Suncare Community Services is one of three charities recognised as a finalist in the 2016 Telstra Queensland Business Awards.
Now in their 24th year, the Awards showcase the achievements of the state’s most brilliant small and medium businesses and include, for the first time in 2016, a charity category to recognise the significant contribution of not-for-profit organisations to communities and the Australian economy.
Winners of the 2016 Telstra Queensland Business Awards will be announced on 15 July at the Brisbane City Hall, with the national judging to be held in Sydney on 26 August.
“We are proud to be among the top three charities in Queensland who have been recognised not only for their achievements, but also their innovative responses to meet community needs,” CEO Russell Mason said.
“Suncare has grown from a small service established on the Sunshine Coast in 1970 to a medium-sized provider with nine offices across Queensland. Our people's passion and commitment, together with our foundation principles of resilience, recovery and self-management have driven Suncare's growth and positioning to date.
“These awards provided us with the platform to take a fresh look at Suncare’s operations and be assessed by experts.”
Mr Mason said Suncare was challenging its community sector by being an innovative leader and embracing emerging ideas such as Smart Assistive Technology and workforce digitization.
“We realise we must diversify and change the way we think and plan to ensure we continue to deliver effective and timely services within a rapidly changing industry.”
Mr Mason said Suncare was collaborating with its partners to ensure the organisation proactively managed the further introduction of new, innovative and disruptive technologies into this sector by:
- Providing low/no cost digital training workshops for people who are ageing to introduce them to technologies such as smart devices.
- Encouraging clients, family members and friends to provide self-sufficient alternatives to assist with care and independence for people to remain safe and in control of their home environments.
“During the last 12 months we have implemented significant changes and are using technology to streamline our processes, including the rollout of Office 365 and updated mobile workforce technologies,” Mr Mason said.
“This is an exciting phase in Suncare’s history. The integration of new technologies will allow us to improve our service delivery and ensure we continue meet our community's current and future needs.”
Left: Suncare CEO Russell Mason and patron June Conolly OAM.
Right: Sheila Jackson (Maroochydore Day Respite Administration) and Jane Simpson (Community Services Manager - Sunshine Coast).