Carers Week 2020

A Little Something For A Big Thank You

Warwick Friendly Society Carer’s and Carer’s of our Members deserve a little thank-you this Carer’s Week.

A way we thought we could give back is to provide a $5 voucher to the carers of Warwick.

The Warwick Friendly Society Members Carer’s Week promotion is open to current Warwick Friendly Society members who self-identify as carers or are carers for members

While we are committed to helping the carer’s of Warwick, there are resources available online along with a support network that is always available.

Find more support here:

Terms & Conditions

  • Promotion runs from 9th October until the 31st October.
  • Vouchers available until 31st or all distributed.
  • Members must be a current financial member.
  • Members must provide their member number or a valid email address.
  • Members Carers must supply a valid email or contact information.
  • Vouchers will be presented in the name of the carer.


Any personal information will be used in a manner that is compliant with the Australian Privacy Principles. You can review our privacy policy here.

R U OK? Day 2020

Got a feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it. Learn more about the signs and when it’s time to ask R U OK?

By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.

Am I Ready?

Am I in a good headspace? Am I willing to genuinely listen? Can I give as much time as needed?

Am I Prepared?

Do I understand that if I ask how someone’s going, the answer could be: “No, I’m not”? Do I understand that you can’t ‘fix’ someone’s problems? Do I accept that they might not be ready to talk? Or they might not want to talk to me?

Picked My Moment?

Have I chosen somewhere relatively private and comfy? Have I figured out a time that will be good for them to chat? Have I made sure I have enough time to chat properly?

1. Ask R U OK?

  • Be relaxed, friendly and concerned in your approach. 
  • Help them open up by asking questions like “How are you going?” or “What’s been happening?”  
  • Mention specific things that have made you concerned for them, like “You seem less chatty than usual. How are you going?” 


  • If they don’t want to talk, don’t criticise them. 
  • Tell them you’re still concerned about changes in their behaviour and you care about them. 
  • Avoid a confrontation. 
  • You could say: “Please call me if you ever want to chat” or “Is there someone else you’d rather talk to?” 

2. Listen with an open mind

  • Take what they say seriously and don’t interrupt or rush the conversation.
  • Don’t judge their experiences or reactions but acknowledge that things seem tough for them.
  • If they need time to think, sit patiently with the silence.
  • Encourage them to explain: “How are you feeling about that?” or “How long have you felt that way?”
  • Show that you’ve listened by repeating back what you’ve heard (in your own words) and ask if you have understood them properly. 

3. Encourage action

  • Ask: “What have you done in the past to manage similar situations?”
  • Ask: “How would you like me to support you?”
  • Ask: “What’s something you can do for yourself right now? Something that’s enjoyable or relaxing?”
  • You could say: “When I was going through a difficult time, I tried this… You might find it useful too.”
  • If they’ve been feeling really down for more than 2 weeks, encourage them to see a health professional. You could say, “It might be useful to link in with someone who can support you. I’m happy to assist you to find the right person to talk to.”
  • Be positive about the role of professionals in getting through tough times. 

4. Check in

  • Pop a reminder in your diary to call them in a couple of weeks. If they’re really struggling, follow up with them sooner.
  • You could say: “I’ve been thinking of you and wanted to know how you’ve been going since we last chatted.”
  • Ask if they’ve found a better way to manage the situation. If they haven’t done anything, don’t judge them. They might just need someone to listen to them for the moment.
  • Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference. 

Asking isn’t always easy, but it could change a life. To help people better prepare for a conversation the R U OK? website has a whole suite of resources available.

Community Focus- Warwick U3A

U3A is the University of the Third Age, which is the age of active retirement, coming after the age of youth and work and home making. University is a loose term – there are no academic requirements for membership and no exams. U3A Warwick is a part of the worldwide self-help organisation promoting learning for personal enjoyment and well-being, keeping the brain active, doing interesting things and activities.

At U3A, members learn together in a culture of like-minded peers who share a common goal of learning for pleasure. Naturally, this forges friendships and networks which reach out to other contacts in our age group and which address many of the risks to general health we all face as we age. These can include loss of social contact, lack of intellectual stimulation, and a decreasing sense of self worth. In a society with a growing population over 55, a society with new retirees who can be highly educated, widely traveled and who have a longer life expectancy than ever before, we provide not only new and varied challenges, but strive to extend present ideas and make the most of the “third age” stage of our lives (Active Retirement). Our classes reflect the interests and enthusiasms of current members, and we continue to listen to their needs and aspirations so as to provide even greater enjoyment and satisfaction.


We have over 200 local members and offer more than 20 courses each term. Our courses are normally run at the complex on the corner of Tooth St. and Wood Streets (Cunningham Highway).

For more information on what courses are available or if you have further questions head on over to the Warwick U3A page.

Member Newsletter Lucky Draw

Terms and Conditions

Who Can Enter?

The Warwick Friendly Society Member Newsletter Lucky Draw promotion is open to Warwick Friendly Society members who have provided an email address and are subscribed to our newsletter.


There are two gift packs per store to be given away. Hampers are to the approximate value of $50 and include a $25 Store Gift Voucher.

Entry into the competition means you (the entrant) accepts these terms and conditions.

How Can You Enter?

· Members who receive our member newsletter or who sign up to receive the newsletter prior to 31 August 2020 are eligible.

· You can do this by providing an email address online, becoming a member or renewing your membership.

· The winner will be chosen by a random generated draw from current members with eligible email addresses.

What Are the Important Dates?

Our Member Newsletter Lucky Draw promotion:

· starts on Friday 17 July at 10am.

· First Draw entries close approx. 4th August (approx.) when the mailing list is drawn. Second Draw entries close approx. 4th Sept.

· First Draw winner will be announced on Friday 7 August 3pm. Second Draw winner will be announced on Friday 4 September 3pm.

Privacy Any personal information will be used in a manner that is compliant with the Australian Privacy Principles. You can review our privacy policy on our website.


Winners will be notified by phone or email if they are successful.

The name of the winner will be published in our member newsletter in August and Sept.

Prize Requirements

The prize will be held in store for pick-up by the winner or for home delivery by arrangement.

The prize is not redeemable for cash

Community Focus- Warwick Men’s Shed

Warwick Men’s Shed are looking forward to getting back in operation this weekend after having been shut down for the past 9 weeks.

Many Warwick Men’s Shed members are in the most vulnerable age group so it was not hard to get them to see the importance of the lockdown during Covid-19.

Some were able to continue a limited amount of community projects at home and we look forward to getting back into full production in the coming weeks.

Very soon we will have the new purpose-built sheds a 29-31 Activity St.  Southern Downs Regional Council have done a wonderful job to provide this great new facility for the Warwick Men’s Shed and the Warwick Woodcrafters.

We will widen the scope of work we are able to do with some fine new equipment that we have purchased through grants available over the past couple of years.   

Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive, contributing to your community, connecting with friends and maintaining an active body and mind.

If you look inside our shed you might see a number of men making furniture, perhaps restoring bicycles, making Mynah bird traps, fixing lawn mowers or making a cubby house for one of the community groups or schools in the area or working in our garden.  The men are keen to get into the new shed where there will be a fully equipped welding shop for them to learn new skills.

You will see a comfortable area where men can sit and talk and enjoy a cup of tea.  Also, in our new shed you will see an area where men can learn to cook for themselves or learn how to contact their families by computer.

Becoming a member of any of the Men’s Sheds in the district provides a safe and busy environment where men can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship.

And, importantly, there is no pressure. Men can just come and have a yarn and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for.

Warwick Men’s Shed is an active member of the Australian Men’s Shed Association “Spanner in the Works” Men’s Health Program and in association with Local Doctors and Warwick Friendly Society regularly conducts informative discussions around Men’s Health.

For more about the Warwick Men’s Shed call 0490 170 569 or go to their webpage or facebook.

Mothers Day Lucky Draw

Who Can Enter?

The Warwick Friendly Society Mother’s Day Lucky Draw promotion is open to Warwick Friendly Society members, current & renewing, including joint members.

There is one hamper per store to be given away.

Entry into the competition means you (the entrant) accepts these terms and conditions.

How Can You Enter?

  • Transactions including retail items during the promotional period will give you an entry into the draw.
  • One entry per transaction.
  • You must supply a valid phone number and/or email. One of our team members will check the information we have on file with you.
  • There is no limit on eligible entries.
  • The winner will be chosen by a random draw from eligible entries. 

What Are the Important Dates?

Our Mother’s Day Lucky Draw promotion:

  • starts on Tuesday 28 April at 10am.
  • entries close on Thursday 7 May at 2pm.
  • winner will be announced on Thursday 7 May at 3pm following the draw to take place at each of our stores.


Any personal information will be used in a manner that is compliant with the Australian Privacy PrinciplesYou can review our privacy policy on our website. 


Winners will be notified by phone or email if they are successful.

The name of the winner will be published in our stores until the end of May.

Prize Requirements

The prize will be held in store for pick-up by the winner or for home delivery by arrangement.

The prize is not redeemable for cash.

How can I help?

How Can I Help?

There is no doubt COVID-19 is causing great upheaval in our society. Social distancing restrictions
necessary to prevent the virus spreading are causing considerable financial and social stress to many sectors and groups within our communities. If you, however, find yourself with a bit of time on your hands, wondering how you can make a difference, here are some top tips…

Give Blood

Australia needs 29,000 blood donations every week to maintain supply for a variety of uses. Lives
depend on donated blood, it helps people recover from surgery, accidents and even cancer. Regular blood donors may be self-isolating if they are in vulnerable groups so it’s up to the rest of us to bridge the gap. If you are generally well and healthy check out how to donate here

Support food banks and charities

As more people face financial hardship and food insecurity, these organisations will be relied upon more than ever to support people in need. Usual fundraising activities have been curtailed reducing their ability to maintain their community service delivery. (See our story on The Lighthouse.)

Support local businesses

The best way to keep people employed is for the public to keep buying products/services. Local cafes and other discretionary goods providers are going to be hardest hit by the pandemic as people stop spending. Consider buying takeaway from local cafes or gift vouchers you can spend later.

Reach out – make a call, write a note or a letter

Connect with a neighbour, friend or older relative during this time. A card, letter or phone call could make a big difference in someone’s day. You may also like to check if they need any help. Consider helping with shopping, dropping off scripts or a regular call. (Don’t forget to observe social distancing!) Let them know Warwick Friendly Society can help with home delivery of medications and pharmacy items. If you don’t know your neighbours, you can use a Queensland Health Kindness Card to break the ice.


Some volunteers are reducing their usual involvement, especially if they are in a particularly
vulnerable group or have to provide increased support for family and friends. Whilst some not-forprofit activity is on hold, other volunteer roles are now in higher demand such as community transport, community visitor schemes, food banks and other community delivery services such as Meals on Wheels. There may also be opportunities for volunteering online. Or consider joining the Care Army.

Check out your local Community Radio station – Rose City FM

Rose City FM has their finger on the pulse of our community and brings a mix of culture and
entertainment that you may find refreshing in these trying times. Rose City FM depends heavily on volunteers and support from local businesses who are also doing it tough and may have to withdraw or downsize their financial contributions. By engaging with these community groups we are demonstrating our solidarity in supporting services that mean a lot to listeners who are doing it tough. So tune in!

Adapted from Volunteering North Queensland –

Warwick Thistle Pipe Band

From Warwick to Moscowthe Warwick Thistle Pipe Band to march at the Peace for World Festival in Russia 


Warwick, Queensland, 6 March 2020: 

The Warwick Thistle Pipe Band has been given an amazing opportunity: it has been invited to travel to Russia in April-May 2020 for the two-week long Peace for World Festival. 

“We are thrilled to have this incredible opportunity as the only Australian band at the festival,” said Chris Donaldson, Warwick Thistle Pipe Band pipe major.  

Participating band members are working hard to build their music repertoire, and their fitness. During the trip, the band will be expected to play in concerts of at least 45 minutes of non-repeated music and to march and perform over distances of between 1km and 4km on most days.  

The 2020 Peace for World Festival marks the 75th anniversary of peace in Europe after World War II, with the most monumental event being The March of the Immortal Regiment in Moscow on May 9. Up to one million Russians are expected to participate in this march with 250 million people following the event on television. 

In addition to participating in the march, a key objective for the band’s tour of Russia is to engage in cross-cultural activities. The Warwick Thistle Pipe Band performances will give Russians the opportunity to interact with a group of Australians playing Scottish music, and band members will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time with Russian people and learn more about the country’s music, culture and traditions. 

The band is working hard on fundraising efforts to send its players to Russia, including barbecues at Bunnings, raffles and market stalls. They are extremely grateful for the support of over 25 local businesses including Warwick Friendly Society. 

They have set up their own Gofundme page, for which it is inviting donations: Donated funds will be used to help pay for additional uniform of international standard to wear in the Russian weather and lighter instruments for our children to play in daily long marches. 

Warwick Thistle Pipe Band is the oldest and most recognizable pipe band in Warwick, Queensland. Band members range in age from 10 to over 80.   

The Band aims are to foster an enjoyment of the piping and drumming disciplines in a friendly, family, supportive environment, as well as performing at a number of community performances to provide Scottish culture to the Southern Downs region and more widely. 
Band rehearsals are held at the band rooms in Albert St across from Leslie Park each Friday from 7pm until 9pm. 
The Warwick Thistle Pipe Band welcome experienced players and those who wish to learn. Tuition is provided at no cost to the student. 


  • For more information on the Warwick Thistle Pipe Band go to their facebook page. 

Warwick Netball

We are proudly supporting Warwick Netball!

Here at Warwick Friendly Society we are big supporters of all things health, and what better way than showing our support for the local netball scene.

Warwick Netball is looking forward to a fantastic year ahead for all four sections of our Association. JUNIOR FIXTURES We are extremely excited to welcome Juniors to our brand new state of the art courts at Barnes Park commencing Saturday 21 March. With four levels of fixtures for the juniors covering age groups 5yrs to 14yrs we have programs which ensure the players are learning, developing and increasing skills and knowledge of netball, and gaining life skills whilst enjoying their netball, teams and friendships. SENIOR FIXTURES Senior fixtures for ages 14yrs and older commenced this week. Proudly we welcomed 26 teams to our courts for the 2020 Season. This is the largest number of senior teams we have hosted in many years. With fixtures from A – D Grades we offer all levels of games from competitive A and B Grades through to social C and D Grades. REPRESENTATIVE TEAMS Nominations are currently open for the junior age representative teams. These teams compete in the Darling Downs Inter District 5 day competition of which Warwick Netball will host Day 2 on March 29. The teams also compete at other one day carnivals in the south east corner of Queensland. MIXED FIXTURES From September to December every year we round out our fixture year with a short sharp and most enjoyable Mixed netball fixture for 14 years and older players. This is always a very enjoyable and fun fixture which brings many new faces to our courts. This year the Mixed fixture will be played at our new Barnes Park courts under lights on Monday & Tuesday nights. We anticipate continuing this year with the great success from last year with maximum team numbers achieved again. For further information about any fixture with Warwick Netball please get in touch via facebook.

Member Feedback Survey Results

What did we learn from our Member Survey?

For one thing, our Member Discount is very popular, it was the number one reason members joined the Society along with supporting the Warwick Community and the Friendlies as a community owned organisation.
When asked about Member Benefits, 81% of members health screening & education (hearing, blood pressure, sleep apnoea, bone density, mobility aids) were important member benefits to them – keep an eye on this email as we increase our services to you. 

Of your store visits, Palmerin St came out on top with customer service with 100% Good to Excellent ratings, and Wood St was seen to have a 97% Good to Excellent rating on its location.   Parking and wait times are areas you have identified we work on.

What local media do our members use?

The free newspapers were most popular, with the Warwick Daily News’ free edition being read by almost 70% of our membership in the prior week.  Of radio, Rose City FM was most popular 27% of members listened in the prior week, attracting almost twice as many members as CFM and almost three times as many as 4WK.

Here are a selection of the comments from our wonderful members:
  • Extremely happy with the customer service!
  • Staff are always so helpful, courteous and friendly.
  • Staff are always friendly and helpful
  • Hard to get a park with the bus stop so close.
  • Wish other places frequented for service were as professional, efficient and friendly as here.
  • For the amount of people that visit this practice there should be a lot more and bigger parking bays. Otherwise excellent.
  • Good service, fairly clean, good opening hours 
  • WFS is one of my favourite destinations to visit for my Pharmacy/ other needs. Staff are always friendly, helpful and respectful. It is a pleasure to do business with WFS. Nothing more to be said, if interviewed.
  • More communication between the 2 stores
  • I enjoy going to the chemist as it is very friendly
  • All doing a good job