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2018 saw important community projects and initiatives supported in the New England region with funding totalling $126,000.

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I'm here at the Sunnyfield sports team and the favourite thing for me will have been the volley ball, as I've doing a lot of high shots in that.


I'm from Peel High School, I'm in year 10 and I came here with 20 to 30 other students to help out here at Sunnyfield Sports Day.

We're having a really great time, some really good stuff happening here, helping people with disabilities and all that, it's just a really, really good thing and good fun as well.


It's the fourth time that we've run this annual sports day and about 100 participants each time come in and spend the day participating in a range of modified sports.

It's about activity, it's about inclusion, it's about having fun.


The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation provided $30,000 to Sunnyfield to provide all new equipment for the gala day and  also the weekly and monthly inter-agency sports days, and also to provide uniforms and awards for the participants.


Today's sports day is a world away from the very first one that we ran and for that we're also very thankful to Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation for their contribution.

It's about the smiles on people's faces, it's about providing the opportunity for people to be active and involved, that really makes this day special.


I really like meeting new people making new friends and other teams; it's been great.

New England 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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Program support vehicle

Region - Hunter, Mid North Coast, New England

This $47,000 grant will enable the purchase of a large multipurpose van to be used by volunteers who deliver Camp Quality programs in Northern NSW and directly supporting 550 young people impacted by cancer. The purchase of this van means Camp Quality can save thousands of dollars each year as it will not have car hire costs nor need to reimburse volunteers for the use of private vehicles.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has previously provided $187,500 in funding and $3,000 from the Chairman's Medal to Camp Quality for projects.

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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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NICview expansion

Region - Hunter, Mid North Coast, New England

The NICVIEW camera connects remote families with their newborns while in the care of Northern NSW’s only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at John Hunter Hospital—which provides care for up to 1,200 babies each year from across NSW, including some of our most rural and remote regions. This $53,000 project includes installation of specialised web cameras on each of NICU’s 12 new 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.

John Hunter Children’s Hospital Kids Club has previously received $269,000 in funding for projects from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

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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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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.

Life EducationNorthern Mobile Learning Centre

Region - New England

This $22,000 will fund the upgrade of the Life Education NSW's Northern Mobile Learning Centre. The Mobile Learning Centres take the organisation’s education messages to thousands of children in far flung regional and rural communities every year. Delivering programs that have a strong focus on resilience, nutrition, exercise, drugs and alcohol, the Mobile Learning Centres help Life Education to empower young people to make healthier choices and realise their potential.  

Scheduled to visit more than 3,600 children in 34 primary schools across the Armidale, Tamworth, Gwydir, Inverell, Moree, Uralla and Walgett council areas this year alone, the Northern Mobile Learning Centre's upgrade will include new state-of-the-art equipment and modernised learning facilities.

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.

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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.