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2016/17 saw important community projects and initiatives supported in the New England region with funding totaling more than $240,000

Not-for-profit groups from throughout regional NSW converged in Newcastle for the announcement that they will share in $924,500 of new grants.

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Next funding round closes 16 October 2017.

Recent New England 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

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

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

Scalp Cooling Unit

Region - New England

With more than 46,000 new cases of cancer expected to be diagnosed each day in NSW alone, Cancer Council NSW’s work to increase investment into cancer research, prevent cancer through community programs and support those affected by cancer touches most lives in some way. Beyond the direct, life threating implications of the disease, cancer treatment is psychologically and emotionally traumatic for patients and families. 

The Foundation will support people with cancer in regional NSW with a grant for $49,313 to install a cooling cap unit at Armidale Hospital’s Oncology unit. The innovative unit restricts blood flow to the scalp to reduce or avoid hair loss through cancer treatment for up to 1000 people per year, helping to maintain self-esteem and dignity during the difficult and emotional experience

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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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Autoimmune Community Education Project

Region - New England

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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FitAbility progam

Region - New England

Sunnyfield’s core purpose is to enrich the lives of people with intellectual disability by creating choice, opportunities and skills for life. They provide a range of services and supports aimed at improving a person’s quality of life and becoming as independent as possible within their local community. They primarily focus on the key service areas of shared and independent living, gaining employment skills & supported employment, community and social activities and specialised support as determined by individual needs.

Sunnyfield received a $30,000 grant to fund the Fitability program in the New England region. Funds will go towards new and updated equipment to support a weekly sports program for disabled clients; Monthly interagency sports days for participants from a number of local support agencies and an Annual Sports Day with participants of varying abilities coming from across the New England region.

Fitability creates social access for people with an intellectual disability, reduces barriers to inclusion and educates young people, including volunteers from local high schools, to increases respect and inclusion of people with disabilities.

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

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Accessible Learner Driver Vehicle

Region - New England

The Northcott Society is one of Australia’s leading organisations providing programs and services for over 13,500 children and adults with disabilities and their families living in NSW and ACT.

The Charitable Foundation have provided a $34,700 grant to purchase a specially modified vehicle for the New England region to enable young people with a physical disability to learn to drive or take their driver’s test without having to outlay large amounts of money to modify their own vehicle. With access to transport such a significant issue in regional NSW this project will allow people living with a disability to access a diverse range of activities that help improve their life and social outcomes.

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