The Arthritis Foundation of the ACT – $10,000
The Arthritis Foundation of the ACT offers information, support and exercise programs for people living with musculoskeletal conditions. They provide vital support for children living with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), raising public awareness about a disease that gains little recognition from health care providers. This Community Grant will support the development of a JIA information and wellbeing app, which will improve the quality of life of more than 5,000 people, including affected children and their families. The app is a cost-effective way to provide up-to-date information across Australia, connecting communities online to create a safe space where people can share information and gain much-needed support.
The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) – $9,000
AIME supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at 17 high schools in the ACT to succeed in university, employment or further education. The organisation aims to give Aboriginal students the same educational and life opportunities as all Australians, through partnerships with local universities as well as an outreach program to reach remote locations. This Community Grant will enable AIME to transport students from school to the Australian National University and the University of Canberra where it holds its programs. This will enable the program to be offered to 300 students in 2016, double the number of Indigenous students currently involved.
Autism Spectrum Australia – $9,812
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is Australia's leading autism services provider. Aspect helps more than 10,000 people with autism and their families each year to achieve the best possible opportunities, by providing children with vital supports to reach their unique potential and succeed in later life. Aspect has the largest autism-specific schools program in the world, with eight independent schools, more than 100 satellite classes and over 1,000 students. This Community Grant will allow Aspect to offer its Upskilling Families and Professionals in Autism Support training to 40 parents, and to health and education professionals. The training consists of one-day workshops and home visits, and enables families and professionals to provide the best care for children with autism as they develop social and emotional skills, and transition into school.
Camp Quality – $10,000
Camp Quality is a national charity that helps about 3,000 families across Australia and 325 in the ACT. They aim to create a better life for children aged 0–13 years living with cancer, by providing practical and emotional support throughout diagnosis and treatment. The organisation builds a supportive and positive network for children and their families through programs that incorporate education, performance and recreation. This Community Grant will enable the organisation to offer support to three newly diagnosed children and their families for a year, ensuring they have access to Camp Quality's full range of services close to their home during this stressful time.
CanTeen – The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer – $9,790
CanTeen supports young people who have been diagnosed with cancer or have a sibling with cancer, enabling them to cope with the physical, emotional and practical impacts of this devastating disease. The organisation provides specialist hospital care, counselling and individual assistance as well as information and peer support programs designed for the unique needs of young people. This Community Grant will support the ACT and Southern New South Wales Five-Day Psychosocial Program, providing a unique opportunity for 35 young people to share their experiences in a safe and supportive environment. The program will provide participants with much-needed respite and peer support for their cancer experience, contributing to better mental health and wellbeing as they embark on their adult lives.
Friends of the Brain Injured Children ACT – $9,400
Friends of the Brain Injured Children ACT (FBIC) supports families of children aged up to 18 years old living with disability and brain injury. The organisation provides information, networking and support for 55 families across the ACT. They also offer financial assistance for families suffering financial hardship to enable them to access vital therapies for their child. This Community Grant will fund the Evolving Brain — Workshop Series, which aims to research and introduce emerging relevant high-impact, short-term therapies that will directly benefit disabled children. The program will inform, educate and help FBIC members so they can help their child overcome immediate health problems and improve their wellbeing.
Indigenous Reading Project – $10,000
The Indigenous Reading Project partners with teachers and parents all over Australia to help engage and improve Indigenous students’ performance and education outcomes using mobile technology and incentives. The Project delivers support and assistance to 300 primary and secondary school students who are behind their peers but have the capacity and desire to improve. This Community Grant will fund the organisation’s e-Literacy program, which aims to improve the reading ability of 200 students and boost literacy across urban, regional and bush communities. The program allows students to borrow electronic reading devices customised with e-book choices that have clear goals and positive incentives to encourage them to read more.
Oz Harvest – $9,800
Oz Harvest rescues excess food from the food industry to feed communities at risk, diverting good food from landfill and providing support to charitable organisations. They also provide nutritional education and training in charities and among marginalised members of the community with no other access to information about health and diet. This Community Grant will help Oz Harvest’s Fresh Focus program to deliver an additional 20,000 meals of wholesome, fresh rescued food from donors including ALDI, Costco and the Southside Farmers Markets to charitable services in the Australian Capital Territory and Queanbeyan, for distribution to children and young people.
The Shepherd Centre - For Deaf Children – $9,900
The Shepherd Centre has helped thousands of children who are deaf or hearing impaired to improve their listening and speaking skills. A world leader in the field of auditory-verbal therapy, the Foundation provides parents with the tools, strategies and methods they need to teach their children to listen, understand the meaning of sound, and to speak. This Community Grant will allow the Shepherd Centre to offer its Sing and Grow Music program for deaf children in the Australian Capital Territory region. Through the program, families will be given hands-on experience on how to use music therapy to help alleviate their child’s disability. The program is run by a qualified therapist and will allow 40 children to listen to pitch, duration and intensity of music to learn to develop their speech and language.