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2018 saw important community projects and initiatives supported in the Central West region with funding totalling $350,000

Recently supported projects in Central West

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  • HMRI
  • Diabetes NSW & ACT
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On the important community projects and initiatives that we are supporting across regional NSW


Henry has indicated to us that his passion is for cooking. 

He hopes to seek work in catering when he's finished at the cafe, so we have spent a lot of time with him making slices and he's doing a little bit of cooking to order.


I like making cakes for people and serving them and making cappuccinos and washing up. It's just the joy of it; making things sweet and nice Just mainly all that.


Orange has got a thriving cafe scene and if we can show other cafe owners that we can transition these guys in to work, and that they have the ability to do these jobs, there's plenty of opportunity for them.


Cafe Connect was a concept that was designed to give us somewhere where we could really get hands-on training for people with disabilities who are working in the Transition to Work program.

The work that we do here is really about providing people with skills that are going to enable them to gain employment in the hospitality sector; Cafe Connect wouldn't have been possible without the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation really stepping up for us.

They saw the vision of a place where good food and good coffee could be combined with a good cause.

Central West Beneficiaries 2018

Each year the Foundation provides over $1.5 million in grants to eligible charities and community organisations for projects, initiatives and programs which meet our funding criteria and address important community issues that the Foundation has identified as key focus areas.

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Transforming Transport to Treatment

Region - Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers, Central West, New England

This $154,000 grant will enable Cancer Council NSW’s Transport to Treatment program to become an online booking platform for transport to cancer treatment. The online system will transform the 28 existing independent services into one convenient online booking system. Along with future expansion of the vehicle fleet, the aim of this project is to enable access to free transport for anyone needing transport for cancer treatment.

Cancer Council NSW has previously received $270,000 in funding for projects from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

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Magic Carpets - Technology for Therapy

Region - Hunter, Central West, Mid-North Coast

Imagine if a child with limited movement and muscle function could play unhindered with their friends, commanding a virtual magic carpet with the blink of an eye, a simple hand gesture or a soft touch. 

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation is making fairy tales a reality for more than 900 children throughout Cerebral Palsy Alliance centres in Newcastle, Dubbo, Port Macquarie and Orange with a $71,000 grant to the purchase two Mobile Magic Carpet projection machines. 

The projection of images onto the floor and wall allows children in a wheelchair or Wizzy Bug, to participate in play and unlock the fun of sensory learning. This revolutionary technology will be used extensively in occupational therapy sessions to improve gross motor skills and speech, and ultimately help children living with Cerebral Palsy to gain a sense of control, boost self-esteem, and enhance wellbeing.

For more information on the important work of this community organisation please visit cerebralpalsy.org.au.

GROW A Star Scholarship Program

Region - Central West, Mid-North Coast, Hunter

Compass Housing Services provides scholarships to talented young people from disadvantaged communities to help them pursue their interests and realise their academic, sporting or artistic goals through the GROW a Star program.

The $55,000 grant will assist with the expansion of the GROW a Star program with 25 scholarships to be delivered to young people in Compass’s Dubbo, Taree, Cessnock and Singleton communities.

The scholarships help to build self-esteem and improve school and education retention for children growing up in low-socioeconomic communities, ensuring they have happy, healthy and prosperous futures.

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Housing Plus

Region - Central West

This $54,000 grant will assist the Orange Crisis Centre in creating a secure indoor playground to provide respite from the trauma and upheaval experienced by children when escaping domestic violence. The playground is part of a purpose-built women’s crisis accommodation development in Orange.

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SeeMore Safety Program

Region - All regions

The KIDS Foundation aims to address the leading causes of injury, death or disability in Australian children - domestic violence and child safety issues. 

This $98,000 grant will allow KIDS Foundation to deliver its SeeMore child safety and wellbeing education program for children aged 4-6 within 650 child care centres and pre-schools throughout rural and regional NSW.

These children are statistically at higher risk of dying from injuries than their counterparts in metropolitan NSW. Thanks to the Charitable Foundation, the program will reach 23,000 children and focus on learning through literature, play and real-life experiences and addresses the role of educators in supporting self-regulation development through reflective practice, strong relationships with children and families and development of support networks.

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Lifeline / Country Women’s Association / Newcastle Permanent Women’s Mental, Physical, and Financial presentation

Region - Central West

Lifeline Central West and Country Women’s Association CWA will develop a series of talks to be delivered in regional NSW about issues that cause mental illness and informing on how help can be sought without being stigmatised. This $41,000 program is timely with drought and business closures in regional NSW putting strain on family budgets and ultimately mental health. Targeting women—with the aim of engaging the female in the household as a way of overcoming the issue of male resistance to seeking help—is seen as a viable way of reaching the venerable male demographic and will be publicised to a large number of women in regional NSW.

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Macquarie Home Stay Outdoor Area

Region - Central West

The new Macquarie Home Stay will offer affordable accommodation for people who are living in regional NSW and need to travel to Dubbo for necessary medical treatment. This $43,000 grant will fund the construction of a landscaped outdoor social area for guests and their families to enjoy. This area will be a tranquil location for socialisation, relaxation, and bonding.

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StrokeSafe Ambassador Program for regional and rural NSW

Region - Northern Rivers, Central West, New England

This $22,000 in funding will expand the StrokesSafe Ambassador Program in Tamworth, Armidale, Dubbo, and Coffs Harbour regions that have some of the highest rates of stroke in the country but do not have a volunteer ambassador presence.
StokeSafe Ambassador program provides public education about what stroke is, how to prevent stroke, how to recognise the early warning signs of stroke, and what to do if someone has a stroke. Ambassadors, including stroke survivors, carers, health professionals and members of the general public, are trained to conduct educational presentations to the community.

National Stroke Foundation has previously received $42,000 in funding for projects from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

Charitable Foundation Beneficiaries LogoOut(fit) - University of Newcastle outreach design truck

Region - All regions

This $123,000 grant will fund the design, engineering and construction of an outreach truck for Out(fit) to engage with, and improve the shared spaces within, disadvantaged communities. 

The truck will act as a ‘toolbox’ to work with communities to deliver exciting projects which improve social infrastructure in shared spaces including schoolyards, skate parks, playgrounds and neighbourhood centres in disadvantaged areas. 

It will also act as a mobile design space, teaching facility, exhibition space, meeting room, catering station, working bee headquarters or movie theatre, staffed by Out(fit)’s core team of volunteers and supported by volunteers to help communities reimagine and rethink their spaces to improve community pride and connection.

NorthcottEveryday Life Dubbo facility upgrade

Region - Central West

Northcott Society’s Everyday Life Skills program empowers young people with a disability to develop essential skills to get involved in and live the life they choose. Supporting more than 90 people from the local community, Northcott’s Dubbo facility has been in need of an upgrade for some time, and the $33,000 Charitable Foundation’s grant will enable a refurbishment to make the space fit for purpose and safer for clients of all needs and abilities.

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Transitional homeless youth project

Region - Central West

Veritas House supports more than 150 young people aged16-24 experiencing homelessness in the Bathurst and Orange communities. Many of these young people have limited finances and no prior rental history which makes it difficult to be approved for leases in the private rental market thus making it difficult to break the cycle of homelessness. 

This $50,000 Charitable Foundation’s grant will allow Veritas House to complete a long-overdue refurbishment of the one-bedroom flat used as part of its Transitional Youth Housing Program to support young people escaping negative home environments.

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2018/19 Wheelchair Sports NSW Member Grant Program – Northern Region

Region - Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers, Central West, New England

Wheelchair Sports NSW provides a range of programs and financial support for people with physical disabilities to participate in sport. This $33,000 grant will provide up to 100 Wheelchair Sports members access to funding to support their sport participation, be they at beginner level or an experienced athlete. The goal is to encourage and financially support those with a physical disability remain active in their community and maintain good mental wellbeing.

Wheelchair Sports NSW has previously received $30,460 in funding for projects from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.