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Op till you drop!

National Op Shop Week 2015 logoIt is National Op Shop Week from 23 to 30 August, where you can donate to your local charity and help those in need. The money raised from op shops goes back into the community.

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A meeting of minds

Celebrate Creative Ageing Sydney logoCelebrate Creative Ageing Sydney 2015 will take place at Sydney Opera House and the Art Gallery of NSW from 25 to 27 August 2015. It is a new conference to inspire innovative and imaginative ideas about ageing creatively.


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Bake the world a better place

Big Cake Bake Red Cross logoHelping those in need is a piece of cake this August. By baking and raising money, you will be supporting Red Cross programs to help improve the lives of vulnerable people in Australia and across the region.

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Still time to op till you drop

posted by Dominique Pendleton, Aug 28, 2015

You’ve got the whole weekend to recycle any unwanted items for this year’s National Op Shop Week. Dominique Pendleton says you might find something to fill up the new found space in your cupboard while helping others in the community who are doing it tough.

National Op Shop Week was kicked off last Sunday at an exclusive event at Vinnies North Parramatta store. The event welcomed Mrs Margie Abbott who not only wore a black dress picked up at Vinnies to the launch but also gave back by donating a few items from her own cupboard to the North Parramatta shop.

Mrs Abbott encouraged all Australian’s to give back to the community by recycling any unwanted items that could assist others in the community who are doing it tough. As Op Shop Week comes to a close, Australians might want to consider Mrs Abbott's two year challenge.

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Featured Forum

The Future of Jobs

Current trends and disruptions will shape the future of our jobs. Which sectors of the Australian economy will offer growth and employment in the future? What challenges and opportunities do we face as individuals, employers, education providers and policy makers?

In our featured forum on The Future of Jobs we aim to explore a broad range of issues, including the Australian job market in the context of the global economy, disruptive technologies and the changing nature of work, youth unemployment and new career paths for young people, entrepreneurship and self-employment, the rise of freelance jobs and the ‘on-demand economy’, as well as mature-age and female workforce participation.

The featured forum will be leading up to the Global Access Partners Annual Growth Summit in Sydney on the 17th and 18th of September 2015 at NSW Parliament House with speakers and participants featured in this area.

If you would like to contribute a blog to join the debate, please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au.


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