choose our journey and create stronger bonds and security. CCNB presented a panel of individuals well versed in the …

Volunteer Stories: Uncovering a hidden movie star

CCNB’s volunteering program connects community volunteers with socially isolated older individuals. Our Volunteer Stories series highlights special interactions that come out of the program. Louise is one of our CCNB Community Volunteers and has been connected with Ray for (length of time). She describes him as 94-years-young and has continued to learn more about him and his 45-year career as …

On becoming the author of a mental health memoir

Sandie Jessamine March 2021 2014 I tiptoe around squished cockroach and dump my suitcase on the bed. The air in the boarding house is choked with sorrow. Mould drips down the walls of Room 7 and a purple rag masquerades as a curtain in front of French doors – my only ventilation. I fling them open, needing to breathe. Two …

Top 10 Questions about becoming a CCNB Community Volunteer

Have you been thinking about volunteering but don’t know what is involved? At CCNB we believe that kindness and community will make the difference to people’s lives. Become a CCNB Community Volunteer today! Q1. How much time is required to Volunteer?The answer to this question depends on the time you have available and the person you are connected with. Our …

Giving time and kindness…our Community Volunteers.

“I’m really touched by how good people are” – Profiling Cate Archibald, Community Programme Coordinator at CCNB Our new profile series aims to provide insight into what motivates CCNB’s staff to help others get the most out of life. Cate Archibald, Community Programme Coordinator, has been working at CCNB since October 2018. She comes from a background as a Support …

Celebrating National Carers Week 2020

Recording of CCNB’s Carer Week event with Professor Bettina Cass included below. National Carers Week, run by Carers Australia from Sunday 11th to Saturday 17th October 2020, is a dedicated acknowledgement and celebration of carers in Australia. According to Carers Australia, there are over 2.7 million Australians providing unpaid support and care to family or friends for a disability, mental …

Women’s Health Week delivers an important reminder to check in on your health

Women’s Health Week is celebrated annually in September and serves as an important reminder to look after your health and wellbeing. Given the stress of COVID-19, it is especially important to take time out to check in on your health and implement positive changes. Each day of the week has been dedicated to a specific women’s health topic, including reproductive, …

What is World Suicide Prevention Day? #WSPD2020

World Suicide Prevention Day is organised by The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) on the 10th of September every year. The event aims to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. A global challengeAround the world, suicide remains one of the top twenty causes of death for people of all ages. According to Lifeline, over 65,000 Australians make a …

Thank you for your selflessness

Thank you to our care workers who continue to provide care in people’s homes during the COVID 19 pandemic. Let’s keep our local care workers in jobs and support local businesses, by continuing to receive services, because it is safe to do so. It can’t be easy for you, our care and support workers, to leave the comfort of your …

More than just a volunteer!

During the last few months, whilst we have been behind the scenes connecting volunteers with clients in our community, beautiful friendships and connections have been blossoming. We love hearing stories like Betty’s and Melissa’s. For Betty, having a regular visit from a CCNB Community Volunteer and her well-behaved dog, has brought so much happiness to Betty’s life! Melissa CCNB Community …