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The Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children - $50,000

The Shepherd Centre’s early intervention programs have helped thousands of children with hearing loss learn to listen and speak. The Centre’s goal is to ensure all children have a voice and the opportunity to attend mainstream school; enabling them to participate in the world and achieve their full potential. The Community Grant will help fund ‘Sound Direction’ – an early intervention program for children in the ACT from birth to five years old, who are either deaf in one ear, or mildly deaf in both ears. These children do not qualify for any government support, and yet still face considerable challenges in the early school years – missing out on teachers’ instructions, playground conversations, and much more. With ongoing speech, language and social support, the Sound Direction program will enable children to integrate happily and successfully into mainstream school.

Academy of Science - $10,000

PrimaryConnections is an innovative, inquiry-based program developed by the Australian Academy of Science linking the teaching of science with the teaching of literacy in Australian primary schools. PrimaryConnections is committed to improving learning outcomes for primary students in science and literacy through professional learning programs and high quality curriculum resources. This Community Grant will allow us to offer an educator from every primary school in the ACT the chance to attend a professional learning workshop each year for 3 years (6 workshops in all). These workshops are designed to build teachers’ confidence and competence in teaching science and literacy. In doing so, they will experience and embody the inquiry-based approach and will be provided access to a wealth of resources that provide everything they need to guide student learning of the key concepts and skills of the National Science Curriculum. We are delighted to be able to share this with teachers and students in ACT primary schools.

Beryl Women Inc. - $9,880

Beryl Women Inc is the oldest women’s refuge in Canberra. The service provides crisis and transitional accommodation for women and children escaping domestic and family violence. Beryl also provides activities including weekly women’s groups, supported playgroups, children’s and youth groups, and school holiday activities. Children and young people who have experienced domestic violence and homelessness are seriously disadvantaged when it comes to education and access to technology. This grant will enably Beryl to implement the Tech Backpack Project, providing children accessing Beryl services with a school backpack containing a Chromebook with case, bluetooth headphone set and internet dongle. Together with the backpack, children will get support and education in cyber safety, IT set up and use of their laptop. Participating children are expected to see a range of benefits, including increased school attendance and improved social and mental health.

Camp Quality Limited- $10,000

Camp Quality ACT helps children impacted by cancer to thrive, with programs to help them reach developmental milestones, develop life skills and improve wellbeing. Camp Quality’s recreation programs create a space for families to reconnect and enjoy some quality time together, away from the routine of hospitals and treatments. Camp Quality Kids Camps offer children the chance to just be kids, while forming life-long friendships among other children in similar situations. At camp, each child has a dedicated volunteer companion and medical volunteers on hand to provide all the care they need. This grant will enable 330 children to take part in Camp Quality’s ACT Kids Camps, held throughout the year. Participating children benefit from increased positivity, self-worth and the ability to better manage the stress that comes with a cancer diagnosis.

Country to Canberra - $10,000

Country to Canberra empowers young regional, rural and remote women to reach their leadership potential. Rural students have more difficulty accessing education opportunities; when paired with under-representation of women in political and business leadership, this means that rural girls face big challenges in achieving their goals. This grant will support Country to Canberra’s flagship program - a national Leadership Competition for year 10 – 12 female students. Winners receive a ‘Power Trip’ to the ACT to undertake leadership, public speaking and goal-setting training. While in Canberra, they connect with high-profile female leaders, and advocate for issues affecting youth and education. The program equips young rural women to achieve their leadership potential, and helps to change community attitudes to women in leadership.

Mental Illness Education - $10,000

MIEACT works in the youth, school and community setting to provide education and awareness in relation to living with a mental illness. Interactive sessions use personal stories to demystify mental health problems and contribute to increasing the likelihood of young people seeking help early. This Community Grant will enable MIEACT to develop and begin to deliver a bullying prevention program, that not only provides support to victims of bullying, it also develops strong social networks to better prevent bullying in the first instance, while also encouraging initiators of bullying behaviour to seek support to begin to address the root causes of their own actions.

Parentline ACT Inc. - $8,000

Parentline supports vulnerable, disadvantaged and isolated parents and carers, providing the help they need to deal with immediate crises and improve ongoing parenting skills. Parents can access free support from qualified counsellors via the phone or internet, five days a week from 9am to 5pm. Additional services include referrals to other relevant local services, education, and face-to-face counselling. The result is that children are safer, families function better and build greater resilience. This grant will enable Parentline to extend their phone support service outside working hours, positively impacting an additional 2,100 children over three years. For the community, the benefits include a reduction of family violence, fewer family breakdowns, and improved developmental outcomes for children.  

Society of St. Vincent De Paul Pty. - $9,000

The St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) gives a hand up to people in need. Vinnies runs a variety of programs in the Canberra and Goulburn areas, supporting the homeless, people with a mental illness, migrants and refugees, youth and families. This grant will fund a new program called FLAMES, for vulnerable young people aged 13 – 17, especially those who are caring for a family member. FLAMES stands for Friendship, Leadership, Adventure, Mentoring, Encouragement and Support. The FLAMES Program will incorporate four weekend camps each year, regular group life skills activities and mentoring provided by volunteers. Mentors will focus on helping participants to identify their skills and work towards their goals, while acknowledging the challenges they face. The young people who take part will be equipped to make positive changes and improve their outcomes in life.

The Wirrpanda Foundation Limited - $10,000

The Wirrpanda Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, with programs focused on education, employment, health and justice. This grant will help to fund delivery of the Wirra Club program. Wirra Club is a healthy lifestyle program designed specifically for Indigenous primary school-aged children. Through Wirra Club, Indigenous mentors deliver weekly education sessions to Indigenous children at three local primary schools. Sessions focus on physical, cultural and nutritional health, with the long-term aim of improving the physical and emotional wellbeing of each participating child. By providing culturally-appropriate role models, the Wirra Club improves self-esteem and boosts school attendance.

NSW

NSW

Little Wings - $100,000

Little Wings offers a free flight and ground transport service for seriously ill children and their families. Chronically sick children in rural and regional New South Wales may need to travel to children’s hospitals in Sydney and Newcastle for treatment every few weeks. For families already under intense stress and financial pressure, long trips by car or public transport are expensive and exhausting. Little Wings makes their lives easier, with an efficient and safe way to travel to and from hospital for vital treatment. For children having ongoing treatment in hospital, such as chemotherapy, Little Wings offers the chance to travel home to spend time with family and friends in familiar surroundings. The Community Grant will help Little Wings to purchase the aircraft used to perform the flight service enabling 1,320 flights to be provided over three years; assisting a total of 165 families.

Assistance Dogs Australia Limited- $9,800

Assistance Dogs Australia trains Assistance Dogs to perform a range of tasks for people living with disabilities. Every Assistance Dog is placed free of charge and undergoes tailored training to meet the individual needs of their new owner. Parents Autism Workshop and Support (PAWS) brings together parents of children aged three to 21 with autism to explore the potential that an Assistance Dog might have within the family. A trained dog can assist a child to develop lifelong skills, helping them achieve their educational and social potential, and enhancing independence. The workshops are designed to provide parents with the information and long-term support for sourcing, choosing, handling, and training a dog specifically to benefit a child with autism and the family as a whole. This grant will enable delivery of additional PAWS workshops and continue to improve the wellbeing of young Australians diagnosed with autism and their families.

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation Limited - $9,956

Kookaburra Kids supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. These kids often take on caring and household responsibilities beyond their years.  As a result, they are more likely to experience insecurity, hopelessness, social isolation, and risks to their physical and mental health. The program gives kids a break from their caring role by providing camps and activity programs in a fun, positive, and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet others in similar situations and develop new, supportive friendships. Children will be educated on looking after their personal health and introduced to strategies that contribute towards ongoing mental health. They will learn the value to mental and emotional wellbeing of creative expression through music and art.

Blacktown Youth Services Association Inc. - $10,000

Blacktown Youth Services Association (BYSA) is a community organisation that provides recreational and educational programs for young people in the Blacktown Local Government Area. It delivers a range of services and programs for young people aimed at building the skills and capacity of young people. Their vision is a city whose young people are inspired, skilled, and civically engaged in their community. This grant will enable BYSA to continue delivering ‘Change of Mind’, a school engagement program for at-risk and disadvantaged young people aged 12-17. It aims to build and develop wellbeing and resilience through a series of workshops covering confidence, goal setting, critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and self-care; helping to protect youth from various mental health conditions and factors that increase the risk of mental health conditions, such as being bullied or previous trauma.

BaptistCare NSW & ACT - $3,000

BaptistCare Domestic Violence Accommodation Services provides accommodation and support for women and children who have become homeless due to domestic and family abuse. The Break Free group is designed to help children overcome the trauma of loss and grief, and covers safety planning and healthy relationships. This grant will expand the existing program to include tutoring and educational resources. This will support children who are coping with violence, many of whom have changed schools many times, are bullied at school, have low literacy levels, and struggle with school work. Benefits of the program include a reduction in violence towards women and children, and children and youth having more opportunities as adults to reach their potential and have a positive and happy life.

Barnardos Australia - $9,740

Barnardos Australia supports families and children in need, believing that every child deserves a safe and stable home free from abuse and neglect, with family members to love and care for them for all of their childhood. Barnardos works to keep thousands of children safe within their own families - and for those children who can’t be kept safe, Barnardos finds new homes, while keeping children in touch with their origins. This grant will help Barnardos to expand the Love Bites program, reaching an additional 570 children. Consisting of two interactive workshops, Love Bites focuses on domestic and family violence and sexual assault. The aim is to promote and model respectful relationships for young people, raising awareness about domestic and family abuse and helping children to feel safe enough to seek support.

Black Dog Institute - $10,000

Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing, and treating mental illness, and the promotion of mental wellbeing. Black Dog is a leader in the field of suicide prevention, early intervention programs for young people and adolescents, workplace mental health, and more. This new project, funded by the grant, aims to deliver a program specifically for high school year advisors to help them identify, manage, and support teenage mental health issues in the school setting. The program will target major mental health issues in young people such as depression, anxiety, suicide prevention, and self-harm. Training will increase advisors’ confidence and ability to deliver effective mental health strategies and support in their schools, as well as lowering student absenteeism, a risk factor for lifelong inequality. Students will receive better quality care from their teachers, which will alleviate the burden of poor mental health on the school community.

Bonnie Support Services Limited - $10,000

Bonnie Support Services (Bonnies) provides accommodation and support services for women and children who have experienced domestic or family violence; or who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Bonnies helps women to develop supportive and trusting relationships, self-management skills and accountability, and confidence and living skills. The children and young people staying at Bonnies are provided with mentoring, workshops and case work. This grant will fund a new program, providing weekly Kidz Space groups for children aged six to 11 who have been impacted by family violence. Kidz Space will offer craft and play activities, facilitated by a qualified art therapist and counsellor, in a safe and nurturing space.  Participants are expected to improve on measures including emotional wellbeing, progress at school, forming relationships and social isolation.

Burwood Community Welfare Services Inc. - $7,800

Burwood Community Welfare Services (BCWS) supports people experiencing poverty, distress and hardship, by providing practical and emotional support. This grant will support ‘After the Storm’, a six-week intervention program that supports families separating from an abusive partner, helping them address the risks to their safety as well as the emotional, legal, financial and psychological impacts. Living with domestic violence creates persistent fear and anxiety which can have damaging long-term effects on learning, behaviour and health.  The program will help young people who have experienced domestic violence to address these issues and avoid homelessness, sleeping rough and couch surfing. Through ‘After the Storm’ they will learn to set appropriate boundaries and implement effective self-care practices.

Campbell Town Rainbow Club - $10,000 

Rainbow Club Australia teaches children with a disability to swim, at 16 local clubs throughout NSW - each one run by a committee of parent volunteers. Children with disabilities often cannot attend normal swimming lessons. For example, children with autism may find the number of children in the pool during mainstream classes overwhelming; while children with physical disabilities may require more supervision in the water than a mainstream class can accommodate. This Community Grant will support Rainbow Club Campbelltown to provide places for 17 children on their waiting list, giving them access to one-on-one swimming lessons where they can learn at their own pace. Participating children benefit from improved safety in the water as well as increased fitness and confidence.

Camp Quality Limited - $10,000

Camp Quality aims to create a better life for every child and their family living with cancer in Australia. The services it provides for children help to create a better life by building optimism and resilience throughout each stage of their cancer journey. Children who have a sibling, parent, or carer with cancer are also supported. This grant will help to facilitate Family Camp Northern NSW. As with all Camp Quality camps, it provides families with an opportunity to have time out from hospital treatment and reconnect as a family. Isolation and lack of support networks for parents are a particular issue for children in regional and remote locations, so the structured three-day program is designed to address these challenges.

CanTeen - The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer - $10,000

CanTeen exists to help young people whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer. Through CanTeen, young people affected by cancer can connect with others in the same situation, and get specialist treatment and support. This grant will enable CanTeen to deliver ‘Places You’ll Go’. This is a three-day camp for 12 – 17 year olds who have had a cancer diagnosis, completed treatment and are adjusting to the next phase of their lives. The program provides young people with the opportunity to access psychosocial and recreational sessions that help them build supportive peer relationships and acquire skills for managing life after cancer. Participants are expected to benefit from increased wellbeing, and a reduction in the negative psychological, social and physical impacts from their cancer experience. 

Cerebral Palsy Alliance - $10,000

Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) helps people with cerebral palsy to achieve independence and live as full a life as possible. It offers a wide range of disability services to babies, children and adults; while advocating internationally for research into the causes of cerebral palsy, with the aim of finding a cure. This grant will fund delivery of a new program for NSW/ACT, called Independent Living Skills (ILS). ILS helps young people with a disability to transition into living independently from their family, by providing a supported independent living experience with peers in a share house. Participants learn life skills such as paying rent and utility bills, and purchasing groceries. Activities include cooking, cleaning, budgeting, navigating public transport, and much more. Ultimately, participants are supported to live independently and contribute to their communities, socially and economically.

Children’s Cancer Institute Australia - $10,000

Children’s Cancer Institute is a medical research institute dedicated to putting an end to childhood cancer. This grant will support a research project that aims to improve the prognosis of children with a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma, and seek a cure. Glioblastoma is a highly aggressive form of cancer whose cells reproduce quickly. While this brain cancer is less common, prognosis is poor for diagnosed children. The Children’s Cancer Institute would like to pursue further research on the discovery of a link between high levels of copper and poor prognosis in some cancers. This grant will aid in the testing of a new drug that may help to treat and prevent Glioblastoma, improving the outlook for children affected by this virulent form of cancer.

Children's Food Education Foundation - $9,500

The Big Feed is focused on improving wellbeing for young people, helping them to realise their full potential by developing their knowledge of cooking, food growing, shopping, safe food storage, food culture and ‘doing good food deeds’. This grant will support delivery of a youth food enterprise program at The Beach School, which caters for secondary-aged students with challenging and disruptive behaviour, low self esteem, poor social skills and an inability to adjust to a mainstream educational setting. Through the Beaches Big Feed, students will get the opportunity to develop a food-related product or service to sell online. As a result they will strengthen community connections, build pride and improve their opportunities to gain employment. They will also learn how to improve wellbeing and healthy behaviours by making mindful food choices.

Citylife Community Initiatives Inc. - $1,500

Citylife Community Initiatives (Citylife) is focused on providing support and education to the community in Wollongong and Shellharbour. Programs include a community kitchen for the homeless and disadvantaged; an ADHD support group for parents; domestic violence support; and helping hands for people in the community who need extra support around the home. This grant will fund a new program called Flourish, teaching teenage girls and women about life skills. Through nine face-to-face sessions, participants will be encouraged to develop their self-worth, plan for the future, build resilience and avoid engaging in harmful relationships. As a result, the women who participate will be better equipped to build a safe environment for their children, supporting them to complete their schooling.

Civic Disability Services Limited - $10,000

Civic supports people with disability and mental illness to exercise choice and control in their lives, achieve their goals, and participate in the community. Services include employment, supported living, community engagement, skill building, transition to work training, short stay respite, leisure, wellbeing, and social programs. Communic8, which this grant will help to establish, will be a play-therapy group for children with communication difficulties due to disability. It will initially run at Civic’s Hurstville Hub, and at other locations over time. Communic8’s two target age groups are children aged five to 12, and teenagers 13 to 18. A speech therapist, an occupational therapist, and a support worker will work to develop communication skills and provide children with an opportunity for socialisation. Early intervention in childhood to strengthen communication skills is essential for independence and health in later life.

Edmund Rice Services Limited - $9,800

Edmund Rice Camps provides group-based, week-long camps for children experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation. With a one-to-one ratio of children to volunteers, camps offer intensive support, positive role modelling and mentorship for every child involved. This grant will support the Edmund Rice Spring Siblings Camp, which brings together families who have been separated in out-of-home care arrangements. Many children in the foster care system are not able to live together as siblings, and are rarely afforded the opportunity to reunite regularly. At the Spring Siblings Camp, they get to reunite and reconnect as a family. By taking part, children learn to survive and thrive in the face of adversity, overcome difficulties, and eventually lead successful and socially-aware adult lives.

Epilepsy Association - $10,000

Epilepsy Action Australia (EAA) provides research, advocacy and services across Australia to help people with epilepsy live their best life. EAA aims to increase awareness and understanding of epilepsy, and help people living with epilepsy to manage their condition. For children and young people, epilepsy can cause fear, embarrassment and a sense of being different and alone. Research suggests families of children with epilepsy function less well, experience more parent-child relationship problems, and greater stress. This grant will support the Strong Foundation program, which provides children and young people with an in-depth assessment to identify their individual needs, following up with tailored education and information. With the right intervention in place, young people benefit from increased confidence and self-esteem, and better seizure control.

Family Resource & Network Support Inc. - $7,180

Participate Australia is a disability support organisation based in Sydney, supporting people from the age of four living with intellectual, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. It provides a diverse range of highly successful life skills and general support programs aimed at social inclusion, community participation, independence, and greater wellbeing. This grant will establish a new program which focuses on the development of social skills for special needs children aged ten to 16. Children with intellectual disabilities are more likely to be socially withdrawn and have reduced social interaction inhibiting their ability to participate in their local community in the future. This initiative aims to provide training to the participants to foster greater community participation including social interaction skills, group behaviour skills, money handling skills, public transport skills, and more.

Fight Cancer Foundation Limited (Randwick)- $10,000

Fight Cancer Foundation provides care, treatment and support for cancer patients and their families, and funding vital research into cancer treatment and cures. Support services include affordable accommodation for rural and interstate patients accessing major treating hospitals, and education support to young learners undergoing cancer. This grant will help The Back on Track program to continue its support for young people at Randwick Children’s Hospital who face extended absences from school. Professional educators are trained to deal with the chronically ill in a role encompassing an assessment of learning needs, engagement with school/teachers, engagement with parents, participation in hospital multi-disciplinary teams, creation of ‘virtual classrooms’, and delivery of direct learning initiatives on-ward and in day clinics. The overall aim is to ensure program participants are given every opportunity to continue their education uninterrupted to enable them to reach their full potential.

Fight Cancer Foundation Limited (Westmead)- $10,000

Fight Cancer Foundation provides care, treatment and support for cancer patients and their families, and funding vital research into cancer treatment and cures. Support services include affordable accommodation for rural and interstate patients accessing major treating hospitals, and education support to young learners undergoing cancer. This grant will help The Back on Track program to continue its support for young people at Children’s Hospital Westmead who face extended absences from school. Professional educators are trained to deal with the chronically ill in a role encompassing an assessment of learning needs, engagement with school/teachers, engagement with parents, participation in hospital multi-disciplinary teams, creation of ‘virtual classrooms’, and delivery of direct learning initiatives on-ward and in day clinics. The overall aim is to ensure program participants are given every opportunity to continue their education uninterrupted to enable them to reach their full potential.

Fighting Chance Australia Limited - $9,965

Fighting Chance believes that no Australian adult should be prevented from pursuing their ambitions and fulfilling their potential, simply because they have a disability. Yet 85 per cent of young adults with profound disabilities in Australia experience life-long unemployment. Through innovative training programs and social businesses, Fighting Chance provides opportunities for meaningful social participation, employment, work experience and skill development to young people with the most significant disabilities in our community. This grant will expand the Work Experience Program, enabling an additional 180 young people with a disability to take part in tailored, supported work placements. Through the program, young people with a disability get the opportunity to transition from school into the workforce, and achieve their full potential in life.

Giant Steps Sydney Limited - $10,000

Giant Steps Sydney is a school located in Gladesville and caters for children aged two to 18 with autism. A trans-disciplinary approach means programs are developed to support each child to reach their maximum potential. This grant helps to fund a new initiative aiming to teach self care skills that are often difficult and distressing for children with autism, such as hair or teeth brushing, dressing, and nail cutting. Dynamic visual supports that build on key aspects of the Autism Spectrum Disorder learning style will be developed, including video modelling, animations, extrinsic motivators, sensory considerations, and a clear process of the activity. This will reduce anxiety and challenging behaviours. Over time, students will be able to access and participate in community life, long term reliance on parents and carers will be diminished, family mental health will be improved, and the family will be less isolated.

Gunawirra Limited - $10,000

Gunawirra designs programs to empower young Aboriginal parents with children aged zero to five, to intervene in their own lives, breaking the life cycle of suffering caused by loss of Country, community, culture, and family. This grant will help to establish a new program, Groups for Young Aboriginal Pregnant Women. Participants will be women aged 14 to 21 from low socio-economic and dysfunctional backgrounds. Three preparatory sessions will cover emotional and physical care of self during pregnancy, giving birth, and caring for a baby. A layette will be received at birth with everything needed for the new baby and mother. It is hoped that the program will enhance social wellbeing, increase social inclusion, and promote and celebrate Aboriginal culture. Participants will have the option of continuing in a weekly group until their child goes to school.

GROW - $10,000

Last year in Australia, more than 3,000 people committed suicide - the highest number ever, and now higher than the national road toll. Grow tackles this issue by giving people the tools, courage and friendship to change their lives. Grow provides a free 12-step peer support program through its 170 Grow Groups across Australia; and also runs courses in high schools for students with a lived experience of mental illness. This grant will fund a new program for the Northern Rivers. Get Growing is for young people aged 11 – 19 who are at risk of poor mental health, as well as those demonstrating early warning signs of suicide. The 10-week program teaches rational thinking through an emotional crisis, and provides practical tools for managing and improving mental health. Positive outcomes include a reduction in problematic behaviour and mental health issues.

Hamazkaine – Arshak & Sophie Galstaun College Limited - $10,000

Galstaun College is a co-educational, non-selective, bilingual Armenian and English college. It places a strong emphasis on academic achievement. Students are engaged and challenged to become critical and creative thinkers, and are provided with every opportunity to thrive academically, socially, and personally. Each child is empowered with the confidence and skills to succeed and achieve their personal best in a safe, nurturing, and dynamic learning environment. Around 20 per cent of the student population have fled conflict in Syria as refugees. Many of these children need additional support, having suffered significant trauma and disjointed schooling. This grant will support Syrian student success by allowing the College to employ a counsellor for an additional day each week. This is necessary to support Syrian students and help them become successful adults who contribute back into the community.

Hear For You Limited - $10,000

‘Hear For You’ provides a place where young deaf or hard-of-hearing teenagers can hang out with peers, have lots of fun and make lots of friends. Many deaf and hard-of-hearing teenagers suffer from low self-esteem, isolation, and low confidence, as a result of not being able to engage in social structures at school or home. At Hear for You, hearing impaired young people learn that they are not alone, and develop strategies to deal with the obstacles that come with deafness. This grant will help to fund the Life Goals and Skills program; a four-day session where ten deaf teenagers and mentors work on skills such as assertiveness, teamwork, leadership, confidence building and community engagement.  Outcomes includes higher self esteem, confidence, and the ability to become active community members now and in the future.

K.I.D.S. Foundation - $10,000

In Australia, every week 35,000 children are injured, 1,100 are hospitalised and five children will die from injury. The KIDS Foundation teaches safety, while supporting injury and burns survivors. The Foundation reaches more than 30,000 children each year, helping to keep children safe, and creating a better life for those living with serious injuries and burns. This grant will support the Big KIDS Buddies Program, which provides volunteer mentors for children and young people who have survived traumatic injuries and burns from incidents including car accidents, dog attacks, violent crime and domestic violence. Young people and their mentors take part in a camp that combines recreational activities, leadership and education in a fun and supportive environment. The result is improved self-esteem, increased confidence and a decrease in self harm and suicide.

KidsXpress - $9,987

Childhood trauma is surprisingly common, with one in five Australian children experiencing unhealthy levels of stress and trauma. KidsXpress provides a safe place for children facing emotional trauma, helping them to figure things out through creative expression. Working in small groups, therapists encourage each child to explore their thoughts and feelings, finding their own ways to cope with them. KidsXpress has a centre in Moore Park, and delivers programs directly at schools throughout Sydney. This grant will enable KidsXpress to provide a 10-week group therapy program to a school in Inner Sydney. Children who participate will learn how to process past and present traumatic experiences, build resilience and develop coping strategies, to prevent current challenges from growing with them into adulthood.

KYDS Youth Development Service Inc - $10,000

KYDS Youth Development Service provides a range of early-intervention and responsive mental health and well-being support services for young people, including easily-accessed one-to-one counselling, and preventative education and awareness building programs in school and community settings. This grant will provide continuity of funding for KYDS outreach work across Northern Sydney, supporting our regular workshops, information events, and mental health forum activities. These funds will help teenagers live healthier, more connected lives.

Life Changing Experiences Foundation Limited - $10,000

Life Changing Experiences Foundation delivers the SISTER2sister program, an early intervention program which opens the door to trauma recovery for Australia's most marginalised teenage girls. SISTER2sister provides a positive, stable role model (Big Sister) who has undergone intensive screening and training. Through the four-day residential Butterfly Boot Camp, teenage participants get access to education seminars, life skills training, team building and bonding with their Big Sister mentor. Monthly life skills workshops and activities help to address underlying issues of self-esteem, resilience, anger management, anxiety and body image. This grant will enable more than 100 of Australia’s most marginalised girls to take part in SISTER2sister. As a result, they are more likely to grow into strong, independent women, capable of taking their place in the world.

Liverpool Rainbow Club Liverpool - $10,000 

Rainbow Club Australia teaches children with a disability to swim, at 16 local clubs throughout NSW - each one run by a committee of parent volunteers. Children with disabilities often cannot attend normal swimming lessons. For example, children with autism may find the number of children in the pool during mainstream classes overwhelming; while children with physical disabilities may require more supervision in the water than a mainstream class can accommodate. This Community Grant will allow Rainbow Club Liverpool to provide places for 17 children on their waiting list, giving them access to one-on-one swimming lessons where they can learn at their own pace. Participating children benefit from improved safety in the water as well as increased fitness and confidence.

Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre Limited - $9,738

Australia's domestic violence crisis has devastating impacts on women and children. Manly Warringah Women's Resource Centre (MWWRC) supports women and children escaping domestic violence, as well as vulnerable families. Services include early intervention, crisis accommodation and transitional housing, as well as family support programs, counselling and group work. MWWRC also manages two refuges providing crisis accommodation for women and children. This grant will support an art therapy program for children, helping them to express painful trauma through creative expression. More than 70 children will be supported to heal the trauma caused by domestic violence, and restore their ability to interact positively with siblings, parents and the community.

National Centre for Childhood Grief Australia Limited - $10,000

The National Centre for Childhood Grief supports bereaved children with free and unlimited grief counselling. One in 20 Australian children has experienced the death of one or both parents, and as a result, many will suffer from anxiety, depression and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Bereaved children who don’t receive appropriate support are more likely to experience lifelong challenges, including underperforming at school, difficulty making friends, poor physical health, and mental health issues. This grant will fund the Adventure Program for Bereaved Children, which takes place over a weekend and includes activities that challenge fears, while enabling children to connect with others who can relate to their experience. Participating children benefit from reduced social isolation, fear and loneliness, while developing confidence and an understanding of their grief.

Northern Beaches Interchange Inc. - $10,000

Northern Beaches Interchange works to ensure that young people with disabilities and their families are supported and empowered to achieve their goals, develop skills, maximise independence, and participate fully in their community. This grant will establish the Beaches Siblings Project which addresses the mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing of youth with siblings with disability. Young carers are at a much greater risk of failing to finish school than their peers. Workshops and camps will help provide skills, resilience, and support to enable young people to achieve their educational and vocational goals, and positively contribute economically and socially within their community. Children and young people aged ten to 19 will benefit from this project. Priority will be given to those with the greatest need including those from low socio-economic backgrounds.

North Gosford Learning Centre - $10,000

North Gosford Learning Centre (NGLC) is a specialist school catering for students with behavioural difficulties, who are having problems engaging in their home schools. This grant will fund a program of challenging activities for students in years five to 10; including mud obstacle courses, bush camping and snow camping. The students who will take part all have a history of behavioural difficulties, suspensions, expulsions or school refusal; and few will have ever been involved in extra-curricular, social or school events. The Challenge activities build social and emotional skills and help youth develop the ability to contribute, participate and function positively in society. Through the Challenge program, NGLC aims to help participants to achieve a successful full-time return to their school. It’s also expected that they will go on to participate positively in community life, rather than taking part in antisocial activities such as violence, crime and substance abuse. 

NSW Friendship Circle Inc. - $10,000

Friendship Circle helps young people with special needs, and mainstream teenagers. Through Friendship Circle programs, mainstream teenagers volunteer to befriend and engage with children with special needs, taking part together in a range of positive, enjoyable experiences and programs. This grant will fund a five-day camp for teenagers with special needs, together with mainstream teenagers, to take place in the school holidays. The camp will include interactive team-building games, cooking classes, calming sensory crafts, fitness sessions, life skills and adventures. The Teens Day Camp is an opportunity for young participants to develop into creative and responsible leaders. Teenagers who volunteer at Friendship Circle are empowered to be themselves, to stand up to injustice and to work hard so that our most vulnerable are included and safe.

Oasis Wyong Tuggerah - $10,000 

The Salvation Army works to support disadvantaged and marginalised individuals and communities by developing programs and initiatives to make positive difference to their lives. The established Drive for Life Program equips young people aged 16-25 with the knowledge and skills to obtain their drivers licence. The program provides up to 20 formal lessons from a qualified driving instructor and as many lessons as necessary from volunteer driving instructors. Mentoring and support is provided as part of the Drive for Life program so that the young person is equipped with the necessary skills and abilities to achieve their personal and employment goals. This Community Grant will help to provide the program to disadvantaged young people at Oasis Wyong on the Central Coast. Benefits include improved employment levels and less reliance on welfare, improved mental and physical health outcomes, and improved road safety leading to less fatalities.

Outback Arts Inc. - $10,000

Focusing on youth and Indigenous people, Outback Arts is an arts and cultural development organisation working in the far-West NSW areas of Bourke, Coonamble, Cobar, Walgett, and Warren. Projects include hip hop songwriting, Indigenous artists at the Black Arts Markets in Sydney, and the Outback Archies Art Prize. The Belonging to Culture program supports local Aboriginal mentors teaching Aboriginal youth language, dance, and song specific to their cultural identity. Local Elders are consulted ensuring that Aboriginal teachers and mentors include men and women, and young and older generations, and teach in a culturally appropriate way. Participants build self esteem and pride in identifying in their Aboriginality. The community participates through supporting a performance at the end of each ten-week program. The program is currently run through Warren Central School. The grant will assist in continuing Warren’s program and expanding it to Walgett, Bourke, and Coonamble.

OzHarvest Limited - $10,000

OzHarvest is the leading food rescue organisation in Australia, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it to more than 900 charities who support people in need across Australia. NEST (Nutrition Education Sustenance Training) aims to break the cycle of disadvantage by engaging young people ages ten to 21 in a series of unique, hands-on workshops that promote healthy eating on a budget. The program delivers skills and knowledge around planning and preparing nutritious, low-cost meals that minimise food waste to benefit the individual, their community, and their environment. Workshops are practical, educational, and socially inclusive. This grant will assist in delivering NEST to agencies supporting children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, including youth at risk of homelessness. Participants, family members, friends, and their communities experience life-changing, positive impacts on their health, nutrition, and confidence in low-cost, healthy eating.

Penrith Rainbow Club - $10,000 

Rainbow Club Australia teaches children with a disability to swim, at 16 local clubs throughout NSW - each one run by a committee of parent volunteers. Children with disabilities often cannot attend normal swimming lessons. For example, children with autism may find the number of children in the pool during mainstream classes overwhelming; while children with physical disabilities may require more supervision in the water than a mainstream class can accommodate. This Community Grant will allow Rainbow Club Penrith to provide places for 17 children on their waiting list, giving them access to one-on-one swimming lessons where they can learn at their own pace. Participating children benefit from improved safety in the water as well as increased fitness and confidence.

Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW Limited - $9,000

PCYC Bourke is a branch of the Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW, a state-wide partnership between police, young people and the community. PCYCs help young people to overcome diversity through sporting, recreational, cultural and educational activities and programs. Bourke is a remote community with a 37 per cent Indigenous population. Lower school attendance rates are associated with poor Indigenous literacy and numeracy results. To tackle this issue, PCYC Bourke has implemented a reading program, with volunteers who help young people to build their reading confidence outside the classroom. This grant will fund the Books and Beyond program, enabling each young person to benefit from one-to-one reading time with a staff member. The program aims to support young Indigenous people to improve their literacy and increase their school hours. 

Queen of Hearts Community Foundation Limited - $10,000

The Queen of Hearts Community Foundation (Queen of Hearts) supports survivors of child sexual abuse and domestic violence on their journey for justice and healing. This grant will provide funding for a new program called Creating Safety and Confidence, which consists of a series of creative expressive workshops, aimed at reducing the impacts of abuse and violence on young people aged 12 – 16 years. The program uses creativity and mindfulness to raise participants’ awareness of their physical and mental states while building resilience and a sense of safety. The result is a lessening of the impacts of abuse, including anxiety, panic attacks, severe depression, social withdrawal, loss of confidence and self esteem. Long term benefits come from the participants being better able to interact at school, in social groups and in future employment.

Redfern Jarjum College Council Inc. - $10,000

Redfern Jarjum College is an Indigenous Primary School that supports students who struggle in mainstream education. The school’s aim is to develop children who are functioning well academically, socially, emotionally and physically. This grant will enable the school to implement a new Cultural and Social Skills program. This will incorporate a nutrition program that provides a healthy and balanced breakfast, lunch and morning and afternoon tea; as well as a cultural program that includes tuition in the local Wiradjuri language, and developing Indigenous performance and art skills. Outcomes are expected to be higher than average school attendance, and a significant increase in the health and wellbeing of the children involved.

Revesby Rainbow Club - $10,000 

Rainbow Club Australia teaches children with a disability to swim, at 16 local clubs throughout NSW - each one run by a committee of parent volunteers. Children with disabilities often cannot attend normal swimming lessons. For example, children with autism may find the number of children in the pool during mainstream classes overwhelming; while children with physical disabilities may require more supervision in the water than a mainstream class can accommodate. This Community Grant will allow Rainbow Club Revesby to provide places for 17 children on their waiting list, giving them access to one-on-one swimming lessons where they can learn at their own pace. Participating children benefit from improved safety in the water as well as increased fitness and confidence.

Riding for the Disabled Tall Timbers Centre - $10,000

RDA(NSW) Tall Timbers Centre provides equine assisted activities for people with disabilities living in the Sydney metropolitan area. Programs are developed and conducted by trained and qualified RDA(NSW) coaches and are tailored to suit the individual needs of each rider focusing on physical, educational, recreational, and emotional benefits. Programs include group and individual riding programs, ground-based horsemanship programs, and mental health and wellbeing programs. This grant will establish ‘Integrating Professionals into Therapeutic Programs’, a new initiative for the Centre. Professional practitioners in fields such as physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, and mental health will provide consultations with participants and then provide guidance to RDA(NSW)’s coaches to deliver enhanced activities. Participants do not always have access to professional practitioners so incorporating this therapy into program writing and delivery will assist in improving both the current program and the end result for participants.

RMLA Girls Academy Coonamble - $10,000 

Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) provides school-based programs to develop and empower Indigenous girls, through leadership training, mentoring, sport and education support programs. RMLA operates 12 Girls Academies in 16 locations, with more than 1,000 Indigenous girls enrolled. The Coonamble Girls Academy program focuses on increasing school attendance, advancing academic and personal achievement, improving year 12 graduation rates and facilitating post-school transition planning. Sports, extra-curricular activities, one-on-one mentoring and a structured reward system help to keep the girls engaged in their education. This Community Grant will support RMLA to continue running the Girls Academy in Coonamble, helping to break the cycle of disadvantage, building a stronger community and a brighter future for these girls.

RMLA Girls Academy Dubbo - $10,000 

Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) provides school-based programs to develop and empower Indigenous girls, through leadership training, mentoring, sport and education support programs. RMLA operates 12 Girls Academies in 16 locations, with more than 1,000 Indigenous girls enrolled. The Dubbo Girls Academy program focuses on increasing school attendance, advancing academic and personal achievement, improving year 12 graduation rates and facilitating post-school transition planning. Sports, extra-curricular activities, one-on-one mentoring and a structured reward system help to keep the girls engaged in their education. This Community Grant will support RMLA to continue running the Girls Academy in Dubbo, helping to break the cycle of disadvantage, building a stronger community and a brighter future for these girls.

RMLA Girls Academy Tamworth - $10,000 

Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) provides school-based programs to develop and empower Indigenous girls, through leadership training, mentoring, sport and education support programs. RMLA operates 12 Girls Academies in 16 locations, with more than 1,000 Indigenous girls enrolled. The Tamworth Girls Academy program focuses on increasing school attendance, advancing academic and personal achievement, improving year 12 graduation rates and facilitating post-school transition planning. Sports, extra-curricular activities, one-on-one mentoring and a structured reward system help to keep the girls engaged in their education. This Community Grant will support RMLA to continue running the Girls Academy in Tamworth, helping to break the cycle of disadvantage, building a stronger community and a brighter future for these girls.

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children   - $10,000

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) provides education, therapy and cochlear implant services for children and adults with vision or hearing loss. Students who are deaf and enrolled in their local mainstream school can often feel alone and isolated. This may lead to anxiety and complex mental health issues. This grant will fund a new program to support the mental health of children with hearing loss, by providing free resources to mainstream teachers. These resources, together with webinars and practice guidelines, will help teachers to support deaf and hearing-impaired children to improve their mental health and wellbeing. The young Australians who benefit from this initiative will become active and engaged students, able to achieve more academically and increase their resilience, which in turn makes them less likely to be bullied.

SCARF Inc. - $10,000

SCARF is a volunteer-powered community organisation supporting humanitarian refugees settling in the Illawarra, by creating connections and opportunities that build a sense of belonging. SCARF connects local volunteers with refugees entering the community, to provide friendship and tailored support. SCARF Youth supports young refugees to transition to life in Australia by promoting wellbeing, social engagement and positive leadership. The grant will support 150 refugee young people to take part in the Leaders of the Future program, with social, recreational and education activities including outdoor education camps, mental health support, creative arts activities and social inclusion opportunities. Outcomes include improved self-esteem, English language development, and a growing sense of responsibility for self, others and the community and environment.

Seven Hills Rainbow Club Seven Hills - $10,000 

Rainbow Club Australia teaches children with a disability to swim, at 16 local clubs throughout NSW - each one run by a committee of parent volunteers. Children with disabilities often cannot attend normal swimming lessons. For example, children with autism may find the number of children in the pool during mainstream classes overwhelming; while children with physical disabilities may require more supervision in the water than a mainstream class can accommodate. This Community Grant will allow Rainbow Club Seven Hills to provide places for 11 children on their waiting list, giving them access to one-on-one swimming lessons where they can learn at their own pace. Participating children benefit from improved safety in the water as well as increased fitness and confidence.

Sisters of Charity Outreach  - $10,000

Sisters of Charity Outreach (Outreach) is a community service organisation providing services to vulnerable people in NSW. Outreach helps families impacted by domestic violence, improves access to healthcare services and reduces the burden of social isolation. Safe Haven is a refuge for women and their children who are fleeing life-threatening domestic violence in their family homes. This grant will support children aged up to 12 years who are staying with their mothers at Safe Haven. The funds will provide the tools and resources needed to conduct detailed, timely assessments to identify children that need extra support. Safe Haven will also be able to provide appropriate activities and education to children during their stay. This initiative will improve children’s lives, reducing the impact of domestic violence on their development and continued wellbeing in the community after leaving Safe Haven.

Somali Welfare and Cultural Centre Inc. - $10,000

The Somali Welfare and Cultural Centre (SWCC) is based in Auburn, Western Sydney. It focuses on cultural projects that have tangible social, community and artistic development outcomes. Services include support for women, family conflict resolution and cultural counselling, and programs to empower the Somali community to participate in mainstream community activities. This grant will fund Film Making for Refugee Young People, a program to engage young people aged 14 – 21 in making a short film. During the project, they will take part in a series of film making workshops, and receive mentoring from an experienced film maker. As a result, young participants will develop technical film-making skills, social connections with other young people, and produce a creative project they can be proud of.

Souths Cares PBI Limited - $8,800

Souths Cares is a public benevolent institution, closely affiliated with the South Sydney Rabbitohs Football Club. Souths Cares supports disadvantaged and marginalised youth and their families through the delivery of programs addressing education, training, health, and employment needs.  Nanga Mai Marri means 'Dream Big' in the Gadigal Aboriginal language. The program supports Indigenous high school students to attain two important outcomes: getting their HSC and transitioning from high school to employment, training and/or tertiary education. This grant will deliver a leadership and cultural camp for participants in the Nanga Mai Marri program which will have a positive impact on leadership skills, teamwork, and connection to culture. Wider community benefits include providing role models for younger Indigenous children, challenging negative stereotypes of Indigenous people, labour force participation, improved self-esteem for families and individuals, and community pride.

St Anthony’s Family Care - $10,000

St Anthony’s Family Care in Croydon provides care options in mainstream childcare and disability services. It is committed to supporting children to develop and achieve their full potential, through quality education and care. This grant will help to fund Time to Try Plus!, a skills development program for young people aged 12 to 18 years who have a disability. The fortnightly program offers options to build living skills and independence through participation in a broad range of community based activities. The program is designed to work on life skills that can be generalised across different contexts and improve the overall life experience of the young people. Benefits include participants actively engaging in their community, improved educational and vocational outcomes, regular social contact, and growth in self-esteem. The family unit is also strengthened by being able to take a break from the caring role.

StreetWork Inc. - $10,000

StreetWork’s purpose is to give at-risk youth the same opportunities as their peers - to grow, to achieve their dreams, and to develop as a person with high self esteem. This is achieved through one-on-one mentoring that helps to break the cycle of destructive influences and behaviours, enabling young people to turn their lives around. This grant will fund the PRIDE program, for young people aged 11 – 18 who have been affected by crime, mental health issues, violence, homelessness, social isolation and substance abuse. The PRIDE program will be delivered by StreetWork mentors, headspace psychologists and Step into Life fitness instructors. Each young person will be supported to gain confidence and develop the mental and physical skills they need to turn their lives around. Outcomes include increased community safety and stronger community networks for young people.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW (Deniliquin)- $10,000

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia works to assist people in need and combat social injustice. This is achieved through professional services, a volunteer home visitation program, and advocacy work. DRUMBEAT is an established program that uses hand drumming to explore relationship issues central to healthy lives and communities. Hand drumming has positive impacts on primal brain systems associated with anxiety and emotional control. The program has four components: drum songs, drum games with analogies, discussions linked to healthy relationships, and a performance. Over the 10 weekly sessions, issues such as peer pressure, dealing with emotions, bullying, identity, social responsibility, and teamwork are explored. This grant will expand the program to primary and high school students in the towns of Deniliquin and Hay with students expected to improve self esteem, social skills, concentration, problem solving, and their sense of community and inclusion.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW (Mount Austin) - $9,660

The St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) gives a hand up to people in need. Vinnies runs a variety of programs in NSW, supporting the homeless, people with a mental illness, migrants and refugees, youth and families. This grant will enable Vinnies to expand its successful Refugee Homework Program, which runs for six weeks each school term, supporting students to improve their English and complete homework tasks. The children involved come from areas of conflict where they have experienced significant trauma. This funding means that Vinnies can increase the number of children supported through the program, from 40 to 120. The Homework Program enables students to improve their social and emotional wellbeing through positive interactions with volunteers and fellow students, building their ability to succeed at school.

Sugarvalley Neighbourhood Advancement Group Inc. - $6,000

Sugarvalley Neighbourhood Centre provides information, referral, and assistance to disadvantaged community members in the West Wallsend area of NSW.  This includes food distribution, administration assistance, computer use, and a washing machine for homeless people. The hall is the meeting place of Sugarvalley’s many community groups such as before and after school care, autism support, parents and babies groups, elderly guilds, and senior computer groups. It also hosts fundraising days such as The Biggest Morning Tea or Pause for Paws. The Plan It Youth program is offered to Year 10 girls and boys and aims to break the cycle of poverty by assisting children who are likely to leave school early become engaged in their learning, gain job-seeking skills, and to make goals for their future. This grant will ensure that the Plan It Youth Mentoring program continues.

Sydney Story Factory Inc. - $10,000

Sydney Story Factory runs free creative writing and storytelling workshops for young people aged seven to 17, particularly those from marginalised backgrounds who are most at risk of losing confidence in their writing abilities and switching off at school. Under the guidance of an expert storytelling team, young people write stories of all kinds, which are published and celebrated in as many ways as possible. This grant will help to open the Now See Hear program up to more groups and schools in Redfern and Parramatta. The program enables children to create digital animations using written, visual and oral storytelling. Programs will end with film screenings and students taking home a digital file of their film.  Workshops will encourage collaboration and allow students to engage creatively with technology. They will build problem-solving and communication skills, self-belief and confidence, equipping them to achieve their potential at school.

Taldumande Youth Services Inc. - $10,000

Taldumande Youth Services (Taldumande) supports vulnerable children, young people and their families. It operates the only 24/7 crisis refuge for young people in northern Sydney. Through supported accommodation and community programs, Taldumande provides a path from homelessness and family breakdown, to independence and stability. This grant will support Taldumande to continue delivering its Intensive Family Support Program (IFSP), providing specialist case management to young people aged 16 – 18 and their families, during a family crisis or breakdown. Often, young people who come into the IFSP have complex issues such as mental health problems, social isolation, drug and alcohol addictions and trauma stemming from abuse. The program helps to preserve family relationships and offers intensive, flexible, practical support to reunite families and prevent youth homelessness.

Technical Aid to the Disabled - $10,000

Technical Aid to the Disabled provides personalised equipment, technology and services to those living with a disability. This grant will assist Technical Aid to the Disabled to continue to run the long-established Enabling Little Lives project. The project equips children with disabilities aged zero to five with custom equipment essential for learning and development at home, school, and in the community. Items include customised platform and rails, modified school chairs, and adjustable standing frames. Highly practical equipment that is custom-built to a child’s exact specifications will enhance their mobility, communication, and self-care abilities as well as give them increased independence and self confidence to become active participants in social and educational activities. Costs are kept to a minimum as Technical Aid to the Disabled uses skilled volunteers. Required equipment can, therefore, be made available to parents at an affordable cost.

The Australian Children’s Music Foundation Limited - $10,000

The Australian Children’s Music Foundation provides free, long term music programs and instruments to disadvantaged and Indigenous children across Australia, inspiring creativity and imagination while nurturing self-esteem and confidence. It has been found that participation in music has significant educational and social benefits. It can enhance fine motor skills, foster superior working memory, cultivate thinking skills, improve recall and retention of verbal information, and boost reading and language skills. For the last six years, the Australian Children’s Music Foundation has worked to increase school engagement through music education by providing weekly music lessons that teach music skills and link to other curriculum subjects. This grant will bring these lessons to the students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel primary school, who come almost entirely from local housing commission flats, and are all deemed to be at-risk by the Department of Education.

The Cancer Council NSW - $10,000

Cancer Council NSW’s mission is to lead, empower and mobilise the community to beat cancer. One in three cases of cancer in Australia can be prevented through healthy lifestyle behaviours. Cancer Council NSW runs the Healthy Sports Initiative, a three-year program that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of young people by creating healthier environments in junior cricket clubs. Healthy Sports Initiative works directly with junior cricket clubs over three years to address five focus areas for young cricketers and their families - sun protection, nutrition, physical activity, alcohol and smoking. This grant will provide funding for five clubs in Greater Western Sydney to build shade structures and resources, helping to protect young cricketers and raise awareness about sun safety. Long term, this infrastructure is likely to contribute to a reduction in cancer incidence in the community.

The Fathering Project PKH Limited - $10,000

The Fathering Project aims to improve child development outcomes by inspiring and equipping fathers and father figures to engage positively with their kids. It is known that an effective father has a profound impact on kids, so it is important to establish fathers and father figures that interact with their children as effectively as possible. This grant will help to establish the schools program in Sutherland Shire primary schools. The Illawarra district will follow. Fathering groups will be established in each participating school engaging fathers and kids through education, information, and resources delivered in a non-threatening and social environment. Fathers are also linked to digital resources for weekly communication and support. Through building a pro-fathering community, children experience less mental health issues and substance abuse, and crime levels are decreased. Their educational outcomes, and therefore employment opportunities, are enhanced, all of which benefits the community as a whole.

The Shepherd Centre - For Deaf Children - $10,000

The Shepherd Centre assists children who are deaf or hearing impaired to improve their quality of life. It focuses on early intervention Auditory-Verbal Therapy, providing families with assistance to develop their child’s spoken language, so children can reach their full potential and be a contributing member of the community. Programs include one-on-one support, group programs, and parental education and support. This grant will help to continue the ChimeTime program. Aimed at children zero to six, it offers music therapy sessions, and parental coaching and education sessions focusing on helping children develop clear speech. Groups are conducted in an upbeat, playful environment using songs and music, and encourage positive parent-child interaction, considered important to the degree of positive outcomes for the child. Parents learn to use music therapy techniques at home and have opportunities to meet other families dealing with similar challenges, build networks, and gain confidence.

The Shepherd Centre – For Deaf Children - $10,000

The Shepherd Centre assists children who are deaf or hearing impaired to improve their quality of life. It focuses on early intervention Auditory-Verbal Therapy, providing families with assistance to develop their child’s spoken language, so children can reach their full potential and be a contributing member of the community. Programs include one-on-one support, group programs, and parental education and support. The Community Grant will help support Reach Out To Tasmania, a comprehensive early intervention program for deaf children in Tasmania, who cannot access the centres for geographic reasons. Through VC link children with hearing loss in Tasmania will receive specialist early intervention therapy enabling them to learn to listen, speak and communicate verbally. They and their families will have access to the TSC Connect online learning program and clinicians will periodically visit the children in their homes to conduct assessments and provide therapy.

The Song Room Limited - $10,000

The Song Room brightens the future of Australia’s most disadvantaged children with tailored, high-quality music and arts programs, delivered in partnership with schools. In the Villawood area, 77 per cent of the student population is identified as being among the most disadvantaged in Australia.  This grant will enable the Song Room to partner with Villawood East Public School to deliver a tailored early intervention program, comprising creative arts in-school workshops and a community project. Delivered by a teaching artist, the program will be rolled out to 150 students each year. With participants aged between five and 12 years, the program will increase social participation, enhance social and emotional wellbeing and build community connectedness for disadvantaged children and their families.

The Scout Association of Australia NSW Branch - $2,000

The Meadowbank Scout Group has encouraged the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual development of young people in Meadowbank for more than 90 years. At scouts, young men and women are encouraged to play a constructive role in society as responsible citizens and as members of their local and international communities. Meadowbank Scouts caters for children and young people aged from six to 14 years, providing them with skills ranging from outdoor knowledge and survival, to leadership. This grant will enable Meadowbank Scouts to replace ageing camping equipment; attend national scouting events such as Jamboree; and complete capital works to the Scout Hall to repair the ageing structure.

The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (Randwick and Westmead) (Incorporating the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children) - $10,000

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is world-renowned for providing the best care for sick children and their families. Through ‘Back on Track’, the Children’s Hospital provides education programs to keep young learners connected with their schools, continuing their learning during absences from school for cancer treatment and recovery. This grant will enable CHERI to deliver Back on Track to 180 children and young people over three years. This involves frequent liaison with their schools and teachers, creating virtual classrooms through technologies such as iPads and Skype, and follow up for a year after the child has returned to school. By keeping children connected with their schools and peer groups, Back on Track gives children the best opportunity to reach their full educational potential. 

The Trustee for Lifehouse Australia Trust - $10,000

Located in Camperdown, Sydney, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is a hospital caring specifically for people with cancer aged 13 years and above. It offers everything a cancer patient needs in one place, including advanced onco-surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, clinical trials, research, education, complementary therapies, and psychosocial support. It is also a research facility and cancer clinical trials centre. To establish Chris O’Brien Lifehouse as a leading specialist centre for the treatment and research of sarcoma – a rare, malignant cancer of bone and soft tissue affecting primarily teenagers – it is crucial to have a dedicated adolescent psycho-oncology counsellor to help support young patients through debilitating treatments, fear, depression and anxiety, and loss of function, ability, and future. This grant will help to employ a counsellor who will monitor patients’ psychological wellbeing throughout the stages of treatment and beyond, in conjunction with supporting medical and health specialists.

The Trustee for Sir David Martin Foundation - $10,000

Sir David Martin Foundation is a charity dedicated to helping young people in crisis. It funds programs that support young people suffering from problems such as substance addiction, homelessness, mental illness, disengagement from society, abuse, unemployment, and family breakdown. The Community Grant will help to continue the Skills for Change initiative – a counselling program run during a 12-week program that helps youth aged 16-24 to overcome substance addiction and mental health issues. It not only helps young people to get through rehabilitation, but also equips them with skills to stay off drugs and maintain a healthy lifestyle once they are back in the community. It includes group therapy, mental health treatment, and one-on-one counselling. Skills for Change provides participants with the required coping skills and mental awareness to live life to the full and change the direction of their future.

The Trustee for the Salvation Army (NSW) Social Work - $10,000

The Salvation Army works to support disadvantaged and marginalised individuals and communities by developing programs and initiatives to make positive difference to their lives. The established Drive for Life Program equips young people aged 16 to 25 with the knowledge and skills to obtain their drivers licence. The program provides up to 20 formal lessons from a qualified driving instructor and as many lessons as necessary from volunteer driving instructors. Mentoring and support is provided as part of the Drive for Life program so that the young person is equipped with the necessary skills and abilities to achieve their personal and employment goals. This grant will help to provide the program to disadvantaged young people at Oasis Wyong on the Central Coast. Benefits include improved employment levels and less reliance on welfare, improved mental and physical health outcomes, and improved road safety leading to less fatalities.

The Trustee for Raise Foundation (Chatswood) - $10,000

Raise delivers mentoring programs empowering young Australians at risk of disengaging from school and, sometimes, life. The programs enable students to become more confident, know how to ask an adult for help, improve relationships, and re-engage with education. The In School Mentoring Opportunity (ISMO) program provides trained, volunteer mentors to work on a one-to-one basis with students, qualified program counsellors to supervise every session, and thorough program evaluations. Students are invited to participate in the program by teachers who feel the student might benefit from having a neutral positive role model in their lives. Mentors can help with issues such as bullying, isolation, anxiety, or family sickness. This grant will help to facilitate ISMO at Chatswood High School.

The Trustee for Raise Foundation (Maroubra) - $10,000

Raise delivers mentoring programs empowering young Australians at risk of disengaging from school and, sometimes, life. The programs enable students to become more confident, know how to ask an adult for help, improve relationships, and re-engage with education. The In School Mentoring Opportunity (ISMO) program provides trained, volunteer mentors to work on a one-to-one basis with students, qualified program counsellors to supervise every session, and thorough program evaluations. Students are invited to participate in the program by teachers who feel the student might benefit from having a neutral positive role model in their lives. Mentors can help with issues such as bullying, isolation, anxiety, or family sickness. The Community Grant will help to facilitate ISMO at South Sydney High School.

The Trustee for Raise Foundation (Dover Heights) - $10,000

Raise delivers mentoring programs empowering young Australians at risk of disengaging from school and, sometimes, life. The programs enable students to become more confident, know how to ask an adult for help, improve relationships, and re-engage with education. The In School Mentoring Opportunity (ISMO) program provides trained, volunteer mentors to work on a one-to-one basis with students, qualified program counsellors to supervise every session, and thorough program evaluations. Students are invited to participate in the program by teachers who feel the student might benefit from having a neutral positive role model in their lives. Mentors can help with issues such as bullying, isolation, anxiety, or family sickness. The Community Grant will help to facilitate ISMO at Rose Bay Secondary College.

The Trustee for Raise Foundation (Parramatta) - $10,000

Raise delivers mentoring programs empowering young Australians at risk of disengaging from school and, sometimes, life. The programs enable students to become more confident, know how to ask an adult for help, improve relationships, and re-engage with education. The Community Grant will support Raise to deliver the Bump program, a mentoring program for young pregnant and parenting girls in aged between 13 and 23. It includes mentoring with an experienced Mum as a mentor, and fortnightly workshops educating the young Mums on healthy relationships, nutrition, finances and more. Bump graduates receive a TAFE Certificate I in Access to Work and Training and develop clear goals towards education and/or employment. The program is a fun way for young mums to meet and have the opportunity to create a positive peer support group. The program is led by an experienced Program Counsellor with in­depth knowledge of supporting vulnerable young people.

The Trustee for Warren Youth Foundation - $10,000

The Warren Youth Foundation provides facilities and support to disadvantaged youth in the town of Warren. Currently supporting a minimum of 12 young people each year by providing work opportunities, the program is made more attractive to employers by the Foundation handling all administration of employees, providing supervisors, organising equipment and materials required for each job, and by purchasing a motor vehicle used to transport workers to job sites. There has been improvement in the reliability, attitudes, and level of commitment displayed by the participants. Longer term benefits include youth becoming better-informed citizens who will be able to positively contribute and engage in their community and workplace. It is hoped that with the assistance of this grant, the number of participants each year can be increased.

United Way Australia St Marys - $10,000 

UWAs Early Childhood Development initiative Born Learning is a highly targeted early intervention program for children aged 0-5 years. Addressing critical issues related to early literacy and school readiness, Born Learning focuses on 3 key activities: 1) Building early literacy: building skills of 0-5 year-olds with free books delivered monthly to children at home through Dolly Partons Imagination Library (DPIL); 2) Supporting parents to become their child's first teacher: working directly with parents and carers to build confidence and skills to take on the role as their child's first teacher; 3) Community Mobilisation: collaborating with community service providers, health providers and families to develop shared goals, avoid duplication and improve outcomes for families. The Community Grant will support United Way to continue to deliver the program.

Wamberal Surf Life Saving Club (Inc.) - $2,000

Wamberal Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) is a volunteer organisation, keeping visitors to the beach safe, as well as providing programs and activities for children. The Club wants every child in the community to lead a happy, healthy and active childhood. Key programs include Nippers, for children aged five to 14 years; and the Duke of Edinburgh Award for young people aged 15 to 18 years. This grant will enable the Club to introduce an inclusive Nippers program for children with a disability, aged six and over. The Wamberal Wallabies will teach beach safety and water awareness skills to this group, every Sunday morning during the summer. Through this inclusive Nippers program, children with disabilities can be involved with surf skills and lifesaving like their siblings and friends.

Warakirri College Limited - $10,000

Warakirri College is a school for at-risk young people who have disconnected from mainstream education. With campuses in Fairfield and Blacktown, the college is committed to enabling disadvantaged young people to complete their secondary education, so they can transition to further education or employment. This grant will fund a Special Needs Teacher for young people who want to complete their year 10 or HSC, but struggle to do so because of poor literacy and numeracy skills. Without intervention, these students will continue to experience failure at school, suffer from low self-esteem and drop out of school early; resulting in social exclusion. With a Special Needs Teacher, they have the opportunity to perform better at school and stay connected to formal learning or employment. Long-term, the aim is to break the cycle of disadvantage by helping young people to achieve their potential.

Wesley Community Services Limited (Gosford) - $9,980

Wesley Mission (Wesley) believes that every life matters. Among its many community programs, it supports young people at risk of disengaging from school, struggling with change and transitions, and experiencing mental health problems. The Wesley Aunties and Uncles program helps children aged three to 12 to create strong ‘extended family’ support networks. Through the program, children are connected with a volunteer ‘aunt’ and ‘uncle’ who provide regular mentoring and ongoing support, helping them to overcome challenges such as social isolation, disengagement from school, and family violence. This grant will enable Wesley to provide mentors for nine children living in Gosford who are experiencing domestic violence. As a result of the program, mentees will improve their engagement with school and increase their wellbeing; while parents will increase their confidence, and feel more supported.

Wesley Community Services Limited (Penrith) - $9,890

Wesley Mission (Wesley) believes that every life matters. It offers a wide range of services, for families, children and young people, the elderly, and people living with a disability or mental health condition. In the Nepean, Wesley works with young people who are experiencing homelessness, disengaged from school or struggling with substance abuse issues. This grant will fund the design and delivery of a new program of youth conferences for the area, called Future Leaders U and Me (FLUME). FLUME will target year 9 and 10 students, providing interactive activities to promote healthy choices, strong mental health, positive relationships and motivation. Altogether 1,200 young people will take part, benefitting from access to information and support to help them address challenges around school engagement, leadership and wellbeing.

Wesley Community Services Limited (Riverstone) - $8,900

Wesley Mission (Wesley) believes that every life matters. It offers a wide range of services, for families, children and young people, the elderly, and people living with a disability or mental health condition. In the Nepean, Wesley works with young people who are experiencing homelessness, disengaged from school or struggling with substance abuse issues. This grant will fund the design and delivery of a new program of youth conferences for the area, called Future Leaders U and Me (FLUME). FLUME will target year 9 and 10 students, providing interactive activities to promote healthy choices, strong mental health, positive relationships and motivation. Altogether 1,200 young people will take part, benefitting from access to information and support to help them address challenges around school engagement, leadership and wellbeing.

Youth Insearch Foundation (Aust) Inc. - $10,000

Youth Insearch runs an early intervention program of counselling, support, mentoring, and empowerment for at-risk young people aged 14-20. The program is delivered through weekend workshops, support groups, peer support and leadership, and individual care, and aims to help young people address the issues in their lives and address their own negative behaviour early. This grant will help to establish a program for at-risk young people from New England. It is hoped that participants will learn to face personal issues, be listened to and affirmed by peers, realise that they are not alone, develop solutions to issues, and create a positive plan for life. The program has been proven to have long term intergenerational benefits, helping young people to break out of a lifestyle and mentality of disadvantage and poverty. Participants who complete the program will have higher educational attainment, less unemployment, better mental health, and reduced crime rates.

Youth Off The Streets Limited (Bankstown) – $10,000

Youth Off The Streets supports young people facing homelessness, substance dependency, abuse and other issues. Each year, Youth Off The Streets helps 8,000 vulnerable young people turn their lives around, providing crisis accommodation, outreach and other youth-specific services. Youth Off The Streets operates outreach services in Bankstown, specialising in engaging with women and girls from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, who are often isolated. This grant will fund a program to support culturally-diverse young women and girls in Bankstown through free recreational activities to increase their participation in the community. Participants are expected to improve their confidence through positive relationships and friendships. The community will also benefit through increased involvement of girls and young women from CALD backgrounds in artistic, cultural, sporting and recreational activities, enhancing community harmony and tolerance.

Youth Off The Streets Limited (Weston) - $10,000

Youth Off The Streets supports young people facing homelessness, substance dependency, abuse and other issues. Each year, Youth Off The Streets helps 8,000 vulnerable young people turn their lives around, providing crisis accommodation, outreach and other youth-specific services. Youth Off The Streets operates outreach services in Bankstown, specialising in engaging with women and girls from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, who are often isolated. This grant will fund a program to support culturally-diverse young women and girls in Bankstown through free recreational activities to increase their participation in the community. Participants are expected to improve their confidence through positive relationships and friendships. The community will also benefit through increased involvement of girls and young women from CALD backgrounds in artistic, cultural, sporting and recreational activities, enhancing community harmony and tolerance.

YWCA NSW - $10,000

The YWCA NSW focuses on improving gender equality and eliminating violence against women through a range of programs and services. This includes domestic violence support, women’s refuges, homeless support, mentoring for young women, and education to develop financial literacy and life skills. This grant will enable the continuation of Y Quest, a young women’s leadership program run one day a week for eight weeks during school term. Small groups of girls in year nine who demonstrate leadership potential, work with trained facilitators to develop leadership skills. This is done by increasing self-confidence, growing community connections, developing life skills, and delivering health and wellbeing sessions. Y Quest increases the number of potential female leaders who can positively impact their peers and the community.

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NT

Save the Children - $50,000

Save the Children works to protect the world’s most vulnerable children, delivering education, health, child protection and humanitarian response programs to 64 million children each year. Save the Children Australia (SCA) runs early intervention and family support programs in the Katherine region, including community playgroups. Supervised by qualified early childhood educators, Play2Learn playgroups help children to meet their development milestones, while equipping parents to support their child’s early development. Attending the playgroups helps young parents develop a support network within the community. The Community Grant will support the Biginini playgroup in Katherine, which has been operating for six years and hosts up to 85 children and parents a week.

Cancer Council of the Northern Territory Inc. - $10,000        

The Cancer Council believes that no one should have to face cancer alone. Cancer Council Northern Territory (CCNT) provides information and support services for people affected by cancer, as well as their loved ones and carers. CCNT also works to prevent cancer by educating people on cancer risks, including teaching general health awareness, healthy eating and smoking reduction. Adult smoking rates are very high in the Katherine, and young people start smoking earlier. This grant will help to fund a new program to prevent children and young people from taking up smoking. The ‘Smoking – Just Don’t Start’ program will include school-wide sessions in assembly, a lifestyle expo with other health providers in the Katherine region, and small group activities within schools. The program aims to reduce the number of people in the region who take up smoking, with the result that fewer people will develop cancer and communities will be healthier.

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts - $10,000

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts delivers artistic programs that inspire young people and unleash creative young minds. Based in Darwin, Corrugated Iron works across the Top End of the Northern Territory, with projects taking the company intrastate, interstate and internationally. Corrugated Iron’s broad program includes community engagement, performances, training and mentoring. The Community Grant will allow disadvantaged young people across the Top End to engage with a range of Corrugated Iron’s programs, including workshops in the Katherine region, and performances and workshops in Darwin and Arnhemland. These programs will build confidence and self-awareness, increase skill levels, and encourage young people to be active members of their communities.    

Role Models and Leaders Australia - Centralian Girls Academy - $10,000

Founded by Olympian and champion basketballer Ricky Grace, Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) provides school-based programs for Indigenous girls. Girls Academies provide leadership training, mentoring, sport and extra-curricular activities, focused on improving school attendance, numeracy and literacy, and year 12 graduation rates. Post-school transition planning supports students to achieve their career, further education, training and employment goals. The Centralian Girls Academy operates from Centralian Senior College and Centralian Middle School, with a dedicated space within both schools – the Girls Academy Room. This grant will support RMLA to expand the Girls Academy program to 404 students over three years. Indigenous girls will be equipped with the tools they need to engage in their education, achieve their goals and change their communities.

Role Models and Leaders Australia - Palmerston Girls Academy - $10,000

Founded by Olympian and champion basketballer Ricky Grace, Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) provides school-based programs for Indigenous girls. Girls Academies provide leadership training, mentoring, sport and extra-curricular activities, focused on improving school attendance, numeracy and literacy, and year 12 graduation rates. Post-school transition planning supports students to achieve their career, further education, training and employment goals. The Palmerston Girls Academy operates from Palmerston Senior College and Rosebery Middle School, with a dedicated space within both schools – the Girls Academy Room. This grant will support RMLA to expand the Girls Academy program to 400 students over three years. Indigenous girls will be equipped with the tools they need to engage in their education, achieve their goals and change their communities.

Role Models and Leaders Australia - West Arnhem Girls Academy - $10,000

Founded by Olympian and champion basketballer Ricky Grace, Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) provides school-based programs for Indigenous girls. Girls Academies provide leadership training, mentoring, sport and extra-curricular activities, focused on improving school attendance, numeracy and literacy, and year 12 graduation rates. Post-school transition planning supports students to achieve their career, further education, training and employment goals. The West Arnhem Girls Academy operates from Jabiru Area School, with a dedicated space called the Girls Academy Room. This grant will support RMLA to expand the Girls Academy program to 238 students over three years. Indigenous girls will be equipped with the tools they need to engage in their education, achieve their goals and change their communities.

The Smith Family – $9,900

The Smith Family supports disadvantaged children, young people and their parents or carers, by improving education and learning outcomes. This grant will provide funding for nine children to be awarded a Learning for Life (LFL) Tertiary Scholarship. Through the scholarship, they will receive direct financial support for educational resources, guidance and support from a tertiary coordinator, and access to Smith Family educational programs. Completing tertiary studies increases the likelihood of being employed throughout adult life, in more highly-skilled occupations. By helping young people complete tertiary education, this program means they are less likely to be reliant on welfare in the future. Ultimately the goal is to break the cycle of disadvantage, leading to healthier, well-functioning communities.

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QLD

The Pyjama Foundation - $100,000

The Pyjama Foundation provides one-on-one mentoring to children in foster care, helping to instil literacy, numeracy and life skills, together with a love of learning. Volunteer mentors visit children in their homes each week to deliver specially-designed learning modules, with the emphasis on fun. Through the Pyjama Foundation, children in foster care are supported to increase their confidence, changing their aspirations and prospects for the better. Children who participate in the program are staying in school longer, with some becoming the first in their families to complete school and enter higher education. The Community Grant will enable the Pyjama Foundation to train and resource 600 new volunteers, and add a module on financial literacy to the Love of Learning Program.

Babinda State School P&C Association - $10,000

Children and young people in regional communities often miss out on high-quality sports training and competitive opportunities. The BEAST program exists to help students at Babinda State School to access sporting opportunities and develop their athletic abilities, without the need to travel. Participating students improve their chances of gaining selection into regional and state representative teams through focused training, goal setting and performance monitoring. This grant will enable the program to be expanded, and delivered to a total of 120 children over three years. In the short term, participating students improve their skills and become more involved in community sports initiatives; in the long term, they become advocates for community health, fitness and wellbeing.

BestLife Inc - $10,000

Children with disabilities can become isolated and bored, with few opportunities to make friends and build networks. BestLife was founded by parents, to support children with disabilities in developing the skills needed to live more independently. BestLife programs are tailored to the interests and requirements of each child. They range from half-day visits, to overnight sleepovers and independent living weeks. The goal is to support young people into semi-permanent or permanent independent living. This grant will help BestLife give more than 80 children the chance to take part in a sleepover. Sleepovers are an opportunity to make friends and take part in fun activities such as crafts and sports together. At the same time, children learn practical life skills, including meal planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning and laundry.

Bracken Ridge P&C Association - $10,000

The Bracken Ridge P&C supports the students of Bracken Ridge State High with funds and materials to enhance their wellbeing. The P&C plans to provide a Homework Club for students who are at risk of not completing school, due to difficult personal circumstances. The Homework Club will operate three afternoons per week, for students who either don’t have access to IT at home, or lack a safe and organised place to complete homework and assignments. As well as academic support, the Homework Club will provide students with healthy snacks to support their physical wellbeing. This grant will help to fund a tutor for the program, and provide healthy food and additional learning materials. The Club is expected to improve participating students’ attendance and school completion rates.    

CanTeen - The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer - $10,000

CanTeen exists to help young people whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer. Through CanTeen, young people affected by cancer can connect with others in the same situation, and get specialist treatment and support. CanTeen has successfully piloted a two-day program for young people aged 12-17, who are newly impacted by their own or a close family member's cancer. The Under 18 New Member Program starts with team building activities and progresses to group work sessions where participants can share their feelings and connect with others who are experiencing a similar situation. Recreational activities offer much-needed respite from the daily stresses of cancer. This grant will help CanTeen to deliver the program to 75 young people over three years. Participants will gain effective coping strategies and community support, to increase their resilience through adolescence and into adulthood.

Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland - $10,000

The Children’s Hospital Foundation believes that every sick child should have the best possible health care, with access to world-class research and clinical treatment, in a healing environment. The Children’s Burns Centre at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital provides treatment and care for children and adolescents with burn injuries. Over 6,000 children have been treated in the past 10 years. This year approximately 900 children will be treated for a new burn injury. This grant will help to fund Camp Oz; a three-day outdoor adventure for young people aged 8-16 years, who have suffered a burn injury. Through Camp Oz, children get to make friends with others who have experienced a similar burns journey, and participate in fun and challenging activities. This improves self esteem and helps to develop a community of support among young people, enhancing mental health.

Cootharinga North Queensland - $9,800

Cootharinga North Queensland is the largest disability service provider in North Queensland, and has supported children and adults with disabilities in the region for more than 65 years. Cootharinga works to build a better world for people of all abilities; by providing support and services, equipment, empowerment and accessible housing. Cootharinga’s Skills and Transitions program helps young adults living with a disability to develop the skills needed to live independently, participate in community activities, and ultimately take on a volunteer position or paid employment. This grant will fund an extension to the existing Skills and Transitions program, focused on basic numeracy and literacy concepts. Without basic maths, reading, writing and spelling, opportunities will always be limited. The Numeracy and Literacy Course will enable participants to build these important skills, increase confidence and enhance their ability to contribute to the community and gain employment.

Cystic Fibrosis Queensland Limited - $10,000

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a degenerative condition that affects the lungs and digestive system. There is no cure. Cystic Fibrosis Queensland supports an increasing number of people with CF and their families; providing practical, emotional and educational programs. Just to survive, people living with CF endure a daily regimen of medication and physiotherapy, including clearing their lungs of mucus every morning. Using a nebuliser reduces the time this takes from two hours, to 20 minutes per day. This grant will enable Cystic Fibrosis Queensland to provide free portable nebulisers to 60 children in Logan and Ipswich who are living with CF. Through this program, children with CF and their carers will get back a total of 25 days a year that they would normally have spent on therapy. In addition, the number and duration of hospital admissions will be reduced.

Daniel Morcombe Foundation - $10,000

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation was established in May 2005 as a lasting legacy to Daniel Morcombe. It was established by parents Bruce and Denise after their son Daniel was abducted and murdered in December 2003 while waiting to catch a bus on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.  The Foundation has two main aims, to educate children and young people on how to stay safe in a physical and online environment and to support young victims of crime. TheCommunity Grant will help the Foundation provide education to prevent harm and abuse through the development and distribution of resources for use by parents/carers and teachers of children and young people in primary and secondary schools. 

Ipswich Hospital Foundation - $10,000

The Ipswich Hospital Foundation (IHF) aims to improve the overall health of the community, by supporting community health services and promoting a healthy lifestyle based on exercise and good nutrition. This grant will fund the IHF Kids Kitchen Project, consisting of ten weekly sessions delivered in local primary schools. Children will learn about cooking and healthy eating, under the supervision of a trained nutritionist. They’ll also take home a newsletter with recipe ideas and health tips, to help families reinforce and extend what children learn in class. The aims of the program are to increase children’s involvement in food preparation, and the amount of fruit and vegetables they eat each day. Ultimately, the children involved will benefit from increased energy, an understanding of how to make healthy choices, and better health over the long term.

K.I.D.S. Foundation - $10,000

In Australia, every week 35,000 children are injured, 1,100 are hospitalised and five children will die from injury. The KIDS Foundation teaches safety, while supporting injury and burns survivors. The Foundation reaches more than 30,000 children each year, helping to keep children safe, and creating a better life for those living with serious injuries and burns. This grant will support the Big KIDS Buddies Program, which provides volunteer mentors for children and young people who have survived traumatic injuries and burns from incidents including car accidents, dog attacks, violent crime and domestic violence. Young people and their mentors take part in a camp that combines recreational activities, leadership and education in a fun and supportive environment. The result is improved self-esteem, increased confidence and a decrease in self harm and suicide.

Kirrawe Indigenous Corporation - $10,000

Kirrawe Indigenous Corporation is dedicated to ‘closing the gap’ by providing culturally-responsive services to the Indigenous community in the Gold Coast region. In 2014, Kirrawe piloted a successful mentoring program that provided young Indigenous people with strong, positive mentors and cultural activities. The purpose of the Kirrawe Indigenous Mentoring Service (KIMS) is to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to make healthy life choices and be proud of their First Nations heritage. This grant will enable KIMS to be delivered to more than 50 young Indigenous men aged nine – 17 years, who are engaging in antisocial behaviours due to low socio-economic status, negative peer pressure, alcohol, substance abuse and domestic violence. Changing the behaviour of these young men will have a knock-on effect of reducing domestic violence and high suicide rates, and lowering the number of young Indigenous men entering the juvenile justice system.

Laidley and Districts Community Organisation Inc. - $10,000

Laidley and Districts Community Organisation (LDCO) assists local people to develop their potential, and supports those who are working through a crisis. Services include information and advocacy, referrals to appropriate services, practical help in times of emergency, and work-related training and experience. The LDCO responds to more than 1,500 requests for support every month. This grant will support the introduction of a new program for school leavers from three local high schools. The Dress for Success program will provide guidance and support to help young people secure employment; as well as providing practical tools such as suitable clothing and shoes, transport, haircuts and interview kits. As a result, participating young people will be more confident and better equipped to secure meaningful employment and fulfil their potential in the community.

Life Education Centre Foundation QLD Inc. - $9,735

Life Education empowers children and young people to make safer and healthier choices. To help each child live to their full potential, Life Education designs programs that equip children to make healthier decisions about drugs, smoking, alcohol, health and cyber safety. Nationally, more than five million Australian children have benefitted from Life Education programs. In Queensland, Life Education delivers a curriculum-based program to preschools, primary and secondary schools. A Mobile Learning Centre allows children to explore creative and collaborative learning in a space that is entirely different from a traditional classroom. This grant will help to provide resource workbooks for children to take home, enabling discussion around life issues and healthy decision-making to continue at home. In total, the resource workbooks will benefit more than 63,000 children, helping them to make better choices and reduce behavioural risk factors that lead to accidents, injuries and self-harm.

Open Doors Youth Service Inc. - $10,000

Open Doors Youth Service is Queensland’s leading youth service, supporting people who identify with diverse sexualities, genders and bodies. The Jelly Beans Program is a social support group specifically for young people who identify as transgender, gender variant or gender queer, and those questioning their gender identity. Young people who access Jelly Beans often face rejection from their families and may even find themselves homeless. Through Jelly Beans, support is given to reconnect clients with their families, or help them to find a home. This grant will fund a significant portion of the costs associated with the Jelly Beans program, providing certainty that the program will continue to operate. Participants benefit from reduced stress, improved mental health, better social connections and a more meaningful life.

OzHarvest Limited - $10,000

OzHarvest nourishes disadvantaged children, young people and adults with nutritious food, education and engagement in society. OzHarvest rescues food that would otherwise be discarded and delivers it at no cost, to charitable agencies who feed people in need. It also provides education, skills development and employment pathways for young people entering the hospitality industry. This grant will help OzHarvest to deliver its Nourish Program in the Gold Coast – a six-month training program that leads to a Certificate II in Hospitality and potential employment with OzHarvest’s food donors. Participants come from troubled backgrounds, are disengaged from school and may be at risk of homelessness. All associated costs are covered, so participation is completely free of charge. Over three years, a total of up to 90 students will graduate the Gold Coast program, leaving with improved prospects and the opportunity to take up a career in Hospitality.

Protect All Children Today Inc. - $10,000

PACT (Protect All Children Today Inc.), is an advocate for child victims and witnesses, including victims of sexual assault. PACT reduces the trauma experienced by children and young people aged 3 to 17, who are required to give evidence within the Queensland Criminal Justice System as victims or witnesses. In 2017, PACT expects to support more than 1,600 children and young people through the process of giving evidence. This grant will help to fund Child Witness Support Volunteers, who need specialised training to provide support to traumatised children, as well as a sound working knowledge of the complexities of the Criminal Justice System. The training process can take 12 months, and the result is well-equipped and knowledgeable volunteers who help to reduce children’s stress and fear, empowering them to give the best possible evidence.

Queensland Trust for Nature - $9,550         

Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN) works to protect and restore important ecosystems and critical wildlife corridors, promoting understanding of land management and conservation. Koala Club is one of a growing number of programs working with universities and school students, to provide educational experiences grounded in science and focused on conservation. Camp Koala takes place over two days and is based at Aroona, a 2000 ha working cattle property. Aroona is a showcase for techniques that help koalas survive in productive landscapes such as farms. This grant will provide funding for 60 students in years 5 to 9 to take part in Camp Koala over three years. The students will participate in hands-on activities including koala recovery, ecological monitoring and reporting, landscape restoration and conservation work. Ultimately the program equips students to become the land managers and ecologists of the future. 

Rosella Park School - $10,000

Rosella Park School provides a specialised curriculum for students with moderate to severe intellectual impairments. Students at the school, aged six to 18, benefit from a friendly and caring environment where they are encouraged to do their best. Programs at the school are designed to enhance social competence and independence. This grant will fund a new project called ‘Let’s Chat’, to support the individual learning needs of children who have difficulty communicating. As part of ‘Let’s Chat’, 180 students will be given access to a device that supports them to communicate better. Staff and families will be trained to help these students build their communication skills to become as independent as possible. Ultimately, ‘Let’s Chat’ will give students a better chance of functioning as independent members of the community.

Shakespeare Under The Stars Inc. - $8,000

TheatreiNQ is Townsville's only professional theatre company. The company stages up to six productions each year, together with training programs for children, young people and the community. This grant will support the THiNQ Ed program, which delivers specialised theatre workshops for high schools during term time, and Shakespeare workshops for young people aged eight to 15, during school holidays. Through the ThiNQ Ed program, young people with an interest in the performing arts can work with highly-skilled trainers in a safe and supportive environment. As a result, they develop empathy, self-confidence, creative and critical thinking skills, as well as practical performance skills like strength and flexibility in voice and movement. In the long term, participants become confident, skilled performers, able to play an active role in the cultural landscape of the region.

Southland Missions Inc. - $10,000

Southland Missions Inc. helps the poor and needy in Australia with programs aimed at reducing homelessness, improving access to education, and helping people make healthier lifestyle choices. Children living with parents who have a substance use disorder often have poorer developmental outcomes, are more likely to be neglected or otherwise abused, and are more likely to experience social disadvantage. Grace Homestead is a facility in the Lockyer Valley that provides a home-like environment where mothers who are struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues can access treatment, while continuing to care for their children. Treatment programs at Grace Homestead are focused on strengthening the family unit, giving each child a better opportunity to succeed. This grant will enable Grace Homestead to help up to 60 children and their mothers over three years.

Suncare Community Services Limited - $10,000

Suncare provides a wide range of community services, helping individuals in the community who need additional support; including carers, the elderly and people living with a disability. The Young Carers Program supports young people caring for a family member, enabling them to remain in primary, secondary and tertiary education. Many families of young carers are financially disadvantaged, making it difficult for students to purchase the materials and technology needed to complete their studies. They may also find it difficult to get to and from school, leading to higher absentee rates. This grant will help Suncare to provide whatever young carers need to stay in the education system; from school fees, to materials or uniforms, mentoring, counselling or holiday programs. For participating young carers, outcomes include improved mental health, reduced isolation and the opportunity to complete their education.

The Friends of HEAL Foundation Limited - $4,820        

Creative therapies are proven to help children who have experienced grief, loss, abuse, dislocation and deprivation. The Friends of HEAL Foundation (FHEAL) provides creative arts therapy to help young refugees recover their wellbeing, settle in and connect to their school and community. FHEAL has placed creative therapists in five Brisbane high schools to date. This grant will provide funding for a further 12 school-based arts therapy groups for refugee children. The children who will attend have fled from war, danger and refugee camps in places such as Syria, Somalia and Iraq. They face the challenges of learning a new language and culture, while dealing with the effects of trauma on their mood, memory and ability to learn. Engaging these children in arts therapy programs will assist with healing, support learning and improve wellbeing, while building life skills.

The Right Direction Australia Limited - $10,000

Children who grow up in dysfunctional families often miss out on the opportunity to learn appropriate social behaviours – these children are also at higher risk of incarceration due to antisocial behaviours. To break the cycle of offending, disadvantaged adolescents in juvenile detention need to learn communication and social skills, to help them secure and retain employment once they leave detention. The Right Direction Australia (TRDA) delivers communication and social skills training in juvenile detention centres and select schools. Training is led by male and female Australian Defence Force war veterans, who bring a wealth of life experience and act as positive role models to trainees. This grant will support TRDA to deliver training to 160 young people incarcerated at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre, through four sessions delivered once each school term. The goal is to reduce reoffending rates by providing pathways to employment.

The Science and Engineering Challenge South Brisbane - $3,000        

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with communities, Rotary clubs, universities and sponsors. Through the Challenge, students experience aspects of science and engineering they would not usually see in their school environment. The Challenge aims to inspire students in year 10 to take the next step toward a future career in science and engineering, by choosing to study science and mathematics in years 11 and 12. This grant will help to fund the South Brisbane Challenge, where 500 children from local schools take part over two days each year; using their skills and team work to take on practical, hands-on science and engineering challenges.

The Trustee for Raise Foundation - $10,000

Raise delivers mentoring programs that empower young Australians at risk of disengaging from school and the community. Mentoring helps students to become more confident, improve relationships with family and community, and re-engage with education and employment. This grant will support the delivery of ISMO mentoring at Everton Park State School, for students facing challenges such as bullying and isolation, mental health issues, or living with family members with alcohol or substance addictions. The ISMO program provides an extra hour each week of individual attention for these vulnerable students. Mentees learn about healthy relationships, raise their aspirations and discover their personal strengths. Ultimately, they benefit from increased confidence and resilience; improved relationships with friends, family and teachers; and better grades and attendance at school.

Townsville and District Life Education Inc. - $7,000

Life Education empowers children and young people to make safer and healthier choices. To help each child live to their full potential, Life Education designs programs that help children make healthier decisions about drugs, smoking, alcohol, health and cyber safety. Nationally, more than five million Australian children have benefitted from Life Education programs. In Townsville and District, Life Education delivers a curriculum-based program to preschools, primary and secondary schools. A Mobile Learning Centre allows children to explore creative and collaborative learning in a space that is entirely different from a traditional classroom. This grant will help Life Education expand their program to reach more than 50,000 children in the Townsville and District community, helping those children to make better choices and reduce behavioural risk factors that lead to accidents, injuries and self-harm.

Vision Australia Limited - $9,000

Vision Australia supports people living with blindness and low vision, helping them achieve the possibilities they choose for themselves. A Little Room and Resonance Board is a safe and small space, where children with vision loss can learn through touch and sound, without adult support. Toys and objects are suspended from the ceiling with elastic cords, encouraging young children to use their sense of touch and sound to encourage gross and fine motor skill development. A resonance board placed underneath the child helps them gain sensory feedback through echo and vibration. This grant will enable Vision Australia to loan Little Rooms to families with vision-impaired children for up to a year. As a result, young children with low vision are supported to develop a sense of enquiry, confidence and increased ability for education.

Y-Care (South East QLD) Inc. - $9,862

YMCA Social Impact supports the wellbeing of young people, helping them to reach their potential and break the cycle of disadvantage. Children affected by hunger and poor nutrition find it hard to engage in their schooling. Providing a healthy breakfast puts them on a level playing field in the classroom, positively impacting their long-term health, wellbeing and educational outcomes. The YMCA Schools Breakfast Program currently supports 87 schools across South East QLD, feeding more than 8,000 school children each week who might otherwise miss out on breakfast. This grant will enable YMCA to expand the Schools Breakfast Program into the Moreton and Redland Bay area, supporting the wellbeing and success of an additional 9,000 disadvantaged children over three years.

Y-Care(South East QLD) Inc. - $10,000

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet for a number of reasons a significant number of children go to school hungry. These children are disadvantaged by hunger and poor nutrition. Not only does this affect their education, but it also affects their long term health and wellbeing. In response, the YMCA commenced a School Breakfast Program ito provide food, equipment, guidance and support free of charge, so that schools are able to provide a free breakfast program. The Community Grant will assist the YMCA to expand into the Moreton and Redland Bay Region. The students will be provided with a free healthy breakfast before school commences, which will put them on a level playing field in the classroom. It will also positively impact their long term health, wellbeing and educational outcomes.

Yellowbridge QLD Limited - $10,000            

YellowBridge QLD is based in Toowoomba, providing housing, disability support and home services to help people lead independent, meaningful and connected lives. The Haven program supports young people aged 15 – 18 who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. As well as providing accommodation and life skills training, the Haven program supports young people to complete their high school education and move on to further education or employment. This grant will enable YellowBridge to implement a new program called The Butterfly Effect, to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the Haven, by providing access to professional counselling and a nature retreat weekend that promotes relaxation and meditation. Through the Butterfly Effect, 48 disadvantaged young people will get the support they need to improve their mental health and ultimately become more engaged and productive members of the community.

Yeronga Primary School P&C Association - $10,000      

Yeronga State School is an inner-city school, catering for students from prep to grade six. The Yeerongpilly Early Childhood Development Program for pre-prep children with hearing loss is also located on site. Consultation with the school community has shown the need for a nature play area to encourage students’ imaginative and active play. Research has shown that access to nature stimulates creativity and strengthens the connection between play and learning outcomes. This grant will fund the design and creation of a nature play area for Yeronga Primary School. The nature play area will include places for solitary and group play, and offer the opportunity to take healthy risks in a safe environment through climbing, running and jumping. Benefits will include improved cognitive, emotional, social, physical and behavioural wellbeing for school students.

Youth Insearch Foundation (Aust) Inc. – $10,000

Youth Insearch supports at-risk young people to address the issues in their lives, and recognise their own negative behaviour. Within the Darling Downs and Wide Bay Burnett area, many young people are dealing with issues such as unemployment, substance abuse, domestic violence and sexual abuse. This grant will enable 150 young people to take part in Youth Insearch programs including weekend workshops, support groups, leadership training, peer support and individual counselling. Previous participants have achieved outcomes including overcoming substance abuse, stopping violent behaviour and crime, and a reduction in suicidal feelings. At the same time, participants improve school attendance, increase self esteem and improve relationships with their family and community. For the community, there are long term benefits including reduced crime, poverty and disadvantage.

SA

SA

Kickstart for Kids- $100,000

Through Kickstart for Kids, 600 volunteers provide breakfast and lunch programs and mentoring to disadvantaged and at-risk students in 300 schools across metro and regional SA. Kickstart for Kids supports 10,000 students each week during the school term, but during school holidays children may be isolated, hungry and at risk. During this time away from school, research shows that these children lose their basic numeracy and literacy skills, putting them behind their peers. Through Camp Kickstart, the children are picked up early, and provided with food, education, and activities to build life skills. Children who take part in Camp Kickstart experience an increase in positive behaviour, and improved self-esteem and wellbeing. The Community Grant will enable Kickstart for Kids to run 12 weeks’ of Vacation Camps during the school holidays, supporting 1,800 children over three years.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Foundation Inc. - $5,000

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) curates and shares the power of live music. The ASO is dedicated to music education, inspiring schools and students across the state to make and enjoy music. Music education fosters a lifelong love of music in children, while benefitting their emotional, social, physical and cognitive growth. The Festival of Learning and Participation provides professional development for teachers, and the opportunity to take part in music performances for children. This grant will contribute to the Access Program, which expands the Festival’s reach to ensure that children from disadvantaged schools also can participate, covering ticketing and transport costs. The outcomes extend beyond the concert experience to improve music learning in the classroom and across the school community.

Anglicare SA Limited - $9,765           

The aim of Anglicare SA (Anglicare) is to prevent, protect, and empower disadvantaged South Australian children, young people, and families by providing homes, strengthening communities, and supporting families. This grant will enable Anglicare to deliver a new program called the Power Generation Cultural Camp – a weekend camp where Aboriginal youth will be immersed in Aboriginal culture, connecting with peers, mentors, community and Country. Participants will learn about Aboriginal history and participate in a variety of cultural activities, such as cooking, painting, dancing, storytelling, bushwalking and learning about the traditional custodians of the local region. The camps will help to build confidence, resilience, health and wellbeing and a stronger connection to the community.

Backpacks 4 SA Kids Inc. - $9,100

Children who are dislocated from home experience stress, anxiety and uncertainty. Backpacks 4 SA Kids (B4SAK) provides clothes and personal supplies to children placed in emergency foster care, kinship and domestic violence shelters. The backpacks are full of useful items that children from newborn babies, to young adults, can call their own; providing reassurance and comfort amid their changing world. This grant will enable B4SAK to help homeless young people who are moving into independent housing, but who have no resources to obtain household items. Home Starter Help Packs will provide these young people with the items they need to be successful in their new homes. Long term benefits include a greater likelihood of success with independent living, improved wellbeing and the improved future opportunities that come with housing security.

Camp Quality Limited - $5,000

Camp Quality SA (CQSA) helps children impacted by cancer to thrive, with programs to help them reach developmental milestones, develop life skills and improve wellbeing. CQSA’s recreation programs create a space for families to reconnect and enjoy some quality time together, away from the routine of hospitals and treatments. Within the recreation program, CQSA’s Kids Camps offer children the chance to just be kids, while forming life-long friendships among other children in similar situations. At camp, each child has a dedicated volunteer companion and medical volunteers on hand to provide all the care they need. This grant will assist up to 480 children to take part in a Kids Camp. Participants benefit from increased positivity, self-worth and the ability to better manage the stress that comes with a cancer diagnosis.

Edmund Rice Camps (SA) Inc. - $5,000

Edmund Rice Camps provides group-based, week-long camps for children experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation. With a one-to-one ratio of children to volunteers, camps offer intensive support, positive role modelling and mentorship for every child involved. This grant will support the Edmund Rice Cultural Diversity Camps, a new program for children aged eight to 15 who have experienced disadvantage. Fun activities will include sport, concerts, outdoor activities, art and games; accompanied by group work to address social isolation and celebrate cultural connections.  By taking part, children learn to survive and thrive in the face of adversity, overcome difficulties, and eventually lead successful and socially-aware adult lives.

Inclusive Directions Inc. - $9,750           

Inclusive Directions supports children with disabilities and additional needs, through early intervention therapy, positive behaviour support and school readiness programs. This grant will provide funding for Inclusive Directions to implement The Lab; a technology club for 10 – 16 year old young people diagnosed with high functioning autism, who enjoy working with computers. The Lab offers mentoring by technology professionals in areas such as programming, 3D, digital design and gaming. Participants build social skills through their shared interest in technology, taking part in activities such as gaming together, creating and sharing videos, and working on projects. Through The Lab, 300 young people are expected to increase self-esteem, improve social engagement and build wellbeing.

Ink Pot Arts Inc. - $10,000

Ink Pot Arts (Ink Pot) provides high-quality arts experiences for people of all ages. Ink Pot programs foster creativity, enhance wellbeing and develop a sense of community, contributing to the cultural life of the Adelaide Hills. Classes and events encompass dance, drama, circus and music, creating stories that cross cultures, generations and life experiences. This grant will help Ink Pot deliver a new program called Heart Lands, which helps Indigenous young people to connect to their culture as a way of strengthening identity, self-worth and wellbeing. Participants will be mentored by established artists, taking part in workshops to explore different art forms. They will select an art form to explore more deeply, ultimately sharing their work through performances and exhibitions. After taking part, young artists become empowered to support Indigenous Elders in cultural practice, which in turn strengthens Aboriginal culture and community.

Life Education SA Inc. - $5,000

Life Education empowers children and young people to make safer and healthier choices. To help each child live to their full potential, Life Education designs programs that equip children to make healthier decisions about drugs, smoking, alcohol, health and cyber safety. Nationally, more than five million Australian children have benefitted from Life Education programs. In SA, Life Education delivers a curriculum-based program to preschools, primary and secondary schools. A Mobile Learning Centre allows children to explore creative and collaborative learning in a space that is entirely different from a traditional classroom. This grant will help to fund the iMsafe program, teaching five to 14 year olds problem-solving and decision-making skills, enabling them to make safe and healthy choices in life. Online activities and educational information help teachers and parents continue the learning in the classroom and at home.

Operation Flinders Foundation Inc. - $5,000

Operation Flinders takes young people through demanding outdoor challenges on the Flinders Ranges, helping them develop positive personal attitudes together with self-esteem, leadership, motivation, teamwork and responsibility. The young people who take part come from disadvantaged backgrounds or dysfunctional home environments, putting them at risk of leaving school, criminal offending, drug and alcohol abuse, or self harm. This grant will help to fund Operation Flinders Field Exercises, whereby teams trek more than 100 kms over eight days. Activities include hiking, abseiling, bush survival, navigation and first aid. The program takes young men and women aged 14 - 18, out of their environment, rebuilding their confidence and developing their people skills, through positive experiences and achievement. Participants have been shown to reduce offending behaviour and improve their engagement with education.

OzHarvest Limited - $10,000                    

OzHarvest nourishes disadvantaged children, young people and adults with nutritious food, education and engagement in society. OzHarvest rescues food that would otherwise be discarded and delivers it at no cost, to charitable agencies who feed people in need. It also provides education, skills development and employment pathways for young people entering the hospitality industry. This grant will help OzHarvest to deliver its Nourish Program in Adelaide – a six-month training program that leads to a Certificate II in Hospitality and potential employment with OzHarvest’s food donors. Participants come from troubled backgrounds, are disengaged from school and may be at risk of homelessness. All associated costs are covered, so participation is completely free of charge. Over three years, a total of up to 84 students will graduate the Adelaide program, leaving with improved prospects and the opportunity to take up a career in Hospitality.

Sammy D Foundation Inc. - $8,200

In 2008, Adelaide teenager Sam Davis was the victim of an unprovoked one-punch assault that cost him his life. The Sammy D Foundation was established to tackle alcohol and drug-fuelled violence, with the aim of preventing such a tragedy from happening again. Through education and awareness programs on drug and alcohol-related youth violence, the Sammy D Foundation offers advice and support to people of all ages, equipping them with the knowledge they need to keep safe while enjoying life. This grant will fund the Community Connect program, delivering an education program through 15 football clubs to help young people understand the impacts of bullying and how to make safe life choices around alcohol and violence. The program is expected to make communities safer by reducing drug and alcohol-fuelled violence.

St John Ambulance Australia South Australia Inc. - $9,917

St John Ambulance builds stronger communities through first aid. St John volunteers are a familiar sight at community events, schools, state emergencies and disasters, where they help to keep people safe. St John’s goal is to teach everyone how to save a life, and its First Aid in Schools program has reached over 50,000 students, teaching them react safely in emergency situations. Many children from low socioeconomic areas lack knowledge about first aid due to limited access to first aid training and education. This grant will enable St John to deliver first aid training to an additional 2,000 South Australian students from low socioeconomic areas, helping to build community resilience. Increased medical competency among children will help to make homes, schools and playgrounds safer.

St John’s Youth Services Inc. -  $10,000             

St Johns Youth Services (SJYS) works with young people who are disadvantaged, at risk, in crisis or experiencing homelessness. It is the only provider of crisis accommodation for young people in the city of Adelaide. This grant will enable SJYS to establish Adelaide’s first Indigenous food venue. The Nunga Café and Hub will provide several services for disadvantaged young people; a café that provides training and work experience; a hub that provides support and access to housing; and a gallery to provide exposure for young Aboriginal artists. The Nunga Café and Hub will become a base to build neighbourhood connections, and where the community can interact with young people making their way out of disadvantage. Young people who have experienced homelessness will get access to the support they need to gain meaningful employment, and become productive members of the community.

Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia - $10,000         

Starlight’s mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children, young people and their families. Starlight’s in-hospital programs help create a healing environment for sick children by providing entertainment, fun, laughter and joy. Out of hospital programs include wish granting for sick children, and health initiatives in remote Indigenous communities. This grant will support another out of hospital program, Livewire Online, an online community for teenagers with a serious illness or disability. Livewire Online combats loneliness and isolation by providing a safe space to connect with others in a similar situation. Sessions are moderated by online chat hosts who ‘get’ what teens are going through. The result is increased wellbeing and distraction from pain and stress, ultimately giving teenagers the best chance of being connected to the community and pursuing their goals.

United Way SA - $10,000

United Way SA believes that by building the foundation of early childhood literacy skills, children will have a better chance in life through a good education as has been supported by research. Children are living in the bottom 1% of Social Economic Advantage SEIFA are reflecting significantly lower literacy skill levels in NAPLAN and Australian Early Development Census national averages statistics with as many as 1 in 2 children lacking the skills they need to succeed in literacy learning when compared with their peers in other geographical locations across Australia. The Community Grant will support the United We Read program which provides a monthly age appropriate book for the child, support material for parents and community activities for families that models and encourages reading (with 80 such opportunities in 2016).

TAS

TAS

New Horizons Club - $50,000

The New Horizons Club (NHC) provides sport, recreational and social opportunities for people in Northern Tasmania living with a disability. It caters for members with any disability, from the age of five and up; with a focus on community inclusion. NHC members take part in programs and events with Sports Inclusion Australia, Special Olympics and the Paralympic movement; as well as mainstream sporting bodies and clubs. After more than 30 years of providing sport, recreational and social opportunities to Northern Tasmania, the Community Grant will support NHC to extend its programs to meet demand in Southern Tasmania, where no similar programs are on offer. NHC’s goal is that every single person in the community, no matter what their ability, can experience a physically and socially active life.

Australian Red Cross Society - $10,000

The Australian Red Cross has been part of the Australian community for over 100 years, supporting the needs of vulnerable people here and internationally. The save-a-mate program promotes the health and wellbeing of young people by providing education, services and support on current and emerging health issues, particularly those related to alcohol, drug use and mental health. This grant will fund a new program within save-a-mate, aimed at increasing social inclusion of young people, aged 12 – 21, in the most disadvantaged areas across Tasmania. These communities are characterised by high rates of unemployment and criminal behaviour; low incomes and housing pressure; poor engagement with education; and higher than average numbers of teenage pregnancies. The program will be designed in partnership with young people, and the outcomes are expected to include increased resilience and stronger community connections.

CanTeen - The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer - $10,000

CanTeen exists to help young people whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer. Through CanTeen, young people affected by cancer can connect with others in the same situation, and get specialist treatment and support. Good Grief is a new therapeutic and recreational three-day program for young people aged 12 – 17, who are grieving the loss of a sibling or parent to cancer. Good Grief will be rolled out for the first time in the Far South of Tasmania, providing psychoeducation, peer and professional support and skills, to help young people to manage difficult emotions and communicate with support networks. This grant will enable CanTeen to support 30 young people through the Tasmanian Good Grief program each year. Participation has been shown to be effective in improving the wellbeing of bereft young people throughout and after the program.

Fight Cancer Foundation Limited - $10,000           

Fight Cancer Foundation (FCF) operates three accommodation centres for cancer patients and their families, and runs education programs in children’s hospitals, to keep young learners connected with their schools, continuing their learning during absences from school for cancer treatment and recovery. This grant will help to fund Back on Track, an education program for children with cancer facing long periods away from school. Every year the program helps around 60 Tasmanian children who are being treated for complex cancers in Melbourne. This involves frequent liaison with their schools and teachers, creating virtual classrooms through technologies such as iPads and Skype, and follow up for a year after the child has returned to school. By keeping children connected with their schools and peer groups, Back on Track gives children the best opportunity to reach their full educational potential.

Hobart City Mission Inc. - $10,000

Hobart City Mission supports the community through programs for families, people in need of housing, people in crisis and people with a disability. The Small Steps Program is for young mums (up to 25 years), with infants or young children, who are at risk of homelessness or having their child removed into state care. Small Steps provides safe, secure accommodation with round-the-clock support for young mums and their babies, for up to two years. Young mothers receive onsite education, developing an understanding of child development and how to apply parenting skills in practical situations. They are also supported to re-enter or continue education, or enter the workforce. This grant will help The Mission to continue delivering Small Steps, funding staff and overheads.

Independent Living Centre Tasmania - $10,000

Independent Living Centre Tasmania (ILC Tas) provides information and advice about assistive technologies. This includes equipment that can help people remain independent; and equipment that supports people with complex communication needs. This grant will enable ILC Tas to help young people across North and North West Tasmania, who are struggling with literacy and learning. ILC Tas will run information sessions led by occupational therapists and speech pathologists with expert knowledge about assistive technology, including software and apps for communication, literacy and learning. At the sessions, secondary school students with literacy difficulties will have the opportunity to try out software and technology to support their participation in education and preparation for work. The program will also include individual follow-up support for a limited number of participants. Young people who take part will enhance their potential, with increased ability to continue in education or secure employment.

Launceston City Mission Inc. - $10,000              

Launceston City Mission is a local, grassroots charity that addresses community need through a range of services. The Mish Youth Centre is the hub for youth services at City Mission. At the Mish, young people who may be withdrawn or socially disengaged are encouraged to re-engage with education or employment. This grant will enable the Mish to run re-engagement programs that involve art, music, multimedia and mentoring support. The art program, for example, allows young people to explore their thoughts, feelings and experiences in a creative way. Another program, Smart Recovery, uses cognitive behavioural therapy to help young people dealing with addictive or debilitating behaviours. Young people who take part in these programs are less likely to participate in substance abuse and crime, and become more able to make a positive contribution to their communities.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Australia Ltd. - $10,000

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children aged three to 18, who are battling life-threatening illnesses. For more than 30 years, Make-A-Wish has been the only charity in Australia solely focused on granting bespoke, life-changing wishes. Each child is taken on a carefully-designed, unique journey where they anticipate and experience their most cherished wish coming true. This journey gives sick kids and teens hope for the future, strength to face the challenges of their illness, and joy from their incredible wish experience. This grant will support the Foundation to make wishes come true for more than 100 seriously ill Tasmanian children. Children whose wishes are granted feel less anxious, eat better, sleep better and have a more optimistic outlook than peers who aren’t granted a wish.

Save the Children - $10,000

Save the Children’s Out Teach Mobile Education program works with disadvantaged young people in the youth justice system who are at risk of or already disengaged from education.  The Community Grant will support Save the Children to engage a qualified teacher to allow participants to receive one on one mentoring and tutoring support to strengthen their connection to the school community and to realise their educational goals.  The Out Teach teacher works from a mobile classroom (specially fitted out van) to deliver individually tailored learning plans.  The innovative mobile classroom approach allows learning to occur in a variety of environments.

School of Special Education North-West Burnie - $10,000        

The School of Special Education North-West Burnie (SOSE) provides education for students from kinder to grade 12 with a range of physical, cognitive, sensory and medical conditions. Students with multiple disabilities sometimes remain passive and disengaged from learning. Active Learning can help these students by supporting them with equipment to promote multisensory learning. Active Learning equipment puts children into different physical positions, providing greater opportunity to move, explore and learn – it also helps to prevent muscle deterioration which can occur when students spend most their time in wheelchairs. This grant will enable the school to provide specialised training to staff and purchase the equipment for Active Learning. Participating children are expected to become more independent learners, able to initiate communication with others, with higher levels of participation and enthusiasm for school attendance.

Surf Life Saving Tasmania Inc. - $10,000          

Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST), is Tasmania’s primary water safety and rescue authority. SLST provides volunteer-based lifesaving services to many popular beaches in Tasmania, and is the authority for coastal aquatic search and rescue operations, lifesaving education and the prevention of drowning and injury. SLST is working to address the perception that Surf Life Saving, and emergency services generally, are male-dominated. Following a SLST Female Leaders Forum in 2016, the organisation is now putting in place a formalised Female Leaders’ Network, to encourage more young women into leadership positions within SLST. This grant will support the rollout of the Female Leaders’ Network, offering opportunities for young women to socialise, build positive relationships, take part in activities and learn from mentors and keynote speakers. The expected outcome is a better gender balance within SLST and further opportunities for leadership development within and beyond SLST.

StGiles Society Limited - $10,000

StGiles operates across Tasmania, supporting children and young adults living with a disability. StGiles’ services include physiotherapy, psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, respite, in-home and centre-based support; as well as shared housing for young people living with disability. The NICHE Makers Market Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship helps young people with a disability to start their own craft and design businesses, developing their skills and confidence, as well as providing practical support. This grant will enable StGiles to provide scholarships to 15 young people; including materials, mentoring and training in customer service, cash management, stall setup and marketing. Young participants will leave the scholarship program with the skills, experience and confidence that come from making, marketing and selling something they have created.

The Scout Association Of Australia Tasmanian Branch - $10,000

The Sandford Scout Group encourages the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual development of young people. At Scouts, young men and women are encouraged to play a constructive role in society as responsible citizens and as members of their local and international communities. Sandford Scouts caters for children and young people aged from six to 14 years, providing them with skills ranging from outdoor knowledge and survival, to leadership. This grant will enable the Sandford Scout Group to upgrade their storage, purchase new camping gear and repair their kayak trailer in the first and second year. In the second and third year, it will fund compass and GPS upgrades and new signage to promote the Scout Group to the community. The Scout Group will be better equipped to develop young people who are willing to help in the community, have a positive attitude, and are destined to become future leaders.

University of Tasmania - $10,000

The University of Tasmania’s Science Week Committee aims to increase the community's interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Through Tasmanian Science Week, the University fosters widespread understanding of the role of STEM in building a resilient local economy, harnessing innovation and building science literacy and capacity. The Festival of Bright Ideas (FoBI) is an inclusive community festival that celebrates and showcases the Tasmanian science sector, providing engaging activities, workshops, performances, and tours. FoBI includes a schools day, attended by 1,800 students aged eight to 18 years; two-thirds of whom come from lower socio-economic areas. This grant will allow the University to enhance the current festival workshop program, providing more opportunities for children to engage with science in an in-depth, hands-on and inspiring way.

VIC

VIC

Fight Cancer Foundation - $100,000

The Fight Cancer Foundation funds medical research into blood cancers and other disorders of the blood and bone marrow. They offer three accommodation centres for cancer patients and their families, and education programs at hospitals nationwide. One such education program, Back on Track, keeps young learners connected with their schools and peer groups during lengthy absences for cancer treatment and recovery. The Community Grant will support the Back on Track program to be rolled out to the new Monash Children’s Hospital in year one. In year two a pre-school program for younger children will be added, and in year three the program will be extended to children being treated for cancer outside the two main paediatric hospitals in Victoria. Back on Track gives children the opportunity to reach their full potential, despite taking time out for treatment and recovery.

Alfred Health - $10,000

Open Dialogue is a Finnish therapeutic technique with remarkable results, which is now being implemented worldwide. Its approach places the young person at the centre of an extended network of family, friends and peers, and re-orients service from the patient-therapist model to a wider, network model. The success of the program is due to its core philosophies of ‘listening deeply to the young person’ and ‘engaging without trying to change people’. Program benefits include reduced need for medication, reduced psychotic episodes, reduced hospitalisations and, most importantly, improved functioning and wellbeing for each young person. This grant will help Headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program, one of the Alfred Hospital Psychiatry Department’s two youth mental health programs, establish Open Dialogue.

Amaze Inc. - $10,000         

Amaze is the peak body for people on the autism spectrum in Victoria. Their mission is to create inclusive communities that give a voice and opportunities to people on the autism spectrum, their families and supporters. The Amaze School Transition Support Program is a new initiative assisting children on the autism spectrum with transition from primary to secondary education. It will help prepare and empower families with the information and tools they need to help their young person cope with, and maintain, educational momentum and positive wellbeing. The main deliverables, a Transition Guide and targeted Transition Workshops, will be produced with the assistance of this grant.

Anglicare Victoria - $10,000

The aim of Anglicare Victoria (Anglicare) is to prevent, protect, and empower disadvantaged Victorian children, young people, and families by providing homes, strengthening communities, and supporting families. The grant will go towards the continuation of Peaceful Warriors (PW), an established mentoring program supporting disadvantaged boys aged 9-16 showing angry, aggressive, volatile and sometimes violent behaviour. The program involves many high energy games and discussion sessions, as well as a three night camping experience, designed to give the group a chance to have fun, form friendships and explore and celebrate the great things about being a man. The benefits of the program include more family and community cohesion and reduced conflict, reduced vandalism and hospital costs, women treated more respectfully, and less demand on crisis, medical, and justice systems.

Bendigo Baptist Community Care Inc. - $10,000

Nexus Bendigo Youth Theatre (Nexus), established in 2010, provides an opportunity for all youth, years 7-12, to participate, educate, train, and perform in the theatre arts. Nexus promotes inclusion and community by bringing together youth from all backgrounds, lifestyles, socio-economic statuses, and physical and mental health capabilities. Through their involvement in a production, young people gain a sense of community and friendship while developing life skills, a sense of self-worth, and confidence. While the performance is a major component of Nexus, students say knowing they belong to a group that supports and believes in them is worth more than anything. This grant will ensure that Nexus can continue to offer productions, with the next being The Phantom of the Opera in 2017.

Blind Sports Victoria Inc. - $9,470

Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria provides opportunities for people who are blind or vision impaired to lead active, healthy lifestyles through sport and recreation. Current programs include blind tennis, ballet, walking camps, gymnastics, soccer, judo, and swimming. As well as helping to reduce obesity rates and healthcare costs, the program alleviates social isolation and the resulting depression which can accompany vision loss. This grant will facilitate the introduction of a range of new sport and recreation activities including the first formal Blind AFL Football program in Australia. Around 110 young people will benefit, mostly aged between 10 and 21 years. The location of the activities includes areas of high socio-economic disadvantage and cultural diversity.

Boots for All Inc. - $10,000

Boots For All believes in an active and socially inclusive Australia through sport. It aims to break down barriers to sport participation and strengthen communities by collecting and distributing new and near-new sports equipment, footwear and apparel to vulnerable Australians. This grant assists Boots For All to operate their social enterprise sports store, online shop and pop-up shop called Sport for All. By providing paid employment and accredited training to 120 young people with barriers to employment, including those with a disability or mental illness, Sport for All increases young people’s education and employability skills helping to break the cycle of social and economic disadvantage.

Burwood East Special Development School - $10,000

Burwood East Special Developmental School provides a safe and supportive learning environment for pre-school, primary and secondary school-aged children with moderate to profound intellectual disability. Due to the learning difficulties faced by students, the school must continually create new and challenging learning environments that cater for their specific needs. Multi-sensory spaces are designed to provide children with the sensory input they need to help them feel organised, calm, or alert, which in turn helps to improve attention, learning and behaviour. The multi-sensory space at Burwood East Special Development School is out-dated and contains unusable and ineffective equipment. This grant will enable the school to renovate the multi-sensory space, and purchase new equipment including a sound system and vibroacoustic body pillow. The new space will help students to self-regulate their emotions and behaviours, increasing their independence and opportunities to participate in their education and community.

Camp Quality Limited - $10,000                   

Camp Quality Victoria (CQV) helps children impacted by cancer to thrive, with programs to help them reach developmental milestones, develop life skills and improve wellbeing. CQV’s recreation programs create a space for families to reconnect and enjoy some quality time together, away from the routine of hospitals and treatments. Within the recreation program, CQV’s Kids Camps offer children the chance to just be kids, while forming life-long friendships among other children in similar situations. At camp, each child has a dedicated volunteer companion and medical volunteers on hand to provide all the care they need. This grant will enable 570 children to take part in one of 40 Kids Camps held each year. Participating children benefit from increased positivity, self-worth and the ability to better manage the stress that comes with a cancer diagnosis.

Chapter Seven Limited - $10,000

The Retreat is the flagship project of Chapter Seven Ltd, a charity that aims to reduce the impact of social exclusion. The Retreat is set in tranquil bushland near Marysville, the epicentre of the 2009 Black Saturday bush fires. It provides a space for young people to recover from critical incidents or trauma. This grant will fund a new program called ‘Fun Mudder’; a challenge event aimed at improving wellbeing and self esteem in young people aged 10 – 16 who have recently experienced a traumatic life experience such as a family breakdown, the death of a family member, or an illness or injury. The Fun Mudder course will include a mud pit, a ground level tyre jumping course and an ice plunge. The Fun Mudder site will be a long-term community resource that will benefit a range of local youth groups.

Children’s Charity Network Limited - $10,000

The Children’s Charity Network (CCN) celebrates children’s strengths and talents, helping them to believe in themselves and their ability to succeed in life. CCN joins with preschools, primary schools, early childhood centres and other community groups to provide art and literacy programs. This grant will fund a new Indigenous Art and Literacy Program, consisting of high-quality art and cultural workshops focused on helping Indigenous children in remote and regional areas to develop their artistic talents. Educational materials for the workshops will be written by some of Australia’s leading artists, designers and illustrators. The program will develop self esteem by encouraging children and young people aged five to 18 to create their own interpretation of Dreamtime culture on paper and parchment.

Concern Australia Welfare Inc. - $10,000           

Concern Australia (Concern) offers six programs focusing on education, housing and homelessness, and justice. These support vulnerable young people to realise their potential and affect positive change in their own lives. This grant will enable Concern to develop the LiveWires Expressive Arts Program, a new component of LiveWires, which runs after school care and holiday programs for primary aged children living in and around the Collingwood Public Housing Estate. The value of art therapies for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is widely acknowledged. Children on the multicultural estate will be able to explore concepts such as racism, tolerance of difference, resilience, diversity, gender identity, and relationships through various art mediums. Children will have a safe environment where they can express themselves, explore their creativity, and gain a sense of self-awareness.

Council for Lutheran Community Care (Victoria) - $10,000

St Paul’s African House is a community and cultural centre inclusive of all Africans in the Goulburn Valley. It provides a space to celebrate, share, and honour culture. A key strategic direction for 2016-2020 is youth engagement and development. The Brighter Futures program contains three streams: community sport, the arts, and volunteerism. It engages youth from an African refugee background from the ages of 15 to 25 years. This grant will facilitate the establishment of a youth basketball program and competition, as part of the community sport stream. The benefits for individuals include positive self esteem, conflict resolution, strong cultural identity, good mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health, participation in community groups, and employment. These benefits have a compounding effect on the community, making it more harmonious, safe, tolerant, and respectful, and helping to reduce antisocial and criminal behaviour.

Cystic Fibrosis Victoria Inc. - $10,000                       

Cystic Fibrosis Victoria (CFV) is the peak not-for-profit organisation supporting individuals and families living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). People with CF are strongly recommended to avoid meeting due to potential cross infection. This puts them at risk of developing mental health issues and social withdrawal. CF Healthy Minds is a new initiative targeted towards CF tweens and adolescents with the goal of staying healthy, staying connected, and feeling positive about the future. This grant will enable CFV to employ a qualified social worker on a part time basis to assist CF youth over the phone or in person. It will also provide a platform for youth to develop and share content and positive stories of overcoming challenges, and provide a digital resource for youth to access health information.

Doncaster Community Care & Counselling Centre - $10,000

Doncare works toward a community where all those in need are offered assistance to overcome adversity, while retaining their dignity. Helping families, the aged, youth, and the disadvantaged in the City of Manningham and surrounds, services include information and crisis support, counselling, family services, and opportunity shops. iMatter aims to empower young women and men to navigate their relationships confidently and safely. Volunteer leaders aged 18-27 years are trained to deliver school workshops to help young people aged 14-21 from a wide range of socio-economic and minority groups to build self-esteem, respect and resilience, and to prevent violence and promote healthy relationships. This grant will help Doncare to expand this initiative by helping to recruit and train leaders, and promote and conduct workshops and forums.

Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria Inc. - $10,000

Almost a million Australians suffer from an eating disorder. Eating disorders have the highest mortality of all psychiatric illnesses, with high rates of suicide among sufferers. Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) provides counselling, education and information for people with eating disorders, their families and carers. By providing the information needed for early identification and intervention, EDV aims to reduce the incidence and impact of eating disorders. This grant will enable EDV to implement an innovative new program called The Body Project, shown to improve body image and reduce disordered eating among girls with eating disorders. With the support of Deakin University, data will be collected and analysed, furthering global understanding of how best to treat eating disorders among teenage girls.

Glenallen School - $10,000        

Glenallen School provides individual learning programs for students with complex physical disabilities or health impairments; including Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Rett Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, seizure disorders and Autism. Many students have limited use of their hands, so they can’t use mainstream technology such as computers, iPads, microscopes and other scientific tools and materials. As a result, they miss out on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) learning. This grant will enable the school to create a new, accessible learning space for STEM subjects, giving students who were previously unable to access science materials, the opportunity to fully engage with the same STEM curriculum as their peers. The learning space will incorporate eye gaze controlled cameras and microscopes, modified software and mounting systems; as well as professional development for teachers, to help them enhance the STEM learning experience for students.

Glenroy Special School - $10,000

Glenroy Specialist School is a place of learning for students five to 18 years old who have physical or multiple disabilities, or complex health needs. Students are actively involved in a rich and supportive learning environment with individual goals and education programs set by teachers, therapists, nurses, and support staff in conjunction with families. The grant will establish an Environmental Control Space (ECS) where physically disabled young people can learn to do everyday things such as turn lights and devices on and off, control blinds and wheelchairs, listen to music, and access the internet. The independence gained from this will support emotional and mental health, and self-esteem, and give the ability to plan for the future as well as access education through technology. Longer-term, students will be more active participants in community and work life, promoting a more inclusive society.

GriefLine Community and Family Services Inc. - $10,000

GriefLine Community and Family Services Inc. (GriefLine) listens, cares, and supports people experiencing loss and grief at any stage in life. Their vision is to deliver exemplary counselling and help through telephone and online support, meetings, and events. Supporting children and youth in a safe and caring environment encourages them to express and acknowledge feelings that are often overwhelming, hidden or challenging. GriefLine’s Children and Youth Counselling Program, designed for marginalised young people aged five to 18, aims to empower, and build resilience and coping skills to manage life’s challenges. A professional counsellor or family therapist creates a tailor-made program using age appropriate therapies such as play therapy or art therapy, with input from the child’s support network. This grant will enable GriefLine to further promote and expand the Children and Youth Counselling Program.

Kalparrin Early Childhood Intervention Program Inc. - $10,000

Kalparrin provides early childhood intervention for children living with a disability or developmental delay. Services include nutrition programs, psychology services, occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy. Kalparrin is also the first organisation in Victoria to implement an early intervention service for Indigenous families of children with disabilities. This grant will enable Kalparrin to create a new play and learn group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with a disability or developmental delay, aged up to 12 years and living in the Northeast Melbourne area. The group will focus on developing social and creative skills through activities including visual arts, performance and music. Alongside this, a yarning group will provide a space for peer support, conversation and connection among parents.

K.I.D.S. Foundation - $10,000         

The KIDS Foundation is a leading injury prevention and recovery organisation that has been operating since 1993. It directly reaches more than 30,000 young people and families each year. The Foundation’s goals are to teach children to be safe, and to create a better life for those living with serious injury and burns. The mentor program, Big KIDS Buddies, initially takes place at a camp where volunteers become mentors/buddies to youth who have experienced trauma through injury or severe burns. The youth that attend the program are aged from 6 to 21 years and are from varying socioeconomic backgrounds. The program is life-changing and provides educational opportunities and psychological and emotional support for all participants. This grant will facilitate the extension of this successful 15-year program.

Life! Central Resourced Inc. - $10,000

Life! Central Resources (LCR) helps to prevent suicide among young people by supporting them through stressors like poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction and an unstable home life. Over the past five years, there has been a significant increase in the number of suicides among people aged 12 to 18 in the City of Casey area. To tackle this problem, LCR will develop and roll out the Safer Schools youth suicide prevention initiative, to provide mental health first aid training across 15 local schools. The training will ensure that young people are able to recognise when a peer is at risk, and provide them with the practical skills to respond quickly. The program will reach 1,500 young people, ultimately reducing the level of youth suicide in the area.

Living the Dream Foundation Inc. - $10,000

The Living the Dream Foundation provides high-quality mentoring, wellbeing and sport programs for disadvantaged young people. The Foundation’s programs value the strengths and uniqueness of each young person, empowering them to see their true potential in health, education, relationships - and ultimately supporting them to fulfil their dreams. This grant will fund a new program for the Frankston and Peninsula areas. The Youth Wellbeing Engagement Project will provide daily access to mentoring and sport and recreation, for children who may be at risk due to family violence, mental health issues, bullying, disability or disengagement with education. In the short term, participating children build trusting relationships, feel safe and get positive health and wellbeing outcomes. In the long term, they feel empowered to initiate personal change and forge positive connections with family and community.

Melbourne Homeless Collective - $10,000

Melbourne Homeless Collective provides several initiatives to support homeless people and those suffering great hardship. These include the Melbourne Period Project and the Melbourne Blanket Project. The School Project is a recent initiative where school items, camping equipment, and swimming equipment are donated by the public and sent on to children who have been displaced by domestic violence and/or severe socioeconomic disadvantage. The aim is to ensure that all children can fully participate in school life. Benefits of The School Project include increased school attendance and participation, increased social, emotional and educational wellbeing, and increased parent engagement in the school. This grant will assist to develop a promotional plan and materials, market the program state wide, provide school orientations to the program, and more.

Portland WorkSkills Inc. - $10,000

Portland WorkSkills provides training and education services to the Victorian Government, business, industry, learners and jobseekers. Portland is an area of socio-economic disadvantage, with youth unemployment of 20 per cent. This grant will enable Portland WorkSkills to create a Youth Information and Referral Hub, to connect young people with employment and training opportunities, drug and alcohol treatment, legal support, advice and advocacy, and other relevant services. The Hub will provide help for disengaged, disconnected and unemployed young people, who may be unaware of the services and possibilities available to them. By providing appropriate information and focused referrals, the Hub will enable young people to move ahead with their lives. Long-term benefits for the wider community will include more positive young people and fewer problems with drug and alcohol abuse and anti-social behaviours.

Prison Fellowship Australia - $10,000         

Prison Fellowship Australia – Victoria (PFA) provides support programs in the community and in prisons. These programs include volunteer visitors, meetings with victims, mentorships, courses, indigenous programs and sport teams. XL Extraordinary Lives Project for Youth focuses on the children of prisoners. Children aged eight to 18 are initially engaged by attending Camp for Kids. Then volunteer mentors, or ‘buddies’, are paired up with a teen for fortnightly mentoring sessions. By directly addressing the needs of young people most likely to become involved in crime, this project aims to help stabilise families during a parent’s incarceration; encourage youth to complete their education; advance mental, physical, emotional wellbeing; teach life skills; and ultimately enable young people to reach their potential as a productive community member. The grant will enable this successful program to continue.

Satellite Foundation - $10,000                  

The Satellite Foundation supports children, young people and families where a parent has a mental illness. While programs and support services exist for parents with mental illness, there are very few for the estimated 250,000 children who live with them. Without intervention, these children are twice as likely to develop their own mental illness, compared to the general population. However, early intervention and support can reduce this risk by 40 per cent. This grant will fund the Satellite Music Workshop, an annual four-day music and song writing workshop for children aged 8 to 16. The workshops provide an opportunity to compose and perform an original song in front of an audience and to make a recording. For young people, being involved in a creative project where they get to control the outcome, helps to validate self-worth and improve self esteem.

Sunbury Community Health Centre - $10,000            

Sunbury Community Health (SCH) provides a range of services to Sunbury and surrounding communities. These include traditional community health, early childhood education, residential aged care, counselling, and family violence services. While the whole community can access services, they are prioritised to those whose health and wellbeing is vulnerable or at risk. The result is a community with a strong social fabric and sense of wellbeing. This grant will help deliver SCH’s new program, Youth of 3429. It aims to improve wellbeing outcomes, particularly mental wellbeing, for young people living in Sunbury and surrounds, through community capacity building and youth led projects. Youth led projects will include activities around reducing stigma and peer support for mental illness, while community capacity building will provide community training on youth mental health issues.

Swan Hill Specialist School - $10,000

Swan Hill Specialist School provides specialist education for students ranging in age from five to 18, with mild to severe intellectual disability, associated multiple disabilities, and for students with autism. The school focuses on student wellbeing and engagement, and provides a modified curriculum to cater for individual needs. The School currently has a small resource library. This grant will enable it to be extended to include resources such as sensory items, specialised furniture, specialised clothing, and textbooks, all designed and proven to assist students with disabilities. The Special Needs Resource Library is expected to improve the quality of teaching and parenting, leading to special needs children living more productive, well-adjusted and happy lives.

The Council for Christian Education in Schools - $10,000

Warrnambool Student Wellbeing Association (WSWA) provides support for its local young people. It is interested in building a resilient community through the strategic delivery of services which promote positive behaviours and effectively teach kids how to live. WSWA supports the Big Life program that currently runs across the government secondary schools of Warrnambool College and Brauer College. Taking a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing, this program aims to build resilience in young people enabling them to cope with the big questions that occur in life. Benefits include increased student engagement at school, increased school retention rates, decreased acute mental health issues, and increased post-secondary employment. This grant will be used to develop a pilot version of Big Life for primary schools, and further enhance the current secondary school program.

The Lab Network Limited - $10,000           

The Lab is a growing network of technology clubs for young people diagnosed with High Functioning Autism, who enjoy working with computers. At each weekly two-hour Lab session, two or more computer programmers and designers work with small groups of young people to develop their social and technology skills. This grant will fund a new program called The Lab-Pro, which will support 16-18 year olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are aiming for a career in the IT industry but lack awareness and understanding of workplace social dynamics and expectations. The Lab-Pro will assist 700 young people to improve their ability to market themselves to employers, gain employment and effectively navigate the demands of a workplace, to progress in their chosen career.

The Leukaemia Foundation of Australia Limited - $10,000

The Leukaemia Foundation is Australia's peak body for blood cancer. It funds research, and provides free services to support people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders, and their families. The Foundation’s work also includes raising awareness of the impact within the community, advocacy, and contributing to the international blood cancer sector to improve quality of life for the person and their family. This grant will help to establish Young Bloods, a new program to be implemented by Leukaemia Foundation. Young Bloods will assist children and young people under 21 years old and their families to access support services that enable them to establish and maintain the best quality of life available to them, subsequent to a blood cancer.

The Next Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Inc. - $9,636

The Next Step is a recovery facility providing intensive exercise-based rehabilitation programs for people living with spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders, including Spina Bifida. Programs are tailored to each person’s needs and may include exercise therapy, massage, acupuncture, nutrition and motivational encouragement. The ultimate aim is to get participants to the point where they can regain much of their independence, achieving their potential in the community and the workforce. This grant will enable The Next Step to provide more than 90 rehabilitation sessions to young people impacted by Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, or spinal cord injury. Preference will be given to those who have experienced difficulty in obtaining funding for their rehabilitation; and would otherwise miss out on the opportunity for treatment.

The Youth Junction Inc. - $10,000

The Youth Junction Inc. established and manages the Visy Cares Hub, a youth centre for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. This grant will fund the design and delivery of a new program, called Countering Anger, Learning Moderation (CALM). CALM is a 12 week program for young people who are referred by the children’s and family courts, police and youth related services. Through CALM, disadvantaged young people will learn behavioural change strategies to manage anger and aggression in their homes – whether their own, or directed at them from a parent or sibling. Techniques taught will include ways to resolve conflict, control anger, and strengthen relationships. Ultimately, the CALM program will decrease anger and violence within families in the Brimbank region, helping young people feel safer within their homes.

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Victoria - $10,000

Variety – the Children’s Charity (Variety) believes that all children deserve the same opportunities in life and should be able to follow their dreams and be the best they can be no matter what life throws at them, no matter what their ability. Variety provides assistance with financial support for things like wheelchairs, specialist equipment, therapy, and medical supplies. Variety has been running the Bikes4Kids program since 2002 and has already given over 10,000 new bikes to disadvantaged Victorian children. Not only does a new bike provide kids with an exercise activity that is fun, but it engenders a sense of pride, increases mobility, develops independence skills, and boosts the kid’s sense of self-worth. This grant will go towards expanding the program into new areas of Victoria such as Gippsland, Geelong, and Ballarat/Bendigo.

Wimmera UnitingCare - $10,000                     

Wimmera UnitingCare (WUC) provides housing support and early learning and kindergarten services to vulnerable children, youth and families, and those living with mental illness or a disability. Crisis Containers explores using containers as temporary housing for the increasing number of young people aged 14-17 who are dealing with a housing crisis. This grant will help fund a pilot which will focus on acquiring containers, making the necessary preparations for their use, and then testing and providing feedback regarding their use as accommodation. It is expected that this project will have many benefits including establishing dedicated crisis accommodation for youth, providing work experience opportunities for young people, and improving independent living skills.

Youth Insearch Foundation (Aust) Inc. - $10,000

Youth Insearch supports at-risk young people to address the issues in their lives, and recognise their own negative behaviour. Within the Latrobe-Gippsland area, many young people are dealing with issues such as unemployment, substance abuse, domestic violence and sexual abuse. This grant will enable 150 young people to take part in Youth Insearch programs including weekend workshops, support groups, leadership training, peer support and individual counselling. Previous participants have achieved outcomes including overcoming substance abuse, stopping violent behaviour and crime, and a reduction in suicidal feelings. At the same time, participants improve school attendance, increase self esteem and improve relationships with their family and community. For the community, there are long term benefits including reduced crime, poverty and disadvantage.

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AMA (WA) Foundation - $100,000

Dr YES (Youth Education Services) is an innovative school-based program designed to improve the health of students aged 13 – 18 years, especially in areas such as alcohol and drugs, mental health, sexual health and risky behaviours. Dr YES, established by the Australian Medical Association (WA), is led and delivered by medical students close in age to the audience. This reduces the barriers that teachers and parents experience when attempting to engage with high school students about their health and better informs participants about health issues and provides skills to manage their particular health needs. The Community Grant will support the rollout of Dr YES sessions across WA, including rural and regional areas, where a growing number of schools are seeking support from Dr YES, particularly those with high percentages of Indigenous students.

12 Buckets Inc. - $10,000         

Studies show that disadvantaged students are at greater risk of unemployment, have lower long-term earning capacity and are less likely to participate in the labour force. Such students are also more likely to be involved in crime and eventually, to become disadvantaged parents.  To break this cycle, 12 Buckets is working to equip disadvantaged and at-risk children with the skills, support and connections needed to build a strong future. The 12 Buckets program has had considerable success with primary-aged children. But without ongoing support as they transition into high school, these children often regress into educational disengagement and disruptive behaviour. The Community Grant will enable 12 Buckets to continue to support the students who have been through the 12 Buckets One-to-One Mentoring Program in primary school as they take on new challenges in High School. Big Buckets will help these students achieve better outcomes in terms of social emotional wellbeing, behaviour, school attendance and classroom engagement.

Daughters of Destiny Inc. - $10,000

Daughters of Destiny Inc. (DODI) provides rehabilitation, recovery and long-term accommodation for young women escaping domestic violence and sexual abuse. Fresh Start is a rehabilitation and recovery program that helps girls and young women aged 15 – 25 that are homeless, hospitalised or incarcerated; or living in an unsafe and abusive home environment. An end-to-end service, Fresh Start includes coaching in health and wellbeing, education and work placements as well as advocacy in the criminal and family courts. This grant will enable DODI to purchase equipment for the Fresh Start program, including linen, stationery, clothes, transport and medical equipment. The expected outcomes are reduced crime rates and less pressure on hospitals and care agencies in the area. Young women supported through Fresh Start become strong, proactive citizens, able to give back to the community.

Epilepsy Association - $10,000

Epilepsy Action Australia (EAA) provides research, advocacy and services across Australia to help people with epilepsy live their best life. EAA aims to increase awareness and understanding of epilepsy, and help people living with epilepsy to manage their condition. For children and young people, epilepsy can cause fear, embarrassment and a sense of being different and alone. Research suggests families of children with epilepsy function less well, experience more parent-child relationship problems, and greater stress. This grant will support the Strong Foundation program, which provides children and young people with an in-depth assessment to identify their individual needs, following up with tailored education and information. With the right intervention in place, young people benefit from increased confidence and self-esteem, and better seizure control.

Fair Game Australia Limited - $10,000

Fair Game works to provide all Australians with access to healthy lifestyle choices, by providing recycled sports equipment, health education and fitness programs to underserved and disadvantaged communities. With this grant, Fair Game will implement a volunteer management and operational planning process, resulting in 30 new volunteers being trained per year. This means that Fair Game will be able to deliver an additional 15 week-long trips to WA regional communities every year. Many of the young people reached by Fair Game are from Indigenous communities, where people are twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease than the general population. Fair Game will use this grant to help more than 5,000 young people aged five to 15 years, living in underserviced and isolated communities, to learn about health and hygiene, and take part in organised sporting activities.

Gladys Newton School Parents & Citizens Association Inc. - $10,000     

Gladys Newton School is a centre of excellence, creating opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities, autism and severe mental health issues to achieve success. The school believes that every child should be provided with the opportunity to learn, be connected with the school and the wider community and graduate with a plan for their future. Play is an important way to augment and support the school curriculum. To provide the best possible learning experience for children at the school, funds are needed to purchase appropriate and specialised equipment. This grant will fund the rejuvenation of the Gladys Newton School playground, including identifying and purchasing the necessary equipment. The result will be a play environment that encourages socialisation and communication skills.

ICEA Limited – $10,000                              

ICEA is a youth-led foundation that aims to achieve reconciliation through mutual respect for all Australians. This grant will help to fund delivery of the Maladjiny program in schools across Perth and the surrounding area, with young Aboriginal volunteers and participants travelling from the Kimberley and Pilbara to take part. Focused on bringing young people together to share positive experiences, Maladjiny helps them develop inner strength and build stronger and more diverse relationships based on mutual respect. Through Maladjiny, the community benefits from more engaged, active young citizens who take the initiative in responding to unhealthy cross-cultural relationships. Outcomes include improved social wellbeing for Aboriginal people, and all Australians who want to live in a more inclusive society.

K.I.D.S. Foundation - $10,000

In Australia, every week 35,000 children are injured, 1,100 are hospitalised and five children will die from injury. The KIDS Foundation teaches safety, while supporting injury and burns survivors. The Foundation reaches more than 30,000 children each year, helping to keep children safe, and creating a better life for those living with serious injuries and burns. This grant will support the Big KIDS Buddies Program, which provides volunteer mentors for children and young people who have survived traumatic injuries and burns from incidents including car accidents, dog attacks, violent crime and domestic violence. Young people and their mentors take part in a camp that combines recreational activities, leadership and education in a fun and supportive environment. The result is improved self-esteem, increased confidence and a decrease in self harm and suicide.

Kimberley Dental Team Limited - $10,000

The Kimberley Dental Team (KDT) works to improve the wellbeing and dental health of Indigenous children and their families, reducing the long-term cost and suffering that comes from dental disease. A team of dental volunteers visits communities in the remote Kimberley region to provide oral health education, dietary advice, dental care and relief from pain, swelling and discomfort. As part of the program, KDT employs an oral health officer who ensures that 4,000 children at 43 schools in the Kimberley region are provided with toothbrush supplies for a daily in-school tooth brushing program. This grant will enable KDT to deliver their program to young people between 12 and 16 years in Fitzroy Valley and Halls Creek High Schools. The outcome will be a reduction in pain and costly life-long complications for vulnerable youth.

Lionheart Camp for Kids Inc. - $10,000

Bereaved children are likely to experience higher levels of depression, an increase in health problems and accidents, poorer school performance, and greater levels of anxiety and fear. Lionheart Camp for Kids (LHCK) supports bereaved children aged five to 12, and their families, with free bereavement education, together with emotional and physical support. This grant will enable LHCK to recruit volunteers and deliver programs that will support a total of 240 children to work through their grief in a supportive environment. In the short term, the program will improve the lives of bereaved families in WA, and provide young people with emotional coping strategies. In the long term, it is expected to decrease the suicide rate among adolescents whose parents have committed suicide, and decrease the number of bereaved children with high medical and mental health needs.

Parkerville Children & Youth Care Inc. - $10,000

Parkerville Children and Youth Care has a long history of supporting vulnerable children, young people and their families across Western Australia. Today, it provides specialised services to protect, care, advocate and promote recovery for children who have experienced trauma from abuse. It also works to support families and the community, helping to prevent child abuse. This grant will help to fund the School Based Support Services (SBSS) program, which provides emotional health and wellbeing services for children and young people at their primary and secondary schools. As a result, over three years, 3,000 children will benefit from SBSS, including supportive counselling and education on protective behaviours, emotional regulation, healthy eating, dealing with bullying and how to make friends. The result will be improved access to support for the most vulnerable children in the community, who are in turn more likely to reach developmental milestones and achieve their potential in life.

Perth Childrens Hospital Foundation Limited - $10,000     

Being in hospital and away from home can be a lonely experience, leaving children feeling socially isolated, disconnected from family and friends and prone to feelings of anxiety. Fun on Four is the recreational facility at the new Perth Children’s Hospital, designed to provide entertainment to patients and their families, distracting them from the monotony of the hospital routine. This grant will provide funding for the Sensory Room within the space, providing multi-sensory stimulation for children and adolescents with disabilities. Fun on Four and the Sensory Room will provide opportunities for patients and families to have a positive experience outside the clinical environment, while supporting the developmental, psychosocial and physical needs of patients.

Pinnacle Foundation- $10,000        

The Pinnacle Foundation provides scholarships and mentors to young students aged 16 - 21, who are marginalised or disadvantaged because of their sexual or gender identity. Many have been disowned by their parents, and some are homeless or being supported by other community services. Mental health issues as a result of rejection and homophobia are significant - suicide rates in this demographic are the highest in the population. This Community Grant enabled the Foundation to extend its Pinnacle Scholarship program to a further five students. Each student was matched with a mentor helping to accelerate their learning, find a place in society, and creating hope for other young people.

No Matter What - $10,000

No Matter What (NMW) exists to improve the quality of life of kids living with, and dying of, cancer. NMW does this by raising awareness of the needs of children living with cancer, creating access to supportive services, and building resilience in the families and carers of children with cancer. This grant will fund the extension of the School Holiday Program for Kids with Cancer, to support primary-aged children with cancer at the new Perth Children’s Hospital. The program is run by qualified teachers during the school holidays. It offers arts-based activities with a creative therapy element. Activities are designed to improve working memory, which can be affected by chemotherapy, cancer treatments and psychological trauma. The outcomes will include improved emotional, social and mental health for the 360 children who take part.

Ocean Heroes Limited - $10,000

There are an estimated 48,000 children with autism living in Australia: these children are often excluded from organised sport activities, resulting in poorer physical and mental health. Ocean Heroes enables children with autism to experience surfing. Within a safe, fun and caring environment, children are able to escape their comfort zone and experience the ocean, breaking down barriers and reaching their potential. This grant will enable Ocean Heroes to give more than 3,000 children living with autism the opportunity to surf. Children who take part have improved confidence, concentration and communication as a result of taking part in a healthy outdoor activity. Community members also get the chance to increase their awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and even get involved as a volunteer.

Riding for the Disabled Association of Western Australia - Carine Group Inc. - $2,200        

Riding for the Disabled Association Australia (RDAA) provides opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, healthy, stimulating and therapeutic horse-related activities in Australia. The Ready Steady Trot Program introduces young people with or without a disability to the world of horses, teaching them fundamental horse skills and horse awareness within a safe and fun setting; while focusing on instilling core values such as responsibility, communication, respect, empathy and team work. This grant will allow a total of 60 children to undertake the two-day program during school holidays. For the children, horse riding activities expand their horizons, develop their abilities and enrich their lives.

Sports Challenge Australia - $10,000         

Sports Challenge Australia (SCA) provides sports-based mentoring for ‘at risk’ young people aged nine to 18 years. Young people who take part are typically experiencing poor mental and physical health, and the program gives them the chance to realise their dreams and aspirations by improving their life skills. This grant will enable SCA to deliver the mentoring program to 410 young people in the Koongamia area, particularly those aged six to 13 years who currently display a low sense of trust, are experiencing shame and doubt, poor physical and mental health and low self-esteem. Trained mentors guide students through a wide range of fun sporting activities including basketball, athletics, soccer, martial arts, ballet and yoga. Benefits include improved health and reduced anti-social behaviour, with better school attendance and engagement rates.

South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc. - $9,778

South Coast Natural Resource Management (SCNRM) works to achieve positive social, environmental and economic outcomes through the sustainable long-term management of the natural environment. SCNRM has built a strong, inclusive partnership with the local Noongar community, built on the understanding that Aboriginal people have an inseparable relationship with Country and caring for the environment. This grant will fund the Noongar Kaartdijin (knowledge) program for students in years three to six at local schools. Noongar Elders will lead incursions and excursions to cultural locations. Students will see evidence of 70,000 years of Noongar habitation, identify and taste bush foods, hear traditional Noongar stories and learn Noongar language. As a result, children will increase their cultural awareness and respect for Aboriginal culture, while Aboriginal students will benefit from the self-esteem that comes from pride in their heritage.

The Home Away From Home Inc. and Ronald McDonald House - $10,000        

Seriously ill children in regional WA need to be treated at hospital in Perth. Family support is important for children at such a critical time – but the cost of travel and accommodation in Perth for weeks and months, is more than most families can afford. Ronald McDonald House Perth (RMH) provides a home away from home for regional families receiving treatment at a Perth hospital. This grant will provide for the maintenance and upkeep of a clean, comfortable and welcoming room at Ronald McDonald house for a three-year period, benefitting 1,000 families each year. With accommodation taken care of, families are free to focus on the wellbeing of their sick child and the family as a whole.

University of Western Australia (UWA) - $9,900        

Thriving is a community program from the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health and the University of Western Australia (UWA). With Thriving, UWA provides physical activity services to children and young people who are facing health and wellbeing challenges. DAYS is a partnership between the Drug and Alcohol Office and Mission Australia, providing services to help young people beat drug addiction. This grant will help to fund the delivery of the Thriving DAYS exercise program, whereby young people attending DAYS residential and detox services will benefit from a tailored weekly exercise program. This will give UWA an opportunity to advance the body of knowledge around the impact of a structured exercise program on rehabilitation; as well as supporting young participants to improve their health and wellbeing.

Wongan Community Care Inc. - $10,000             

Wongan Hills Therapy Group (WHTG) supports families who have children with disabilities and limited access to therapy and educational services. WHTG’s team of local community volunteers provides holistic education for children with disabilities, developmental delays and special needs. This includes intensive learning support and extra-curricular opportunities to strengthen educational success, emotional health and physical development. This grant will fund Together We Thrive, a weekly fun program where a therapy assistant works one-on-one with a child to help them achieve their educational, social, physical and emotional goals. There will also be a monthly Saturday morning fun program and a regular family support group. Wellbeing is expected to improve for participating children and parents alike, while children make continual positive progress towards their goals.

Youth Focus Inc. - $10,000         

Youth Focus works to prevent youth suicide by supporting 12 – 25 year olds suffering from mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and self-harm. Services include free, accessible mental health counselling; together with events and education to increase awareness and understanding of mental health issues among the broader community.  This community grant will enable Youth Focus to continue to expand their service over the coming three years, helping 9,000 young people to improve their mental health. The community benefits include increased awareness of mental health issues, and a reduction in the rate of suicide in young people. Families will become more cohesive and parents more confident in their abilities, while young people will become more independent, socially connected and resilient; resulting in a stronger, more engaged community in years to come.