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Welcome to SANDBAG’s latest newsletter packed with info about what’s been happening and what’s coming up.  Visit our Facebook page to access the latest What’s On Calendar and learn about all our programs and opportunities.  

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Latest News and Happenings


We are very excited to announce that SANDBAG has once again been successful in securing funding to support our Traineeship and Skills Development Programs as part of the Queensland Governments Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative. 

This new project will offer the opportunity for participants to enrol in either a Certificate II in Cleaning or a Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management (paid traineeship).  These programs will continue our history of great success with approximately 70% of participants to date gaining employment. We have previously offered programs in the areas Construction, Individual Support (Disability) and Business Administration.

For further information contact Luci Davey, 3269 3244


Our Skilling Queenslanders for Work program has had many success stories.  Here’s a few:
  • Mathew left school part way through Year 10 and since struggled to find long term sustainable employment. He enrolled in our construction traineeship to find support and direction. Mid-way through the program, with the help of SANDBAG, Mathew applied for a carpentry apprenticeship with Redcliffe builder, Cameo Constructions.  Owner Cameron Smith was impressed with Matthew’s positive attitude and willingness to learn and work. After a week’s trial, Mathew was offered the job and commenced his apprenticeship in February 2017.
  • Lily commenced the SQW Individual Support (Disability) program uncertain of her strengths. Lily was having difficulty obtaining paid work. Lily successfully completed the program, including practical work experience at Woody Point Special School, and is now employed as a Teacher Aide.
  • Philip was volunteering at SANDBAG’s Garden Gate Nursery and unemployed when he learnt about the SWQ Cert III Individual Support (Disability).  After successfully completing the program, Philip obtained work with SANDBAG as a Disability Support Worker.

Don’t forget SANDBAG’s Garden Gate Community Nursery is open from Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 4.30pm,      
153 Rainbow Street, Sandgate


SANDBAG is pleased to be working in partnership with Footprints Inc. and One Voice in an exciting new initiative funded under the Queensland Government’s Dignity First Funding Round. 

As part of the Step Up Step Out Project we will adapt a large bus so that it can be used as a mobile shower and laundry service for people who are homeless.  The bus will travel throughout the Northern Corridor of Brisbane (Monday-Friday), stopping at a range of suburbs to provide the ability for people to access showers and laundry facilities.    

Stay tuned for further information included where the bus will stop and how you can get involved.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you have a current HR licence and would like to volunteer some of your time to this project we need volunteers to drive the bus. 
For further information contact Maggie Daunt, 3869 3244 or  


The Fitzgibbon Community Centre on Rhogan Road is officially available for use!! 
SANDBAG has partnered with Burnie Brae and Jabiru to establish and manage the Community Centre and we have just completed phase 1 of the building re-fit. This means that both spaces (halls) are now available for community groups, activities, events. 
The centre is a beautiful space situated directly next to gorgeous bushland with lots of green spaces to spill out onto from the comfortable halls.  The larger halls have the ability to adapt into smaller spaces for groups and uses of all size and purposes.

For further information contact Burnie Brae 3624 2171 or

DANCING UP A STORM with our All Abilities Dance Therapy Class

SANDBAG is pleased to offer All Abilities Dance Movement Therapy with Vanessa Van Der Werff.  This weekly class provides a lively, interactive and fun opportunity for people to engage with music and movement with a skilled instructor.  Combinations of taught, guided and free style dancing to explore, learn and have fun.  Carers and support workers are welcome.
For further information contact Maggie Daunt 3869 3244 or

Calling all local Businesses - SEED is going ‘Mobile’ and we need your help!

SANDBAG’s Social Enterprise, SEED Parks and Property Maintenance are raising funds for a new cleaning van and we need your sponsorship. 

This is a great opportunity for local business who pledge support to tap into a fantastic promotional opportunity.  Not only will your business benefit from exceptional marketing opportunity, all the while you will be supporting people who are disadvantaged into the workforce through furthering the work of SEED.

Check out the fantastic article in the Sandgate Guide and head to the crowdfunding page to donate or find our more.

For more information contact Phil Woods 3269 1952 or  


Our new Multicultural Program (incorporating the North East Welcome Hub) has commenced, providing support to individuals and families newly arrived to Australia who reside within North Brisbane.  This program also provides peer support to organisations and the many generous community members who give of themselves to assist these families settle in.  

A number of fantastic multicultural events are being planned for the local community so keep an eye out!

For further information contact Daniel Desnousse on 3869 3244 or

What's coming up?

NEIGHBOUR DAY – 26th March

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community that encourages people to connect with those who live nearby. The principle aim of Neighbour Day is to build better relationships with people who live around us, especially the elderly and the vulnerable. 


We are excited to launch SANDBAG’s first timetable of exciting community education classes beginning at the end of March. These exciting topics are: Creative Writing; An insider’s guide to the Arts; Using Essential Oils for Wellbeing; and Oriental Self Hand Massage. Each of these classes are open to all and are an exciting opportunity to learn new skills and enjoy meeting new people. Classes are $5 per person and are taught over a 6 week period, with the exception of the Oriental Self Hand Massage, which is a one off workshop. Classes begin the last week in March.

For a class timetable contact us on 3869 3244 or or visit our Facebook page


Our annual Peaceful Walk and Ceremony to acknowledge and stand for the prevention of Domestic and Family Violence is scheduled for the late afternoon/evening on 10th May 2017 in Sandgate.  It is possible the route previously taken will change – we will keep you updated via our Facebook page, email and local newspapers.

The Tree Planting Ceremony at Tinchi Tamba wetlands (Bracken Ridge) will also take place during May on a date to be advised.

For more information contact Maggie Daunt on 3869 3244 or


SANDBAG is committed to providing information and creating opportunities for discussion around the National Disability Insurance Scheme.   We want people to understand what it may mean for them and their families when it rolls out in Brisbane North form July 2018. 
As part of this we are working with the Queensland’s Disability Network who will run a PLAN AHEAD workshop in May and June.
The workshop is for people with an intellectual or learning disability to learn more about the NDIS and what it means for them.
For further information contact QDN on 3252 8566 or email


Bookings for groups are available, or just come along for lunch at 12 noon on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.

For more information or if you would like to volunteer at Community Café, please contact Garry Hunt on 3869 3244 or

Group in focus

This Newsletters Group in Focus is the:


The Brotherhood of the Wordless (BOW) is supported by SANDBAG and meets once a month at the Sandgate Community Centre. BOW is a unique group of writers and poets with assorted disabilities that impair their ability to communicate. But that hasn’t prevented them from publishing their own anthology and performing their works in the Queensland Poetry festival and other events and venues around Brisbane. The group use the technique of facilitated communication to access communication technology. If you are interested in attending the group or would like more information on the works created by the group participants please contact Alice Owen on 38690297 or

For more information about the groups we support, call SANDBAG on 3869 3244 or

Welcome to the Team

Our team is GROWING – 3 new team members……..

Daniel Desnousse joined us at the beginning of 2017 settling in to the new role of Multicultural Community Worker.  Daniel will also be assisting with the Community Partnerships Role throughout the year while Matilda is on maternity leave.  Daniel has many years community development experience focussing on Indigenous and Multicultural communities. 

Maree Caswell and Jane Grant also joined us at the beginning of the year to take on the shared role of administration.  Both Maree and Jane come with varied and extensive experience in administration within the community sector.  

New Arrival to Family

The cat is out of the bag!  Matilda Marsh (Community Partnerships Worker) will be leaving us on 10th March to commence her maternity leave.  We wish Matilda and family all the very best in their new adventure!

Out and about in the community

Christmas in the 4017

We were joined by a team of marvelous volunteers to provide Christmas lunch to approximately 150 individuals on Christmas Day 2016.  A magnificent feast was had by all followed by a visit from Santa.  Santa’s sack of presents was full to overflowing making sure everyone got presents – big kids too!  A lovely time for people to come together and share in community spirit.

Green Pea Community Farm

The cooler months are just around the corner and it’s a great time to get gardening. The Green P Farm is a great place to get your hands dirty learning new skills, meeting fellow gardeners and growing wonderful produce.  Located at the Deagon Racecourse the farm hosts plots farmed by families from many different backgrounds.

The Farm also holds a small stall selling wonderful produce on Fridays from 8.30am-12noon outside the Sandgate Post Office. Drop by for fresh local produce and to support your local community farm. 

If you are interested in getting involved as a gardener or in a more managerial role, call SANDBAG on 3869 3244 or

Fitzgibbon Unplugged

SANDBAG’s Unplugged Café went to the Fitzgibbon Community Centre on the 18th November with local musicians, food stalls and activities. As one of many community events to be held at the Fitzgibbon Community Centre, it was a chance for locals to mix and enjoy the beautiful bush surrounds. Unplugged Café musicians lit up the stage with a range of music from acoustic renditions of popular songs, local bands and Iraqi music. Family friendly activities and face painting kept young ones busy, while the whole family enjoyed the range of food vans and live music.

Thank you!

Share the Dignity - via the “It’s in the Bag” campaign, provided SANDBAG with over 200 beautiful handbags containing gifts and women’s toiletries to go to women over the Christmas period who were experiencing hardships such as homelessness, domestic violence etc.  Thank You also to those who generously donated to this campaign.

Lendlease Engineering for generously supporting SANDBAG’s Christmas Lunch, with donations of presents.

Brighton Health Campus for their wonderful donation of presents, foods and goods over the Christmas Period which contributed to the SANDBAG Christmas Day Lunch.  This was a collaborative effort from staff, residents and their families.

Bracken Ridge Baptist Church and other local agencies - that organised and took part in the Bracken Ridge Christmas Festival and activities, including the provision of Christmas Hampers provided to women and families affected by domestic and family violence.

Woody Point Special School, Qualtime, Holy Cross Laundry and Artrageous -for providing work placement to participants on our Cert III Individual Support (Disability) program.

Cameo Constructions and Greenview Gardens for providing work opportunities and employing graduates of our construction traineeship.

Sandgate Senior Citizens and Volunteer Marine Rescue for giving our construction trainees a project to work on over past months.

SANDBAG Volunteers – We’ve said it before and we will continue to say it…. SANDBAG could not continue to provide the extensive range of support and services to the community without the generous contributions of our Volunteers.  Volunteers assist us with number and varied tasks that include, but are not limited to, Reception, Community support, Christmas Day lunch and preparation, Community Café, Unplugged, Community Centre and Garden Gate maintenance and etc. etc…… We are extremely grateful and privileged to work alongside such amazing individuals.

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 HERE 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
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Account no.: 027129297

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