What's happening at SANDBAG in November 2015
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You're invited to attend the Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group 2015 Annual General Meeting.

Date:  Saturday 21st November 2015
Time: 10am for a 10:30 start
Venue: Sandgate Community Centre, 153 Rainbow Street, Sandgate
RSVP: by 13th November to

Download your Invitation, Board Nomination form, Proxy and Membership Form HERE

Staff Changes

We say Goodbye to Steve Williams and
Hello to Kylie Heenan and Georgia Farrell

There have been a few staffing changes at SANDBAG over the past month.   We extend a warm welcome to Kylie Heenan who joins SANDBAG in the role of Lead Counsellor with our Domestic Violence and Family Counselling Unit.  Kylie will work closely with our Volunteer Counsellors and Maggie Daunt who has moved from the role of Domestic Violence and Family Counselling Unit Coordinator to our Community Programs Manager.
We also say a welcome to Georgia Farrell who has moved into the role of Community Linking Facilitator for our Disability Program.  Some of you may know Georgia who has been with SANDBAG as a CLP Support Worker and Cleaning Supervisor in our Social Enterprise, SEED.  Whilst Georgia is not new to SANDBAG we wish her well in her new role.
The time has also come for us to say goodbye to longstanding staff member Steve Williams.  Steve has been with SANDBAG for a total of 8 years having joined us as a Community Development Worker in 2004. Following a short break from the organisation Steve returned in 2010 to establish our Social Enterprise SEED PPM.  During his time with SANDBAG Steve has made a significant contribution to our work to support the local community. He has played a lead role in the development of new business and enterprises for the organisation notably the successful establishment and ongoing management of SEED Property Parks and Maintenance and a key role in the establishment and ongoing development of The Garden Gate Café and Nursery.   We will be sad to see Steve go but wish him well in the future – given Steve is a 4017 local we are confident this isn’t goodbye!!

Stay tuned the announcement of our new Social Enterprise Business Manager in the coming month.

Unplugged Cafe 


Unplugged Cafe country music night!

November Unplugged offers a night of exceptional country, alternative country and good ol’ rock and roll courtesy of the Gympie Country Music Association.

Some of the performers have graced the Unplugged Cafe stage previously and were sensational! This time they’re bringing all of their buddies! From soulful duets to full on bands, it will all be happening at the Sandgate Community Centre on 6 November.
Catering by Manna from Heaven. Licensed bar in operation. From 7 -10pm. Yeeha!

What's On in November


10.30am-12:30pm: English  Classes – FREE for non-English speakers.  Contact SANBAG on 3969 3244
1.00pm - 2.00pm: Tai Chi –  1st lesson free.  Contact Glenn on 0413 055 714
5.45pm - 6.45pm: Yoga Classes from YogaGrin $15 casual Contact Jan 0420 606 992
7.30pm - 9.00pm: Keep Sandgate Beautiful meeting- 4th Mon each month.  Contact Janelle 3869 2115



10-11am: Community Morning Tea - all welcome each week Gold coin donation
10-11.30am: All Access Line Dancing Group - fun for people living with a disability, 2nd Tues each month to June Contact SANDBAG 3869 3244
12-2pm: Sandgate Community Connect Group - peer support, games, friendship.Enquiries welcome  3869 3244
1-2.30pm: SANDBAG Book Club – 2nd Tues each month. Contact Kathy on 3269 8938
7-9.30pm: Writers Group – 3rd Tues each month $4/meeting. Contact Ray on 3865 6730
7-10pm: Year for Peace – Community Discussions (1st Tues each month)  All welcome. Contact Peter or Janine on 3261 8715


9.30am-12pm: Brotherhood of the Wordless – 3rd Wed each month.Contact Joan on 3269 4406
12 Noon: Community Cafe Lunch each week Gold coin donation
Triple A Music Academy - Pitch Perfect Club (Ages 10-13) Contact Fran on 0450 122 267
4.30-5.30pm: Paddys Van providing free food for those sleeping rough or doing it touch. Meals on Wheels carpark (next door to SANDBAG) 
5-6pm: French Conversation Classes $15 per class Contact Laetitia on 0432 806 491


9.30-11am Resume Writing, Form Filling Assistance By appointment Ph: 3869 3244
English  Classes – FREE for non-English speakers. Contact SANDBAG on 3869 3244
7-8pm: Meditation Classes FORTNIGHTLY Contact Wendy on 0422 150 062


9.30am-2pm: General Counselling. By Appointment – 3269 0277
9.30am-12noon: Crafty Capers – bring along your project & share a laugh & friendship. Contact Kathleen on  3269 1258
9.30am - 11:30am: Art Classes - teacher guided, all levels/mediums explored Contact Jean on 3865 2654
7.00pm - 10:00pm : 
Unplugged Cafe - Great night out 1st Fri each month. Entry $6/$3 concession Veg/Meat Meal $10, Dessert $5


Hall / Kitchen / Meeting Rooms available for hire. Please email for more information


10am-2pm: Triple A Music Academy Classes
Kids' Jam - ages 4-9 $15
Electric Jam Class - adults/young adults $20
Songwriters' Club - Free! Share songs in the making, feedback, brainstorming & songcraft techniques. All ages
Acoustic Jam Class $20
For more information about what times which classes are on, please phone Contact Fran on 0450 122 267

Other up-coming events:

  • Wednesday 11 November from 9am-12md- Free Hearing clinic conducted by Australian Hearing-demonstration of various hearing aids
  • Wednesday 9 December 12 noon-Seniors Lunch
  • Wednesday 16 December-4pm- St Pats-Paddies Van-Xmas Meal
  • Christmas Day Lunch from 10am-2pm
If you'd like more information on any of these, contact Garry Hunt on 3869 3244










SANDBAG, in conjunction with Qld Police Service (Sandgate), are conducting a free Domestic and Family Violence Information Session.  
                        153 RAINBOW STREET, SANDGATE 
WHEN:          1PM – 2.30PM, THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2015
                        (let us know if you would prefer to attend an after hours session)
*Material discussed in this session may not be appropriate for children under the age of 12 years. 
(Light refreshments will be provided)

Looking for a Volunteer to run 
 the Community Cafe

Sandgate Community Centre is seeking a community minded volunteer, with a background in cooking or hospitality or an organisation with similar interests-to take over the running of the Community Cafe. Presently held each Wednesday at 12 noon, although the event could go to once a fortnight. The right person or organisation would be responsible for organising the Menu-shopping-food prep-serving and cleanup. Any interested parties could contact Garry HUNT at the Sandgate Community Centre on 3869 3244-Tues to Friday.

See Ya Kirsten!

Friday 6th November 2015 marks the end of Kirsten’s student placement with us.
During Kirsten’s time with us she has (to name a few):
  • assisted in the community support program;
  • facilitated a Mental Health Week event;
  • supported the commencement of DOVES group;
  • been a great advocate and support for many.
Kirsten –  We wish you all the very best in your future endeavours. THANK YOU it has been a pleasure.


is for women who have experienced, or are still experiencing, domestic and family violence.
Women who have completed the program feel less isolated, better understood, have gained support and strength from other women who have had similar experiences. They located their strengths and were able to help others locate theirs and learnt that abusive behaviour is not acceptable under any circumstances.

If you would like to be part of our next program commencing 6th November 2015, please phone Kylie at SANDBAG on 3269 0277
Child Minding can be arranged but must be booked at time of registration.
(All enquiries are strictly confidential)

We are Made of Stories

'Weaving Water' is a one-woman performance developed by Sandgate’s Ludmila Doneman. Along with her partner, director Michael Doneman, and Blue Mountains composer Peta Williams, she has created a play that weaves and inter-weaves stories connecting the traumatic 1968 Russian invasion of her home country, Czechoslovakia, with her journey into an Australian identity.
The project began its life at the mouth of Shorncliffe's Cabbage Tree Creek, born out of a conversation about marking Ludmila's seventieth year with a ‘gift’. The play is part memoir and part metaphor for life stories. It is designed as a small intimate sharing of narrative and ideas emerging from narrative. In this way it is permanently 'in repertoire', constantly revisited and reworked as life unfolds.

Ludmila is "..focused on the way that I (and the rest of us) can make and remake my journey". The narrative is not only a history of migration from Europe but also the imagining of a future. In this way, she wants to make her story relevant both to its presenter and its audience - the storyteller and the storytold. Ludmila also interweaves her concern about the cultural shift in Australia since her migration (or put another way, since she arrived as a refugee). "We have moved from a progressive and welcoming country to a position where we imprison refugee children and adults on Pacific Islands."

"We take these matters seriously," she says, "but we treat them with poetry, music and a sense of purpose, as a source of resilience. How might we use our setbacks and misfortunes as sources of resilience and hope, and stories as tools for change? "
'Weaving Water' received support from the Queensland Theatre Company as part of its Diva Development Program, and had its first 'work in progress' showing in March, followed by a finished performance at the QTC's Greenhouse in September. Now Ludmila is bringing it to its home in Sandgate. The play is a 50 minute performance. It will play at SANDBAG, the Sandgate Community Centre, on Saturday 21st November at 6.30pm. $10 tickets. Bookings and enquiries:

From the Community

Linking Team

Many thanks to Cr Amanda Cooper for improving disability carpark space at Harold Kielly Park, Bald Hills.  This will help transfer people with disabilities from their mode of transport to the picnic shelter in a safer way by lengthening and widening the allocated disability car park space.  Recently we observed a large bus full of people having to walk out on to the road facing oncoming traffic to access the pathway. We can now look forward to visiting this park with increased accessibility for all members of our community.
The Wheelchair Line Dancing Group is meeting next on 10th November at Sandgate Community Centre from 10-11am, for AN ALL ABILITIES ACTIVITY.  Also, we are having a Summer Beach Party Theme for our group on 8th December, so please come along dressed in your summer clothes and dance along to great music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Are you a SANDBAG Member?

Membership is open to all members of the community and only costs $5 per annum and you’ll be helping us to provide our valuable services.

Download a Membership Form and return it to one of our offices with your payment. Or, you can email it to and make your payment to:

Account name: SANDBAG General Business
BSB: 484799
Account no.: 027129297

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