RSPH | Social media and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

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Interesting study on Social Media and the effects on mental health.

RSPH and the Young Health Movement have published a new report, #StatusOfMind, examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health.

The report includes a league table of social media platforms according to their impact on young people’s mental health. YouTube tops the table as the most positive with Instagram and Snapchat coming out as the most detrimental to young people’s mental health and wellbeing. 

Check out the video here –

Source: RSPH | Social media and young people’s mental health and wellbeing


#socialmedia   #mentalheatlh   #statusofmind   #wellbeing

National Volunteer Week: Meet Ange | TLC for Kids

National Volunteer Week: Meet Ange

Ange’s story so far

Ange has been involved with TLC for Kids for over a decade, not as a volunteer, but as a mother. Ange’s daughter, Priscilla, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at just a few months old. Priscilla coped relatively well with the illness until she reached hormonal age (common among girls with Cystic Fibrosis), at which point her health took a downwards turn. Throughout these years, TLC for Kids appeared in Priscilla’s life a number of times – organising a fun and distracting box of crafts to cheer her up, an iPad engraved with her name, and even meeting with Enrique Iglesias.

Priscilla was vibrant and energetic at her 18th birthday. By her 19th birthday, she had to use tubes to breathe. Tragically, after complications from a lung transplant, Priscilla didn’t live to see her 20th birthday.

For Ange, the shock and grief was unbearable in that first year after losing her daughter, and became worse with time. Ange describes how she blocked people out, not wanting to leave the house. On a particularly challenging day, while weighing up where to go in life, a face popped into Ange’s mind – Ana Darras, TLC for Kids’ executive manager, who had helped organise support for Priscilla. A few phone calls later, Ange had applied to volunteer at TLC for Kids. …read more.


Source: National Volunteer Week: Meet Ange | TLC for Kids


#volunteers #tlcforkids #giving #proud #community

Numbers Don’t Matter, Influence Does


Interesting read:

The importance that people and brands place on follower counts or the impressions their content receives is grossly overvalued. I can’t say numbers don’t matter, but the value everyone places on these numbers needs to be reconsidered. There is just too much emphasis on the width of engagement—how many potential connections they make—rather than the […]

Source: Numbers Don’t Matter, Influence Does

Tracky Dack Day 2017 | Only Adelaide


Arguably Australia’s most beloved garment tracky dacks will once again become part of the outfit of choice this May as

Since 2012 Tracky Dack Day (TDD) has been a national annual fundraiser for TLC for Kids Australia’s only emergency response support for sick children and their families.

The act of wearing trackies is a sign of solidarity with sick children in hospital often encouraged to change into trackies to feel more comfortable. Anyone can take part in TDD by simply choosing any day in May to wear tracksuit pants and donate to the cause.

All around Australia schools businesses sporting clubs and individuals can relish in a day of socially acceptable daggy dress while helping sick kids on their journey to recovery.

Source: Tracky Dack Day 2017 | Only Adelaide

#trackydackday  #tlcforkids  #charity  #trackies  #fundraising  #giving

Changes to legislation – Working With Children Check, Victoria

Amendments to the Working with Children Check Act 2005 (the Act) will come into effect on 1 August 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse made several recommendations aimed at strengthening the protection children receive through Working with Children Checks. The following amendments to the Act implement these recommendations:

  1. Expand the definition of ‘direct contact’ in the Act. The definition of direct contact now includes oral, written or electronic communication as well as face-to-face and physical contact.
  2. Remove references to ‘supervision’ from the Act. This means that even if a person’s contact with children as part of their child-related work is supervised by another person, they will still need to apply for a Working with Children Check (Check).
  3. Create a new occupational category of ‘child-related work’, known as ‘kinship care’. Family members or other persons of significance caring for a child placed by Child Protection under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 are required to obtain a Check.
  4. Ensure that non-conviction charges (charges that have been finally dealt with other than by a conviction or finding of guilt) for serious sexual, violent or drug offences are considered as part of Check assessments and re-assessments.
  5. Enable the Secretary to the Department of Justice and Regulation to compel the production of certain information for the purposes of compliance monitoring.

In addition, various other miscellaneous and technical amendments have been made to improve the Act’s operation and administration.

Detailed information on the changes is provided below.

Source: Changes to legislation – Working With Children Check, Victoria

New corporate strategy is an opportunity for NFPs – Australian Institute of Company Directors

Another example of how co-opertition and collaboration can work.

Not-for-profits (NFPs) have an opportunity to secure new partnerships, access innovation and possibly win new funding streams if they take advantage of the move by more Australian companies to adopt ‘shared value’.

The nascent corporate strategy aims to advance social good while enhancing business value, says AICD NFP Sector Leader Phil Butler. “It genuinely aims for a win-win.”

Shared value is several steps closer to the heart of the company’s strategy than corporate social responsibility (CSR) and philanthropy.

New corporate strategy is an opportunity for NFPs

Source: New corporate strategy is an opportunity for NFPs – Australian Institute of Company Directors