We are supporting 235 youth-focused organisations across Australia in 2013. Congratulations to the organisations that were successful in their application for a Community Grant.
3rd Space Mob’s main focus is to provide assistance encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s participation in cultural engagement and cultural change, working towards cultural recovery and reclamation and the engagement of Indigenous people in learning and education. This Community Grant will support a leadership program run by 3rd Space Mob at five high schools in Southern Gumbaynggirr Country. Macksville High, Bellingen High, Dorrigo High, Nambucca Heads High and Bowraville Central School will work together and with a 3rd Space Mob project manager to run the program with the Aboriginal students in their schools.
Allambi Youth Services – $10,000
Allambi Youth Services provides a range of professional services to the community, including a youth refuge, residential facilities, foster care, a disabilities centre, adolescent counselling and an education centre. This Community Grant will allow Allambi Youth Services to provide Play Therapy to eight out-of-home-care and foster-care children aged between 4 and 11 years. Non-directive Play Therapy allows for younger children to participate due to the safe and healing mode of play. Play Therapy has proven to be an effective way to help children deal with past neglect and abuse.
Amputee Association of Sydney – $6,850
The Amputee Association of Sydney is run by amputees for amputees. A group of dedicated volunteers helps to provide information and assistance to amputees in their community. The association helps people of all ages including parents and friends of children with congenital or amputated limbs. This Community Grant will support the Amputee Association of Sydney’s Teen Amp Camp. At the camp teens gain access to adult amputee role models, peers who are also amputees, and are supported by rehabilitation specialists and health care professionals. The camp is also full of fun games, physical challenges and creative or therapeutic activities.
Australian Foundation for Disability – $9,000
The Australian Foundation for Disability supports people with disabilities from when they leave school to retirement, assisting with work, training, independent living skills and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. This Community Grant will support the Australian Foundation for Disability’s transition-to-work program for 18–20 year old school leavers with special needs. Topics include basic health and hygiene, positive body image, rights, responsibilities and consequences, risk-taking and personal safety, drugs and alcohol.
Bankstown Women’s Health Centre – $8,400
Bankstown Women's Health Centre provides a holistic service in direct response to the needs of the women and children in the local community, through preventative health care, community education and clinical support. This Community Grant will support Bankstown Women's Health Centre’s Think Before You Jump program, a 12 month Parkour group for 20 to 25 young men and boys affected by child sexual assault. Parkour is a training discipline using movement which enhances self-confidence and critical thinking skills.
Bateau Bay Neighbourhood Centre under the auspices of Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre – $10,000
Bateau Bay Neighbourhood Centre, which is in a large social housing estate, provides information, support and referral services to the local community, most of which are single parent families struggling to make ends meet. This Community Grant will support the Bateau Bay Neighbourhood Centre’s Children's Homework Support Program, which provides maths and English group tutoring to children and young people from year 3–6. The tutoring is conducted by a qualified paid tutor and volunteers.
Bates Drive Special School Parents and Citizens Association – $8,127
Bates Drive School caters for young people between four and 18 years with a moderate to severe intellectual disability as well as complex needs, such as autism. The school provides a holistic approach to educating students, so that they can become active members of society and reach their own potential. This Community Grant will help upgrade the Bates Drive School’s facility for sensory programs, catering for students with acute sensory needs. The primary senses of sounds, vision and movement are used to create an engaging and stimulating environment through the use of appropriate sensory equipment.
Bear Cottage – $9,150
Bear Cottage, near Sydney's Manly beach, is the only children's hospice in NSW, and one of only two in the entire country. It is designed as a large beach home, with specialist medical care available 24 hours a day. It is an initiative of The Children's Hospital at Westmead, part of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network. This Community Grant will support the Bear Cottage Neonatal Program, which aims to educate health care professionals and maternity units about the value of transferring babies to Bear Cottage for specialised support and care, as far too many babies are dying in intensive-care units with minimal family support.
Blair's Wish – $10,000
Blair's Wish operates a loan pool of vital equipment for children diagnosed with cerebral palsy living on the NSW Central Coast. It also aims to increase public awareness about cerebral palsy and similar conditions. The equipment has been in great demand, as these items are often simply beyond the financial means of the average family. This Community Grant will enable Blair's Wish to help many more local families with a physically disabled child in need. Demand has been greatest for paediatric special needs strollers, which have made a huge difference to the lives of many Central Coast families with a disabled child.
Bonnie Support Services – $9,991
Bonnie Support Services helps women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It works to enhance women's and children's skills, knowledge and capacities through the provision of information, referral, support, counselling and advocacy. This Community Grant will support the Bonnie Support Services’ Holiday Youth Program of Events, which will provide at-risk youth with opportunities for positive social interaction with supportive adults and peers, recreation and relaxation and skill building.
Bridges Disability Services – $2,000
Bridges Disability Services provides recreational respite programs for 70 children and adults with moderate to severe disabilities living in the Hawkesbury area. It also provides a learning and support day program for school leavers with moderate to severe disabilities. Its social enhancement program allows for parents and carers to have a night off while their children are looked after through planned activities by staff in the centre. This Community Grant will help Bridges Disability Services provide a weekend teenage camp at Berry Sport and Recreation Centre for 20 teenagers with disabilities, staffed by six qualified volunteers.
Butterfly Foundation – $10,000
The Butterfly Foundation supports those affected by eating disorders and negative body image, supporting sufferers, their carers and families, as well as members of the community seeking information and education. This Community Grant will pay for the extension of the Butterfly Foundation’s Schools Prevention and Early Intervention Programs, which focus on positive body image and building self-esteem. Body image is one of the highest areas of concern for school students, according to the Mission Australia Youth Survey.
Byron Youth Service – $10,000
Byron Youth Service, the primary provider of youth support services in Byron Shire, works together with schools, businesses, police, council, health and community workers to provide effective responses to youth needs and issues. This Community Grant will help support the Byron Youth Service’s Flexi-School Support Program, which provides individual support and programmed group activities to connect and empower at-risk young people enrolled in alternative learning programs at the Byron Youth Activity Centre. Areas covered include health and wellbeing, nutrition, sports activities and vocational opportunities.
Cabramatta Community Centre – $7,894
Cabramatta Community Centre provides services, programs and activities to young people and the broader community in the Cabramatta area. This Community Grant will help support the Centre’s Better Health, Better Future project, which will assist young people to improve awareness and knowledge of food preparation and nutritional values, helping them avoid both obesity and eating disorders while becoming more socially motivated. The project, guided by a professional nutritionist, will educate young people about the value of good nutrition, home cooking and good shopping habits.
Camp Quality Family Camp, Warilla – $10,000
Camp Quality aims to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia. Its four program streams of Engage, Just for Kids, Family Matters and Together create optimism and resilience for children aged up to 13 years who are living with cancer. The organisation runs camps for children aged 4–13years, which help families cope by rebuilding confidence, creating optimism, and strengthening resilience and enabling supportive relationships to flourish. This Community Grant will help support a Camp Quality family camp at Warilla for families from the far South Coast who have children living with cancer. The camp will allow them to network with other families, relax and escape from the stresses of their difficult situation.
Camp Quality Family Fun Day, Canberra – $5,500
Camp Quality programs create a supportive, resilient and optimistic community for families living with cancer. Camp Quality supports families no matter where they live in Australia, throughout each stage of their cancer journey. This Community Grant will help support Camp Quality’s March Family Fun Day. One day can make all the difference for families whose world has been turned upside down due to childhood cancer. Family fun days are a celebration, a day for families to bond and build new happy memories, a day where optimism is plentiful, laughter is contagious and resilience is strengthened.
Cancer Council NSW – $9,341
Cancer Council NSW works to defeat cancer by engaging the community, connecting people and organisations to the cancer cause and building insights into the significance of cancer in people’s lives. This Community Grant will help to extend the Cancer Council’s SunSmart program, which supports primary schools in implementing a comprehensive sun protection policy. A contracted project officer will develop local intensive plans to increase SunSmart membership.
Cancer Patients Foundation – $9,250
The Cancer Patients Foundation aims to help improve the confidence and wellbeing of those undergoing treatment for cancer. Through its Look Good, Feel Better program it helps patients manage the appearance-related side effects caused by cancer treatment. Its services are delivered in small group workshops, available at more than 180 hospitals and cancer centres. This Community Grant will help the Cancer Patients Foundation to increase the number of workshops for teens, update its workshop materials for a teen audience, promote the teens program further, and develop a teens' version of its new home-delivered Confidence Kit for cancer patients with age-appropriate products and information.
CanTeen – $10,000
CanTeen supports, develops and empowers 12–24 year olds living with cancer. CanTeen members are either cancer patients; brothers, sisters, sons and daughters of cancer patients; or those who have had a brother, sister or parent die from cancer. This Community Grant will help CanTeen to provide a five-day residential support program for 60 CanTeen Members in its Northern NSW centre. With guidance from professional staff, attendees will discuss grief, bereavement and loss related to cancer in a supportive and understanding environment.
Carevan Foundation – $10,000
The Carevan Foundation helps feed, house and educate the homeless, disadvantaged and young people in need in rural, remote and regional Australia. Its core function is feeding the homeless, providing free meals at designated public sites four times each week. This Community Grant will support the Carevan Sun Smiles program, which promotes oral health to less advantaged children in the Albury–Wodonga region. Over 45% of six year old children in the Hume region have tooth decay — this program aims to address that problem.
Casino Family Support Services – $10,000
Casino Family Support Services provides a range of early intervention services to children, young people and their families, including case management, counselling and group education programs, home visits and information, advocacy and referral. It also coordinates the Richmond Valley Family Violence Committee and works with other agencies to support initiatives to strengthen children, young people and their families. This Community Grant will help Casino Family Support Services provide the Renavigating Angry and Guilty Emotions program, which is designed to assist young people maintain safe and respectful relationships with friends, peers, intimate partners and family members.
Catherine Sullivan Centre – $9,900
The Catherine Sullivan Centre is an early intervention service for children up to six years old with hearing impairment. Their teachers use an auditory-verbal approach where the child, in partnership with parents and in a supportive environment, is encouraged to use hearing aids or a Cochlear implant to learn how to listen and speak. This gives the child an opportunity to acquire the language, speech and social skills necessary for mainstream education. This Community Grant will allow the Catherine Sullivan Centre to retain the services of a qualified speech pathologist.
Central Coast Kids In Need – $8,000
Central Coast Kids In Need assists local families with accommodation costs to stay with their sick children while undergoing specialised treatment in Sydney and Newcastle hospitals. A large proportion of these children are cancer patients, premature babies with life threatening health issues like bone marrow transplants, organ transplants, spina bifida or cystic fibrosis. This Community Grant will help Central Coast Kids In Need pay travel and accommodation costs for children living on the Central Coast with serious illnesses who must endure frequent and prolonged visits to hospitals in Sydney and Newcastle.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance – $9,393
The Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides services and support to people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. They offer services that include mobility, equipment, physiotherapy, speech therapy, camps, mentoring, peer support, employment support, accommodation services and disability awareness programs. This Community Grant will help the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to buy essential assessment tools for CP Check Up, a program which provides children with cerebral palsy with regular check-ups which focus on early detection and prevention of musculoskeletal deterioration, nutritional status and family wellbeing.
Communities@Work – $10,000
Communities@Work is a large community organisation coordinating services at 35 locations delivering community services of social value and practical benefit. Their programs include management of the Yellow Van, child care and foster care, parenting and family support, youth programs, educational programs, transition housing, respite, disability services as well as transport, in-home support and social activities for seniors. This Community Grant will support Communities@Work’s Yellow Van food rescue service, which rescues excess food from supermarkets, caterers and restaurants and distributes it to charities and refuges supporting vulnerable people in need in the Canberra region.
Country Hope Trust – $5,700
Country Hope gives financial and welfare assistance to regional families who have a child with cancer or similar life threatening illness. It is currently supporting more than 60 families, with children aged up to 16, all of whom are under intense medical treatment. This Community Grant will be used by Country Hope to develop a family interview room and crèche to be used when families visit the office to discuss their child’s situation. These interviews, where the financial and welfare status of the family is determined, are often highly emotional and stressful.
Cranleigh School – $10,000
Cranleigh School is a specialist setting for children aged 3–12 years with intellectual disabilities. Many of them also have physical disabilities and about half have severe autism, either as the primary diagnosis, or co-existing with other conditions. Their school curriculum is focused on communication, independence and academic and vocational skills development. This Community Grant will support Cranleigh School’s Achieving Independence and Mobility program. There are 12 students with mobility issues currently in the program. These students rely on wheelchairs or strollers for movement around the school.
Cystic Fibrosis Association ACT– $8,400
Cystic Fibrosis ACT is dedicated to making a daily difference to the lives of children and young adults with cystic fibrosis living in the ACT and surrounding regions through financial, educational and emotional assistance. This Community Grant will support Cystic Fibrosis ACT’s Keeping Active with CF program, which gives children and young adults with cystic fibrosis the opportunity to participate and engage in sport and fitness activities over 12 months. Physical activity is an essential part of these kids’ daily treatment.
David Wirrpanda Foundation – $10,000
The David Wirrpanda Foundation strives to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal youth and their families through the promotion of strong role models, educating the community on healthy life choices and working closely with school communities to further contribute to the improvement of Aboriginal student education outcomes. This Community Grant will support the David Wirrpanda Foundation’s Deadly Sista Girlz program at Doonside. Deadly Sista Girlz motivates and empowers young Aboriginal girls to make healthy life choices. Positive female Aboriginal mentors deliver engaging sessions about cultural identity, sexual health, healthy relationships, fitness, nutrition, financial literacy, drug and alcohol awareness, education and goal setting.
Daystar Foundation – $9,880
The Daystar Foundation creates futures through education for children. It does this by linking schools, families and communities; and mobilising resources in the form of money, services, goods and volunteer time with a clear message that everyone can make a difference and improve children’s life opportunities. This Community Grant will help the Daystar Foundation to deliver its Breakfast Club at Claymore and Blairmount Public Schools, where children come to school hungry and undernourished, resulting in poor concentration, poor academic performance and poor behaviour with high truancy and absenteeism.
East Sydney Community Based High School – $10,000
East Sydney Community Based High School is a small school catering for young people aged between 14 and 21 who are at risk of not achieving a basic level of education because, for many reasons, they do not fit well with mainstream systems of education. This Community Grant will assist the East Sydney Community Based High School to implement the Breakfast Club, a program which provides at-risk youth with food at the start of the school day. Many students come to school without having breakfast and often don't have much food supplied at home.
Enough Is Enough Anti-Violence Movement – $10,000
Enough is Enough was formed with the key purpose of lowering the level and impact of crime, violence and anti-social behaviour on society. Its programs aim to create positive behavioural change and better outcomes for youth at risk. This Community Grant will support the Enough is Enough Bully Program, an evidence-based, comprehensive education program to identify and overcome bullying by building resilience, values and acceptance. It aims to teach students, teachers and parents to recognise and respond to bullying.
Fight Cancer Foundation – $10,000
The Fight Cancer Foundation provides care, treatment and support for cancer patients and their families, as well as funding research into potential cures and improved treatment methods. It provides services to cancer patients and their families through three accommodation centres in North Melbourne, Hobart and Albury, close to treating hospitals. This Community Grant will help support the Fight Cancer Foundation’s Back on Track program at the Children's Cancer Centre at Westmead. It helps young students living with cancer who are disadvantaged because of their illness, its prolonged and difficult treatment, and the resulting interruption to their schooling.
FirstChance – $10,000
FirstChance supports children and young people with disabilities. It helps families with a child with a disability or developmental delay from birth to 18 years through a range of family centred support options including early intervention education, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social and family work, school-age family support, case management and group programs. This Community Grant will help FirstChance to provide SibsRule, an eight-week siblings program with parallel parent support sessions which offers children the chance to explore their feelings, build their resilience and develop a support network with other children in a similar situation.
Fitted For Work – $10,000
Fitted For Work helps disadvantaged women to find employment and keep it. Its free services include personal outfitting and intensive interview preparation and a range of transition to work and mentoring programs. This Community Grant will enable Fitted For Work to assist at least 155 young disadvantaged women to get a job. Participants will receive an intensive interview preparation workshop covering interview questions and CV writing, a personal outfitting appointment where they will receive donated business attire and presentation advice, a career day with an FFW business partner, and one-on-one coaching with a mock interview. Work provides financial security for the participants as well as a sense of social connectedness, dignity and pride.
Friends of Brain Injured Children (ACT) – $10,000
The Friends of Brain Injured Children is a non-profit organisation supporting families with children with all disabilities. It provides information and financial assistance to families to access and try different therapies and programs that may benefit their child. This Community Grant will enable Friends of Brain Injured Children to establish an in-home treatment program by a mobile team of professionals, as many families with children with disabilities struggle to get their children to treatment centres.
Good Beginnings Australia – $10,000
Good Beginnings Australia provides early intervention programs to support vulnerable and disadvantaged families, founded on the belief that the skills acquired in the 0–5 age group form a basis of all future learning. It provides customised, community-integrated programs with a focus on hard-to-reach families where children are at risk. This Community Grant will enable Good Beginnings Australia to fund the Claymore Child and Family Support Group’s Ready, Set, School program, an eight-week transition program for children beginning kindergarten the following year. Students engage in activities that have been designed to develop early literacy, numeracy and school readiness skills. Parents also attend for the first three weeks to help them understand the program and its benefits.
Gunawirra – $10,000
Gunawirra is run by Aboriginal representatives and health professionals. It develops and delivers programs to prevent or reduce harm to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants, families and communities. It provides strategies that are infant and child focused to break the cycle of physical, emotional, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, and poor mental health. This Community Grant will fund Gunawirra’s Young Mums with Babies program in Redfern, an early intervention support service for Aboriginal mothers and babies which aims to engage with and support young mothers through pregnancy and the first five years of their child's life.
Harry Meyn Foundation – $7,000
The Harry Meyn Foundation provides accommodation at Harry's House at Stockton for children living with cancer and their families who are treated at the John Hunter or Calvary Mater Hospitals in Newcastle. The foundation can provide accommodation for 50 families a year. This Community Grant will be used by the Harry Meyn Foundation to pay for a laptop computer and free Wi-Fi internet connection for Harry's House, as families are away from home for long periods while their child is being treated, making internet access an essential support.
HeartKids NSW – $9,955
HeartKids NSW supports the 1 in 100 children who are affected by childhood heart disease throughout NSW and the ACT, and their families. It partners with leading cardiologists and researchers who are working to reduce the incidence and high mortality rate of the disease, and works hard to raise public awareness. This Community Grant will fund HeartKids’ weekend family camps which bring together children with heart disease and their families, to share their stories, make new friends and forget about their worries for a fun-filled three days.
Helmsman Project – $10,000
The Helmsman Project has been set up to provide direct relief for troubled and disadvantaged adolescents. This is delivered through a program which draws upon evidence-based research in the fields of coaching psychology and adventure education. This research is conducted under the supervision of University of Western Sydney in the form of an ongoing randomised control study. This Community Grant will support the Helmsman Project, which is a nine-month program with an intensive 13-week core delivery phase. It has been designed specifically for Year 9 adolescents who, due to socio-economic pressures, are at risk of not fulfilling their potential.
Hunter Care – $9,500
Hunter Life Education is a community-based, independent organisation delivering positive and preventative drug and health education. Around 31,000 children participate in the programs in the Hunter region each year. Helping young people make informed decisions about drugs and their health is at the heart of the program. This Community Grant will fund Hunter Care’s Adopt-a-Class program, which will provide 500 places for disadvantaged children to attend Life Education programs in the Hunter. Primary school attendance records in the region indicate many children do not attend Life Education programs due to social or financial disadvantage.
Hunter Institute of Mental Health under the auspices of the Hunter New England Local Health District – $8,400
The Hunter Institute of Mental Health delivers programs for the promotion of mental health and wellbeing and the prevention of suicide. It aims to improve life outcomes for people affected directly or indirectly by mental illness or suicide through education and training, health promotion, research and evaluation. This Community Grant will help support the Youth Rockin' the Black Dog contest, an annual music competition run by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health. The contest aims to raise awareness of mental health issues among young people in the Hunter and surrounding areas, and involves three weekly live heats, with a grand final in October (Mental Health Month).
Jobs Australia Enterprises – $10,000
BackTrack, part of Jobs Australia Enterprises, offers young people who have lost their way the opportunity to reconnect with their education and training, in order to become work ready, find meaningful jobs, lead happy and productive lives and participate fully in the community. This Community Grant will help support BackTrack’s Learning Space Gallery, which delivers an alternative teaching model incorporating a public access gallery for the sale of products created by program participants. It will also pay for an interactive whiteboard for the gallery.
John Berne School under the auspices of the Marist Brothers – $10,000
The John Berne School provides individual learning programs for students whose personal issues have prevented them from engaging with their education in a mainstream setting. Students come to the school challenged with behavioural and emotional problems, often linked with a mental health diagnosis, and many require a great deal of assistance with their literacy and numeracy skills. This Community Grant will help fund the John Berne School’s Job Ready Program, in which students will undertake a Certificate I in Business, gaining entry-level workplace skills. An entry-level qualification for disadvantaged young people has been proven to increase their success in further, post school studies.
KidsXpress Life – $10,000
KidsXpress Life aims to manage and minimise the impact of childhood trauma through a group therapy program for children aged four to 14, who are affected by abuse, neglect, drugs and alcohol, family breakdown, domestic violence, grief and loss, illness, or bullying. This Community Grant will pay for four children to complete the KidsXpress Life therapy program, including assessment, sessions with expressive therapists, instruments, art and drama materials, parent and carer expressive communication workshops, evaluation follow-ups, and recommendations for the future.
Little Wings – $9,600
Little Wings provides free air travel for children with cancer who live in rural and regional NSW, so that they can undergo specialist treatment in Sydney. The free flights reduce the financial, physical and emotional strain for families with children whose childhood is severely disrupted by a life-threatening illness. This Community Grant will enable Little Wings to provide 12 more return flights to rural children with cancer. There are about 45 children on a waiting list to receive flight assistance.
Luke Priddis Foundation – $10,000
The Luke Priddis Foundation was established by former NRL first grade footballer Luke Priddis and his wife Holly, following the diagnosis of their son Cooper with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They formed the foundation to improve services and awareness of ASD in Western Sydney. This Community Grant will enable the Luke Priddis Foundation to establish a social skills program for children with autism, through therapy sessions in an environment that allows the children to expand their skill development, as well as providing their parents with the opportunity to learn how to work with their child.
Lutanda Children's Services – $6,000
Lutanda Children's Services runs a number of holiday camps for children who are unable to enjoy a regular holiday camp experience, due to personal limitations.
This Community Grant will support Camp Jono, a holiday camp for children with developmental disabilities, run by Lutanda Children's Services. The aim is to provide these children with a range of activities that target their varying developmental levels. Each camper is paired with a one-on-one carer for the week, and several adult camp leaders provide constant supervision. All of the helpers are volunteers who donate a week of their own holidays to help the camp run effectively.
Medley Community – $6,875
The Medley Community provides medium term accommodation to young people aged 14–18 who are homeless and at risk. It provides life skills programs and outreach programs for non-residential clients who are at risk of being homeless, including referral, counselling, and case management. This Community Grant will fund a life skills transition support program run by the Medley Community. This program aims to reduce the risk of homeless young people re-entering the homeless system, with a regular skills audit to help measure progress.
Minerva School – $10,000
Minerva School caters for primary and secondary aged students with special needs. All students have an individual education, transition or vocational plan to meet their specific educational, social and vocational needs, which is developed in conjunction with parents, caregivers and community personnel. This Community Grant will pay for the improvement of the Minerva School’s sensory room, including the purchase of audio-visual equipment, an acoustic tactile wall panel, a sling swing and other sensory items. This will help provide students with exciting and stimulating sensory activities, designed to encourage learning and development.
Mission Australia, Campsie – $10,000
In 2011–12, Mission Australia assisted 110,389 individuals and 5,732 families find pathways to a better life through 326 community services. This Community Grant will support Mission Australia’s after-school drop-in program, ZoneIn, to meet the growing need from high schools and young people seeking support with their schoolwork. The program will develop a network of trained volunteer educational mentors, who can help these young people set and achieve educational and other life skill goals.
Mission Australia, Corrimal – $9,976
The Corrimal Early Learning Centre is located in a low-socio economic community. The outdoor play area for babies (0–2 years) is currently synthetic and sterile, allowing for little interaction between the children and the natural world. The centre has one tree and a sandpit that floods each time it rains. This Community Grant will pay for an outdoor discovery garden at Mission Australia’s Corrimal Early Learning Centre. It will have garden boxes and climbing equipment to help promote skills development and an awareness of the natural environment, and provide opportunities for the children to create open-ended experiences based on their interests.
Mission Australia, Hornsby – $2,552
Mission Australia is one of Australia's leading charities and has been transforming the lives of people in need for more than 150 years. This Community Grant will support the Me, Myself and I program, run by Mission Australia. Aimed at empowering young women, this six-week program helps develop confidence, self-esteem, resilience, assertiveness and decision making skills. Many young disadvantaged women have a poor self-image and this affects both how they relate to others, and their ability to identify and meet their own needs.
Mission Australia, Nowra – $10,000
Mission Australia is a leading national community service organisation. It combats homelessness; helps families and children to develop a safe, nurturing environment; supports and empowers disadvantaged young people and helps unemployed people find permanent work. This Community Grant will support the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program run by Mission Australia. For a variety of reasons, many grandparents are thrust into the difficult role of parenting their grandchildren. This program supports both the grandparents and the children who are in their full-time care.
Mission of Hope – $10,000
Hayat House Street Outreach is a Mission of Hope project that aims to reduce the amount of at-risk behaviours within the Bankstown–Canterbury area. It involves outreach activities at local hot-spots, and building rapport with local youth. This Community Grant will allow Mission of Hope Street Outreach to continue its mentorship program, working primarily with at-risk youth of refugee, African, Arab-African and Pacific Islander background.
Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People – $10,000
Monkey Baa, one of Australia's largest touring theatre companies, aims to perform, engage and inspire, creating exceptional theatre programs for young people and their families throughout metropolitan, rural and regional communities. This Community Grant will support Monkey Baa Theatre's Family Fun project, which works with young people who often sit outside the normal access and community programs, such as those who suffer from Down syndrome and Albinism.
Moorambilla Voices – $10,000
Moorambilla Voices provides access to music skills, social interaction and Indigenous cultural awareness for children in disadvantaged regional and remote communities in north-western NSW. It gives the children an opportunity for artistic expression and to develop singing and social skills that they have no access to in their regular education. The program relies on a skills development tour of all 78 schools in the area. This Community Grant will pay for the Dubbo–Gilgandra–Coonamble section of the Moorambilla Skills Tour, where children and their teachers attend music and vocal skills development workshops, to assess their capacity to attend two residency camps and a festival.
Muscular Dystrophy Association of NSW – $10,000
Muscular Dystrophy NSW works to improve the quality of life for all people living with a neuromuscular condition, through research, information and support, and direct services. This Community Grant will enable the Muscular Dystrophy Association to fund participants to complete their Silver and Gold awards in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award for young people with MD. This award promotes self-development in young people with muscular dystrophy aged 14–25, giving them an opportunity to achieve and feel a sense of pride.
NADO – $9,144
NADO is a not-for-profit, community based organisation that supports people with disabilities and their families in the Nepean region, including Penrith, Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains and surrounding areas. Services include respite, recreation activities, community programs, a supported-living fund, kids and teens programs. This Community Grant will fund the NADO Youth Cooking Skills for Life program, which aims to empower young people with a disability so that they have the knowledge to make educated nutritional choices and safely cook healthy meals with their peers in a supported and friendly environment.
Nagle Centre for Youth under the auspices of the Presentation Sisters Wagga – $9,000
The Nagle Centre for Youth provides support and equal opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged children, aged six to12 in the Campbelltown, Claymore and Rosemeadow areas of Sydney. Children's camps are held where sport is used as a way to engage children, increase social inclusion, strengthen families through positive time out, reduce isolation and disadvantage and build resilience. This Community Grant will allow the Nagle Centre for Youth to expand its camp and family fun days, and family follow-up days that provide opportunities for social inclusion, family bonding, reduction of isolation, increased awareness of services, the building of resilience and the strengthening of communities.
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia – $9,900
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia uses the power of music in live and interactive clinical sessions to help children cope with the struggles of living with a wide range of needs, including physical and intellectual disabilities, autism, trauma, illness, social disorders, behavioural disorders and learning difficulties. This Community Grant will enable Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia to provide weekly music therapy sessions for small groups of children, focusing on verbal and non-verbal communication, cognition, social interaction, motor skills, perceptual and spatial awareness, emotional health, and general wellbeing.
Nortec Employment and Training – $10,000
Nortec delivers education retention and early school leaver transition related services to over 600 at-risk young people annually via Youth Connections services and Links to Learning. This helps young people with a wide range of non-vocational barriers, including low language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills, social isolation, low self-esteem and poor social skills. This Community Grant will enable Nortec Employment and Training to support a homework centre and art club for Indigenous school age residents and friends of Ngaru Village, providing intensive and culturally appropriate assistance with schoolwork for Ngaru kids and a safe, fun, learning environment, which they may not find at home.
NSW Women's Refuge Movement, Bathurst – $9,800
Bathurst Women's Refuge helps and protects women and children affected by domestic and family violence. One of its activities is a school holiday program for children aged between five and 18, who are, or were, living in a household where there is domestic and family violence. This Community Grant will fund a school holiday program, run by Bathurst Women's Refuge, for children from families who can’t afford to attend other programs. It will give these children a chance to leave their home situation for a while and meet other children who may be in a similar situation to them.
NSW Women's Refuge Movement, Kempsey – $10,000
Kempsey Women's Refuge runs the Speak Out 4 Kids project, which provides training for child-focused local community staff. The refuge runs the Kids Can group work, which explores young people’s experiences of domestic and family violence, and the Women Can group work therapy for children, and other services. This Community Grant will fund a Speak Out 4 Kids website and video, as part of a localised community awareness-raising campaign organised by Kempsey Women's Refuge. Videos telling local stories by local people have the biggest impact on the target audience.
Open Family Australia – $9,889
Open Family Australia helps young people between 12 and 21 who are disengaged from society. Over 80% of these young people are in this situation due to family breakdown or family conflict. This issue goes across all socio-economic groups and may result in homelessness, criminal activity, drug abuse, mental health problems and disengagement from school or employment. This Community Grant will fund the LEAP Program (Lead, Execute, Apply and Personal Development), run by Open Family Australia. LEAP is an innovative program designed to assist youth to build their confidence and self-esteem, and set goals geared towards preparation for and gaining employment, or re-engaging with education.
Opera Australia – $10,000
Opera Australia has a long history of engagement with the deaf community through its partnership with Deaf Children Australia. It is developing performances incorporating Auslan, the sign language of the Australian deaf community, through the use of shadow interpreters in opera performances in schools. This Community Grant will help Opera Australia extend its Auslan performances project into NSW schools. Hearing impaired and deaf children and their families in NSW will have an opportunity to engage with opera's combination of music and drama, some experiencing live theatre for the very first time.
Peer Support Foundation – $10,000
Peer Support Australia supports school communities by developing student leaders, student connections and life skills. Almost 1,000 schools are implementing the peer support program. Training in the Program is provided to about 350 teachers per year, who in turn train the senior students in their school as leaders of the program. This Community Grant will pay for expansion of the Peer Support Foundation’s program to schools in ACT. The Peer Support Program takes a whole-school approach to support students to become confident and resilient young leaders who provide support and encouragement to their peers.
Pinnacle Foundation – $10,000
The Pinnacle Foundation provides scholarships and mentoring for marginalised and disadvantaged lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed or questioning (LGBTIQ) students, to complete their secondary or tertiary education at a recognised place of learning in Australia. This Community Grant will help pay for the Pinnacle Foundation’s 2014 scholarships. Each scholarship is on a needs basis, and in 2012 averaged $2,500 per person. One of the foundation’s first mentors was a CBA executive and the team he headed provided generous financial support, helping get the foundation off the ground.
Police Citizens Youth Club, Glebe – $9,800
Glebe PCYC is an organisation that aims to work with young people in the local community. The police officers attached to the PCYC work with youth both young offenders and other young people who are displaying a number of risk factors that may contribute to offending behaviour. This Community Grant will fund Club Cafe 2037, a program run by Glebe PCYC to teach young offenders or at-risk youth the basic principles of working in a coffee shop. For almost all these young people it is their first type of job training. They are taught how to use a coffee machine, prepare sandwiches, customer service, hygiene, and basic life skills. They also attend a registered coffee school and receive a qualification.
Police Citizens Youth Club, Umina Beach – $6,500
Umina Beach PCYC is an organisation that aims to work with young people in the local community. The police officers attached to the PCYC work with young offenders and other young people who are displaying a number of risk factors that may contribute to offending behaviour. This Community Grant will help Umina Beach PCYC fund two eight-week programs by Umina Beach PCYC, targeting eight young people who are either young offenders or youth at-risk aged between 13 and 16. The programs will involve a series of workshops to address the risks. A nutritious meal will be provided, and participants will be taught to sail with Gosford sailing club, to promote healthy lifestyles and provide safe recreational opportunities.
Rob de Castella's SmartStart for Kids – $9,180
Rob de Castella's SmartStart for Kids works to educate and support behavioural change towards healthy lifestyles in children in the ACT. The program focuses on physical activity, goal setting and nutrition education with both the children and the parents. This Community Grant will support the Extreme Healthy Eating, Exercise and Living Program, a lifestyle modification program run by Rob de Castella's SmartStart for Kids that enables whole community groups (children, families and schools) to gain an understanding and embrace lifelong healthy eating and physical activity behaviours at an early age.
Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service - $10,000
Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services aims to meet the needs of marginalized and disadvantaged youth in Sydney’s Inner West by providing an innovative range of services addressing social and economic exclusion, with a focus on programs designed to meet the educational, psychological and financial needs of disadvantaged youth and their families. This Community Grant will fund Project ARC – Adolescents Reconnecting with Community, working with a group of 26 young people aged 14-17, who are disengaged from education and employment and at risk of engaging in criminal behaviours. Soft entry points will be provided for young people to access support services and vocational and educational pathways. For participants struggling with substance abuse, the Grant will fund Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling.
Royal Far West – $10,000
Royal Far West delivers targeted health, developmental and early intervention services to children living in country NSW who cannot access specialised health service. Its primary client base includes children with complex health, developmental and learning disorders. This Community Grant will help fund the Cotton Towns Healthy Kids School Bus Stop program, a holistic health screening program for pre-school children organised by Royal Far West. The communities identified are unable to meet the demand for specialist health services that support early intervention and health outcomes.
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children – $9,500
The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides education and other services to achieve the best outcomes for children with hearing and vision loss. Its aim is for students to achieve on a par with their hearing and sighted peers in their personal lives, and in the educational and professional options they wish to pursue. This Community Grant will support the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s outreach mentor program as part of its hearing screening program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The program will provide transitional support and audiometry skill and training for local community health workers.
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital under the auspices of Sydney South West Area Health Service – $8,551
RPA Newborn Care is based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown, Sydney. Over 900 newborn babies are treated at RPA Newborn Care every year, including premature and full term babies who develop an illness after birth. This Community Grant will support the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Newborn Care unit in running the Bilisoft LED Phototherapy System to treat jaundice, which is a very common condition in newborn babies. The Bilisoft LED Phototherapy System provides intensive phototherapy and will be used on babies with jaundice by nurses who do home visits.
Shepherd Centre – $10,000
The Shepherd Centre helps children who are deaf or hearing impaired learn how to listen and speak so they may reach their full potential. It provides parents with the strategies and methods they need to teach their children to listen, understand the meaning of sound, and to speak. This Community Grant will help pay for an outreach program for deaf children in rural and remote communities, run by the Shepherd Centre. It is an intensive three-day workshop including therapy sessions for children and seminars to guide the parents on how to be the teacher of the child.
Shine for Kids Co-Operative – $10,000
Shine for Kids works with and for young Australians affected by family member involvement in the criminal justice system. It works with everyone concerned to support, help, inspire, nurture and empower in a child-centred manner. This Community Grant will help fund Shine for Kids’ Supported Transport Program, which enables children to visit parents in prisons far from the child's home. Children are supported by a qualified person who helps the child prepare for and debrief after the visit, which is often a very emotional experience.
Sir David Martin Foundation – $10,000
The Sir David Martin Foundation runs youth programs, including Triple Care Farm, a residential rehabilitation program which treats young people’s substance abuse and mental health issues at the same time. The three-month program involves the young people setting their own goals for their own recovery. This Community Grant will be used to support four Family Rebuilding Workshops in 2013–14, run by the Sir David Martin Foundation in partnership with Family Drug Support. Many families will travel significant distances to participate in the workshops and their travel costs will also be met.
Smith Family – $10,000
The Smith Family is focused on helping young Australians in need to participate fully in their education, so they can build better futures for themselves. The Learning for Life program is delivered continuously throughout the different stages of a young person's education. This Community Grant will pay for Smith Family tertiary scholarships for Learning for Life students in Sydney who are now studying at university or TAFE. The student will receive direct financial assistance to help with the cost of education and will have the support of a Learning For Life worker who monitors progress and can help solve problems.
Society of St Vincent de Paul’s Marian Villa – $10,000
The Society of St Vincent de Paul’s Marian Villa refuge specialises in assisting women and children who have escaped domestic violence. The refuge has been operating as a crisis centre for many years, providing short-term accommodation for mothers and children for up to three months. This Community Grant will pay for urgent repairs to the Marian Villa refuge’s kitchen and buy new refrigerators, tables and chairs. Currently there is one stove, one oven and one microwave for six families, which, with children, can add up to 25 people.
The Song Room – $9,900
The Song Room provides enhanced learning opportunities for disadvantaged children, through tailored arts programs that are proven to lift their academic performance, attendance and wellbeing. This Community Grant will support The Song Room’s Deadly Arts - Western Sydney program, which uses traditional culture to engage Indigenous students, connect them with their peers and help their parents reach in to their school life. An Indigenous teaching artist will deliver 20 weeks of an after-school program, specifically engaging Indigenous students and their parents on school grounds, and designed to complement in-class learning.
Special Olympics Australia, Windsor – $8,000
Special Olympics provides regular sports training and competition pathways for people living with an intellectual disability. Special Olympics is a global not-for-profit sport charity. In NSW there are 20 volunteer co-ordinated regions offering Special Olympics. This Community Grant will support Community Sports-Link, which was developed by Special Olympics Australia to assist people with an intellectual disability by bringing the program to them. Children participate in a program which starts with skills development, moves through participation and ends with a combined gala day.
Special Olympics Sydney Upper North Shore – $10,000
Special Olympics provides year round sports training and competition for all children and adults with an intellectual disability, to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, coaches, other athletes and the community. This Community Grant will support the Special Olympics Upper North Shore Motor Skills Sports Program, which aims to reach out into the community and explore opportunities to develop partnerships with schools in the area supporting children with an intellectual disability.
St Anthony's Family Care – $7,100
St Anthony's Family Care provides a range of services to children with disabilities and their families, newly arrived migrants and refugees, working with marginalised groups where there is limited or no government funding available. This Community Grant will support St Anthony's Family Care’s sibling support groups for siblings of children with autism, who often feel a sense of isolation. Peer support groups are an ideal way to help a sibling connect with other siblings of children with autism.
St Gabriel’s School for Hearing Impaired Children – $10,000
St Gabriel's is an independent primary special school catering for children with sensory impairment, intellectual disability and autism in the mild to moderate range. Key to its success is a progressive approach to special education with individually tailored programs continually evolving in line with the most up to date research. This Community Grant will support St Gabriel’s School for Hearing Impaired Children’s Library to Love project, to provide an up to date school library service including a part-time librarian and computerised tracking system that reflects the needs of a rapidly growing number of students.
Sisters of Charity Outreach under the auspices of St. Vincent's Clinic – $9,300
The Sisters of Charity Outreach project provides assistance to vulnerable women and families in need in NSW. The project provides care and a human presence via a diverse range of services that are professional, flexible and responsive to emerging community needs. This Community Grant will support the Sisters of Charity Outreach – Safe Haven Refuge, which provides short-term 24-hour crisis accommodation for families escaping domestic violence. It offers a safe environment for women and children, allowing them immediate respite as, unlike other refuges, it is open 24 hours per day.
Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation – $10,000
Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation promotes the prevention and treatment of illness and injury in children. Each year Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick admits 18,000 children, treats 51% of patients from rural and regional NSW, provides 330,000 occasions of care and deals with 40,000 people in its emergency departments. This Community Grant will support the Sydney Children's Hospital’s Positive Kids Camp Goodtime, a national camp for children and families living with HIV. There are approximately 100 children who are HIV-positive living in Australia and this is the only camp of its kind. The camp is held over four days, with up to 150 people on-site, including children, parents, carers and volunteers.
Sydney Children's Hospitals Network – $10,000
The Children's Hospital at Westmead cares for sick children and their families. The Children's Hospital Education Research Institute (CHERI) conducts research and provides clinical services that promote children's health and wellbeing through improvements in the interface between health and education. This Community Grant will support the Children's Hospital Education Research Institute’s Back on Track program, which keeps children with cancer educationally and socially connected with their school and peers. Program co-ordinators, who are qualified school teachers, provide tutoring and help children keep up to date with their schoolwork.
Sydney Story Factory – $10,000
The Sydney Story Factory nurtures young people's creativity and wellbeing through sustained personal attention to their writing. Volunteer tutors work with students one-on-one or in small groups to write stories of all kinds, which are published in as many ways as possible. Programs target marginalised students and those from Indigenous and non-English-speaking backgrounds. All classes are free. This Community Grant will support Sydney Story Factory’s classes run once a week for up to eight weeks during the four school terms. Students work closely with tutors to complete a substantial piece of writing. Topics are based around short stories, memoirs, newspapers, radio plays, scripts, food writing, animations, and choose your own adventure stories.
Sylvanvale Foundation – $10,000
Sylvanvale Foundation supports children with intellectual disabilities with more than 600 clients and families across the greater Sydney metropolitan region. Intellectually disabled clients live at 41 residential accommodation properties run by Sylvanvale. This Community Grant will allow the Sylvanvale Foundation to buy diagnostic equipment for the therapy unit to diagnose conditions including speech and language disorders, fine and gross motor difficulties in clients with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disabilities.
Tirkandi Inaburra Cultural and Development Centre – $5,000
Tirkandi Inaburra is an early intervention centre for young Aboriginal boys between the ages of 12 and 15. It provides individual assessment and case management for 14 boys per school term. Participants are disengaging from school, from their family and community, and coming to the attention of police. This Community Grant will fund the Tirkandi Inaburra Centre’s Culture and Living Skills program, involving Aboriginal history, art, woodwork and leatherwork, didgeridoo playing, dance, men’s group and cooking. The program gives these boys the confidence to resist the peer pressures of today’s society, a sense of accomplishment and an understanding of how to make the right decisions to enhance their own lives.
UnitingCare NSW.ACT – $10,000
UnitingCare NSW.ACT Unifam Counselling and Mediation provides professional and community based counselling and mediation. One of its most successful programs is called The Anchor, which helps guide children through their parents' separation or divorce. This Community Grant will enable UnitingCare to pay for training an experienced child and family therapist to deliver this effective and evidence-based service for the first time out of the Sydney CBD office. This project therapist will facilitate two Anchor groups of 10 weeks each with another therapist whose service will be provided as an in-kind donation. The project therapist will also provide individual counselling to about 15 children.
Vision Australia – $6,396
Vision Australia provides services to people who are blind or have low vision, working with them, their families and carers. Specialist staff provide advice and support, and develop strategies to meet the needs and challenges the vision-impaired may face over the course of a lifetime. This includes children's services to study, employment and recreational programs, equipment solutions for everyday living, adaptive technology and training, as well as low vision services and independent living services. This Community Grant will fund an Orientation and Mobility project by Vision Australia to teach children who are blind or have low vision essential skills so they can safely and confidently move about their homes, school and the community.
Waminda South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation – $9,000
Waminda is an Aboriginal community health and welfare body that helps women and their families in the South Coast region. It provides primary health care services, case management, health and wellbeing programs, a respite house and outreach services to seven communities. This Community Grant will support a young people's mentoring program, run by the Waminda community group, to promote health and welfare awareness and build confidence in Aboriginal girls so they can make assertive, informed and positive health decisions regarding schooling, self-esteem, alcohol, drugs, sexuality, protective behaviours, respectful relationships, cyber bullying and general safe living.
Wayside Chapel – $10,000
The Wayside Chapel's programs and services are designed to ensure that the most marginalised members of the community have access to services and items necessary to maintain a basic standard of living and health. Wayside’s key programs include a drop in centre and street based support service, a project for Indigenous people, and the Wayside Café. This Community Grant will help finance the Wayside Chapel’s Youth Food for Thought Meal Program, a weekly structured sit down dinner program organised by young people at risk. They invite a guest speaker, prepare for the event and a chef assists each week with food skills, preparation and nutrition information.
Weave Youth Family Community – $8,000
Weave's Kool Kids Club is a free educational outreach and prevention program that uses developmental activities to encourage and support vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Sydney's south-eastern suburbs, the majority of whom are Aboriginal, to stay engaged in primary school and transition successfully to secondary school. The program works with about 200 children aged seven to 13 to help them gain a better understanding of the value of education and to develop more consistent and improved behaviour. This Community Grant will fund Weave's Kool Kids Club Literacy Initiative which encourages children to read as well as tell and write their own stories. Storytelling is an integral part of Aboriginal culture and the aim is to engage the children with their culture while helping them improve their literacy skills.
Wee Waa Namoi Family and Youth Service under the auspices of Narrabri and District Community Aid Service – $2,905
Wee Waa Namoi Family and Youth Service provides activities and opportunities for young people and their families to help develop life skills. It works under the auspices of the Narrabri and District Community Aid Service. This Community Grant will fund the Rock and Water Boys’ Youth Program, run by Wee Waa Namoi Family and Youth Service. This program offers a framework of exercises and ideas to help boys become aware of purpose and motivation in their life. It teaches anti-bullying strategies, alternatives to aggressive verbal and physical responses, self-respect, self-control and self-confidence.
Youth Off The Streets – $9,300
Youth Off The Streets helps young people aged 12–21 facing homelessness, drug and alcohol dependency, exclusion from school, mental health issues, poverty and isolation. It provides extensive frontline support services for chronically marginalised young people in Sydney and throughout NSW, including a nightly outreach program in the Sydney CBD, an inner-city refuge, a specialised alcohol and other drug centre, and an extensive Aboriginal service. This Community Grant will support Youth Off The Streets’ Aboriginal Culture Camps, part of a program for disadvantaged Aboriginal youth to gain academic qualifications and receive skills training to re-enter mainstream education or employment and reconnect with culture, family and community. The Culture Camps provide a safe, structured, immersive experience including activities such as yarning, bushwalks, fishing, didgeridoo making, cultural lore, camp craft, cooking and traditional bush skills.
A Brighter Future assists children who have cerebral palsy and similar neurological disorders. One of its programs is to provide an equipment pool so families can trial the right equipment for their child. The equipment pool includes a number of all-terrain and beach wheelchairs that have enabled many children and their families to enjoy the beach and other outdoor activities. This Community Grant will enable A Brighter Future to buy two iExpress wheelchair accessories, which turn a manual wheelchair into a powered wheelchair. Learning to operate a powered wheelchair is difficult for many children with cerebral palsy due to the difficulty in sourcing a power wheelchair for the child to trial and having it for long enough to have adequate practice. This accessory enables the child to use their own manual chair, so they are supported correctly while having more opportunities to practice.
Andergrove State School Parents and Citizens Association – $10,000
The Andergrove State School Parents and Citizens Association helps raise funds which allow the school to provide resources, materials, facilities and activities and lessons to help further the education of its students. This Community Grant will allow Andergrove State School Parents and Citizens Association to pay for the resurfacing of the multipurpose sports court to give students an improved playing surface on the currently faded and deteriorated sports court. This court is used daily during physical education lessons, interschool sports and playtime break periods. Currently the surface is not clearly marked and a new surface will provide a safe, clearly defined sporting area which will facilitate the appropriate teaching of sporting abilities and provide a fun recreational area for all students.
Anglicare North Queensland – $6,200
Anglicare North Queensland helps people from Cape York down to Mackay and across to Mt Isa. It runs youth programs, night refuges, child safety homes and programs for the homeless. In recent years there has been a large increase in homeless families seeking help. This Community Grant will enable Anglicare North Queensland to pay for dance lessons for underprivileged children, from ballroom to hip hop on a Wednesday night before a free dinner is served. When trialled the children loved it – the enjoyment on their faces when they started was obvious, and displayed further by their self-confidence when they mastered the steps.
Autism Queensland – $10,000
Autism Queensland is the peak support agency for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Queensland and has been helping families since 1967. It provides a comprehensive range of specialised services including two accredited independent schools, early intervention, family support, information and helpline, state-wide outreach, respite and accommodation, training, research and development. This Community Grant will buy iPads for students in Autism Queensland's Sunnybank School. The children readily engage with technology, are excited and motivated by the applications, and are far more motivated to learn using iPads. More iPads will allow greater access to this technology for the students beyond the current restricted and shared scheduling arrangements. The iPads allow students to research and write their assignments, to develop vital literacy and numeracy skills, and to request their needs using a simulated voice.
Camp Quality Family Fun Day, Tangalooma – $5,500
Camp Quality's purpose is to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia, where about 10,000 children (0–13 years of age) are either newly diagnosed with cancer, in treatment or in remission. Seven out of 10 survive; but most of them will have chronic health problems as a result of their treatment. Camp Quality delivers programs that use education, performance, recreation, respite and play to build a positive and supportive network for these children and their families. This Community Grant will fund Camp Quality's Tangalooma Family Fun Day. For families whose world has been turned upside down due to childhood cancer, one day can make all the difference. Family fun days are a celebration, a day for families to bond and build new happy memories. A day where optimism is plentiful, laughter is contagious and resilience is strengthened.
Centacare Townsville – $9,890
Centacare Townsville operates out of 10 sites across North Queensland and the Gulf country with outreach to a further eight towns in the region. Its family relationship and intervention services support families to address issues which have affected their ability to meet their children's care and protective needs. This Community Grant will fund the development of a play by Centacare Townsville that explores protective behaviours with young people. Two key concepts will be discussed: "We all have the right to feel safe all of the time" and "Nothing is so awful that we can't talk about it with someone". The story line will convey key personal safety messages through humour and audience participation. Follow up will be by way of games, booklets and activities. A play provides an innovative and fun way to present a message that will inform and empower young people, families and community.
Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland – $7,797
The Cerebral Palsy League provides vital support to more than 5,000 children and adults with cerebral palsy and physical disability. Every 14 hours, a child in Australia is born with cerebral palsy, making it the most common childhood physical disability. Cerebral palsy affects the way the brain controls the body's muscles resulting in speech, movement and posture difficulties. This Community Grant will allow the Cerebral Palsy League pay for a fence for an accessible playground in Townsville. Plans to build a disability-accessible playground to assist with children's therapy sessions have been stalled due to the need to replace the current dilapidated fence, and meet Workplace Health and Safety requirements for enclosing the area.
Childhood Cancer Support – $6,589
Childhood Cancer Support provides stability to families of children with cancer, offering a no-cost home-away-from-home for country families while their sick child undergoes treatment in Brisbane. Families are supported emotionally, financially and psychologically. Today, treatment for children diagnosed with cancer is more advanced but can stretch from months to years. This Community Grant will support CCS in installing X-Box consoles and games software into each of their accommodation apartments for families of children with cancer, offering an alternative to outdoor play which many young cancer patients don’t have the energy or mobility to participate in. This safe, enjoyable and cost-free activity will enable siblings to share valuable time together and remove the focus from their illness and treatment, while also providing respite for parents.
Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club – $5,084
Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club provides a safe beach environment for the general public at Dicky Beach, Caloundra, roving patrols along an eight kilometre stretch of unpatrolled beach from Currimundi to Moffat Beach, and is a first responder for emergencies, particularly floods. It also provides bronze medallion training, youth development camps, first aid training, surf life saving skills with the local schools, sun safety and healthy lifestyle programs. This Community Grant will help fund Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club’s involvement in the 2014 State Youth Excellence Program, which provides an opportunity for young members to be exposed to the many different elements of surf life saving. It encompasses team building, personal development and leadership based activities.
Disabled Surfers Association of Australia – $6,850
The Disabled Surfers Association assists the disabled, mainly children, in experiencing surfing and the ocean via hands-on days. The community is involved by helping both in and out of the water to provide a safe and structured environment, with experienced volunteers guiding those who have had limited exposure to both disabilities and surf. This helps break down the barriers between the disabled and the community. This Community Grant will allow the Disabled Surfers Association to buy additional equipment, including a beach wheelchair and three surfboards, which will allow more people to participate. The disabled are often confined to their lodgings with limited opportunity to experience activities others take for granted. The association wants to cater for all who have the desire to participate.
Far North Queensland Youth Assistance Fund – $10,000
The Far North Queensland Youth Assistance Fund helps disadvantaged children and youth in Far North Queensland to live a normal life and take advantage of education, sporting and youth club activities. It also assists children with any personal, health or welfare problems. The fund has assisted many junior sporting clubs, schools, youth clubs and youth welfare agencies to establish and maintain their facilities and activities. This Community Grant will help fund the Far North Queensland Youth Assistance Fund’s defensive driving program for Grade 12 students who can’t afford to take part in the defensive driver training programs available in some Far North Queensland schools.
Gondwana Choirs – $9,000
Gondwana Choirs provides three choral programs for young people: the Gondwana National Choirs, made up of 300 young people aged 10 - 25 from across rural, regional, remote and metropolitan Australia; the Sydney Children's Choir, made up of 400 young people aged 6 - 17; and the Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir program, engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students aged 8 -16 in workshops, camps, regular classes and performance opportunities. This Community Grant will help fund the Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir. Formed in 2011, the choir provides weekly singing and music theory classes at no cost to 50 young local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander choristers, professional development opportunities for local musicians, administrators and educators, the development of new choral music in Indigenous languages, and performances at both community and national events.
Guides Queensland, Freshwater District – $9,350
Guiding is a non-formal educational program for females from the age of five years that is dynamic and flexible, and provides values based training in life skills, decision making and leadership. Trained volunteer leaders are committed to enabling girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members. The program has an integrated approach through teamwork, exploring the outdoors, community service, learning and progressive self-development. This Community Grant will pay for the renovation of the bathroom in a Guides hut to enhance disabled access. The bathroom is in desperate need of retiling as a lot of the tiles have fallen off, the toilets are in need of replacement and the disabled toilet needs to be upgraded to meet current standards.
Guides Queensland, Mudgeeraba District – $1,400
Girl Guides Queensland is an organisation that creates safe and friendly environments for children and young people. It welcomes and actively seeks members from all racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic groups. Mudgeeraba Guides runs two groups, one for Junior Guides aged 6–10 and one for Senior Guides aged 10–16. This Community Grant will pay for new chairs for the Mudgeeraba Guide Hut. The current chairs are very heavy, difficult to stack and take up lots of space in the main area of the hut where activities take place. New stackable chairs will provide more space for the girls to move around in and it will be a safer environment with the new chairs being much lighter and designed for stacking.
Integrated Family and Youth Services – $9,000
Integrated Family and Youth Services (IFYS) provides opportunities for children, young people, individuals and families to take responsibility for their own lives and to assist them to actively participate in the community of their choice. It provides a range of specialist support and intervention programs including accommodation, social inclusion, disability and child protection services. This Community Grant will pay for IFYS to establish a Kids Klean K9 mobile dog wash unit. Young people in care placed with IFYS will operate the dog wash service under supervision. A young person will be responsible for the bookings, washing the dogs and managing the budget. IFYS staff will be responsible for managing safety and rostering of support staff as well as providing a vehicle. It is proposed that the project will turn into a self-sustained business venture for the young people living at the IFYS residential facilities in Mackay.
Little Souls Taking Big Steps – $8,416
Little Souls Taking Big Steps offers a specialised early intervention program for children aged two to six years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Pervasive Development Disorder to help them reach their full potential. It combines both an individually tailored one on one therapy program based on the principles of applied behaviour analysis together with structured and meaningful social integration with neuro-typical children in a childcare setting. This Community Grant will fund the Little Souls' Oral Motor Program. For many children with ASD manipulating their mouth, let alone talking, is a challenge. The Oral Motor Program is tailored to each child with ASD to develop strength, co-ordination and awareness of their oral muscles, to teach them the mechanics of speaking.
Mater Hospitals – $10,000
The Mater Hospitals care for more than 500,000 babies, children and adults each year across seven hospital campuses. The Mater Mothers' Hospital's Neonatal Critical Care Unit provides 24 hour care for seriously ill and premature babies in its 79-cot unit, which includes intensive care, high dependency and special care cots. Every year, health professionals in this unit provide specialised medical and nursing care to approximately 2,000 babies, making it one of the biggest neonatal critical care units in Australia. This Community Grant will buy a height-adjustable special care nursery cot for the Mater Mothers’ Hospital’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit. Purpose-built cots are vital pieces of equipment in the NCCU's mission to ensure these vulnerable new babies have every opportunity to grow into strong and healthy kids.
MontroseAccess – $9,935
MontroseAccess provides support services to people with physical disabilities and their families throughout Queensland, many of whom have nowhere else to turn to for ongoing care. Services such as physiotherapy, speech pathology, social work and occupational therapy are tailored to each person’s need, and complemented by services such as orthotics, family support, recreation and respite. This Community Grant will enable MontroseAccess to provide Nippy Cough devices for kids who can't cough or clear airways. It will directly benefit between 10 and 20 families annually. Many children that MontroseAccess works with have deteriorating physical disabilities that reduce their ability to cough and clear their own airways. This machine provides a critical means of automating the process of airway clearing, maintaining lung volume and improving their quality of life.
Mount Ommaney Special School – $6,775
Mount Ommaney Special School educates children with a range of mild to severe disabilities, from birth to Grade 12. Students come from a wide geographical area including the south-west suburbs of Brisbane and the greater Ipswich region. Since 2010, the school and The Song Room have run a drama program during school hours, engaging students with high and complex support needs. This Community Grant will fund an after-school drama group for children with disabilities at the Mount Ommaney Special School. The aim of the program is to increase children’s opportunities for social inclusion, by developing a class which children with disabilities can attend with their siblings. The program is the first out of school hours drama group for children with disabilities in the local area.
Muscular Dystrophy Association of Queensland – $7,620
Muscular Dystrophy Queensland helps people in Queensland living with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular disorders to meet their needs and enhance their quality of life. It provides fundamental assistance through a range of services including information and referral, no-interest loans, advocacy, equipment, respite services and supporting vital research initiatives. This Community Grant will enable Muscular Dystrophy Queensland to buy two Hi Lo electric adjustable beds for young people living with muscular dystrophy, which will improve their quality of life and that of their carers.
Puuya Foundation – $9,471
The Puuya Foundation works in the isolated Indigenous community of Lockhart, one of the most disadvantaged communities in Australia. It seeks to improve the life opportunities for young children and families, supporting people to learn and work, building responsibility and independence through community leadership and confidence, cultural identity, education and training. This Community Grant will allow the Puuya Foundation to fund the Lockhart River Strong Heart Food Gang, which is a healthy food service run by at-risk young people providing them with opportunities to gain qualifications and employment opportunities. It aims to address educational and social disadvantage of young women, and the community need for healthy, affordable food. This project will provide a new, positive life pathway to a group of extremely disadvantaged young women.
Police Citizens Youth Club, Ashmore – $8,212
PCYC Queensland provides youth leadership and development programs that help and support 50,000 young Queenslanders each year. Projects include the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, life skills, transitional employment and vocational programs; and provision of diverse, culturally appropriate opportunities in sport, recreation and cultural programs for the development of young people. This Community Grant will pay for a project worker at PCYC Ashmore to conduct a series of sessions on topics such as domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, sexualised behaviours, child abuse, poverty and housing stress, and more broadly a lack of social skills.
Police Citizens Youth Club, Ipswich – $8,390
PCYC Queensland is a not-for-profit, community organisation primarily concerned with enhancing Queensland communities through youth development. It provides a diverse range of youth leadership and life skills. This Community Grant will support PCYC Queensland’s Braking the Cycle program, which matches more than 60 volunteer mentors with 150 disadvantaged young people who face barriers to gaining a driver’s licence. The mentors use community sponsored vehicles to provide driving supervision which counts towards the mandatory 100 hours learner driving requirement. Without this support the young people would receive minimal and substandard training and often drive unlicensed. Gaining a licence increases employment opportunity and improves social standing.
Police Citizens Youth Club, Rockhampton – $10,000
PCYC Queensland provides youth leadership and development programs that help 50,000 young Queenslanders each year. Projects include the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, life skills, transitional employment and vocational programs; and provision of diverse, culturally appropriate opportunities in sport, recreation and cultural programs for the development of young people. This Community Grant will help fund PCYC Queensland’s Channelling Healthy Aggression project, a boxing and martial arts based mentoring program for at-risk young women aged 14 and over. It will address aggression and violence through a series of supervised boxing and martial arts sessions that teaches its participants healthy ways of channelling aggression in a controlled competitive environment.
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Foundation – $10,000
The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Foundation supports one of Queensland's largest maternity hospitals. The Hospital's Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit cares for more than 1,500 babies each year and manages all varieties of neonatal conditions, including extreme prematurity, congenital anomalies, cardiac and surgical conditions. This unit admits babies from all over Queensland and also receives referrals from northern NSW. This Community Grant will buy an abdominal ultrasound probe for the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Neonatal Unit. Ultrasound is non-invasive and emits high frequency sound waves to view internal organs and produce diagnostic pictures of the body. Ultrasound is an ideal diagnostic tool for babies - quick, safe and pain-free.
Smart Pups Assistance Dogs for Special Needs Children – $7,120
Smart Pups specialises in providing trained service dogs to assist special needs children. It breeds, raises and trains specially selected golden retrievers and Labrador puppies to meet the particular needs of their recipient child. As service dogs they help with daily routines, help reduce stress levels and relieve the social isolation that special needs children often feel, allowing them to enjoy the companionship, loyalty and love that dogs can give. Smart Pups Assistance Dogs have full public access and can go everywhere with their child to support hospital and therapy visits. This Community Grant will pay for the purchase of four Smart Pups Assistance Dogs for four special needs children. There is currently a three-year waiting list for these dogs.
Smith Family – $907
In Australia today more than 605,000 children are living in jobless families. The Smith Family's work in 97 communities across Australia is focused on helping young Australians in need to participate fully in their education, so they can build better futures for themselves. It provides children and young people in need with long term support which enables them to change their life outcomes. The Learning for Life program is delivered continuously throughout the different stages of a young person's education. The program connects students with the essentials they need for their education, as well as learning opportunities and supportive relationships to help them build vital life skills. This Community Grant will pay for a new multi-function printer needed to run the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program on the Sunshine Coast.
Special Olympics Australia, Sunshine Coast – $9,750
Special Olympics is a worldwide movement that inspires people with an intellectual disability to reach their personal best through regular sport and competition. An army of dedicated volunteers delivers multi-sports programs almost every week in communities right across Australia. Special Olympics is not a single event and it is not just for the elite. Special Olympics Queensland aims to provide every athlete with an opportunity to participate in training and competition events which challenge the athlete to his or her fullest potential, regardless of the athlete's level of ability. This Community Grant will help fund Special Olympics Queensland’s State Games on the Sunshine Coast, with 1500 athletes and 250 volunteers. Sports include aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, equestrian, soccer, golf, gymnastics, tennis and tenpin bowling.
Street Swags – $9,900
Street Swags provides shelter and bedding, in the form of a specially designed swag, to homeless people unable to find immediate accommodation. So far Street Swags has provided around 24,000 swags. Every day more than 100,000 Australians are looking for a place to call home, with many forced to sleep in a back alley. Many of the homeless are families with children. This Community Grant will pay for 165 Street Swags to be given to the Brisbane Youth Service (BYS), which has been operating in Fortitude Valley since 1977. In that time it has helped thousands of disadvantaged and homeless young people and their children. BYS assists young people to find and maintain appropriate housing, address physical and mental health issues, establish successful relationships and support networks and provide them with pathways to education and long term employment.
SunnyKids – $9,340
SunnyKids helps disadvantaged families and children on the Sunshine Coast. It provides crisis accommodation for families leaving abusive circumstances, runs a wellbeing program in schools, whereby a case manager brings together the necessary community services to assist a disadvantaged child or family, and conducts a literacy and wellbeing program that uses Remembrance Day to assist children, young people and schools to reflect on attributes such as mateship, courage and resilience. This Community Grant will support SunnyKids’ Take Control Mentoring Program, an early intervention and prevention program to help disadvantaged young people discover their true potential and be the best they can be, physically, mentally and emotionally. The project is an eight week mentoring course which includes anti-bullying and emotional, social and physical wellbeing units.
Tannum Sands State High School Parents and Citizens Association – $9,594
The Tannum Sands State High School Parents and Citizens Association runs a five day a week canteen and three day a week uniform shop. All profits are returned to the school via infrastructure and educational enhancements. This Community Grant will assist Tannum Sands High School to run the Baby: Think it Over Program (virtual babies) for Year 10 students. The core of the program is parent simulation using a computerised infant simulator. The aim is to help young adults to learn three key facts about babies: Their demands are unpredictable and must be met promptly; they require a great deal of time and attention; and they change a person's life profoundly. The program helps young adults to explore the physical, emotional, social and financial consequences.
Townsville and District Life Education Committee – $875
Life Education provides healthy lifestyle education to motivate, encourage and empower young people to make smart life choices for a safer and healthier future. Townsville Life Education delivers the program to 12,000 children each year. Sessions are delivered by a specialist educator in a mobile classroom. Schools are provided with teacher and student manuals and access to other resources to reinforce and extend sessions taught by the educators. Eleven modules are available for primary schools, which focus on personal safety, body knowledge, self-assertion skills, healthy lifestyles, relationships, friendships and bullying, peer pressure, cyber bullying, the safe use of medicines, the effects of smoking, alcohol and other drugs, and related social issues. This Community Grant will be used to buy a projector for use in Townsville’s Life Education interactive programs on drug and health.
Training Ship Tyalgum Unit Committee – $5,785
Naval Cadets are an important part of the Gold Coast community, offering girls and boys aged 13 to 19 the opportunity to experience challenging programs and high quality recreational activities (camping, sailing, bush activities, challenge days) which encourage their physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. Team building skills, friendship, leadership, service to the community and discipline prepare these young people to take a constructive place in scoiety. This Community Grant will help Training Ship Tyalgum to replace ageing boating and maintenance equipment for use in unit sailing activities. This will enhance participation and enjoyment of the cadets challenging on-water programs and assist in the retention of the youths in the cadet program, ensuring all cadets have the opportunity to fully participate in these activities.
Xavier Children's Support Network – $6,250
Xavier Children's Support Network provides support to families with children up to 16 years old who have complex support needs arising from a combination of physical sensory and intellectual disabilities. Xavier provides support to 210 families at any one time and its principal programs and services are in-home and out-of-home respite care, registered nurse support and consultations, therapy support and consultations, palliative care, recreation and vacation care, siblings program, family retreats, financial assistance with counselling and house cleaning, equipment loan, access to nursing supplies, and resource and service information. This Community Grant will buy a new hoist, specialised slings and a weight scale for Xavier Children's Support Network.
Y-Care South-East Queensland. – $10,000
The YMCA Schools' Breakfast Program provides about 210,000 free breakfasts annually to school students throughout the greater Logan area. The YMCA also runs a vocational school, which is an accredited middle and secondary independent school for educationally disengaged young people. Logan YMCA also provides accredited vocational training courses for the unemployed and new and migrant families. This Community Grant will support the YMCA’s Schools' Breakfast Program, which provides 22,000 free breakfasts each month to children attending 42 schools throughout Logan and south-west Brisbane, with the hope of expanding the program to a further 10 schools in 2014.
Young Life Australia – $10,000
Young Life Australia provides school breakfasts, lunchtime activities, after-school events and out-of-school-programs. Every week during term it runs a club evening where high school aged youth participate in external outings, games and activities in a safe environment. Young Life arranges and runs tutoring, study camps and holiday camps in several states. It provides breakfasts for students in local high schools on a regular basis and provides mentoring and youth referrals to other professional services where necessary. This Community Grant will support Young Life Australia’s Redlands Youth Centre Tutoring Services. The main focus will be English and mathematics for those students from backgrounds where poverty and family breakdown exist, and who would not be able to engage these services elsewhere.
The Asthma Foundation of South Australia aims to reduce the impact of asthma and linked conditions on people's lives, through research, education and training and a wide range of community support programs. These include education and training for health professionals, asthma education programs in schools, child care centres, workplaces and sporting clubs. This Community Grant will enable the Asthma Foundation of South Australia to provide asthma first aid training and asthma emergency kits for leaders, volunteers and parents representing 15 Girl Guide groups across South Australia. It will ensure leaders can recognise and respond to an asthma emergency.
Cora Barclay Centre – $7,900
The Cora Barclay Centre teaches deaf children to listen and speak. It provides family-focused programs for children who are deaf from first diagnosis until 21 years of age. Early intervention for under five year olds includes weekly small group sessions, music therapy, and a parent infant program. A youth mentoring program supports at-risk teens through social support and team and leadership building skills. This Community Grant will support Junior WHISPA, a weekly small group pilot program for vulnerable deaf children aged from 5 to10, run by the Cora Barclay Centre. It offers 20 weeks of creative, fun workshops and offsite activities. Innovative social, educational and self-advocacy activities will build confidence, resilience and strategies for survival and friendship.
Corrugated Iron Youth Arts – $10,000
Corrugated Iron Youth Arts provides skills and arts development and support to young people aged 3 to 30 years in the performing and physical arts with a strong focus on young Indigenous people through its Indigenous Circus Program. Corrugated Iron also supports young and emerging artists through training, mentoring, work opportunities and professional development as well as showcase and performance opportunities. This Community Grant will enable Corrugated Iron Youth Arts to tour two new theatre pieces for primary school audiences to several remote Northern Territory schools. Both works – Dog Dog for early years and Milly the Detective for upper primary students – are entertaining and engaging for young audiences with themes around decision-making, taking responsibility, and the difficult topics of resilience, trauma and knowing who to trust.
Desert Life Church’s Christian Community Centre Care Arm – $9,990
The Desert Life Church engages at-risk youth and families in leadership programs, mentoring programs and teaches life skills. It also hopes to provide temporary housing and training facilities. This Community Grant will provide shadecloth for a playground area as part of the Desert Life Church’s community program in Alice Springs. This sun-safe area will benefit many aspects of the community including a toddlers program as well as an Indigenous youth program which buses up to 45 kids fortnightly to the premises and provides an educational and fun environment for the young people to learn. The area is also open to up to 80 kids weekly through other community programs.
Food Bank of South Australia – $10,000
The Food Bank of South Australia aims to end hunger in South Australia, working with more than 600 charity and welfare partners to achieve this. Food is acquired through a network of donors and supporting organisations at little or no cost, warehoused and then distributed to South Australians in need. It is estimated that more than 5000 children go to school hungry each day in SA. This Community Grant will support the Food Bank SA School Breakfast Program. Participating schools develop their own teacher-driven, informal and common sense process to identify which children need breakfast while also allowing other children to join with them to avoid any stigma. Food Bank SA supplies food to these schools at very little cost or in many cases no cost.
Grow – $5,540
Grow is a grass roots peer support mental health organisation, empowering individuals to create the personal change that leads to social and emotional wellbeing and re-engagement in the community. The Get Growin' Program helps young people develop their resilience, self-awareness, support networks, problem-solving strategies, coping strategies, mood management and relationships strategies. It also provides a space for young people with mental health issues to be able to discuss openly in a supportive and tolerant environment. This Community Grant will pay for refurbishment of the Get Growin' Program’s youth space. Grow's youth service is operating an intensive weekly peer support group for youth aged 14 to 18 years with mental health issues. The space used in the Grow office is badly in need of improvement.
Katherine Regional Arts – $9,965
Katherine Regional Arts delivers programs that support young people, vulnerable families, people with a disability, people experiencing mental health issues and Indigenous families in the Katherine region. Katherine Regional Arts is the regional service centre for around 24, 000 people who live in the Katherine region, an area of 340, 000 square kilometres, almost the size of Victoria. Through the delivery of music, performance, visual arts and multimedia projects it engages hard-to-reach audiences, improving their quality of life and their participation in the community. This Community Grant will help Katherine Regional Arts deliver the Bush to Big Smoke program, a community arts project designed to support young people aged 12 to 18 who have to move away from home to attend high school in Katherine. Using a performance-based story telling process, the project aims to reduce homesickness, social isolation and school attrition while building young people's confidence and teaching them new skills.
Magid Indigenous Benevolent Relief Fund’s Dot Com Mob – $10,000
The Dot Com Mob, an arm of the Magid Indigenous Benevolent Relief Fund, aims to improve the lives of young people living in remote Indigenous communities by providing access to technology centres, youth IT training, and digital inclusion projects. This Community Grant will be used by the Dot Com Mob to buy laptop computers, software, headphones, digital music keyboards and microphones for the remote Aboriginal community at Papunya, which is experiencing an upsurge in high-risk behaviours. Access to computers and computer-based resources is a very successful engagement and diversion strategy for at-risk youth cohorts.
Mission Australia, Elizabeth Vale – $10,000
Mission Australia is a national community service organisation committed to creating a fairer Australia by eliminating disadvantage and transforming lives. It works to stop problems before they start, provide support early on to prevent situations from getting worse and form partnerships to find long term solutions to community issues. This Community Grant will help Mission Australia run its Outdoor Discovery Gardens program. At its Elizabeth Vale Early Learning Centre in one of South Australia’s most disadvantaged areas, many of the children have developmental delays. Unfortunately, the babies’ play area at the Centre is currently unusable. Transforming it into an Outdoor Discovery Garden for children two years old or younger will help them develop their natural curiosity and learn in an engaging and fun-filled environment.
Mission Australia, Northern Territory – $9,750
Mission Australia delivers services that strengthen families and children, empower youth and provide pathways away from homelessness and into employment. By learning from others and sharing what works well, it delivers positive outcomes for individuals, families and communities. This Community Grant will support Mission Australia's Urban Quest competition, which aims to help young people build self-esteem and confidence through music. It also connects them with the community and provides mentoring workshops to help them grow. Heats are held across the Northern Territory in Darwin, Palmerston, Casuarina, Katherine and Alice Springs. The finals are held in Darwin and judged by three well known Australian musicians.
Peer Support Foundation, Adelaide – $7,800
The Peer Support Program develops a sense of personal responsibility in young people for their own wellbeing, and with the support of their peers enables them to make informed and skilled contributions to their communities. This is achieved through education programs for students and the school community. Senior primary school students undertake extensive, structured leadership training. Using a process of peer leadership, they have the opportunity to practise these skills regularly with groups of younger students. This experience, revisited in secondary school, develops leaders for the future. This Community Grant will enable the Peer Support Program to be implemented in more schools in Adelaide and surrounding areas.
Peer Support Foundation, Darwin – $7,800
Peer Support Australia supports school communities by developing student leaders, student connections and life skills. Currently almost 1,000 schools are implementing the Peer Support Program. Training in the program is provided to about 350 teachers a year, who in turn train the senior students in their school as leaders of the program. This Community Grant will allow expansion of the Peer Support Program to schools in Darwin and surrounding areas identified as having low socio-economic status, with low literacy and numeracy or both. The Peer Support Program takes a whole-school approach to support students to become confident and resilient young leaders.
Red Dust Role Models – $10,000
Red Dust has been running health promotion programs for more than 15 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth living in remote Indigenous communities. The Healthy Living programs aim to raise awareness of the link between lifestyle choices and chronic disease, with a focus on nutrition, hygiene and physical activity. This Community Grant will support Red Dust Role Models’ Healthy Living project, a market garden nutrition program at Tiwi College on Melville Island. Students at the college cultivate a range of sustainable foods that supply the needs of students and staff at the boarding school. Students learn about the nutritional and health benefits of fresh, healthy food and sustainable lifestyles.
Riding for the Disabled Association SA – $3,245
The Riding for the Disabled Association provides people with disabilities with a safe, healthy, therapeutic and recreational horse riding program. The Port Lincoln Centre, run by volunteers, provides horse riding lessons and educational activities tailored to children and young adults with special needs each Tuesday during school terms. The challenge of controlling and guiding a horse with body position and voice or hand commands assists with motivation, helps overcome resistance to learning, assist mind and body health, confidence in schooling and other aspects of their everyday lives. This Community Grant will enable the Riding for the Disabled Association to send coaching volunteers from Port Lincoln to a state coaching workshop in 2014.
St John Ambulance Australia – $9,521
St John Ambulance Australia SA supports the South Australian community through the provision of first aid response and social care. Its people and expertise help those in need, including Australia’s neighbours. St John does not discriminate against nationality, race, gender, age or religion, and has no political or religious affiliation. St John is Australia's leading provider of first aid training, first aid services at public events and supplier of first aid kits and equipment. St John runs the ambulance services in Western Australia and Northern Territory and provides a range of community services and youth development programs. This Community Grant will support the St John Ambulance’s First Aid in Schools Program, which delivers free first aid training in Adelaide so that students are ready to save a life in the event of an emergency.
Scout Association of Australia SA – $3,500
Scouting contributes to the education of young people, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society. This is achieved by involving them throughout their formative years in a non-formal educational process, using a specific method that makes each individual the principal agent in his or her development as a self-reliant, supportive, responsible and committed person, and assisting them to establish a value system based upon spiritual, social and personal principles. This Community Grant will pay for an equipment replacement and upgrade program for the 1st Flinders Park Scout Group to enable the group to continue its work with the youth of the community.
Suneden Intellectually Disabled Children’s Association – $10,000
Suneden Special School is the only not-for-profit, non-government and non-denominational special school in South Australia. It caters for about 60 students with intellectual and physical disabilities aged 5 to 21 years. The school provides tailored education and care to students with a range of medical conditions including Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. This Community Grant will help Suneden Special School create an outdoor sensory play space for students with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to explore their sensory preferences and self-regulate their behaviour. It will incorporate interactive tactile, visual, auditory, edible and olfactory elements.
Wirreanda High School – $10,000
Wirreanda High School is in Morphett Vale, a disadvantaged suburb in South Australia. The Wirreanda Learner Wellbeing Centre will be part of a community network that aims to build partnerships and increase teamwork between health and education professionals in the school. The focus is on helping students engage in protective, health-enhancing behaviours and avoid risky behaviours .This Community Grant will help Wirreanda High School build a Learner Wellbeing Centre for students and families to access various health professionals. Although the concept of school-based health centres is new in Australia, it has been an established concept in the US and UK for decades.
Appin Hall Children's Foundation – $10,000
Appin Hall is a Respite and Healing Centre for seriously ill and disadvantaged children. It offers short-term accommodation for children suffering serious and life threatening illness, recovering from physical or emotional abuse, surgery, trauma or grief, disadvantaged through homelessness, extreme financial hardship or family dysfunction and children who are carers for other family members. This Community Grant will pay for fencing at the Appin Hall Children's Foundation respite centre in north-west Tasmania. The fence will enclose about five acres surrounding the centre’s buildings and gardens, protecting it from wildlife that has been destroying fresh produce in the gardens, that also provide a tranquil place for recuperation.
Bridport Surf Life Saving Club – $10,000
Bridport Surf Life Saving Club is a recently established club in an area with the highest unemployment in Tasmania. The club provides Nippers activities for 70 kids aged 5-12, surf rescue, competitive and recreational fitness programs for those aged 13 -15 and over 15, adult surf rescue, and community open water recreational swims for those aged over 13. This Community Grant will buy equipment and storage racks for Bridport Surf Life Saving Club’s youth and intervention programs. The club would like to increase the number of disadvantaged and at-risk youth attending in the 13–20 age group, and recruitment over winter indicates at least 8 to 15 young people will be joining the club this season.
Burnie Arts Council under the auspices of Tasmanian Regional Arts – $4,500
Burnie Arts Council’s Stringalong Program gives children from disadvantaged backgrounds access to quality string instruments and teaching. This Community Grant will allow Burnie Arts Council to buy instruments for the Stringalong Program at Montello Primary School. Previously the school was borrowing instruments from another school and transporting them for each use.
Burnie High School – $3,500
Burnie High School’s Happy Room works with students aged between 12 and16 who have intellectual and physical disabilities, or who may have social and emotional issues and need additional support. It also provides a breakfast and lunch program, as these students often come to school without having had breakfast and without a packed lunch. This Community Grant will support Burnie High School’s road safety program. Students will be involved in making go-karts and buying bicycles in order to practice road safety on a purpose-built bicycle safety track, built by members of a local community centre with assistance from Kommunity Kids, which is run by members of the Burnie police force.
Camp Quality Family Fun Day, Hobart – $5,500
Camp Quality works to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia. In Australia, approximately 10,000 children are either newly diagnosed with cancer, in treatment or in remission. Seven out of 10 children with cancer survive; but most of them will have chronic health problems as a result of their treatment. Camp Quality delivers programs that use education, performance, recreation, respite and play to build a positive and supportive network for children and their families. This Community Grant will fund Camp Quality’s April Family Fun Day. For families whose world has been turned upside down due to childhood cancer, one day of fun can make all the difference. Family Fun days are a day to bond and build happy memories where optimism is plentiful, laughter contagious and resilience is strengthened through fun, adventurous activities, good food and companionship.
Colony 47– $10,000
Colony 47 works to create a fairer community and eliminate disadvantage in Tasmania. It delivers services in youth and family support, community networks, education and employment, homelessness, housing, mental health, early intervention, employment and training, crisis support, and provision of emergency, transitional and long-term housing. This Community Grant will support Colony 47’s Grow Together program, which aims to provide early childhood support for families living in the Kingborough Central region with children aged 0 to 4 years, developing activities and supports that meet their needs for educational opportunities, community networking and involvement, and child care.
Edmund Rice Camps Tasmania – $7,500
Edmund Rice Camps Tasmania provides young people with experiences they may not otherwise have. The participants are aged between 8–15 years and come from a variety of backgrounds and locations. Each participant is paired up with a young adult leader, promoting positive interaction, as well as the opportunity for the development of friendship and trust. Participants and leaders come away from these programs feeling motivated, having learnt a little about themselves, about people, and about life. This Community Grant will support Edmund Rice Camps’ summer camp program in January and February 2014. The camps are four days long, and consist of about 25 participants and 25 young adult leaders. Camp activities include beach safety, sport, art, cooking, team building and social skills.
Police and Community Youth Club, Hobart – $7,790
Hobart PCYC aims to provide a safe environment for youth and the community to participate in a range of social and recreational activities at affordable prices. Activities include gymnastics, weight training and various forms of self-defence. Hobart PCYC also offers special projects, designed to provide activities and support programs to those with high needs who are unable to access the centre. This Community Grant will support Hobart PCYC’s Teen Vacation Program, which includes visits to the beach, National Parks, bushwalking, mini golf and sports centres. The program has a strong focus on engaging local at-risk migrant youth, undertaking joint positive relationships, peer support and positive decision-making.
Police and Community Youth Club, Huon Valley – $9,630
Huon Valley PCYC provides early intervention programs for at-risk youth, offering activities such as motor vehicle and bike restoration, mechanical repairs, welding, building and equipment maintenance. For those young people who have offended or are at risk of offending, and are disengaged from school and or family life, the programs are run with the aim of reconnecting them to school and family and or providing a pathway to employment. This Community Grant will support Huon Valley PCYC’s Project Pathfinder, designed to allow young people to find their path to future employment through structured support work experience placement and an opportunity to develop practical skills which could be used in the workplace or their everyday lives.
Molenda Lodge – $1,450
Molenda Lodge offers a rehabilitative service to youth and their families in need of mentoring and support to overcome trauma, personal social or behavioural difficulties. Based on a small heritage farm, activities include farming and gardening, craft, creek and land conservation, cooking and hospitality, boating, horse-riding, fishing and billy-carting. This Community Grant will support Molenda Lodge’s project to set up a woodwork shop to make wooden toys that will be donated to needy children. Children and youth at risk really enjoy helping others, and seeing others made happier because of their efforts.
New Horizons Club – $9,462
New Horizons Club provides sport and recreation opportunities for people with a disability in northern Tasmania. It caters for all disabilities and all ages from 5 years upwards, through sport and recreation activities. This Community Grant will support New Horizons Club’s youth program for people with disabilities. The program will consist of three sessions: Song and Dance, Interactive Music and Multi Sport. While the children participate in the program, a volunteer will host their parents, helping them network and share ideas about issues. iPads and other equipment will be used to help the children participate in these activities with suitable apps. The program will enhance confidence, skills, co-ordination and enjoyment within a fun, safe environment.
Parkside Foundation – $7,320
The Parkside Foundation provides support services to people with disabilities, those with dementia, older people and their carers and families in southern Tasmania. Its school holiday and respite programs offer a break to the carers of young people with a disability. This Community Grant will fund Parkside Foundation’s In the Loop program, which is using iPads to help people with disabilities. iPads can replace expensive and bulky communication devices and are particularly suited to the disabled. Their use in literacy, art, photography and graphic design will benefit those who have difficulty with fine motor skills such as holding brushes or scissors.
Relationships Australia, Relationship Counselling and Mediation Services – $9,760
Relationships Australia is a community-based not-for-profit organisation with no religious affiliations. It offers a wide range of services in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and some regional locations. The services include counselling, family and relationship education, family dispute resolution, supporting children after separation, young Aboriginal drug and alcohol service and mental health care. This Community Grant will support Relationships Australia’s Positive Relationships program, aimed at students in years 9 and 10. It aims to work with schools to provide information and skills about building and maintaining high quality, sustainable personal relationships with friends, parents, siblings or significant others.
Riding for the Disabled Association of Tasmania – $5,000
Riding for the Disabled enables people with disabilities to experience enjoyment, challenges and a sense of achievement through equestrian activities, resulting in the development of life skills, improved quality of life, greater self-esteem and confidence. RDA provides ongoing training to all volunteers with an emphasis on safety and care of the rider. This Community Grant will allow Riding for the Disabled to buy a new horse to replace Triss, who is now 30 years old and ready for retirement. The new horse needs to be of a quiet, gentle nature, and good with children, who can be very unpredictable in their actions and voice.
Scout Association of Australia – $9,100
The Scout Association encourages the physical, intellectual and social awareness of its members, building responsible, honest and caring individuals who are an asset in the community. Volunteering for various environmental projects has seen the Port Cygnet Scout Group participating in Plant a Tree Day and Clean up Australia Day. This Community Grant will help pay for a climbing wall at the Port Cygnet Scout Group, encouraging self-development while improving skills and knowledge, fostering group participation and strengthening community ties.
Whitelion – $10,000
Whitelion provides gender and culturally specific services to young people aged 12–24, including employment, mentoring, role modelling, specialist outreach support and education-based prevention programs. It aims to build meaningful relationships and create opportunities that enable highly vulnerable and at-risk young people to reconnect with society and reach their full potential. The young people Whitelion works with have seldom had positive influences in their lives, and are often victims of abuse and neglect. This Community Grant will support the At-Risk Youth Mentoring Program run by Whitelion in southern Tasmania. The program will recruit, screen and train adult volunteers from the community to become mentors.
Abacus Learning Centre – $4,425
Abacus Learning Centre provides evidence-based, intensive early intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, enabling them to reach their fullest potential. Each child's program addresses areas such as communication (verbal and non-verbal), social skills, adaptive living skills, tolerance and sensory issues. Abacus also provides parent training and support with transition of skills to home and behavioural strategies. Abacus therapists also support students’ transition into kindergarten and school. This Community Grant will help Abacus Learning Centre create a Sensory Smart Gym to improve its students’ comfort and self-confidence.
Aboriginal Literacy Foundation – $10,000
The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation aims to transform the lives of Aboriginal children by focusing on literacy and numeracy. It holds literacy camps where the kids can have one-to-one tutorials, and provides books to outlying schools and communities. It is increasing its connections with schools and universities to allow kids to link in with Indigenous students at a higher level so they can share experiences and see for themselves a pathway forward. This Community Grant will help the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation develop its Digital Literacy Hub, a free, web-based library where books and publications will be made available to students, schools and communities all around the country. It will allow students to read hundreds of books, and access them with sound, either in English or local dialects.
Angel Light Link – $8,500
Angel Light Link is a harm-prevention group in south-east Melbourne, focusing on the care and support of young women. It provides information, counselling and support to teenage girls who are at risk. It intends to establish a series of 10 week support and recovery groups for young women aged 12–25 who are struggling with mental health issues. This Community Grant will support Angel Light Link’s All About You project, a prevention and education program for at-risk girls aged 12 to 18. It addresses issues such as depression, bullying and conflict, sexual abuse, substance misuse and other mental health and wellbeing issues.
Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club – $9,350
Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club provides a safe beach environment for swimmers and beachgoers at Anglesea's beaches. It has more than 400 active patrolling members who are all qualified and accredited lifesavers. They respond to incidents seven days a week in conjunction with other emergency services. This Community Grant will support Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club’s activities. As well as beach patrols, it also undertakes a nipper program for more than 600 children aged between 7 and 14, to teach basic first aid, water safety and a healthy lifestyle.
Anne McDonald Centre – $10,000
The Anne McDonald Centre helps children who cannot talk, those who need to use specialised communication aids to speak, children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other severe disabilities. This Community Grant will allow the Anne McDonald Centre to give iPads to 10 non-speaking children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other severe disabilities to enhance their communication and social skills. The iPads are set up with therapeutic and communication apps and parents and teachers are shown how to use them productively.
Ardoch Youth Foundation – $10,000
Ardoch Youth Foundation helps children to overcome disadvantage and helps to create inclusive, healthy and vibrant communities by connecting early childhood centres and schools with local neighbourhood, philanthropic, corporate and community organisations. This Community Grant will support Ardoch Youth Foundation’s breakfast club for disadvantaged students, held three times a week at Sunshine College. This ensures disadvantaged students can have a healthy start to the school day, enhancing their participation and performance in school and increasing wellbeing and social cohesion.
Australian College of Optometry – $10,000
The Australian College of Optometry provides over 70,000 annual eye care services to marginalised residents of Victoria. One of its core programs is its outreach service, where optometrists regularly visit facilities and institutions where it is not possible for people to come to traditional clinics. At-risk youth are seen during visits to homeless shelters and juvenile justice centres. This Community Grant will help the Australian College of Optometry to buy a portable autorefractor and keratometer, which will allow automatic estimation of refractive error and corneal shape. This will be an invaluable addition to the college’s outreach program for young people.
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) – $8,491
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) operates a variety of services in NSW, ACT and Victoria including diagnostic assessments, early intervention, autism-specific schools and satellite classes, behavioural intervention, educational outreach, and parent support network information services. This Community Grant will help Autism Spectrum Australia to equip its early intervention services in Victoria with a range of sensory resources to be used in therapy with young children. This equipment helps to improve a range of sensory perceptions and to engage in play that develops fine motor and social interaction skills.
Berengarra School – $8,000
Berengarra is a special secondary school for students with ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome and other social or emotional disorders. The school aims to re-engage students in mainstream education or to transition them to vocational education programs to prepare them for work. This Community Grant will support Berengarra School’s at-risk youth program, Get Real with Risk, aimed at disadvantaged adolescents who are not coping with mainstream education. Adolescents with a history of school refusal, poor self-esteem, and who are at risk of dropping out and possibly becoming involved in criminal behaviour will be given highest priority. The program includes an overnight camp and an initiative course to give students an opportunity to experience something out of their comfort zone.
Bestchance Child Family Care (Child and Family Care Network) – $7,500
Bestchance Child Family Care, the operating name of the Child and Family Care Network, is an independent, not-for-profit, community organisation which provides specialist, educational and welfare services. Its family-oriented programs include child care, early childhood intervention, parent and child support, training, and community support. It also supports Cheshire, an independent, primary school for children with social, emotional and learning difficulties, and manages 41 local kindergartens in Melbourne. This Community Grant will help Bestchance Child Family Care buy a shade sail for Dandenong Park Kindergarten to protect its children from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation.
BrainLink Services – $10,000
BrainLink works to reduce the impact of acquired brain disorders in the community. These may be caused by trauma, hypoxia, infection, tumour, substance abuse, stroke or degenerative neurological diseases. Its services include information and referral for families impacted by acquired brain disorders, carer education and support programs, respite programs and case management for clients with severe brain injury. This Community Grant will support BrainLink’s community liaison program, which provides critical care and support to families affected by acquired brain disorders at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and after hospital discharge.
Breakaway Camps – $9,500
Breakaway Camps provides an early intervention program targeting vulnerable and disadvantaged young people aged 10-15 from Darebin, Whittlesea and Banyule in Melbourne's north. Experiential learning and adventure are used to work with these struggling young people to create memorable life changing relationships and experiences. This Community Grant will support a beach day and bush camp for at-risk youth run by Breakaway Camps. About 24 children, two staff and eight leaders come together for a beach day and a five day bush camp. The program encourages the older participants to take on buddy roles with the younger participants, developing a sense of responsibility and care for others.
Cara – $6,000
Cara provides specialist accommodation, care and support for vulnerable children and young women who are unable to live at home or with their family, and who are clients of the Victorian child-protection system. It has a residential home for at-risk young people, a specialist live-in home for at-risk pregnant young women and young mothers, a lead tenant program, and outreach and mentoring programs. This Community Grant will enable Cara to provide support packages to young families when they are ready to leave care and take the next step to independence.
Cardinia Combined Churches Caring – $6,000
Cardinia Combined Churches Caring is the main crisis relief centre for the Cardinia Shire. It provides food, crisis accommodation, help with paying utility bills and rent arrears, counselling services, no-interest loans, education programs, Christmas hampers and toys, material aid, access to rehabilitation, outreach centres, friendship and support. This Community Grant will help Cardinia Combined Churches Caring provide assistance with buying school uniforms and textbooks. Some children are missing out on school because they don’t have the right uniforms and books. These children should feel part of the community and not isolated due to their families’poverty.
Carranballac P-9 College – $9,064
Carranballac P-9 College is a state government school with 1500 students in Point Cook, a new suburb with large multicultural diversity. The college caters for a wide range of family incomes and circumstances, and finds that some students do not participate in sport or physical activity with peers to the degree they should, because of language difficulties, cost and cultural practices. This Community Grant will help Carranballac P-9 College to run its AFL and Netball for All Program for the many newly arrived students and students from non-English-speaking backgrounds. These students often do not participate in activities in the school grounds, such as netball and football, or in much sport at all.
Chaplain’s Emergency Fund under the auspices of the Council for Christian Education in Schools – $5,500
The Chaplains Emergency Fund was established to assist students and families who have exhausted all other areas of financial assistance related to schooling expenses. This Community Grant will enable the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund to support students and families at Kew High School who struggle financially with textbooks, uniforms, literacy, camps, drug education, anxiety and autism support, and ICT support programs.
Churches of Christ Community Care – $6,215
The Churches of Christ Community Care through its Ignite Sport Dance Life (Ignite) program, seeks to nurture community values, promote social inclusion and empower young people to live healthy lives. Ignite aims to improve sport and social participation for vulnerable and disadvantaged youth who are unable to access traditional sporting clubs due to the barriers of cost and transport. This Community Grant will enable Churches of Christ Community Care to support the running costs of five youth basketball teams. This will consist of weekly training and games and fortnightly team activities after training, which include healthy afternoon tea, community service, homework assistance, team-building games and movie nights.
Dingley Village Community Advice Bureau – $10,000
Dingley Village Community Advice Bureau supports families living in poverty who are unable to provide for their children. The advice bureau offers services including counselling, advocacy, parent education, financial counselling, emergency accommodation and emergency relief. This Community Grant will support the Dingley Village Community Advice Bureau’s Food Bank, which gives families staple food items to provide a healthy breakfast and place a meal on the table at night. Volunteers run the program, which involves collecting food, storing it and distributing it to families who would otherwise go hungry.
Edmund Rice Camps – $7,000
Edmund Rice Camps is a Melbourne based charity providing camps for disadvantaged children and families. It recruits and trains young volunteers, partners with referring social services agencies and operates 12 residential camps each year. Referring agencies use the camps as an early intervention aid for children at risk. This Community Grant will enable Edmund Rice Camps to run a 5 day and 4 night camp for 12–15 year old boys. The camp responds to the needs of hostile family dynamics, time out from being a carer or a sole parent, economic hardship, bullying, and mental health issues.
e.motion21 – $10,000
e.motion21 is a community based not-for-profit provider of dance and fitness classes and performance opportunities to children and young adults with Down syndrome. It uses specialist teaching methods, environments and equipment tailored to the learning styles of young people with Down syndrome. This Community Grant will support e.motion21’s dance and fitness programs for 30 children and young adults with Down syndrome and their families who live in the Bentleigh area. This program is an important step in a staged expansion in the work of the organisation.
Fight Cancer Foundation – $10,000
The Fight Cancer Foundation provides care, treatment and support for cancer patients and their families and funds research into finding a cure and improved treatment methods. One of its first projects was the establishment of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, which is now linked to an international database of more than 10 million potential donors worldwide. The foundation operates three accommodation centres in North Melbourne, Hobart and Albury. This Community Grant will support the Fight Cancer Foundation’s Back on Track program to assist young students with cancer by keeping them up to date with their education and in regular contact with their schools and friends.
Frankston High School under the auspices of the Council for Christian Education in Schools – $10,000
Frankston High School’s Chaplaincy Committee has been running a breakfast club for students in years seven to ten since 2010, providing a free breakfast twice a week to students who might otherwise go without this important meal. This Community Grant will support Frankston High School’s Chaplaincy Breakfast Club’s expansion to the school’s Senior Campus. The breakfasts provided to students help with concentration and energy levels, and improve nutrition.
Guide Dogs Victoria – $7,800
Guide Dogs Victoria provides mobility training and support to every blind and vision impaired child or adult who needs help to achieve their maximum independence. The mobility and training aids required vary according to individual needs and Guide Dogs Victoria works to develop a mobility program that will help each person achieve those outcomes. This Community Grant will enable Guide Dogs Victoria to pilot an Orientation and Mobility Movement Program for children who are blind or have low vision. Development of movement skills including balance, gait, leg strength, walking in a straight line and turning at an early age is essential for children starting school, but most children who are blind or have low vision have less developed movement skills.
In 2 Life – $10,000
In 2 Life operates early intervention mentoring programs and life skills programs for young people aged 12 to 16. It aims to reduce the incidence, prevalence and rate of homelessness, drug use, offending, early school leaving, suicide and non-lethal suicidal behaviour by young people in Australia. This Community Grant will support In 2 Life’s at-risk youth programs. Action is undertaken daily by a team of committed volunteers who train in their own time to provide referrals to young people requiring professional assistance in the mental health field.
MacKillop Family Services – $10,000
MacKillop Family Services is a provider of services for children, young people, and their families in south-eastern Australia, including foster care and residential care, disability services, youth support, education and training, family support and refugee services. This Community Grant will enable MacKillop Family Services to provide essential equipment for children and young people with disabilities. These aids makes an enormous difference to children and their families and can reduce risks associated with manual handling making caring for a child easier, less stressful and in some cases increasing the child's ability to participate fully in a broad range of community activities.
Mallee Family Care – $4,600
Mallee Family Care is a provider of health and welfare services to communities in the remote regions of north-western Victoria and south-western NSW. Its services include family support programs, mental health services, community development, community legal services, mediation programs, carer support and disability access employment services. This Community Grant will support Mallee Family Care’s Youth E-Mentoring service, an online mentoring program via a secure chatroom for students identified as at risk of disengaging from school. The program aims to improve attendance, increase retention at school, enhance social and communication skills, provide workplace knowledge and career pathways and general support.
Marysville Primary School – $7,500
Marysville Primary School is a small 48-pupil rural school north-east of Melbourne in the Murrindindi Shire, that also educates students who travel from Narbethong and Buxton. This Community Grant will provide a structured music program for the Marysville Primary School and its community. Music is a positive recovery tool that can develop confidence, self-esteem and enthusiasm while providing positive values to all students of the school and community, and simultaneously showcasing the area’s local talent and spirit.
ME Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society of Victoria – $10,000
The ME Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society of Victoria works to support the 35,000 people in Victoria who have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, commonly called chronic fatigue syndrome. It is arguably one of the most misunderstood conditions. More than 70% of doctors do not know how to diagnose this terribly debilitating condition and only a handful can provide treatment. This Community Grant will support ME Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’s crisis support and counselling program, which will employ a youth counsellor one day a week for a year to support those who are unable to travel to receive services.
Olympic Avenue Kindergarten – $1,752
Olympic Avenue Kindergarten in the Melbourne suburb of Cheltenham is a community-based, non-profit organisation, whose parent volunteers work in collaboration with the teachers to provide support, welfare and educational services to families with children between the ages of 3 and 5. This Community Grant will enable Olympic Avenue Kindergarten to build a sensory garden to encourage social interaction, assist the children’s gross and fine motor development, and help develop their spatial and perceptual awareness. Plants and garden accessories will provide a different experience for all of their senses - sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell.
Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club – $1,000
The Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club provides a safe beach environment for swimmers and beachgoers at Port Fairy. The club provides emergency search and rescue and medical services, healthy lifestyle programs (physical exercise and eating habits), and preventive programs to ensure beach visitors avoid danger, through surveillance, marking a safe swimming area, shark alarms, identification of rips, stinger sweeps and first aid. This Community Grant will enable Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club to develop its Nippers program, which is designed as a fun and educational outlet for young people with a strong accent on water safety and surf skills.
Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria, Maryborough – $10,000
Riding for the Disabled is a volunteer organisation that runs equine activities for people with a physical or intellectual disability, often in association with special development schools. The benefits to the riders include improved balance, increased hand-eye coordination, sensory stimulation, improved social skills, overcoming personal challenges, enjoyment of physical activities and the improved health and general wellbeing that comes from freedom and mobility. This Community Grant will enable Riding for the Disabled to build an amenities block at its grounds, with toilets for males and females and wheelchair access.
Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria, Greenvale – $1,915
Riding for the Disabled is a volunteer based body that runs horse-riding activities for people with a physical or intellectual disability, often in association with special development schools. This Community Grant will enable Riding for the Disabled to provide newly designed hard hats that are more comfortable for the wearer and easier for the coach to adjust while being worn. The current hard hats, mandatory for horse riding, are difficult to fit on an autistic child or a child with cerebral palsy and have to be removed for adjustment. Autistic children resent anything covering their heads, so the reduction in time taken up with this task will be beneficial.
St Andrews First Aid Australia – $6,700
St Andrews First Aid provides first aid services and emergency support to the community, giving medical support to vulnerable people and small charitable organisations that can’t afford access to first aid services to support their programs. This Community Grant will enable St Andrews First Aid to establish a cadet program in Ballarat. The program will provide an opportunity for young people aged 11–16 to learn new skills and be involved in their local community as volunteers. The program aims to support and develop young people in the region and build a higher level of volunteers and skills within the organisation.
St John Ambulance Australia (Victoria) – $10,000
St John Ambulance works to increase the level of life saving first aid skills throughout the community and save lives throughout the state. It does this in three ways: through volunteers providing first aid services at events and emergencies, by training and equipping individuals to provide first aid in their homes and workplaces, and through a range of community programs designed to increase community resilience. This Community Grant will support the St John Ambulance’s First Aid in Schools program, to provide children with the skills that could help save someone's life. More children die from injury than from cancer, asthma and infectious diseases combined.
St Kilda Mums – $6,000
St Kilda Mums is a voluntary network of mothers who work together to collect and sort donations of baby and preschool children's clothing, toys, books and nursery equipment. It recycles cots, prams, bassinets, clothes and other baby essentials, making sure they meet all safety requirements. These items are then distributed to disadvantaged families by maternal and child health nurses and family case workers at welfare agencies across Melbourne. This Community Grant will enable St Kilda Mums to buy spare parts and mending materials to repair or restore many of the collected items, ensuring their safety and quality.
Sale College under the auspices of the Council for Christian Education in Schools – $2,400
Sale College’s Hands on Learning Program assists disconnected students, from years 7 to 10, with an alternative approach to help them re-engage with the school experience. It has been found that taking these students out of the classroom one day a week, connecting them to mentors and alternative peer groups in their own school, and then giving them practical and creative real activities, acts as a circuit-breaker, alleviating the frustrations they have developed with mainstream schooling. This Community Grant will enable Sale College to replace power tools and other equipment stolen from its Hands on Learning Program, which has allowed students to gain a range of trade skills.
Salvation Army Victoria – $10,000
The Salvation Army serves the Berwick community by providing advocacy, support and guidance. It works mainly with Southern Sudanese youth, but also with Indigenous, Mauritian, Botswanan and Nigerian youth who are disenfranchised and often alienated. It runs an extensive sports program, English classes, drug and alcohol classes and counselling. This Community Grant will help the Salvation Army’s Berwick branch to conduct a Harmony Tour by its under-21 Sudanese basketball team. The team will tour country Victoria for two weeks, visiting primary and high schools, running basketball clinics and having the players talk about their experiences as refugees.
Scout Association of Australia – $2,300
The Scout Association runs an educational and recreational program of outdoor activities for young people, done mostly in a learning-by-doing way that is fun for all concerned. It is entirely voluntary, family orientated and open to all members of society. The learning is progressive from age 6 to 18 and is recognised with the presentation of badges, certificates and awards. It recognises the value of diversity and inclusion of all sectors of the community. This Community Grant will help the Scout Association buy three mountain bikes and two bicycle cargo trailers for the Eastern Park Group’s expeditions program. These days, many are opting to participate on bicycles.
Sunraysia Residential Services – $10,000
Sunraysia Residential Services supports people with disabilities and their families. It provides both planned and emergency respite, supported accommodation, independent living skills training, educational programs, recreational and social opportunities to connect and be involved within the community, in-home support and help with accessing other support services. This Community Grant will help Sunraysia Residential Services to establish a hobby farm to help disabled youth realise their potential in meaningful ways, giving them the opportunity to enjoy growing, producing and developing all aspects of a working farm.
Sunshine Special Developmental School – $10,000
Sunshine Special Developmental School caters for students with a moderate to severe intellectual disability. It aims to provide all students with the opportunity to access authentic educational experiences that will enable and enhance their involvement with the community. This Community Grant will help Sunshine Special Developmental School renovate its kitchen so that it will be a quality learning environment for the students. The older students will operate a school based café and canteen to provide practical training in food preparation, hygiene, stock control, money handling, food and beverage service, purchasing, health and safety and work-related attitudes.
Surf Life Saving Lakes Entrance – $8,820
Surf Life Saving Lakes Entrance is a small surf club in East Gippsland, providing Lakes Entrance and the surrounding region with volunteer beach patrols over the busy summer period. The club also runs a Nippers program, provides water safety at community events, trains young people aged 14 to 25 in leadership and development, and provides ongoing training in first aid and surf life saving to its members. This Community Grant will enable Surf Life Saving Lakes Entrance to run resuscitation, oxygen and first aid courses for the young members of the club and the local community. These are vital skills that can benefit club members and members of the public, not just on the beach, but in everyday life as well.
Victorian Blue Light State Council – $6,220
The Blue Light concept involves providing alcohol and drug free activities and entertainment for young people, and is a key element in the Victorian Police’s pro-active strategy. Among other events, Blue Light’s discos attract an average of 240 young people at each event. Blue Light also runs a camp at the end of each year. This Community Grant will support Portland Blue Light’s camp for local teenagers, where they get to know police and service providers in their community. The camp creates an environment for young people to have the confidence to listen, co-operate, recognise and develop their own potential, and it enhances relationships between youth and community agencies.
Vision Australia – $10,000
Vision Australia provides services to people who are blind or have low vision. It provides children's services, help with study, employment and recreational programs, equipment solutions for everyday living, adaptive technology and training, and independent living services. This Community Grant will enable Vision Australia to run four school holiday programs in Bendigo for children who are blind or have low vision. The programs introduce children to a variety of recreational and practical activities such as cooking or travel, that foster self-help, as well as co-operating amongst themselves to solve problems or complete tasks.
Western Chances – $10,000
Western Chances supports talented and motivated young people in Melbourne's western suburbs whose financial, social or cultural circumstances prevent them from accessing educational and career opportunities and fulfilling their potential. It provides merit-based scholarships and ongoing support to young people who have an identified talent and motivation to achieve but who lack the finances, opportunities and networks to pursue their education and career goals. This Community Grant will enable Western Chances to award new or renewal scholarships to eligible young people in need of support to afford the costs of their education.
Youth Albury Wodonga – $7,232
Youth Albury Wodonga provides a wilderness based youth leadership model for young people aged 14 to18. This is a cross-border project benefiting young people from the area’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities to broaden their knowledge of Australia’s wilderness and provide a platform for further assimilation with young people in the community. Many of the young people come from refugee backgrounds and find it hard to mix and communicate with other young people. This Community Grant will support Youth Albury Wodonga’s wilderness youth leadership program, which involves a three day wilderness experience followed by a 10 day trek into the Victorian high country.
Youth Junction – $10,000
Youth Junction runs the Visy Cares Hub in Sunshine. The Hub is a one-stop-shop for young people aged 12-25 with 12 integrated youth services, including legal, education, employment, mental health, recreation, arts, Centrelink, housing, crime prevention, daily internet drop-in, intake and referral and new arrivals support. This Community Grant will support Youth Junction’s Sunshine Teens Outreach Project, which focuses on antisocial behaviour in young people. The project involves two outreach youth workers going to hot spots where young people engage in risky and unhealthy behaviour and trying to engage them in the services at the Visy Cares Hub.
Aidan's Place – $5,600
Aidan's Place supports families in Geraldton with children who have special needs. It runs programs including After-school activities, dance classes, an early intervention playgroup, a siblings program, school holiday programs and workshops on iPads, protective behaviour, sensory workshops, floor-time programs and first aid. This Community Grant will enable Aidan's Place to run an art-and-craft program for children with special needs who can’t access other community activities within the arts area either due to inability to participate in mainstream programs, or being physically unable to participate.
Association for the Blind of WA – $5,000
The Association for the Blind of WA works with children with vision impairment and their families. It provides therapy services to young children, school age children, a camp and various activities throughout the year. The programs provide great peer support opportunities. This Community Grant will enable the Association for the Blind of WA to run a camp to develop work-ready skills for teenagers with vision impairment. Children with vision impairment can’t always learn from observing others, so need to directly experience life skills to learn them.
Camp Quality Family Fun Day, Geraldton – $3,500
Camp Quality works to create a better life for children living with cancer. It uses education, performance, recreation, respite and play to build a positive and supportive network for children and their families, delivered in primary schools, paediatric oncology wards and recreational facilities. This Community Grant will support Camp Quality’s Geraldton Family Fun Day. For families whose world has been turned upside down due to childhood cancer, one day can make all the difference. Family fun days are a day for families to bond and build new happy memories, a day where optimism is plentiful and laughter is contagious.
Carers Association of Western Australia – $10,000
The Carers Association of Western Australia works to improve the lives of the estimated 310,000 family carers in the state. Carers WA provides counselling, education, training, respite camps, information and advice. It also runs camps, school holiday activities, peer support and school education programs. This Community Grant will enable the association to run a Young Carer Camp for 20 to 25 young carers, to give them some respite, peer support and the opportunity to develop networks with other people in similar circumstances. Training will be provided to help them develop practical life skills such as financial management and cooking.
Cerebral Palsy Association of WA – $10,000
The Centre for Cerebral Palsy helps those with cerebral palsy and their families with accommodation, respite, employment, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy, customised technology, recreation and alternatives to employment. This Community Grant will enable the Centre for Cerebral Palsy to renovate its two main treatment rooms to make them more child-friendly. The centre's main building was built in the early 1980s and while the treatment and services provided are world-class, the surroundings the staff work in are not.
Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation – $9,999
The Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation raises money to fund research into childhood leukaemia and cancer. Its Research Laboratory was essential to the establishment of the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program at Princess Margaret Hospital, greatly improving childhood leukaemia survival rates in WA. This Community Grant will support Flame Alive, the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation’s world record dance event, being performed simultaneously in three Perth CBD locations, all linked via TV and video. The money raised will help the foundation fund further research into childhood cancer.
Clontarf Foundation – $10,000
The Clontarf Foundation works to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men. The Midwest Football Academy is the Geraldton branch of the foundation. Using the passion that Aboriginal boys have for football, each Clontarf academy, formed in partnership with the local school, focuses on encouraging behavioural change, developing positive attitudes, assisting students to complete school and secure employment. This Community Grant will support the Clontarf Foundation’s digital literacy project, using laptops and iPads to improve students’ proficiency with information technology, a key employment requirement and also needed to access community services.
Constable Care Child Safety Foundation – $10,000
The Constable Care Child Safety Foundation delivers lessons in personal safety, citizenship and community values to primary school aged children through plays, puppet theatre and interactive dramatic performances. This Community Grant will support the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation’s Safe Kids, Safe Schools, Safe Communities Forum Theatre, which uses participative theatre-in-education to provide Indigenous children in the wider Alice Springs and Kimberley remote regions with real-world skills and strategies for dealing with social and health pressures, including child abuse, alcohol and substance abuse, low self-esteem, bullying and school absenteeism.
Creaney Education Support Centre – $9,918
The Creaney Education Support Centre provides education to students with intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder or physical disabilities. Students range from 4 to 12 years old. Educational priorities are determined through consultation with parents and focus on developing the independence and emotional self-regulation of the students. This Community Grant will fund the Creaney Education Support Centre’s Bike Project. Many of the students experience gross motor difficulties and find it difficult to access recreational activities. Teaching them to ride bikes will improve their gross motor skills and physical health, and provide them with purposeful activities during recess and lunch breaks.
Down Syndrome Association of WA – $10,000
Down Syndrome WA supports people with Down syndrome to live a life of their choice, achieve their goals and make their contribution to the community. It provides family support through information and links with other families, a drop-in centre and helpline, as well as newsletters, a website and a resource library. This Community Grant will support the Down Syndrome Association of WA’s Aim High Club, which helps adolescents with Down syndrome to learn new skills, develop socially appropriate behaviour, and to feel confident to speak for themselves as they start to take their place in the community.
Eastern Region Domestic Violence Services Network – $9,840
The Eastern Region Domestic Violence Services Network aims to reduce the incidence of family and domestic violence in the east metropolitan region of Perth. The organisation provides education and support to people experiencing family domestic violence, co-ordinates local service responses to high risk families, provides crisis accommodation and medium-term accommodation and helps victims transition to safer, stable lives. This Community Grant will support the Eastern Region Domestic Violence Services Network’s Family Fun Groups. Introducing fun into the refuge program links the mother and her children in a very positive way, and once families have fun together the relationship can start to heal.
Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka – $9,980
The Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka provides community education and development services to Indigenous and refugee migrant families in the north metropolitan area. These include programs for children and youth after school hours and on weekends, including English and computer classes, driver education, life skills, housing assistance, food, nutrition and craft activities for adults, as well as sport and recreation programs for children. This Community Grant will support the Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka’s Moorditj Koolangka (Strong Children) Project. The 40-week program focuses on Indigenous children aged 7–10. Key elements include cultural workshops to foster identity and self-esteem, leisure, food and nutrition as well as a community garden, and the development of personal and social skills.
Life Education WA – $10,000
Life Education WA provides drug and health education programs to children, families and the community. The primary school program focuses on a broad range of issues — body knowledge, healthy lifestyles, personal safety and responding to peer pressure, as well as the use of medicines, the effects of smoking, and alcohol and related social issues. This Community Grant will support Life Education WA’s Youth Drug and Alcohol Education Program, targeting disadvantaged primary schools in the northern Perth metropolitan area.
Make a Difference Foundation – $10,000
Make a Difference WA raises funds through various projects to help young people who are finding it hard to help themselves. By providing leadership and mentoring from Western Australians who have achieved their goals and success in their chosen field, such as Justin Langer, the foundation can help young people make their dreams come true. This Community Grant will support Make a Difference’s Youth Mentor Scholarship program, which supports disadvantaged young people in Western Australia to achieve their goals in education, music, sport, dance, science, drama or the community.
Mission Australia, Bunbury – $10,000
Mission Australia is committed to creating a fairer Australia by eliminating disadvantage and transforming lives. It works to stop problems before they start, by delivering services that strengthen families and children, empower youth and provide pathways away from homelessness and into employment. This Community Grant will help fund Mission Australia’s FACE project, an early intervention program targeting young people aged 10–15 living with a caregiver who misuses alcohol or other drugs. Research shows that these young people are at risk of developing the same behaviours, which often result in poor school results and limited job opportunities.
Police and Community Youth Centre, Albany – $10,000
Albany PCYC, part of WA’s PCYC network, creates opportunities for young people in the community through the delivery of recreational and educational activities and programs. Police officers work with PCYC, referring young offenders PCYC’s life-changing programs, which play a significant role in crime prevention. This Community Grant will fund the Strike II Act, Belong, Commit Program, providing at-risk youth with a safe supervised space each Friday night. Under the supervision of youth workers, a range of activities are provided including basketball, indoor soccer, bouncy boxing, movies and craft activities. The program includes safe transport home at the end of the evening. The Strike II Act, Belong, Commit Program attracts 60-80 youth each Friday, with 50-60% of these being Indigenous.
Police and Community Youth Centre, Fremantle – $6,163
PCYC provides opportunities for young people to develop through healthy programs and activities, with the aim of the youth developing self-reliance, independence and confidence. Fremantle PCYC’s drop-in centre runs sporting and recreational programs, joint initiatives and projects with schools and local community groups in the area. Its programs address the social disconnection of young people at risk of engaging in street crime. This Community Grant will pay for improvements to the PCYC drop-in centre at Fremantle, which is used by up to 60 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds each day. The Grant will help create a more comfortable environment, and provide computers for the drop-in centre.
Riding for the Disabled Association of WA, Peel Group – $10,000
The Peel group of the Riding for the Disabled WA provides horse-based therapeutic and educational activities for people with disabilities and special needs. Equine therapy is used to treat a variety of diseases and disorders including mental illness, cerebral palsy and brain and physical injuries. Studies have shown the benefits of therapeutic riding, the experience of rich sensory stimulation from sights and sounds of the outdoors, verbal and tactile directions from coaches and helpers, and the movement of the horses. This Community Grant will enable Riding for the Disabled’s Peel group to develop a new home for its horses on a local reserve that it has obtained.
Riding for the Disabled Association of WA, Murray-Mandurah Group – $10,000
Murray-Mandurah Riding for the Disabled, also known as Riding Develops Ability, provides therapeutic and recreational horse activities to develop the abilities and enrich the lives of people with disabilities. Using the services of five coaches and more than 40 volunteers, each week it helps 108 special needs children and adults. This Community Grant will provide Riding for the Disabled’s Murray-Mandurah group with shading for the arena used by its children and horses. At present the area is open to all weather conditions, the worst being exposure to open sun.
Senses Australia – $10,000
Senses Australia provides services to people with disabilities, especially those who are deaf and blind. This Community Grant will fund Senses Australia's Super Sibs program, which addresses the special needs of siblings who have a sibling with a disability. Super Sibs events provide a wellness approach offering siblings of children with a disability, opportunities for peer support and education within a recreational context. The program aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the sibling, provide strategies to deal with responsibilities faced when having a sibling with a disability, and promote parental reassurance regarding enhancement of lifelong relationships between siblings.