Community Focus- The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Community Centre is an emergency relief organisation operated to help Warwick’s most vulnerable community members.

Each year the Lighthouse supports around 500 at risk people in the Warwick area. They offer food distribution, emergency hampers, blankets, and domestic violence services. Their Op Shop provides inexpensive clothing as well as funding their charitable activities.


While they recently have had to curtail some of their services due to Covid-19, The Lighthouse is still providing food for pickup from their location at 37 Guy St.

Food for distribution is donated to The Lighthouse from Aldi, Woolworths, Subway and Donut King each day. Depending on the season this may also be supplemented by food purchased with their own funds if required.

The Lighthouse is able to help with emergency food supplies to those having financial difficulties during Covid-19. Current service Manager, Daphne Porter, says she is most concerned for those community members who have been unable to work or access Centrelink services and those who may have been underprepared entering self-isolation. She asks that if Friendly Society Members know of people who are struggling to let The Lighthouse know so they can help.

Recently Daphne took a call from a person who was interstate and was concerned about his Warwick friend in need who was self-isolating but had run out of supplies. Fortunately, The Lighthouse was able to provide a food hamper to assist.

The Lighthouse is an independent welfare organisation based in Warwick, near the Warwick Uniting Church. The organisation was established by Pastor Judith Kunkel as a central, one-stop-shop for people in need within the community.

For more information or to provide financial assistance: 4661 8211.

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

Whooping Cough & MMR

Our pharmacists have been working and studying hard to be able to provide as much care to our members as possible, and now that we have multiple pharmacists able to vaccinate we thought now would be a good time to talk about the immunisations that we can provide.

For a small administration fee plus the cost of the medicine it has never been easier to safeguard your family against these preventable diseases.

Whooping Cough

Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease.

Symptoms that include fever and long periods of coughing that sound like a ‘whoop’.

Whooping cough can affect people of all ages, but it is more serious for babies. Babies have the highest risk of serious disease. They are more likely to need to go to hospital or die from whooping cough. About one in every 200 babies under 6 months old who get whooping cough dies from pneumonia or brain damage.

Whooping cough can be prevented by immunisation.

Measles, Mumps & Rubella

Immunisation is the best protection against measles, mumps & rubella.

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine helps protect you against the following diseases:

Measles – causes a cough, high fever, rash, ear infection, conjunctivitis and swelling of the brain

Mumps – causes fever, headache, tiredness, and swelling of the salivary glands, ovaries or testicles

Rubella (German measles) – causes a rash and swollen glands, but infection in pregnancy can result in the baby being born with severe disabilities.

Christmas Member Offers

This year we are teaming up with local business’ who are offering our financial members a little early Christmas gift. 

Upon presentation of a Friendly Society membership card these business’ will extend a discount on their selected items.

These offers are at the discretion of each business and can be changed at any time due to trading conditions.

(If you have lost your membership card – pop in to our stores at Wood or Palmerin St to get a new one.)

Workin’ Wear Warwick is in the festive mood this season and offering 10% off of all purchases. 

Excludes sale items and Mongrel Boots.

Offer valid until December 23rd.

Stephanie’s is supporting a healthy and active holiday season by offering Society Members 15% off all active wear purchases, including sports bras, crop tops and leggings.  Take advantage of our complimentary professional fitting service to ensure comfort and support. Offer valid to December 24th.

Style Shoes is offering 10% off of all full priced items this holiday season. 

Excludes any sale or already discounted items.

Offer valid until December 31st.

Warwick Watchmakers + Jewellers are offering 10% off store wide to help you find that perfect Christmas gift.

Excludes Re-orders, repairs & already discounted items.

Offer valid until December 31st.

Christmas Giving Programme

The results are in from our Christmas Giving Programme and we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped us decide how best to distribute the funds for charity.

Akooramak: Had a total of 427 votes which equals $870. Our members also donated an extra $9.65.

Bluecare: Had a total of 524 votes which equals $1,050. Our members also donated $1.30.

Lifeline: Had a total of 531 votes which equals $1,080. Our members also donated $2.70.

Warwick Friendly Society is pleased to announce their new Christmas Giving Programme, which encourages members to choose how the Society’s yearly Christmas Donation is distributed.

The Warwick Friendly Society commitment to Warwick district began early last century and this year the Society has given almost $400,000 in support and donations to the community.

Blue Care Warwick, Lifeline Darling Downs and Akooramak are the three charities the Society have chosen to be the focus of their Christmas Giving Programme this year.

The managers of Lifeline Darling Downs and Akooramak, joined Warwick Friendly Society General Manager, Ahmad Almesfer, to launch the campaign which will run to Thursday 19th December.

How it will work

• With each transaction in-store $20 and over members will receive a token

• Choose which charity you would like to support from the on-counter display

• Pop your token in the appropriate box.


$3000 will be distributed between the three charities according to the proportion of tokens in the boxes. The funds will be distributed in time for Christmas.


*For every transaction $20 and over made in-store, each member will receive one promotional token (limit of 1 token per transaction). Place the token in the entry box on counter, selecting the individual charity that you wish to support. Warwick Friendly Society will make a charitable donation to each of the three charities at the end of the promotion, based on the proportion of tokens contributed to each charity. The total donation will be AUD$3,000. Christmas Giving Programme Promotion runs from 07/11/19–19/12/19.

Ahmad with Toni Park
Ahmad with Daryl Chapman