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2017 saw important community projects and initiatives supported in the New England region with funding totaling more than $253,885

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 23 April 2018.

2017 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.

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

Diabetes NSW & ACT

As1 Schools Program

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

Diabetes NSW’s As1 Schools Program will use Schools Training Workshops and As1 Health Resource Kits to deliver better health outcomes and social well-being for young people with Type 1 Diabetes. 

Type 1 Diabetes is a non-preventable, auto-immune condition that generally appears in childhood and, in NSW, there is a 40% hospitalisation rate for children under the age of 15 with the disease.

The As1 Schools Program will provide training to ensure that children with Type 1 Diabetes are safe and healthy at school and have a reduced risk of complications or an emergency situation by equipping teachers and childcare workers with the necessary knowledge to manage the risks and complications associated with Type 1 Diabetes.

The Foundation’s grant of $39,246 will facilitate six workshops; one in each of the Foundation’s operating regions. Additionally, the support will provide funding for 200 As1 Health Resource Kits—enough to supply each young person expected to be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in our area in 2018.


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Dementia Carer Support Project

Region - New England

The Dementia Carer Support Project has been developed to support people who are caring for a person living with dementia. Carers are often overwhelmed and vulnerable to depression by the situation they find themselves in. They often don’t know where to go for help or may not have enough regular contact with health professionals who can offer expert advice and education. 

With funds of $33,055 from the Foundation, the Dementia Carer Support Project will develop a series of locally-produced short films for carers that will provide practical advice from local health professionals on how to manage various scenarios and situations that commonly occur when caring for someone with dementia. 

The films will be made available online and via USB (for those who don’t have a reliable internet connection).


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Face Diagnosis Project

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

An estimated 70% of children with an intellectual disability remain undiagnosed. Of these, 30 to 50% have associated skull and facial changes and when in a recognisable pattern this is referred to as a syndrome. The Face Diagnosis Project funded by a grant of $143,630 from the Foundation will create an innovative face-matching database that will reduce the time for and improve the accuracy of diagnosis, and facilitate intellectual disability gene discovery.

Using advanced facial recognition technology—originally developed for policing, counter-terrorism, and military applications—parents, doctors, and geneticists can access a secure and encrypted portal to upload images and information about their child. After comparing this information with other children around the world, a swift diagnosis may be achieved. This will enable effective treatment and/or therapy for the condition, as well as reduce possible need for expensive DNA testing to determine the condition. 


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

MMAD

MMAD Intimate Podcast

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

MMAD, a NSW Central Coast-based charity, provides creative support to help young people overcome challenges such as homelessness, destructive patterns of behaviour, exclusion from school, family breakdown, drug and alcohol dependency, unemployment and reoffending.  MMAD’s goal is to break negative cycles and empower young people to go on and make their own difference within the community.

The Rhyme and Reason Podcast received $48,560 from the Foundation to enable MMAD to reach young people who are unable to access the MMAD programs due to location or other constraints. The 12-month pilot program will take the core content of MMAD's successful on-the-ground programs and release a podcast each month, which will be available to community radio, organisations such as juvenile justice and community youth groups, and the general public via social media and download.

Additionally, the MMAD Intimate Podcast will enable the launch of a Central Coast-based youth training program that will teach valuable employment skills to participants in areas such as sound production, radio and journalism.

NB: this grant will bring the total amount donated by the Foundation to MMAD to $189,260 (since 2011).


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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.

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

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.