Glen Randell June 21, 2019 No Comments

New partnership with the Big Pineapple

A new partnership with Compass and the Big Pineapple, announced today, will see people with disability supporting new commercial ventures at the Big Pineapple.

Compass is an award-winning, Sunshine Coast based service for people with disability, offering numerous enriching life skills and vocational opportunities. Through Compass, they build skills and confidence through various ventures such as working on the local 20-acre Compass Farm, along with other enterprises such as cafes, a woodwork shed, pottery, and commercial kitchen. The newly announced partnership with the Big Pineapple extends on Compass’ successful training model where people with disability learn and apply skills, readying them for vocational opportunities in the community.

Compass CEO, David Dangerfield, expressed his delight at partnering with the Big Pineapple. “Together with the Big Pineapple team, we will build a best practice model for inclusion of people with a disability in valued roles, that will rival anything seen in this country.”

“We strongly support the vision of the Big Pineapple to return agribusiness and food related tourism to this iconic location. With dozens of enterprises ready to call the Big Pineapple home over the coming years, we have eager people, supported by teachers and volunteers, ready to ‘pitch in’ and help the Big Pineapple become a great success.”

Jim Costello, Big Pineapple Renewal Project Director, agreed, “We are pleased to welcome Compass into the Big Pineapple family, and we see numerous opportunities for people with disability across our site. We are offering land and space for farming ventures, with the produce able to be sold in our refurbished market hall, just as one example. We also see Compass workers supporting other food and beverage operators who are coming to the Big Pineapple”.

“As part of the Big Pineapple refurbishment program commencing this year, we are returning the iconic pineapple farm across the slope near the train tracks. The Compass crew can make sure our pineapples are always well tended and ready to be included in our re-booted pineapple sundaes and parfaits, as we welcome more visitors to our site.”

Local Sunshine Coast Councillor, Cr Jenny McKay enthusiastically expressed her support. “It’s wonderful two great Sunshine Coast hinterland companies have teamed up, and I can see tremendous opportunities for Compass workers to contribute in many practical ways at the Big Pineapple”.

“From first-hand experience I know Compass is dedicated to helping people with disability and their families. Through the assistance of corporate partners like the Big Pineapple we can ensure we are one of the most caring and inclusive communities in Australia.”

info@compassinc.org.au March 29, 2019 No Comments

Jordan Overs brings home Silver and Bronze from the World Games in Dubai!

Jordan Overs from Compass Connections Cafe represented Australia at the World Games in Dubai. Listen to Jordan’s interview with Mark and Caroline at 92.7 MIX FM share his journey of success!

 

info@compassinc.org.au December 23, 2018 No Comments

The Sunshine Coasts Biggest Christmas Surprise

An invitation from Hot 91 to the movies turned into the most amazing surprise imaginable. Families from Compass arrived to meet Santa and let him know their Christmas wish. We totally enjoyed the movie Arthur Christmas and then the biggest surprise of all. The wishes were granted as Hot 91.1 staff arrived laden with wrapped iPads, x boxes and smart TVs. They even managed a trampoline !! While we were relaxing in the air conditioned cinemas at, Hot 91.1 staff we’re running around the Maroochydore Homemaker Centre granting wishes. Would have to be the best Christmas surprise I have ever witnessed. Thanks so much to our wonderful friends at Hot 91.1 and Maroochy Homemaker Centre for inviting us to be part of this very special event. We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and we are so grateful for your generosity… The video says it all;

https://www.hot91.com.au/videos/89759-the-sunshine-coast-s-biggest-christmas-surprise

 

info@compassinc.org.au December 20, 2018 No Comments

Compass wishes you a happy Christmas!

{Click on image to enlarge Compass 2018 Christmas message}
info@compassinc.org.au December 17, 2018 No Comments

Generous Support from Sunshine Coast Council

An early Christmas present from our local council arrived this month in form of a grant for $10,000 to enable Compass to install a Wheelchair Lift into our brand-new bus located at the Caloundra Campus.   This project, proudly supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program will enable all of our trainees to enjoy the regular outings arranged by our wonderful staff.

 

info@compassinc.org.au December 13, 2018 No Comments

Compass Institute 2019 Charity Partner for Sunshine Coast Lightning

Lightning struck at the Compass Farm this week! Staff and trainees are so excited that The Compass Institute will be the Sunshine Coast Lightning Charity Partner for 2019. We look forward to a fantastic partnership

info@compassinc.org.au December 5, 2018 No Comments

Compass Community Achievement Award 2018 Finalist

This year, Compass was nominated in the Community Achievement Awards for the DSS Law Community Group of the Year Award.  Compass was among the four finalist for this award.

info@compassinc.org.au December 5, 2018 No Comments

Compass Awards Night A Hit

On November 24th, Compass held it’s annual Awards Night.  The night focuses on celebrating the achievements of the Staff and Trainees throughout the year.  Here are some photos from the night.

                                                       

Glen Randell October 5, 2018 No Comments

Farm learns beach safety

Recently a group of Compass trainees spent the day at Mooloolaba beach learning about beach safety. The trainees enjoyed the experience and definitely learned a lot that will help them be safe over the summer months in particular. A huge thank you to the Surf Lifesaving team of volunteers who guided them through the activities!!! Other teams from all the Compass centres will have the same opportunity in coming weeks…

info@compassinc.org.au July 30, 2018 No Comments

Palmwoods Town Centre Grand Opening

Compass was proud to play a small role in the opening of the new Palmwoods Piccabeen Green. A great example of collaboration between local Government and Community. Congratulations to Cr Jenny McKay as the key advocate of this place making project.

Congratulations also to Michelle & the Compass Farm Art trainees for the amazing hand made picnic blanket used in the ceremony.