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Meals Delivery Drivers Needed

 An opportunity exists for volunteer Meals Delivery Drivers for the Scottsdale area, to provide a range of healthy and nutritious frozen and fresh meals delivered to the door of people who find it difficult to cook for themselves. This service is more than just a meal. These volunteers will also check in on recipients when they deliver the meals - stopping to say 'hi' and doing a wellbeing check.

Shifts are generally 1-2 hours between Monday-Friday, and training on safety will be provided. Drivers need to have a full Australian licence and their own car with insurance. Petrol costs will be reimbursed for the Scottsdale delivery route (please note that the organisation is not able to reimburse for the cost of getting to Scottsdale, if coming from outside the area). 

If you are interested, or know of someone who might be, please register at or call 1800 677 895 with any questions. 

(For the health and safety of both the volunteers and clients, unfortunately this volunteering opportunity isn't available to those people: 

    • over 70 years old, or
    • over 65 years old with an underlying health issue, or
    • over 50 year old Indigenous volunteers with an underlying health issue, or
    • for those pregnant, or immune compromised, or
    • if you have recently returned from overseas of have been in contact with someone who has.) 

This is a great opportunity for anyone who would enjoy calling on a variety of people in their homes and making their life a little bit easier.

The Tasmania Project - UTAS

How are you experiencing and adapting to life in the time of COVID-19? What do you need and want now, and for the future? The University of Tasmania has established The Tasmania Project to give you a voice and to gather important information during and beyond the pandemic.  UTAS are seeking Tasmanian residents to participate in surveys and/or interviews with their research team from the Institute for Social Change. What you tell them will help Tasmanians work together through the pandemic and support recovery for a strong future.  The information gathered will be summarised and published weekly as a resource for those making critical decisions in response to the pandemic.  By completing the expression of interest form here, you’ll receive emails inviting you to participate in the study through surveys and/or interviews.  If you are unable to complete the online registration form, please register your interest by calling (03) 6226 7542 and leave your name and phone number. A member of the UTAS team will be in touch to register you.  Information collected will not identify you in anyway. You can be involved in as much of the research as you choose and withdraw at any time.

Monthly Garage Sale & Market - Derby Town Hall

Occurs every third Sunday - 9 am to 1 pm.  No fees and all are welcome.  The Hall is open to Stallholders at 8 am and no bookings are required.  Sausage Sizzle and refreshments served by the North East Tasmania Lapidary Club.  For more information contact Erika on 0487 773 830.

North East Tasmania Lapidary Club

Rock up and have a look! 43 Main Street, Derby every Wednesday and Saturday between 10 am - 4 pm.  For more information contact Vincent 0403 042 499.

Tasmanian Online Service Finder

Have you ever needed information about what programs and services are in your area? An online database is now available called and it lists services in a variety of categories such as addiction support, crisis and emergency support, resources for children, young people and older Tasmanians, relationship support, health and housing services. It’s designed for everyone to access, and is funded by a collective, initially lead by Anglicare, which includes Baptcare, CatholicCare, Colony47, Hobart City Mission, Mission Australia, Red Cross, Relationships Australia Tasmania, The Salvation Army, TasCOSS and UnitingCare Tasmania. Findhelptas is now managed by TasCOSS. If you have a program or service you’d like included on the directory, you can submit the details on the online form available on the site. If you need to update your data or if you have any queries, feel free to contact Leah Cleary, Project Support Officer, on 6231 0755 or

Bridport U3A

Have you ever wanted to learn new skills with like-minded people in a fun and interactive way? Well the new Bridport University of the 3rd Age (U3A) may be just what you’re looking for… it is a non-for-profit self-directed learning cooperative run solely by volunteers for the benefit of the community. For an annual fee of $45 (to cover insurance) you can get access to all courses offered by Bridport U3A. Aimed at over 50s or those who are retired or semi-retired, course options are limited only by your imagination. You may also have a desire to share your skills in a particular area and offer to teach at the U3A. Registrations are currently being taken in person at the Bridport Pavilion, or by emailing

Yoga in Branxholm

Yoga classes are now being offered in Branxholm: 5:30 pm Mondays & Fridays; and 9:45 am Wednesdays. $15 drop in fee, or purchase a monthly class pass for $40. Private sessions are also available for $50 per hour, or create your own class with work colleagues and friends - private groups of 3 or 4 + students can be created for $60 per session. These classes can also be held at your own venue by arrangement. Contact Louise Raffaele (15 years teaching experience) on 0435 249 244 for more information.

Business Key Holder Registration

Scottsdale Police are establishing a Business Key Holder Register in the north-east. It is designed as a first point of contact for police outside of normal business hours, should they need to urgently contact the business owner or manager. If you'd like to make sure they have your details, you can download a copy of the form from the Tasmania Police website at

Dorset Community Men's Shed

We can be found at 2 Christopher Street, Scottsdale (on the town side of the recreation ground). We create items to sell to the public from our gallery. We repair and build what is required by customers. You can be guided by our members if you wish to build something for yourself. Maybe you have a project you wish to do, but just need some help to complete it? Maybe just come and have a coffee and a chat, you decide what you would like to do! Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm (although this can change over the winter months). Contact Merv on 0417 542 152 for more details.

Adult Literacy

Need help with reading, writing, maths or learning skills? You can access FREE one-to-one private tutoring for adults, simply by calling Adult Literacy Coordinator, Susan Alexander (based at the Scottsdale Library) on 0428 167 429 or email Tutoring can be held anywhere you feel comfortable. Simply give Susan a call to book something in!

FREE Use of iPads

iPads are available to borrow, and FREE to use in the Scottsdale Library. Just ask the staff at the Scottsdale Library.