Australia's Biggest Morning Tea 2019

Coast Community Connections recently hosted an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea fundraising event at the Peninsula Community Centre. Coast Community Connections has supported the fundraising event for the past six years and is pleased to report the 2019 morning tea raised over $7,500 for the Cancer Council. 7News anchor Mark Ferguson and 7News sports anchor Mel McLaughlin were special guests at the event who spoke to attendees and presented raffle prizes on the day.

The much-anticipated Sandra's Cupcake challenge was also held on the day. Inspired by Sandra’s passion for baking, the annual challenge is held in honour of much-loved volunteer Sandra McArtney, who lost her battle with cancer in October 2014. Everyone, from novice to experienced bakers was invited to put on their aprons, get in the kitchen and have a little fun making either packet-made or hand-made cupcakes. Congratulations to the well-deserving winners:

Donna Stratford - winner of the Adult Homemade Cupcake category and People's Choice category

Kimberley Dunshea -  winner of the Adult Packet Mix category

Coast Community Connections Chief Executive Officer Bruce Davis said Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and Sandra’s Cupcake Challenge have become much-anticipated traditions amongst locals with this years’ challenge made even more exciting with the addition of two famous faces from 7News presenting the prizes to the winners.

“Sandra’s cupcake challenge is a fun way of recognising and assisting the many people who are diagnosed with cancer each day and we’re thrilled that Mark and Mel could join us to present the prizes this year,” said Mr Davis.

“Coast Community Connections has supported Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea for six years now and each year we are ever-more delighted with the support we receive from the local community and this year was no different.

“We would like to recognise the enormous support we have received every year from local members of the community and especially local small businesses who help to ensure the success of our event," he added.

Equipping parents with emotional intelligent parenting approach

Coast Community Connections will be hosting a five-session parenting program called Tuning in to Teens. Presented by Uniting’s Reconnecting Parents and Adolescent Team (RAPT) this program is designed for parents of adolescents aged between 10 and 18 years with sessions to be held every Tuesday from 28 May to 25 June 2019 at the Peninsula Community Centre.  

The Tuning in to Teens program aims to equip parents with the skills to take a more emotionally intelligent approach to parenting, as well as giving parents the knowledge to help their teens develop emotional intelligence for themselves.

The sessions will teach parents valuable emotional coaching skills allowing them to develop a better understanding of their teen as well as help their teen learn to effectively manage their emotions and deal with conflict.

Appointment of new CEO

Local not-for-profit organisation, Coast Community Connections has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Davis.
Mr Davis brings a wealth of knowledge, as well as invaluable organisation-specific experience to the role. He has over 30 years’ experience working across all levels of business, government and community, including almost four years in executive positions at Coast Community Connections.
Mr Davis joined the organisation in 2015 and has held several key leadership roles including General Manager of Business and ICT, Company Secretary and Public Officer overseeing Coast Community Connections’ finance department. During this time, he successfully led the organisation through several major reforms including the addition of subsidiary company Coast Services Group Limited.
Prior to his time at Coast Community Connections, Mr Davis accrued over 20 years’ experience in the technology, services and retail sectors, founding and developing many innovative companies and working with corporate, government and end-user clients.

New BASC service at Umina Beach

Coast Community Connections is opening a new Before and After School Care Service at Umina Beach Public School, commencing 15 October 2018.
The new Before and After School Care Service at Umina Beach will be the fourth location added to Coast Community Connections offering, with children’s care services already operating in Point Clare, Gosford and Woy Woy.
Located at Umina Beach Public School, the new care service will be available every weekday from 6:30am to 9:00am and 3:00pm to 6:30pm. Children will be supervised by qualified educators who organise a variety of activities to ensure children get the most out of their time.