News, Reviews & Resources   ||   Issue 108 June 2014 Dear Reader, We're 'squeaking' in by a very narrow margin to get this June issue to you before


News, Reviews & Resources   ||   Issue 108 June 2014


Dear Reader,

We're 'squeaking' in by a very narrow margin to get this June issue to you before the end of the month. And (for our readers involved in education) before the end of this school term! :)

But we hope that you enjoy reading it and, as always, that you find a gem or two worth keeping

Sue & Chris
BJ Seminars International

Chair Chi Training (Level One)


Brisbane: Monday 28 July
Royal on the Park, Cnr Alice & Albert Streets, Brisbane
Adelaide: Monday 25 August
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, 55 Frome Street, Adelaide

Our Chair Chi Training (Level One) workshop is for aged care professionals, carers or volunteers. It is based on an innovative, gentle exercise program that Chris has been delivering in aged care centres across Melbourne for almost two years. The program teaches people how to deliver Chair Chi sessions for residents to enhance physical, psychological, social and emotional wellbeing.

The registration fee of $341 (incl GST) covers the workshop, morning tea, lunch and a comprehensive workbook as an ongoing resource and reference.

We're aware of the challenges for those in more remote areas who have to travel to capital cities for professional development activities. So a discount on the registration fee is available for anyone from a remote region. We also provide discounted registration when three or more attend from one organisation. Should either of these options be of interest, please contact us for further details, as they are not available via our automated online registration system.

Things to Do and Places to Go ...


Use Weekend Notes to find fun and interesting things to do in your town or city.

The home page shows a handful of main cities, but you can also visit the full list of towns and cities in which events are listed on the site.

WIth school holidays looming here in Australia, parents and grandparents could find it a very handy site to bookmark! :)



School holidays also frequently involve taking the family to the movies. And that can mean a very expensive outing these days!

TicketBounty, Australia’s first and only movie ticket deal website is a resource that may help you keep the cost down. Some tickets are available for as lttle as five dollars! The lowest prices are offered for movies that have been screening for a time (i.e not new releases) and at non-peak times, such as morning or afternoon sessions.

TicketBounty is a relatively new startup and at present have partnered with just a handful of movie theatres in NSW, VIC and SA. However that number should increase with time and you'll find more options available.

A Taste of Appreciative Inquiry


Brisbane: Tuesday 29 July
Royal on the Park, Cnr Alice & Albert Streets, Brisbane
Adelaide: Tuesday 26 August
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, 55 Frome Street, Adelaide

Appreciative Inquiry is a strength-focused approach for stakeholder consultation, engagement and planning, whether internally or external to an organisation. It is used extensively by local governments, communities, nonprofit groups and businesses around the world.

Our Taste of Appreciative Inquiry workshop is for all those who are 'dipping their toes' in the water of AI and would like to learn the essentials of this approach. It covers key concepts fundamental to the philosophy and practice of Appreciative Inquiry.

The registration fee of $341 (incl GST) covers the workshop, morning tea, lunch and a pack of professionally produced reference cards published by Appreciating People in the UK. (These card sets are available in Australia exclusively through BJ Seminars International and provide an excellent ongoing resource and reference after the workshop.) .

As with our Chair Chi workshop (above) we offer discounts for anyone travelling from a remote region or for three or more coming from the same organisation. Contact us for details.

Not for Profit and Corporate Partnerships Conference


22-23 July, Sydney

Billed as the only one of its kind in Australia, the Not for Profit and Corporate Partnerships Conference is designed to assist not for profit organisations develop and maintain effective partnerships with corporate entities:

"Securing a corporate partner is becoming increasingly competitive. One of the biggest hurdles you will face is presenting yourself as the right organisation for a corporate to partner with. This conference is designed to provide you with a toolkit on how to source these crucial partnerships and more importantly how to secure and maintain the partnership to ensure sustainability for your organisation."

Collaborative Approaches to Supporting Staff


David Lees and Paul Montgomery, from Unique Outcomes in Queensland, are offering a series of workshops, beginning in August this year, called Collaborative Approaches to Supporting Staff.

The course is intended for people wanting to support others to enjoy and engage in critical reflection on their work in collaborative and hopeful ways. In these experiential workshops, participants will explore 10 tools for re-invigorating practice-based supervision, coaching and peer reflection.

Fee: $500 plus GST including all materials, refreshments and a delicious lunch.

Please contact David and Paul to register your interest.

Out and About on the Web


The Future of Aging


Indigenous Digital Excellence


Action for Happiness


Youth Action (NSW)

Better Boards Conference 2014


Adelaide Convention Centre 1-3 August

The need for significant regeneration of the way non-profit organisations see themselves and operate is more vital for success than ever.

The Australasian Better Boards Conference is one of the largest gatherings of leaders from non-profit organisations in Australasia.

For over 12 years it has been the best kept secret of hundreds of high performing directors, CEOs and senior management teams who attend to discuss trends, hear new ideas and focus on topical governance and leadership issues and solutions pertinent to the non-profit sector.

This year’s theme focuses on three practical processes to regenerate non-profit organisations within the current rapidly changing environment. Keynote and plenary sessions are supported by workshops that drill down to practical applications within more specialised subjects.

Mixed Dozen


Mixed Dozen is an intriguing concept and a wonderful take on revitalising, re-energizing and re-inspiring communities. From their 'about' page:

Mixed Dozen brings together neighbourhoods and local communities. It provides a space for them to play, create, converse and give through a shared meal. Mixed Dozen does this by creating playful and intimate environments with our guests, which supports the rediscovery of the fun and enjoyment of knowing your locals and sharing the preparation of food with new and old friends.

Mixed Dozen is a social enterprise, interested in supporting local communities to invest and then re-invest in themselves. Mixed Dozen can happen anywhere, at anytime. You have to register to find out when a Mixed Dozen is coming to a venue near you.

Mixed Dozen Grants is a program where The Baker of Mixed Dozen sets further parameters around a meal to help guide or achieve a certain purpose. Individuals or communities can then apply to run a Mixed Dozen meal within the guidelines and receive funds to help with the delivery of that meal.

Current grants? Mixed Dozen in Spring. These are 6 grants of $500 available to communities from Melbourne and Geelong regions. Applications are now open and will close on 31 July. Meals will be delivered in Spring 2014. Use the online application form, and make sure you read the Mixed Dozen Handbook before applying.

Children's Headline Indicators


The Headline Indicators for children's health, development and wellbeing (Children's Headline Indicators) are a set of 19 indicators endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers' Conference, Community and Disability Services Ministers' Conference and the Australian Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs Senior Officials Committee.

The indicators are designed to focus policy attention on identified priority areas for children aged 0–12, with a focus on different groups of children (for example, Indigenous children, children living in remote areas).

On their website, interactive data are available for the 15 Children's Headline Indicators that currently have suitable data. Users can customise charts and tables according to year, state/territory and groups of children. Data can be exported by right clicking on any chart/table.

From Our Blog

Dates for Your Diary


Visit our Events Calendar to find details of conferences, workshops, training opportunities, exhibitions and special days to celebrate!

Among a number of other things, "Jul-Eye" each year is a time to focus on eye health. And we also see the annual International Day of Friendship at the end of the month - a great reason to celebrate! :).

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