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.