1. Telecross Volunteers – Wagga NSW

    Volunteers Needed

    Call Centre OfficerRed Cross Australia are calling for some great communicators! We are calling for volunteers to provide reassuring daily telephone calls to Telecross clients to check on their wellbeing, make follow up calls/ escalations as per Telecross policy and identify and refer relevant client situations to the coordinator, including changes to the client’s normal routine and/or change in their circumstances. For example; the client is ill or upset, or requests a change of contact time. Calls will be made between 8am to 9am, 7 days a week. Volunteers can commit as little as once every two month, but can get involved on a more regular basis. Want to know more? Click here to register your interest.

  2. World’s Biggest Car Boot Sale – Broadmedow NSW

    Volunteers Needed

    SaleHunter Life Education are hosting the Worlds Biggest Car Boot Sale and looking for some handy volunteers to help out.

    Between 8am to 1pm on Sunday the 23rd of November we need volunteers to assist with traffic marshaling, gold coin collection at entry gates, drink sales and assistance at the fundraising BBQ.

    If you can lend a hand on this FUN-draiser click here

  3. TeleCHAT Volunteers – Wagga NSW

    Volunteers Needed

    Businesswoman with headset and computer.Red Cross Australia provides relief in times of crisis, care when it’s needed most and commitment when others turn away. We are looking for outgoing, caring people who are reliable and can take a small amount of time out of their week to make a huge difference.

    As a volunteer you will contribute to the independence of people living at home who are experiencing social isolation by reliably making a phone call at an agreed day and time each week. Once you have coordinated a time that works best weekly calls are to be made to the clients, accurate records are to be maintained of the calls and the volunteer will be required to attend training and volunteer meetings.

    If your communication skills are ready to be shared click here to register your interest.

  4. AWESOME Festival Assistant – Northbridge WA

    Volunteers Needed

    Woman & ClipboardDo you have a passion for the arts? Love working with children? Looking for arts industry experience?

    The AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things is an annual contemporary arts festival for children, running from September 29th to October 17th.

    With a number of event volunteer roles on offer including, volunteer team leaders, front of house, school tour guide, artist workshop assistant, festival administration, street team and more! We have the opportunity for you to take part and have an AWESOME experience. A variety of shifts are available between 9am to 5pm.

    AWESOME provides a supportive and fun environment where you can work alongside industry professionals and gain valuable arts experience along the way.

    To get involved click here

  5. Royal Show Helper- Claremont WA

    Volunteers Needed

    ferris wheel Step right up step right up! The Royal Perth Show is coming to town from September 27th to October 4th and Constable Care are in need of volunteers to assist at the Lost Point Child Services location. Lost Child Points are situated in areas of high foot traffic, and act as a meeting place for parents, carers and children who have become separated from each other.

    Volunteers will assist Constable Care staff in distributing Lost Child Stickers, issuing instructions on the usage of stickers, reuniting parents or carers with their children and liaising with event and security staff. Please not that a current Working With Children Check Cards will be required at all times for this volunteering opportunity.

    Shifts are available on all days except Fridays from; 8:30am – 1:00 pm, 12:30pm – 5pm and 4:30pm – 9:00 pm. Uniform and refreshments will be provided, along with a pass to the show.

    If you would like to step right up and be involved click here to register your interest.

  6. Future Proof Your Family

    FamilyLife has a habit of throwing us curve balls. Every day in Australia 18 families lose a working parent and a chunk of their future income. That’s a strong argument for protecting your loved ones with adequate life insurance.

    And it’s not just the main breadwinner’s life that needs insuring. If a homemaker dies, it is estimated that the family income will drop by half. Even if the homemaker is not working, the spouse will have to fund extra childcare and or/
    housekeeping help or perhaps work fewer hours, all of which would squeeze the household budget. Read more…

  7. Travel Tips to stretch your dollar further

    Travel TipsIt takes more than a dip in the dollar to get between a determined Australian and an overseas holiday. With a little bit of planning, savvy travellers can overcome an expected fall in the Aussie dollar by traveling smarter, not less.

    Our dollar has been trading around the 93 US cents mark for much of 2014 after hitting a high of US$1.10 in July 2011. However, most economists expect the Aussie dollar to settle closer to 80 US cents sometime next year.

    If the Aussie dollar is knocked off its perch, there are a number of strategies you can put in place before heading offshore that will ease the pain on your hip pocket. You could begin by investigating travel destinations where your purchasing power is increased. Read more…

  8. Oil Price No Longer Hostage to War

    OilIf ever there was proof that nothing stays the same, it is the current state of the global oil market. While armed conflicts rage in oil-producing regions of the Middle East and Ukraine, it seems someone forgot to tell the people who set oil prices.

    Wars in the Gulf States have traditionally led to oil price spikes due to fears about possible fuel shortages and, inevitably, higher petrol pump costs have followed. The decade-long Gulf War between Iraq and Iran and later the invasion of Kuwait were two key episodes that sparked oil price shocks from the 70s through to the 90s.

    But zoom ahead to 2014, a year in which the two former Cold War superpowers – Russia and the United States – have been sabre-rattling in regional conflicts in oil-rich nations, and energy pricing is in retreat. Read more…

  9. Congratulations to Sunflower House – our 2014 Regional Community Grant Recipient

    Beyond Bank Community Rewards Presentation evening. Tue 9 Sept 2014.Wagga’s Sunflower House is on its way to receiving a much-needed refurbishment and expansion thanks to a $20,000 regional community grant and fundraising campaign launched by Beyond Bank Australia on 9 September at its annual Community Rewards presentation.

    The event, held at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, also included a further $170,000 being distributed to more than 160 sporting, educational, health and community groups in the Riverina who are recipients of our Community Reward Account Program. Read more…

  10. What’s your biggest financial challenge?

    money growing We all have an area of our finances that we know could do with some attention but let’s face it – most of us would rather think about something else. The problem is that by doing that, we’re costing ourselves money – and more than likely causing ourselves unnecessary stress.

    For instance, if you have several superannuation accounts, you are probably paying account and management fees across all of them, rather than having that money working for you and building your retirement savings.

    Similarly, if you have a credit card debt of $3,000 and you only make the minimum repayments, this could cost you up to $6,000 in interest charges alone.

    None of us like to cost ourselves money but the task of fixing the situation can seem like too much hassle: “Where do I start? Who do I ask? Am I making a mistake?” These are the questions we ask ourselves and without easy answers, we often opt to do nothing.

    MoneySmart Week understands these are common challenges and aims to do something about them. Running from 1 – 7 September, MoneySmart Week is an independent, not-for-profit initiative designed to raise awareness of the importance of financial literacy and to encourage all Australians to take action on their finances. The initiative was founded in 2012 by members of the Australian Government’s Financial Literacy Board, led by Paul Clitheroe AM. Read more…