Beryl Women – $10,000
Beryl Women provides crisis and transitional accommodation for women and children escaping domestic and family violence. As well as providing shelter, the refuge aims to enhance its clients’ health and safety with weekly women’s groups, children’s support and family social activities, while helping them increase their knowledge and build confidence to manage future crises. This Community Grant will enable Beryl Women to continue to operate their School Holiday Program for children and youth affected by domestic violence. The program increases resilience by helping children explore areas of personal interest, including sport and art. By reaching out to families through the community it seeks to build positive relationships which will also benefit the school community as a whole.
Canberra Mothercraft Society – $10,000
Canberra Mothercraft Society provides vital health services to families of young children in the ACT and the surrounding region. By identifying gaps in family services, the society creates programs for post-natal assistance, parental support and toddler behavioural issues, providing early intervention to promote healthy lifestyle choices and make the transition into parenthood easier. This Community Grant will help fund an expanded support program for 150 expectant mothers under the age of 21, a group with a higher prevalence of physical and mental health needs. Through a series of practical and educational sessions, it will support young parents with stress management and nutritional advice to promote the physical, emotional and social development of their infant.
Communities@Work – $10,000
Communities@Work aims to create a resilient and socially inclusive community that cares for the wellbeing of its most vulnerable members through all stages of life. It provides a safe environment for at-risk young people to reach their potential, while offering support to families experiencing hardship, and helping the frail and aged. This Community Grant will support the Yellow Van Food Rescue Service, an initiative to provide 900 at-risk children and young people with nutritious meals to improve their health and wellbeing. By collecting excess food from retailers, caterers and institutions, it delivers meals to breakfast and lunch programs to assist school-aged children from low socio-economic backgrounds.
International Association of Infant Massage Australia – $9,464
The International Association of Infant Massage provides parenting education during the most critical period in child development to reduce the risk of child abuse, developmental delays and behavioural issues. Through low-cost education programs for parents of infants, it supports the development of key parenting skills to deliver better outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness. This Community Grant will offer a full scholarship to three youth or child protection workers in direct contact with young parents in out-of-home care. The scholarship will cover the costs of attending a nationally accredited training program, plus a stipend for airfare and accommodation, qualifying each worker to deliver the International Association of Infant Massage program and providing practical tools to support parents and reduce risks for children.
Malkara School – $9,043
Malkara offers quality education for students with a significant intellectual disability and other associated impairments. It provides specialised programs catering to the children’s varied individual needs in a positive, student-centred environment so they can develop and grow to their full potential. This Community Grant will enable Malkara School to replace and supplement equipment for sensory support programs delivered to more than 100 students with physical disabilities. This funding will provide specialist equipment to meet the particular auditory, visual and tactile needs of students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.