Warehouse Circus - $10,000
Warehouse Circus is dedicated to improving the mental and physical health of young people of all abilities in the ACT, through the medium of social circus. Jump Start is an early intervention program which uses circus to assist disengaged young people from a cluster of low socioeconomic primary schools to transition successfully to Belconnen High School. This Community Grant will enable 25 at-risk young people aged 10 – 12 years old to take part in the program. It will contribute to a safe, positive transition from primary to high school, re-engage disengaged students, offer support networks and provide leadership training to demonstrate belief in the value of each individual, increasing resilience and self-esteem.
The Shepherd Centre - $9,500
The Shepherd Centre (TSC) believes that all children deserve a voice and the opportunity to attend mainstream school so that they may fully participate in the world and reach their full potential. TSC provides parents and teachers with the tools, strategies and methods needed to teach their deaf children to listen, to understand the meaning of sound and to speak. This Community Grant will enable 20 children to take part in the Sound Start to School program which provides hearing impaired children with the tools to succeed in the hearing world and mainstream academic setting without the need for ongoing support or translators. It will equip hearing impaired children with the ability to reach their potential and thrive at mainstream schools.
Vision Australia - $9,725
Vision Australia is the leading provider of blindness and low vision services. Children with vision loss who develop skills of independence are more able to self-assess and evaluate life's choices, accepting challenges positively and are better prepared for further education and employment. Evidence has shown that these children are also more aware of their surroundings and less likely to be involved in accidents when travelling out in the community. This Community Grant will give the gift of mobility to 14 children with vision loss through orientation and mobility training which teaches children how to walk safely using a white cane, to minimise the risk of falls and accidents and to maximise independence and safe travel practices.
Cystic Fibrosis ACT - $9,000
Cystic Fibrosis ACT (CFACT) is dedicated to making a daily difference to the lives of children and young adults with CF living in the ACT and surrounding region through providing financial, educational and emotional assistance.
This Community Grant will fund treatment plans for 18 children and young adults from five to 21 years, who are studying or commencing full-time employment. In consultation with each patient’s hospital team, CFACT will provide access to therapeutic equipment on loan or as a gift to support the delivery of exercise and/or physiotherapy. Adherence to therapeutic treatments can reduce hospitalisations and maintain healthy lung function for patients.
OzHarvest - $9,800
OzHarvest nourishes disadvantaged children, youth and adults with nutritious food, education and engagement in society. This Community Grant will enable OzHarvest to deliver the equivalent of an additional 20,000 meals of fresh rescued food to charitable services in the ACT and Queanbeyan, who care for school students and young people at risk. The provision of free nutritious food, to be shared with young people and students, has positive outcomes in terms of health and wellbeing, social and family engagement and the ability to learn. 40 young people will also be trained in nutrition, budgeting and food safety via OzHarvest’s program.