2 Minutes with Tim – Senator Jane Hume (1st Interview)

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Very honoured that Senator Jane Hume dropped by to visit the TLC for Kids office and was part of my 2 Minutes With Tim series. #2MWT#tlcforkids #senator #caring

(this is the 2-minute edit, for the full interview, here’s the link – https://vimeo.com/t…/senator-jane-hume-interview-tim-conolan)

Australian of the Year Awards – Be Great and Nominate

One nomination is all it takes. I am a very proud recipient of an Australian of the Year Award, Local Hero, and all it took was one nomination.

If you know someone who is making a real difference in your life or in this country, jump online and nominate them for an Australian of the Year Award.

Nominations close on 6th August, so there is still time.

This is a great opportunity for everyone to acknowledge and give praise to someone they look up to and respect.

The Awards program relies on the public to submit nominations for people deserving of recognition, so have your say on who should be considered for the 2018

  • Australian of the Year,
  • Senior Australian of the Year,
  • Young Australian of the Year and
  • Australia’s Local Hero.

It only takes one nomination for someone to be in the running for the Awards, but a nomination must be formally submitted (it makes absolutely no difference if there are multiple nominations for a person – it only takes one nomination).

If you need assistance in submitting your nomination, call 1300 655 193

Source: Home – Australian of the Year Awards

#AOTY    #BeGreatandNominate    #tlcforkids    #proud

Fight Or Flight? How To Channel Your Work Anxiety Productively

It seems to be the ‘go’ word for so many people these days. I’m busy, life’s busy, everyone’s busy, it’s so busy.Great article about Work Stress and some advice, including;

Being busy also brings with it some element of stress or anxiety. Great article about Work Stress and some advice, including;

Here is a great article by Sean O’Meara  about Work Stress and some terrific tips, including;

6 Theories For Overcoming Work Anxiety

  • Don’t Calm Down
  • Curb Analysis Paralysis
  • Treat Your Productivity Like An Anxiety Barometer
  • Go Off The Grid
  • Demand Feedback
  • Remember To Go Easy On Yourself

56% of anxiety sufferers deal specifically with performance anxiety at work. Here are six proven theories to help you manage work anxiety in a productive way.

Source: Fight Or Flight? How To Channel Your Work Anxiety Productively

Working with children

Changes to the Working with Children Act 2005
Increased protection for our kids is something I am always supportive of. Here is an update regarding Working With Children Checks…

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 amendments to the Working with Children Act 2005 (the Act)which come into effect on 1 August 2017, are the government’s response to implementing these recommendations.


Source: Working with children

Tracky dack comfort to help sick kids | The Courier

Who doesn’t want to wear comfy tracky dacks all day? In May you have an excuse – tracky dacks support sick kids.

About 80 children and staff from Ballarat North Early Learning Centre donned their comfy tracksuit pants yesterday to support Tracky Dack Day for children’s charity TLC for Kids.

For a gold coin donation they spent the day in comfort knowing the money would go toward helping provide distraction boxes for children in hospitals throughout Australia, or supporting families of sick children.

Source: Tracky dack comfort to help sick kids | The Courier

#trackydackday   #tlcforkids   #sickkids   #giving   #smiles

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 – https://youtu.be/ElffOUB3TZ4

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