- Last updated:
- 24 Nov 2020
There are many opportunities to act kindly and generously on the Sunshine Coast this festive season.
"If you can be anything, be kind" Unknown
How to give back this festive season
- Sunshine Coast Daily adopt a family 2020 campaign
Charities across the Coast, from Caloundra and Nambour to Noosa, have listed the families who are in urgent need for help this Christmas.
- Books 4 Kids 16 November to 11 Dec
Annual book drive. Donate a new children’s or Young adult book to your local Sunshine Coast Library for families in need.
- The Good Box
A social enterprise that creates beautifully packaged gift boxes for people experiencing homelessness
- Salvation Army adopt a family campaign
Give back to those experiencing hardship, donate or volunteer
- The Smith Family adopt a child Christmas appeal
Help bring a smile to the face of an Australian child living in disadvantage this Christmas
- Coast 2 Bay Housing
Christmas toy appeal for toys for their tenants
- Vinnies Christmas appeal
Help support families at breaking point!
- Mission Australia Christmas appeal
Provide urgent help for vulnerable families this Christmas
- Level Up Foundation Christmas appeal
Helping people (including women and children) who are sleeping rough every night on the Sunshine Coast
- The Shack Trees of Hope program
You can help by grabbing your Trees of Hope bag from any Heritage Bank or Sunshine Mitre 10 store. Return the bag full of goodies by December 20th. All your contributions will go towards bringing joy this Christmas.
- Suncoast Care hope hampers
Hope hampers aim help people fine their next meal for Christmas and bring HOPE to the community this year.
- GIVIT Donations
Here is your chance to make a difference to victims of Domestic and Family Violence over Christmas, view the list of what survivors need.
- Volunteering Sunshine Coast
Whether you are looking to help the elderly, assist with events or work outdoors, you can find a position that suits your skills and interests through Volunteering Sunshine Coast.
Kindness in your neighbourhood
With your neighbours ask yourselves, “What could it look like for us to be kind and generous this festive season?”
- Join forces with your neighbours to act kindly to another person or group.
- Gift a chore to your neighbour.
- Organise a Secret Santa in your street.
- Do a shout out on social media to a neighbour who acted kindly #festivekindness.
- Leave your neighbour a note that tells them how much you appreciate them or admire their garden.
- Give away potted plants, herbs, seeds, flowers or vegetables from your garden.
- Ask someone you see on the street “How are you?” and mean it.
- Call a neighbour you haven’t talked to in a while.
- Introduce yourself to someone you always see around.
Maintaining health and wellbeing during silly season!
During the festive season, it is vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle that is holistic - physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual.
Sunshine Coast Kindness Collective
Kindness Collective brings members of the community together and improve wellbeing through free events, classes, and workshops.
Tune into what you’re hearing, the greatest compliment you can pay another person is to truly listen to what they are saying, to be present and to listen for understanding. Tune into LISTEN an original song by Robyn Pulman and Andrea Kirwin, recorded at Yama-Nui Studios Sunshine Coast.
Top tips to have a healthier festive season
- Plan activities that are fun and different to what you might normally do
- Simplify your exercise routine and try for at least 20mins per day
- Stay hydrated, drink more water than alcohol
- Eat well but do not over eat!
- Stay connected with friends and family via phone, email and video conferencing
- Be safe, whether it is COVID safe, swimming or beach safe, Christmas lights safe or driving safe.
- Engage your brain
- Do something for others
- Dance, play and have fun
While the festive season can be full of fun and good times, it can also be stressful. If you’re feeling overwhelmed you can call
iHelp Sunshine Coast also brings to your fingertips a range of mental health support and suicide prevention services available on the Sunshine Coast. Immediate iHelp is just a click away.
Here are some other places to visit for great tips and ideas in maintaining and strengthening your mental wellbeing.
- Australian Red Cross
Offer many practical tips to maintain your wellbeing
- Beyond Blue
Tips and information on how to look after your mental health, and manage feelings of anxiety, distress and concern
Strategies to continue looking after ourselves and each other during these difficult times
Tips about looking out for family members or friends who are struggling
Can assist young people affected by stress related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Has issued a statement with advice for community members, particularly LGBTIQ+ people
- Relax Like a Boss
Offer informative blogs about relaxation, mindfulness and meditation, founder John Parrott also shares his experiences with depression and how he managed it.
- Grab Life by the Balls
A proactive and positive men's mental health movement who are all about meeting Aussie blokes where they are at
- USC Counselling and Wellbeing Clinic
Provides free telephone and online psychological and emotional support services from final year counselling students. The clinic’s focus is on the delivery of person-centred, strengths-based counselling. Information can be found on the USC Clinic Brochure
- USC Psychology Telehealth Clinic
Provides free mental health services from postgraduate students (provisionally registered psychologists) using phone and video conferencing. The clinic offers a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which has been shown to be a very effective treatment for a wide range of problems. Find out more and make an appointment.
Has COVID-19 health and mental health information in languages other than English