Service Stories

Service Stories – Call for speakers

Our first intake and call for speakers is now open. Our  inaugural course will be held on Sunday 1st December at 11:10am – 2:30pm at North Bondi RSL Club. Lunch will be provided.

We are looking for ex-serving members and their spouse/partners who would like to be a part of the “Service Stories” initiative.

We will have on hand Hugh Riminton & Damian Thomlinson who will guide you through the processes of public speaking.



They will be advising:

  • on the best ways to formulate your ideas
  • on the different delivery styles dependent on audience
  • working on the skills to express your ideas

You could have the opportunity to speak to sporting teams, corporate Australia, schools & businesses. Our partners to date are Carnival Australia, the Waratahs, Legacy & SoldierOn with more coming on board in 2014.

To register your interest and be a part of this fabulous program please call 02 9365 1896, 0414615807 or email Please hurry as places are limited and in high demand.

Read below for more information.

On Wednesday 16th October the Minister announced Service Stories, a joint initiative between the NSW Government, North Bondi RSL Sub Branch and Soldier On. The initiative will empower and encourage younger veterans and spouses to share their stories through public speaking. The aim is to raise awareness about issues, challenges and opportunities facing younger veterans, both when deployed and when they return home. Click the link  to see media release. 131016 YOUNG VETERANS SUPPORTED TO SHARE THEIR STORIES (2)

It received positive media coverage from Channel 10 and radio. The Channel 10 clip is below.

Both North Bondi RSL Sub Branch and Soldier On will encourage their members to get involved, and the Sub Branch will also host training sessions for the speakers before they speak publicly. The sessions will be facilitated by mentors that include Channel 10 Reporter Hugh Riminton, James Brown & Damien Thomlinson.

The NSW Government will implement a communications strategy that promotes the initiative and encourages a host of stakeholders (schools, companies, community groups) to have a younger veteran or spouse speak at an event/function.

Service Stories mentor Damien Thomlinson said: “This is a wonderful initiative as it allows returned young veterans to have their story heard by the community they have served.”

“For some veterans, it can feel like no one understands their situation, which can be really isolating. Service Stories breaks this mould by providing a relevant mentor and a positive connection between the veteran and their community.”

The speakers will be trained in the art of public speaking and to help them effectively articulate their stories to students, young Australians, community groups and corporate NSW.

We will be running our first intake which will include an information & mentor session early December.

If you would like to be involved in this ground breaking initiative or get some further information please contact Kate Cass on 0414 615 807 or

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