Our 2023 Primary Grant Recipients of $100,000 are:
Creating a safe space and connection at high school
Over 2 years, at Balga Senior High School, consolidate the pilot of their program: volunteer mentors and trained youth workers work 1:1 and in small groups with at-risk kids from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. To keep the young people engaged in their education and improve their social and emotional well-being by developing independence, belonging, mastery and generosity. Increase number of participants to total of 80 across yrs 7-9. Each child connecting at least 2hrs per week. Also providing a safe space and support crew in the school 10-14hrs per week. Includes 2 x much-anticipated school holiday activities per holiday period for these kids.
Breaking Barriers and Increasing Access to Justice
18 months to enhance legal services across the Great Southern and Southern Wheatbelt regions – providing place-based advice and resources and enhancing access to specialists by: upgrading their AV/comms infrastructure, establishing and supporting partnerships with community organisations and local champions. Improves access to justice for those marginalised by financial and distance barriers. Will also deliver a proof of concept for future support. To benefit between 300 and 500 people in up to 4 selected towns in the region.
Midland Health Justice Partnership
12 months of embedding the services of Midlas into the nearby hospital, providing onsite wraparound support for legal issues, particularly family and domestic violence (FDV). Create a formal partnership with St John of God, Midland and collaborate with WA Police and the Midland Magistrate’s Court. To address the rapidly increasing rates of FDV and complexity of issues around it, particularly their ability to access the services required. To demonstrate efficacy of model to WA govt. Team member onsite 2 days per week with follow up work for at least further day (more if required). To benefit over 1000 people per year.
Receiving untied grants of $10,000 are:
Implementing hydroponic greenhouse systems at 4 low ICSEA schools in rural/regional Australia including training and curriculum-aligned resources. A sustainable and technology-driven approach to food-security, health and education issues. Providing education through hands-on activities and real-world outcomes. Addressing health issues through education on cooking and healthy lifestyle. Creating aspirations and opening horizons.
Co-ordinate and run 1:1 and small group sessions. These exercise services are tailored to improve the health of young people whose ability to participate in community or school-based physical activity is impacted by physical, mental or behavioural conditions.