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Community Grants Program - 2010

VIC Community Grant recipients

Aurora School - Blackburn South

Aurora School specialises in the education of Deaf and Deafblind children.  The children who attend Aurora are mostly between three and seven years of age, with the exception of the multidisabled deafblind classroom where children are eligible to remain at Aurora until they are 18 years of age. Programs are designed to specifically target the children's communication and language development as well as incorporating a heavy emphasis on perceptual motor and sensory development.

Australian Red Cross Society - Carlton

Red Cross is committed to helping those in need in the community, from providing breakfast for hungry children every day to supporting the elderly and isolated in their own homes. Australian Red Cross is part of the world's largest humanitarian organisation, with more than 100 million volunteers in 186 countries.

Beacon Foundation - Armadale

The Beacon Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation that addresses youth unemployment via its innovative No Dole program that equips students with the skills to identify and access appropriate employment opportunities, further training or education. Beacon takes a whole community approach, with the program designed to give young people an understanding of the world of work in three ways; linking industry into schools by providing presentations to students and industry tours; student and teacher mentoring and supporting young people to confidently present themselves in the world of work.

Big Brothers - Big Sisters (Melbourne)

Big Brothers - Big Sisters provides mentoring services to at-risk and vulnerable young people aged 7 to 25 years. These services include one-on-one mentoring, where a young person is matched with an adult volunteer mentor who provides ongoing support and friendship and positive role modelling, and group mentoring programs.

Challenge Cancer Support Network - West Melbourne

Challenge is a non-profit organisation which was established in 1983 to provide children living with cancer and their families daily support from the point of diagnosis, throughout the treatment period and beyond.  The Challenge office is located near the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) in West Melbourne.

Cystic Fibrosis Victoria - Southbank

Cystic Fibrosis Victoria (CFV) is the only health and research support services organisation providing comprehensive services Victoria-wide to 700+ children, young people, adults and families living with Cystic Fibrosis.

Each - Lilydale

Each is a creative, responsive and outcomes-oriented organisation that promotes and delivers integrated community health, disability and support services to individuals, families and groups in Melbourne’s eastern region.

Hanover Welfare Services - South Melbourne

Hanover is an independent, non-profit organisation providing programs and services for people experiencing homelessness or housing crisis.  Their mission is to empower people who are homeless, or at imminent risk of becoming so, to enable them to take greater control over their lives.  Services of Hanover include programs to prevent people from becoming homeless, emergency accommodation, medium and long term housing, employment services, education programs and ongoing research into the causes and consequences of homelessness.  

Kevin Heinze Garden Centre - Doncaster

The Kevin Heinze Garden Centre provides a variety of social, recreational and therapeutic horticultural programs for over 350 adults and children. The centre is the largest and oldest service of its kind in Australia and is one of the few such services in the world.

Mollys House - South Clayton

Molly's House is a family violence accommodation and support service - and high security refuge - based in the western region of Melbourne. The service provides crisis and medium term accommodation as well as culturally sensitive support to women and children escaping family violence. Molly's House aims to provide service and support for families who have difficulties in gaining access to mainstream services.

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute - Parkville

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute is the pre-eminent child health research institute in Australia. The institute is recognised globally for its child health discoveries. The team of 1,200 is dedicated to finding cures and treatments for conditions such as diabetes, allergies, premature birth and mental health problems which are increasingly affecting Australian children, and conditions such as cancer and genetic disorders that remain unsolved.

Odyssey House; Victoria - Richmond

Odyssey House Victoria has provided treatment services to people whose lives are affected by drugs and alcohol for the past 30 years.  Their mission is to provide opportunities for change and growth by reducing drug use, improving mental health, and reconnecting people to family and the community.

ozED - Australian Ectodermal Dysplasia Support Group - Rowville

ozED provides support and information to people and families affected by the genetic condition - Ectodermal Dysplasia and provides education and information to professionals who provide services to people and families affected by Ectodermal Dysplasia.

Victorian Playgroup Association (Playconnect Playgroup Thornbury)

PlayConnect Thornbury is a playgroup for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Autism Spectrum-like features and their families. It is a playgroup that acknowledged that all children have different interests and needs and will participate in their own way.

West Gippsland Healthcare Group - Warragul

West Gippsland Healthcare Group is a fully accredited, customer focused health organisation providing acute medical and surgical, paediatric, obstetrics and gynaecology, emergency, aged care and community services to over 40,000 people in the rural, urban residential, agricultural and industrial areas of Baw Baw Shire and beyond approximately 100kms east of Melbourne.