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2016/17 saw important community projects and initiatives supported in the Mid North Coast region with funding totaling more than $300,000

The Charitable Foundation provided a $97,000 to introduce the program in seven public schools throughout regional NSW

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Next funding round closes 16 October 2017.

Recent Mid North Coast 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.

NICVIEW Project - Installation of NICU web cams

Region - Hunter, Central Coast, Mid-North Coast, New England

John Hunter Children's Hospital Kids Club, as part of the United Hospital Auxiliaries of NSW, raises vital funds solely for the John Hunter Children's Hospital. 

With a grant of $186,428, the Kids Club will implement Australia’s first ever NICVIEW system which will connect remote families with their newborns while in the care of Northern NSW’s only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit which provides care for up to 1200 babies each year from across NSW, including some of our most rural and remote regions. 

The NICVIEW project will include installation of specialised web cameras on each of the NICU’s 42 beds with a live-feed accessible by baby’s family through a secure, password protected connection to any computer, tablet, phone or similar device. NICVIEW means that family, often separated due to work, school or care commitments, can connect and bond with the newest member of the family, no matter how far away they may be

One Less Worry: The Equipment Commitment to Families Project

Region - Hunter, New England, Mid-North Coast

The Nicholas Butters Trust is another inspiring organisation with which the Foundation has a long and proud history of supporting. Established by the Butters Family after her son Nicholas lost his battle with cancer at a young age, the Trust advocates for and supports paediatric palliative care facilities and services for terminally ill children and their families in the Hunter, Mid North Coast and New England regions. 

The Foundation will provide $77,000 to establish an equipment loan pool for paediatric palliative care equipment services, to meet a significant gap in resources for children with palliative conditions, providing choice to families who choose to care for a child at an end of life or life limiting stage at home or otherwise out of hospital. 

The service is expected to impact up to 400 children each year, as well as their carers, families and friends, through the hardest experience most will encounter in their lives

Precision Hearing Assessments

Region - Mid North Coast

As Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and diagnostic services for children and adults with vision or hearing loss, The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children operates services for regional communities throughout regional NSW. The Foundation will provide $61,800 to complete the services available at RIDBC’s Port Macquarie facility, opened in 2014, through the installation of an audiometric sound room for diagnosis and screening of patients. 

The facility currently provides cochlear implant services to patients from all over Northern NSW with a wait list of 140 people and climbing. This is the third grant the Foundation has provided to RIDBC for its regional services.

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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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Vehicle for Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse in Port Macquarie

Region - Mid North Coast

Endeavour Clubhouse aims to improve employment outcomes, increase quality of life and wellbeing and reduce rates of hospitalisation and involvement in the criminal justice system by providing a safe place for people with a mental illness to go where they can develop social and vocational skills, build relationships and develop a healthy lifestyle in a recovery specific service model.

A year after the Hasting’s first recovery clubhouse officially opened for people with mental illness, the local community is becoming more inclusive and accessible thanks to a brand new vehicle for clients to access Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse services.

Thanks to a $46,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, the new vehicle will connect people with education, employment and health and recovery services offered by and linked to Endeavour Clubhouse, an initiative of the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW (now One Door Mental Health) opened in December 2015.

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

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The FLASH Program

Region - Mid North Coast

Interrelate Limited is the leading provider of relationship services across NSW. Its purpose is to enable people to work through life's challenges and strengthen their relationships, and empowering people to live and relate more effectively.

The FLASH Program (Finding Life Answers, Safety and Happiness) is a collaboration between Interrelate, Warrina Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services and the Coffs Harbour Womens Resource and Information Centre to deliver a therapeutic children's group program, parallel with a mothers' group program. This important initiative will focus on children and the need to listen to, and learn from them, about their emotional world in relation to domestic violence. Using age appropriate activities, (talking, drawing, art, play, music etc) in a safe therapeutic environment, children are encouraged to acknowledge and process both their traumatic experiences and the accompanying feelings of loss and pain.

The concurrent mothers/carers’ group then allows for integration of each group’s experience of family violence. The program endeavours to provide an opportunity for children to emotionally and psychologically re-connect with their mothers around what has often been a shared experience of trauma.

The Charitable Foundation has provided a grant of $39,600 to fund a pilot program to establish the FLASH Program in Coffs Harbour. The program will engage 30 families in the 8 week program and help to treat the impact of domestic violence on children and provide an intervention to reduce the incidence of intergenerational transfer of family violence.

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

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Autoimmune Community Education Project

Region - Mid North Coast

Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre (ARRC) was founded in 1989 to provide a range of services including education and support to people living with lupus, scleroderma, Raynaud’s and Sjögrens syndrome.

ARRC have received a $48,700 grant to continue delivery of the Autoimmune Community Education Project (ACEP) in regional NSW. The program will deliver 13 community workshops that draw awareness to the common but misunderstood auto immune diseases, including lupus, scleroderma, Sjögrens and Raynaud’s syndrome and also introduce symptom self-management for people living with chronic autoimmune disease in the community.

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

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Equipment Upgrade Project

Region - Mid North Coast

Sailability NSW Inc is a not-for-profit volunteer-based organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with any type of disability, the elderly, and the financially and socially disadvantaged.

The Charitable Foundation has provided a $34,500 grant to purchase a specially designed yacht for Sailability Toronto which utilises a joystick to control the steering and sails. The yacht can therefore be utilised by people who cannot operate the sails of existing yachts due to an amputation or inability to grip or a lack of control and strength in their arms and shoulders.

In addition the grant enabled Sailability Great Lakes to purchase 2 dinghies to enable the club to continue running their sailing program.

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