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2016/17 saw important community projects and initiatives supported in the Central West region with funding totaling more than $260,000

Ronald McDonald House is now able to provide a great backyard experience for the many children who call the House home

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Next funding round closes 16 October 2017.

Recent Central West Beneficiaries

Each year the Foundation provides over $1.6 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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Young Bloods Program

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

The Leukaemia Foundation has developed the ‘Young Bloods’ program aimed at providing professional support to address issues faced and enable young people to develop the resilience to stay, or get back, on track to enjoy life as they are meant to. Young Bloods is designed to meet the physical, psychological and educational impact of blood cancer on children and young adults who have been diagnosed with a blood cancer or who have close family members who have been diagnosed with a blood cancer. Young Bloods provides support in the form of financial grants paid to families for physical, psychosocial and educational support that is considered appropriate by their personal medical specialists. 

The Foundation will provide $65,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation to launch the Young Bloods program in the Foundations operating area in regional NSW including directly supporting up to 70 young people with, or recovering from, a serious cancer diagnosis.

Wigs for Kids

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

Variety – the Children’s Charity, among its many amazing programs for sick and disadvantaged children, provides wigs to kids who have lost their hair due to Alopecia or another medical condition such as cancer. Losing your hair can have profound psychological effects, particularly through childhood and adolescence. One specialised can wig cost up to $5,000 and lasts two to three years so the cost is prohibitive for many families.  

The Foundation’s grant of $74,800 will help Variety launch the Wigs 4 Kids in regional NSW to provide wigs to children whose families are unable to afford the service themselves.

Headspace Bathurst enhancement project

Region - Central West

Headspace provides early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds through physical and mental health services, vocational support and drug and alcohol services. Marathon Health operates the Headspace program in Bathurst, which has been operating since 2008 and provides health and wellbeing services to almost 250 young people each month. 

We’re providing $43,000 to complete the fit-out of the new Headspace Bathurst centre with a therapeutic greenspace and a group therapy room to deliver programs, including for youth mental health therapy, adolescent parenting, counselling for Aboriginal young people, early invention exercise physiology.

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TSC Connect online platform

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

Established in 1970, The Shepherd Centre (TSC) was the first early intervention agency in Australia to teach Auditory-Oral Therapy to hearing impaired children. Since establishment, TSC has assisted nearly 2000 children who are deaf or hearing impaired to improve their quality of life.

The Charitable Foundation has provided a $106,700 grant to help build an online interactive portal for families in regional areas. The program will be deliverable on any internet connected device (computer, tablet, phone) and is designed to deliver virtual therapy solutions in a customised manner for each child and family, supporting and upskilling the parents so they can support their children in the most efficient way possible.

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

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Replacement vehicle for PCYC Dubbo

Region - Central West

Police Citizen Youth Clubs (PCYC) is one of Australia's leading youth development organisations with over 90,000 members in 61 clubs across NSW. PCYC works in partnership to support Youth Command Officers in their work with young offenders and targeted youth at risk.

The movement promotes the welfare and development of children and young people with the explicit commitment to helping young people energetically enjoy life through the provision of quality activities in a safe, fun and friendly environment.

The Charitable Foundation has provided a $44,000 grant to purchase a vehicle to enable Dubbo PCYC to continue their vital work within the community.

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

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Books in Dubbo Project

Region - Central West

Books in Homes Australia (BIHA) has a sole focus on providing “books-of-choice” to families and children living in remote and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills so important for lifelong success. Since 2001 BIHA has successfully delivered more than 2 million quality books of choice to over 400 low socio-economic communities in NSW, NT, QLD, SA, WA and TAS.

The Foundation has previously provided support to fund the ‘Books in Homes’ project in the communities of Orange, Bathurst, Grafton, Tamworth, Lismore, Taree, Cessnock, Singleton and Coffs Harbour.

$45,000 has been provided for the Charitable Foundation for Books in Homes to extend this program to two schools in Dubbo. Each student will receive 3 new books of choice each term for 3 terms in a waterproof book bag.

For more information on the important work of this community organisation please visit booksinhomesaustralia.com.au

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Women's shed facility upgrade

Region - Central West

Wangarang Industries is a not-for-profit Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE), providing a range of jobs and training for people with a variety of disabilities throughout the Central West region of NSW. Wangarang offers a range of business and domestic services throughout Orange and the Central West, including gardening and lawn maintenance, textile production and repair, component assembly, document scanning and shredding, sewing and alterations, labelling, commercial cleaning, mailing and packaging.

The Orange Women's Shed was established in 2015 by the Orange City Choices at Home Neighbour Aid team, who found a need within their client base for trade skills and community support for the ageing population of women. Unlike other women’s community groups that partake in activities like cooking, craft or sewing, the Women’s Shed provides activities and workshops on trades based activities. Activities include working with power tools, refueling lawn mowers, maintaining equipment used around the home and garden and learning repair skills, in a safe and comfortable environment. Wangarang has provided the Women’s Shed with a dedicated space for their activities, however amendments needed to made to the space prior to it being suitable for use.

Funds of $50,000 were provided by the Charitable Foundation to assist in enclosing the existing shed, installing plumbing and amenities and the provision of additional equipment for the shed. The development of the new shed will deliver a regular meeting place that will empower women and increase independence, through building friendships, expanding knowledge through learning and provision of a safe and supportive environment.

For more information on the important work of this community organisation please visit wangarang.com.au

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Transition to University for disadvantaged youth

Region - Central West

Western College aims to enrich lives and build communities through innovative, high quality education and training.

The Charitable Foundation has provided a $27,500 grant to develop a pilot project for 12 young people in the Dubbo region from low socio-economic background who for family, financial or employment reasons have not taken the step to tertiary education.

The program will use specific support, skill building and ongoing mentoring to help them achieve their dream of a university degree and aims to address the significant and disproportionate under representation of rural young adults from low socio-economic backgrounds accessing, participating in and succeeding in higher education.

For more information on the important work of this community organisation please visit westerncollege.com.au/

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Juvenile Arthritis Support Website

Arthritis NSW provides daily support and health information to those currently struggling with arthritis, osteoporosis and the additional 120+ musculoskeletal conditions that affect 1 in 5 Australians.

There are currently more than 6000 children in NSW alone struggling with juvenile arthritis, a painful condition requiring specialist treatment. Timely treatment and information is critical in the treatment of this disease as damage is often not reversible.

A $35,000 grant from the Charitable Foundation was provided to Arthritis NSW to develop a website to help parents and clinicians understand symptoms, treatments and medications. The website will assist in providing timely information to families in regional areas, helping to alleviate the stress and anxiety faced by many families who have limited or no access to specialist services. 

‘Breathe Better’ - Nebuliser Replacement and Exercise Self-Management Program

Cystic Fibrosis is a life-limiting, genetic condition which primarily affects the lungs and digestive system because of a malfunction in the exocrine system. Living with Cystic Fibrosis impacts every realm of human functioning from the physical to emotional, social, and economic. Cystic Fibrosis NSW provides services and practical assistance to families that reduce the burden of living with this inherited disease.

A $96,500 grant from the Charitable Foundation will help to reduce the financial burden of this disease through a Regional Nebuliser Replacement Program. Families will now have access to expensive nebulisers and nebuliser consumables that will clinically deliver optimum levels of medication in an efficient manner for each individual.

In addition, the grant will further assist 20 adults and 20 adolescents from the Hunter and Central Coast regions through an Exercise Self-Management Program that will provide sufferers with the skills, opportunity and motivation to participate in regular activity, which is critical in managing their disease